Commodities: Natural gas, wheat prices remain low

While cheese prices have jumped about 10 cents since last week, wheat prices are still low.

Keeping it real: what's in store for local, organic menu items

Knowing what's in store for the trend and how to make it work for your brand is key to keeping up with consumer demand for local and organic menu items.

What's in the future for build-your-own fast casual, QSR concepts?

With a push from online ordering channels, customizable assembly line concepts, where consumers build their own products, continue to explode in the fast casual and QSR space. They are driving change in decades-old methods of service.

ICXSummit15: From scavenger hunt to Skydeck, the highlight reel

From an Under Armour installation that tests athletic ability to a Warby Parker photo booth experience, interactive customer experience was the order of the day at the inaugural Interactive Customer Experience Summit, held June 28-30 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

How the growth of gluten-free pizza will shape customer marketing

With a handle on how your customers are reacting to the changing times, you’ll be able to tackle the gluten-free craze – wherever it may go – without issue.

NRA wrapped up: Interviews, highlights of the 2015 show

Although the NRA reported that more than 60,000 foodservice providers attended its show last month in Chicago, we knew thousands of others weren't able to make it. In this video, Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com, brings the show to those in the industry who weren't there.

Groupon, PeachWorks execs discuss how technology benefits operations

The CEOs of Groupon's Breadcrumb and PeachWorks discuss how their technology can help restaurants and retailers stay relevant.

5 tips for understanding consumer data

Restaurants now have the ability to collect tons of data but don't know how to use it.

Gluten-free: passing fad or permanent trend?

Is it time for your restaurant to go "gluten-free?" Though the trend "seems to be leveling out in the mainstream," it's more than just a passing fad.

NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times

For those of us who want to return to "the good old days," that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her "Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers" session at NRA 2015.

NRA: Is marijuana the next menu trend?

Will marijuana soon be on your menu? Steve Fox, director of VS Strategies, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and panelist for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show's "Marijuana on the Menu" session thinks so.

Bugging out: Is cricket flour on your menu?

Many in the foodservice industry are touting cricket flour as the next "super protein."

Food revolution: 5 eco-friendly trends radically transforming foodservice

As restaurants race toward trends the Millennial generation embraces, enviromentally- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

Extraordinary measures: The top four areas restaurants should measure for success

Today, forward-thinking restaurant operators are using modern video technology to measure virtually everything from shift readiness to inventory control.

The 'Fight for 15': Workers and restaurants battle for minimum wage

An already contentious issue, organizations including the International Franchise Association, the Service Employees International Union and others drafted statements explaining how they think the wage campaign will impact the industry.

Back to the future: 6 innovative technologies saving restaurants money and changing the industry

The restaurant of the future is here, with technological innovations that enable faster, more efficient and more profitable operations than ever.

Get a Bigger Piece of the Pie [infographic]

Online ordering, and mobile ordering in particular, is no longer simply a nice add-on for consumers,it's an expectation.

Why digital ordering is a 'must have' for your restaurant

It's a race to the top for both fast casuals and QSRs latching on to the potential digital ordering can offer.

This gay-marriage thing isn't going away: what your restaurant needs to consider when taking a stance

With increasing support for and legalization of gay marriage among the majority of Americans, particularly millennials, it's worth considering how engaging in controversial issues like this one will impact your restaurant.

Where’s the beef: Restaurants experimenting with lean proteins

The trend of consumers embracing lean proteins is one that many restaurants are embracing in an effort to help offset the cost of beef, which increased 25 percent last year.

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