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For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.
A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.
Themes for 2015 include customization, freshness and mobile ordering/payments.
Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.
The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.
On top of record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling logistics, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.
Focusing on how diversity is presented on a company website provides an opportunity to reaffirm our industry’s commitment to reaching a multicultural workforce and customer base.
After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.
Millennials believe they simply don't have time to commit to a sit down 90-minute meal, so brands should deliver succinct experiences to help customers do more with limited time.
Mall-based restaurants can see a significant spike in sales around the holiday season, bolstered by high traffic volumes and consumers' desire for indulgence.
A handful of businessmen and women have come up with new concepts specifically to solve restaurant operators' biggest problems.
The challenge is no longer having the biggest presence or most followers; now quality matters before activity.
Restaurants are opting for fully integrated digital menus, which speed up service, educate customers easily and tap into inventory and POS systems.
If you can provide an affordable, healthy, flavorful solution on a consistent basis, millennials are going to prefer your brand.
There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.
Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brand’s market share by 20 percent.
Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.
Nimbleness, dynamic customer relationships, customization and millennial insights are all key to brand success, says FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter.
Restaurant patrons across age groups and political orientations support increasing the minimum wage and adjusting it annually for inflation.
Millennials are accustomed to technology and like a sensory experience – to touch and feel things – and kiosks give them that opportunity.