Steady optimism rises from the NRA Show floor

Most exhibitors agreed this year’s traffic provided better quality leads.

The top online ordering trends to help grow your restaurant

An online customer is more likely to re-order within 60 days than a walk-in customer, simply because the platform is more accessible.

The difference between ‘OK’ and ‘delightful’ restaurant experiences

Those who rate their experience a 5 out of 5 on satisfaction are eight times more likely to recommend the restaurant than those who rated it a 4 out of 5.

Convenience, customization behind the rise of take-and-bake concepts

Carryout concepts are in step with consumers' time-pressed demands and startup costs are lower than traditional units.

Wheat prices spike nearly 50 cents in a week

Gas prices starting to fall after spring peak.

Fast casual heats up restaurant industry with 11 percent growth

More QSRs and full-service restaurants are expected to realign their formats to compete more aggressively.

Summer hiring outlook 2014

Of those planning to hire for the summer, 74 percent expect to have the positions filled by the end of May.

Want to connect with customers? Think mobile first. [infographic]

Most Americans now own a smartphone and are using them to shop and eat out.

Invasion of the invasivors

Invasivor consumption is motivated by the desire to preserve native plant or animal species, and is tied to sustainability.

Restaurant industry still in the gluten-free honeymoon phase

As Celiac Awareness Month approaches, one industry expert predicts the diet's growth will continue for the next few years.

Using technology to reach Millennials

A key finding of our first Millennial study was the mantra, "Useful is the new cool." In our follow up study, "Millennials as New Parents: The Rise of a New American Pragmatism," this mantra still applies, but with Millennial parents...

Stop that tweet! Millennials just like everyone else

The younger demographic trusts word of mouth, but considers 'digital word of mouth' the same as a call from mom.

Nikki Baird to give keynote on privacy at CONNECT summit

Top retail analyst Nikki Baird will explore rapidly advancing technology and consumer tolerance for being tracked.

How the restaurant industry is contributing to the drop in children's obesity

Restaurants should work with chefs and suppliers to ensure healthier meals, and even include kids in focus groups.

How small pizza chains are competing through high cheese prices

As large pizza chains claim an advantage with high cheese prices, smaller concepts tout quality and experience.

'Mobile Evangelist of the Year' Jack Philbin will headline 2014 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit

The self-professed "mobile geek" co-founded Vibes before text messaging was even possible in the U.S.

Top (missing) food industry trends for 2014

The budget conscience consumer will demand luxury and "value" will be defined as the best quality for the money.

Top food industry trends for 2014

Trends indicate that consumers and food continue to move toward experimentation.

Food costs continue to elude stability

Droughts, livestock viruses and thinner herds are all affecting center-of-the-plate pricing.

Taking a deep dive into beverage trends

Consumers have told us they want more coffee, tea and alcohol options from restaurants

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