Vegetables are expected to take on a starring role for a change.
Expect mobile and human resources technology to grow significantly.
Digital technologies will be a major focus in the New Year.
Offering a discount to anyone who has half of their entrée boxed for take-home immediately when served avoids the dreaded sharing of one dish and also promotes healthy eating habits.
If some parents are happy to abrogate their responsibility for setting rules for their children's eating habits, they are not going to be happy when there is little or no television programming to be a babysitter.
Flavor and cuisine trends should then be overlapped with consumer and health trends to create a comprehensive strategy.
A new generation of restaurateurs is taking family recipes and running with them, shaping one of the hottest trends in casual/fast-casual dining — the 100 percent scratch-made menu, for here or to go. (I wrote about what specifically defines "made...
Consumer drivers, health trends, consumer disconnects and flavor trends lead to a focused health and wellness strategy development.
Sustainability can be broken into the branches of organic, local, seasonal, green and ethical.
Will NYC's ban on large sodas lead to more regulations against the restaurant industry?
Opportunities are available with healthier offerings, leaner proteins and breakfast varieties.
Big-margin soft drinks are good for operators' bottom lines.
Gold medalist learns new non-carb diet and realizes positive results.
The terms now capturing restaurant consumers' mindsets include simplicity, value, authenticity, playfulness, escapism, invigorating and risk taking.
The American Pizza Community is arguing that the law makes little sense for the pizza segment, which yields 90 percent of all orders from the phone or online.
Eighty percent mistakenly believe the gluten-free diet is either "more healthful" or a weight loss solution, instead of a medically-indicated diet for the auto immune disorder Celiac Sprue.
One analyst estimates that 5 percent of McDonald's sales come from soft drinks.
Research shows that 96 percent of the nearly 31,000 menu items studied from chain restaurants failed to meet USDA recommendations for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat combined.
The inaugural Top 100 Movers & Shakers features a ranking of the top concepts, leaders and trends in the $38 billion pizza segment.
Last July, the NRA and many other organizations suggested the FDA use flexibility for menu labeling stipulations as they apply to both chains and smaller operations. We're still waiting to hear the final verdict.