The association's 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast predicts record sales of $632 billion, a 3.5 percent bump from 2011.
It's a good idea to designate a senior member of the waitstaff or a manager to be the point person when dealing with diners with allergy concerns.
Adventure in food and flavor is back, comfort food is out.
Coconut is the leading hot flavor in the restaurant industry from the fine dining level to the QSR coconut shrimp level.
NPD Group's research also expects retail competition to increase and commodity prices to affect menu offerings.
Perhaps it is consumers who should be studied further to uncover the reason for their behavioral disconnects, instead of placing all the blame on QSRs and C-stores for rising obesity rates.
About 8 percent of all Americans under the age of 18 have some kind of food allergy.
Sales of gluten-free products increased 16 percent in 2010 alone, based on Nielsen Company data.
I predict that 2012 will be a banner year for Organic Food Product Innovation, and those who sit on the sidelines will miss the opportunity to strike gold in this rapidly growing product segment. I predict this for several reasons...
Stocks were hot as companies focused on domestic and international growth.
Miniature portions, specialty beverages are among the trends to watch.
Some of the simplest sweets can become gluten-free with simple substitutions, like chocolate chip cookies made with non-wheat flours.
Offering smaller portion sizes can lift sales.
Chain's R&D director discusses the process behind the menu addition.
Meny labeling, while it began with good intentions, sets up the restaurant industry for disciplinary action.
The gap between food science and medical science presents a huge healthcare and business development opportunity.
Across channels, there is a return to true cooking. But, is it worth it?
It is time to celebrate carbs and instead of bashing them. I discussed all the ways carbs are often villainized in part 1 of this series. Now, it's time to learn about all the good that comes from eating carbs....
Popping up everywhere you turn in our industry today are new mini desserts. Baskin-Robbins just launched the concept last week, and many new offerings are in place or set to be in place from the retail shelves to the dessert carts of this country.
Executive director of New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance responds to Domino's plea for menu labeling flexibility.