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Detroit Start-Up Hopes to Overcome Food Deserts
Fresh Corner Café puts fresh fruit, salads and more in gas stations and c-stores.
Posted Oct 23, 2014

McDonald’s Not Loving Latest Earnings Report
Disappointing decline in global sales has caused company to rethink operations.
Posted Oct 22, 2014

Foodservice Beyond the Metrics
Cultivating a successful foodservice program requires CEOs to ask the right questions and lead cultural change.
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Convenience Puts Domino’s at Head of Pizza Pack
Chain’s mobile app and online ordering help to boost tab size and repeat orders.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

Asking the Right Foodservice Questions
The eight essential questions every CEO needs to ask.
Posted Oct 16, 2014

Food Trucks Still Trending
Recent survey shows nearly one-third of consumers ate a food truck meal this summer.
Posted Oct 16, 2014

Restaurants Slash Calories
A study confirms that many restaurant chains are lowering the number of calories in many menu items.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

With Malls Closing, Johnny Rockets Hits the Road
Nostalgic restaurant chain plans new drive-thru — and drive-in — locations.
Posted Oct 3, 2014

7-Eleven Launches Trial of Healthy, Fresh Foods
Partnership with fitness guru tests the waters for new line of sandwiches, salads and juices.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

Sabra Opens Pop-Up Restaurant
Hummus House features hummus and dip-inspired menu.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

Chipotle Brings Vegan Sofritas Menu to South, Southeast
Fast-casual chain’s tofu option is expanding into more states.
Posted Sep 29, 2014

Wendy’s Bets the Farm on Pork
Number three burger chain hopes that new BBQ pork-focused menu will help keep up strong sales from the past year.
Posted Sep 26, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Comes Closer to Ending Use of Foam Cups
Quick-service chain is testing the plastic versions to see if they can withstand hot coffee temps.
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Starbucks Shutters Seattle’s Best Coffee Shops
Drive-thru locations are closing just 16 months after coming to North Texas market.
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Consumers Losing Their Taste for Fast Food
Millennials’ health-conscious habits may be leading the decline in fast food sales.
Posted Sep 12, 2014

McDonald’s Trademarks ‘McBrunch’
Company either has plans to launch a new brunch menu, or is keeping the trademark in its back pocket.
Posted Sep 11, 2014

Taco Bell Tests Biscuit Taco
New breakfast item testing in California features jalapeno honey sauce.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

Starbucks Announces New Express Format
Chain plans to open new tasting room in December and debut its express store platform in New York City in early 2015.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

Fermented Foods Gaining in Popularity
Are pickled products the next big thing for spice-loving, health-conscious consumers?
Posted Sep 4, 2014

Survey Says: QuickChek Makes the Best Cup of Coffee
Retailer’s drive for ‘fresh convenience’ brings foodservice and coffee kudos.
Posted Sep 3, 2014

Dunkin’ to Launch First Hot Dark-Roast Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts will sell the new blend nationwide September 22.
Posted Sep 2, 2014

Celebrity Chefs to Open Healthy Fast-Food Chain
Loco’l seeks to bring healthy fast food to California’s low-income areas.
Posted Sep 2, 2014

McDonald’s Tests Automated Cashiers
Touchscreens allow customers to pay without waiting in line or interacting with cashiers.
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Family Express Unveils New Espresso Offering
New machines will brew fresh, custom hot and iced espresso beverages.
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Millennials Crave Adventurous Breakfast Options
Innovative offerings key to luring younger demographics for morning meals.
Posted Aug 15, 2014

Burger King Says ‘Adieu’ to Healthier Fries
Not a hit with consumers, lower fat Satisfries will be coming off the chain’s menu.
Posted Aug 15, 2014

Chick-fil-A Enters Gourmet Coffee Race
Company hopes high-quality hot and iced coffee will improve breakfast business.
Posted Aug 14, 2014

Building a Successful Foodservice Supply Chain
Foodservice is the future, but managing a program takes commitment and partnership.
Posted Aug 13, 2014

Consumers Purchasing More Prepared Foods
Prepared foods represent an opportunity for retailers, challenge for restaurants.
Posted Aug 13, 2014

Enmark to Carry Organic Products
Distribution partnership will bring “natural” items like kale and kombucha to c-stores.
Posted Aug 12, 2014

Consumers Seek Healthier, Yet Indulgent Cheese Products
Perennial favorites mozzarella and cheddar move aside for more ethnic cheeses.
Posted Aug 11, 2014

Future of Convenience Is in Foodservice
Article reiterates the importance of creating a foodservice program that stays true to c-store roots.
Posted Aug 8, 2014

Putting the Fast in Fast Food
Participating South Florida McDonald’s locations are testing a 60-second guarantee.
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Houston Readers Share Favorites for Gas Station Grub
Writer finds a melting pot of gourmet options at Texas gas stations and c-stores, from Mexican to Eastern European.
Posted Aug 6, 2014

Bringing Healthy Options to Sacramento C-Stores
Shell station dedicates 15% of retail space to fresh produce and dairy.
Posted Aug 4, 2014

BK Keeps It Simple
Burger King’s modest approach to menu tweaks is working.
Posted Aug 4, 2014

Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains
Upcoming webinar shares tips for getting fresh food to your stores.
Posted Jul 31, 2014

Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.
Posted Jul 28, 2014

Hunt Brothers Pizza a Staple in Tennessee
Family business dominates home-state pizza market, but looks to expand.
Posted Jul 24, 2014

Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.
Posted Jul 22, 2014

Corner Store Spices Up Summer Menu
New puff pies and whoopie pies feature a kick of Sriracha.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Consumers Continue to Place Importance on Premium Sandwiches
Subway keeps top spot as Panera Bread joins the top five, according to new rankings.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

It’s True: Americans Love Bacon
Square data provides insights into consumer preferences and behavior.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Study Reveals America’s Favorite Pizzas
Age, gender affect pizza preferences more than geography.
Posted Jul 15, 2014

Taco Bell Adds More Protein to Bowls and Burritos
QSR will also begin testing a Power Breakfast menu.
Posted Jul 14, 2014

Going Green in Foodservice Operations
Sustainable standards can be good for the environment and a foodservice operation’s bottom line.
Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rutter’s Tries Out Adventurous New Menu Items
Convenience chain counts on fish bites, wings and taco dogs to attract hungry customers.
Posted Jul 9, 2014

Consumers Aren’t Loving QSRs
Demand for higher quality and healthier options puts fast-food chains on notice.
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Restaurants Plan to Raise Prices Amid Cost Increase
Most restaurant chains plan price increases due to economic and supply factors.
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Motivating Customers to Try Food Through Beverages
NACS CAFÉ webinar shared strategies and solutions for attracting beverage customers to a convenience retailer’s foodservice offer.
Posted Jun 30, 2014

Former NATO Commander Gets Behind Food Trucks
The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. recruits U.S. General Wesley Clark to sign on veterans as franchisees.
Posted Jun 23, 2014

Paleo Dieters Compete for More Protein
Consumers who want to eat like cavemen are fueling high-protein food trends.
Posted Jun 23, 2014

Foodservice Profits Are Just a Click Away
NACS CAFÉ webinars help retailers leverage one of the industry’s fastest growing profit centers.
Posted Jun 20, 2014

Store Design for All the Senses
Understanding consumer psychology is key to creating a positive foodservice experience.
Posted Jun 17, 2014

7-Eleven Goes Gourmet in Philippines with 5-Star Meals
Renowned Filipino chef brings gourmet to-go meals to 7-Eleven.
Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Calls Sandwiches a Snacking Opportunity
Chain continues expanding its sandwich menu to attract customers during the afternoon.
Posted Jun 11, 2014

Quick-Service Consumers Seek Customization and Variety
Appealing to Millenials is key to today’s successful foodservice operation.
Posted Jun 4, 2014

Yum Brands Launches New Asian Sandwich Shop
Taco Bell parent company is launching a banh mi location in Dallas.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

Starbucks-Owned La Boulange Bakery Tests Burgers
New Los Angeles location will cater to the dinner crowd.
Posted May 29, 2014

Diet Soda Helps Short-Term Weight Loss, According to Industry-Funded Study
Difference may be attributed to difficulty in maintaining willpower when giving up diet soda in conjunction with dieting.
Posted May 28, 2014

McDonald’s Adds Yogurt to Happy Meals
QSR also has begun testing Clementine and mandarin oranges as a side choice for its kids’ meals.
Posted May 23, 2014

Gluten-Free Tops the Nutrition Trends of 2014
National Restaurant Association Show highlights five nutrition trends foodservice operators should know.
Posted May 22, 2014

More Americans Turn to “Grocerants”
The shift of consumers away from restaurants to prepared food at grocery and convenience stores continues.
Posted May 21, 2014

Fast Casual is a Hot Topic at Annual Restaurant Show
Annual NRA event highlights the trends and opportunities in fast casual dining.
Posted May 20, 2014

Pepsi Spire Takes on Coca-Cola Freestyle
PepsiCo unveils a new range of self-serve equipment for dispensing fountain drinks.
Posted May 19, 2014

Chipotle Cultivates ‘Thought’ on Packaging
Fast-casual chain looks to engage customers through its food packaging with thought-provoking ideas by authors, actors and comedians.
Posted May 19, 2014

NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Finance Program
Upcoming program provides a winning recipe for successfully managing a c-store foodservice operation.
Posted May 16, 2014

Frozen-Food Makers Launch $30 Million Image Campaign
American Frozen Food Institute hopes to improve sluggish sales with "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh" campaign.
Posted May 15, 2014

Tim Hortons Lays Foundation for U.S. Growth
New products being developed to appeal to American food preferences.
Posted May 12, 2014

New Flavors, Products Coming to Fast-Food Menus
QSRs are testing new food items to see which will stick or fail.
Posted May 12, 2014

Fast-Food Worker Strikes Expanding
Workers in up to 150 cities worldwide are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers.
Posted May 9, 2014

Putting Google Glass to the Test
Operators explore ways to leverage the tech giant’s latest innovation.
Posted May 9, 2014

Subway Sets its Sights on 8,000 U.S. Units
The sandwich chain also has added hummus and thinner-sliced deli meats to its menu.
Posted May 8, 2014

Planters Gives Mr. Peanut a New Mission
Company hopes that new flavors will bring new respect for the “lowly peanut.”
Posted May 6, 2014

Coffee Prices Expected to Soar Still Higher
Prices have already doubled since December, with real threat looming for 2015.
Posted May 5, 2014

Single-Bottle Beer Sale Bill Heads to Missouri Governor for Approval
Law would take effect in 2015 and allow the sale of single bottles, cans or pouches of beer.
Posted May 1, 2014

Calorie Labels Go Beyond Menus
White House currently has the rules and FDA expects them to be finalized soon.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

New Research on Coffee Preferences of Millennials
Preferences vary within Millennial subgroups, evolving from sweeter to more traditional drinks.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Report Cites Cultural Factors Impact on Snacking Habits
Americans are consuming more nutritious food while snacking.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Coffee Giant Goes After Lucrative Tea Market
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the coffee company wants to conquer the $90 billion tea market.
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Taco Bell Goes Fast-Casual
The fast-food chain is hoping the new taco concept will appeal to a new customer base.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

Hershey’s Launches S’mores Grilling Promo
Hershey’s is awarding more than 1,000 grilling sets to promote its S’mores treats.
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Meatloaf Takes Center Plate
The once ubiquitous staple of restaurants has been making a quiet comeback.
Posted Apr 23, 2014

McDonald's Taps Into Local Décor in China
Bamboo basket lights, abacus room divider establish an upscale, aspirational environment at a new restaurant.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Kraft Recalls Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners recalled, as Classic Cheese Dogs were accidentally placed in Classic Wieners packaging.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

War Is Apparently the Answer in the Battle for Breakfast
If fast-foods chains continue battling it out in the breakfast space, are they leaving lunch and dinner open for the taking?
Posted Apr 18, 2014

NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Strategy Program
The May 1-2 program helps convenience retailers identify areas of opportunity within their foodservice strategy, as well as common pitfalls.
Posted Apr 17, 2014

Food Costs Surging
Meat and produce lead price gains in the latest Consumer Price Index.
Posted Apr 17, 2014

Baskin-Robbins Offering L.A. Franchise Opportunities, Incentives
Company is also offering strong franchise incentives to military veterans.
Posted Apr 16, 2014

Domino's Pizza Introduces Specialty Chicken
The pizza chain is promoting its first new menu item since Handmade Pan Pizza.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Panera CEO Weighs in on Breakfast Wars
"Don't try to beat them. Be who you are,” says Ron Shaich of Panera.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Frozen Food Makers Looking to Heat Up Sales
The American Frozen Food Institute is finalizing a major PR push that will reinforce the nutritional value of frozen foods.
Posted Apr 14, 2014

U.S. Beef Prices Skyrocket
Low cattle herds because of extreme weather have triggered soaring prices for beef.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Expands East Coast Presence
The company opened its first flagship café in Washington, D.C, a block away from the White House.
Posted Apr 8, 2014

McDonald’s and Taco Bell Continue Breakfast Bashing
The breakfast wars look more like a boxing match, with Taco Bell landing the stronger punches.
Posted Apr 8, 2014

FDA Sends Final Menu-Labeling Rules to White House
It’s hard to say how the final regulations differ from the starting place.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Customers Chide Starbucks Into Returning Lemon Cake
After consumers complained about changes to its menus, Starbucks has revamped it to bring back a few favorites.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Quality, Variety Key for Pizza
The consumption of the savory pies is high, with people eating pizza around 3 times monthly.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cafés Pass QSRs in Growth Speed
From coffee shops to bakeries, cafés have become one of the most popular places for Americans.
Posted Apr 1, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Introduces LTO PEEPS Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts partners with confectionary favorite to launch a limited-time-only treat.
Posted Mar 28, 2014

Calorie Counting Bill Advances in Louisiana
Bill would apply to restaurants with 15 or more locations in the Bayou State.
Posted Mar 27, 2014

Caribou Coffee Expands Lunch Menu
Coffeehouse launches a new line of premium, toasted lunch sandwiches.
Posted Mar 27, 2014

American Coffee Consumption Drops
While only a slight decrease from the year before, Americans are sipping less coffee each day.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

California Chefs Bare Knuckles in Glove Fight
State foodservice workers are flouting a ban on bare-hand contact with food that will be enforced in July.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Starbucks to Sell Alcohol at Thousands of Stores
Thousands of Starbucks nationwide will begin a daily happy hour at 4:00 pm.
Posted Mar 25, 2014

Burger King to Launch Mobile Payment Option
The burger chain will add the ability to accept payments from mobile devices at U.S. locations in April.
Posted Mar 21, 2014

Snacking on the Rise
A new study highlights ways retailers can drive snacking traffic and sales.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

Subway to Open 1,300 U.K. Locations
The sandwich chain has ambitious plans to blanket the United Kingdom with its shops, particularly eyeing units in service stations.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

Wendy’s CEO Pledges Food Makeover
The company is following Subway’s lead in eliminating chemistry lab-like ingredients from its foods.
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Domino’s Offering March Madness Deal
All online orders through March 23 will earn a 50% discount.
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Shoe Entrepreneur Expands Into Coffee
Toms has developed a line of coffee in which the sales will be used to provide clean water for remote countries.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

Restaurant Spending Will Decrease This Year
A new study finds that diners say they will spend 9.1% less per meal.
Posted Mar 12, 2014

Subway’s Footlong Secret
The chain’s marketing chief reveals the success of its wildly popular $5 Footlong promotion.
Posted Mar 12, 2014

Changing Eating Habits Send McDonald’s Sales Downward
McDonald’s is looking to modify its menu to appeal to changing eating habits.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Reasons Why Wawa Rates With Customers
Customers from Wawa-inhabited towns say what they love about the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.
Posted Mar 10, 2014

Taco Bell at Home Expands
Taco Bell Ultimate Taco Night Kits to be distributed at grocery stores.
Posted Mar 7, 2014

Starbucks Broadens Espresso, Sandwich Offerings
Vanilla Macchiato and four new breakfast sandwiches enhance Starbucks’ breakfast lineup.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

Burger King Adds Satisfries to Kids’ Meals
Adding Satisfries to kids meals “a step in the right direction,” says Burger King CMO.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

DIY Pizza Orders Tableside
Pizza Hut is piloting an interactive tabletop that would allow guests to select their own pizzas via a touchscreen.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

McDonald's Tests Burger Customization
Personalized ordering allows consumers to build their own burger.
Posted Mar 3, 2014

‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Found in More Than 500 Products
Azodicarbonamide, the controversial chemical found in bread products, is striking a chord with consumers and Congress.
Posted Mar 3, 2014

FDA Revamps Nutrition Labels
For the first time in two decades, the agency has overhauled data on food packages to emphasize calories and sugar.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

Taco Bell Launches Breakfast Menu Nationally
Meanwhile, McDonald’s and Starbucks tinker with their morning meal offerings as well.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Consumers Looking Beyond Supermarkets for Groceries
Seventy-seven percent of Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers bought groceries from a non-grocery outlet last year.
Posted Feb 20, 2014

Gluten-Free Is Everywhere
From cookies to vodka, Americans are gobbling up gluten-free products.
Posted Feb 20, 2014

Paying for Obesity
Lawyers are urging state attorneys general to make CPG companies pay for obesity-related health-care costs.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

Chick-fil-A Rebuilds Chickens
The QSR commits to serving antibiotic-free chicken at all of its U.S. restaurants within five years.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

Senator Schumer Calls on FDA to Ban Bread Chemical
Schumer’s urging follows an announcement last week by Subway that it was removing azodicarbonamide from its bread.
Posted Feb 11, 2014

Web Ordering Option Gives Pizza Chains a Competitive Edge
Market share for pizza restaurants is growing for those who offer digital ordering.
Posted Feb 11, 2014

New SNAP Provisions Become Law
President Obama signed into law the Farm Bill that includes new provisions for retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

Food Industry Pushes Voluntary GMO Labeling
Major food companies are proposing a plan to allow voluntary labeling of genetically modified ingredients to avoid possible mandatory requirements.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

Outrageous Food Finds
The United States might not have the market cornered for wacky and tasty fast food finds.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

Cheese Prices Could Trigger Higher Pizza Cost
Bad weather contributed to more U.S. exports of cheese, thus making pizza’s costliest ingredient even pricier.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Restaurant Industry Enters Fifth Consecutive Year of Sales Growth
The National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast predicts sales will exceed $683 billion this year.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Giant Opens Smoothie Bar
Grocery chain is testing its first smoothie bar at a Virginia store.
Posted Feb 6, 2014

Congress Passes Farm Bill With SNAP Provisions
The bill, which imposes additional obligations on SNAP retailers, now heads to President Obama for his signature.
Posted Feb 5, 2014

Common Sense Needed for Menu Labeling
The Washington Times opines that customers will end up paying for costs associated with menu-labeling regulations through higher food prices.
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Burger King Tests Chicken and Waffles
For now, the QSR has no plans to run with its chicken and waffle sandwich.
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Group Aims to Improve Food at Philadelphia Corner Stores
Philadelphia’s Healthy Corner Stores Network is recruiting corner stores to sell more nutritious food items.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

7-Eleven Launches Super Deals for the Big Game
Convenience store chain launches $5.55 pizza and $10 pizza + wings deals.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

McDonald’s Admits to Customer Relevancy Dilemma
CEO Don Thompson announced that the QSR has been sliding in customer relevancy after announcing the number of customers has declined by nearly 2%.
Posted Jan 27, 2014

Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Buffalo Wing ever served.
Posted Jan 24, 2014

7-Eleven Pushes Fresh Food
The convenience store chain is using healthful options to its “competitive advantage.”
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Pizza Hut Reveals Fast-Casual Dining Concept
Reports that Pizza Hut is testing pizza by the slice lead to a larger conversation about the chain’s new fast-casual restaurants.
Posted Jan 20, 2014

Limited-Service Restaurants Increase Wine Sales
The fast-casual brands have seen the most improvement for wine sales.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

GMA Urges Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Standard
The Grocery Manufacturers Association intends to push lawmakers to adopt a federal genetically modified foods labeling standard.
Posted Jan 16, 2014

Pizza Hut Begins Dishing Out Singles
Pizza Hut has begun offering single slices in select locations, an effort to compete with independent restaurants, QSRs and supermarkets.
Posted Jan 16, 2014

7-Eleven Launches Egg White Breakfast Sandwich
New sandwich weighs in at 180 calories, 13 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat.
Posted Jan 14, 2014

Hal King of Chick-fil-A Delves Into Food Safety Programs
An upcoming webinar presented by Ecolab will discuss the components of a successful food safety program at retail locations.
Posted Jan 13, 2014

India Develops Taste for U.S. QSR Food
Fast-food chains are flourishing in the country that has not formerly welcomed foreign companies.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

California Restaurants Must Use Gloves or Utensils to Handle Food
A new food handling law, which took effect January 1, will undergo a soft enforcement rollout.
Posted Jan 9, 2014

Wendy’s Breathing Down McDonald’s Neck
The QSR chain has turned around its fortunes in the past two years enough that its shares have risen more than 80%.
Posted Jan 8, 2014

Spice Is Nice
Hot-and-spicy proves to be a profitable trend for fast food menu items.
Posted Jan 6, 2014

Regulations Send QSRs Overseas
The owner of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. said U.S. rules are making it harder to open new restaurants.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Wendy’s Adds Spice to Value Menu
The QSR is adding two new chipotle sandwiches to its value menu.
Posted Dec 31, 2013

A Happier Happy Meal
A new Cornell study suggests that healthier options in McDonald’s Happy Meals may help kids cut calories.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Colorado Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products
The recalls cite products that were produced under insanitary conditions.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Restaurant Sales Limping to the Finish Line
November restaurant traffic and sales disappoint, with operators hoping for a more profitable 2014.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Five Foodservice Trends to Watch in 2014
Mintel announces five US foodservice trends for 2014 that are likely to influence restaurant menus and growth.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Restaurants Take Gluten-Free More Seriously
Chains have begun to randomly test food preparation to ensure a gluten-free process.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

NYC to Halt Food Cart Ordinance
Commission will study the impact of relaxing the city’s food cart and food truck rules.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

What Customers Want in C-Store Foodservice
A new Technomic report reveals the answer is more than a matter of convenience.
Posted Dec 13, 2013

Wendy’s Backs Away From the Pretzel Bun
The limited-time offer is being pulled from menus.
Posted Dec 9, 2013

Restaurant Menu Calorie Data Goes Unread
Not many customers are pursuing the nutrition information chain restaurants have posted.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Another QSR Strike Scheduled for Thursday
Fast-food employees in around 100 cities will refuse to work tomorrow.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

Trans Fat Ban Could Impact Restaurants
Operators wonder if they’ll need to reformulate baked goods and fried foods under the proposed FDA ban.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

Survey Predicts Fewer Restaurant Visits in 2014
However, the number-one reason for eating out less is that diners want more healthy food options.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

A Different Kind of Liquid Lunch
“Fast” soup has grown in popularity as a lunchtime, on-the-go option.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

Op-Ed Argues for Common-Sense Menu Labeling
CEOs of the pizza, grocery and convenience store industry pen an op-ed in this week’s Detroit News, supporting the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

A-B InBev to Launch 'Johnny Appleseed' Cider
The new brand is considered validation of the cider category’s growth.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

NYC Restaurant Owners Voice Opposition to Foam Foodservice Ban
Concerned restaurateurs and citizens fill City Hall to object to a proposal that they maintain would raise costs and increase waste.
Posted Nov 26, 2013

Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate will allow the Food & Drug Administration to satisfy Congress’ menu-labeling objectives without unnecessarily burdening most convenience stores.
Posted Nov 22, 2013

Menu-Labeling Would Control What You Eat
Obamacare’s menu-labeling regulations will be costly and time-consuming for businesses to comply with.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Building a Better Drive Thru
McDonald’s is looking to speed up service at its drive-thrus.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

QSRs Wean Consumers Off Salt and Sugar
Some quick-service chains have been making strides toward offering healthy options over time without consumers necessarily realizing the shift.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

‘Real’ Food Will Be Big on Menus in 2014
Technomic reveals its take on the top 10 menu trends for next year.
Posted Nov 15, 2013

More Restaurants Push Veggies
Produce has moved from the peripheral side item to center stage on the plate.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

A Fresher Vending Selection
Farmer’s Fridge has proved made-from-scratch foods in a vending machine is possible.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

90 Tons of Salads, Sandwiches Recalled
E. coli linked to prepackaged salads and sandwiches that were distributed to six states.
Posted Nov 12, 2013

Trending? Wendy’s Looks to Brioche to Boost Its Melt
Wendy’s is winding down its limited time offering of the pretzel bun, just in time for the debut of its brioche bun.
Posted Nov 11, 2013

Trending in 2014: Sour Beer, Craft Soda
Craft sodas, sour beer, pressed juices will be on the rise in 2014, according to a restaurant consultant group.
Posted Nov 11, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fat in Some Foods
Agency has opened a 60-day review period to receive input from the food industry and experts as it considers banning trans fat from dozens of food products.
Posted Nov 11, 2013

Einstein Bros. Bagels Expanding Non-Traditional Format
Bagel chain continues to grow its brand on college campuses, airports, medical centers and other high-traffic locations.
Posted Nov 7, 2013

Subway Introduces Fiery Footlongs
Sandwich chain turns up the heat with Sriracha sauce.
Posted Nov 5, 2013

Tyson Foods Views C-stores as Integral in Moving More Chicken
The chicken supplier sees convenience retailers as the ideal place to offer fresh prepared food.
Posted Nov 4, 2013

Dollar Menu Prices Rise
Burger chains are upping the prices on their value menus beyond a buck.
Posted Nov 4, 2013

Burger King Listens to Franchisees
The burger chain will debut “fewer, more impactful” products of interest to both franchisees and the company.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Top 10 Food List for 2014 Includes Nutty Milks, Yolks
Look for lemons, teas and seaweed on restaurant menus and store shelves in 2014.
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Study: Food Industry Can Improve Safety Compliance
Supervisor observations and training can lead to employee behavioral change.
Posted Oct 30, 2013

Are Mobile Payments Right for Your QSR?
Dunn Bros. Coffee CMO helps retailers assess the viability of mobile payments for their restaurant.
Posted Oct 29, 2013

Rich's Offers Gluten-Free Solutions for Foodservice Operators
To help foodservice establishments meet the consumer demand for gluten-free foods, Rich’s is expanding its gluten-free offerings.
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Judges Mull Keeping SNAP Payments Secret
A newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how much participating retailers receive from SNAP purchases.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Ultimate Line Debuts on Rutter’s Menu
The convenience store is adding new burgers, tacos and quesadillas to its menu.
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jack-in-the-Box Unveils Late Night Meals
Munchie Meals cater to Millennial night owls.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

McDonald’s Dollar Menu Rollouts Nationally
The company is banking on the new value platform to spur sales after a rather tepid showing so far this year.
Posted Oct 23, 2013

USA Today Touts Gourmet Fare at Gas Stations
“Park, pump, and pig out” at gas stations, USA Today writes.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

Gas Stations Increasingly Popular Destinations for Food
CNBC explores the growing trends of upscale food in gas stations.
Posted Oct 17, 2013

No More Homemade Sauces
A Dairy Queen is forced to stop making from-scratch sauces because of menu-labeling requirements.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Battle Lines Drawn in Washington State Over GMOs
The food industry is spending millions to defeat the state’s Initiative 552, which requires labeling of some food and beverages that include genetically modified ingredients.
Posted Oct 8, 2013

C-Stores Going After QSR Dollars
Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the enhanced foodservice programs that are emerging in the industry.
Posted Oct 3, 2013

Walmart Plans to Double Beer Sales in Three Years
Having already tripled its total alcohol sales in the past decade, Walmart sees room for far more growth.
Posted Oct 3, 2013

Whoopee! Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Whoopie Pies
Baskin-Robbins introduces Ice Cream Whoopie Pies.
Posted Oct 3, 2013

Aquafina FlavorSplash Launches New Sparkling Beverages, Water Enhancers
New line of beverages and liquid water enhancers are targeted to teens.
Posted Oct 3, 2013

Fill ‘Er Up With Food and Fuel
If you want gourmet food, look no further than at a number of Washington, D.C.-area gas stations.
Posted Sep 30, 2013

A Twisted Love Affair
Pretzels have taken over as the new “bread” in sandwiches on menus from Wendy’s to 7-Eleven.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Lunch Visits for Prepared Foods Jump by Double-Digits Since 2008
The recent report by NPD also finds that restaurant lunch visits have dropped during the same time period.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Starbucks Brings La Boulange East
The coffeehouse chain will add the bakery’s pastries to select New York and Boston locations, with further expansion put on hold until after the holidays.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Convenience Stores Serve Up Gourmet Fare
A Ft. Myers newspaper highlights the upgraded foodservice efforts of convenience stores in Florida.
Posted Sep 19, 2013

Consumers on the Run Open Up Opportunities
Americans are blurring eating occasions more and more, opening up new growth opportunities as consumers who eat on the fly are increasing.
Posted Sep 18, 2013

U.S. Restaurant Traffic Increases Modestly
The average check growth drove spending gains in the second quarter.
Posted Sep 18, 2013

Fountain Drinks Drive Foodservice Sales
In convenience stores, customers often buy foodservice items because of the location’s beverages.
Posted Sep 13, 2013

More Bang for a Buck Coming to McDonald’s
The QSR is testing a new value menu version called Dollar Menu & More in five U.S. markets.
Posted Sep 9, 2013

Krispy Kreme Pushes Smaller Units
The donut chain is looking to a 2,400-square-foot prototype to drive franchising growth.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

7-Eleven, Pillsbury Introduce a Warm Cinnamon Roll
The roll is Pillsbury’s first branded fresh bakery item with a convenience store.
Posted Sep 5, 2013

Bread Wars: Subway Goes Garlic
Subway is hoping its new garlic bread — and its aroma — will lure customers.
Posted Aug 27, 2013

LYFE Begins in California
In California, a new restaurant concept developed by former McDonald’s executives offers food options for a variety of diets, including paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Posted Aug 27, 2013

Bob Evans Develops New Concept
The new prototype is a fraction of a traditional Bob Evans restaurant and allows the company to leverage its brand and explore opportunities in non-traditional locations,
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Millennials Source More Than Two-Thirds of Their Dinner Meals from Home
According to the NPD Group, this demographic likes satisfying, quick, economical and restaurant-like in-home meals.
Posted Aug 23, 2013

Chipotle Effect Helps Move QSR Fare Upscale
QSRs are opening new store concepts or expanding their existing menu, capitalizing on evolving consumer tastes and expectations.
Posted Aug 13, 2013

Americans Enter the Iced Coffee Age
The cold beverage’s popularity extends beyond the summer.
Posted Aug 9, 2013

FDA Defines ‘Gluten Free’
The definition clarifies how restaurants and other foodservice establishments can label food items without gluten.
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Fast-Food Value Menus Light on Waistline
Food items on the value menu often carry a lower calorie load than premium menu items.
Posted Aug 8, 2013

Healthy Eating Stays at Home
When dining away from home, most consumers choose menu items that they couldn’t or wouldn’t make at home.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

Lawmaker Targets Food Advertising to Kids
A new proposal by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) seeks to dissuade “junk food” ads targeting kids by eliminating eligible tax deductions.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

U.S. Total Restaurant Count Increases
The number of units jumped 3,045 over last year.
Posted Aug 1, 2013

7-Eleven Launches Summer of Snacking
The retailer responds to snacker needs with new bites, treats and deals.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

It’s Burger Time
A new Technomic report suggests that consumers are eating more burgers than ever before.
Posted Jul 26, 2013

Food Makers Hire Chefs to Create Healthier Products
Chefs are helping food makers and restaurant chains figure out how to improve nutrition while keeping flavor.
Posted Jul 25, 2013

More Convenience, More Food
In Florida, convenience store operators are moving toward fresh food options to elevate the industry’s image and attract hungry customers.
Posted Jul 22, 2013

Chopping Their Way to the Top
Salads are taking the Northeast by storm as a top lunch pick.
Posted Jul 19, 2013

Fast-Casual Restaurants Continue to Accelerate
Growth in the fast-casual segment shows no signs of slowing down, according to Technomic.
Posted Jul 19, 2013

Sales of Prepared Foods to Skyrocket
From retail locations, prepared foods will grow twice as much as restaurant visits over the next decade, according to NPD Group research.
Posted Jul 17, 2013

Baltimore-Area C-Stores Redefine Convenience
Retailers such as Royal Farms, Wawa and 7-Eleven are vying for consumer dollars with fresh foodservice and meals to go.
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Menu Spices Up Breakfast
A Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich and the Raspberry Lime Coolatta highlight the donut chain’s new summer offerings.
Posted Jul 2, 2013

Casey’s Bakes Up Pizza-Only Store
Midwest convenience store operator Casey’s General Stores is testing a new pizza-only store concept.
Posted Jul 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Consumers Win Among Competitive C-Store Landscape
Both Sheetz and GetGo continue to raise the bar on offering fresh-prepared foodservice.
Posted Jul 1, 2013

Food Manufacturers, Retailers Benchmark Food Waste Metrics
The findings help accelerate industry food waste reduction efforts.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Wendy’s Officially Launches Pretzel Burger
Rumors have been flying for months, but beginning today the QSR will finally bring its pretzel burger roll to its locations nationwide.
Posted Jun 24, 2013

Grab-and-Go Sales on the Rise
Packaging Digest offers tips to help retailers leverage the growth of the grab-and-go drink segment.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Breakfast Sandwich Nationwide
The donut chain has been testing its Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, made with a fried egg and bacon, since mid-spring.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Convenience, Gas and Sushi
Retailers like Mr. Fast in Texas continue to redefine and innovate convenience store foodservice.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Sonic Goes After the After-School Crowd
While most chains battle it out for the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd, Sonic Drive-In wants to corner the “happy hour” crowd.
Posted Jun 3, 2013

A Pretzel of a Burger
The buzz surrounding Wendy’s pretzel burger has tapped into a new trend.
Posted May 31, 2013

7-Eleven Launches Breakfast Empanada Bites
The hot and savory breakfast item builds on the success of earlier Latin-inspired hot food snacks.
Posted May 30, 2013

U.S. Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1
In addition, restaurant spending and average check size increased by 2% during the same time period.
Posted May 29, 2013

Technomic Reveals Initial 2014 Foodservice Industry Forecast
Moderate foodservice growth is anticipated for 2014, with growth at independent restaurants outpacing growth at chains.
Posted May 23, 2013

Finding Common Ground
What convenience stores can teach restaurants, and vice versa.
Posted May 22, 2013

More Changes Coming for McDonald’s
Caesar Salad, McSkillet Burrito, Southern Style Biscuit could end up following the same path as the Angus Burger.
Posted May 21, 2013

Breakfast Sandwich Offers Rise and Shine
The popularity of breakfast sandwiches is increasing, with bacon holding the top spot as the most popular protein.
Posted May 16, 2013

McDonald’s Debuts Trio of New Burgers
The quarter pounders will take the place of the retiring Angus Third Pounders. Meanwhile, Taco Bell is testing a waffle taco for breakfast.
Posted May 16, 2013

Dining Out for Sandwiches on the Rise
Consumers are embracing the sandwich, a $27.7 billion category, according to Technomic data.
Posted May 7, 2013

McDonald’s Eyes Expanded Breakfast, Delivery
All-day breakfast, delivery and loyalty rewards are all options as the company aims to grow sales.
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Burger King Begins California Home Delivery
The burger chain is testing a new home-delivery program in Glendale.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

McDonald’s $1 Menu Fails to Lift Sales
Offering the cheapest menu may not be the best strategy to pursue in light of changing consumer taste preferences.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

Chick-fil-A Adds Premium Salads and Wraps
The QSR is also adding calorie counts to menu boards at all locations.
Posted Apr 18, 2013

McDonald’s Value-Driven Strategy Sacrificing Margins
McDonald’s continues to drive home value for budget-conscious consumers — but at what cost?
Posted Apr 16, 2013

A&W Tests Fast-Casual Concept
The new restaurant will pattern itself after the fast-casual Five Guys and Smashburger chains.
Posted Apr 16, 2013

Arby’s Offers Curly Fry Tax-Day Relief
Third annual Tax Day giveaway provides free fries and potato cakes, plus the chance to win $500 in tax relief.
Posted Apr 11, 2013

Can Fast Food Be Healthful and Tasty?
A New York Times Magazine food writer seeks out healthy foods that are delivered fast and for a modest price: Is that too much to ask?
Posted Apr 9, 2013

New York QSR Workers Rally for Better Pay
Protester demands include the right to unionize without interference and a hefty wage increase.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

Tea for More Than Two
The health benefits of tea have given its popularity in the United States a big bump.
Posted Apr 3, 2013

Paying it Forward One Chili Bowl at a Time
At Panera locations in St. Louis, diners are asked to pay what they want when ordering the turkey chili bread bowl.
Posted Apr 3, 2013

Florida Brewers Urge Legalization of 64-Ounce Growlers
Opponents maintain growlers thwart the three-tier system of alcohol distribution.
Posted Apr 2, 2013

Gas Station Sushi Anything but Fishy
Raw fish, fuel and c-store merchandise are a winning combination for a BP station in Memphis.
Posted Mar 25, 2013

McDonald's Targets Subway With McWrap
The burger chain is moving forward with the national launch of its wrap sandwich.
Posted Mar 22, 2013

Ethnic Foods Appeal to Young, Households With Kids
A new study by Mintel finds that younger Americans and households with children will remain key to the ethnic food market.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Pump & Pantry Partners With Cinnabon
The Nebraska convenience store chain will become the first to feature Cinnabon products.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

No Yolk Is No Joke!
McDonald's is introducing a healthier version of its Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich nationwide on April 22.
Posted Mar 18, 2013

Global Foodservice Traffic Sluggish in Q4
During the last months of 2012, global foodservice was down but spending jumped in many countries.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

QSRs Generate Buzz With Secret Menu Items
Chains offering items that are not posted on menus are creating passionate consumer followings.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

Technomic Report Examines Restaurant Loyalty
"We've come a long way since the tenth-meal-is-free punch cards," says Technomic.
Posted Mar 12, 2013

Tedeschi Food Shops Rolls Out 400 Calories or Less Menu
New menu items are designed to accommodate healthy shoppers who want to eat better but not sacrifice taste.
Posted Mar 11, 2013

No Gluten for Me!
The percentage of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten is at an all-time high.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

7-Eleven Beefs Up Fresh Foods Menu
The chain is focusing more on fresh foods with the recent introduction of new premium sandwiches and packaging.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Going Beyond Rotisserie Chicken
Prepared foods prove to be a top strategic imperative for supermarkets and other retailers, including convenience stores.
Posted Mar 1, 2013

Chain Restaurants Go Light
Menus are offering lower calorie options and smaller portions as consumers continue to watch their waistlines.
Posted Mar 1, 2013

Time for Tea
Iced and hot teas are gaining a following among restaurant customers.
Posted Feb 20, 2013

McDonald's Has Smaller Fish to Fry
The QSR chain is offering new Fish McBites in Philadelphia through March.
Posted Feb 14, 2013

Australian McDonald's Offers Table Service, New Name
A franchise outside of Sydney is now offering table service, while several others have changed their signage to Macca's, a reference to its local nickname.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

No Dollar Menus Here
The economy may be sluggish, but fast-casual chains such as Chipotle and Panera are edging out their QSR competition.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Low-Cal Menu Items Boost Chain Restaurant Growth
A new report finds that during a five-year period, low-calorie drinks and food drove growth for chain restaurants and QSRs such as Panera, Wendy's and McDonald's.
Posted Feb 8, 2013

How Can the Big Game Bring Big Business?
What will be viewers be eating and drinking this Super Bowl Sunday? Most of it is stuff that c-stores sell.
Posted Feb 1, 2013

Tofu Spices Up Chipotle Menu
The fast-casual chain is testing "Sofritas" in seven San Francisco restaurants.
Posted Jan 31, 2013

Fast-Food Restaurants Go Upscale
Taco Bell is one example of how QSRs are trying to reinvent themselves to snare more fast-casual diners.
Posted Jan 23, 2013

Convenience Stores Offer More Food
Bloomberg BusinessWeek calls sandwiches "the new cigarettes" at 7-Eleven stores.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Chipotle to Launch Catering Division
The QSR is planning to offer catering at all of its U.S. restaurants in the coming months.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts Entering SoCal Market
The company is recruiting multi-unit franchisees for Southern California, along with foodservice operators for a range of non-traditional venues.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

Breakfast Pizzas Appear on More A.M. Menus
Pizza is making a move to the morning daypart with toppings such as eggs, sausage, cheese and bacon.
Posted Jan 16, 2013

Wisconsin Frozen Pizza Makers Rolling in Dough
Private-label frozen pizza makers comprise a sizable share of national sales, with many of the pizzas made in the Badger state.
Posted Jan 15, 2013

Taco Bell Offers New $1 Value Menu
The QSR chain is testing a new Cravings Menu in California and Tennessee.
Posted Jan 15, 2013

Wendy's Tests a Pretzel Burger Bun
The QSR chain is testing a bacon cheeseburger in select locations that's served on a pretzel-like bun.
Posted Jan 14, 2013

Restaurants Shy Away from Price Hikes
To counter rising food costs, a new survey suggests that chains are promoting items with lower food costs, renegotiating contracts, changing suppliers and reducing portion sizes.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

Gone in 60 Seconds
McDonald's Japan's attempt to serve lunch within a 60-second time frame is not resonating with customers.
Posted Jan 11, 2013

McDonald's Wings It
The QSR is expanding its test marketing of chicken wings to Chicago.
Posted Jan 9, 2013

Jamba Juice Debuts Meals for Children
The chain is offering smoothies paired with food in its first kid-sized meals.
Posted Jan 8, 2013

FDA Begins Implementation of Food Safety Laws
The agency is proposing new food safety standards for foodborne illness prevention and produce safety.
Posted Jan 7, 2013

Restaurant Chains Expand Into Nontraditional Outlets
More restaurants are moving into convenience stores, travel centers and other retail locations.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Wendy's Super-Sizes Value Menu
The QSR chain has added more options to its core group of dollar menu items.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Starbucks Re-Launches Steel-Cut Oatmeal
The foodservice fare, renamed Starbucks Classic Oatmeal, is now available in 4,500 U.S. stores.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Burger King Registers Strong Sales
The growth is tied to advertising of limited-time offerings.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Consumers Like to Explore New Restaurant Technologies
Especially in relation to ordering food, customers are open to using technology to enhance their dining out experience.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

75-Cent Coffees Today at Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons celebrates the opening of its 750th U.S. store with 75-cent coffees all day today.
Posted Oct 30, 2012

2013 Food Trends Spotlight Specialty Beverages, Fast-Casual, Green Veggies
Two foodservice consultant firms weigh in on 2013 food trends.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Scary Good: Candy Corn Makes a Comeback
The conical orange, yellow and white treat is not just for Halloween any more.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Panera Bread Tops List of Favorite Sandwich Chains
Subway had more customers, while Jason's Deli and McAlister's Deli are both on the rise.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

A Free Taco for Every American
Taco Bell promo ties in with World Series, allowing everyone in America the chance to get a Doritos Locos Tacos gratis.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

Gluten-Free Food Sales Continue to Rise
Market is estimated to generate $4.2 billion in sales this year, with snacks and granola bars comprising the largest percentage of sales.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

NY Summit Focuses on Expanding State's Booze Production
Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit to groom state's burgeoning alcoholic beverage industry.
Posted Oct 25, 2012

D.C. Council Members Intrigued by Sugared Drink Ban
Several members would like to restrict the size of sugared soft drinks in the Capitol city.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

China's Love Affair With Fast Food Slumps
Coke, KFC and McDonald's sales have dropped after several years of growth.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

Big Brewers Investing in Cider
In an effort to counter the rise of craft beer sales, major brewers are placing their bets on cider.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Dollar Stores Grabbing Larger Share of Food Dollars
Shoppers are choosing dollar stores over supermarkets for cleaning supplies and personal products, which is leading to larger food baskets.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Competition Cuts into McDonald's Growth
Easing food prices renews menu price wars, with McDonald's suffering from the increased competition.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Is Budweiser 'Black Crown' On Tap?
A-B InBev may be readying a 6% ABV beer, according to an application it filed with the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Drought Hits Restaurants Hard
Foodservice establishments raise prices but downsize portions as the Midwest dry spell pushes up commodity costs.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

Exhibitors Tap Into New Food Trends at the NACS Show
From caffeinated ice cream to tea energy drinks, the NACS Show showcases innovative products, trends and services.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Starbucks Pilots New Bakery Items
The coffee chain has rolled out toasted croissants and other baked goods in San Francisco.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

McBean?
McDonald's registers trademarks for its whole bean and ground coffees.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Pizza Hut Downsizes to Enhance Delivery
The pizza chain is refocusing on the delivery portion of its business.
Posted Oct 5, 2012

Food Profiling: Georgia Food Inspections to Focus on Risk
Stretched resources prompt Georgia food inspectors to focus on risk, not uniform inspection timelines.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

Arby's Looks to Sheds Fast Food Image
The QSR is revamping its image, hoping to convince diners that it is a destination for fresh food.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

Got (Organic) Milk?
Organic milk sales increased sharply in 2011, while total milk sales fell 1.7%.
Posted Sep 25, 2012

Michigan State University Introduces Campus Food Truck
Eat at State On-the-Go will offer menu items made with campus-grown and local ingredients grown at the university's organic farm, dairy story and bakery.
Posted Sep 24, 2012

McRib Fans Have Longer Wait
McDonald's will keep the fall favorite off the menu until late December.
Posted Sep 19, 2012

McDonald's Adds Calorie Counts to Menu Boards
Beginning next week, all McDonald's locations in the United States will provide calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menu boards.
Posted Sep 13, 2012

Food Pantries Receiving Less From Federal Government
With less surplus food available for purchase, the federal government has been unable to meet previous years' donations to food pantries, which are struggling to fill shelves.
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Filling Up on Burgers and Fuel
Some Texas Shell stations have partnered with Sonic Drive-In to offer ordering at the pump.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

Domino's Redesigns Stores With Eye on Carryout Comfort
The pizza chain says the redesign project is not an indication that it's focusing on dine-in customers.
Posted Sep 5, 2012

National Food Safety Month Kicks Off
NACS is helping retailers ensure food safety within their operations by offering the ServSafe certification course on October 7 at the NACS Show, followed by a final exam the morning of October 8.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Rutter's Adds High-End Coffee Drinks to Menu
The new drinks added to the York, Pa.-based convenience store chain's coffee bar offer include espresso, frappes and iced lattes.
Posted Aug 29, 2012

Food Trucks Move On Campus
To recapture diners who prefer buying from food trucks, college foodservice programs are going mobile.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

Bacon Retains Hold of Center Stage
The cured pork continues to turn up in a wide variety of foods, including vodka and brownies.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

Caribou Opening Coffeehouses in Chicago's Jewel-Osco Stores
As part of the partnership, Caribou will offer its signature coffeehouse as well as introduce its premium-packaged coffee throughout the Jewel-Osco network.
Posted Aug 21, 2012

Restaurants Bring Back the Discounts
After a summer of less-than-stellar sales, casual dining and QSR chains are vowing a return to value.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Popeyes Chicken Focuses on Suburbs
Rival KFC has been eyeing more international expansion instead of domestic stores.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

McDonald's Appeals to the Early Morning Crowd
The QSR is offering breakfast items starting at midnight in select markets.
Posted Aug 9, 2012

Convenience Stores Focus on Food
The convenience store industry's foodservice offer continues to deliver with a strong focus on fresh, quality ingredients that resonate with on-the-go shoppers.
Posted Aug 7, 2012

Foodservice Operators Hone Skills Aboard Food Trucks
Cheaper operating costs mean less risk than opening a bricks-and-mortar store.
Posted Aug 7, 2012

Better Burger Segment Continues Growth
Sales at fast-casual burger chains jumped 20.8% in 2011.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Dirty Bastard Gets the Green Light in Alabama
The state's liquor control agency lifts its ban of beers bearing a "bastard" moniker.
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Consumer Interest in Smaller Restaurant Meals Rises
The search for better values and a need to customize contribute to declines in combo meals.
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Illinois Establishes Fresh Food Fund for Underserved Areas
The fund will provide financing to independent grocery store operators and developers to open areas where fresh foods are not readily available.
Posted Jul 31, 2012

Unilever Calls on Restaurants to Help Reduce 10 Million Calories
The new "Seductive Nutrition Challenge" is advocating that small changes to top restaurant dishes can deliver a bit impact on healthy eating.
Posted Jul 31, 2012

Consumer Visits, Spending Help Restaurant Growth
Total restaurant units jumped 2,872 for the first positive change since 2009.
Posted Jul 27, 2012

New Windy City Target Includes Natural Foods Restaurant
U.K.-based Pret A Manger finds an urban home in a downtown Chicago Target store.
Posted Jul 26, 2012

CIOMA to Form Partnership With CSSARA
The California Independent Oil Marketers Association is forming a partnership with the California Service Station and Automotive Repair Association to offer a unified industry voice in California.
Posted Jul 25, 2012

Surgeon General to Issue Report on Sugary Sodas
A report by the Surgeon General "would pave the way for policy measures at all levels of government," argue health organizations and municipal public health departments.
Posted Jul 24, 2012

Food Prices To Go Higher
The Midwest drought destroys large supply of corn, which will lead to higher food prices.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Oregon Nixes Restaurant Worker Glove Requirement
Objections from the foodservice industry triggered a retraction of the "No Bare Hand Contact" provision.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Pret A Manger Takes Product Labeling to New Levels
The sandwich chain is printing saturated fat, sugar and sodium levels on its product labels.
Posted Jul 17, 2012

McDonald's Playing Chicken With its Menu
The new CEO of the fast-food chain is focusing on chicken as the economy continues to struggle.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

U.S. Heat Wave to Lead to Rise in Global Food Prices
Already, some international grain prices have risen to highs last seen during the 2007-2008 food crisis.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

Wendy's Unveils New Menu
The burger chain is also planning to redo its value menu and increase the number of store remodels.
Posted Jul 5, 2012

Restaurants Report Positive Sales for 12th Consecutive Month
Operators are optimistic about sales growth but are less bullish about the economy.
Posted Jul 5, 2012

Anheuser-Busch Shares History at Ballpark Village
The brewer has reached a licensing and sponsorship agreement on the opening of its first location by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium.
Posted Jul 3, 2012

Barbecue: A Restaurant Favorite
More operators are bringing the summer tradition of grilling onto their menus.
Posted Jul 3, 2012

Chicago Reconsiders Food Truck Ordinance
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan would require food trucks to meet three criteria that would keep the vendors from directly competing with nearby restaurants.
Posted Jun 27, 2012

Starbucks to Debut Tazo Tea Shop
The new store moves away from the beans and encourages patrons to blend their own tea-based beverages.
Posted Jun 22, 2012

Cambridge Mayor Considers a Soda Ban
The mayor of the Massachusetts town wants to limit the size of soda sold in restaurants.
Posted Jun 21, 2012

The Unstoppable Rise of QSRs
A new repot from Rabobank finds that by 2018, spending on food away from home will exceed food at home for the first time.
Posted Jun 20, 2012

Sheetz Invests $7.5 Million in New Coffee Brewing Technology
Current brewing systems are being replaced with a new system that improves taste consistency, gives customers more flavor choices and reduces paper waste.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

The Dippin' Chicken Craze
Restaurants are creating more varieties of fried chicken that can be dunked into sauces.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

QSRs Competing on Taste
Fresh, summer items are adding big flavors to QSR menus.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Taco Bell Expands Cantina Bell Menu Nationwide
Taco Bell's upscale menu hopes to compete with the fast-casual chain Chipotle on quality and price.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

Designer Drinks
Companies are offering more ways for customers to personalize their beverages.
Posted Jun 6, 2012

Starbucks Buys Bay Bread
The French-themed bakery will provide new menu items for U.S. Starbucks locations.
Posted Jun 6, 2012

Sandwiches Retain Popularity Among Consumers
Innovations for the lunchtime staple keep restaurant customers coming back for more.
Posted Jun 1, 2012

Restaurant Industry Predicts Positive Outlook for Summer Tourism
Many operators and analysts view the upcoming summer travel time as rosier than in previous years.
Posted May 30, 2012

Kids' Meals With Toys on the Decline
Better deals and more sophisticated palates are contributing to a drop in children's meals.
Posted May 23, 2012

Jettisoning the Kwik-E-Mart Image of C-Store Food
Convenience stores have improved their fresh food offerings, but still struggle with negative PR and consumer misperceptions.
Posted May 16, 2012

Fast-Casual Chains Dominate Restaurant Growth
The top 150 fast-casual chains increased 8.4% last year, compared to a growth rate of 6.6% in 2010.
Posted May 16, 2012

7-Eleven Launches Low-Calorie Slurpee
The Splenda-sweetened beverage is 7-Eleven's first low-calorie Slurpee available nationwide.
Posted May 15, 2012

Top Snack Trends Include Seaweed and Mango
New snack flavors incorporate multicultural influences.
Posted May 11, 2012

Hotel Food Turns Healthy
Chains feature healthier fare by trimming calories, reducing chemicals and additives.
Posted May 11, 2012

Future of C-Stores to Depend on Foodservice
NRA Show educational session includes insights on executing world-class convenience store foodservice.
Posted May 8, 2012

A-B Launches Michelob ULTRA Light Cider
Featuring 120 calories, the cider contains one-third fewer calories than traditional ciders and is naturally gluten-free.
Posted May 8, 2012

Community Coffee Launches New Teas
Company unveils two new summer iced tea flavors at the National Restaurant Association Show.
Posted May 8, 2012

Registration Now Open for NACS CAFÉ August Class
The upcoming NACS CAFÉ course takes place August 19 in Atlanta.
Posted May 7, 2012

Restaurant Performance Index Equals Post-Recession High
The first quarter finished strong with the majority of restaurant owners reporting higher same-store sales in March.
Posted May 2, 2012

Appetite for Children's Meals Wanes
Restaurants are seeing a decline in orders from kids' menus.
Posted Apr 25, 2012

Burger King Aggressively Promotes New Menu
The fast-food chain has earmarked $750 million to update stores, expand its menu, install digital menu boards and pay celebrity pitchmen and women.
Posted Apr 20, 2012

China Posts Double-Digit Gains in Foodservice
Around the globe, consumer spending on foodservice and store visits posted modest growth in the fourth quarter despite a rocky global economy.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

Dole Issues Bagged Salad Recall
Dole Food recalls bagged salad in 15 states, citing salmonella concerns.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

QSRs Court Franchisees
Fast-food chains like Burger King are divesting themselves of company-owned outlets for franchised units.
Posted Apr 13, 2012

Restaurants Mix Up the Flavor
Chains such as Applebee's, Dunkin' Donuts, Panda Express and Taco John's are hoping to boost customer foot traffic by experimenting with new flavor combinations.
Posted Apr 13, 2012

Five Healthy Snacks Found at Convenience Stores
From baked chips to smoothies, these snacks can help counter obesity.
Posted Apr 11, 2012

Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts Capture At-Home Coffee Drinkers
A new survey found that 61% of people who frequently drink coffee at home hardly ever buy coffee at QSRs or retail coffee shops.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

Hotels Find Room in Food Truck Category
Upscale hotels are rolling out food truck fare and leveraging convenience to grow sales.
Posted Mar 29, 2012

Krispy Kreme Pushes Coffee
The doughnut chain has a plan to triple coffee sales by 2015.
Posted Mar 23, 2012

Retailers Focus on Prepared Foods
Grocery stores are upping the ante on prepared foods with promotions and unique offerings.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

Seattle's Best Opens Car-Friendly Location
The Chicago-area unit is testing the drive-thru concept with a new menu.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

Jones Soda Releases Line of Low-Cal Drinks
Au Naturel will contain just carbonated water, all natural sweeteners and flavor essence.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Restaurants Get March Madness
With NCAA basketball heating up, many restaurant chains use the games to net sales.
Posted Mar 16, 2012

Snacking Gains Traction
Nearly half of consumers say they snack twice a day.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

Jiffy Mart Revamps Coffee Program
The chain has ditched its air and glass pots for a ThermoFresh Digital Server and Brewing system at each location.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

Starbucks Targets Nespresso's Upscale Brew-at-Home Customers
Nespresso's luxury brewing demographic is what the coffee giant craves.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Parker's Launches 64-ounce Craft Beer Jug Program
Savannah convenience store launches growler pilot program, selling craft beer in 64-ounce growlers.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Target Expands Fresh in 100 More Stores
Target is completing remodels at 100 stores later this month, all of which will offer a full selection of fresh food in roughly 10,000 square feet of space.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Hey, You Got Iced Tea in My Beer! Well You Got Beer in My Iced Tea!
Molson Coors to launch Coors Light Iced Tea and focus on international growth.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013
The conversion of corn crops to ethanol and market speculation predicted to lead global food prices to reach record highs.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

FDA Scolds Inhalable Caffeine Manufacturer Over Ad Claims
Food and Drug Administration has warned AeroShot that it could face regulatory action for misleading labeling claims.
Posted Mar 8, 2012

Battle Brewing Over Selling Beer at Connecticut Gas Stations
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has proposed allowing convenience stores at gasoline stations to sell beer.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Oakland Food Truck Vendors Unite to Fight Crime
Citing a lack of response from police following a spate of crimes, Oakland food truck vendors are looking to hire security guards to protect themselves.
Posted Mar 6, 2012

Starbucks to Revamp European Stores
Coffee giant to open 300 new stores in the U.K. while rolling out localized offerings, such as lighter espresso in France and cheaper drinks in Greece.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

Restaurants Serving a Lot of (Free) Water
American restaurant-goers are ordering more tap water when they dine out.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

Authenticity Key Ingredient in Ethnic Fare
Interest in ethnic food has risen over the past several years.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Subway Top Fast Food Chains in Customer Experience
New research found that the three chains earned "excellent" consumer ratings.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

U.S. Independent Restaurants Account for 87% of Industry Traffic Losses Since 2008
Overall, restaurant traffic dropped to 60.6 million visits last year.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

Panera Expands Pay-As-You-Go Concept
The non-profit Panera Cares caf�s carry the same menu items as regular Panera Bread locations, but customers give a donation rather than pay a retail price.
Posted Feb 27, 2012

BurgerFi Heads to Carolina
The growth of better burger chains continues as the eco-friendly concept plans its expansion into North Carolina this summer.
Posted Feb 27, 2012

Restaurants That Sell Gas
Some convenience stores are beginning to focus more on food than fuel.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Sneak Peek at Taco Bell Anniversary Offerings
Taco Bell is set to launch a new line of taco shells made with Doritos.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

Restaurant Traffic to Remain Flat in 2012
Meanwhile, convenience stores successfully increased their focus on quality food and beverage offerings in the past year � and consumers took notice.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Pizza Prices Remain Flat With an Eye Toward Rising Dough
Pizza restaurants have withstood the downturn with value pricing and innovative offerings.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Ben & Jerry's and Unilever to Launch Climate-Friendly Freezer Cabinets
Eco-friendly refrigerants receive approval by the EPA, clearing the path for distribution across the U.S.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Smaller Restaurants Go Local
While big chains have embraced the buy local movement, now independents and small chains have found locally grown vegetables and fruits are good for business.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

The Case for Prepared Foods
A Washington Post columnist praises the healthy offerings of QSRs and grocery stores, which provide worthwhile options for those without the time or effort to cook at home.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

C-Store Foodservice Professionals in High Demand
As more stores focus on foodservice, the demand for qualified and energetic employees is heating up.
Posted Feb 13, 2012

Panera Sees Future Growth in Drive-Thru, Table Service
The bakery caf� chain is hoping that enlarging its pilot program of drive-thrus and table service will increase the customer experience.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Soup, Salad Purchases on the Rise
Restaurants are showing strong growth in soup and salad menu items.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Beyond Burgers
Rather than ending its makeover with its menu, Wendy's is also improving its customer service.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

Food Trucks Expanding America's Palate
Food trucks are shaking up the restaurant model and setting culinary trends.
Posted Feb 7, 2012

QSRs Experience Growth in Customer Satisfaction
Most chains have improved their overall customer satisfaction ratings as they've increased their operations.
Posted Feb 6, 2012

A Lighter Coffee Trend
From Starbucks to Peet's, coffee shops are wooing non-coffee drinkers with light-roasted coffee.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

Restaurant Operators Bullish on Industry Outlook
Restaurant operators report strong growth in same-store sales, and capital expenditures are likely to follow.
Posted Feb 2, 2012

U.S. QSRs, Coffee Brands Flourishing in the United Kingdom
Subway, McDonald's and Starbucks are planning to open hundreds of new stores and create more than 8,000 jobs over the next few years in the United Kingdom.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

Bundling Meals for Success
Foodservice operators turn to meal bundles as a means for wooing customers from restaurants.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

QSRs Capitalize on Night Owls and Early Risers
Chains such as McDonald's reveal that the hours of 12 am to 5 am are a fast-growing time segment for boosting sales.
Posted Jan 30, 2012

Fast Casual Restaurants Only Bright Spot for the Industry
The segment represents 14% of all QSR sales.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Register Today for NACS CAFÉ
Spaces are available for the February 12 to 15 NACS CAF� course, a dynamic resource that helps convenience store operators build effective and profitable foodservice programs.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Iced Coffee Sales Heating Up
A Dunkin' Donuts survey of iced coffee drinkers reveals some interesting consumer preferences during the winter months.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Starbucks Extends Evening Daypart Concept
Select stores in Atlanta and Southern California will join Chicago in offering wine, beer and premium food by the end of 2012.
Posted Jan 25, 2012

Super Bowl Means Chicken Wings
Americans will chow down on 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend.
Posted Jan 25, 2012

Taco Bell Rolls Out 'First Meal'
The quick-service chain is rolling out a breakfast menu in 10 states and testing its Cantina menu in about 150 locations.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

Fast-Casual Chains Eat Up Empty Real Estate
Retail space formerly occupied by big-box retailers is becoming a rosy real estate option for fast-casual tenants.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

Chicago Food Trucks Stalling, Running Out of Gas
Chicago City Council delays food truck hearing, while some trucks show down.
Posted Jan 19, 2012

2012 to Bring Positive Traffic Trends for Restaurant Industry
Initiatives to improve healthfulness of restaurant meals and influence of growing population groups will shape restaurant industry this year.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

Burger King Expands Testing of Delivery
The burger chain will increase the number of locations trying delivery from four to 16 by next week.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

Happy Hour for Dollar General in Indiana?
Dollar General is meeting today with the Marion County Liquor Board with an eye toward selling beer in its Indiana stores.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

Taco Bell Goes Gourmet
The Mexican fast-food chain will add black beans, corn salsa and cilantro rice to its menus.
Posted Jan 13, 2012

Consumers Place Premium on Value for Dinner, Late-night Occasions
The Technomic survey found that foodservice operators have an opportunity to provide smaller portions or shareable menu for dinner.
Posted Jan 13, 2012

Chick-fil-A Slashes Calories in Children's Meals
Yesterday, the chicken chain added grilled chicken nuggets to its kids' meals.
Posted Jan 11, 2012

January Fast-Food Bargains in Full Swing
The typically slow month for fast-food sales is prompting many QSRs to boost cheap-eat promos and lure customers.
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Cleveland Sues Ohio to Ban Trans Fat
The city wants to institute a ban on prepared foods with trans fat, but a state law prohibits the city from doing so.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Buzz Kill: Starbucks Raising Prices
Hit by the rising cost of raw materials, Starbucks will raise some of its drink prices in the Northeast and Southern states.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Dot Foods To Offer General Mills Dry Product Line to C-Store Distributors
Dot will begin shipping one case minimums of General Mills dry products on January 16 to convenience store distributors.
Posted Jan 5, 2012

Convenience Stores Take Bite Out of Lunch
Chains are enticing more lunchtime crowds with fresher ingredients and improved menus.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

Kangaroo Express Launches Fresh Initiative Into New Markets
Bean Street Coffee and fresh bakery case with seasonal pastries are now available in five additional markets.
Posted Oct 28, 2011

NACS Members Now Have Access to ServSafe Food Handler Guide
The 53-page ServSafe Food Handler Guide (5th edition) can be purchased for $5 and is only available to NACS members.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Sign of the Times
Restaurants revamp menu boards, with disclosures that go far beyond calories and fat content.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

McDonald's Expands McBites
McDonald's is planning an aggressive food and marketing push 2012, including new menu items such as McBites, a new Cherry Berry Chiller and blueberry banana nut oatmeal.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Starbucks Looking to Expand by Serving Blondes
With research showing that 40 percent of the country's coffee drinkers prefer a lighter roast coffee, Starbucks announced the launch of a new Blonde roast.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

Chef Finds Receptive Audience at a Gas Station
Shrimp and crab quesadillas, jambalaya and gourmet soups are menu favorites at a BP gas station in North Carolina.
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Strong Growth Potential for Bakery Cafés
New Technomic report says that bakery caf�s have increased sales 12 percent over the past three years while increasing total units by 4.2 percent.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

Healthy Weight Watchers Meals Available to C-Stores
The frozen meals will be available in November in five new varieties, giving health-conscious consumers more options to make healthy eating choices in convenience stores.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

States Vary Widely in Reporting Foodborne Illnesses
While the CDC coordinates investigations of multi-state outbreaks, it can only "provide guidelines and recommendations" as a non-regulatory agency.
Posted Oct 11, 2011

A Taco Revolution?
Taco Bell is currently testing its new Doritos Locos Taco made with nacho cheese-flavored Doritos.
Posted Oct 10, 2011

FDA Releases New Food-Safety Rules
The revised Model Food Code requires certified food protection managers at each location.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

Artisan Food Becomes Commonplace
More restaurants and food makers are churning out mass-produced "artisan" products.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

QSRs Ramp Up Deals
With many in its core demographic still jobless, fast-food restaurants are returning to discounts to boost business.
Posted Oct 3, 2011

While QSRs Struggle, Fast Casuals Thrive
Celebrity chefs revive the fast casual segment, with a variety of new flavors and concepts.
Posted Sep 29, 2011

Oy Vey! Kosher Subways Bring Tsoris to Owners
Despite launching to great fanfare five years ago, kosher Subway shops are no big gedillah, according to consumers.
Posted Sep 29, 2011

Beverages Taking Center Stage in Entrees
Independent restaurants are using coffee, beer, soda and tea as ingredients in dishes.
Posted Sep 28, 2011

Lunch Motivations, Behavior Varies Significantly By Generational Group
New research finds that Millennials dine out the most for lunch.
Posted Sep 21, 2011

Revised Kansas City Liquor Law May Court Convenience
Government regulation, not economics, has prevented convenience stores from serving Kansas City's poorest neighborhoods. That may soon change.
Posted Sep 20, 2011

Sen. Schumer Urges FDA to Impose Standards for Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrates
New York senator urges clear standards for imported fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, as well as increased inspections of concentrates that use inorganic arsenic in their pesticides.
Posted Sep 20, 2011

New Hampshire Bans Joose
The Liquor Commission said the beer's label does not sufficiently indicate it contains alcohol.
Posted Sep 20, 2011

What's Up With Coffee Prices?
Much like the oil market, speculators are likely a driving force behind high coffee prices.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Quiznos Expands Convenience Growth Strategy
The QSR chain will be featured at 40 Champlain Farms convenience store locations.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

First Lady Gets Behind Darden Restaurants' Menu Changes
Olive Garden and Red Lobster have committed to lowering calories and sodium in their menu offers and to revamp their children's menus.
Posted Sep 16, 2011

As Corn Supply Drops, Food Prices Expected to Rise
Hot summer temps have scorched corn crops and will likely lead to a rise in food prices and an increased demand for wheat.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Heavy Foodservice News Story
A New York man has sued White Castle because he can't fit his belly under their tables.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

"New" Happy Meal Encourages Healthy Eating
Southern California and the New York Tri-State area are the first to launch McDonald's new Happy Meal as part of the QSR's nutrition initiative.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

USDA Rolls Out First Themed MyPlate Eating Message
Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables, notes the government.
Posted Sep 12, 2011

FDA Extends Gluten-Free Commenting Period
The agency is reopening its commenting period for gluten-free food labeling standards to ensure the new guidelines "strike the right balance."
Posted Sep 8, 2011

Five Guys Earns Top QSR Among Consumers
A recent Market Force Information survey ranks the burger chain at the top of its list for the second consecutive year, followed by In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A.
Posted Sep 6, 2011

Krispy Kreme Enters Coffee Fray
The doughnut shop in introducing three signature coffees, along with a new promotional campaign.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

California Bill Seeks Ban on Styrofoam Containers
The measure would prohibit restaurants, supermarkets and other retailers from using expanded polystyrene containers for takeaway food.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

C-Stores Highly Compliant With Food Quality and Safety
President of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association reports the state's convenience store retailers scored a 99 percent compliance rate of providing high quality and safe food.
Posted Aug 30, 2011

QSRs Continue Fresh Makeover
QSRs continue to push fresh vegetables and healthful ingredients.
Posted Aug 26, 2011

Trending: Self-Service Yogurt Chains on the Rise
Do-it-yourself frozen yogurt stores are all the rage, with a growing number of stores allowing customers to serve themselves.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Piggly Wiggly Promotes Food for Health at Its Pharmacies
Piggly Wiggly meal planning effort is designed to position the chain as a health and wellness destination.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Oklahoma City Chamber Wants Wine in Grocery Stores
Easing restrictions on alcohol sales would attract retailers, create jobs and generate revenue, according to the Greater Oklahoma City chamber of Commerce.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Burger King Dethrones the King
The fast-food chain announces it will change its marketing campaign to target mothers instead of its usual teenagers and young adults.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Generation Y Like Value, Variety in Dining Out
Millennials pick restaurants because of price and menu options.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Domino's Chief Executive Calls Menu Labeling Step in "Wrong Direction"
President and CEO Patrick Doyle says that the "one-size-fits-all" approach will be expensive and ineffective for businesses to implement.
Posted Aug 19, 2011

Vermont Governor to Oppose State Soda Tax in 2012
The governor maintain that a state tax would be a mistake, as retailers would lose cross-border business to New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts.
Posted Aug 18, 2011

Consumers Continue Drinking More Coffee, Tea
The survey found that customers prefer the beverages at both foodservice and retail settings.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Burger King Revamps Menu
The burger chain is testing new items, including specialty coffee, oatmeal, salad and smoothies.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Rutter's Expands Menu Options
The convenience store chain has added sloppy joe sandwiches and chicken wings to its evolving foodservice menu.
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Mrs. Fields Looks Beyond Cookies to Coffee
The company has been conducting a pilot of specialty coffees in Chicago.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Bloomberg Proposes Mobile Food Vendor Grades
New York City Health Department responds that it is unable to tackle the challenge - for now.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Now Available for K-Cup
Dunkin' K-Cup Portion Packs will be sold exclusively at Dunkin' Donuts locations.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Starbucks Fixates on Growth
The coffeehouse chain is considering ways to expand once more, with an eye on growing its tea business.
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Food Truck for Dogs Rolls Into Miami
Canine-loving foodie steers clear of local food truck debate by catering to dogs.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

British Beer Sales Drop to 14-Year Low
The British Beer & Pub Association attributes the sharp drop to rising beer taxes, which have increased 35.4 percent since March 2008.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

MillerCoors Pulls MGD 64 Lemonade
Low-calorie beer failed to generate strong sales.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

Got Sub?
Subway is adding calcium and vitamin D-fortified bread to its national menu, with each 6-inch sub now containing the nutritional equivalent of one glass of milk.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

McDonald's Commits to Improved Nutrition Choices
Plan includes ongoing menu evolution, nutrition awareness communications.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

Organic Food Appeals Broadly
However, the higher price tag deters some from buying organic.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Chick-fil-A Debuts Multigrain Oatmeal
The new breakfast menu item is in response to consumer demand for healthier fast-food options.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Calorie Counts Found Inaccurate
Soups and salads are often more fattening than listed, according to researchers.
Posted Jul 21, 2011

Food Trucks to Roll into Seattle
The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a measure allowing food trucks to sell on private streets.
Posted Jul 20, 2011

Restaurants To Offer Healthier Kids Menu Options
Nineteen restaurant chains totaling more than 15,000 units have agreed to offer more healthy, kid-friendly food options.
Posted Jul 14, 2011

California Assembly Bans Beer Products With Caffeine
A state Senate bill would ban the import, production, distribution or retail sale of beer that contains caffeine.
Posted Jul 14, 2011

Starbucks Rolls Out Small Meals
The coffeehouse debuted its Bistro Boxes, meals with less than 500 calories.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Summertime Sodas Gain Thirsty Following
Restaurants are handcrafting soft drinks to quench diners' thirst for the unusual.
Posted Jul 12, 2011

Calorie Postings Don't Alter Eating Habits
With the national menu-labeling law set to take effect by year's end, some localities that already require calorie counts on menus see little change in customer ordering.
Posted Jul 8, 2011

Burger Trend Continues to Sizzle
A Technomic study finds that burger consumption is rising.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Landshire Launches New Sandwich Line
The new First Street Caf� sandwiches will hit convenience store shelve in August.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Coffee Represents a Purpose-Driven Purchase
Coffee and other dispensed beverages contribute to high frequency convenience store visits.
Posted Jul 6, 2011

The Biggest Winners �" and Losers
Consumer Reports rates the nation's top QSR chains with both positive and unsatisfactory feedback.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Coffee Prices Hurting Retailers
Caf� owners are getting creative to help keep costs down for consumers.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Dollar Menus Still Drive Traffic
The downside is that selling items for a buck can eat into profits.
Posted Jun 29, 2011

McDonald's Adds New Menu Items
Nationwide, the QSR is introducing a new smoothie flavor while more than 160 Florida locations are brewing up caf� con leche.
Posted Jun 28, 2011

Coca-Cola to Raise Prices on July 31
Prices are set to increase up to 4 percent beginning July 31, following a 2 percent increase earlier this year.
Posted Jun 28, 2011

Restaurants Redo Menus Ahead of New Regulations
Chains are scrambling to reformulate dishes to reduce calories before the new menu law goes into effect.
Posted Jun 24, 2011

Customer Satisfaction With QSRs, Pizza Brands on the Rise
Pizza Hut tops ACSI's QSR ratings, while Olive Garden and Red Lobster lead full-service restaurant category.
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Jack in the Box Nixes Toys
The fast-food chain will no longer include toys in its children's meals.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

Fresh Produce Wheels Into Chicago
The Fresh Moves bus brings fruits and vegetables to the city's underserved areas.
Posted Jun 22, 2011

Subway Captures Biggest Slice of QSR Customers
The chain is way ahead of closest rivals McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King in healthful options.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

A Healthier Krispy Kreme?
The doughnut chain wants to increase sales with coffee and more healthful fare.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Traveling Beyond Lunch
Food trucks are catering weddings and other events, in addition to serving up lunch curbside.
Posted Jun 17, 2011

Creating a Charming Oasis
Fast-food restaurants are taking their cue from Starbucks and revamping their d�cor to be more like a coffee shop.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

BP's ampm Spices Up Burrito Line-Up
The chain now serves a Veggie Adobo Burrito.
Posted Jun 16, 2011

Convenience Stores Turn to Commissaries
Technomic study says that commissaries account for a quarter of all supermarket and convenience store prepared food purchases.
Posted Jun 15, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts Franchises Want to Change Tip Rules
The owners would like to allow shift supervisors in on tip pools.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Downsized Servings
Restaurants are shrinking meals to the delight of customers.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Coffee Prices Getting a Jolt
Roasters are passing along rising coffee prices to retailers, who have begun charging consumers more.
Posted Jun 8, 2011

Styrofoam Ban Could Be Bad for Restaurants
A California bill would ban ubiquitous and inexpensive Styrofoam, much to the chagrin of restaurateurs.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

Starbucks Adds Beer, Wine to Locations
Starbucks is set to debut its first suburban coffeeshop serving beer and wine in Washington state.
Posted Jun 7, 2011

NACS CAFÉ Fall Classes Open for Business
Fall classes are enrolling for the three-day program, which educates retailers on all aspects of foodservice.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

Hess, Quiznos Join to Toast Florida's Convenience Store Experience
Quiznos will expand its convenience-store growth strategy and open more than 50 new restaurants in the Sunshine State.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

A Shopping and Dining Experience
More grocery stores are combining shopping with eating out.
Posted Jun 6, 2011

First Lady Reveals New Food "Plate"
After decades of building a food pyramid, the USDA is moving nutrition to a new icon, the plate.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Flip Cam Creator Says "Cheese"
Jonathan Kaplan's new venture seeks to bring the beloved grilled cheese sandwich to customers at a new restaurant called The Melt.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Wienermobile Food Truck Rolls Into Times Square
The new food truck will make stops in 12 U.S. cities this summer, marking the first time the iconic Wienermobile is actually serving hot dogs.
Posted May 31, 2011

Americans and Canadians Divided Over Sweet vs. Salty, Both Like Convenience
NPD reports reveal differences and similarities as well as projected regional eating patterns.
Posted May 26, 2011

Online Grocery Market Maturing
A flood of major competitors is vying for a share of the food home delivery business.
Posted May 26, 2011

Candy Makers Launch New Products, Poised for Growth
Nestle, Hershey, Wrigley launch new lines at Sweets & Snacks Expo.
Posted May 26, 2011

Breakfast Menus Have Room for Poultry
A new poll found that consumers want chicken sandwiches for breakfast.
Posted May 25, 2011

Rutter's Farm Stores Takes Top Honors in Best of York Voting
The convenience store chain won several categories, including best milk and best quick-serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Posted May 25, 2011

In Canada, Manitoba Revamps Liquor Laws
Kiosks to go in food stores � 38 changes in liquor laws.
Posted May 24, 2011

Subway to Open 2,000 Additional Stores in North America in 2011
The world's largest restaurant franchisee (in units) looks for new sites.
Posted May 24, 2011

NV Lawmakers Seek to Ease Indoor Smoking Ban
Proposal seeks to allow bars to allow smoking if foodservice is incidental to their business.
Posted May 24, 2011

PepsiCo Ships Eco-Friendly Fountain Cups
Operators can select the cup best suited to their locally available recycling and composting disposal facilities.
Posted May 23, 2011

Walgreens Launches Better-for-You Pilot in San Francisco
The drug store chain hopes the expanded program will give consumers more options and more reasons to visit its stores.
Posted May 19, 2011

Miami Beach Considers Ending Food Truck Ban
The food truck craze may reach the shores of Miami, although not everyone is on board with the plan.
Posted May 19, 2011

Panera's Pay-What-You-Want Café Proves Successful
The company plans to expand the project to more caf�s, which raise money for charities.
Posted May 18, 2011

Rutter's Boosts Menu Options
The convenience retailer adds local favorites to its menu � both delectable and healthy.
Posted May 16, 2011

Now That's Loyalty
SoCo's iconic burger joint opened two new restaurants in Texas last week to excited and curious customers.
Posted May 16, 2011

Chains Renew Efforts to Loosen Alcohol Sales Law
A bill seeks to allow stores to hold up to 20 licenses within Massachusetts, but not more than one in any town.
Posted May 12, 2011

McDonald's Revamping Stores Nationwide
Over the next four years, McDonald's will spend roughly $1 billion to renovate its restaurants, the largest makeover in the company's 56-year history.
Posted May 10, 2011

Coca-Cola Adds New Flavors to Freestyle for 125th Anniversary
Company intends to expand the Freestyle dispenser to 40 additional markets by the end of the year, and is fielding requests for the machine from Europe.
Posted May 10, 2011

Denny's Express Format Goes to School
The diner has eight locations on or near university campuses and will add to those in the coming years.
Posted May 6, 2011

White Castle Launches Online Ordering
After a successful pilot test in Minneapolis, the slider king expands web ordering nationwide.
Posted May 5, 2011

LeBron Launches New Energy Product
Sheets Energy Strips, "the new way to do energy," are paper-thin, dissolvable strips placed on the tongue that deliver instant energy. And they're being backed by an initial $10 million ad campaign.
Posted May 5, 2011

Food Trucks Take Over the Streets
Cities across the country are seeing more of the moveable feasts.
Posted May 4, 2011

The Asian Taste Profile Brings Growth Opportunities
The ubiquitous Chinese food has been joined by Indian, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese foods in restaurants across the country.
Posted May 4, 2011

Illinois Considers Trans Fat Ban
Bill would ban artificial trans fat from restaurants, bakeries, movie theater popcorn and school vending machine snacks.
Posted May 3, 2011

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push for Earlier Alcohol Sales
Proposal would allow stores licensed to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption to begin selling alcohol at 6 a.m.
Posted May 3, 2011

Higher Food Costs Trigger Menu Price Hikes
Restaurants are feeling squeezed between skyrocketing food costs and small profit margins.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

Starbucks Snags No. 3 Spot in Restaurant Chain Sales
The coffee shop leapfrogged over Burger King and Wendy's in terms of U.S. sales.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

Organic Outperforms Conventional Food
The organic food industry grew eight percent last year, far better than the overall U.S. food sales growth of less than one percent.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

Nebraska Lawmakers to Debate Healthy Food Bill
A second round of legislative debate is about to begin for a Nebraska bill that would direct more healthy food options to poverty areas.
Posted Apr 26, 2011

Fast Casual Movers and Shakers
Fastcasual.com reveals the top 100 strongest players in the fast casual segment.
Posted Apr 25, 2011

French Fry Consumption Falls
Sales of frozen processed potatoes to restaurants have plummeted.
Posted Apr 25, 2011

Consumers Serve Up Advice for Restaurant Frequency
A recent Radius Global Market survey shows that consumers are increasingly influenced by factors such as healthy options, better variety, social media promos and price.
Posted Apr 25, 2011

McDonald's Responds to Happy Meal Lawsuit
The fast-food company asks for a dismissal of the suit from a mother who said she couldn't say no to her children's request for Happy Meals.
Posted Apr 22, 2011

Unusual Beverages Spell Summer
From McDonald's to 7-Eleven, the hotter temperatures bring out the goofy drinks.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Subway Cutting Salt
The sodium content in Subway's "Fresh Fit" sandwich has been trimmed 28 percent, with the sodium in its overall sandwich line down by 15 percent versus last year.
Posted Apr 19, 2011

Turf War Heats Up Over D.C. Food Trucks
Restaurants are officially miffed that food trucks are parking in front of their establishments and taking away customers.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Chipotle Details New Asian Concept
The new concept is inspired by traditional shophouses and will feature bold, fresh and spicy customizable menu options.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Consumers Begin Making Low-Calorie Choices
Mike Archer of Applebee's: "We're seeing a sea change in consumer behavior."
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Pizza No Longer the Go-To Option for Hungry Consumers
Grocery stores and other retailers offer fresh and frozen choices to dining out.
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Movie Theatres to Sell Healthy Snacks
AMC touts its healthier snacks, including fruit chips and trail mix.
Posted Apr 12, 2011

L.A. Burger Wars
East Coast versus West Coast clash in a battle for consumers as Five Guys moves into In-n-Out's territory.
Posted Apr 11, 2011

QuikTrip Takes on Starbucks
The convenience store chain is building its new stores with an eye on competing with coffee houses.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

Lower Calorie Items Gain Momentum on Restaurant Menus
A new survey found that restaurant chains are aggressively adding low-calorie options as more attention shifts to the obesity epidemic.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

NYC Councilman Presses Fast Food Toy Ban Bill
The rotund councilman points to himself as an example of someone whose love of fast food contributed to weight gain.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts Reveals New Snack Products
The doughnut chain has added new stuffed breadsticks and warm apple pie in response to data showing more consumers are snacking more frequently.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

Future of Gasoline Stations in Food
More retailers are finding profits in fueling the body, not the car.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

Restaurants Redefine Shopping Strategies
Foodservice establishments are taking a new look at how they buy ingredients in order to streamline the process and save money.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

McDonald's Wants 50,000 New Hires
The fast-food chain launched a campaign yesterday to recruit new workers.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

A&P to Offer Discounts to Seniors at All Stores
Company will extend a five percent discount to customers over the age of 55 on grocery purchases of at least $30.
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Panera's Sweet Smell of Success
The bakery has found a loyal clientele despite a sluggish economy.
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Non-Burger Restaurants Show Strong Gains in Brand Equity
Subway is QSR Brand of the Year; Italian food restaurants nab 3 of top 4 spots in Casual Dining category: Harris Interactive.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Tim Hortons Tests New Lunchtime Foodservice Offers
The Canadian fast-casual chain is testing Panini sandwiches in the Dayton, Ohio, and Rochester, New York areas.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

McDonald's Spices Up Indian Market
The QSR is launching a range of new McSpicy products in India that are tailored to customer taste buds.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Restaurants Need Promotions to Draw Diners
Darden also says rising gasoline prices threaten the recovery of the restaurant industry.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Represent! NYC Food Trucks Form a Trade Group
They've also hired a lobbyist to assist with licensing and the right to park and sell food at metered spots.
Posted Mar 25, 2011

Fresh & Easy Debuts Gourmet Pizzas
Handcrafted line of pizzas from Italy, branded under its Gourmet private label, retail for $3.99.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Coffee Consumption Rebounds Among Younger Drinkers
The category's relevance remains strong, according to a new study by the National Coffee Association.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Rising Coffee Costs May Not Boost Production
Starbucks and Kraft Foods increased their coffee prices due to soaring costs of green beans.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Jack in the Box Hits the Road
The quick-service chain launched its first mobile food truck this week in Southern California.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

Movie Theaters Fight for Exemption to Food-Labeling Rule
With buttered popcorn tallying as many calories as almost three Big Macs, movie chains fear menu labeling would cut into their food profit drivers.
Posted Mar 15, 2011

Florida Senate Committee Votes to Keep Toys in Fast-Food Kid Meals
The bill would prohibit municipalities from banning toy giveaways in quick-service restaurant children's meals.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

Going Green on St. Patrick's Day
More consumers chose to celebrate the Irish saint's day with a visit to a restaurant or bar.
Posted Mar 14, 2011

C-stores' Fresh-Cut Produce Sales on the Rise
But experts warn that stores carrying produce must educate themselves on selling fresh food "or the exercise will be a waste of time."
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Chicago Mayor-Elect Vows to Eliminate Food Deserts
Emanuel tells retailers that any effort to expand their business in the Windy City should include the availability of fresh produce to underserved inner-city neighborhoods.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

McDonald's Global Sales McRising
McCaf�, premium beef campaign, and "Big Tasty" promotion help fuel growth.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Seattle May Ease Rules for Food Trucks
Seattle city officials are considering relaxing the city's restrictions on street food vendors.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Subway Takes Top Spot From McDonald's
In terms of units, the sandwich chain has surpassed McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Gas Station Delivers Gourmet Sandwiches
Fast Gourmet has developed a large following with its Latin American classics and wraps.
Posted Mar 7, 2011

Tim Hortons Launches Real Fruit Smoothies
New product is being touted as a good-for-you option for on-the-go customers.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

Utah Senate Votes to Increase Food Tax
A proposed Utah sales tax increase on food would raise the tax from 1.7 percent to 4.4 percent, making it the country's second highest food tax rate.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Mmmmmm, (Banana) Doughnuts
Krispy unveils "comfort" doughnuts along with a new Chiller that will have chocolate lovers drooling.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Healthier Breakfast Items the Order of the Day
New research indicates breakfast sales will rebound this year.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

McDonald's Launches New McCafé Shakes, Reintroduces the Shamrock
Customers in the Philly area can also check-in on foursquare to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and to receive a coupon for a free McCafe Shake.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

Orlando Ranks First in Fast-Food Restaurants
Louisville, Ky., and Richmond, Va., round out the top three U.S. cities in the number of quick-service establishments.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Minnesota Panel OKs Bill Barring Fast-Food Lawsuits
Cheeseburger Bill would give the food industry immunity from lawsuits from people who consume too much unhealthy food and get fat.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

Wegmans Freezes Prices on Many Food Items
Supermarket chain freezes prices for one year on 40 food staples.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

7-Eleven Launches Signature Menu Items
The convenience store chain has been working on improving its food offerings.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Peanuts Grow in Popularity
More restaurants are putting the crunchy legume on menus.
Posted Feb 23, 2011

Consumers Express More Interest in Ethnic Cuisine
Two recent studies find that Americans are open to a wider variety of cuisines.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Robot Chefs Debut in Shanghai Restaurant
The mechanical foodservice workers can create eight dishes.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

iPad Ordering
Guests at a new fast-casual concept guests can use iPads mounted at the table to order from the menu or customize their own meal.
Posted Feb 18, 2011

QSR Calorie Counts Don't Affect Kids' Food Choices
Posting calorie counts at QSRs does little to affect the purchasing decisions of children and teens.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Domino's Expands to Gas Stations in the U.K. and Ireland
"Non-traditional location" partnership is part of the pizza retailer's strategy for sustained growth.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Starbucks Single-Serve Coming to Luxury Hotels
Announces distribution agreement to provide its premium coffees in 500,000 luxury and premium hotel rooms nationwide.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

WA Restaurant Industry Trends: Decrease in Prices and Wages
Cooks in Washington state restaurants have seen an across-the-board decrease in wages since 2008.
Posted Feb 15, 2011

Specialty Coffee Cafes Cater to Growing Customer Base
In Boston, a plethora of independent coffeehouses has focused attention back on the coffee.
Posted Feb 14, 2011

Hot, Hot Tea Trends (Literally)
This year's World Tea Expo will reveal the hottest trends in hot tea for 2011.
Posted Feb 11, 2011

Lyfe Kitchen Targets Healthy Eaters
But will they come? A new Chicago-based restaurant concept seeks to gain success with a healthy and low-cal menu.
Posted Feb 11, 2011

Retailers Continue to Expand Prepared Food Offerings
A new study finds that supermarkets and convenience stores are gaining ground on restaurants.
Posted Feb 9, 2011

Fast-Casual Restaurants Engage in Dietician-Hiring Trend
Registered dieticians help address the new federal menu labeling law, develop new healthful menu options, and combat obesity.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

McDonald's Canada Offers More for the Breakfast Crowd
The QSR chain has launched fresh baked buttermilk biscuits and extended breakfast hours to 11:00 am.
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Tesco Looks to Smaller Format Stores for U.S. expansion
Tesco's Fresh & Easy format is resuming expansion plans, with a dozen stores scheduled to open next month in northern California.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

Dr Pepper Tests Low-Calorie Drink in KC
Dr Pepper Ten includes a "one-of-a-kind, proprietary sweetener" that claims to deliver the taste of regular soda with only 10 calories.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

Retailers Use E-Mail to Woo Customers
Merchants are finding that e-mail marketing is still effective in reaching shoppers.
Posted Feb 2, 2011

Manhattan 7-Elevens Go Vegan
Upper East Siders dig 7-Eleven fresh food offerings, opting for upscale snacks and vegan ready-to-eat-meals over Slurpees.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Government Releases New Dietary Guidelines
The new 2010 guidelines focus on balancing calories with physical activity and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods.
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Fine-Dining on the Fly
Pop-up restaurants offer diners a tasty treat in unexpected locations.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

NYC Restaurants Get High Marks With New Health Ratings
While more than half of restaurants inspected have received an 'A' grade, many are still concerned about the system itself.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Beer Money
Sam Adams founder offering loans to small businesses.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Amazon Makes Strong Groceries Push
AmazonTote offers free home delivery, an attempt to increase its online sale of groceries and other goods.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Battle Over Who Can Sell Alcohol in Kansas Continues
New legislation seeks to permit convenience stores and grocery stores to sell full-strength beer, liquor and wine.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Starbucks' Trenta: A Big Gulp Copycat?
While some foresee big sales for the mega-sized beverages, others say it will dilute the Starbucks brand.
Posted Jan 27, 2011

Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Initiative Launched
"Nutrition Icon" program to be supported by consumer education campaign.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

U.S. Restaurant Count Down 5,551 in 2010
Independents down two percent while chains remain stable.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

World Leaders at U.N. To Discuss Junk Food Ad Ban
The World Health Organization (WHO) said heads of state would use part of the U.N. General Assembly's September meeting in New York to discuss restricting junk food advertising to children.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

South Carolina Considers Banning Alcoholic Energy Drinks
Violators found producing, importing, or selling the drinks could be fined up to $500 and imprisoned up to six months. Retailers could also lose their license to sell alcohol for two years.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Red Bull Reports Sales of More than 4 Billion Cans Globally Last Year
Shifts focus to Brazil, India and China after best year in its history.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Tax and Trade Bureau Considers Alcohol Labeling
The proposal meets resistance from many alcohol trade associations.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Starbucks Unveils Mobile Payment System
No cash? No problem. It's a trend that's likely to grow, as more than half a billion consumers are expected to make mobile phone payments by 2014.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Professor Brews, Sells Beer with 45-Million-Year-Old Yeast
Cal-Poly professor brews with microorganisms he found in fossilized amber.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

WV Governor Seeks to Reduce, Eliminate Food Sales Tax
West Virginia governor announces plans to reduce (and eventually eliminate) the state's food tax, which currently stands at three percent.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Caribou Serves Up More Breakfast Competition
Caribou Coffee launches oven-warmed breakfast sandwiches.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Starbucks Debuts Bigger Coffee Cup
The 31-ounce "Trenta" started rolling out in 14 states yesterday.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Breaking Your Fast With Pizza
Pizza restaurants are hoping to spark consumer interest in pizza for breakfast.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Miller To Roll Out MGD 64 Lemonade
The brewer hopes to rejuvenate sales and attract new customers to the beer category.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Menu Labeling Doesn't Alter Consumption Behavior: Study
Yearlong study at locations where menu labeling was present reveals average calories per transaction did not change.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Panera Opens Third Pay-As-You-Go Café
The Panera Cares caf�s help feed the community by allowing customers to pay what they can, an operation run by Panera's non-profit foundation.
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Vegan Moves Mainstream
The diet of no animal products has become more popular.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Meal Deals Abound
Fast-food restaurants start the year off with discounts and specials galore.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Subway Tests Gluten-Free Options
Beginning next week Subway will test a gluten-free roll and brownie in two Texas test markets.
Posted Jan 7, 2011

Gator Here!
A Texas convenience store is making its mark with alligator meat.
Posted Jan 7, 2011

Mmmm, Donuts (and Hot Chocolate)
Krispy Kreme unveils two new chocolaty treats.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Pizza Wars Heat Up
With pizza sales fizzling, pizza restaurants are scrambling to bring in the customers.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Quick Chek Launches iLoveMyCoffee.com Microsite
Visitors can participate in a build-your-own coffee concoction and play games to win Quick Chek prizes.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Colorado's C-Store Beer Fight Coming to a Head
Colorado convenience stores expected to continue urging legislators to broaden their liquor licenses by allowing them to sell beer stronger than 3.1 percent alcohol.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

Giant Eagle to Sell Wine From Kiosks
Wine kiosks will soon roll out to 100 grocery stores across Pennsylvania.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

Leading Food and Beverage Manufacturers and Retailers Announce Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Initiative
Program will list nutrition information and calorie counts to the front of many popular food and beverage products packages.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

U.K. Beer Sales See Big Drop
Beer sales dropped 9.7 percent in the third quarter, hit by wet weather and the end of soccer's World Cup.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

FDA Proposes Restaurants, Retailers Have On-Site Food-Safety Managers
The agency will include the recommendation to the Food Code.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Free Pancakes This Friday at IHOP
Free pancakes for kids 12 and under from 7am until 10pm at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Nestle USA Issues Recall of Raisinets
Voluntary recall issued for Nestle Raisinets Fun Size Bags (10 ounces), which may contain undeclared peanuts.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Retailers Hope for Halloween Sales Spike
Retailers remain hopeful that this Halloween will provide momentum into the winter holiday season.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

The World's Largest Cup of Coffee Crowned Official
GourmetGiftBaskets.com doubles previous record with a cup of java holding 2,010 gallons.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

Utah County Sued to Eliminate Restaurant Tax
The Utah Taxpayers Association and the Utah Restaurant Association say that the tax should not exempt convenience stores that sell prepared food.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

2011: The Year of the Pie?
A restaurant consultant group predicts that pies, both savory and sweet, will be the top trends in restaurants next year.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

Applebee's Thanks Veterans and Military With Free Meal
On November 11, veterans and active duty military can choose a free meal from the restaurant chain's Veteran's Day menu.
Posted Oct 22, 2010

The Skinny on Grocery Shoppers
Upscale grocery stores attract skinnier shoppers: UW study.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Dunkin' Donuts Solicits Franchisees in Milwaukee
World's largest baked goods and coffee chain plans to expand in the Brew City.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Fast-Food Restaurants Sales Gain Momentum
An analyst predicts that the slight uptick in sales will help all quick-service restaurants.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Washington Business
Washington Restaurant Association also warns that raising wages will hinder the creation of new jobs.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Starbucks Remakes Its Future With An Eye On Beer And Wine
The hope is that the new space will appear friendlier and generate greater interest in the evenings.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Locavore Heaven
A Texas convenience store excels at selling beer and Indian food.
Posted Oct 18, 2010

Denny's Tries Out Fast-Casual Restaurant
The caf� will be smaller than its traditional restaurants and serve a more streamlined menu.
Posted Oct 18, 2010

AZ Grocers Competition Leads to Food Values for Shoppers
Arizona's five major grocery chains and numerous small players are fighting each other over market share, much to the delight of value-driven consumers.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

Promotions Make Up Record 37% of U.K. Grocery Sales
U.K. supermarkets are getting an early jump on sales promotions of Christmas-related food and beverages, an effort to drive store traffic.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

A Lost Art: Starbucks Baristas Told to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N
Leaked company document reveals changes that Starbucks hopes will lead to better quality drinks.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

Candy makers Face Off in Gum Wars
"Gum is the new delivery system for benefits" according to Mintel.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

County OKs Plan to Grade Mobile Food Vendors
As with L.A. County's restaurants, mobile food trucks and carts will be rated A, B, or C.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

Dunkin' Donuts Tests Single Serve
The donut chain is pursuing the growing single-serve coffee market.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

Beyond Gloves for Food Safety
New studies find that wearing gloves in food preparation can create a false sense of food-safety security.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

Coffee Marketers Can Warm Up to Young Sippers for Long-Term Growth: Mintel
Younger drinkers are the key to long-term growth for coffee marketers.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Steak n Shake Revamps Breakfast
The chain is redoing the entire morning menu to reinvigorate breakfast sales.
Posted Oct 11, 2010

Panera's Honor-System Restaurant Thrives
A St. Louis location allows customers to pay what they want for its food and drinks.
Posted Oct 11, 2010

Washington State Becoming Battleground for Soda Industry
Efforts to repeal the state's tax on soda are moving forward, with a November ballot measure that the soda industry hopes will send a message to states contemplating similar efforts.
Posted Oct 8, 2010

BP's ampm Debuts Emergen-C Splash at its Thirst Oasis
Through November 30, ampm is the exclusive convenience store distributor for the orange-tangerine flavor of Emergen-C Splash.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Mars Launches New Products, Promotions and Ice Cream Study
Two new chocolate bars, three new ice cream flavors and details of an ice cream study are unveiled at the NACS Show.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Tesco Plans to Double U.S. Expansion Rate of Fresh & Easy Stores
The company announced plans for roughly 400 stores in California within two years and predicted its U.S. stores would turn a profit by 2013.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

San Francisco Closer to Banning Meal Toys
The city's planning commission has asked for a full vote on eliminating toys packaged with children's meals at quick-service restaurants.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

U.K.'s First Drive-Thru Supermarket
Tesco now offers drive-up convenience for a small fee � perfect for those who want a designated time for grocery pickups.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

A Craft-Beer Stimulus Plan?
Craft brewers are keeping their fingers crossed for passage of a craft beer stimulus bill, a measure that would cut taxes for craft brewers.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Donuts Bring in the Dough
The sweet breakfast food has seen a resurgence during the recession.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Brand Your Burger
New York City chain jumps ahead of the social media curve with mobile ordering and allowing customers to brand and sell their burger creations.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Rich People Eat Fast Food, Too
New American Express report reveals that affluent consumers boosted their QSR spending in Q2 2010.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Pizza for Breakfast
An Ohio Domino's franchisee adds an egg-and-cheese pie to its menu.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

Shaking Things Up
McDonald's adds a cherry on top of a new milkshake in an effort to boost sales of its creamy frozen drinks.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

Boo! Halloween Spending Expected to be Scary Big
Per capita spending expected to increase more than 17 percent over last year.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

Supersizing Snack Wraps
McDonald's tests a burrito size of its Chicken Snap Wrap.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

Truck Troubles
Gourmet mobile food vendors in Washington, D.C., have found themselves at odds with restaurateurs and traditional vendors.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

Starbucks to Raise Prices
The coffeehouse chain said the price increases came because of higher coffee costs.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

Meals on Wheels
"Bustaurants" serve up cuisine and sight-seeing.
Posted Sep 27, 2010

McLane Grab & Go Hot Foods Program Debuts
The new retail foodservice program offers a wide range of proven products for increasing customer demand.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Wendy's Opens for Breakfast
The burger chain is looking to expand its breakfast menu nationally.
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Online Restaurant Orders Picks Up
More restaurants are allowing customers to place orders electronically.
Posted Sep 22, 2010

A Half Century of Hardee's
The fast-food chain launches a big celebration with contests, social media efforts and promotions.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

U.S. Restaurant Visits Drops in Spring for the Eighth Consecutive Quarter
However, the good news is that the rate of decline is slower than a year ago.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Consumers Want Healthier Food Options at Convenience Stores
A new report from Technomic found that consumers think convenience stores provide good food in general.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Hot Stuff Foods Unveils New Distribution License Initiative
Hot Stuff Foods Xpress helps retailers control their hot and self-serve food options.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

More Food To Your Door
A rising number of restaurants are jumping on the delivery bandwagon.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Cold Drinks Drive McDonald's Sales
The fast-food chain said August sales jumped in the United States because of the popularity of its new smoothies and frappes.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

A Healthier Lunch Outlook
Lunch at restaurants is predicted to rebound next year fueled by healthier lunch options.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

Mealtime or Snack Time?
The lines between meals and snacks continue to blur, giving way for retailers and restaurants to capture consumer market share.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Rite Aid Tests Grocery Format
The drug store chain is adding fresh food to some locations in South Carolina under an agreement with Save-A-Lot.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Coffee Prices Hit New High
Retail prices are also up for several major brands such as Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts and Millstone.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Food Trucks Keep On Rollin'
Big names such as Sizzler, Johnny Rockets and Subway are steering into the mobile food truck scene.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Fast Food Ban Likely to Stay
In South Los Angeles, the limit on new stand-alone quick-service establishments looks like it will become permanent.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Seattle's Best Coffee Reaches 30,000 Distribution Points
Starbucks-owned Seattle's Best Coffee realizes ten-fold increase in distribution points in less than one year.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

French QSR Chain Catering to Muslim Diet Set to Expand
Quick chain to boost the number of its French halal-only locations to 22 after a successful trial run.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

File This Under "When All Else Fails"
Store owner uses beer to fend off robber; gunman leaves without cash.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Kangaroo Express Introduces Icee Offering to Gator Nation
Icee and Kangaroo Express team up for college football-themed promotion.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Restaurants Pursue Growth Through Franchising
New Technomic report helps operators identify the leading franchise companies and understand where franchising opportunities exist.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Calorie Posting Requirement to Apply to C-Stores, Theaters, Airplanes...
Many uncertainties as to labeling requirements are still unsettled, and a final FDA determination is due in December.
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Starbucks Launches Naturally Flavored VIA Coffees
Expands presence in $377 million flavored coffee market in the U.S. with new natural flavors.
Posted Aug 31, 2010

No Foodservice Ad Budget? Try Door-to-Door Giveaways
Save-A-Lot stretches media budget by delivering free groceries.
Posted Aug 30, 2010

USDA: Food Prices Increase to the Lowest Levels Since 1992
Minimal price growth comes despite rising prices for commodities.
Posted Aug 30, 2010

7-Eleven Tests Roasted Chicken
7-Eleven wants in on Chicagoans' dinner plans.
Posted Aug 30, 2010

Fast Casual: Niche Restaurant Segment?
Fast casual establishes itself as niche restaurant category, according to Mintel.
Posted Aug 27, 2010

Half of FDA Scientists Had Full Confidence In Egg Safety
The study, conducted before the salmonella recall by the Union of Concerned Scientists, asked FDA officials how confident they were in the agency's ability to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Pepsi Max Hopes Third Time's a Charm
In a third bid to establish brand identity in the U.S., Max tries a new position � taking a shot at Coke.
Posted Aug 25, 2010

Hostess Launches New Line of Muffins
New muffins offer convenient breakfast and snack options for families on the go, with a good source of fiber and 150 calories per serving.
Posted Aug 25, 2010

FDA Commissioner Says Agency Needs More Authority
FDA chief Margaret Hamburg urges Congress to pass pending legislation that would provide the agency with enhanced enforcement power.
Posted Aug 25, 2010

Coca-Cola Searches the Globe for Beverage Trends
Specialty group meets twice each month to analyze beverage brands from around the world with one goal: "to never let Coca-Cola be surprised by trends."
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Grocers Discover Ethnic Lure, Regional Malls
The traditional grocery store is changing, with expanding selections and nontraditional retail models.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Massachusetts to Offer Food Stamp Discount for Produce
Federal program seeks to determine whether providing subsidies for buying produce will encourage food stamp recipients to eat more nutritious foods.
Posted Aug 23, 2010

Fresh Family Foods Opens in Chicago "Food Desert"
The new concept is offering healthy foods in one of Chicago's "most notorious food deserts."
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Egg Recall Grows to 380 Million
Salmonella outbreak from Wright County Egg is linked to illnesses in four states.
Posted Aug 20, 2010

Starbucks Betting Consumers Will Pay for Ultra-Premium Blends
Starbucks to launch Reserve line of single-origin coffees in select markets this fall.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

European Beer Prices on the Rise
A weak European barley harvest and a Russian wheat export ban will likely frustrate Chimay and Hoegaarden lovers in the U.S.
Posted Aug 19, 2010

Socializing Lunch
4Food debuts next month in New York City and wants to turn dining out into a social networking game.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Alcohol Wholesalers Work Quietly to Limit Interstate Sales of Beer and Wine
Opponents of the bill maintain that it restricts competition and would lead to an increase in prices while weakening small microbrewers and winemakers.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

"Where's Your Dollar Ale?" "Next to the Dollar Riesling."
Dollar General to sell beer and wine.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Happy Meals Without the Toys
San Francisco has proposed a law restricting which children's meals could have toy accompaniments.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Chick-fil-A Looks To Urban Markets for Expansion
The chicken sandwich chain will begin building restaurants in three cities, including Los Angeles.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Coffee Shops Unplug Wi-Fi
Some coffeehouses are finding that getting rid of the service boosts sales and a friendlier atmosphere.
Posted Aug 11, 2010

U.S. Tea Sales Hot
Retailers are adding tea rooms and opening more tea shops to accommodate the increased interest.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

The Pantry Overhauls to Provide More Fresh Foods
The North Carolina-based retailer is "following a national trend" where convenience stores are becoming more like restaurants that sell gas.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Landshire Announces Deal With ExxonMobil
The foodservice company will be the primary packaged sandwich company for ExxonMobil convenience stores.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Delta Airlines To Launch New Food/Beverage Concepts
The airline hopes to "reinvent the customer dining experience" at LaGuardia Airport with new food and beverage concepts.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Starbucks Instant Coffee Brews Up Instant Sales
Starbucks VIA Ready Brew records $100 million in sales in just 10 months since its release.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

J.M. Smucker Raises Coffee Prices By 9%
Increase comes after wholesale coffee costs reach a 12-year high.
Posted Aug 5, 2010

Beverage Sales Soar With Coke's Freestyle Machine
Restaurants testing the new fountain dispensers say the high-tech machine brings results.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Drive-Thru Birthplace Kicks Ones to the Curb
The town of the first In N Out Burger has banned the construction of any new drive-thru restaurants.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Subway Breakfast Menu Exceeds Expectations
The sandwich chain says sales have increased system wide since the debut of its morning menu four months ago.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Traditional Grocers Losing Private Label Battle
A new Packaged Facts report reveals specialty food retailers have experienced the largest gains in private label food and beverage sales, far outpacing traditional supermarkets and discounters.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

Pizza Hut Reduces Menu Prices Nationwide
Three-topping mediums now sell for $8, with their large counterparts priced at $10.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

Game On! Ultra Strength Beer Race Revived With 120-Proof Dutch Concoction
The Refrigerated Ship, at 60-percent alcohol by volume, is now the world's strongest beer, with a six-pack setting you back roughly $276.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

St. Louis Supermarkets Beef Up Beer Selections
Grocery stores in A-B's hometown are making room for craft beers.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

Making A Case for Take-And-Bake
Pizza is big business among American consumers, with companies like Papa Murphy's reaping the benefits of feeding the take-and-bake trend.
Posted Jul 30, 2010

Hot New Trend: Frozen Yogurt?
What's giving frozen yogurt shops a surge in Miami? Here's a hint: self-serve.
Posted Jul 30, 2010

NY Restaurants Scramble to Make the Grade
A, B, C letter grade system has some restaurateurs concerned about their survival.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

Americans Cool to Quick-Service Chains
Public perception of the three biggest burger chains � Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's � has fallen in the wake of recent attacks by consumer and activist groups.
Posted Jul 28, 2010

Hostess Launches Line of Breakfast Classics
On-the-go breakfast items available exclusively in convenience stores nationwide.
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Chunky Coke? Coca-Cola Taps New Drink Textures
Company executives say they are trying to identify the next huge brand and are experimenting with new beverage formulations that may move beyond liquids.
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Restaurants Offer More Healthful Choices
The number of menu items marked as "healthy" soared 65 percent from last year, a new study shows.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

The Rise of the Pickle
The crunchy snack is seeing a resurgence among consumers and chefs.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

Wisconsin Officials Eye "No Cheeseburgers and Fries" Zones
So think some Wisconsin health officials: that fast-food-free zones would help reduce obesity among residents.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

Burger King to Launch Nutritional Breakfast Kids Meal
New BK Kids Breakfast Muffin Sandwich Meal joins brand's roster of meals that meet stringent nutrition criteria.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

U.S. Restaurant Count Down by 5,204 From Last Year
The NPD Group reports that independent units decline by -2 percent while chain units remain flat.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Seattle Residents Embrace Sidewalk Cafes
The city more known for rain than sunshine eased restrictions on having sidewalk tables and now dozens of restaurants and cafes have set up small tables curbside.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Floating Food
A restaurant boat makes waves in the Allegheny River.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

QSRs Trim the (Trans) Fat
McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's using far less unhealthy fats, study shows.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Mexican Coca-Cola Takes Off
Consumers respond enthusiastically to glass bottles and cane sugar recipe.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Carl's Jr., Hardee's Test Foot-long Cheeseburgers
The fast-food chains are selling a sandwich with three burgers and cheese slices on a 12-inch bun.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

China Promises Upgraded Food Safety
Government tries to reassure uneasy citizens in the wake of the seizure of more than 60 tons of contaminated milk powder.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

Michigan OKs Law Allowing Residents to Make Food at Home, Sell to Public
"This is a great way of eluding some bureaucracy and fostering some great, great entrepreneurs in the agricultural field," explains Michigan governor.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

SC Allows Sampling, Purchasing at State Microbreweries
New law also allows specialty beer-and-wine retail stores to offer up to 24 samplings per quarter.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

Former McDonald's Execs to Start Fast-Casual Chain
The pair is developing a better-for-you concept with an environmentally friendly atmosphere.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

McDonald's Unleashes Summer Sales Weapon: Beverages
Even before its nationwide advertising campaign begins, McDonald's frappes and smoothies are taking off with consumers.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Peapod Expands to More Than 40 Northeast Communities
Online grocer responds to customer demand by expanding coverage.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Publix to Launch $3.99 Kids Meals
Five prepackaged kid's meals to launch July 29 at Publix supermarkets.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Taco Bell to Embrace Breakfast
The fast-food chain has plans to introduce a permanent morning menu late next year.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

A Fishy Trend
Fish tacos are showing up on more menus across the country.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

FDA Seeking Input on Nationwide Menu Labeling
The FDA is accepting public comments on implementation of the nationwide menu labeling law.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Massachusetts Law Eases Sunday Morning Liquor Restrictions
The Restaurant Rejuvenation Act lets restaurants sell alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Sugary-Drink Ban Affects San Francisco Sites
Coca-Cola is out, and soy milk is now part of San Francisco's official city policy.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Mail Order Meat
Watch out, Tesco: Amazon.co.uk launches online Grocery Store, offering 22,000 food and beverage items that ship free to UK residents.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

McDonald's Halts Smoothie Promotions Before Official Launch
The fast-food chain wants to wait until its national campaign begins to aggressively advertise the frozen drinks.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Coffee War Brewing in China
Beijing-controlled firm takes aim for java supremacy across China.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Convenience Stores Closing Gap With Quick-Service Restaurants
Technomic research shows that convenience stores are increasing the quality and quantity of their prepared foods.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

CDC Says We Eat Too Much Salt
Nine in 10 adults consume too much sodium, with the majority coming from the most 'commonly eaten foods.'
Posted Jun 25, 2010

BK Unveils Healthier Chicken Sandwich
Burger King restaurants nationwide introduce grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain ciabatta.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

Mintel: Plan Now For Coming Menu Transparency
Restaurants subject to new federal menu labeling requirements must begin preparing an overall strategy in order to maximize benefits.
Posted Jun 22, 2010

Lawson Focuses on Fresh Food
The Japanese convenience store chain soon will add in-store, made-to-order food.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Denny's Bets on Older Consumers
Once the place for 20-somethings to hang out late at night, the family dining chain is going after the AARP crowd to boost sales.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

McDonald's Coffee Sales Drop While Frappes Sales Soar
The quick-service chain has seen sales of hot coffee beverages drop by close to half, while its new cold frappes are selling at a fast clip.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Arby's Considers Selling Products in Supermarkets
The fast-food chain previously licensed its sauces for retail locations.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Organic Coffee Market Tops $1.4 Billion in North America
A new survey shows that organic coffee is growing faster than the conventional coffee sector.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Grocers Expand Ready-to-Eat Menus
Kroger is planning to upgrade and renovate its prepared foods area.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Consumers Flocking to Family-Style Restaurants
New research from Technomic finds that family-style restaurants meet the needs of a budget-conscious consumer.
Posted Jun 15, 2010

Walmart's Low Prices on Food Will Continue to Pressure Supermarkets
A "hyper-competitive" environment among food retailers will likely elicit lower prices from food companies, with all parties experiencing diminished profitability.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

More Gasoline Stations Serve Up Food and Fuel
In Southern California, service stations are adding more prepared food to increase profits.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

New Frappes Whip Up Sales for McDonald's
May sales rise 4.8% on new beverages, including frappes.
Posted Jun 10, 2010

Three American Chains Prepare for British Invasion
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ruby Tuesday and Taco Bell are expanding into the United Kingdom.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Grocers Blur Lines for Ready-to-Eat Food
With places like Wegmans opening restaurants inside stores, supermarkets are offering more prepared foods all around.
Posted Jun 8, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup Sales Souring
Sales of HFC dropped 11 percent between 2003 and 2008, while sugar sales rose seven percent during the same period.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

GetGo Launches foodperks! In Time for Holiday Weekend
The foodperks! program will run concurrently with the company's fuelperks! customer loyalty program.
Posted May 28, 2010

D.C. Council Approves Soda Tax
Before it becomes final, the measure must go through a final city council vote, mayor approval and approval by the U.S. Congress.
Posted May 28, 2010

Texas Digital Helps QSRs Comply With Menu-Labeling Requirements
The digital signage solution allows restaurants to control a series of digital menu boards either on-site or from a regional or corporate location.
Posted May 28, 2010

Supervalu's Save-A-Lot to Expand in 'Urban Food Desert' Areas
The retailer is doubling the number of its Save-A-Lot locations in the next five years.
Posted May 27, 2010

What Are You Doing for National Donut Day?
Dunkin' Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day with nationwide free donut offer.
Posted May 27, 2010

N.J. Lawmakers Consider Bills Expanding Alcohol Sale Rules
State lawmakers are considering a slew of alcohol-related bills that would expand the number of supermarkets that can sell liquor, allow towns to sell unused licenses to other municipalities, and let BYOB restaurants buy a license to sell beer and wine.
Posted May 25, 2010

Thirst for Cash Brings Push To Tax Sweet Drinks
Cities and states continue to look for revenue sources, and the District of Columbia is considering extending the city's 6 percent sales tax to sugary beverages.
Posted May 25, 2010

Restaurant Stop 'Free' Lunches
The industry has begun to eliminate the deep discounts and other high-dollar deals that were used to lure customers.
Posted May 24, 2010

Where's the Chicken?
High ground beef prices have QSRs pushing customers toward new menu items as well as chicken and salads.
Posted May 21, 2010

Sandwiches, Burgers Show Growth
U.S. consumers devour more than 22 billion sandwiches, burgers and wraps in 2009, according to NPD Group.
Posted May 20, 2010

San Antonio City Manager Wages War On Sugar
Sugar-free drinks and water are the only beverages for sale in San Antonio city vending machines.
Posted May 20, 2010

J.M. Smucker Raises Coffee Prices
Prices on coffee products to increase on average 4 percent on the majority of Folgers, Dunkin' and Millstone products.
Posted May 20, 2010

Starbucks Loyalists Aren't Drinking Enough
Even the most die-hard Starbucks fans consume only 3 of every 10 cups at the chain. And the coffee giant intends to change that.
Posted May 20, 2010

McDonald's Bets on New Cold Beverages
The fast-food chain seems to be shedding its image as only a place to get a burger and fries.
Posted May 19, 2010

California Pizza Opens First QSR-Type Outlet
Casual dining restaurant chain launches its first travel plaza outlet in Philadelphia.
Posted May 18, 2010

Hot Stuff Launches New Breakfast Offer
Retailer support includes lower food costs, new products and purchasing incentives.
Posted May 18, 2010

Taco Bell's New $2 Meal Deals Set New Combo Meal Standard
Run-for-the-border chain breaks the $2 combo meal barrier.
Posted May 18, 2010

Food Companies Sign Up For the War on Salt
Health experts: Efforts to reduce Americans' sodium intake are long overdue. The quest for the perfect salt substitute is underway.
Posted May 18, 2010

Selling 'Small' Food
The mini-burger trend is catching the imaginations of foodservice operators.
Posted May 17, 2010

Rye Bread, Extra Pickles, Hold the Onions
New Technomic report suggests that consumers want more variety in sandwich choices, and that customization is key to satisfying hungry patrons.
Posted May 14, 2010

Seattle's Best Coffee Outlines New Branding Strategy
The company announced a new brand identity, expansion from 3,000 to 30,000 distribution points and national agreement with AMC Theatres.
Posted May 13, 2010

Another Strong Sales Month for McDonald's
U.S. sales rose in April, with McCaf� offerings providing a strong boost.
Posted May 11, 2010

Frito-Lay Expects Sales to Tip toward More Healthful Lines
Company plans to revise 60 percent of its brands before next fall, making them healthier than its traditional lines.
Posted May 10, 2010

Papa John's Boosts Sales With Online Capabilities
Sales at papajohns.com now account for more than 25 percent of business.
Posted May 6, 2010

Small Chicken Chains Register Strong Growth
Bojangles, Chick-fil-A, Church's, Popeyes and Zaxby's are eating away at KFC's market share.
Posted May 4, 2010

QSRs Consider Overseas Expansion
More fast-food chains are looking to other countries for growth opportunities.
Posted May 3, 2010

Dollar Beverage Bargains Blossoming
Burger King plans $1 slushy deal to counter McDonald's promo.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

Organic Food Sales Grow 5 Percent, Top $24 Billion in 2009
The mass-market channel generated the majority of organic food sales last year, with 54 percent sold through mainstream grocers, club stores and retailers.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

Santa Clara County Could Ban Happy Meal Toys
The proposal would prohibit kids' meals that have lots of sugar, salt or certain fats from giving a free toy with the food.
Posted Apr 28, 2010

Food Companies Pledge to Reduce Sodium
Heinz, Kraft and Starbucks are among those pledging their commitment to the voluntary National Salt Reduction Initiative.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Mimosas and Whoppers
Burger King is testing some new brunch items that include a virgin mimosa and ciabatta sandwiches.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

Louisiana Officials Shelve Energy Drinks Ban
Louisiana lawmakers have nixed a proposed ban on the sale of energy to kids.
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Foodmakers Weigh Sugar Vs. Corn Syrup
Perception prompts some companies to reformulate with refined cane sugar.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

FDA to Limit Salt in Processed Foods
The agency's efforts are part of a larger plan to lower the amount of salt Americans consume daily.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Mobile Restaurants Hit Baltimore Streets
More restaurateurs are branching out with food trucks offering burritos, Caesar salads, Caribbean tacos and cr�me br�l�e.
Posted Apr 21, 2010

Flavored Malt Beverage Sales Plunge in Utah
Sales have dropped more than 90% since 2008.
Posted Apr 20, 2010

Fast Food Treats Are Shrinking
Fast-food restaurants are now targeting the nibbler, with smaller, snack-sized portions.
Posted Apr 20, 2010

SoCo McDonald's Add Frappes to McCafé Menu
The iced-blended specialty coffees are the newest addition to the McCaf� beverage offer in Southern California McDonald's locations.
Posted Apr 16, 2010

Bob Evans Gets Moving With Retail
The restaurant chain's Taste of the Farm retail and carryout concept could be rolling out at additional locations this summer.
Posted Apr 16, 2010

Who's Eating Pizza, and Why?
Cravings, convenience and value drive consumers to buy pizza, according to Technomic research.
Posted Apr 15, 2010

Grocery Salad Bars Wilt
Stores are replacing them with convenience foods and expanding selections in the produce department.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

FreshDirect Expansion Tests Appetite for Online Grocers
FreshDirect is seeking up to $100 million to open in a new (but yet unnamed) market.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

Proposal to Ban Caffeine In Beer Opposed
Beer aficionados concerned that proposal could affect artisanal brews.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Dunkin' Donuts Launches 99-Cent Value Menu
The menu is available in some of its Indiana locations.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Some Supermarkets Play It Safe and Toss Instead of Donate
Fear of liability causes many grocers to throw away leftover food rather than give it to hunger-relief programs.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Tapping Into Wine
Restaurants and bars hail wine on tap as greener, fresher and less expensive than bottles.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Lawson Store Gets Fresh With Foodservice
Japanese convenience store will grow its own vegetables for its fresh foodservice.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Study: Higher Taxes on Soft Drinks Could Curb Childhood Obesity
RAND Corp. research suggests that a small tax on soft drinks is an ineffective way to reduce childhood obesity and consumption, but that a higher tax, perhaps an excise tax, could make an impact.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Denny's Dives Into Dollar(s) Menu Competition
The family-dining chain will debut its value menu tomorrow with prices more in line with QSR offers.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Jimmy John's Opens 1,000th Sandwich Shop
Sandwich chain credits tenacious franchisees and cult-like following to its aggressive growth.
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Watch Out, McDonald's: BK Beefs Up Breakfast Battle
Burger King adds $1 BK Breakfast Muffin, $2.79 BK Breakfast Bowl to morning lineup.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

U.S. Soft Drink Sales Decline Eases
All but two of the top 10 beverage brands suffered sales declines.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

No Price Discounts, No Problem: Darden Restaurants Experience Sales Growth
Darden Restaurants, whose portfolio includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and LongHorn Steakhouses, is one of the first casual dining restaurant chains in the U.S. experiencing sales growth, with the rest of the category down 4 percent.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Kentucky Kroger Stores Test Health Program
NuVal nutrition rating will prominently display healthful ratings for food items.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

IRI Ranks Top Product Launches
Campbell's Select Harvest, Bud Light Lime, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush and Tide Total Care are last year's most successful product launches.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Health Care Legislation Creates Standard Menu Labeling
The National Restaurant Association applauds the provision as a win for consumers and the industry.
Posted Mar 24, 2010

Subway to Launch Breakfast Items
The sandwich chain joins other fast-food restaurants trying to capture morning sales.
Posted Mar 24, 2010

'Average' American Diner Evolves
There is no typical U.S. consumer anymore.
Posted Mar 23, 2010

Foodmakers Support More Control of School Food
Four major food and beverage manufacturers support legislation to control school snacks.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Denny's Launches First Fresh Express Standalone
The family-dining chain previously tested Fresh Express as a grab-and-go counter in traditional locations.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

Restaurants Add More Breakfast Items
Competition heats up for breakfast, especially as consumer remain finicky about discretionary breakfast dollars.
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Food Becomes Focus for RaceTrac
The chain is changing up its foodservice to bring in more customers.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Tipping Point
These days, you can find a tip jar at nearly every service counter.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

Supersize Me! Starbucks Tests Larger Iced Drinks
Starbucks testing 31-ounce iced teas and iced coffees ("Trentas") in Phoenix and Tampa.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

FDA Cracks Down On Misleading Food Labeling
Baby food manufacturers in particular are cited for violations that include unauthorized health claims; stricter set of labeling standards expected.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Dunkin' Donuts Not Hurt by Coffee Wars
One owner says it's not McDonald's that has suffered from the coffee price battles but local convenience stores.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Tennessee Drive-Thru Store Owners Criticize Moratorium On Beer Permits
Knox County issues a 180-day moratorium on issuing new permits to stores with drive-through windows, a move that has store owners upset.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Quiznos Eyes Convenience Retailers for Expansion
The sandwich chain has plans to add to its number of smaller restaurants inside gasoline stations and convenience stores.
Posted Mar 3, 2010

Walgreen's Bid To Sell Alcohol Uncorks Hostility
Retail competitors sue, claiming oversaturation; neighbors unhappy, too.
Posted Mar 2, 2010

Commission Restricts Strong Alcohol In Iowa
Restrictions placed on 100-proof and above alcohol; could a registration system be far behind?
Posted Mar 2, 2010