Food News & Trends

Menu Trends for 2012: Three Experts, Nine Things to Watch

It’s the start of a new year, and as usual, food industry experts are chomping at the bit for a chance to speak their mind. QSR industry webzine Quick Serve Leader headed directly toward those whose jobs it is to analyze and opine about what restaurateurs and managers can expect on the foodservice horizon in the coming year.

Panda Express Returns Firecracker Chicken Breast as Chinese New Year LTO, Facebook Promo

Panda Express has added back its Firecracker Chicken Breast. The menu option will be available at participating Panda Express stores across the country as a limited-time offer (LTO) January 4 - February 14. The Chinese-style fast food chain said it will also offer the Firecracker Chicken Breast on the catering menu.

Visions of Mint Dance to the Tune of QSR Drinks

Have mint on the mind? You're not alone. The aromatic leaf, from the genus of the Lamiacae family¹ of plants, that flavors everything from candy to ice cream, and even soaps and shampoos, is taking center stage for the holidays. But when Dunkin' Donuts introduced its Mint Hot Chocolate recently

NRA Says Top 2012 Menu Trends Focus on Local, Sustainable and Kids' Nutrition

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) released the results of its annual survey conducted in cooperation with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Each year, the NRA seeks the wisdom of the ACF's chefs to look into next year’s crystal ball.

Wayward Menu Trends Offer a Chance to Heat Up Quick Serve Menus on the Eve of Winter

Cooking up special treats for customers during the colder months can be challenging. The arrival of the holiday season sees the typical seasonal preparations, which include mint, cranberries and the indulgence in turkey and ham. Here we look at three twists on traditional comfort foods to heat up opportunities for restaurant operators.

Unseasonable Cold Welcomes Early Onset of ‘Hot’ Holiday Beverages

Parts of the Northeast have already experienced the season’s first Nor’Easter, so we know that a full-on winter is near. Though folks are loathe to see snow so early, unusually chilly temps have heightened diners’ expectation of seasonal and holiday beverages, making now the perfect time to advance your usual menu strategies

Research Firm Provides Insights, Findings on Hispanic Segment and Restaurant Visits [By the Numbers]

The NPD Group provided some insight this week on Hispanic trends in restaurant dining. According to its CREST® Hispanic market research

Bakery Cafe Chain Sub-Segment Remains Robust, Independent Cafes Have Room for Regional Success

With the growth of restaurants in the bakery cafe segment, it's no wonder that they account for annual sales of $5 billion according to a Technomic study¹. Those cafes are 3,600-strong in the United States

Pizza Operators Grow, Test Organic and Natural Options

Pizza independents and chain operators continue to weigh guests' desire for more organic options against the business economics of a more costly menu in the face of commodity inflation.

How Smashburger Offers Local Flavors in its Markets

When Smashburger, a 'better burger' chain based in Denver and founded in 2007, expanded into its second market outside of Colorado, the chain's senior management wanted to add depth to the menu with some local favorites

Coca-Cola FEMSA Agrees to Merge with Bottling Franchise CIMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA and Grupo CIMSA have agreed to merge their enterprises. Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B. de C.V, is, by volume, the largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products globally. CIMSA, or Corporación de los Ángeles

Cinnabon Features Seasonal Caramel Flavors. Churro Returns.

Cinnabon released seasonal customer favorites for fall. Between now and November 5, the Focus Brands' Cinnabon chain will offer creamy caramel as a topping

Quiznos Resurrects Fan Favorite, Offers Black Angus on Rosemary Parmesan Sub LTO

Style has a way of being reborn and recycled once in every few decades. But what about toasted sandwiches? Quiznos has brought back its Black Angus on Rosemary Parmesan Sub. The sub hit stores today

Industry Authority Finds Salt Has Leading Role on Restaurant Menus

Don't sweat the salt ─ salt reduction that is. That's a conclusion that restaurateurs might formulate after reading a leading foodservice authority's latest company statement. Technomic's MenuMonitor report's

Barbecue Flavors Position Restaurant Operators for Success in Away-from-Home Occasions

Barbecue-style foods have come into their own. Whether defined in the Americana of Southern U.S. barbecue flavors, or encompassing more global elements like Korean, Asado, and Tandoori, the cooking style seems ubiquitous.

Food Trucks Here to Stay Says Foodservice Industry Authority

A new study by Technomic reveals good news for mobile food vehicles, as 91 percent of consumers polled who are familiar with food trucks say they view the trend as having staying power and not a passing fad.

Corner Bakery and zpizza Among Fast Casual Brand Leaders in New Healthy Kid Menu Initiative

Healthier eating habits as an American agenda has percolated and been hyped by the national B2C news media for several years now. Although many consumers say they want healthier options when dining out, few take advantage,

Building QSR Breakfast Trends

Experts espouse the virtues of starting the day with a good breakfast. Not only will customers benefit from a nutritional morning repast, but quick-service restaurant (QSR) owners and operators will also profit. According to Packaged Facts’ Breakfast Trends in the U.S. Foodservice Market, sales from the morning meal are estimated to reach $37 billion this year.