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January 17, 2020

7 easy ways to promote your restaurant’s healthy kids' meals

Our new What’s Hot menu trends report finds parents really do want healthier choices for kids when dining out. Here’s how to market them.

January 15, 2020

Nation’s Restaurants Advocate for Recycling Roadmap

Association joins Recycling Leadership Council to help build a policy framework to reimagine the U.S. recycling system.

January 14, 2020

New Year’s resolutions for restaurateurs!

Check out these resolutions designed to boost your restaurants’ business in 2020! 

January 13, 2020

These Top 10 restaurant trends are what’s hot in 2020

From stress-busting foods to special burger blends and rejiggered classic cocktails, this year’s list highlights a combination of comfort mixed with a little bit of edginess.

January 9, 2020

What’s “too fast” when it comes to opening more restaurants?

Top execs at leading fast-casual concepts say opening too many and too few new stores can jeopardize a brand’s long-term success.

December 19, 2019

Plant-based protein is here to stay, say restaurant experts

Restaurant experts ranked plant-based proteins as the No. 2 food-and-menu trend over the next decade.

December 19, 2019

Consumers in Seattle and DC spend the most in restaurants

Seattle and Washington, DC lead the major metropolitan areas in restaurant spending per capita.

December 18, 2019

Restaurant guests of 2030: Appealing to Gen Z with healthy options

A decade from now, most Gen Zers will be in their 20s and 30s. Are you ready to serve them? 

December 17, 2019

The restaurant of the future may use food to treat diseases

Restaurants in 2030 may be offering meals that provide specific health benefits, on an increasingly personalized level. 

December 16, 2019

Holiday drinks: How to serve them safely and when to stop serving

Get your staff up to speed on safe alcohol service.

December 16, 2019

5 ways to rev up your gift-card game

The time is right to boost your restaurant gift-card sales. Our new research shows gift cards are all-around crowd pleasers — the perfect planned or impulse buy.

December 12, 2019

Real-time data can turn you into a restaurant-management wizard

Over the next decade, expect to excel at turning intel into management magic.

December 10, 2019

Expect the unexpected: experiential dining

The counterpoint to delivery? On-premises dining that delivers a true “occasion.”

December 4, 2019

Gen Z is the future of supply chain management

Restaurant industry supply chain professionals are planning now for the future. Part of the planning: attracting younger specialists to the field.

December 3, 2019

Getting on the map with tourists

How to stand out when tourists come looking for a taste of your town.

December 3, 2019

Restaurant Industry 2030 report predicts much older labor force

Big labor changes are coming in the next decade. Restaurateurs will hire older employees to staff their businesses.

December 2, 2019

Have you made any of these five payroll mistakes?

Not knowing or failing to comply with payroll laws can put your business under the magnifying glass and lead to fines and penalties.

November 21, 2019

How to thaw a turkey and other great Thanksgiving food safety tips

In the midst of celebration, make sure food safety is part of your holiday meal prep.

November 21, 2019

Think big when it comes to shopping small

Take every opportunity to be a part of Small Business Saturday. Restaurants are big contributors to their communities.  

November 21, 2019

Households in the West spent the most at restaurants in 2018

Household expenditures at restaurants rose faster than most other spending categories during the last 5 years, led by consumers in the West.

November 19, 2019

Good benefits attract and keep restaurant employees

Full-timers especially are looking for a full plate of benefits. Tiered health-care plans, tuition reimbursement, even tattoos are in the offing.

November 18, 2019

For restaurants, every day is Veterans Day

Supporting U.S. service men and women is something the restaurant industry takes very seriously.

November 15, 2019

Robots, driverless cars and DNA diets could disrupt the restaurant industry by 2030

You might see some of these changes coming … but are you ready? 

November 13, 2019

Minority share of population increases by 2030

Inclusion will help drive profitability and relevance for restaurants committed to diversity.

November 13, 2019

One foodborne illness can cost your operation millions

Cost of food safety training is a bargain in comparison.