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Fancy Food Show: Healthy fare, bold flavors dominate
Indianapolis Star
The event is where artisan food start-ups showcase their newest offerings, and grocery buyers and professional trend spotters can begin to assess what customers might want. It can take years, however, for some of these products and those inspired by …
SFA’s Top 5 Food Trends at Summer Fancy Food ShowGourmet Retailer
Top 5 Food Trends Spotted at Summer Fancy Food ShowMarketWatch

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Nation’s Restaurant NewsSalt lends savory note to dessertsNation’s Restaurant NewsBread pudding gets a salty touch at several restaurants. At Sugarmill in Denver, chef/owner Troy Guard uses smoked sea salt inside and on top of his White Chocolate Bread…

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Nation’s Restaurant NewsVersatile mangoes add bright pop to restaurant menusNation’s Restaurant NewsBut the ultimate driver of their soaring success on menus is likely their versatility, as mangoes have been making the scene all over food and beverage …

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SFA’s Top 5 Food Trends at Summer Fancy Food Show
Gourmet Retailer
A panel of industry specialists – the Specialty Food Association’s trendspotters, individuals who follow and write about food trends for leading media outlets and consulting firms – walked the floor at the Summer Fancy Food Show, held June 28 – 30 at
Healthy foods and atypical flavors dominate Fancy Food ShowUSA TODAY
Top 5 Food Trends Spotted at Summer Fancy Food ShowMarketWatch

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Johnny Rockets targets Hispanic marketsNation’s Restaurant NewsJohnny Rockets is making a more targeted push into Hispanic markets, company officials said Wednesday. The Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based operator has signed a franchise agreement with Cruzar Gr…

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SYS-CON Media (press release)Fancy Food Show: Healthy fare, bold flavors dominateUSA TODAYThe event is where artisan food start-ups showcase their newest offerings, and grocery buyers and professional trend spotters can begin to assess what customers m…

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Top 5 Food Trends Spotted at Summer Fancy Food Show
MarketWatch
“The Specialty Food Association is in a perfect position to spot trends before they happen,” says Ann Daw, president of the Association, the Summer Fancy Food show’s owner and producer. “Our show celebrates what’s next in specialty food as our

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Nation’s Restaurant NewsReport: Lunch traffic drives strongest global restaurant marketsNation’s Restaurant NewsAccording to the latest research from the Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm, consumer visits to restaurants have declined in …

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Changing Restaurant Trends: From Small Plates to Huge Platters
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Has the small-plate trend met its match? Diners may be shying away from cobbling together endless three-bite dishes that don’t always go well together or pair easily with wine. Large shared entrées, conversely, have the convivial and comforting feel of

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NPD: Jerky gains popularity as a snack
Nation’s Restaurant News
“All forms of jerky are hot … but not in restaurants,” restaurant food and consulting firm Baum + Whiteman said in its recent mid-year trend report, noting that sales of jerky and related products “enjoy year-on-year double-digit increases

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The Hottest Food Trends of 2015
Scoop.co.nz
The Coffee Club New Zealand’s café and restaurant menus are getting a revamp this July with the introduction of several new dishes. The new menu takes inspiration from the hottest food trends of 2015; chic burgers, trendy salads focused on both health

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Scranton Times-Tribune
Locals look to capitalize on natural food trend
Scranton Times-Tribune
Amid a growing demand for natural foods, major corporations are dumping artificial ingredients and locals are capitalizing on the trend. Subway, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Kraft and Nestle are among the major restaurants and companies that have recently …

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Six menu trends to watch (and one big opportunity)
Food Business News (registration)
She and Donna Hood Crecca, senior director of Technomic, Inc., Chicago, discussed menu trends and opportunities during a presentation for restaurant operators attending Technomic’s Restaurants Trends & Directions Conference on June 24 in Chicago.

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Baum+Whiteman’s Mid-Year Survey Of Hot Food & Beverage Trends
PerishableNews (press release) (registration)
It’s time for our mid-year summary of 2015′s most important dining-out trends. We’ve divided this report into: Two “Big Issues” that may disrupt how restaurants do business … and four here-and-now trends that are affecting menus and consumer ordering …

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SCORE at the Lake: Restaurant trends to watchLakenewsonline.comA steadily improving economy has made this an ideal time for food-minded entrepreneurs to fulfill their dreams of opening their own restaurant. According to the National Restaurant Associat…

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The most annoying restaurant trend happening todayWashington Post (blog)The other night I was eating a plate of noodles, and enjoying it. I was out to dinner with a friend, hunched over a meal we had been planning for weeks. The restaurant was newly op…

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Mid-Year Summary of 2015′s Most Important Dining-Out Trends.
4Hoteliers
It’s time for our mid-year summary of 2015′s most important dining-out trends. We’ve divided this report into: Two “Big Issues” that may disrupt how restaurants do business… and four here-and-now trends that are affecting menus and consumer ordering …

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Dairy Queen introduces hot sandwiches, desserts
Nation’s Restaurant News
American Dairy Queen Corp. is rolling out several lines of sweet and savory menu items prepared using new ovens that are being introduced across the franchisor’s various brands. Included in the new DQ Bakes! platform are three Snack Melts priced around …

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2015 Top 100: Market share trends analysisNation’s Restaurant NewsMore targeted snack-based, specialty and ethnic brands won in the battle for market share this year, leaving more traditional casual-dining, family-dining and quick-service burgers and s…

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2015 Top 100: Market share trends analysisNation’s Restaurant NewsMore targeted snack-based, specialty and ethnic brands won in the battle for market share this year, leaving more traditional casual-dining, family-dining and quick-service burgers and s…

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Nation’s Restaurant NewsSurvey: Consumers expect more tech from all restaurantsNation’s Restaurant NewsPizza chains are leading the industry with cutting-edge technology, but American consumers expect more tech features from all restaurant segments, ac…

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Schlotzsky’s looks to expand beyond lunch
Nation’s Restaurant News
“We feel it’s important to satisfy what guests are looking for, and they are clearly looking for a heartier meal and something a bit more than a sandwich, chips and a drink,” Mears told Nation’s Restaurant News. “It’s important for us to offer a high

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Slideshow: Beverage trends on tap
Food Business News (registration)
CHICAGO — Craft sodas, matcha tea and cold-brewed coffee are rising on restaurant menus, according to a new report from Datassential, Chicago. Second only to tap water, brewed coffee is consumed daily by 43% of consumers, while 33% drink juice every …

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Managing the cost of a beverage programNation’s Restaurant NewsDavid Flaherty has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is a certified cicerone and a former operations manager and beer and spirits director for Hearth restaurant …

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Chefs question sustainability of seafood
Nation’s Restaurant News
It’s not realistic,” Jeremy Sewall, chef-owner of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row34 in Boston and Lineage in Brookline, Mass., told Nation’s Restaurant News earlier this year. “We all know it’s a marketing term,” said David Varley, executive chef and

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David Chang debuts fast-casual chicken restaurant
Nation’s Restaurant News
Fuku is also the latest fast-casual chain to be opened by a celebrity chef, a trend that dates back more than a decade, with Wolfgang Puck’s Wolfgang Puck Express and Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft. More recent celebrity chef fast-casual chicken chains are …

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Honoring the commitment to sustainability
Nation’s Restaurant News
Indeed, environmental sustainability was a top-three trend in the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot 2015 Culinary Forecast. All told, seven of the top 10 trends in the forecast are connected to sustainability, including locally grown produce

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From black chicken to burnt toast powder: Your foodie trends come straight
Salon
What once had been an ingredient that was only found propped behind the counter of Asian specialty markets, became part of food enthusiasts’ vernacular. A Google trend report shows the search term “black chicken” climbing steadily upward since 2007 …

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Report: Restaurant sales rise 1.1% in May
Nation’s Restaurant News
The second quarter is poised to become the fourth consecutive quarter of positive growth in same-store sales, the first time in nearly three years, according to data reported by TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence through The Restaurant Industry Snapshot

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ArabianBusiness.com
The latest food trends in the UAE
ArabianBusiness.com
Global networking firm KPMG surveyed 432 residents from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to find out this year’s latest food trends. Their findings included growth in the F&B market, top preferred cuisines, and consumer concerns. So according to the

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Nation’s Restaurant NewsMiniature desserts help restaurants grow bottom lineNation’s Restaurant NewsFor the year to date, the restaurant has sold 1,000 bite-sized Blueberry Crumble Pies and 477 full-size versions of the same pie. Other minis show a sim…

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Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn talk top food trends from the 2015 NRA Show
Nation’s Restaurant News
Nancy Kruse: I’d love to get your take on the National Restaurant Association Show that just ended. I look forward to that orgy of ideas every year, and I would say the show really surpassed itself this year. I liked the fact that the producers adopted

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Fresh food trend receives international online attentionGood4UtahSALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A story ABC 4 Utah reported on about fresh food trends is getting unusual online attention. The trend deals with restaurants and food suppliers shifting away…

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SmartCompany.com.au
Facebook challenges Yelp and Foursquare with its very own restaurant reviews
Digital Trends
If the debut of Instant Articles didn’t make it clear, Facebook aims to be the portal through which you get most, if not all, of the information you care about. The key is convenience — people are likelier to stay on a webpage or app if it’s easier or
Facebook adds critic reviews to US restaurant pagesSmartCompany.com.au

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Trends That Could Have Killed Fine Dining Ended Up Helping New York’s
Eater
Strangely enough, the trends that threatened to sink fine dining—bigger restaurants, mega groups, tip fights and big costs— set the stage for more and better sommeliers and have ultimately helped raised New York’s position in the wine world today.

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Dishing up restaurant trends
Atlanta Journal Constitution
From cucumber gelato to milk made from macadamia nuts, the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show was chock-full of food products, kitchen gadgets and the latest in food service industry technology. Vendors purposely smashed dishes …

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Christian Science Monitor
Millennials and ‘fast casual’: food trends everyone is watching
Christian Science Monitor
The annual National Restaurant Association Show kicked off on Thursday May 22 in Chicago. Workers in the industry are keeping an eye out for emerging restaurant and food trends, including the relationship between Millennials and ‘fast casual.’ …

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Telegraph.co.uk
More than sardines: is Portuguese food the next big trend?
Telegraph.co.uk
When Nuno Mendes opens a new restaurant, you can be sure it will make waves – this is the same chef who brought us celebrity mecca the Chiltern Firehouse, after all. And for his latest venture, Taberna do Mercado in London’s Old Spitalfields Market, …

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NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times
QSRweb.com
For those of us who want to return to “the good old days,” that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her “Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers” session at NRA 2015. Real, clean …

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Nation’s Restaurant News
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Brass Tap COO talks remodeling, beer trends
Nation’s Restaurant News
We had a company location that had pretty bad scores for food quality, employee attitude — a bunch of different things. We went through a major remodel on it and every [score] improved. Nothing changed: The food didn’t get any better, it was the same …

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Market RealistJohnson Redbook: A Window to Restaurant Industry TrendsMarket RealistThe Johnson Redbook Index reports same-store sales data, a good indicator for retail sales. It increased to 2.1% in the second week of May, from 1.6% in the previous wee…

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Johnson Redbook: A Window to Restaurant Industry TrendsMarket RealistThe Johnson Redbook Index reports same-store sales data, a good indicator for retail sales. It increased to 2.1% in the second week of May, from 1.6% in the previous week. But it was …

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NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times
Fast Casual
For those of us who want to return to “the good old days,” that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her “Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers” session at NRA 2015. Real, clean …

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Following trends, not fads, separates Big Burrito Restaurant GroupTribune-ReviewFrom the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, ele…

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ChicagoNow (blog)
Food Trends 2015: 10 Top Trends From NRA Show
ChicagoNow (blog)
With over 2000 exhibitors, celebrity chefs, food professionals and others vying for attention, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. By taking a step back to see things in perspective, SMC was able to identify some obvious trends. Here’s our top 10 along with

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NRA 2015: Simple, authentic driving menu trends
Food Business News (registration)
Ms. Kruse discussed profound changes in consumer attitudes and behavior that are affecting the restaurant industry. The confluence of three “mega-trends,” including ongoing economic uncertainty, a shift to technology as the basis of economy, and an …

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NBC Chicago (blog)Food Trends, Technology on Display at 2015 National Restaurant Association …NBC Chicago (blog)From edible 3D creations to alcohol-infused whipped cream to sustainable salmon, the 2015 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago …

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How restaurants can attract business diners
Nation’s Restaurant News
The panel was moderated by Mary Wagstaff, founder of Wagstaff Worldwide, a public relations and marketing firm, and included Peter Frost of Crain’s Chicago Business and Ti Martin of the restaurants Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide and Sobou in New …

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NRA show blog: Trident planning to open delayed East Coast plant in July
Undercurrent News (registration)
Undercurrent News is in Chicago this week to bring you seafood news from the annual National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. Of the more than 2,000 exhibitors at the gathering, there are around 40 companies focused on …

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Nation’s Restaurant News
Honey hits sweet spot of food and beverage trends
Nation’s Restaurant News
This is part of NRN’s special coverage of the 2015 NRA Show, being held in Chicago, May 16-19. Visit NRN.com for the latest coverage from the show, plus follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Advertisement. Preparing a smoothie with honey. Photo: Tara …

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