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Where’s the beef? QSRs pushing chicken, pork

With few exceptions, the largest fast-food burger chains are turning their promotional spotlights this fall on choices featuring pork or chicken.

Lemon lovers get bitter shock on California drought: Commodities

The latest wallop from California’s drought is a spike in the citrus fruit’s cost.

The fried fish sandwich is a staple in limited service, but few chains have taken a deeper dive.

Within the past 12 months, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retail prices for beef, pork, chicken and milk hit record highs.

New food-cost threats, an example of how not to handle shareholder relations and Moe, Larry and Curly are handed spatulas.

A survey of recent promotions finds the restaurant business lapsing into its discounting habit again, despite indications that consumers want something other than a deal.

As a member of the judging panel for the second annual FARE Culinary Competition, senior editor Pat Cobe shares the trends.

Citing a climb in coffee costs, the beverages giant says it will selectively increase prices. The hike will be lowest on cups of coffee and highest on bags of beans.

Local sourcing is hot with operators and consumers alike, but the trick remains how to do it without breaking the bank.

With no food experience beyond his own kitchen but plenty eating less-than-desirable meals on business trips, Saunders saw a niche to fill.