Food Trends

Menu trends shaping the restaurant industry

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This month’s menu trends provide comforting flavors in a thrilling format.

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Here are 10 current trends—illustrated in 50 burgers—that spotlight the boundless inventiveness that keeps customers coming back to burgers again and again.

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Vegetable scraps and imperfect produce are making it onto the dining table instead of getting tossed in the trash.

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While most full-service chains are downsizing dessert lists, unique sundaes are up 35%. Ted’s has jumped on the trend with its seasonal strawberry shortcake.

Pasta was the first makeover target when Fazoli’s repositioned itself as a fast casual two years ago, but then feedback indicated that guests also would be interested in premium sandwiches, says CMO...

Braising, searing, barbecuing, charring…Sounds like the kitchen is prepping a hunk of beef or piece of chicken. But as consumers and restaurants become increasingly interested in veg-centric dishes,...

The background: Consumers have menu board anxiety. The number of items on menus peaked in 2013, with an average of 153 items per menu across the Top 500 highest-grossing chain restaurants . “It’s...

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A review of the trends likely to reshape menus in the months ahead revealed some fun and out-there currents. Here's a sampling.

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It's the heart of LTO and specials season for the restaurant industry. Here are a few introductions or tests that stand out in the torrent of new customer lures.

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Centralized kitchens to prep ingredients, DNA testing of product and hiring a dream team of food safety specialists all are moves to deliver safe eating.