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The poultry purchase

Restaurants traditionally rely on chicken and turkey to be menu profit makers. Usually in good supply and always a good buy in relation to other proteins, operators often turn to poultry to keep costs in check when red meats and seafood skyrocket. But that strategy may be dampened in the months ahead.

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Drinks: Boutique spirits

George Washington's 200-year-old distillery at Mt. Vernon is once again in action. Micro-distillers are firing up their stills to hand-craft boutique spirits.

Partner soup with a compatible sandwich, salad, or appetizer and it can turn into a profitable marriage.

As we head into the new year, the mega-trends driving menu and product development fall into three major buckets: health and wellness, big flavors and breakfast. Sound familiar? While there are many cutting-edge mini-trends emerging, those feeding the mainstream are sticking to what customers want right now. But both operators and manufacturers are offering unique twists to differentiate themselves within these buckets.

As corporate executive chef of Bruegger’s Bagels, Philip Smith knows a thing or two about making sandwiches. The 305-unit bakery café serves sandwiches all day.

Industry research has put the spotlight on smoking, calling it out as a superstar preparation technique. It’s not smoke and mirrors—as it has for thousands of years, smoking continues to be a go-to method to enhance the natural flavors of a variety of foods.

Although 70% of dieters still dine out at least once a week, they're eating less often at the outlets of big-name chains, according to a new survey.

A universe apart from the ethnic mom-and-pop eateries stateside, a first encounter with Asia can stagger even sophisticated food professionals.

Heightened security and countless flight delays mean more time spent at the airport. Add in meal-less flights and you have a lot of hungry travelers.

While the USDA has established identity standards for organic labeling, there are no clear guidelines for sustainable products.

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