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Make every menu crown worthy (and boost check averages)

Consumers are increasingly interested in premium, high-quality ingredients when dining out. For operators, it can be a challenge to meet that need—but Prosciutto di Parma makes it easy.

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Shareable dishes offer exciting options for group dining occasions

Shareable menu items are perfect vehicles for customers to try new flavors and ingredients, and they can accommodate a variety of dining occasions, including between-meal snacks, happy hours and holiday parties, as well as traditional brunches, lunches and dinners.

The rollout follows a 64-unit test of the new protein late last year. The brisket is smoked, charred on the grill and seasoned with smoky peppers and other spices.

The 57,000-square-foot facility in Virginia will be used to create and package dips and spreads branded under the fast-casual chain’s name to be sold in grocery stores nationwide.

KFC is shifting its advertising away from boneless chicken toward products where there are more “abundant” quantities.

Taste tracker: Shake Shack partners with famous chefs for LTOs; bacon and cheddar team up at Wendy’s and Schlotzsky’s; nachos and tacos trend at El Pollo Loco, Torchy’s and Taco Cabana; Dutch Bros. and Bennigan’s tout new drinks; and sweet treats get seasonal.

The USDA is soliciting public input on what sort of information should be provided to consumers. The news comes as a well-known American chef is poised to add the proteins to her menu.

September signals a new beginning, with Labor Day weekend marking the unofficial transition from summer to fall. Operators are responding to that signal with new menu launches and revamps of favorites.

The company is also coming out with a new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger as it continues to upgrade its premium menu.

Here are a few reasons why it’s fresh-dried mashed potatoes’ time to shine—and some menu inspiration to get started.

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