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Cup-sharing programs snag a spotlight in the hunt for eco-friendlier restaurant packaging

The plans aim to replace single-use containers with vessels that patrons use and return—often to a different establishment.

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Wendy’s wants to improve its packaging

The burger chain has joined a group led by McDonald’s and Starbucks that wants to make more sustainable packages.

Beyond convenience, there are several reasons pre-sliced pie is a winner in restaurants.

The chain’s U.S. market has also achieved its goal of antibiotic-free chicken.

But doughnuts will remain in the promotional spotlight, along with a new coffee drink and sandwiches.

A host of innovations are being tried to divert single-use hot-drink containers from landfills, from cup sharing to “clever cups” that can order and pay for a refill. Here’s a sampling.

Have food, will travel? Operators are updating offerings and sourcing new packaging as off-premise continues to grow.

The federal agency says there’s no evidence to support the restaurant-opposed move.

The fast-casual chain has added a section where customers can pick up components for a meal assembled at home.

Amid growing public pressure, chains are replacing their plastic straws, but doing so won’t be easy, or cheap.