There are any number of reasons this year’s favorite chains are winning consumers’ hearts. But one commonality rises to the surface: many made health a priority on the menu in 2014. Whether touting health halos, all-natural ingredients or entirely new better-for-you menus, chains are using health to keep diners coming back. The most common tactic: low-calorie claims. Concepts from Firehouse Subs to Perkins boasted reduced-calorie menu adds, and the response has been largely positive. Said one Firehouse Facebook fan: “Love this new menu. Way to go Firehouse Subs.”
Today’s students are poised to become tomorrow’s restaurant customers, so it pays to track their eating habits. In “The Big Picture,” a survey conducted by Restaurant Business’ sister publication, FoodService Director, college and university foodservice operators see snacking taking a healthy turn, with growth predicted in three areas ...
+ 51% dips, salsas, humus
+ 46% fruit
+ 26% yogurt