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Warming weather is affecting key food items

Rising temperatures in the years ahead could have a direct impact on a wide range of food items.


New and noteworthy in drinks: chocolate wine and aged cider

Wine snobs may cringe, but red wine flavored with chocolate is a rapidly growing trend, especially among Millennial consumers.

A recent 15 percent jump in the price of shrimp is affecting every restaurant segment, from seafood-centric QSRs to high-end steak houses.

Asked to name the restaurant trend of 2015 by Tasting Table, chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns of Bar Tartine in San Francisco predicted a move away from tipping. But instead of pointing out unfairness or discrimination as the catalyst, they cited a different motivation: restaurateurs’ desire to find alternative methods of compensation.

Washington D.C. is home to six of the Top 100 Independents this year, up from only three in 2014.

Even the indies holding strong on our current Top 100 ranking are feeling battered, showing that no operator can rest on their laurels in today’s tumultuous times.

The controlling stake was sold by one private-equity firm to another.

The acquisition will provide Panera with an entry into nontraditional sites, and reunite management with a brand Panera once owned and operated.

The Italian food hall chain is considering an offering and wants to fuel further expansion.

Despite higher costs, chains say the industry must be cautious about raising prices.

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