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Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


El Pollo Loco nails authenticity to bring birria to the menu

The Mexican-born chain not only had to stay true to its Hispanic customer base, it had to scale up the recipe for 481 locations.


Build a plant-based menu even meat-eaters will love

For operators looking to expand their offerings to appeal to diners interested in plant-based eats, it can be daunting to figure out what dishes to make vegetarian—that is, which dishes will have broad enough appeal across the menu to please both those seeking plant-based meals as well as meat-eaters.

Consumers are returning to their pre-pandemic routines, and that’s creating opportunities for operators to refine their menus and add flavorful, satisfying snacks that also meet demands for portability.

As consumer demand for plant-based and clean label products continues to rise, it’s important for operators to adapt their menus with versatile and convenient ingredients that won’t cost them added ti...

Taste Tracker: Sweet sipping at Jamba and Wendy’s; Dog Haus goes Hawaiian; Piada shops the farmers market; BD’s and Gott’s take to the street; fried pickle snacks at Zaxby’s and Sonic; and more menu news of the week.

Micro markets have proven to be valuable solutions for many foodservice facilities, allowing operators to provide convenience for consumers with minimal labor costs. These unattended stores, which ...

As consumers head back to restaurant dining rooms after two years of restrictions and closures, operators are facing a new obstacle—staff shortages and labor challenges. According to Technomic’s Q2 20...

The chain’s 11 sauces are a differentiator in the wing space and social media fans like to mix them up.

Here’s how restaurant menus are adapting to supply chain challenges, labor shortages and consumer preferences as we approach the halfway mark of 2022.

When diners want to “premiumize” or upgrade their meals, many look to elevated sides as the way to do so. Adding toppings to sides can be one strategy that operators use to increase appeal, but toppin...

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