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Restaurant Industry Update: August 2013 - National Restaurant Association
Pumpkin spice: Now, with 0% pumpkin - The New York Times
The industry's biggest secret about these products is that there is little or no pumpkin in them.
Hiring veterans and military spouses - Starbucks
The coffeehouse operator says it will hire at least 10,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years.
Send an eGift via Twitter - Starbucks
The chain lets users send a coffee to someone through Twitter.
Burger King takes on the Big Mac - CNN
The chain's Big King burger is similar to McDonald's signature sandwich.
U.S. bans artery-clogging trans fats - Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring a gradual phase-out of trans fats in food.
Bite into the ramen burger - CNN Money
Keizo Shimamoto travels the world making famous burgers held between two ramen noodle "buns".
Why Domino's spent millions to improve its pizza - Bloomberg
The chain looked to its core product to reverse sagging sales and a sinking stock price.
No Kid Hungry Month 2013 - Share Our Strength
In September 2013, over 8,000 restaurants, 30 cable networks and 19 million Twitter users participated in the organization's No Kid Hungry month.
Feed Food Fairness: 'The RFS hurts small businesses'
The coalition advocates for repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate.
Beer maker brewing up success - CNN
Small production specialty brews are gaining popularity.
Burger King 'satisfries' investors - CNN Money
Investors are happy about a huge drop in costs and new products like the lower-calorie Satisfries.
Berlin's new pastrami star - The New York Times
Mogg & Melzer serves deli-style cuisine in the German capital.
Why is McDonald's dropping Heinz? - Bloomberg
The chain plans to stop using Heinz ketchup.
Coffee king of Siberia builds and empire - Bloomberg
Finally Russian coffee drinkers are choosing fresh grinds over freeze dried.
The price of a Starbucks latte in different countries - CNN
Comparing the beverage's drink around the globe
Local restaurants open in airports - CNN
Airports are giving travelers a taste of their town by opening local restaurants in the terminals.
Burned by McDonald's coffee, then the news media - The New York Times
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald's coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of attention.
A 22-course meal, in 22 settings - The New York Times
At the restaurant Ultraviolet in Shanghai, chef Paul Pairet has taken the dining and turned it into theater.
Chipotle shares hit all-time high - CNN Money
The fast-casual chain reported a 6-percent surge in same-store sales in the third quarter.
Investors not lovin' Mcdonald's - CNN Money
Sluggish sales in China are taking a bite out of shares of McDonald's and other quick-service chains with a big presence in Asia.
Chocolate prices rise - CNN
Rising demand and bad weather are responsible for increased retail cocoa prices.
Is a new gadget the future of beer drinking? - Bloomberg
Heineken's new product, the Sub, is inspired by Nespresso's successful cartridge-style home coffee brewing system.
Meet McDonald's top chef - Bloomberg
Go behind the scenes with executive chef Dan Coudreaut to see more about the chain's menu and creation process.
Changing demographics, changing taste buds - Associated Press
The changing face of America is influencing our taste buds, one tortilla at a time.
'No talking' restaurant popular in New York - Associated Press
A restaurant in Brooklyn is serving up a four-course, 90-minute meal of organic, locally-sourced food but isn't allowing any chit-chat.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz discusses Come Together petition
Schultz asks lawmakers and cutomers to sign the petition, which he describes as nonpartisan, civil and respectful.
Starbucks CEO starts push to end government shutdown
Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz is calling on business leaders and his own employees and customers to petition Congress to reopen the gove...
What's cooking in Dunkin' Donuts secret lab - Bloomberg
Go behind the scenes of the chain's research and development kitchen.
A day in the life of Gramercy Tavern
The contemporary American restaurant in New York City is part of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.
Doritos Locos Tacos: Engineered to perfection - The New York Times
Michael Moss of The New York Times breaks down what goes into making the blockbuster Taco Bell menu item.
Interview with chef Alex Stupak - Culinary Institute of America
The CIA graduate is the chef/owner of Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria in New York City.
Crackdown on fake online reviews - CNN
The New York State attorney general is cracking down on businesses that solicit fraudulent positive reviews on such sites as Yelp.
Winery introduces Japanese wine - CNN
In the shadow of Mount Fuji, the Misawa family has been producing wine for 90 years.
Burger King launches lower-fat fries - CNN
The quick-service chain has
dubbed the menu item Sa...
Prosecco police: Undercover with a serious buzz - Bloomberg
Italy is increasingly concerned by foreign wines masquerading as Italian bubbly.
How Cinnabon reinvented itself - Fortune/CNN Money
Company president Kat Cole describes the chain's comeback.
Never-ending woes for Olive Garden? - CNN Money
Shares of Darden Restaurants, parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, plunged after the company's first-quarter sales and earnings missed f...
Meet the world's top female chef - Bloomberg
Elena Arzak, based in Spain, has brought her talents to London by opening a new restaurant.
Will fast food unions be the next movement? - CNN Money
A panel discusses the merits and problems of a possible organized quick-service labor movement.
Panera CEO takes food stamp challenge - CNN
Ron Shaich is the latest prominent figure to vow to eat on only $4.50 a day for a week.
Plates inspire healthy eating at NH school - Associated Press
University of New Hampshire students can select more healthful foods by consulting a guide printed directly on plates.
Choose Health LA Restaurants
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has begun a new program to encourage restaurants to serve more healthful meals.
Respectful request - Starbucks
Starbucks Corp. chief executive Howard Schultz asks customers not bring weapons into U.S. locations and outdoor seating areas.
Fried chicken batters South Korea's economy - The Wall Street Journal
The country has experienced an explosion in the number of restaurants that specialize in fried chicken.
Popeyes holds flash mob in Minneapolis
The chain promoted its growing presence in the Twin Cities with its Louisiana heritage.
'Food trucks revitalized the restaurant industry' - Huffington Post
Food Network host Tyler Florence says the boom in food trucks has brought new life to the restaurant industry.
Kids LiveWell at BlogHer '13 - National Restaurant Association
The program offers guidelines for restaurants in creating healthful kids' menus.
Researchers shine light on better fruits and vegetables - Reuters
Different types of light can change the taste of produce.
Tap the water sommelier for high-end H2O - Associated Press
A water sommelier has curated a collection of bottled waters from around the world at Los Angeles restaurants Ray's and Stark Bar.
America's restaurants: Industry of opportunity - National Restaurant Association
The restaurant industry is the second largest private-sector employer in the country.
Restaurant Industry Update: August 2013 - National Restaurant Association
The Restaurant Performance Index fell to 100.7 in July.
NRN Week in Review: August 30, 2013
McDonald's soon to roll out chicken wing item, report shows fast-casual restaurants are leading industry growth and how to solve problems through t...
Fast food workers demand higher wages - CNN
Fast food workers in more than 60 American cities went on strike Thursday for higher wages....
Italy creates spreadable beer - Bloomberg
An Italian brewery and chocolate partnered to create the spread.
Clint Black talks exclusive Cracker Barrel album - Fox Business
The country music star struck a deal with the family-dining chain to release the exclusive album.
Beloved D.C. restaurant celebrates 55 years - CBS News
Ben's Chili Bowl has been a Washington, D.C., landmark for many years and has become a staple for celebrities and presidents.
That cheese costs how much? - CNN
Get an exclusive inside look at the cheese cave at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Toronto.
Are we near the end of restaurant tipping? - MarketWatch
There's a growing movement at some high-end restaurants in the U.S. to go tipless.
Jersey Shore restaurants suffer in Sandy's aftermath - MetroFocus
According to the New Jersey Restaurant Association, business is down anywhere from 20 percent to 60 percent this summer.
China's appetite wanes; hungrier Asian consumers emerge - Reuters
Yum! Brands Inc.'s same-store sales declined in July.
Taco Bell's waffle taco unleashed - Bloomberg
The item is part of the quick-service's chain breakfast test, and consists of scrambled eggs and a sausage patty in a toasted waffle.
Cronuts take Asia in every form imaginable - Bloomberg
The croissant-doughnut pastry, created in New York City, has swept the globe.
Drought affects teakhouses - CNBC
Old Homestead Steakhouse co-owner Marc Sherry discusses how the drought is affecting steakhouses.
The Palm's keys to turning a profit - Bloomberg
Executive vice president, restaurant group, Bruce Bozzi, Jr., discusses the fine-dining concept.
From petri dish to plate, a $330K hamburger - Associated Press
The world's first test tube burger was cooked and eaten in a demonstration of "cultured beef" technology.
Restaurant operators remain optimistic on sales, traffic - National Restaurant Association
The NRA's Hudson Riehle provides an update on the latest Restaurant Performance Index and other economic indicators....
Starbucks CEO, exec discuss U.S. healthcare - Starbucks
President, chairman and CEO Howard Schultz chats with Ron Crawford, the company's vice president of benefits, about its future health care policies.
McDonald's Hamburger U: What it takes to graduate - Bloomberg
The quick-service chain takes training its employees seriously.
McDonald's test kitchen: Where fast food is born - Bloomberg
Go behind the scenes at the company's test kitchen.
Breakfast wars may hinge on after-midnight munchies - Bloomberg
McDonald's and Starbucks are battling for breakfast market share.
Behind the scenes at the first KFC eleven unit
KFC senior manager of concept development David Menis discusses KFC eleven in Louisville, Ky....
Scientists smell success with durian wine - Reuters
Researchers at the University of Singapore are turning durian into wine, despite the fruit's pungent smell.
Planning and executing high-impact unit visits
This short video shares a checklist of the
The 60-second consultant
Managers can solve problems efficiently by collaborating with the entire restaurant staff.
Flying fish: Sushi delivered by drone - CNN
Yo! Sushi has developed a new way to deliver food to tables.
McDonald's expands late-night menu - Bloomberg
The quick-service chain plans to offer breakfast items from 12–4 a.m.
Donut? Croissant? The Hot pastry is the Cronut - Associated Press
New York City bakery Dominique Ansel has created a cult menu item that combines a doughnut with a croissant.
Dunkin' unveils new glazed donut sandwich - Bloomberg
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. chief executive Nigel Travis talks about competition in the quick-service market.
KFC opens restaurant in Mongolia - Bloomberg
Muktesh "Micky" Pant, CEO of Yum Restaurants International, discusses the opening of the first KFC in Mongolia.
Restaurant Industry Update: May 2013 - National Restaurant Association
The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index reached a 14-month high in April.
A cool lesson in cost control and selling
Teach your team the importance of keeping costs low and treating your equipment with respect with this creative explanation of how profit works in ...
3 questions that make a big difference
Learn how to most effectively organize your time, projects and priorities.
Thomas Keller: What makes a great chef - Culinary Institute of America
The renowned chef explained values he's learned with culinary school students.
Burger King's rib sandwich to battle McRib - Bloomberg
The BK Rib Sandwich aims to compete with McDonald's limited-time offer.
High-tech cocktails add two parts liquid nitrogen - Bloomberg
Mixology is improving with chemistry and technology innovation.
McDonald's battles Wendy's for value dollars - Bloomberg
The quick-service chains are trying different strategies to attract value-minded consumers.
Why can't McDonald's offer Egg McMuffins all day? - Bloomberg
The quick-service chain is considering expanding its breakfast menu to an all-day offering.
NRN at the 2013 Women's Foodservice Forum annual leadership conference
NRN's Erin Dostal sits down with some of the industry's top executives who gathered at this year's WFF conference in Orlando, Fla. Hear about the i...
Bennigan's new prototype
The casual-dining chain provides a walk-through of its new prototype design.
New York quick-service workers picket for higher pay - Associated Press
The current minimum wage in New York is $7.25 an hour.
Chicken wing prices rise as demand flies the coop - Bloomberg
A drop in demand is coupled with record high prices.
Top 10 signs you've gone to a bad restaurant - Sullivision
This lighthearted video is a favorite at live leadership workshops, and Sullivision is sharing it for the first time exclusively at NRN.com.
Slow drip training - Sullivision
This short video details the importance of the daily development for training that sticks.
Big brands flock to Twitter - Bloomberg
Companies' advertising strategy on the social media platform is changing how businesses market themselves.
Subway co-founder planning 100K restaurants - Bloomberg
Fred Deluca discusses the success and history of the quick-service sandwich chain.
What's an agronomist? - Starbucks
The coffeehouse chain has purchased a coffee farm in Costa Rica that it says will serve as a research and development center.
T.G.I. Friday's hosts World Bartender Competition
Matt Durbin, T.G.I. Friday's vice president of bar and beverage innovation, and the brand's newest 'World's Best Bartender' Hiroyuki "Mark" Yamada ...
Rubio's founder discusses chain's history, future - San Diego Union-Tribune
Ralph Rubio established the fast-casual fish taco concept in San Felipe, Calif.
Restaurant Social Media Index: Top 10 4Q 2012
Digital CoCo founder and CEO Paul Barron discusses the latest results.
Restaurant Industry Update: February 2013 - National Restaurant Association
Hudson Riehle provides an update on the latest Restaurant Performance Index and other economic indicators.
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