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Over the last few years, the restaurant industry has experienced a broad range of significant changes that have made it very difficult for so many mature brands to achieve a level of meaningful profitability. The restaurant landscape has become very competitive and over-saturated. Many mature brands fail to innovate and have become fatigued. Once-loyal guests …

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The Importance of Margins over Food Costs

The bottom line is top-of-mind for all restaurant owners in an industry where margins are very slim. Naturally, operators are seeking ways to reduce costs. The importance and logic behind this is sound. However,  we want to dispel the notion that keeping food costs as low as possible alone, is the key to running a...
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Reducing Food Waste in the Kitchen 

Food supply chains across the globe are getting increasingly connected, streamlined, and more efficient. In the developed world, the increase in low-cost food supplies is creating a culture of high waste. According to a New York Times article, Americans waste about $160 billion a year in food. Worldwide, close to 1.3 billion tons of food...
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CBD Food Trends

Trend Alert: CBD Meets Food

CBD is all the rage now. You probably have heard this term thrown around these days and seen them on the labels of various products and advertisements– CBD tinctures, lotions, capsules, oils and even CBD infused food and drink (Carl’s Jr. debuted a CBD burger in Denver earlier this year). CBD is the acronym for...
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Plant-based, CBD-Infused Food and More Trends to Watch

I am currently attending a three-day Marketing Executives Group conference sponsored by the National Restaurant Association. This special event brings the biggest brands and the smartest marketing executives together to share ideas and discuss solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the restaurant industry. My ten big takeaways from day one:  1. According to...
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culinary creativity

Pushing the Edge of Culinary Creativity

By Anne Haerle With the competition among restaurants for “stomach share” nearing Game of Thrones intensity levels, chefs are flexing their creative muscles even harder to capture their share of customer dollars. Between cheeky fusion concepts, turn-anything-into-a-taco, and Instagram eye candy menu items, restaurants are driving differentiation by seeing who can conquer their competitors through...
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3pd Food Delivery

What Is Your Delivery Strategy?

Food delivery is now more common and convenient than ever, and modern technology has made it easier for people to access food no matter where they are.  Many restaurants stumble because they do not have their restaurants properly set up for delivery.  Restaurants operators who have a sound delivery strategy realize 20+% of sales towards...
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