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Chefs Predict Top Restaurant Menu Trends for 2016

National Restaurant Association survey shows local sourcing and environmental sustainability remain hot trends (Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to …

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Will Price Hikes Dampen Demand?

We have all heard and experienced how the weaker Canadian dollar is making it much more difficult for retailers to keep prices low on anything purchased in U.S. dollars—produce in particular has risen exponentially in recent months. While there has been some encouraging news that meat prices are beginning to …

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The Pendulum Swings 2016 Food Trends for Industry Processors

By Karen D. Crowdis The food manufacturing industry will see many 2015 themes hang over into 2016 as the food trend pendulum continues to hover over them. Trendy 2015 ideas will be solidified as staple expectations with consumers. That will influence reformulating top performers and how new products are created …

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Four Ways to Ring Up More Jingle Online and On Mobile

‘Tis the season: Lines, lines everywhere. But shoppers are getting better at putting that down time to good use, studies show, by shopping online with their phones. SocialCentiv, whose software helps companies find customers on Twitter, has some holiday marketing tips to help marketers maximize their e-commerce and mobile campaigns; …

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Gluten Free Brings in Customers

Retail managers constantly juggle consumer demand for variety, shelf space, and profits. Gluten free products can seem like another demand. Instead, it is a growing segment. When managed properly, a gluten free section can build consumer loyalty and profits. Excluding non-medical shoppers, seven of 100 shoppers are looking for gluten …

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