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February 12, 2020

Campus dining trends: Today's students, tomorrow's customers

University and high-school foodservice directors weigh in on what today’s young people are expecting from their schools’ dining programs.

February 12, 2020

Growth in the national economy will remain moderate in 2020

The longest economic expansion on record will continue in 2020, albeit at a somewhat slower pace, according to Association projections.

February 6, 2020

Plant-based at the center of the plate

D.C.’s Good Food Institute has tips for marketing these increasingly in-demand protein options.

February 4, 2020

Customers love to love you, baby, especially on Valentine’s Day

Fun facts and quick tips to help make your restaurants a hit this holiday.

January 27, 2020

8 steps closer to zero waste in restaurants

Environmental concerns are top-of-mind for the more than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs surveyed for the What’s Hot 2020 culinary forecast.

January 21, 2020

Healthy bowls strike it big in What's Hot 2020 chef survey

Bowl meals are on the rise not just because they fit important nutrition and culinary trends, but also because they meet other needs for both customers and operators.

January 17, 2020

7 easy ways to promote your restaurant’s healthy kids' meals

Our new What’s Hot menu trends report finds parents really do want healthier choices for kids when dining out. Here’s how to market them.

January 13, 2020

These Top 10 restaurant trends are what’s hot in 2020

From stress-busting foods to special burger blends and rejiggered classic cocktails, this year’s list highlights a combination of comfort mixed with a little bit of edginess.

December 19, 2019

Consumers in Seattle and DC spend the most in restaurants

Seattle and Washington, DC lead the major metropolitan areas in restaurant spending per capita.

December 18, 2019

Restaurant guests of 2030: Appealing to Gen Z with healthy options

A decade from now, most Gen Zers will be in their 20s and 30s. Are you ready to serve them?