“Waste Not, Want Not” – Restaurants Adopt the Zero Waste Movement

If you have a restaurant, no matter where you stand on global warming and climate change, recycling, food waste, composting, and just reducing your carbon footprint in some small way, every day, is a noble, feel-good gesture.

Of course, the hope is that consumers will notice and dine there more often, but going green also has bottom line implications: Buying local, reducing packaging, and cutting back on waste can result in savings and economic efficiencies. This is especially true for …

Environmental Words Matter – Compostable, Biodegradable, Recyclable

As consumers become more aware of their environmental role in sustainability, education is important so that consumers, restaurants, and distributors promote the right products and the best behavior.

When it comes to the environment, world opinion always teeters between half-empty and half-full. Businesses see the opportunity with the half-full crowd and are churning out mountains of what they claim are “eco-friendly” products.…

Earth Day: Spread the Word While Saving the World

The saying, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem,” couldn’t be more apt for restaurants looking to change the world for the better.

Earth Day on April 22 offers restaurant owners an ideal way to spread the good word about improving the environment, while simultaneously putting in effect new efficiencies and policies that reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Earth Day, which counts more than one billion participants worldwide, is the largest civic observance …

The Coffee Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Coffee You Sell?

It doesn’t matter if you are walking down a rural Main Street or tony Fifth Avenue, there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner these days and sometimes one or two in the middle of the block.

Throw in home brewing machines and drive-through java huts and all the restaurants with a percolator and U.S. coffee consumption is at record highs.  How high? About 64 percent of Americans have a daily cup and the average per drinker is …

New Eco-Packaging Sends Strong Message to Consumers

“Help us change the world.” That is a message that more and more companies are sharing as they turn to eco-friendly, “green” packaging and shun wasteful non-biodegradable options.

The reasoning behind these changes coincides with the public’s desire to do good and technology innovations that have created new packaging concepts.

Utilizing efficient packaging that cuts weight without losing strength or degrading design is no longer the future – it is the present.…

Sustainability Tops 2016 Food Trends

It’s December and the time for us to make predictions for hottest food trends in the restaurant business for the coming year, but it may not be an actual food that leads the way in 2016.

Rather, it may be the way restaurants do business that will count the most. Customers are looking beyond the menu and the kitchen to learn more about the food they’re served and how the chef and owner run their operation. As a result, factors …

Five Big and Beautiful Reasons to be Sustainable

Sustainable is one of those trendy words that can be overused, but most people don’t quite understand its full meaning and the tremendous value it provides.

Sustainability is all about minimizing the negative impact of your operation on the world and local community. It is not enough to give lip service to having a sustainable business, especially if you run a foodservice operation. That is because it is food which sustains us, and the way the food is purchased and …

Five Menu Trends for the Future

In the movie, “Sleeper”, Woody Allen takes a shot at our never-ending paranoia about certain foods when his futuristic characters happily chow down on milkshakes and hamburgers.  “We have found they are actually very good for us,” they say.

In addition to making fun of us, Woody proposed that we never know what the future will bring when it comes to our diets.…