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.…

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.…

When You Say Toppings, Say Cheese!

Cheese has always been a popular way to add flavor to food. On everything from salads to chili to soups, sandwiches, baked potatoes and pizza, you probably add cheese to add zest, aroma and piquancy to a favorite dish.

Toppings are one of our favorite ways to spice things up and create some dimension to food.  As the diet and cravings of diners have changed, so too have the toppings they can apply to entrees and side dishes.…

Aspartame is Safe, the Proof is in the Science

Developed in 1965, Aspartame, one of the world’s most popular zero-calorie artificial sweeteners, has come under scrutiny.  Most of the critics decry Aspartame because it’s categorized as an “artificial” sweetener. However, the truth is federal authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have continually found it to be safe.

Aspartame, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, is used in more than 6,000 different products including diet beverages, baking and as a common sugar substitute in foodservice – think blue …

Obesity is No Joke – Restaurateurs Can Make a Difference

Did you hear the one about the obese man who walked into the ice cream parlor with two cones already in his hands? No, and don’t tell it because jokes about obesity are not funny.

Let’s face it; obesity is a dark cloud over our society.  It kills a lot of people. According to Mercola, which monitors health statistics, one in five Americans died for obesity-related reasons in 2014. …

Maui Sugar Proves – Brown is the New Black

Brown is the new black.

That is, raw sugar like our Maui Brand® Natural Cane Sugar is a rising trend in foodservice but it is not just a fad.

As with many foods these days, if they are natural, they are highly popular and a necessary element of every restaurant or food establishment.  Such large chains at Chipotle and Panera Bread, with a combined 3,400 locations, offer Maui Brand® Turbinado among their sweetener selections.  Turbinado  has been a constant in …

Sweeteners See Healthy Growth Globally

Fueled by a global desire to slim down and eat healthier, the demand for sweeteners continues to rise.

The market for sweeteners, which reached $77 billion in 2013, is expected to soar to $97 billion by 2017 according to BCC Research.

The category includes sugar, natural sugar, zero calorie sweeteners and related products. Sweeteners are defined as a food additive that imparts a sweet taste to food or beverages. These include refined sugar, raw sugar, aspartame, stevia, sucralose and saccharin.…