LABOR COST FACTORS IN U.S. FOODSERVICE—MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards for private and public employers in the United States. 

Last Published: 06/20/2017 

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Snacking Goes Guacamole For Summer

Guacamole has been a summer snack for years. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid and are a good source of fiber. 

Last Published: 06/15/2017 

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Challenges in the Foodservice Labor Market: Turnover

The foodservice industry is a large and fast-growing sector of the economy and it currently employs nearly five million women and four million men in food preparation and serving occupations. 

Last Published: 06/13/2017 

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Beating the Competition: Pop Ups

The new trend of the pop-up dining experience has captivated food lovers everywhere.

Last Published: 06/08/2017 

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Challenges in the Foodservice Labor Market: Macro Trends

The foodservice industry is a large and fast-growing sector of the economy and it currently employs nearly five million women and four million men in food preparation and serving occupations. 

Last Published: 06/06/2017 

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National Food Days for June

Sure national food days can sometime fall into the comfort food category. 

Last Published: 06/01/2017 

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THE APPEAL OF CURBSIDE CONVENIENCE

From food trucks to pop-ups to commercial delivery services, food operators today are faced with much larger challenges than simply enticing people to walk through the door or struggling to maintain check averages.

Last Published: 05/30/2017 

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Health and Wellness--Making its way to business Strategy: Focusing Internally and Externally

The importance of Health & Wellness is increasing in all aspects of business today, from supporting employees in the workplace, to meeting customer expectations surrounding healthy lifestyle options, products, and services. 

Last Published: 05/25/2017 

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MEATLESS ENTRÉES TO GROW IN MENU PLACEMENT

Since 2016 was dubbed “Year of the Pulse” by the United Nations (an all-encompassing term for beans, lentils and peas), it’s no surprise that plant-based protein is trending in 2017. 

Last Published: 05/23/2017 

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Health and Wellness--Making its way to Business Strategy: Five Trends Shaping Health and Wellness in the Workplace

The importance of Health & Wellness is increasing in all aspects of business today, from supporting employees in the workplace, to meeting customer expectations surrounding healthy lifestyle options, products, and services. 

Last Published: 05/16/2017 

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BOWLED OVER BY BOWLS

“To call 2017 the year of the bowl would not necessarily be an overstatement,” states Melissa Abbott, vice president of culinary insights at The Hartman Group. 

Last Published: 05/11/2017 

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BRINGING PATIENT SATISFACTION BEDSIDE

Many hospitals are reaping the benefits of room service style ordering, as they transition away from the mass produced breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal time feeding frenzy. 

Last Published: 05/09/2017 

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Menu for May

May is National Barbecue Month. 

Last Published: 05/02/2017 

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Healthy Oats: A Delicious Morning Starts Overnight

Bubbled up through social media, overnight oats are the most exciting evolution of oatmeal in years. 

Last Published: 04/27/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: Picture Perfect Food Presentation

For Gen Z and many Millennials, the food itself is the experience, and it is an experience that they are driven to share.

Last Published: 04/25/2017 

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Non-commercial Foodservice Trends: HOSPITALITY

Due to the largely positive economic climate, the hospitality industry has seen a rise in occupancy rates and forecasted foodservice sales for 2017 and beyond. 

Last Published: 04/20/2017 

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Top 10 Beverages: BREW UP SPECIALTY COFFEES

Specialty coffee, a natural offshoot of the craft movement, is becoming more diverse and sophisticated. 

Last Published: 04/18/2017 

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Non-Commercial Foodservice Trends: HEALTHCARE

The healthcare segment currently represents $27.4 billion in foodservice sales. 

Last Published: 04/13/2017 

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Top 12 Foodservice Trends: BREAKFAST BULKS UP FOR ALL-DAY DINING

All-day breakfast is certainly not a new trend in 2017, but what will be new throughout the year is how the texture of breakfast will change. 

Last Published: 04/11/2017 

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Spices & Herbs for Clean Label Lovers: The New Rules

Clean label is no longer a trend – it’s the rule.

Last Published: 04/06/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: PERSONALIZING YOUR REWARDS SYSTEM FOR EACH GENERATION

Each age group has their own opinion about what being rewarded means. 

Last Published: 04/04/2017 

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Celebrate April’s National Food Days

Peach Cobbler, animal crackers and pigs in a blanket certainly don’t fit in with a healthy menu, but there are healthy approaches as well as opportunities for educating your customers with such desserts and snacks. 

Last Published: 03/30/2017 

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Non-Commercial Foodservice Trends: LEISURE

The leisure industry has seen a solid increase (4.2%) in foodservice sales from 2015 to 2016 (to $24.9 billion) as operators try and introduce more trend-setting food options to satisfy discerning customers. 

Last Published: 03/28/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: The Importance of Convenience

Sporting dual income households, packed schedules and kids to shuttle to school, practice, and home, Generation X is heavily reliant on takeout and delivery.

Last Published: 03/24/2017 

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Health and Wellness – Making its way to business Strategy

This is the first blog in a continuing series based on the evolution of Health and Wellness – “Making its way to business Strategy.”  

Last Published: 03/22/2017 

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Wellness in March – Exercise, and Log it!

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog about making small changes to bring wellness into your life

Last Published: 03/17/2017 

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GOING GLOBAL IS THE NEW NORM

As millennials continue to broaden their palates, they are inspiring a movement for more authenticity in food. 

Last Published: 03/14/2017 

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Celebrate National Food Days with a Healthier Approach

National food days can be great to peg a promotion around, or to offer something not typically on the menu.

Last Published: 03/10/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: Wellness on the Menu

Aging Boomers, health conscious Gen X, mindful Millennials, and sustainable Gen Zers, all expect and crave healthy, fresh menu options. 

Last Published: 03/08/2017 

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Make Small Changes to Stay Healthy

Every March is celebrated as Nutrition Month.

Last Published: 03/02/2017 

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March is Nutrition Month – Jump In!

National Nutrition Month®(NNM) is a nutrition education campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Last Published: 02/28/2017 

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Non-Commercial Foodservice Trends: Campus & University Education

To keep up with expanding diversity and demands of today’s college students, Campuses & Universities can learn from other non-commercial foodservice operators to innovate at the same speed.

Last Published: 02/23/2017 

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Healthy Snacking: Mobile Yogurt Smoothies

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Last Published: 02/21/2017 

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Purchasing for the Acute Segment: GRABBING THE MARKET ON CONVENIENCE

Most hospital employees have limited amounts of time available to eat as a result of packed agendas and changing shift schedules. 

Last Published: 02/16/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: Sustaining patronage per generation - AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVE

A social and environmental movement has secured a significant stronghold in today’s culture across the ages. 

Last Published: 02/15/2017 

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Non-Commercial Foodservice Trends: K-12 Education

Foodservice in the non-commercial sector constantly evolves due to ever-changing consumer demand. 

Last Published: 02/09/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: Menu Makeover for the Generations

Excluding great service, the ability to customize menu options may be the most influential factor for the Millennials and Generation Z. 

Last Published: 02/07/2017 

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Ways to Deliver Great Customer Service: Make Service a Team Effort

Hold daily staff meetings. Pre-shift meetings give everyone a preview of the upcoming shifts and help create rapport among your team. 

Last Published: 02/02/2017 

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Generational Purchasing Habits: Generations Capitalizing on Ethnic Selections

Generation Z likely has the most adventurous palette, with Millennials close behind.

Last Published: 01/31/2017 

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Upgrades in Hospital Dining

Throughout recent years, a trend has moved into the hospital sector that has changed the perception of institutional dining, successfully turning consumer’s thoughts of gravy-laden cafeteria offerings into desirable culinary experiences. 

Last Published: 01/26/2017 

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Ways to Deliver Great Customer Service: Know the Menu

Educate servers about the menu and prepare them to answer questions about dishes, including origin of ingredients. 

Last Published: 01/24/2017 

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ALL GENERATIONS SAY YES TO TECH: IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHT TOOLS TO INCREASE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Despite what some food operators may believe when it comes to implementing new technology into their platforms, it is unlikely that the Boomer generation will be scared away from ordering by a few flashing screens. 

Last Published: 01/19/2017 

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Fresh Clean Local foods in Acute Care Foodservice

Below is an excerpt from a white paper: “A New Era in Acute Care Dining” which covers how to stay competitive while meeting consumer demands. 

Last Published: 01/17/2017 

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Top Hot and Spicy: Spice Up Your Veggies

Vegetables can provide a palette for spice that gives them a flavor boost and increased interest on your menu.

Last Published: 01/12/2017 

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GENERATIONAL COMFORT ZONES: CREATING THE RIGHT SPACE FOR OPTIMAL DINING

The aura of a restaurant is almost as important as the food being served when it comes to delivering an enjoyable guest experience. 

Last Published: 01/10/2017 

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Taking ‘Have to Eat’ to ‘Want to Eat’ through Acute Care Menu Creation

Below is an excerpt from a white paper: “A New Era in Acute Care Dining” which covers how to stay competitive while meeting consumer demands.

Last Published: 01/05/2017 

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Create Signature Beverages

An entegra white paper, “Ways to Better Beverage Sales,” provides tips to keep your beverage menu fresh and to increase sales. 

Last Published: 01/03/2017 

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BRAND-LOYAL BEHAVIOR BY GENERATION

Generation X (Gen X) is the group most dedicated to brand loyalty.

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Go Gourmet with Lemonade

Chefs surveyed for the NRA’s 2015 “What’s Hot” Culinary Forecast chose Gourmet Lemonade as the No. 1 trend in the non-alcoholic beverages category.

Last Published: 12/15/2016 

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The Generations: Who they are and What’s in their Wallets

This post is part of a series on the foodservice purchasing habits of different generational groups – the Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z. Download the complete white paper. 

Last Published: 12/13/2016 

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Capitalizing on Consumer Demand

An improved dining atmosphere appeals to the public by becoming a destination.

Last Published: 12/08/2016 

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Know your Diners’ Pet Peeves

Zagat regularly ask diners about their pet peeves.

Last Published: 12/06/2016 

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Bowl them Over with Hot & Spicy

Usually packed with produce, healthful grains and smaller amounts of protein, bowls deliver freshness and wellness cues, and come packed with international flavor profiles. 

Last Published: 12/01/2016 

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Generational Purchasing Habits Series: The Generations Defined

This post is part of a series on the foodservice purchasing habits of different generational groups – the Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z.

Last Published: 11/29/2016 

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Heat up Ethnic Sauces

Capitalize on America’s love affair with ethnic sauces and dips, especially those known for their heat, such as salsa. 

Last Published: 11/22/2016 

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A New View for Hospital Dining

A new perception of acute care dining starts at the threshold. 

Last Published: 11/17/2016 

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The Evolution of Health and Wellness from Fad to Lifestyle

This is the second blog in a continuing series based on the evolution of Health and Wellness from fad to lifestyle. 

Last Published: 11/10/2016 

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Cash In on Grab-and-Go Sales

With the right product placement and sales mix in your foodservice establishment, canned and bottled beverages can boost grab-and-go sales.  

Last Published: 11/08/2016 

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Hot and Spicy: Bring the Heat!

Spicy flavors are “hot” in more ways than one! Demand for hot and spicy foods is growing in all age groups, led by Millennials, according to Technomic research. 

Last Published: 11/01/2016 

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Barbecue: A Year-round Favorite

Barbecue sells year-round, selected as a perennial favorite by 64% of chefs surveyed for the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 “What’s Hot” list. 

Last Published: 10/28/2016 

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Are You Getting Enough Fruits & Vegetables

You may think you are getting enough fruits and veggies, but are you? 

Last Published: 10/25/2016 

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Supporting Local Economy – Still Trending

One of the hottest trends in food has been, and continues to be locally grown produce. 

Last Published: 10/21/2016 

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Beverages: Balancing Healthy and Indulgence

Consumers are moving away from traditional sugary carbonated drinks and sweet flavor profiles toward beverages that are lighter, healthier and more refreshing. 

Last Published: 10/19/2016 

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Health & Wellness – How did it Grow from Fad to Lifestyle?

Many organizations today are asking themselves, “How far should we swim into this Health & Wellness craze?” 

Last Published: 10/13/2016 

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Beverages: Focus on Variety and Health Blog Post

The “feel good” food trend is showing up for beverages. 

Last Published: 10/11/2016 

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Spice up Your Veggies

Vegetables can provide a palette for spice that gives them a flavor boost and increased interest on your menu.

Last Published: 10/04/2016 

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Wellness Seeps into the Workplace and Home

There are countless Health & Wellness products available today especially in foodservice. 

Last Published: 09/30/2016 

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Diet Hysteria to Sane Eating

There are countless Health & Wellness products available today. 

Last Published: 09/23/2016 

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Heritage Cuisines: Fusion and Gourmet

Ethnic foods and ethnic fusion continue to be the most popular food trends in the United States. 

Last Published: 09/20/2016 

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Food Trends Toward Spicy: That’s a Spicy Meatball!

Crank up the heat in your kitchen and bring on the spicy flavor twists that today’s customers crave. 

Last Published: 09/13/2016 

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Build a Service Culture in Your Foodservice Operation

Running a successful foodservice operation is not just about keeping up with food trends and offering the right products. 

Last Published: 09/09/2016 

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In Foodservice, Beverages Trend Away from Soda

Beverage trends are heading toward non-carbonated alternatives to soda. 

Last Published: 09/06/2016 

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Tips for Great Customer Service: Create an Experience for Your Foodservice Guests

Great service goes beyond just being hospitable to customers. 

Last Published: 09/01/2016 

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Snacking in Foodservice – Still on the Rise

Snacking is big business and it’s growing!  

Last Published: 08/30/2016 

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Wellness Homes and Travel Part of the Wellness Evolution

There are countless Health & Wellness products available today. 

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The Explosion of Consumer Choice: Winning Your Customers’ Loyalty

Through the last decade, the foodservice industry has seen an explosion of consumer choice. 

Last Published: 08/18/2016 

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Staying hydrated is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Stay Hydrated - Drink into Summer

Last Published: 08/16/2016 

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Niche Ingredients Go Mainstream

Many products that were considered extremely unique only a few years ago are reaching the mainstream and now appeal to the everyday consumer. 

Last Published: 08/11/2016 

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The Explosion of Consumer Choice: New Dining Options

New options available to consumers for dining vary in size and scope. They each offer something different and meet key needstates. 

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Seafood Still Growing in Popularity

Food trends show that seafood continues to grow in popularity with consumers mostly due to Health & Wellness benefits. 

Last Published: 08/05/2016 

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The Explosion of Consumer Choice Series: Evolving Consumer Culture

Today’s consumers are adventurous diners and more reliant on foodservice for their meals than ever before. 

Last Published: 08/02/2016 

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Changing Food Culture Gives Rise to New Snacking Opportunities

Everyone who works in the food industry knows this is a time of great change.  

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Beans for All Day Parts in Foodservice

Low in fat and perfect for gluten-free diets, beans are a healthy staple for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Last Published: 07/27/2016 

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Oatmeal is timeless and timely at the same time

By Andrew May, Director of Sales Strategy, PepsiCo

 

Last Published: 07/21/2016 

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EntegraPS.com – A Personalized Experience

Entegra’s newly enhanced customer-only website, entegraPS.com, is up and running.  

Last Published: 07/19/2016 

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Two Trends in Cooking Meat

 Americans love grilled food.

Last Published: 07/14/2016 

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How to Differentiate your Breakfasts & Brunch Menu

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it’s a daypart that can take on ethnic themes, be health or indulgent and be served at any time of day. 

Last Published: 07/13/2016 

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Go Veg or Go Home

Vegetables ramped up to their fullest creative potential are pushing animal protein to the side of the plate—or entirely off it.

Last Published: 07/07/2016 

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Transformative Changes in Foodservice Series - Evolving Consumer Expectations

As foodservice options evolve and new practices take shape, it is not surprising that consumer expectations are also evolving. 

Last Published: 07/05/2016 

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Superfoods, Proteins and Fats

Your Road to Better Health This Year

Last Published: 06/29/2016 

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EntegraPS.com: Sustainability Resources

In a Technomic survey, 93% of operators reported that sustainability was very important or somewhat important to their operation today and more than half believe that a sustainability strategy will be necessary to remain competitive in the next two years.

Last Published: 06/21/2016 

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Health Trends: Integrative Healthcare & Wellness for All Ages

In the world of nutrition and wellness, medical experts are talking about integrative medicine – the coming together of traditional medicine with preventative wellness approaches – for decades. 

Last Published: 06/15/2016 

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Make It Sweet and Hot

Balance spice with sweet or savory flavors. Use spice blends during the cooking process. Pair entrées with fresh fruit and boldly spiced veggie purées.

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Health and Wellness: Healthy, Fresh and Gluten Free on the New entegraPS.com

Foodservice directors are responding to consumer demands for healthy, fresh, local and gluten-free menus. But what do people mean by these terms and why are they looking for it? 

Last Published: 06/14/2016 

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From the desk of Dana Johnston – President, entegra

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our newly enhanced website www.entegraPS.com.  

Last Published: 06/06/2016 

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Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan

Today’s consumers are more knowledgeable than ever before, which creates a new role for foodservice in today’s marketplace.

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The Freshest Herbs

Summer is the season to accentuate dishes with fresh herbs.
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Science and Tech Trends of the Future

Trends of the future that will spill over into the lives of Foodservice Operators and consumer demands include science and technology.

Last Published: 05/24/2016 

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Use Your Food! Reducing Wasted Food in Your Commercial Kitchen

Food service establishments are looking for ways to save money and be innovative in the process.

Last Published: 05/12/2016 

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Transformative Changes in Foodservice Series – Convenient At-Home Dining Options

Innovators are seeking new ways to reach customers, and now more than ever before, foodservice is investing in their fresh prepared offerings.

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Breakfast is Still on Trend

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Flavor Your Waters

Infuse water with flavor to create lower-calorie drinks with a fresh profile.

Last Published: 05/03/2016 

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Transformative Changes in Foodservice Series - Profit Margins

Although consumers are growing more reliant on foodservice and using away-from-home dining options to meet the demands of an increasingly on-the-go lifestyle, supply chain challenges are threatening profitability for operators. 

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Locally Grown Produce/Locally Sourced

Support local economy by providing locally grown products to your customers.

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Punch Up All American Favorites

Hot and spicy twists add punch to all-American favorites—chili, burgers, pizza, grilled cheese, fried chicken and wings.

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Consider Starting a Wellness Program in Your Workplace

National Nutrition Month is a time where many organizations promote wellness throughout March. However, longer term workplace wellness programs can help employees manage stress, exercise more often, eat more healthfully and feel better about life and work.

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Be a Flexitarian: A Short Guide to Plant-based Eating

Reducing your meat intake and embracing a plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your health and the environment.
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Eating Out: What Diners Want

Foodservice establishments are taking on multiple personalities to attract a variety of age groups. Meanwhile, for almost four in 10 consumers, the decision to eat out is spontaneous.
Last Published: 03/24/2016 

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Consumer Demands and Influences

With consumer demand for healthful and sustainable products on the rise, operators know that they must meet the rising demands or risk losing customers.

Last Published: 03/22/2016 

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Anticipate Diner Needs

As the saying goes, the best service goes unnoticed.

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Why Food Operators Should be Certified in Food Safety

Most food operators are familiar with the requirement for various certifications. But why are these certifications necessary or important to your business?
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Evolution of "Nutrition" to "Wellness"

Operators are seeking opportunities to incorporate cleaner items in their menu, or update the recipes of their current offerings without additives or artificial ingredients.

Last Published: 03/10/2016 

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Trends in 2016: Simple is key - Real, clean and fresh

Consumer trends emerging including a desire for foods that are “clean” meaning natural and preservative free. Also, chefs are simplifying recipes to include fewer ingredients for a less complicated flavor profile.

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Belly Up to the Smoothie Bar

Mintel found that an estimated 41% of adults turn to the juice and smoothie category for added nutrition.

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Three Trends to Watch

Fried Chicken, Snacking and Discarded to Delicious

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Foster Repeat Customers

Use social media to communicate specials, frequent-diner programs to reward regulars and small incentives to make loyal customers feel special.

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High Tech Take Out and Dining out on a Whim

From Postmates to UberEATS to Doordash, the food-delivery business is booming.

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Go Global

Spicy dishes can offer a feel of the exotic, pulling traditional dishes from many corners of the globe.

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Make Tea Special

About 85% of tea consumption in the United States is iced, reports the Tea Association of the U.S.A.

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Add a Personal Touch

Personal attention can make or break a guest’s experience.

Last Published: 01/26/2016 

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Generational Differences in the Evolution of Health and Wellness

Across generations, consumers are becoming more reliant on foodservice. While meals away-from-home might have once been a rare treat, increasingly it is a normal part of day-to-day life.

Last Published: 01/19/2016 

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Cool Food Correctly

Time/Temperature Control for Safety, or TCS foods.

Last Published: 01/12/2016 

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Choose Your Firepower

Diners are increasingly knowledgeable about spicy foods, often knowing the heat levels of different peppers, according to research firm, The NPD Group.
 

Last Published: 01/07/2016 

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Sustainability in Foodservice - Consumer Perspective

The vast majority of consumers are concerned about environmental issues (85%), social responsibility (83%) and sustainability (80%). However, less than one-third of consumers believe that the foodservice industry is addressing these challenges properly.

Last Published: 01/06/2016 

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DIY Health

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Top Tomatoes

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A right fit

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