News and Trends Archives

Counting Calories in Restaurant Food More and more restaurant operators are counting calories – not in the food they consume, but in the food they sell. A number of local and federal regulations now require restaurant owners to publicly post the nutritional data of the… Read More >

Grocery Store Chefs Despite competition from the restaurant industry, especially the booming fast-casual segment, and the popular meal kit phenomenon, grocery retailers have found a way to keep up with the competition: prepared foods. Claimed by some to be the fastest growing foodservice industry segment,… Read More >

Kevin Barry’s: The Most Authentic Irish Pub Outside of Ireland Yes, there’s an answer to the question of which is the most authentic Irish Pub outside of Ireland – and it’s not in Boston or Chicago as you might expect. It’s Kevin Barry’s in Savannah,… Read More >

Food Trends of the Past, Present, and Future While restaurateurs often focus on the future, trying to anticipate the next trend that will capture their customers’ attention, it can sometimes be fun to look back at the precursors to the foods we enjoy today. Many… Read More >

Customers Crave Custom Condiments If you make a habit of reading about emerging food trends, you may have noticed an oft-neglected part of the meal sneaking its way onto many prognosticators’ lists. Condiments have traditionally been an afterthought: Ketchup and mustard bought in bulk and… Read More >

U.S. Coffee Championships Attending the U.S. Coffee Championships – dubbed CoffeeChamps by its organizers, the Specialty Coffee Association – is a complete sensory experience. If you didn’t make it to this year’s qualifying rounds on Jan. 21 and 22 at the convention center in Knoxville,… Read More >

The History and Emerging Trends of Coffee While the history of coffee reaches back beyond the 16th century to Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula, the mass production and pervasive proliferation of coffee is much more recent. Modern coffee history is divided into waves — three… Read More >

One of the perennial joys of this season is the reminder that, however unlikely it may seem at times, peace is possible. Christmas has the power to stop wars, or at least put them temporarily on pause. It has the power to bring together people… Read More >

Restaurant Data Breaches When diners go out to eat, they expect to be able to use credit and debit cards, as it is the most convenient way for many people to pay. This type of payment requires a digital exchange of information – very sensitive… Read More >

Restaurant Emergency Outreach When fires came rushing down the mountain and into Gatlinburg on the evening of Nov. 28, more than 14,000 residents and tourists fled the city, while nearly 800 first responders flooded into town. Nearby Pigeon Forge and Sevierville suddenly had a lot… Read More >

Comin’ Down From the Mountain As an alumna of the University of Tennessee, I’m no stranger to moonshine’s reputation – after all, it’s at the heart of our fight song. For the uninitiated, “Rocky Top” is an upbeat ditty played religiously at sporting events and… Read More >

Hard Cider is Booming The drinking habits of Americans are always shifting, leaving restaurateurs and bar owners working to predict and cash in on the next big thing. Craft beer has received a lot of the focus recently as it booms in popularity, but those… Read More >

Appetizers and Small Plates: Eating Before You Eat Do it at home and it’s called “spoiling your dinner,” but having a snack before your meal at a restaurant is simply enjoying an appetizer. Most meals out with friends would be incomplete without an appetizer or… Read More >

The Delivery Dilemma Whether it’s due to customers having more expendable income in the improving economy or less time to dedicate to meals, restaurant delivery traffic has grown by double digits in the past year in number of orders. While pizza still reigns supreme in… Read More >

Brewery Beatdown It’s no secret that America loves beer – in 2015, beer companies in the U.S. raked in $105.9 billion. This was 0.2 percent less than was sold in 2014, an unexpected fizzle felt by large beer companies and not the trendy craft breweries… Read More >

Famous Food Mascots One of my colleagues has amassed dozens of cardboard cutouts, plushies, and other M&M’S memorabilia that now cheerfully greet passersby from the shelves of his office. This collection, and the hundreds of other collections like it, are testaments to the popularity the… Read More >

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