Food Trends

Better Kids' Meals Means Better Business in 2018

Coming in at #6 on the National Restaurant Association’s Top 20 Hot Food Trends of 2018 is “healthful kid’s meals.” So, what does that mean for restaurant owners? Balanced, smaller and innovative kid’s meals can all help boost business. Healthy does not have to equal expensive, tasteless or boring either. Some kids like spicy. Some […]

Pick Your Poison: Antibiotics and Hormones

The Holiday Season is upon us. You’ve likely already heard Christmas music playing in stores and are starting to see decorations gracing the neighborhood. It’s still November, you guys! Let’s take it one holiday at a time. I mean, I think we’re skipping over one of the best food eating extravaganzas ever. Oh yeah, and […]

Pick Your Poison: Added Sugars

The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-everything is on the horizon! As autumn begins, Halloween decorations clutter neighborhood yards and store windows. …And with hundreds of bags of candy piled onto store shelves, Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only faces that are lighting up! Whether you’re buying candy for the neighborhood kids or […]

Pick Your Poison: Added Salt

Added Salt: The crystalline, less-than-sweet cousin of Added Sugar. It is generously dumped into the food supply and stealthily inhabits your grocery store shelves. Maybe you invite Added Salt over for a home-prepared meal from time to time, a sprinkle here, a sprinkle there. And the next thing you know, he’s showing up for meals […]

Pick Your Poison: Partially Hydrogenated Oils

“Partly” “Somewhat” “Moderately” “In some measure” “To a certain extent” We hear these words and phrases throughout our lives. Do they inspire confidence? Do they provoke anxiety? And is something that is partially anything ever worthwhile? Consider the following: A partially-completed project, a somewhat-complete haircut, a partially-cooked chicken wing, a seamstress who is partially-committed to […]

Eating "Clean": What are consumers really looking for when dining out?

The days of glazing over ingredients when purchasing food are coming to a close.  Now, more than ever, health food stores and farm to table restaurants are popping up everywhere, and they are packed with people. Why the change? What spurred this trend to start eating “clean” again? Clean, healthy foods are where we all […]

Pick Your Poison: Anti-Caking Agents

With graduation season quickly approaching and Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on things you’ve learned from your mother – or even from her mother and her mother’s mother. I’m sure you can remember familiar phrases that our parents have shared with us. Old proverbs such as, “two wrongs […]