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Better Sodas Bubbling Up

New craft-soda programs offer unique beverage experience.

Handcrafted. Natural. Artisan. Signature. These foodie buzzwords may have once described decadent pizzas or burgers featuring grass-fed beef, but they’re increasingly featured on the beverage side of quick-serve menus, too.

Freshness and originality are becoming increasingly important buying factors for today’s restaurant-goers, and operators have begun bolstering their drink programs with premium craft-soda options, which offer customers a more enhanced beverage experience than traditional mass-market picks.

Starbucks, Dannon Partner to Launch New Yogurt Products

Starbucks Coffee Company, the world’s leading coffee retailer and roaster of specialty coffees, and Danone, global producer of fresh dairy products, announced a strategic agreement to offer a jointly created and developed selection of new, healthy specialty yogurt products in participating Starbucks stores and in grocery channels. This will advance Danone’s ambition to expand yogurt consumption in the U.S., while growing Starbucks’ health and wellness offerings for its customers under the company’s Evolution Fresh brand.

Looking for Sustainability Advice? The NRA Has It

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has unveiled a new report focused on sustainability best practices for the foodservice industry. 

Created under the NRA’s Conserve initiative, the free report, “Bright Ideas: Sustainability Tips from Industry Experts,” features tips, trends, and real-world advice from industry experts who appeared at this year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A Touch Down at Dayton Int'l

Travelers at Dayton International Airport will soon discover a new Starbucks and Chick-fil-A before taking off on a flight. These additions, as well as further enhancements, are a result of a newly approved lease extension agreement between global restaurateur HMSHost and the airport. The new agreement extends the partnership between the Dayton International Airport and HMSHost through 2020.

 

Starbucks to Add Calorie Counts to Menuboards

Starbucks Coffee Company announced it will include calorie information on menuboards at all company-operated and licensed U.S. Starbucks stores beginning June 25.

The launch of menuboard labeling and pastry case calorie labeling will complement the food and beverage transparency the company already provides to customers through printed brochures, an nutrition tab on Starbucks.com, and the Starbucks Mobile App for iPhone.

Starbucks Stays True to Message with Smoking Ban

Starbucks made waves in late May when news broke that the brand would ban smoking in its outdoor seating areas and within 25 feet of its entrances. Protestors and advocates alike took to the Internet to voice their support or disapproval of the ban, which took effect June 1. But the smoking ban did not phase Gary Stibel, CEO of the New England Consulting Group, who believes this move was a long time coming.

 

Buying into Booze

Fast-casual restaurants were once able to claim premium food, modern décor, and all-around upscale service as hallmarks of their category. But with more quick-service chains retooling in those areas to compete for post-recession consumers, fast casuals have been left to search for new ways to differentiate their brands.

For many, that search has turned up something typically better suited to fine- and casual-dining joints: booze.

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