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The Obesity Buster

Watchdog groups, media and academia have long blamed restaurants for making America fat. The critics get even louder when the topic turns to our nation’s children.In an effort to address that criticism and tackle the problem head on, the National Restaurant Association, in collaboration with Healthy Dining, launched the Kids LiveWell initiative in July of this year.

Industry Transforms as Consumers Respond to Obesity

America's health problems have been well publicized. Consumer awareness of issues, such as obesity and diabetes, has increased considerably in recent years.For the foodservice industry, according to the just-released Packaged Facts report "Health on the Restaurant Menu: Foodservice Trends in the U.

Cintas, Rubbermaid Clean Up Together

In its continual pursuit to provide customers with world-class products and services, Cintas Corporation, the leader in specialized professional services, and Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in innovative, solutions-based cleaning products, jointly announced a strategic alliance to offer custom cleaning and hygiene solutions to Cintas customers.

Peter Truitt Receives Bounty of Oregon Award

On Nov. 18, 2011, Peter Truitt, one of the co-founders of Truitt Brothers, Inc., will receive the 2011 Bounty of Oregon Award at the fifth annual banquet at downtown Portland’s University Club.

Kendall Students Learn “Farm to Plate” at SIUC

Crop and dairy production, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and more were on tap for six undergraduate students from the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, who visited farms owned and operated by Southern Illinois University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in Carbondale (SIUC) for a week in late September.

Public Heath Group Calls for Drastic Reduction in Sodium Use

The largest organization of public health professionals in the world is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to begin regulating the amounts of salt and other sodium-containing ingredients used in processed foods with an eye toward reducing sodium in the food supply by 75 percent.

Rodelle Project: Anything but Vanilla

It started out as a quest for the best quality vanilla and will result in new stoves for thousands of Ugandans, which will lead to better health, less impact on the environment and reduced deforestation.

Genghis Grill Focuses on Health Initiatives

Genghis Grill has introduced many healthy initiatives into the concept this past year.This past summer, the 77 unit chain launched a brand new nutritional brochure, complete with allergen and nutritional details of all food items in Khan's Kitchen (Genghis Grill's food bar).

Diners Say Cleanliness Trumps Food

New research from Technomic shows that diners in many U.S. cities consider restaurant cleanliness to be more important than the quality of the food.According to Technomic’s survey of 12,295 consumers throughout the U.

No Slip and Fall Here: Keeping Floors Clean

Cintas Corporation launched its new comprehensive Safe Floor Program designed specifically for the foodservice industry. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, floor safety is a significant concern with more than three million foodservice employees and more than one million guests injured annually as a result of restaurant slips, falls, strains, and sprains.

Light Entrees Fly Off Gordon Biersch Menu

Lighter menu items, introduced six weeks ago at Gordon Biersch, are outselling regular menu items six to one.“It’s just incredible the response we’ve received,” says Sean McLendon, corporate research chef for CraftWorks, which owns the 30-unit restaurant chain along with 13 other restaurant brands.

Shopper Donations Keep Treatment Alive at St. Jude

Shoppers headed out to local restaurants, grocery, or convenient stores this October can get a jumpstart on helping young trick-or-treaters by participating in the 20th Annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion, which raises funds to support St.

Enjoy Locally Grown Food? Support Farms, Ranches

Diners can show their support for America’s farms and ranches by visiting local restaurants that are participating in American Farmland Trust’s second annual Dine Out for Farms week, from Oct.

Without Training, School Chefs Face Challenges

Chefs who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and brought their skills to America’s schools say training would have helped them keep their efforts realistic when attempting to bring more fresh foods to school lunches, according to a recent study conducted by Y-Pulse LLC.

Harmoniously Raised Salmon Comes to NYC Market

Verlasso, the world's first provider of harmoniously raised fish, launched its premium salmon with FreshDirect, New York City's premier online grocer. FreshDirect is the first retailer in the United States to offer Verlasso salmon.