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IHOP Inks Development Deal in Guam

DineEquity, Inc., parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, announced that International House of Pancakes LLC has signed an agreement with Pacific Pancakes, LLC to open three IHOP restaurants on in Guam by 2018.

Gluten-Free is Healthy but Tastes Bad, Consumers Say

While only 11 percent of U.S. households follow a gluten-free diet, about one in four consumers feel that gluten-free is good for everyone, reports The NPD Group, a global information company.  However, the general healthfulness of gluten-free foods is offset, consumers say, by the high cost and taste of these foods, per NPD’s recently released "Understanding the Gluten-Free Trend" report.

NRA Show Highlights: Rooftop Gardens, Alternative Foods

There’s nothing unusual anymore about a chef or restaurant having a garden to provide herbs and veggies as food and drink ingredients. It’s a hyper-local aspect of the farm-to-table movement and its companion move toward better-for-you ingredients.

The Lighter Side of Italian

From casual to fine dining, the push to use local, fresh ingredients is spreading, with chefs incorporating the practice in a variety of cuisines. In southeast Michigan, Chef Luciano Del Signore is bringing this approach to Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, for a menu that offers lighter, healthier, and more authentic Italian cuisine.

Diners Weigh In on Healthy Menus

Healthy, fresh, organic, low-calorie—these buzz words are inundating menus in chains and independent restaurants alike, all across the U.S. For instance, Cracker Barrel, which has locations up and down the nation’s interstates, introduced its Wholesome Fixin’s menu in September, hoping to capture the market on low-calorie Southern cooking.

Unilever Food Solutions Committed to Sustainability

Leading the charge to remove 10 billion calories from foodservice menus by the end of 2015 and committing to 100 percent sustainably sourced agricultural raw ingredients are two ways that Leo Oosterveer, chief executive officer of Unilever Food Solutions, has illustrated his commitment to make powerful changes in the food industry.

Entrepreneur Brings Wild Pizza Joint to Brooklyn

Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal partners with restaurateur Walid Hammami (former owner of Café Rafaella and Angelina) to open the third U.S. location of her gluten-free pizza and Italian specialties restaurant concept, WILD, in Brooklyn, New York.

Restaurant Review App Available on Google Play

Spectrum Solutions presents Soupfly, an app that shows you the health score ratings and reviews from the leading restaurant review sites.Th Soupfly app is available on Android devices, and will soon debut a version for iPhones.

NRA Partners with eHealth on Insurance Coverage

The National Restaurant Association announced it is partnering with eHealth, Inc. to offer tools and resources to industry employees looking to find health insurance coverage.“A critical part of our work as an association is to offer solutions for our members,” says Phil Kafarakis, chief innovation & member advancement officer, NRA.