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Re-engineering your kids’ menu? Try these 8 healthful tips from the NRA

Get input from parents and children to design kids’ meals that are nutritious, satisfying and tasty. The payoff: options that appeal to children are good for your sales.

Three participants of the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program share how they developed winning kids’ meals. Discover best practices from Arby’s, Applebee’s and bd’s [...]

Top 5 trends in restaurant side dishes

Original article posted on Nation’s Restaurant by Bret Thorn

Photo courtesy of Village Whiskey

Although most of the attention on a plate tends to go to the main course, side dishes can add distinctiveness, visual appeal and health cues. As more restaurants focus on shared and small plates, these items, which [...]

For restaurants, the high cost of doing business is food

The rising costs of coffee and protein-based foods, including bacon, eggs, ham and beef, are creating concern among industry experts and chains specializing in the breakfast day part who say the prices, historically, are higher than ever before, reports a recent news article from the National Restaurant Association.

Food cost pressures are building, [...]

2014 Consumer Trends

Learn what consumers look for in a restaurant from this helpful video from the National Restaurant Association.

5 nutrition trends on the menu at the NRA Show

In this great article from the National Restaurant Association, learn about the op trends at the NRA Show in Chicago, IL.

As restaurants make nutrition part of their menu-development process, they looked for advice, ideas, innovations and ingredients at the NRA Show. The four-day show featured a dozen education sessions on health and [...]

Preparing for Valentine's Day

According to a recent article from Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Ron Ruggless, Valentine’s Day falls just a heartbeat behind Mother’s Day among restaurants’ busiest days of the year, and with it comes operational heartaches.

In years past, the National Restaurant Association has estimated that as many as 70 million people will dine [...]

Health Care Leading Industry Concern

Restaurant managers, owners, and industry professionals are faced with major concerns as 2013 gets underway. According to a recent survey from, approximately 40 percent of survey respondents chose health care as the “top business concern for 2013.” Health care concerns were followed closely by concern over consumer spending, at 31 percent; anticipated [...]

6 Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

MenuMax wants to wish you and your family a healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) estimates that more than 30 million Americans enlist the help of restaurants for their Thanksgiving feast by dining out or using takeout, but cooking at home remains widely popular. Preparing that meal safely will [...]

Natl. Restaurant Assoc. takes new lobbying approach w/health care reform

Under the leadership of CEO Dawn Sweeney, the National Restaurant Association has broken with tradition in the lobbying arena during the recent congressional fight over health care reform. In 2004, 90 percent of the group’s lobbying money went to Republican lawmakers; today that number is only 60 percent, with 40 percent going to [...]