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In the basement of The Plant, a 94,000-square-foot former meat-processing facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, a company called Greens & Gills is raising fish and microgreens in the same “aquaponic” ecosystem. Those greens, including basil, kale and arugula, end up on the shelves at local supermarkets, and on the plates of some of the city’s hottest Michelin-starred restaurants, like Everest and El Ideas.[…] Continue Reading »

More than 2,000 suppliers exhibited their products at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The energy on the show floor was high as more than 60,000 attendees visited the booths, sampling food and beverages and watching vendor demonstrations. Here is a look at the top three trends among exhibitors.

Special formulations steal the show

The NRA debuted a new pavilion this year with Alternative BiteStyle, a portion of the show floor dedicated to special dietary needs, including gluten-free, low-sodium and allergies such as nuts and dairy.[…] Continue Reading »

Facebook falls

Had Facebook not been the social behemoth that it is, most people would have probably bailed on this promiscuous social network that assumes we are OK with them selling ads based on our actions. The reality is that Facebook will prevail again, but in a way that may not be suitable for the restaurant business.[…] Continue Reading »

  1. Digital video consumption reaches a tipping point. Already here in 2012, give-or-take 1 in 2 people consumes video content online; by the end of 2013, the audience for video online will not be significantly different to the audience for video on a television. The total amount of content consumed will still skew toward the TV, but any audience desired by advertisers will be available online.
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In advance of the fourth annual BlogHer Food conference, BlogHer released its first food-focused study, focusing on the intersection of women, social media and food. Below is a quick summary of some statistical highlights.

The Internet guides food decisions. Whether it’s finding a recipe, searching for a restaurant or engaging with food blogs, the Internet is a primary place for food information for the general population.[…] Continue Reading »