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Healthy food, more diversity and local produce are among the menu trends that Maeve Webster, senior director at Datassential, and Chip Bell, founder of Chip Bell Group and author, are currently seeing throughout the foodservice industry, ranging from food retailers to full-service restaurants. Both Bell and Webster will be speaking at this weekend’s PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif.[…] Continue Reading »

When I lived in Tampa, Fla., in the 1980s and ’90s, Bern’s Steak House was the place everyone mentioned when talking about high-end steakhouses, and that apparently hasn’t changed since I moved away. But something else has, as the Tampa Bay Times reported. Founder Bern Laxer got into organic farming during the 1970s, and much of what he grew on his 7-acre farm wound up on the restaurant’s menu.[…] Continue Reading »

With more than 100 stores nationwide, REI is the country’s largest co-op. And despite the big national presence, REI fans tend to have a strong connection to their local store.

This loyalty, along with the nature of REI’s business — stores in Texas have a much different sleeping-bag selection than those in Alaska — became a big motivator behind the company’s recent push to take its social strategy from a national focus to a local one.[…] Continue Reading »

“Social,” as a buzzword, is dead, said Mark Sabec, product marketing manager at YouTube and one of the keynote speakers at this week’s Digital East 2011 in Tysons Corner, Va. Others agreed, thus setting the stage for two days of speakers focused on exploring ways to reach consumers who are already inundated with marketing ploys at every turn.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is written by Mairead Reilly. Reilly is a Boston native and a sophomore at Georgetown University, majoring in Arabic. A lifelong foodie, she supports the sustainable food movement by volunteering at an organic farm in the summer and frequenting D.C.’s many farmers markets.

The food industry got the royal treatment Wednesday morning when HRH The Prince of Wales, a longtime supporter of sustainability in the food industry, delivered the keynote address at The Future of Food conference at Georgetown University.[…] Continue Reading »