The Future of ‘Local’

Locally sourced foods have been trending for years. But as more consumers look for an emotional connection with brands that offer these foods, suppliers are taking note and investing in supply practices that support demand for the movement. Technomic MenuMonitor data shows that “local” callouts on menus rose 367% in the past five years for […]

A Look at Local Sourcing in Fast-Casual Restaurants

Several fast-casual concepts are getting into the local-sourcing game, turning a commitment into sourcing super-fresh, high-quality ingredients and supporting local producers into a selling point. What “local” looks like at fast-casual restaurants varies. San Ramon, CA-based Straw Hat Pizza, for example, prides itself on sourcing fresh produce for its pies from within 150 miles of […]

McDonald’s Move Puts Spotlight on Sustainable Sourcing

Back in November, Technomic identified “telling the sourcing story” as one of its five U.K. restaurant trends for 2014.  This week, McDonald’s made a new bold move to do just that, committing to begin buying “verified sustainable beef” in 2016. What defines or constitutes “sustainable beef” hasn’t been fully determined yet; McDonald’s plans to spend this […]

In U.K., a Focus on Farm-to-Counter Dining

For the past several years, driven in part by the heightened connection consumers have made between ingredient sourcing and the quality of a finished food product, restaurant chains have worked to open a window for consumers into their supply chains. They’ve emphasized their use of local or regional ingredients and products that meet any number […]