Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants

Diets Driving Trends of Future Restaurants
  • Will current diet trends become a fad?

  • Do restaurants have a responsibility to educate consumers?

Diets are no longer just about losing weight. Whether it’s Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, or Vegan, these “diets" have become more of a way of life.  So much so that some consumers may veto a food establishment if they don’t offer their “diet-friendly options." In this episode, our host Yareli Quintana speaks to Steve Shultz, CEO of Nektar Juice Bar and Melissa Gallagher, VP of Marketing of Freshii to figure out how diets are influencing current restaurant trends. Yareli, Steve and Melissa discuss hot topics from whether or not diets are here to stay, changing eating habits, to how their brands are working to better educate their consumers and making eating healthy more accesible.

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FDA Rule Requiring Calorie Counts on Menus Goes Into Effect

FDA Rule Requiring Calorie Counts on Menus Goes Into Effect

It's official, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule requiring that chains with at least 20 or more stores label their menus with the calories of each menu item, even beverages is in effect as of Monday. 

Restaurants are not the only food and beverage establishments subjected to the new rule either, movie theaters and bars with at least 20 chains must also oblige. 

While several restaurant chains, especially those trying to appeal to health-conscious consumers, were happy to implement this rule, some have been fighting hard against the law.

Included in the Obama-era 2010 Affordable Care Act, the FDA argues that the calorie count rule helps to foster healthy lifestyles. Before this, calorie-counters at most restaurants had to estimate the nutritional value of what they were eating.

“By having information about the calories in food, you can make more informed decisions about the food you eat — decisions that can help improve your overall health and that of your family,” said the FDA. “And it’s just as important that you and your family have access to this information when eating out, as you do at home when you are able to look at calorie counts on food packages.”

The FDA is hoping to improve the obesity rate in the U.S. Currently, 40 percent of the population is obese. 

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