Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News



Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice. He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

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11 food and beverage trends from the NRA Show
Fruit flavors, craft soda, premium vegetables and more were on display at the conference
2016 MenuMasters winners drive industry innovation
Chefs share award-winning menu items at ceremony
Carbonated soft drink makers target Millennials
Beverage suppliers promote artisan flavors, natural varieties
Restaurants struggle with chef shortage 
Operators sound off on difficulty of filling positions and finding qualified cooks
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NRA Show kicks off with new education programs and exhibitors
Special sessions planned on fast-casual, non-commercial and retail segments
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Menu Tracker: New items from Dunkin’ Donuts, Wendy’s, East Coast Wings, more
Restaurant chains introduce new burgers, salads, iced drinks and more
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Wing Zone bets on improved burgers
Chicken-wing chain debuts burger delivery push in bid to boost sales
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Managing food costs by cutting waste 
Restaurants make the most of ingredients to benefit the bottom line
Report: Beer drinkers shift toward craft, imported brews
Growth opportunity in flavored drinks, Mintel report finds
Menu Tracker: New items from Del Frisco’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Au Bon Pain, more
Auntie Anne’s, Benihana, Moe’s Southwest Grill and other chains also introduce new menu items
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Chef Collin Crannell talks seafood menu, sustainability trends
Executive chef of The Lobster in Santa Monica, Calif., shares shifting customer preferences
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Beef 'O' Brady's parent names new corporate chef
Stan Dorsey to spearhead menu development at Beef 'O' Brady's and The Brass Tap
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HMSHost names Laura FitzRandolph chief human resources officer
FitzRandolph replaces longtime chief human resources officer Chuck Powers
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El Pollo Loco 1Q profit drops 19.8% 
Same-store sales and revenue rise slightly during the quarter
Menu Tracker: New items from El Pollo Loco, Il Fornaio, Papa Murphy’s, more
Arooga’s, Baskin-Robbins, By Chloe, Chopt and other chains also introduce new menu items

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