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5 Scenarios That Could Close Your Restaurant This Year. No restaurant owner or operator wants to close their doors – even temporarily. Every minute that passes means lost revenue and sends a bad message to would-be customers. However, without the proper planning, it can be a reality for many restaurants. Read more at restaurantnews.com.

Big Data Makes Sense (and Cents) and Dollars. Whether you run a dentist’s office or a Fortune 500 company, data needs to be a part of the conversation. Such was the sentiment expressed at the Direct Marketing Club luncheon on March 13, where execs from Citibank, Hearst Magazines, and Forrester gathered to answer this question: “The New Analytics: Sense or Nonsense?” Read more at dmnews.com.

Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce. Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Some 89 percent of respondents consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions. Read more at environmentalleader.com.

Green Seal, In Conjunction with The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and The Rosenthal Group, Launches New National Sustainability Standard For Restaurants and Food Services. Green Seal, the nation’s oldest independent non-profit providing sustainability certification for products and services, today launched a new sustainability standard for restaurants and food services in conjunction with The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and The Rosenthal Group. The standard, GS-55, covers retail restaurants and institutional food service operations through rigorous criteria that minimize environmental impact in several categories. Read more at restaurantnews.com.