California Pizza Kitchen rolled out a Brussels  Bacon pizza to capitalize on the growing appetite for the longmisunderstood vegetable

California Pizza Kitchen rolled out a Brussels + Bacon pizza to capitalize on the growing appetite for the long-misunderstood vegetable.

New menu stars: Proteins, produce, fun

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Healthy proteins, novelty grains, flatbreads, bowls and skewers are among the dominant trends identified by menu consultant Nancy Kruse at the recent MUFSO conference in Dallas.

The U.S. represents the largest market for protein—“We can’t get enough of it,” Kruse noted—so it’s no surprise that about 20 percent of new retail food product introductions in the last year have involved proteins. Similarly, she said, Technomic found that the presence of protein-rich foods on menus

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