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Top tips for minimizing restaurant expenses

Restobiz

By Charli Tanner Everyone is feeling the financial pinch, and with restaurants facing rising food, utility, and labour costs, they are keeping a close eye on their profit margins. Reports at the end of 2023 revealed that rising costs meant one-third of Canadian restaurants were operating at a loss, highlighting the need for reducing expenses […] The post Top tips for minimizing restaurant expenses appeared first on Restobiz.

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With multiple Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter Outbreaks and/or Recalls, why is Raw Milk LLC (formerly Organic Pastures) allowed to sell Raw Milk products?

Bill Marler

Here is bit(e) of history: Organic Pastures Dairy Company (OPDC) & Raw Farm LLC – Started OPDC in 2000 – Changed name to Raw Farm LLC in 2020 Organic Pastures Dairy Company Recalls and Outbreaks : September 2006 Raw Milk E.coli Outbreak: 6 ill/2 HUS September 2007 Raw Cream Listeria Recall December 2007 Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak: 8 ill September 2008 Raw Cream Campylobacter Recall November 2011 Raw Milk E.coli Outbreak: 5 ill/3 HUS May 2012 Campylobacter Raw Milk/Cream Outbreak: 1

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Raw Milk LLC, a.k.a Organic Pastures, linked again to an E. coli outbreak

Bill Marler

Here we go again: Organic Pastures Dairy Company (OPDC) & Raw Farm Recalls and Outbreaks 2006-202 4 Started OPDC in 2000 – Changed name to Raw Farm LLC in 2020 I will always remember this kid I represented in the 2006 E. coli Outbreak: Organic Pastures Dairy Company Recalls and Outbreaks : September 2006 Raw Milk E.coli Outbreak: 6 ill/2 HUS September 2007 Raw Cream Listeria Recall December 2007 Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak: 8 ill September 2008 Raw Cream Campylobacter Recall

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Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty

Restobiz

By Liam Gilmore In a world where inflation is tightening its grip and customers are watching their pennies, QSRs are looking to customer loyalty as a fundamental part of their success, focusing on resilience and adaptability in the face of economic challenges. As menu prices soar to unprecedented heights, businesses must pivot towards cutting-edge loyalty […] The post Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty appeared first on Restobiz.

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AI in Food Safety: exploring the promise & understanding the pitfalls

Agroknow

In the realm of food safety, the landscape seems to be ever-evolving. I do hear the persistent concerns regarding the efficacy of traditional methods in risk mitigation and compliance assurance. From the challenges faced by FS/QA teams to the need for effective communication with suppliers on food risk prevention, the food industry seems to be ripe for innovative solutions.

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What Restaurants Need to Know About HOCI

Modern Restaurant Management

Food Safety Specialist Francine L. Shaw sat down with Morten Larsen, CEO & Founder of EcoloxTech to discuss the use of Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) in restaurants and food service. Why is it so important for restaurants and other food businesses to be aware of – and use – HOCI as a disinfectant and sanitizer? Well, as you know, restaurants and other food brands must prioritize food safety every day, with every shift.

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2023 – 4 Recalls and 2 Outbreaks – not to be confused with 4 Weddings and a Funeral

Bill Marler

You have to wonder what the owners of Raw Milk LLC and California State health authorities are thinking. 2023 Raw Farm LLC Recalls and Outbreaks: May 2023 Campylobacter Raw Milk Recall August 2023 Salmonella Cheese Recall October 2023 Salmonella Raw Milk Outbreak and Recall: San Diego County—12 illnesses Orange County—7 illnesses Here is the 2023-2024 version – E. coli Outbreak and Recall: As of February 16, 2024, a total of 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli have been rep

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FDA Official Speaks on Agency Oversight of CBD in Foods, Supplements

Food Safety Magazine

In a recent webinar organized by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, a top policy and legislation official from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided insight to the agency’s approach to regulating cannabidiol (CBD) and kratom in foods and dietary supplements.

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Build Staff Loyalty by Leveraging Payments Technology

Modern Restaurant Management

In today’s tech-driven world, customers and workers alike expect a seamless payments experience wherever they go. Until now, restaurants have primarily focused on customer experience when considering payments technology, but the emergence of new and developing worker payment programs can impact and improve the restaurant worker experience. With the restaurant industry facing an ongoing labor shortage , it’s more crucial than ever to offer your staff the best experience possible, whic

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FDA reports on Salmonella outbreak linked to red onions

Food Safety News

A recent report from the Food and Drug Administration has found that a sheep farm was likely a contributing factor in the contamination of onions. The finding came when investigators searched for the cause of a 2020 outbreak of Salmonella Newport foodborne infections associated with red onions from the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley in California.

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Will 2024 be easier for operators?

Restobiz

As we move through the first quarter of 2024, looking back to the final quarter of last year can give us some insight into restaurant success, consumer spending, and what’s trending this year. How did restaurants do towards the end of last year and what can we expect to see this year? While traffic dipped […] The post Will 2024 be easier for operators?

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TIME Hotels Unveils 770-Key Property in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Hospitality Net

TIME Hotels, renowned for its management expertise and headquartered in the UAE, has officially launched its latest venture, the TIME Ruba Hotel & Suites, in Makkah. This opening is poised to enhance the city’s hospitality offerings, providing guests with an unparalleled mix of luxury, comfort, and cultural immersion.

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Is the Customer Always Right?

Modern Restaurant Management

A new study challenging the long-standing mantra “the customer is always right" determined that to better support employee mental health, restaurant operators should have clear policies stating that customers' uncivil behavior will not be tolerated. “For decades, a customer could be uncivil, angry, yelling or just plain wrong, and employees were expected to deal with it because it was just part of the business.

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Dairy firm boss faces jail after deadly Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News

The head of a dairy company behind a Listeria outbreak in Austria faces more than a year in prison. The boss of Käserei Gloggnitz was sentenced to 13 months in jail this week. The 39-year-old faced several charges but denied the allegations and the verdict was reported not to be final, according to media reports. A Listeria outbreak from 2020 to 2022 had 10 cases and caused at least three deaths.

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Charcuterie from Costco and Sam’s Club tied to 87 Salmonella illnesses

Bill Marler

It would be unusual to see Salmonella it a processed product like this. However, FSIS indicates that there was possibly under-processing which could account for the failure to kill Salmonella. 87 is likely the tip of the iceberg as the CDC reports that there are nearly 40 additional cases for each one counted. Do not to eat, serve, or sell any recalled products.

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Pesticide Chlormequat is Being Detected More Frequently in Humans, EPA Poised to Allow its Use on Food Crops

Food Safety Magazine

In a new study, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has detected the pesticide chlormequat in four out of five people tested. After allowing the chemical on imported foods, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule in 2023 that would chlormequat to be applied to barley, oat, triticale, and wheat crops.

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Guest-first: hotel systems must prioritise hospitality experiences

Hospitality Net

Hospitality is built on a central pillar - providing an exceptional experience for guests. From countryside pubs with rooms to city-centre hotel groups, the focus of every good hotelier is the guest. In today’s increasingly digital world, hotel technology must ensure the guest experience is also at the heart of the platforms created to service the industry.

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Pop-Ups Keep The Purple Parrot Spirit Alive

Modern Restaurant Management

Mississippi restaurateur Robert St. John of the New South Restaurant Group has taken a twist on the adage "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." In his case it's more like "when your restaurant closes due to the pandemic, host pop-ups." St. John's The Purple Parrot had been a community stalwart in Hattiesburg for 33 years.

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Egg company warned to bring Salmonella, pest control measures into line with law

Food Safety News

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.

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More children with lead poisoning linked to tainted cinnamon

Bill Marler

Food Safety News reports that in the past week, the number of children affected by extremely high levels of lead in certain cinnamon applesauce pouches has grown. On Feb. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of Feb. 9, it had received reports of 101 confirmed cases, 284 probable cases, and 37 suspected cases for 422 cases from 44 different states.

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How to do Inventory at a Restaurant: Your Quick-Start Guide

Sculpture Hospitality

Are you ready to dive into one of the secrets of our trade: nailing your restaurant inventory ? Trust us, getting your inventory right is like having a superpower in the restaurant industry, saving you cash, cutting down waste and keeping your customers coming back for more.

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STR Weekly Insights: 4-10 February 2024

Hospitality Net

Super Bowl LVIII, hosted in Las Vegas, was responsible for the U.S. hotel industry’s strong year-over-year (YoY) growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), which was up 3.9% and driven entirely by a 6.8% increase in average daily rate (ADR). U.S. occupancy fell 1.5 ppts as business slowed ahead of the big game. Without Las Vegas’ ADR contribution, U.S.

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Preparing Your Commercial Kitchen for the Warm Weather Surge

Modern Restaurant Management

In a landscape where precision equates to performance, prepping your commercial kitchen for the sweltering conditions and guest upsurge of the warmer months is an exercise in foresight and expertise. The foundational strategy focuses on two pivotal elements: maintaining rigorous standards for commercial refrigeration and ensuring a robust plan to manage increased customer flow.

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Raw poultry washing found to be common in Southeast Asia

Food Safety News

The majority of people in Southeast Asian countries wash raw poultry meat at home before cooking, according to a study. People are advised not to wash raw poultry before cooking because it increases the risk of cross-contamination. The study, published in the journal Food Control , assessed consumers’ self-reported and observed behavior of raw poultry washing practices.

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New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington hardest hit in Costco and Sam’s Club Salmonella Outbreak

Bill Marler

As of February 15, 2024, a total of 87 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 30 states – Arizona 2, California 1, Colorado 1, Connecticut 1, Florida 2, Idaho 2, Illinois 1, Iowa 2, Kentucky 1, Louisiana 1, Maryland 4, Massachusetts 1, Michigan 1, Minnesota 2, Missouri 2, Nebraska 3, New Jersey 5, New York 9, North Dakota 1, Ohio 13, Oklahoma 1, Oregon 1, Pennsylvania 6, Tennessee 1, Texas 8, Utah 1, Vermont 1, Virginia 5, Washington 6 and Wisconsin 2.

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Getting loyalty right

Fast Casual

Industry veterans will offer invaluable insights on building successful loyalty programs, doing loyalty right (IHOP, Potbelly, The European Pizza Company) and actionable strategies to boost engagement and drive sales.

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The Metric Hotel Deploys GuestCast by Hotel Internet Services to Deliver Personalized Guestroom TV Experiences

Hospitality Net

Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has announced the successful adoption of its GuestCast content streaming solution by The Metric Hotel in Los Angeles, California. An award-winning platform designed to easily adapt to the interests of each guest, GuestCast now plays an essential role in The Metric’s ability to cater to its young and international guest demographic.

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Farewell to a Master Chef: I’m Dreaming of a David Bouley Souffle

Modern Restaurant Management

In this tribute to David Bouley, who died February 12 from a heart attack at age 70., the author credits Bouley with making four-star cuisine free of pretention and relatable for non-foodies. I’ve never been a foodie, but in the late 1980s and 90s I was a restaurant gadabout, thanks to an extended gig as publicist for the Zagat Survey guides, which exposed me to some of New York’s finer eateries and uber-chefs.

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Homemade meat suspected as man dies in Poland

Food Safety News

Polish authorities have issued an urgent warning to avoid meat sold at a market in the country after one person died. The Government Centre for Security (RCB) told people not to eat meat from unverified sources bought at the market in Nowa Dęba in Tarnobrzeg County over the weekend because of the risk of poisoning. Anyone with symptoms was asked to contact their doctor or to call the emergency number 112.

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Holding Company Picks Up Tex-Mex Concept

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Uncommon Brands, a Dallas-based holding company, shared Feb. 14 that it completed its acquisition of Fuego Tortilla Grill. The Tex-Mex concept operates four locations in Texas. “We are thrilled to welcome Fuego Tortilla Grill into the Uncommon Brands family,” says Garrett Mills, CEO of Uncommon Brands, in the release.

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Nano-encapsulated Wax Coatings Protect Produce from Pathogens

Food Safety Tech

Researchers from Texas A&M have developed a wax coating with nano-encapsulated essential oils for use on produce that provides both immediate and delayed antibacterial effects. Mustafa Akbulut, professor of chemical engineering, worked with horticultural science professor Luis Cisneros-Zevallos to engineer a nano-encapsulated cinnamon-bark essential oil that was then imbibed into a food-grade wax commonly applied on produce surfaces.

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