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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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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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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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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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Pioneering Cairns waterfront hotel relaunches as Cairns Harbourside Hotel

Hospitality Net

Established Cairns’ hotel owner, Taisei Kanko Australia Pty Limited, announced today that their Cairns hotel has relaunched as a self-managed, independent hotel to be branded as Cairns Harbourside Hotel.

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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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At the Watercooler with Tal Clark of Instant Financial

Fast Casual

Tal Clark, CEO of Instant Financial, joined a start up team in the fintech space to be involved with businesses that create solutions focused on improving the financial health and financial inclusion for all employees.

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Louvre Hotels Group announces a 5-year strategic plan

Hospitality Net

Louvre Hotels Group, the second-largest player in the hotel industry in France and Europe, with flagship brands such as Campanile, Kyriad and Première Classe, is implementing a strategic plan aiming, by 2028, to position each of its brands among the top 3 performing ones in the segments and countries where the group operates.

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James Walter Appointed Neogen Vice President of Global Operations

Food Safety Tech

Neogen Corporation has appointed James “Jim” Walter to the position of Vice President, Global Operations. In this role, he will lead and manage Neogen’s global manufacturing and logistics functions. Walter graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mathematics and engineering, then served in the Navy as a nuclear engineer.

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Full Year Results for the year to 31 December 2023

Hospitality Net

"I was honoured to take over as IHG’s group CEO in July and would like to thank our teams for delivering an excellent set of results. Travel demand was strong across all markets, with RevPAR up 16% on last year and 11% ahead of the 2019 pre-pandemic peak. Combined with the power of our enterprise and efficient operating model, profit from reportable segments grew 23% and exceeded one billion dollars for the first time, and adjusted EPS grew 33%.

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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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The AI Advantage for Hotels: Strategic Use Cases Published in New Report by Info-Tech Research Group

Hospitality Net

Info-Tech Research Group’s latest research highlights the unveiling of its AI/ML Use Case Library tailored for the hospitality industry. This research emphasizes the importance of establishing a compelling business case to support substantial investments in transformative endeavors; the library also offers valuable insights into common challenges and best practices for the industry.

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to Iowa Egg Facility

Penn State Food Safety Blog

In June of 2023, the Iowa Department of Agriculture, under contract with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), inspected Iowa Egg Company Inc.'s Osage, IA shell egg farm and egg processing facility, where eggs are washed, graded, and packed. FDA cited a number of issues where the company was not meeting the requirements. "Did not have and implement a written 'compliant' Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) Prevention Plan that includes, at minimum, the SE prevention measures required by 21 CFR118.4.

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Raffles To Debut In Trojena, The Mountains Of NEOM

Hospitality Net

affles Hotels & Resorts, a distinguished luxury division of Accor, in collaboration with NEOM, has announced their ambitious project: Raffles Trojena. This new resort, nestled in the year-round mountain haven of Trojena in northwestern Saudi Arabia, is expected to welcome guests in 2027. Raffles Trojena aims to revolutionize mountain resort experiences, providing unparalleled opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the extraordinary natural splendor of the region.

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FDA Warning Letters Issued to Food Importer for FSVP - Jan/Feb 2024 Edition

Penn State Food Safety Blog

FDA issued Warning Letters to several food importers. While three of the five were the same old thing, no FSVP for importer food, the other two had FSVP programs (for some items) but these programs were improperly designed and/or implemented. [link] Indian Groceries and Spices, Inc. Chicago, IL Did not have an FSVP for any of the foods you import, including the following foods: Whole Cumin Seeds manufactured by (b)(4) Extra Hot Chili Powder manufactured by (b)(4) Green Mung Bean (Split Huskless)

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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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How to Keep Your Commercial Kitchen Ventilation in Top Shape

HoodFilters

The efficiency and safety of your commercial kitchen ventilation system are critical. In fact, not only does a well-maintained hood and ventilation system ensure a comfortable and safe working environment, it also plays an important role in the longevity of your kitchen equipment. Ensuring your hood and vent system is in top condition not only contributes to a healthier work environment, it also helps you stay in compliance with safety regulations.

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How a Digital Worker manages reconciliations for Davidson Hospitality.

Hospitality Net

“For any business looking for process efficiencies this is a no-brainer. I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t implement something similar, and I wish we’d done it years ago!

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Researchers Urge WHO to Include Chagas Disease in its 2025 Estimates of Foodborne Illness Burden

Food Safety Magazine

The World Health Organization (WHO) is updating its estimate of the global burden of foodborne illness for 2025, and researchers are calling for the inclusion of Chagas disease, which has not been considered in past estimates.

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Hospitality data story 2024

Hospitality Net

Short-term rental supply in key hotel markets is up 24% Across the key hotel markets we’ve mapped, short-term rental supply is up 24% at the end of 2023 versus 2022. Riyadh, London, Mumbai, Sydney and Delhi have shown the greatest growth, each exceeding 40% increase in short-term rental properties. Regionally, supply has increased most in EMEA markets (31%), followed by Asia Pacific (19%) and Latin America (18%), with North American destinations seeing least growth on average (9%).

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Additional Recalls Announced as Processors Determine Usage of Recalled Cheese in Products

Penn State Food Safety Blog

Two more recalls issued in response to the Rizo-López Foods, Inc. recall of cotija cheese. Both of these recalls coming a week after Rizo Lopez Foods issued their recall of February 6, 2024. [link] Bristol Farms Recalls Chicken Taco Kit Because of Possible Health Risk February 14, 2024- Bristol Farms is recalling Chicken Taco Kit 9oz, Sell by 1/18/24, because the Chipotle Crema sauce cup has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Third New York Property For Firmdale Opens in Tribeca

Hospitality Net

Similar to its sibling properties in New York, Crosby Street and The Whitby, the Warren Street Hotel showcases the vivid and imaginative interior designs characteristic of Kit Kemp Design Studio.

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Naf Naf Grill To Enter New State

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Naf Naf Grill—a Middle Eastern-inspired concept serving chicken shawarma, falafel, baked pitas and more—is set to break into North Carolina this spring. The opening in Charlotte, N.C., will mark franchisee NGN Carolinas’ second Carolinas locale, as the group opened a unit in Ft. Mill, S.C., two years ago. “We are beyond excited to open our second Naf Naf,” says Neel Patel, of NGN Carolinas.

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Alliants targets US growth with senior appointments

Hospitality Net

Alliants, the leading provider of guest experience technology and expertise, is ramping up its activity and presence in the US hotel market alongside an expanded senior commercial team.

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ELGi Announces Multi-year Technology licensing Agreement with D.V.P. Vacuum Technology S.p.A., Italy

FMT Magazine

Elgi Equipments (B.S.E.: 522074 NSE: ELGIEQUIP), one of the world’s leading air compressor manufacturers, today announced its partnership with D.V.P. Vacuum Technology S.p.A., Italy, to manufacture, assemble, test, and sell D.V.P.’s proprietary vacuum products in India. With this agreement, ELGi will expand its product portfolio to include vacuum products.

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Marriott signs Agreement with Morogoro Mishama Company to bring Le Méridien to Zanzibar

Hospitality Net

Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) announced a signed agreement with Morogoro Mishama Company that will introduce Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts to the shores of Zanzibar in 2025. To support the growing demand for premium hospitality accommodations in Tanzania, Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort will feature 75 guestrooms as well as the brand’s glamourous, signature programming and experiences that will help guests discover the culture, coordinates and cuisine of the destination.Anticipated to fea

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Odisha’s New Food Park Inaugurated With Big Brands on Board

FMT Magazine

Odisha’s industrial landscape received a major boost on Thursday, Feb 15 with the inauguration of the New Food Park in Khurda by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This state-of-the-art facility, established by IDCO, is set to attract leading food and beverage companies like Pepsi, Nestle, and Indo Nissin, along with their ancillary units. “The advent of these companies will provide employment to thousands of youths of the state,” said CM Patnaik.

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Introducing Jumeirah Group’s Exclusive Collection of Suites and Villas

Hospitality Net

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company, proudly presents its Exclusive Collection of Suites and Villas, with immersive experiences that go beyond traditional hospitality.

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6 Shelving Hacks for Commercial Kitchens

Chef's Deal

Commercial kitchen shelving plays a pivotal role in maximizing storage, organization, efficiency, safety, and sanitation in a commercial kitchen. Proper shelving keeps the kitchen organized, reduces clutter, and enhances productivity and safety by arranging the items, equipment, and products and meeting safety regulations. Commercial kitchen shelving is used to provide an organized area for storing items such as cookware, utensils, and equipment.

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Whitbread purchases Manchester City Centre development site

Hospitality Net

Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel business and owner of Premier Inn, has purchased a consented hotel development site on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter from Premcor.

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Frying Oil - Quality and Safety Considerations

Penn State Food Safety Blog

An article in Food Technology magazine, Ensuring Quality and Safety in Fried Foods , provides basic principles for maintaining frying oil quality and ensuring safety. Many types of foods are fried in oil and these frying operations can occur in all sectors of the food supply chain - large food facilities. restaurant and food service establishments, non-profit fund raising operations, and consumer's home fryers.