Mon.Nov 27, 2023

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UK Approves First CRISPR Drug, EU’s Food Delivery Cartel + More 

Food + Tech Connect

Image Credit: Fast Company Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. In recent developments, the UK has granted approval for its inaugural CRISPR gene-editing drug, marking a groundbreaking step in the treatment of blood disorders.

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Walmart, Aldi, Sprouts, and others received fruit linked to the deadly Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News

More details about recalled peaches, plums, and nectarines linked to a deadly outbreak of infections from Listeria monocytogenes have become available. Eleven people from coast to coast have been sickened, with one reported dead and the other ten hospitalized. Whole genome sequencing linked the patients together using DNA fingerprints of the pathogen.

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Radisson Hotel Group further expands its portfolio in Nigeria

Hospitality Net

The hotel’s array of Scandinavian inspired accommodation will range from contemporary standard rooms to expansive executive suites, including a presidential suite.

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More cantaloupe recalled in connection with a deadly outbreak of Salmonella infections

Food Safety News

New recalls of fresh cantaloupe have been made in connection with a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 99 in the United States and killed two. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak is ongoing, and additional patients are expected to be identified. A related outbreak involving the same brand of cantaloupe is ongoing in Canada and has sickened 63, killing one.

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A brand-new Mercure hotel to open in Oradea

Hospitality Net

ACCOR, A LEADING GLOBAL HOSPITALITY GROUP, ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH LOCAL PARTNER GRAND HOTEL WEST, A FAMILY-OWNED HOTEL AND F&B BUSINESS. THE PARTNERSHIP WILL RESULT IN THE OPENING OF A NEW MERCURE HOTEL IN ORADEA IN EARLY 2026.

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Daycare center kitchen reopens after outbreak that sickened hundreds

Food Safety News

The kitchen at the heart of an E. coli outbreak that sickened almost 450 children at daycare centers in Calgary, Canada, has been allowed to reopen on a limited basis. Provincial health officers in Alberta say the Fueling Minds kitchen can only serve one of the 11 daycare centers that were closed during the E. coli outbreak that sickened 448 people and impacted 1,595 children who had to seek care while centers were closed.

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Study finds more evidence of bacteria in raw meat pet food

Food Safety News

Scientists have found a strong association between dogs excreting ciprofloxacin-resistant E. coli and feeding them a raw diet. E. coli, which can lead to food poisoning, is also the United Kingdom’s top cause of urinary tract and bloodstream infections. Ciprofloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which treat bacterial infections in humans and animals.

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Inauguration: ENSP becomes The World’s Largest Campus dedicated to the “Sweet Arts”

Hospitality Net

The École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP), a world-renowned benchmark in the pastry-making and ice-cream-making arts located in Yssingeaux (Haute-Loire, France), officially inaugurated the new extension to its 2,300sqm campus on Friday the 24th of November.

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Credit card data used to trace possible cases in botulism outbreak

Food Safety News

An outbreak of foodborne botulism in France has highlighted the effectiveness of using credit card data to identify potential patients, according to researchers. In September 2023, a botulism outbreak affecting 15 people occurred in Bordeaux during the Rugby World Cup. Sick people came from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Asian countries lead in absolute RevPAR, while South America highlights recovery

Hospitality Net

STR’s global “bubble chart” update as of 11 November 2023 showed 79% of markets with growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR) compared to 2019. Different from the previous update, more markets outside of Europe have taken the top positions in recovery as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

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What is Food Hygiene? Food Hygiene in 2023

FoodDocs

Is food hygiene the same as food safety? Technically, they are not the same. Although in some cases, food manufacturers use these terms interchangeably.

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Real Hospitality Group Expands Partnership with Stayntouch, Deploying Cloud PMS to Two New Properties

Hospitality Net

Stayntouch, a global leader in flexible cloud hotel property management systems (PMS) and guest-centric technology, has announced a significant expansion of its partnership with Real Hospitality Group (RHG), one of the fastest-growing hotel management companies in the United States, ranking in the top 15. RHG is furthering its collaboration with Stayntouch by implementing its intuitive cloud PMS system at two upscale New York properties — The Tillary Hotel Brooklyn and The FIDI Hotel in Manhatta

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FDA and Stop Foodborne Illness To Co-Host “Food Safety Culture: Storytelling to Shape, Reinforce and Inspire”

Food Safety Tech

On December 6, the FDA and Stop Foodborne Illness will co-host the ninth complimentary webinar in the ongoing series, Collaborating on Culture in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. This webinar, which will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST, is entitled “Food Safety Culture: Storytelling to Shape, Reinforce, and Inspire” and will focus on the importance of storytelling in building and reinforcing a strong food safety culture.

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How cognitive distortions affect employee performance

Hospitality Net

Our brains are a remarkable tool that we rely on for guidance and understanding. Trusting in our own cognitive abilities is essential, as it allows us to navigate through life’s challenges, recognize potential threats, and seek meaningful connections. It is through our brain’s intricate wiring that we can detect danger, attract potential partners, and solve the problems that come our way.

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Food insecurity among California college students is on the rise

FoodService Director

A new report by the California Student Aid Commission shows that food insecurity among college students has increased since the pandemic.

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Coffee or Tea? What is Trending Now

Hospitality Net

The gross profit margin for a cup of coffee or tea can reach 95% or more for restaurants. Who doesn’t want to sell more drinks? Let’s check out the latest coffee and tea trends to ensure we stay on top.

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6 marketing ideas for the month of December

FoodService Director

With winter and the holiday season right around the corner, there’s a variety of ways to engage diners in the coming weeks. From Christmas and Hannukah to National Hot Chocolate Day, here are 6 Marketing ideas for the month of December.

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NexGen Hotels Acquires Holiday Inn in St. Petersburg, Florida

Hospitality Net

NexGen Hotels, a hotel development and management company based in Itasca, Illinois, today announced the acquisition of the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg West. Located at 1200 34th Street North, the 129-room hotel will be managed by Genuine Hospitality Group of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Ep. 158. Harris and Grantham: How Food Processors are Preparing to Meet FSMA 204 Traceability Requirements

Food Safety Magazine

In this episode of Food Safety Matters , we are joined by Blake Harris, CSCP, the Technical Director of IFT's Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC), and Alison Grantham, Ph.D., the Founder of Grow Well Consulting and a GFTC Member, to discuss the work of GFTC and how industry is preparing to comply with the requirements of FDA’s Food Traceability Final Rule under FSMA 204, which comes into effect on January 1, 2026.

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Indian Hospitality Industry: Navigating Recovery and Embracing Transformation in 2023

Hospitality Net

In the dynamic landscape of India’s travel and tourism industry, 2023 marks a year recovery. This is the key finding of the inaugural Indian Accommodation Barometer – a joint project between Booking.com and Statista.

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FDA Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards SAVA Virtual Workshop Schedule for 2024

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host three virtual, instructor-led Self-Assessment and Verification Audit (SAVA) Workshops for the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards ( Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards ) in 2024.

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Sandman Hotel Group Opens In Glasgow

Hospitality Net

Sandman Hotel Group (United Kingdom & Ireland), the leading Canadian hospitality company, is excited to announce the opening of its first hotel in Glasgow, Scotland - following a glittering Grand Opening held in the property to mark the occasion.

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FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide for New Standard for Yogurt

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made available a Small Entity Compliance Guide to help explain the actions a small entity must take to comply with recent changes made to Milk and Cream Products and Yogurt Products; Final Rule To Revoke the Standards for Lowfat Yogurt and Nonfat Yogurt and To Amend the Standard for Yogurt.

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Inspiring Meaningful Connections Through the World’s First Work, Stay, Play Ecosystem

Hospitality Net

An appealing ambience, a privileged location, convenient amenities, and an ethos focused on human connection are common characteristics looked by newer traveler generations.

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Morrison's cookie rotation sweetens healthcare menus

FoodService Director

The cookies change to reflect the seasons, and for National Cookie Day on Dec. 4, Salted Mocha Truffle Cookies will be the featured treat.

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Whitbread gets the go ahead for Bognor Regis seafront hotel

Hospitality Net

Whitbread Plc, the UK’s leading hospitality group and owner of Premier Inn, has been granted planning permission for a 116-bedroom hotel on Bognor Regis seafront by Arun District Council.

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Pizza Chain Opens First of Several Colorado Stores

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Mountain Mike’s Pizza announced it has debuted in Colorado, the brand’s eighth state, with the opening of a new restaurant in Parker. Parker is the first of two Colorado openings for the brand; it aims to open another one in nearby Aurora in early 2024. Franchisees Chris and Rocio Plucinski expect to open future Mountain Mike’s locations in Colorado, focusing on Castle Rock.

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Citadines Arnulfpark Munich Hotel Increases Group ADR Using IDeaS G3 RMS

Hospitality Net

Citadines Arnulfpark Munich hotel is ideally situated just a few minutes away from Munich’s main train station and the city centre. The hotel offers guests a variety of modern and functional rooms, studios, and apartments, making it suitable for both short and long stays. A key feature of the property is its fully equipped kitchens, which appeal to guests requiring more space for extended stays.

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History and Evolution of Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Tracing Back the History and Improvements

Chef's Deal

The history and evolution of commercial kitchen equipment are fascinating, tracing back to prehistoric times when collective dining was an integral part of human life. The evolution of these spaces and tools has been inextricably linked to the development of communal eating, from simple gatherings to grand festivals. This evolution has given rise to the commercial kitchens we know today, specially designed to meet the growing demands of mass cooking and dining.

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Hudini and FreedomPay Collaborate to Make Commerce Technology in the Hospitality Industry Future-ready

Hospitality Net

Hudini, the digital transformation partner for world’s leading hotels, and payments technology innovator FreedomPay is teaming up to make commercial transactions on hospitality apps seamless and guest-centric.

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Allergen information for Festive Menus

Food Safety Guru

Tip of the Week We are coming up to a very busy time of year when we often buy in new products and ingredients that differ from the normal menu to cater for parties and celebrations in the run up to Christmas. Just a reminder to double check all ingredients to make sure your allergen Information is accurate. Note all allergens contained in your raw ingredients (usually noted in BOLD on ingredient lists).