Tue.Apr 16, 2024

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Trademark Bullies, Predicting the Next 43 Years in Food & Ag + More

Food + Tech Connect

Image Credit: Snaxshot 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 news, the internet’s uproar over David Chang’s legal actions towards brands has highlighted a prevailing sentiment against the commercialization of culture.

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How Does Franchising Work? A Gateway to Entrepreneurship

Sculpture Hospitality

The hustle and bustle of the restaurant and bar industry can be both exhilarating and exhausting. For those who have spent years working tirelessly in the service of others, the dream of being your own boss and taking control of your destiny may seem like an elusive goal.

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Customer ‘Listening’ Is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It.

Modern Restaurant Management

A friend tells you a restaurant has bad service and gave her food poisoning. Would you still go? But what if that “friend” is actually just someone leaving a review on Yelp? For today’s always-online consumers, it’s all the same. Reviews matter. Ninety-four percent of diners base their decisions on online reviews, and businesses who respond are seen as nearly two times more trustworthy than businesses who don’t.

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Cycas Hospitality Expands Into Ireland

Hospitality Net

Cycas Hospitality’s growth continues into 2024 following their landmark appointment to manage The Ormond Hotel in Dublin on behalf of the Ormond Group, a leading hospitality group from Southeast Asia. This will be Cycas Hospitality’s first property in Ireland and marks another significant step in their pan-European expansion.

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TGI Fridays Seeks Global Growth via Acquisition

Foodservice Equipment Reports

TGI Fridays aims to expand its international presence via an acquisition by its largest global franchisee, Hostmore plc. The casual-dining brand announced the deal today, April 16, and expects it to close in Q3/24. TGI Fridays reported $1.4 billion in total systemwide sales in 2023.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts continues regional growth with Holiday Inn & Suites signing on Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) is delighted to announce the signing of the second Holiday Inn & Suites in Australasia, partnering for the first time with Felix Capital to open Holiday Inn & Suites Caloundra Sunshine Coast in early 2028.

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AI or Not? Common Myths about AI In Hospitality Operations

Hospitality Net

As the hotel technology landscape rapidly evolves, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands out as a beacon guiding us toward a more efficient, engaging future. As we navigate the realities of rising wages and the scarcity of skilled labor, my enthusiasm for AI’s potential within our industry is driven not just by professional curiosity but by a calculated optimism for its profound impact on our operations and, by extension, our bottom line and the guest experience.

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5 ways to treat employees like family

Fast Casual

Temoc Morfin, founder and CEO of Cilantro Taco Grill, said when employees feel valued, the entire business and its customers benefit.

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Radisson Hotel Group debuts in Odisha with opening of Pramod Lands End Resort, a member of Radisson Individuals

Hospitality Net

Capitalizing on the growing potential of hidden gems in India, Radisson Hotel Group is pleased to announce the opening of its first hotel in Gopalpur, Odisha - Pramod Lands End Resort, a member of Radisson Individuals.

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Know a culinary student who could use a helping hand? US Foods scholarships are open

FoodService Director

Applications are being accepted through May 13 for the 2024 US Foods Scholars program, which will provide $360,000 to outstanding culinary students.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly unveils sustainable makeover

Hospitality Net

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly, which is managed by global hotel management company Valor Hospitality, has unveiled a full refurbishment of all 285 bedrooms as well as hotel corridors.

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Researchers Estimate Leafy Greens Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Cost U.S. $5 Billion Annually

Food Safety Magazine

A recent review has established pathogen-specific foodborne illness burden estimates for leafy greens in the U.S. by combining three outbreak-based attribution models with illness incidence and economic cost models.

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Park Hyatt Milano Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Hospitality Net

Park Hyatt Milano, an icon of hospitality, celebrates its first 20 years in the name of an elegant and sophisticated glamour, a mirror of the Milanese spirit on which the hotel has its roots.

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What I’ve Learned About Food Waste as a Bon Appetit Fellow

Bon Appetit Management Company

In every step of the supply chain, from the field where vegetables are harvested , to the kitchens where meals are prepared, to the plate (and if all else fails, the compost pile) at Bon Appétit Management Company, we’ve long been aware of the urgent need to minimize waste throughout the food chain. Throughout college and now as a Fellow at Bon Appétit, the issue of food waste has long held my interest.

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AHLA rallies industry in support of hotel tax relief

Hospitality Net

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today is leading an industry-wide Tax Day of Action in support of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, H.R. 7024.

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The Importance of a Positive Release Program

Food Safety Magazine

Positive release programs are designed to ensure that any food product that is produced meets all quality, safety, sanitation, microbiological, and legal requirements before it is shipped.

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On-the-Go and In-the-Know: Why Mobile Procure-to-Pay is the Key to Gaining a Competitive Advantage in Hospitality

Hospitality Net

Effective procurement departments have a significant positive impact on hotel performance. To endure persistent industry challenges—such as price volatility, tight profit margins, evolving guest preferences, and labour shortages—hoteliers must fine-tune their procurement operations to ensure greater efficiency, agility, and cost savings.

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Tennessee whole milk bill gets the okay from governor

FoodService Director

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Iowa announces summer meals site grant program, a Colorado bill looks to give students longer lunch periods and a bill that would expand free school meal access in New Hampshire has been killed.

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The central role of human capital in the luxury hotel industry

Hospitality Net

New Risposte Turismo survey among European General Managers. The study was presented on Saturday 13 April in Venice, within the framework of the 50th Annual General Meeting of the European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA). The difficulty in sourcing new talent, the value of the attitude demonstrated by candidates (motivation, desire to learn and interest in improvement) during the recruitment process and the importance of remuneration for staff retention.

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From Waste to Taste: The Bone Upcycling Journey of SuperGround

Forward Fooding

Santtu Vekkeli’s passion for sustainability and flavour collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and founded SuperGround. In a world where upcycling often focuses on agricultural goods , SuperGround takes a bold step by turning overlooked bones into tasty and nutritious sidestream products. We interviewed food scientist, microbiologist, and entrepreneur, Santtu Vekkeli , the visionary behind SuperGround and one of the finalists for this year’s FoodTech 500.

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HotelRunner participates in ATM Dubai to show its powerful technology platform

Hospitality Net

The leading hospitality and travel technology provider HotelRunner will participate in ATM Dubai, one of the Middle East’s most important tourism trade shows, between 6-9 May. The HotelRunner Team will welcome guests in Hall 3, Stand TT3252, and showcase its all-in-one platform.

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From Waste to Taste: The Bone Upcycling Journey of SuperGround

Forward Fooding

Santtu Vekkeli’s passion for sustainability and flavour collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and founded SuperGround. In a world where upcycling often focuses on agricultural goods , SuperGround takes a bold step by turning overlooked bones into tasty and nutritious sidestream products. We interviewed food scientist, microbiologist, and entrepreneur, Santtu Vekkeli , the visionary behind SuperGround, one of the finalists for this year’s FoodTech 500.

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The Red Carnation Hotel Collection Unveils Its Crown Jewel in Edinburgh: The Elegant and Historically Rich 100 Princes Street

Hospitality Net

Red Carnation Hotels, the family-owned hotel collection, proudly announces the opening of its latest masterpiece and first property in Scotland, 100 Princes Street. Heralding the start of a new era at its storied Edinburgh address, this boutique hotel is poised to become a beloved destination providing an exclusive, intimate and authentic Scottish experience.

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AIB International Offers Free Guide for Food Industry on Mitigating Food Safety Impact of PFAS

Food Safety Magazine

Presented in a free e-book, AIB International has conducted a comprehensive research study that has illuminated several best practices that can be adopted immediately by food safety professionals to mitigate the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).

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Evolving Past ROAS as the Primary Marketing KPI

Hospitality Net

Traditionally, Return On Ad Spend (ROAS) has dominated as the primary metric for evaluating the success of marketing initiatives. As we evolve past ROAS, I wanted to get the take from my fellow experts on the HSMAI Marketing Advisory Board. We had an engaging discussion around other KPI’s that our organizations lean into to show value in our digital marketing initiatives.

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BS&B Safety Systems Develops Rupture Disk that “Breathes”

Food Safety Magazine

To increase equipment safety and reliability, novel rupture disk technology from B&B Safety Systems activates at a set burst pressure, but can “breathe” to relieve minor pressure fluctuations.

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Mews Unfold 2024: what is it and why should you attend?

Hospitality Net

Mews Unfold is an annual hospitality technology forum hosted by the team from Mews Hospitality Cloud. It’s a unique event, curated by hoteliers for hoteliers, designed to inspire innovation, provide practical solutions for better hotel operations, and foster collaboration and comradery within the industry.

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NSF Celebrates 15-Year Journey in APAC and India

FMT Magazine

NSF, the global leading public health and safety organization, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary of operating in India and the APAC region. Since establishing its office in India in 2009, NSF has worked diligently to increase consumer trust in products, bolster local food safety and production quality and support clients with entering international markets and gaining competitive advantages.

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Cendyn boosts hoteliers’ search advertising campaigns with new Google integration

Hospitality Net

Cendyn, a global integrated hotel technology and services company, has announced the integration of its popular Digital Marketing Platform (DMP) with Google Search Ads.

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Choosing the right hospitality suite – a changing landscape

Hospitality Net

Over the last couple of decades, hoteliers have been faced with two main options when upgrading hospitality management software: Acquire new point solutions that address specific challenges or adopt an integrated platform that manages multiple functions in one place. Another factor that hotels now must consider is whether to maintain legacy, on-premise systems or modernize software with the cloud.

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Mama Shelter Opens in Nice

Hospitality Net

June 2024 will see Mama Shelter Nice open its doors in the alluring Côte d’Azur, in the artistic and epicurean city of Nice, with 102 rooms, a rooftop with pool, a bar and pizza counter, a restaurant, two workshops, two studios, and breakroom. Dropping another anchor in the Mediterranean, this opening will bring the 11th Mama Shelter location to France, totalling 18 worldwide.

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