May, 2024

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Boosting Profits One Sip at a Time: The Power of Specialty Beverages

Modern Restaurant Management

What do today’s restaurant operators need to manage the challenging sales environment? A break. Specifically, a coffee break. More specifically, a specialty beverage break. That is, according to Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) recent survey, Tapping into Specialty Beverages to Maximize Restaurant Sales , which suggests that the coffee (or boba or smoothie or soda) break is a growing trend— and one that could significantly boost your restaurant’s revenue.

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FDA Reorganization Officially Approved, Will be Implemented by October 1

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed reorganization for a new, unified Human Foods Program (HFP) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and full implementation of the reorganization is set for October 1, 2024.

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IHG Partners with peer-to-peer fashion rental marketplace Pickle

Hospitality Net

As summer festival season heats up, IHG Hotels & Resorts is launching "The Festival Closet by IHG x Pickle*" a collaboration with Pickle, the premier peer-to-peer fashion rental marketplace. The new partnership allows guests to rent the most in-demand festival fashion for free, tapping into the trend of travelers choosing to experiment with bolder and more adventurous styles while on the go.

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Cook’s Direct Earns Top SEFA Honors

Foodservice Equipment Reports

SEFA honored dealers, suppliers and other industry professionals at its 38th Annual Partnership Conference, held April 28-May 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cook’s Direct earned SEFA’s Member of the Year award. The company has a forward-thinking approach and dedication to meeting today’s needs while driving growth for SEFA Supplier Partners, SEFA says.

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The best things we ate at this year's National Restaurant Show

FoodService Director

The annual exhibition of all things foodservice is traditionally a great place to find the latest in menu trends and this one did not disappoint. Here’s what Restaurant Business editors liked the most.

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USDA, FDA and HHS Announce Funding to Fight Avian Flu in Dairy Products

Food Safety Tech

U.S. regulatory agencies are working together to control and mitigate the risks of H5N1 in the dairy industry. The USDA announced assistance for producers with H5N1-affected premises to improve on-site biosecurity in order to reduce the spread. In addition, USDA is taking steps to make available financial tools for lost milk production in herds affected by H5N1.

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WTO Publishes Guide to Combating Food Fraud, Illicit Trade of Food

Food Safety Magazine

A recent publication from the World Trade Organization (WTO)—written in collaboration with other expert groups that have expertise in food safety and food crime—explores the challenges of combating food fraud and illegal practices in food trade, and how the WTO rulebook can help address these challenges.

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IHG’s Caribbean presence expands into Turks & Caicos with three distinct luxury and lifestyle retreats

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced three signings across its fast-growing global luxury and lifestyle portfolio in Turks & Caicos for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Hotel Indigo. Developed in partnership with owner Molo Hotel Group and UK-based management group Lighthouse Hotel Management, both Slominski family owned companies, the resorts will mark IHG’s debut on the celebrated Caribbean island and are all

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Parts Town Unlimited Hires VP of Field Innovation

Foodservice Equipment Reports

A former leader at companies including Chick-fil-A and Miso Robotics is settling in on the service side of the business. Today, May 14, Sam Brewer was announced as the vice president of field innovation at Parts Town Unlimited (parent company of OEM distributor Parts Town).

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How the nutrition team at Urbandale Community School District is bringing diverse dishes to the menu

FoodService Director

The nutrition team is working to make sure that the entire student body, which represents 20 different countries, is able to experience a taste of home when they sit down for lunch.

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Managing Food Safety Testing and Sanitation Data Should Be Easier

Food Safety Tech

On three recent occasions, I have talked with food safety leadership at mid- to large-sized processors about their food safety testing and sanitation programs. While these organizations each face some unique challenges, there was a common theme that was clear among them all: The creation of meaningful and timely reporting that is communicated effectively is typically just too cumbersome and manual today.

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Where Is Surge Pricing Headed?

Modern Restaurant Management

"Restaurants thinking about implementing surge pricing need to balance the revenue upside with the potential brand backlash," says Savneet Singh, CEO of PAR Technology. "While third-party delivery companies were expected to commoditize food like airline tickets, the opposite happened: people became more attached to their favorite brands.

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CDC: Irradiation Could Have Helped Prevent 155 Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in the Last Decade

Food Safety Magazine

To investigate the potential impact of more widespread adoption of food irradiation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed a decade (2009–2020) of national foodborne illness outbreak data for four significant foodborne pathogens, and found 155 outbreaks linked to irradiation-eligible foods that had not been irradiated.

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The Growing Role of Digital Identity in Today’s Hotel Tech Stack

Hospitality Net

In a recent conversation between EHL professor Ian Millar and Pedro Torres, founder of Youverse, they explored the multifaceted concept of digital identity within the hospitality industry. Torres provided a comprehensive explanation of digital identity, emphasizing its role in securely verifying individuals online. He highlighted the potential applications in hospitality, such as personalizing guest experiences, expediting check-in processes, and enhancing security measures.

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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Makes a Sure Bet

Foodservice Equipment Reports

When the time came to renovate Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s vast third floor, operators at the Milwaukee-based casino knew food and beverage offerings would be just as critical as the new gaming areas. The 125,500-square-foot floor included a former restaurant space, a partially functioning food court for employee dining and a spacious area for bingo.

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MSU Chef Rajeev Patgaonkar reflects on 30 years of bringing India to East Lansing

FoodService Director

From day-to-day dining to Diwali, Chef Rajeev Patgaonkar, CEC, AAC, HGT, has forged a culinary path that’s allowed a generation at Michigan State University to experience the truly fascinating flavors of Indian cuisine and given Indian students and faculty at taste of home.

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FDA Publishes Final Rule on Agricultural Water To Enhance Produce Safety

Food Safety Tech

On May 2, the FDA published a final rule on agricultural water developed to enhance the safety of produce. The revised requirements are intended to enhance public health by improving the safety of water used in produce cultivation. The revisions are also designed to be practical across various agricultural water systems, uses, and practices, while remaining adaptable to future advancements in agricultural water quality science.

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Keeping Up with Diners’ Expectations Amid Rising Prices

Modern Restaurant Management

Tastes and preferences constantly change as trends come and go, keeping the restaurant industry on its toes. But two non-negotiables have remained strong for diners: convenience and loyalty. With digital and frictionless experiences at the forefront, diners are seeking their favorite restaurants in new, more affordable ways. The NCR Voyix 2024 Digital Commerce Index revealed nearly half (48 percent) of consumers dine out less than they used to because inflation is top of the menu.

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EPA Bans Commercial Uses of Methylene Chloride, but Chemical is Still Approved for Use in Food

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized a rule to ban commercial uses of methylene chloride, a solvent used in a variety of applications, but uses of the chemicals for food production are still approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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86% of Executives have already deployed Artificial Intelligence to enhance revenue, reveals TCS Global AI Study

Hospitality Net

A new global study by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global leader in IT services, consulting, and business solutions, reveals that more than eight out of 10 (86%) of senior business leaders have already deployed artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance existing revenue streams or create new ones. The ‘TCS AI for Business Global Study’, a comprehensive report on the state of AI adoption and its impact on businesses, also finds that 69% of businesses are more focused on using AI to spur innova

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KaTom Earns Multiple ABC Awards

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Allied Buying Corp. recognized its members and suppliers during its spring conference, held in early May at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. ABC Board President Marc Tell and Executive Director Tom Venetis presented the awards. The supplier award went to Service Ideas for overall member support.

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Chef Nazim Khan takes food-as-medicine from great idea to great healthcare dining

FoodService Director

At Bryan Medical Center, Khan is leading a team that puts the “care” in healthcare dining, and the flavor, too. By educating the community, he’s making big strides, one healthy recipe at a time.

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Understanding the Costs of Unsafe Food

Food Safety Tech

Food is essential for human life, but ironically, it can also be a source of harm. Unsafe food, contaminated with pathogens or chemical hazards, is estimated to cause millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths globally each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 10 people get sick because of contaminated food and 420,000 people die due to foodborne illnesses every year around the world (WHO, Food Safety, 2022).

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How to Save on Credit Card Processing Fees

Modern Restaurant Management

The past few years have been difficult for restaurants across the country as they have found themselves struggling to adjust to a new normal. Among the many pressures are rapidly rising credit card processing fees. Despite a recent settlement where the two largest card brands agreed to a modest cap of interchange fees for five years, processing fees show no signs of decreasing.

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Ep. 170. Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk: An Integrated Approach to Food Safety, Nutrition, and Food Security

Food Safety Magazine

In this episode of Food Safety Matters , we are joined by Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, an accomplished food safety researcher, educator, and advocate. She discusses her work to advance equitable food systems that promote public health and prevent foodborne illness, present-day food safety challenges and technological advancements, and the proposed reorganization of FDA's Human Foods Program.

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The latest US hospitality survey unveils future travel trends

Hospitality Net

Is the “hush workcation” the new vacation trend? Nearly a third of Americans admitted they’ve worked remotely on vacation without telling their bosses.

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Five Guys Lands First International Airport Store

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Burger brand Five Guys will soon open its first-ever airport branch outside of the U.S. at Terminal 3-Concourse B in Dubai Int’l. Airport. Set to open in June, the store, which is No. 15 in the UAE, will span 6,200 square feet, marking the largest location in the country.

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6 must-haves for your restaurant's loyalty program

Fast Casual

Noodles and Co, Mooyah, Clutch Coffee and Hyve execs discuss why successful loyalty platforms feature 1. Ease of use. 2. Engaging offers and new products. 3. Heavy adoption by customer base driven by employees actively promoting 4. Personalization. 5. Data analytics. 6. Seamless integration.

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Enhancing Food Safety Culture in the Food Service Industry: A Call to Action           

Food Safety Tech

In the ever-evolving realm of the food service industry, the importance of food safety goes beyond mere regulatory compliance. It embodies a moral duty that directly affects public health, regulatory alignment, and brand reputation. Startlingly, recent data exposes a stark reality: only 49% of businesses have a structured food safety culture plan , including regular staff training, clear communication of protocols, and a system for documenting and managing safety concerns.

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Transforming Restaurant Operations: Uniting Teams and Closing Communication Gaps

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurants are complex businesses with many moving parts. Yet all of these parts must work together in harmony for the customer to leave the restaurant feeling satisfied, with their only hunger being to return for another visit. Unfortunately, the restaurant industry is notoriously known for being cliquish, and these cliques may not be as innocent and harmless as they may seem.

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USDA Experiments Show Cooking Beef Patties to “Well Done” Kills HPAI Virus

Food Safety Magazine

In a May 16 webinar, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official revealed some findings from the agency’s ongoing testing of beef products for viable Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus.

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