January, 2024

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Implementing and Following Through with Highly Effective Employee Training and Education

Food Safety Magazine

In the ever-evolving world of food manufacturing, employee training and education play a pivotal role in achieving operational excellence, maintaining the highest quality standards, ensuring food safety, and establishing a robust food safety culture within an organization.

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FDA warns pet food producer about improper ingredient storage conditions

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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Beyond Menus: Creative QR Code Uses for Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

During the COVID-19 pandemic, QR codes took center stage in the restaurant industry. The technology allowed patrons to bypass physical menus and access digital menus instead, lowering the risk of spreading the virus. But QR codes offer much more than a pathway to a menu on our phones. Businesses use the 2D barcode in new, exciting ways every day. For example, Pizza Hut used QR codes to turn pizza boxes into an augmented reality game of Pac-Man, while Chili’s promoted the technology at its

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Stunning – 571 sick, 219 hospitalized, 13 deaths linked to Cantaloupe

Bill Marler

In the United States as of today, a total of 407 people infected with one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella were reported from 44 states (Alaska 1, Arizona 15, Arkansas 2, California 56, Colorado 11, Connecticut 2, Florida 4, Georgia 8, Illinois 22, Indiana 9, Iowa 12, Kansas 2, Kentucky 10, Maryland 9, Massachusetts 2, Michigan 7, Minnesota 29, Mississippi 1, Missouri 15, Montana 3, Nebraska 7, Nevada 8, New Hampshire 1, New Jersey 8, New Mexico 2, New York 14, North Carolina 7, North Dakot

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9 thought leaders reflect on what alternative protein trends to look forward to this year

GFI

January 31, 2024 Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Share this page on LinkedIn Looking ahead In 2024, we are focused on bringing increased energy and enthusiasm to the alternative protein space. Each of us who work at GFI operates from a unique vantage point across the alternative protein sector and is well-suited to catalyze meaningful change in the areas that will have the most impact.

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Global Hospitality Executive Keith Barr to Receive 2024 Cornell Hospitality Icon Award

Hospitality Net

The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration announced today it has selected Cornell alumnus Keith Barr ’92, IHG’s former chief executive officer, as the recipient of the 2024 Cornell Hospitality Icon of the Industry Award. The award will be presented at the Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards ceremony in New York City on June 4, 2024.

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Arizona may join Italy by banning lab-grown meat from the state

Food Safety News

Two bills introduced into the Arizona Legislature may signal that the 2024 sessions of those “Laboratories of Democracy” will be something of an “alt-meat” grinder. Arizona State Rep. David Marshall, R-Snowflake, and four co-sponsors have introduced House Bill 2121, prohibiting cell-cultured animal products. HB2121 prohibits anyone in Arizona from offering to sell or produce a cell-cultured animal product for human consumption.

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2024 Outlook: Restaurant Trends and Challenges, Part Three

Modern Restaurant Management

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry experts for their views on what trends and challenges owners and operators can expect to see in 2024. Read the first part, here. For the second part, click here. QSRs Shift Focus from Slow-Paced Dining to Swift, Transactional Experiences Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) are reimagining their dining spaces to prioritize speed, convenience, and personalization over traditional, slow-paced dining experiences.

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FDA and CDC now warn of Lead and Chromium in WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis Applesauce

Bill Marler

Parents are understandably angry at a company – someone in the cinnamon supply chain – would intentionally add significant about of dangerous metals that would eventually end up in the bodies of U.S. children. As I said to the USA Today – Yesterday: “I have never seen chromium being found in foods before, but we have also never seen these high of levels of lead either,” food safety lawyer Bill Marler told USA TODAY.

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2024 State of the Foodservice Industry

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Following a bumpy road of pandemic closings and restrictions, reopenings and variant surges, the past year brought relative calm. “2023 has been the most normal year for the restaurant industry since 2019,” says Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the National Restaurant Association. Despite fears of a recession, the economy held up and consumer spending remained strong for.

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Texas’ Original Luxury Resort Becomes Newest Ritz-Carlton

Hospitality Net

The newest Ritz-Carlton is official, joining the luxury brand’s portfolio of more than 100 hotels and resorts worldwide. Named The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas as of today, the 400-acre property is set in the rolling hills of a former family ranch just minutes from downtown Dallas.

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PFAS Issues in the Cannabis Industry

Food Safety Magazine

The cannabis industry is no exception to the potential risks of PFAS contamination, ranging from possible health and safety implications to a business' litigation risk.

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Quaker Oats expands December product recall over Salmonella contamination

Food Safety News

The Quaker Oats Company is expanding their Dec. 15, 2023, recall to include additional cereals, bars and snacks because of potential Salmonella contamination. The products listed below are sold throughout the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. This recall applies to the specific products listed below, in addition to the products announced on Dec. 15, 2023.

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Restaurants Can Score Big for the Super Bowl

Modern Restaurant Management

In a few weeks, bars and restaurants will be filled with hungry and thirsty football fans celebrating their favorite team. Now is the time to get your plays in order to be a winner this Super Bowl Sunday. Themed Menus for the Win : Want to show support for this year’s best teams? Provide special menu options from the cities the contenders hail from – a Philly Cheesesteak if the Eagles make it or a Cuban for Miami.

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Grab-and-Go Refrigerators

The Restaurant Warehouse

???️ Need to store and enjoy sandwiches, lunch, and dinner on-the-go? Our new Grab-and-Go Refrigerators has got you covered! Conveniently keep your meals fresh and tasty even on the busiest days. Say goodbye to soggy sandwiches! ? Introducing our new line of Grab-and-Go refrigeration for breakfast, Lunch, and dinner. The grab and go refrigerators designed to make your customers back-to-school and post-vacation routine a breeze.

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CFESA Promotes Olivia Smith

Foodservice Equipment Reports

This month, Olivia Smith has been elevated to serve as the assistant executive director of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association. In this role, one of her main initiatives will be to grow the group’s young professional programs. A member of the association’s team for five years, Smith previously served as its membership administrator.

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‘Hilton for Business’ Transforms the Travel Management Experience for Small? and Medium?Sized Businesses

Hospitality Net

Hilton yesterday debuted Hilton for Business, a new, digital-forward travel program that empowers professionals running small- and medium-sized businesses to simplify travel management while enhancing rewards and discounts for their loyalty.

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High Levels of Toxic Plasticizers Phthalates, Bisphenols Found in Nearly All Foods in U.S.

Food Safety Magazine

Recent testing for phthalates and bisphenols like BPA in foods found all but one sample to contain phthalates and 79 percent of samples to contain bisphenols. Phthalates were present at worryingly high levels, although levels of bisphenols have decreased since 2009. The study was conducted by Consumer Reports.

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Pennsylvania ag officials search Miller Organic Farm for the source of Shiga-toxins

Food Safety News

This time, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture executed a duly issued search warrant on Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm. The state’s responsibility was to determine if raw eggnog and other unpasteurized, raw dairy products produced by Miller were responsible for positive Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli tests in Michigan and New York, causing human illnesses.

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From Consumption to Connection: Restaurant Promotion Trends for 2024

Modern Restaurant Management

At the beginning of the year, we like talking about trends. They seem like anchors for the new year. Trends create frameworks to understand where to start and what to focus on. I want to highlight trends in restaurant promotion for 2024. We will discuss how to build customer communication and what aspects to prioritize to make your establishment stand out and thrive.

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Bissell BigGreen Deep Cleaning Machine

The Restaurant Warehouse

Bissell's BigGreen deep cleaning machine offers a convenient and efficient user experience. Begin by thoroughly vacuuming the desired area. Detach the dirty water tank from the upper portion and lift the clean water tank from the machine's base. Proceed to transport the clean water tank to a sink. Proceed to fill the tank with hot tap water up to the indicated water line.

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USDA's Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards program to honor school nutrition professionals

FoodService Director

The USDA has teamed up with Action for Healthy Kids to launch the awards program which seeks to recognize school nutrition teams making strides in child nutrition.

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InterContinental Auckland reimagines luxury hospitality in the City of Sails

Hospitality Net

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts luxury and lifestyle portfolio, has made its debut in New Zealand’s largest city with the opening of InterContinental Auckland. Gracing the city’s waterfront at the halo address of One Queen Street, InterContinental Auckland anchors the one billion dollar (NZD) Commercial Bay lifestyle precinct, which houses the city’s latest upscale office, retail, social, and dining hub.

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How to Manage Ten Common Risks in the Food and Beverage Industry

Food Safety Magazine

For those leading the food and beverage industry, there is tremendous opportunity for growth—but with growth comes risks that can negatively impact operations, profitability, and reputation.

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National school lunch program could be banned from serving lab-cultivated meat

Food Safety News

A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation banning the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) from including cell-cultivated meat products on its menu. The NSLP is the federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It serves more than 4,9 billion lunches annually to more than 30 million children in about 100,000 schools.

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Survey Says: Restaurateurs Are Making Expansion Plans

Modern Restaurant Management

Will 2024 be a comeback year for restaurants? Despite challenges including inventory costs, commission fees and staff turnover, many restaurant owners are expressing optimism about moving forward, according to TouchBistro’s 2024 State of Restaurants Report. Ninety-four percent of operators are planning some form of expansion and more than half of the 600 U.S full service restaurants surveyed plan to introduce catering services.

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Countertop Griddle

The Restaurant Warehouse

Atosa Griddle A countertop griddle is an indispensable part of many restaurant kitchens. In fact, it’s the main piece of cooking equipment in many diners, burger joints, and steak shops! Often called a flattop grill or flattop griddle, countertop griddles come in a variety of sizes, griddle plate thicknesses, and materials. Electric Griddle In this blog, we’ll go over some of the factors involved with choosing the perfect griddle.

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A Quick Look at Early 2024 M&A Action

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Less than two full weeks into the new year, several industry companies are finding new partnerships. Among the latest to announce a deal is Tech24, which has acquired Chester, Va.-based 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions, a provider of HVAC, refrigeration and kitchen equipment maintenance, service and installation. The company primarily serves restaurant and hospitality customers across Virginia and North.

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Four months later: An update on New York City’s short-term rental rules

Hospitality Net

Four months after New York City’s restrictive short-term rental rules went into effect, a new analysis of publicly available data reveals no discernible improvement in rental prices or housing inventory in the city.

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New FAO Technical Report on Early Warning Tools and Systems for Emerging Food Safety Risks

Food Safety Magazine

A recent publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has provided an in-depth review of early warning systems for food safety risks, an explanation of available open access tools, and the potential applications of Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) in the field.

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California’s Prop 12 is now the law of the land

Food Safety News

Those well-funded animal activists ran a marathon ending Jan. 1 with full implementation of California’s Proposition 12. The first day of 2024 marks the successful end to more than six years of political efforts. Proposition 12 was a 2018 ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by California voters. Prop 12 put unprecedented prohibitions on selling food from farm animals not housed under specific standards.