December, 2023

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Culinary trends preview for 2024 from Metz Culinary Management

Food Management

FM Top 50 cross-market foodservice management firm has released its 2024 culinary trends for education, healthcare and commercial cuisine sectors as well as environmental services.

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Building a Healthier Future for Virginia's Kids

Chef Ann Foundation

The Chef Ann Foundation has partnered with the Virginia Department of Education to identify barriers and capacity to procure, process, and serve more fresh, locally sourced food in the school meal programs of divisions across Virginia. The project focuses on bringing more scratch cooking, culturally inclusive meals and local procurement to these divisions.

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Death by Cheese in Scotland – At least 30 sick in UK

Bill Marler

According to news reports, a person has died in Scotland after falling ill with E coli O145, in what appears to be the first death linked to an outbreak that has affected at least 30 people. The UK Health Security Agency said the death “has been associated with this outbreak” and added later that it occurred in Scotland but was unable to provide more information about the case.

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Transforming Customer Experiences: Four Ways to Embrace Innovation in the Restaurant Industry

Modern Restaurant Management

In the dynamic and ever-evolving restaurant industry, culinary experiences are shaping customer preferences. After all, this business is all about people with customers at the forefront of decisions being made. In order to achieve long-term success and build essential brand credibility, restaurants must cultivate meaningful experiences and relationships to help drive growth and expansion.

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How to Maintain and Monitor a Restaurant Inventory Spreadsheet

Sculpture Hospitality

Managing inventory is a crucial aspect of running a successful restaurant business. An efficient and well-organized inventory strategy can help you control costs, reduce waste, and ensure that you have the right ingredients on hand to meet customer demand.

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Ground beef recalled for E. coli O157:H7

Food Safety News

Valley Meats, LLC, in Coal Valley, Ill., has recalled approximately 6,768 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). About E. coli infections Anyone who has eaten any of the implicated products and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctor about their possible food poisoning.

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Top Food Safety Innovations of 2023

Food Safety Magazine

With each passing year, new and emerging technologies and techniques that have promise for advancing food safety are developed and validated. This article summarizes the top food safety innovations of 2023, based on audience interest.

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The Produce Industry, the FDA, the Congress and the President have blood on their hands

Bill Marler

8 dead from cantaloupe – 359 sickened – those numbers will rise. Bring back the MDP ! In the United States, as of December 6, 230 people infected with one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 38 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 16, 2023, to November 20, 2023. Of 185 people with information available, 96 (52%) have been hospitalized.

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Exploring the Factors Behind the Surge in Restaurant Automation

Modern Restaurant Management

If you've been paying attention to the tech scene, you have surely noticed a significant upswing in interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. It seems almost everyone, from social media influencers to evening news anchors, is extolling the capabilities of this emerging tech. From softwares like ChatGPT to self-driving cars like the Tesla Model 3, AI and automation are making remarkable strides In the restaurant industry, these solutions are streamlining various aspects, includ

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One Fair Wage Makes Progress In Bay State Battle To Increase Minimum Wage 

Total Food Service

The tip credit issue has long been a contentious topic within the restaurant industry in the United States. It refers to the practice of using employees’ tips to offset the minimum wage that employers are legally required to pay. While this system has its proponents and opponents, the issue remains of utmost importance for restaurant owners across the nation.

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Nestle recalls infant formula due to Cronobacter risk

Food Safety News

Nestlé has recalled infant formula in several countries because of the potential presence of Cronobacter sakazakii. The affected product is EXPERT PRO HA 1, which has different batch numbers depending on the country it was marketed. Infant formula from Germany was sent to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Sweden, according to a notice on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

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5 tech things: Levy to debut next-gen fan f&b experience at new Los Angeles arena

Food Management

This and a robot that delivers food and snacks to resident rooms in an Ohio skilled nursing center are some of the tech-related developments you may have missed recently.

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Cultivated Meat: How FDA and USDA are Addressing Food Safety

Food Safety Magazine

Concerns around food safety and scalability have surfaced since the successful launch of cultivated meat products in the U.S. This article summarizes recent regulatory developments that provide insight on how the current U.S. regulatory framework addresses food safety within the cultivated meat space.

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FDA Head – Applesauce purposefully contaminated with lead

Bill Marler

At least 125 children impacted. According to reporting in Politico, Tainted cinnamon applesauce pouches that have sickened scores of children in the U.S. may have been purposefully contaminated with lead, according to FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods Jim Jones. “We’re still in the midst of our investigation. But so far all of the signals we’re getting lead to an intentional act on the part of someone in the supply chain and we’re trying to sort of figure that out,” Jones said in an excl

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Beyond the Plate: The Future of Restaurants in a Tech-Driven 2024

Modern Restaurant Management

As the calendar turns towards 2024, the restaurant industry stands at a crossroads, with innovation and adaptation at the heart of its ongoing evolution. This vibrant sector, a cornerstone of the global economy that tantalizes taste buds and fuels job markets, is bracing for transformation that will redefine its future. However, persistent labor shortages are pushing restaurants to explore automation and artificial intelligence to streamline operations – from kitchen management to customer

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Novotel Living Bangkok Sukhumvit Legacy, a new chapter in urban lifestyle hospitality opens its doors

Hospitality Net

Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, is pleased to introduce ’Novotel Living Bangkok Sukhumvit Legacy,’ a contemporary extended stay concept and forward-thinking extension of the Novotel brand, in the heart of Thailand’s capital. The new Novotel Living address is designed to meet the growing demand of life balance seekers in search of a home away from home while traveling, regardless of the duration of their stay.

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More patients were found to have lead poisoning linked to applesauce; some recalled products still on store shelves

Food Safety News

The number of children affected by extremely high levels of lead in cinnamon applesauce pouches continues to grow, and some adults are now reported in the outbreak. The outbreak has been traced to three brands of cinnamon applesauce: Wanabana, Schnucks, and Weis. Astrofoods produced all three in Ecuador and used cinnamon from the supplier Negasmart.

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Top 15 healthcare food service stories of 2023

Food Management

The year’s top healthcare stories tracked how dining operations in hospitals and medical centers tackled issues like sustainability and the use of technology.

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Espresso Martinis – The Drink That Keeps on Giving

Total Food Service

Plant an espresso martini tree, and watch your bottom line grow! (Photo by Guillaume Jubien, courtesy of Grey Goose) Sixty-one years ago, the Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was a big hit, telling the story of the rapid rise of a lowly window washer to president of a widget company with aspirations to occupy the White House.

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Despite lead risk Dollar Tree still has WanaBana Applesauce on store shelves

Bill Marler

What are they thinking – not! Product Recalled cinnamon apple puree and applesauce products. Information on lot codes and UPCs can be found in the firm’s recall announcement. Recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches – including three packs Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches Symptoms of Lead Toxicity Lead is toxic to humans and can affect people of any age or health status.

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What Does 2024 Look Like for the Restaurant Industry?

Modern Restaurant Management

A new year brings new beginnings and opportunities for transformation in the restaurant industry. It’s the perfect time to look back on a few things we learned in 2023 – based on recent survey data from our restaurant partners – as well as what we predict for the industry in 2024. A Look Back at 2023 To gauge the state of the restaurant industry, including the industry’s most pertinent worries around food and labor costs, Restaurant365 conducted a survey of over 730 custo

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Radisson Hotel Group opens first Radisson Individuals in Saudi Arabia

Hospitality Net

Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the opening of Vivid Jeddah Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals, in the vibrant city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This marks the opening of the first Radisson Individuals hotel in Saudi Arabia, further solidifying the Group’s growing footprint in the region, with a portfolio of 43 hotels in operation and development in the country, and five hotels in the city of Jeddah.

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FSA issues warning on fake chocolate brands

Food Safety News

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned people not to buy or eat several types of counterfeit chocolate bars. The alert comes after reports of fake branded chocolate being found on sale and follows an incident of people falling sick after eating chocolate sold at a market in Mansfield. Products were wrapped in gold packaging or sold in orange boxes marked Caligold.

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A new campus café with all-day grab-and-go and fine dining-inspired options

Food Management

Wolfgang Puck Catering bases a new café’s grab-and-go options on its namesake chef’s winning concepts, offers students and staff gourmet café fare and provides its host building with full-service catering.

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Food Safety Plans vs. HACCP—What Does Your Establishment Really Need?

Food Safety Magazine

A question that often arises is, "Does a food production establishment require both a HACCP plan and a Food Safety Plan?" The answer to this question depends on country- or region-specific legal requirements, among other factors.

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Trufresh Cantaloupe imported from Mexico linked to U.S. and Canadian Salmonella Outbreak

Bill Marler

Marler Clark has been retained to help dozens of victims. To date 466 sick, 190 hospitalized with 10 deaths – these numbers will rise this week after CDC updates case count. Hardest hit are children under 5 and adults over 65. Trufresh began this recall after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) determined that Malichita cantaloupes have possible Salmonella contamination.

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2024 Emergency Planning for Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

Picture this – it’s 5 a.m. and you receive a frantic call about the state of your restaurant. In the hospitality industry, the last thing you want is a phone call from the alarm company at an early morning hour about a fire, break-in or other disaster at your business. Taking proactive measures and having plans in place will allow your business to react quickly to help minimize the impact of an emergency.

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Feeding the World with CRISPR: Agriculture’s Next Frontier

Forward Fooding

CRISPR gene editing is reshaping the future of agriculture, offering the potential to fortify crops against harsh conditions, improve crop quality, and optimize yields – As the agricultural landscape evolves, CRISPR emerges as a powerful tool to ensure food security and sustainability. In the past year, numerous places and communities worldwide faced the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions.

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Quaker Oats recalls granola bars and granola cereal over Salmonella concerns

Food Safety News

The Quaker Oats Company is recalling certain granola bars and granola cereals because of potential Salmonella contamination. The products listed below are sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. As of the posting of this recall, Quaker has received no confirmed reports of illness related to the products covered by this recall. Consumers should check their pantries for any of the products listed below and dispose of them.

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Sodexo Live! Unveils special menu for NHL Winter Classic

Food Management

Pacific Northwest specialties will be highlighted at traditional New Year's Day game at Seattle's T-Mobile Park

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CDC Offers New Retail Food Safety Culture Assessment Tool, Insights

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a tool to help restaurant managers asses the food safety cultures at their establishments, as well as the findings from studies and other helpful resources about food safety culture for restaurants, on a new webpage.