November, 2023

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What the Joint Employer Rule Will Mean for Franchise Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

"Scott, just to clarify, WE are not the employer. The franchisees are. Please make sure everyone understands that and don’t suggest otherwise." I give a lot of keynote presentations to restaurant brands, and most of them are franchises. These brands promise to provide franchisees with the complete playbook for business success. They give them the tools.

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Netflix’s Poisoned nominated for Best Science/Nature Documentary

Bill Marler

I am off to New York for a Court hearing on November 13th, but also attending The Critics Choice Association (CCA) Gala and Awards Ceremony the evening before. I hope my tux fits. The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced the nominees for the Eighth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). The winners will be revealed at a Gala Event on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.

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Tech Update: Metz deploys AI-powered self-checkout at multiple sites

Food Management

Touches checkout means shorter lines and faster transactions in airports, healthcare facilities and other high-volume locations.

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Festive Holiday Bar and Restaurant Cocktail Drink Recipes

Lavu

Diving into the holiday season, what better way to celebrate than with some of the best new delicious holiday bar drink recipes? Festive cocktails are sure to bring some holiday cheer to your gatherings. Whether you’re creating a menu for your bar, hosting a holiday party or just want to enjoy a tasty drink by the fire, these holiday cocktail recipes are the way to go.

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Dozens of additional pet food products now under recall for Salmonella contamination

Food Safety News

TFP Nutrition has expanded a recall of its pet food to include 37 more products because of the possibility of Salmonella contamination. The company first announced a recall of other pet food on Oct. 20. The new recall includes all dry dog food, all dry cat food and catfish formulas produced in the company’s Nacogdoches, TX, facility. For a list of the recalled products, click here.

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FDA Proposes to Stop Allowing Brominated Vegetable Oil in Food, Says Red Dye 3 May Be Next

Food Safety Magazine

Due to concerns about harms to human health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to revoke the regulation that authorizes the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food. The agency also announced its intent to review three other possibly toxic, FDA-regulated food additives that were recently banned in the state of California, and announced that a decision about red dye 3 is forthcoming.

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WTF – Poisoning babies with lead in applesauce

Bill Marler

There are now almost two dozen children with reported adverse effects linked to applesauce pouches that have high levels of lead. The 22 children impacted live across 14 states with the state of residence for one of them being unknown. There are recalls for four products related to the illnesses: Realled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches The WanaBana product

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Top 13 arts/entertainment food service stories of 2023

Food Management

Here are a baker's dozen highlights from FM's coverage of the dining and concessions markets in arts and entertainment facilities over the past year.

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Embracing AI without killing the restaurant budget

Fast Casual

Leaders from Five Guys, BurgerFi, Papa Johns and Primanti Bros. shared how their brands are embracing AI without breaking the bank in a Fast Casual Executive Summit panel sponsored by Upside.

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Egg firm warned over Salmonella, flies, rodents and more

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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Adoption of New Food Safety Standards at 46th Session of Codex Alimentarius Commission

Food Safety Magazine

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is meeting from November 27–December 2, 2023 to adopt new food safety and quality standards. As of November 28, some standards have already been adopted.

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Strategy A La Carte: The Dish on Digital Marketing Trends for Restaurant Brands 

Modern Restaurant Management

The future is digital. Restaurant brands around the world are finding that their audience is craving something more than pretty pictures of delectable dishes, but rather a need for community and discussion. They want engaging content that keeps them entertained. Effective full-funnel marketing strategies are vital for the success of any business, but are definitely the garnish on top for those in the food and beverage industry.

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Thanks to Perdue Extension – Ideas for a safer Cantaloupe – Hot Water

Bill Marler

The use of good cleaning and sanitizing practices is crucial during production and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of microbial contamination. The implementation of such practices is standard in most production facilities because soil, compost, water, personnel, and/or harvesting/processing equipment can all be sources of harmful microbes that could result in a foodborne illness.

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Here’s what they are serving at NBA areas this season

Food Management

Basketball fans are in for a treat from concessions firms operating at National Basketball Asssociation venues around the country during the 2023-24 season.

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HomeToGo Unwraps Trending Destinations for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season

Hospitality Net

HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, today revealed its latest trend report stuffed with delectable insights on Thanksgiving and holiday season travel. Based on a survey of U.S. travelers and an analysis of HomeToGo search behaviors, the study shows that many Americans are getting into the festive spirit this year with more than half (50%) of U.S. travelers planning visits to holiday markets and winter festivals.

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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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FDA Releases New Resources for Food Traceability Final Rule Compliance

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently rolled out additional resources to help entities comply with Section 204 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA 204), also known as the Food Traceability Final Rule.

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Three Holiday Workforce Trends Restaurant Managers Need to Know 

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant workforce is largely back to pre-pandemic levels, signaling a much-needed reprieve amidst the larger, ongoing hospitality labor crisis. However, the typical increase in consumers wanting to dine out during the holiday season – not to mention the continued demand for take-away and delivery services – could disrupt this balance, even as businesses attempt to bolster their staff with seasonal hires.

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Salmonella Cantaloupe turns deadly – 3 dead, 162 Sick with 62 Hospitalized

Bill Marler

As of November 24, 99 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 32 states. Arkansas 1, Arizona 7, California 1, Colorado 2, Georgia 3, Iowa 5, Illinois 4, Indiana 2, Kentucky 5, Massachusetts 1, Maryland 1, Michigan 1, Minnesota 13, Missouri 9, Mississippi 1, North Carolina 2, Nebraska 4, New Jersey 1, Nevada 2, New York 1, Ohio 8, Oklahoma 1, Oregon 1, Pennsylvania 1, Rhode Island 1, South Carolina 3, Tennessee 4, Texas 3, Utah 1, Virginia 1, Washington 1

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5 things: Compass North America saw 17.4% revenue increase in fiscal 2023

Food Management

This and student dining hall workers unionizing at a Massachusetts college are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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5 reasons to visit Kansas City for Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit

Fast Casual

The Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, produced by Networld Media Group, will host its eighth annual event there in Kansas City, March 24-26. The early bird deadline ends Nov. 17.

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Children in 14 states are now impacted by elevated levels of lead in applesauce

Food Safety News

There are now almost two dozen children with reported adverse effects linked to applesauce pouches that have high levels of lead. The 22 children impacted live across 14 states, with the state of residence for one of them being unknown. There are recalls for four products related to the illnesses: Recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches Recalled Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack Recalled Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches The WanaBana product

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IHG debuts Vignette Collection brand in Doha

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of its first Vignette Collection hotel in Doha in partnership with Hospitality for Success H4S Hotels & Residences, one of Al Baladi Holding companies. Set to open by the end of Quarter 1, 2024, Velero Hotel Vignette Collection Doha Lusail is IHG’s fifth Vignette Collection hotel signing in the MEA region, following those in Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.

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Five PR Tips That’ll Boost Your Restaurant’s Business

Modern Restaurant Management

There is more to success in the competitive restaurant business than just great food and service. Cultivating a positive brand image, building customer affinity and differentiating from the competition are essential components of any forward-thinking business strategy. That’s where public relations comes in. PR is all about boosting brand awareness, building positive consumer relationships and maintaining/enhancing your restaurant’s reputation.

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Six Babies sickened by Salmonella tainted Dog Food

Bill Marler

Of 7 sickened, 6 are under the age of 1. As of November 1, 2023, seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from seven states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 14, 2023, to August 19, 2023. One person was hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. State and local public health officials are interviewing people or their family about pets or pet food that the sick person may have come into contact with before they got sick.

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Aladdin brings New Orleans inspired restaurant brands to community college

Food Management

PJ’s Coffee and WOW American Eats added to Pearl River Community College dining mix by Aladdin Campus Dining

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Study Suggests Strong Link Between PFAS Consumption and Thyroid Cancer; No End to PFAS Exposure in Sight

Food Safety Magazine

A recent study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has provided strong evidence linking the ingestion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are present in food packaging and pervasive in drinking water, to thyroid cancer.

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Almost 70 freshcut fruit products, including cantaloupe, recalled in connection to outbreak

Food Safety News

Canadian officials have ordered the recall of dozens of freshcut fruit products in connection with an outbreak of Salmonella infections. The 69 products under recall are sold under a variety of brands. The recalls include but are not limited to cantaloupe, fruit mixes, pineapple, honeydew and watermelon in pieces, halves and other cuts. The recalls are related to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections traced to fresh cantaloupe that may also be connected to other fruit.

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Four Points by Sheraton Opens in Hungary

Hospitality Net

Following the successful summer trial, the inauguration of the Four Points by Sheraton Budapest Danube hotel took place in Újlipótváros. This marks the debut of Marriott International’s special brand in Budapest. Accent Hotel Management operates this new hotel, which boasts 105 guest rooms and a rooftop bar offering breathtaking panoramic views. Nestled right along the banks of the Danube, this establishment enhances the tourist offerings of the 13th district.

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: Marketing Your Virtual Restaurant – Tips for Success

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry is changing quickly, and technology plays a big role. This means that restaurants and franchises must focus on efficiency and lean operations. One way to do this is to open a virtual restaurant. A virtual restaurant is a restaurant that doesn't have a physical location. It only exists online; customers can order food through a delivery app.

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Nationwide Cyclospora Outbreak hits 2,272 with no source identified

Bill Marler

As of October 24, 2023, 41 jurisdictions, including 40 states and New York City, have reported a total of 2,272 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis. These individuals had not traveled outside of the United States during the 14 days before they got sick. This is an increase of 315 cases since the last update on August 31, 2023. Sick people ranged in age from 2 to 96 years, with a median age of 51, and 57% were female.