March, 2024

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Choosing kitchen equipment for enhanced operational efficiency

Restobiz

By Madan Kanala In recent years, the landscape of multi-unit food service operations has been plagued by financial volatility. Despite a resurgence in consumer dining habits post-pandemic, these businesses continue to encounter unique hurdles. Escalating food and beverage inventory costs pose significant operational challenges in the kitchen, exacerbating thin profit margins amidst persistent battles against […] The post Choosing kitchen equipment for enhanced operational efficiency appear

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Yet another E. coli Outbreak in Children linked to Animal Exhibit – this time in Tennessee – Again

Bill Marler

Summary On October 3, 2023, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Northeast Regional Office was notified of two cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Over the next two weeks a total of ninepatients with STEC infections were reported, seven (78%) were hospitalized, and four (44%) developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.

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New 2D Barcodes Offer Easy Access to Dynamic Information for Food Traceability and More

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurants started using 2D barcodes (such as QR codes) at dining tables to offer digital menus and even allow patrons to order with their smartphones during the pandemic, when contactless transactions were necessary. Since then, the practice has become ubiquitous. While a QR code can connect users to a host of static information, a more powerful 2D barcode is on the horizon to offer a wider suite of capabilities with virtually unlimited data storage capacity for instantaneous retrieval with th

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Over 10,000 cases of shredded cheese products recalled over Listeria contamination

Food Safety News

Sargento Foods, Inc. of Plymouth, WI, is recalling certain shredded cheese products over potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the details posted online by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), the recall was initiated on Feb. 5, 2024, and is ongoing. The recalled products were distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Residues of Pesticides Containing PFAS Tripled in EU Produce Over Last Decade

Food Safety Magazine

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are sometimes used in pesticides as active substances or co-formulants. An analysis of EU pesticide residue monitoring data by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe shows that the average proportion of produce containing PFAS pesticide residues in the EU has nearly tripled over the last decade.

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Peachtree Group Thrives Amid Debt Market Dislocation, Anticipates Deploying $1.0 Billion in Real Estate Credit Investments

Hospitality Net

Peachtree Group (“Peachtree”), a diversified commercial real estate investment firm, announced it has closed approximately $660 million in credit investments since Dec. 1, 2023, with an additional $350 million anticipated closing over the next 30 to 45 days.

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Elevated Lead Levels in Cinnamon prompt FDA Warning and Recalls

Bill Marler

What is the problem? Through product testing, the FDA has determined that the ground cinnamon products listed in the table below contain elevated levels of lead and that prolonged exposure to these products may be unsafe. The FDA is advising consumers to throw away and not to buy these ground cinnamon products. The FDA has recommended that the firms voluntarily recall these products, with the exception of the MTCI cinnamon.

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A Call for Human-Centric Restaurant Leadership in an AI Future

Modern Restaurant Management

In the wake of the post pandemic world, the restaurant industry is undergoing a transformative phase, embracing AI technology at an unprecedented pace. However, as we surge forward, it's imperative to highlight what's missing from today's dining experience and identify the qualities that elevate a great manager to give the next level service assisted by AI, required to succeed in this new environment.

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Trader Joe’s nuts recalled after testing finds Salmonella

Food Safety News

Wenders LLC of Dublin, CA is recalling specific production lots of Trader Joes Nuts – 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews because of potential Salmonella contamination. The issue was identified through routine testing by Food and Drug Adminitration during import, which indicated that at least one of the recalled lots tested positive for the presence of Salmonella.

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How to Create a Culture of Food Safety

Food Safety Magazine

Delivering safe and high-quality food must be a top priority for everyone involved in the food industry, from food manufacturers and suppliers to grocery stores and restaurants, and from CEOs and CFOs to manufacturing plant workers. Food manufacturers can eliminate the risk of food contamination anywhere along the supply chain by creating a culture of food safety.

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Chile’s Tierra Atacama Announces $12 Million Refresh, With New Interiors and Suites to be Revealed in 2025

Hospitality Net

The luxury desert lodge will be closed for the remainder of 2024 for a thorough upgrading of the property’s interiors, spearheaded by the original design team of architects Rodrigo Searle and Matías González, featuring refreshments to furniture and the addition of suite room types.

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Maintenance: Fryer Faux Pas

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Today, more and more fryer models feature automatic filtration. On select models, with the proper filtration paper or carbon pad in its designated place, the setting kicks on after a set number of basket drops. This keeps staff safe, reduces labor tied to manual filtration and extends oil life for better-tasting fried foods.

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Lead Chromate contamination in Cinnamon was intentional says FDA

Bill Marler

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now 468 patients spread across 44 states. The FDA has confirmed that lead chromate is the source of lead and chromium in cinnamon applesauce marketed for children and imported from Ecuador. Leaders at the FDA continue to believe the contamination was intentional. The Food and Drug Administration had already confirmed that applesauce samples had as much as 2,000 times the amount of lead considered safe.

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Choosing the Best Payment Processor For a Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

The most popular way to pay at restaurants is through card transactions, whether it's credit or debit. According to a PYMNTS study , 68 percent of consumers use their credit cards to purchase food at a restaurant, equating to $29.8 billion in sales in February 2022. While credit cards seem easy and simple for consumers, the payment method impacts a restaurant's bottom line more than guests realize.

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FDA warns consumers to throw out certain ground cinnamon in wake of lead poisoning outbreak

Food Safety News

In response to the problem with elevated levels of lead in cinnamon in children’s applesauce and recalls of products in the fall of 2023, the FDA initiated a review of ground cinnamon and has issued warnings. During the review the Food and Drug Administration found elevated levels of lead in several products. The products are not targeted toward children, but are used as ingredients in foods that consumers may make and serve to children.

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Kroger’s Traceability Policy Goes Beyond FSMA 204 by Including All Foods

Food Safety Magazine

In an effort to achieve compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act Section 204(d), also known as FSMA 204 or the Food Traceability Final Rule, the Kroger Co recently published a Food Traceability Policy and Requirements document for suppliers.

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art’otel Rome To Open In The Italian Capital

Hospitality Net

art’otel, the contemporary lifestyle hotel brand owned by PPHE Hotel Group, the international hospitality real estate group which develops, owns and operates hotels and resorts and is made famous since 1989 by the success of its Park Plaza properties, is pleased to announce art’otel Rome Piazza Sallustio, its flagship European hotel set to open in the first half of 2024. art’otel Rome Piazza Sallustio, a new premium lifestyle hotel with art and gastronomy at its core, lands in the heart of the I

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Pecinka Ferri Adds Outside Sales Rep

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Manufacturers’ rep firm Pecinka Ferri has hired Domenick Torlucci as an outside sales professional. Torlucci brings a diverse background in the culinary and hospitality industries, enhancing the depth and expertise of the Pecinka Ferri sales team, a release states. Torlucci most recently served as director of operations at Stone Water at Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Fresh Ideas

Foodservice is a fast-paced industry, and for a foodservice management company to be successful, it must equip itself with strong and prideful leaders. Leaders are essential for managing teams, lending a helping hand, providing support and encouragement, and more. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing a few leaders who help Fresh Ideas realize our common purpose of creating happiness by producing a fresh food experience for people of all ages.

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Reskilling, Retention and Robotics: Creative Solutions to the Restaurant Labor Shortage

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry has always been dynamic and challenging, but the labor shortage has pushed it to a critical juncture. Establishments are grappling with a complex crisis characterized by empty seats in dining areas and behind the scenes, where a shortage of skilled workers is keenly felt. To revitalize the workforce and enhance operational efficiency, it is imperative that we boldly explore innovative solutions across reskilling, retention, and robotics.

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New York State is latest to threaten removal of harmful food additives

Food Safety News

The movement to ban certain additives in food or beverages that started last year in California and spread this year first to Illinois has now reached as far as the Empire State. Two New York State lawmakers introduced related bills to protect consumers from dangerous known and unknown additives used in foods and beverages. The first bill, A6424A/S6055B , would prohibit the use of seven dangerous and unnecessary additives in foods or drinks sold in New York state: azodicarbonamide, brominated ve

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Study Identifies Why Some Leafy Greens are Less Susceptible to E. Coli Than Lettuce; Finds Natural Antimicrobial Effect of Kale, Collards

Food Safety Magazine

A recent study has identified factors that determine the susceptibility of different leafy greens to foodborne Escherichia coli, including storage temperatures, leaf roughness, and natural wax coating. The researchers also found that the juice of kale and collard leaves have a natural antimicrobial effect.

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Scandic Go Brand Continues to Expand - 2025 Opening Planned in Oulu, Finland

Hospitality Net

Scandic has signed a long-term lease agreement with property developer SRV for a new 144-room Scandic Go in Oulu, Finland. The hotel will be centrally located in northern Finland’s largest city and is expected to open during the second half of 2025.

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2 Rep Firms Team Up in Wisconsin

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Limelight Foodservice & Hospitality and Specialized Wisconsin have formed a strategic alliance in Wisconsin. Michelle Perrone, principal owner of Limelight, and Walter Kirchhoff, president of Specialized, will oversee the two companies. Each group will continue to operate under their respective names while combining their teams and line cards, a release states.

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School District Transforms Cambro Salad Bar into Garden

the CAMBRO blog

One of our favorite things to see is someone taking something old and making it into something new. When Huntington Beach Union High School District found 4 well-loved Cambro salad bars that weren’t currently being used, they were determined to find an alternative use for them. After the food and nutrition services department mentioned the salad bars to their local Cambro sales rep , she suggested an educational and inventive use for them: raised herb gardens.

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The Power of Ranch

Modern Restaurant Management

Did you know that a plumber from Alaska is responsible for one of the most beloved condiments in the U.S.? The story of ranch dressing dates back to the 1940s when Steven Henson thought up the buttermilk and herb concoction. After purchasing the Hidden Valley dude ranch, he started selling his dressing and its popularity grew from there. According to a 2021 survey conducted by YouGov , ranch is the most popular salad dressing in the United States, with 51 percent of respondents indicating that t

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The ‘Glove Guy’ calls upon his industry to ban the sale of vinyl gloves

Food Safety News

Steve Ardagh is the founder and CEO of Eagle Protect, a leading glove. He is known as “The Glove Guy” for his food safety leadership. In the glove world, the toxic chemical of the moment – phthalates – is a crucial ingredient often found in vinyl gloves. It is estimated to be used by two-thirds of the 200,000 quick service restaurants (QSR) in the U.S.

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Sanitizer-Treated Irrigation Water Has Antimicrobial Benefits in Crop Fields, Study Suggests

Food Safety Magazine

A study aims to determine how irrigation water that is treated to control microbial activity may affect pathogens on crop surfaces or soil, with the end goal of developing a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) for industry to gauge the reduction in microbial risk from treated water applied preharvest.

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JW Marriott Unveils a Mindful Haven with the Opening of JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi

Hospitality Net

Captivating design, mindful moments, and vibrant dining destinations await at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi within Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital cityJW Marriott Hotel Nairobi - PoolJW Marriott Hotel Nairobi - Standard King.

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3 Chains Name New CEOs

Foodservice Equipment Reports

As different as their menus may be, Taco John’s, Smashburger and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream have at least one commonality: They’ve just appointed a female CEO. Here’s a bit more on the newest leaders of each brand: For more appointment news, including recent announcements from Starbucks and RBI, click here.

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FDA Says Applesauce Contamination May Have Been Deliberate

Food Quality & Safety

The agency’s leading theory is that the cinnamon added to the product was likely an “economically motivated” adulteration. The post FDA Says Applesauce Contamination May Have Been Deliberate appeared first on Food Quality & Safety.

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