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How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season

Restobiz

By Brittain Brown Restaurants are grappling with a unique set of challenges – the confluence of inflation, winter weather, and the post-holiday lull creates a perfect storm, leaving many establishments feeling the financial pinch. Amidst the struggles, this is a chance for restaurateurs to think outside the box and find innovative ways to attract customers […] The post How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season appeared first on Restobiz.

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Raw Milk LLC, a.k.a Organic Pastures, linked again to an E. coli outbreak

Bill Marler

Here we go again: Organic Pastures Dairy Company (OPDC) & Raw Farm Recalls and Outbreaks 2006-202 4 Started OPDC in 2000 – Changed name to Raw Farm LLC in 2020 I will always remember this kid I represented in the 2006 E. coli Outbreak: Organic Pastures Dairy Company Recalls and Outbreaks : September 2006 Raw Milk E.coli Outbreak: 6 ill/2 HUS September 2007 Raw Cream Listeria Recall December 2007 Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak: 8 ill September 2008 Raw Cream Campylobacter Recall

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To Charge or Not To Charge?

Modern Restaurant Management

Charging guests for booking a reservation that they don’t show up for is becoming more popular. Ten years ago, this was a practice in the big cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. When this practice began, I must be honest I told my customers not to do this charge because it could cost them clients. When restaurants began charging guests the three-percent credit card fee, I was against that as well.

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7 Key Features You Need in a Bar POS System

Lavu

Running a Bar: 7 Key Features You Need to Become The Best Bar POS System in 2024 In the bustling world of hospitality, the backbone of a bar’s success lies in its operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. At the forefront of this achievement is the POS software, a pivotal technology that has transformed how bars operate. A state-of-the-art restaurant POS System, specifically tailored for bars and restaurants, streamlines transactions, inventory management, and customer service, ens

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Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty

Restobiz

By Liam Gilmore In a world where inflation is tightening its grip and customers are watching their pennies, QSRs are looking to customer loyalty as a fundamental part of their success, focusing on resilience and adaptability in the face of economic challenges. As menu prices soar to unprecedented heights, businesses must pivot towards cutting-edge loyalty […] The post Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty appeared first on Restobiz.

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More food products with Rizo-Lopez Cheese recalled due to Listeria illnesses and deaths – Marler Clark retained by victims

Bill Marler

FDA has been notified of additional companies who have issued public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. dairy recall that were sold at retail locations. Products from the following announcements have been added to the table of recalled products below. MG Foods recalled S&S Ham & Cotija Torta Sandwich on Telera Roll sold in vending machines and grab-and-go retail markets in FL.

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Farmers react to ‘untimely’ order removing the pesticide dicamba from the market

Food Safety News

Soybean and cotton farmers using dicamba are reeling after a federal judge revoked the national permit for the popular herbicide. It works for them because crops are genetically modified to resist the herbicide dicamba, and weeds in those fields are sprayed without harming the soybeans or cotton plants. Deliveries of the weedkiller and the crop seeds engineered to withstand it were already being delivered to farms for the 2024 crop season when a federal judge barred its use in the United States

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Pesticide Chlormequat is Being Detected More Frequently in Humans, EPA Poised to Allow its Use on Food Crops

Food Safety Magazine

In a new study, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has detected the pesticide chlormequat in four out of five people tested. After allowing the chemical on imported foods, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule in 2023 that would chlormequat to be applied to barley, oat, triticale, and wheat crops.

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As 26 sick with Listeria dozens of products with cheese being recalled

Bill Marler

FDA has been notified of additional recalls on 2/8/2024 for products made with or containing recalled dairy products from Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. BrightFarms, Inc. recalled Southwest Chipotle salad kits. The product was only sold to retailers in DE, MD, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, VT, VA, and DC Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recalled the following salad kits: Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit and Marketside Bacon Ranch Crunch Kit sold to Walmart stores in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, MT, NH, NJ, N

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Key Sections of a Franchise Disclosure Document: An Annual Review Guide for Franchisors

Modern Restaurant Management

A Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) serves as the foundation of the franchisor-franchisee relationship. Not only is it a critical sales tool for the franchisor, but it also gives a prospective franchisee vital insight into the franchise opportunity and help them make an informed decision to invest. While the FDD is a comprehensive document, certain key sections demand careful scrutiny during an annual review.

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Dozens more products recalled in relation to deadly outbreak of Listeria infections

Food Safety News

The FDA has been notified of additional companies who have issued public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. dairy recall. Rizo-Lopez cheese has been linked to a deadly, decade-long outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. As of Feb. 12 there have been 26 patients identified with 23 having been hospitalized and two dead.

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First Study to Map Edible Insect Supply Chain Identifies Risk Areas for Contamination, Food Fraud

Food Safety Magazine

A recent study has mapped the edible insect supply chain to identify the main points for potential food safety hazards and food fraud, and concluded that, in general, substantial food safety and authenticity gaps that need to be addressed before edible insects can be considered safe and sustainable protein sources for Western markets.

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More children with lead poisoning linked to tainted cinnamon

Bill Marler

Food Safety News reports that in the past week, the number of children affected by extremely high levels of lead in certain cinnamon applesauce pouches has grown. On Feb. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of Feb. 9, it had received reports of 101 confirmed cases, 284 probable cases, and 37 suspected cases for 422 cases from 44 different states.

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Avoid Digital Pitfalls When a Restaurant Changes Hands

Modern Restaurant Management

There are many details to keep track of during the process of buying or selling a restaurant. Beyond the brick and mortar, there are many digital assets to manage during the transition phase. Part of what you’re paying for when purchasing a restaurant is the brand reputation and web history. To prevent issues down the road, it's best to make sure you speak with your attorney to have all the necessary information.

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A Guide to Bar Inventory Management: Key Tips to Get You Started

Sculpture Hospitality

Whether you’re running a cozy corner pub, a bustling city bar or the bar within a restaurant, keeping a tight ship on your inventory is not only the key to customer satisfaction but also the secret weapon in boosting those all-important profit margins.

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Scientists Develop Test That Detects PFAS in Food Packaging, Water, Soil in Under Three Minutes

Food Safety Magazine

Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed a method of detecting toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging, water, and soil samples in three minutes or less.

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Charcuterie from Costco and Sam’s Club tied to 87 Salmonella illnesses

Bill Marler

It would be unusual to see Salmonella it a processed product like this. However, FSIS indicates that there was possibly under-processing which could account for the failure to kill Salmonella. 87 is likely the tip of the iceberg as the CDC reports that there are nearly 40 additional cases for each one counted. Do not to eat, serve, or sell any recalled products.

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Preparing Your Commercial Kitchen for the Warm Weather Surge

Modern Restaurant Management

In a landscape where precision equates to performance, prepping your commercial kitchen for the sweltering conditions and guest upsurge of the warmer months is an exercise in foresight and expertise. The foundational strategy focuses on two pivotal elements: maintaining rigorous standards for commercial refrigeration and ensuring a robust plan to manage increased customer flow.

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More children added to the toll of those impacted by excessive lead in applesauce

Food Safety News

In the past week, the number of children affected by extremely high levels of lead in certain cinnamon applesauce pouches has grown. On Feb. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of Feb. 9, it had received reports of 101 confirmed cases, 284 probable cases, and 37 suspected cases for 422 cases from 44 different states. That is up from 413 total cases in 43 states reported on Feb. 2.

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360-Key Dual Branded Radisson Planned for Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hospitality Net

Radisson Hotel Group will make its debut in Cambodia following the signing of a landmark agreement with Prince Real Estate Group to operate two brand-new properties in the country’s fast-growing city, Phnom Penh.

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From Benchtop to Scale-Up: Food Safety Considerations for New Product Development

Food Safety Magazine

New products go through a seemingly straightforward yet challenging product development process from benchtop to pilot testing to final commercial launch, with a lot of moving parts. Also, innovative products, new processing technologies, complex government regulations, and consumer demand for products free of preservatives and chemicals have made developing new products increasingly challenging from a food safety perspective.

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Farewell to a Master Chef: I’m Dreaming of a David Bouley Souffle

Modern Restaurant Management

In this tribute to David Bouley, who died February 12 from a heart attack at age 70., the author credits Bouley with making four-star cuisine free of pretention and relatable for non-foodies. I’ve never been a foodie, but in the late 1980s and 90s I was a restaurant gadabout, thanks to an extended gig as publicist for the Zagat Survey guides, which exposed me to some of New York’s finer eateries and uber-chefs.

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Patient count nears 90 in Salmonella outbreak linked to charcuterie meats

Food Safety News

Forty more patients have been identified as part of a Salmonella outbreak linked to charcuterie meat products. As of Feb. 15 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting 87 patients across 30 states. The Salmonella I 4:I:- infections have resulted in the hospitalization of 18 patients. Illnesses started on Nov. 20, 2023. The patients range in age from less than 1 to 92 years old.

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Thompson Houston Opens as a Sophisticated Urban Destination in the Heart of Houston

Hospitality Net

Marking the Thompson Hotels brand’s fourth property in Texas, the highly anticipated luxury lifestyle hotel is now open and welcoming guests to Houston’s historic Fourth Ward.

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NAFEM Names Steve Spittle President

Foodservice Equipment Reports

NAFEM announced its new officers at its Annual Business Meeting on Feb. 6. Serving a two-year term (2024-2026) are: The board also includes (from left) Eva-Marie Fox, Greg Baggott and Rich Packer.

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Pride in Foodservice Week 2024

Fresh Ideas

We are fortunate to have many talented dining team members who come to work each day eager to provide a memorable dining experience for our guests. In honor of Pride in Foodservice Week, we would like to celebrate some of our team members and share why they are proud to work in the food service industry. Meet Jenny, Director of Dining Services at Williams Baptist University.

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11 sick in French cheese E. coli outbreak

Food Safety News

The number of children sick in a severe E. coli outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has risen to 11. The 11 hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases were reported in late 2023. HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. Santé publique France surveillance on HUS only covers children younger than 15 years old in the country, so there could be other sick people in the outbreak.

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ibis ?stanbul ?i?li Welcomes Guests at a Prime Location

Hospitality Net

Offering an accessible, high quality and comfortable accommodation experience in more than 1260 locations around the world, ibis launches the first "Charlie’s Corner" restaurant concept in Türkiye with ’ibis İstanbul Şişli’.

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Holding Company Picks Up Tex-Mex Concept

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Uncommon Brands, a Dallas-based holding company, shared Feb. 14 that it completed its acquisition of Fuego Tortilla Grill. The Tex-Mex concept operates four locations in Texas. “We are thrilled to welcome Fuego Tortilla Grill into the Uncommon Brands family,” says Garrett Mills, CEO of Uncommon Brands, in the release.

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Developing Food Safety Leadership Skills: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

Food Safety Magazine

During a workshop on "Developing Food Safety Leadership Skills" that was held at the 2023 Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, Illinois, the speakers—all experienced food safety leaders—shared individual journeys, advice, knowledge, and real-life lessons from their careers. The workshop explored components for food safety professional development and business management, as well as identified the building blocks to becoming a thought leader within a company.

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FDA imposes import bans because of pesticides, additives and undeclared colors

Food Safety News

The Food and Drug Administration continues using import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click here to go to the FDA page with links to details on specific alerts.

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