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What are the Disadvantages of Franchising?

Sculpture Hospitality

Embarking on an entrepreneurial journey is an exciting venture that offers individuals the chance to control their own destiny - both in terms of the amount of money they make and the work-life balance they have.

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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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Lawmakers Aim to Ban Cultivated Meat, Food Delivery Startup Wonder Raises $700M + More 

Food + Tech Connect

Image Credit: Green Queen Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines. Lawmakers across various states are increasingly pushing to ban cultivated meat, citing concerns about its impact on traditional livestock farming.

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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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Salad Bars and Farm-to-School in the Cleveland Metro School District

Chef Ann Foundation

We connected with Rebecca Rodriguez, the farm-to-school coordinator for Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Food Services Department, to learn about the exciting fresh food initiatives taking root in the district.

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Kitchen equipment monitoring 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 Kitchen equipment monitoring for enhanced operational efficiency appe

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Why a Customer Service Strategy Is Important in a Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

Attracting new customers is important to every business owner. While there are many marketing strategies to get customers in the door, it is just as important to create customer service strategies that keep them coming back. The restaurant industry has very low retention rates , estimated at only 55 percent. With the impact a dissatisfied consumer can have on your bottom line, it is important to create a customer service strategy that sets your restaurant apart from the competition.

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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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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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Maximizing March Madness Profits for Restaurants Through Advanced Technology Solutions

Modern Restaurant Management

Armed with an omni-channel POS platform, restaurant operators can not only bring an immediate boost in sales during one of the busiest times of the year, but also lay the groundwork for long-term customer engagement and loyalty. With an average viewership of about 10 million , March Madness presents a prime opportunity for restaurant operators to boost revenue as consumers rush to order their favorite game-time meals.

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FDA to Engage With Stakeholders on Direction of New Era of Smarter Food Safety via Day-Long Virtual Event

Food Safety Magazine

FDA will hold a one-day virtual public meeting on Data and Technology in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety on April 24, 2024 to better understand how the agency can leverage data and technology to advance food safety. The same day, FDA will also open a docket to collect public comment on the event topic.

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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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Courtyard by Marriott Debuts in Perth, Australia

Hospitality Net

Courtyard by Marriott®, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today celebrated the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Perth, Murdoch, marking the brand’s entry in Western Australia. Developed in partnership with leading Western Australian property developer Hesperia, the hotel is located in Murdoch, Perth’s fastest-growing urban catchment and features an all-day contemporary dining venue, Substance Restaurant & Bar, as well as flexible spaces for meetings and a

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Navigating Spring Challenges

Modern Restaurant Management

With spring's arrival, I find myself reflecting on the myriad of challenges facing the restaurant industry. With rising salaries, inflation, and higher crime rates, it's clear that we need to adapt and innovate to thrive in this ever-changing landscape. Drawing from my 20 years in the industry and a decade of owning successful restaurants like Duck Duck Goose , Osteria Pirata , and Anchor Tavern , I'm excited to share some of the strategies I've developed a roadmap to "Spring

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Montclair State: Serving students with urbanite palates

FoodService Director

This school year, Montclair hired food service vendor Gourmet Dining to revamp the university’s foodservice at large. Students can now enjoy several new concepts, including an updated New York-style pizzeria and a virtual kitchen devoted to mobile app ordering.

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3 Trends in Baseball Stadium Foodservice

Foodservice Equipment Reports

March 28 marks MLB’s Opening Day, packed with 15 baseball games. FER caught up with Alicia Woznicki, Aramark Sports + Entertainment’s vice president of design and innovation, to learn about the latest equipment and design trends in baseball stadium foodservice.

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Allbridge and Uniguest Partner to Accelerate PropTech Adoption Throughout Hospitality and Senior Living Markets

Hospitality Net

Allbridge, a leader in property technology (PropTech) solutions for the hospitality, multifamily, and senior living industries, today announced its certification as a Uniguest Digital Engagement Platform installation and reseller partner for North American hospitality and senior living customers. This partnership marks the organization’s joint commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of seniors and their families to deliver advanced solutions to create meaningful experiences for senio

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Inspiring Hourly Workers

Modern Restaurant Management

Retaining quality staff members is always a key challenge for restaurant operators. Scott Greenberg addresses that challenge in his new book, Stop the Shift Show: Turn Your Struggling Hourly Workers Into a Top-Performing Team. Greenberg is an internationally recognized speaker, author and coach with franchise clients that include McDonalds, Great Clips, GNC, RE/MAX, Smoothie King, Global Franchise Group and many more.

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Sauce, Storage, and Success: The Cambro Touch in The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Transformation

the CAMBRO blog

For more than 50 years, The Old Spaghetti Factory has been serving Italian favorites like their famous mizithra pasta and lasagna. Family-owned and operated, The Old Spaghetti Factory has grown to more than 40 locations across 13 states, plus two restaurants in Nagoya and Kobe, Japan. Each customer experiences the same flavors and quality in Louisville as they do in Honolulu.

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ONE Group Acquires Benihana for $365M

Foodservice Equipment Reports

The ONE Group Hospitality shared March 26 it will acquire Safflower Holdings Corp., the owner of Benihana Inc., which operates more than 100 restaurants through its Japanese teppanyaki brand Benihana and RA Sushi. The transaction is valued at $365 million and will close by the end of 2Q of this year.

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Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Opens in the Eastern Caribbean

Hospitality Net

Rich in Adventure, Social Contact, and a Brilliant Array of Locally Grown Cuisine, Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Begets Exploration, Well-Being and Awe.

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Shedd Aquarium’s splashy event showcases Sodexo Live! chefs’ Latin American heritage

FoodService Director

Celebrating the diverse community in the kitchen, The Ritmo del Mar (Rhythm of the Sea) event returns for a second year with vibrant music, culture and culinary traditions and techniques that allow guests to taste the ocean of flavor, created by chefs who make it authentic.

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Brand Values: A Crucial Element in Food Marketing

NewPoint Marketing

Unveiling the Essence of Brand Values: A Crucial Element in Food Marketing Consumer preferences constantly evolve in the dynamic food industry, where competition is fierce. That’s why successful food marketing now relies on more than just product quality and innovation; it also hinges on aligning brand values with consumer expectations. Setting the stage In the […] The post Brand Values: A Crucial Element in Food Marketing appeared first on NewPoint Marketing.

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Energy Star Honors 2024 Partners

Foodservice Equipment Reports

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its 2024 Energy Star Partner of the Year awards, given to 211 organizations, including several foodservice equipment manufacturers. Of those 211, 160 received the Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, given to those who have demonstrated an ongoing, year-after-year commitment to energy efficiency.

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Radisson Hotel Group accelerates expansion in Morocco with the target of 25 hotels by 2030

Hospitality Net

Radisson Hotel Group has set a goal of expanding its current portfolio of 11 hotels in operation and under development in Morocco to 25 hotels by 2030. As Morocco continues to be a crucial market for development, the Group is accelerating its expansion in the country and has therefore extended the portfolio of Erwan Garnier, Senior Director for Development, to include Morocco.

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Training talk: Which foodservice training tactics should stay and which should go?

FoodService Director

Some old-school training tactics are stale and need to go. Others are tried and true and should stay. Morrison Healthcare’s Chef Thomas Sewell gives us his take on why you shouldn’t automatically get rid of every old-school training rule, and why you don’t have to jump on board with every new one, either.

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Driving Restaurant Food Safety with IoT-Enabled Digitalization

Food Safety Tech

Restaurant operators have a critical responsibility to safeguard the health of their customers. Mitigating foodborne illness must be top of mind today more than ever. The potential risks are too severe to overlook, especially with new FSMA 2026 regulations on the horizon. Take Netflix’s critically acclaimed 2023 documentary Poisoned for example. It cast a light on the consequential impact that poor food safety can have on restaurant customers.

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Avanti Restaurant Solutions Promotes 3 to VP Roles

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Avanti Restaurant Solutions announced three promotions this week. Michael Jernigan has moved up to the role of vice president of design and build. Jernigan, who specializes in high-end restaurant and foodservice design, most recently served as senior director of design and build.

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Four Seasons Yachts Unveils Inaugural Itineraries to The Caribbean and Mediterranean and a First Look at Its 95 Spectacular Suites

Hospitality Net

Four Seasons, together with luxury yachting company Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings Ltd, Joint Owner/Operator, Four Seasons Yachts, and venerated Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, continues to chart a new course of luxury at sea. As momentum builds towards the inaugural season of Four Seasons Yachts, the first 10 unique voyages are unveiled, each inviting travellers to make the iconic islands and hidden gems of the Caribbean and Mediterranean their playground, with meticulously designed suites that gu

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IFT Shares Resources on Food Additives in Light of Recent State Bans

Food Safety Magazine

Addressing the recent wave of state-level food additives bans and bills, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has released resources to help inform the public about the benefits of food additives and preservatives, as well as to keep industry abreast of current regulations.

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