2023

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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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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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“WTF?” is precision fermentation?

Forward Fooding

It’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of precision fermentation, the new technology coined as the “most important green technology” that is expected to rival basic commodities such as cheese, milk and even possibly meat; but precision fermentation can be a little difficult to understand. Terms like “microbes” and “bioreactors” are often thrown around with overly technical terminology that can make your head spin.

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Nearly 100 sickened with E. coli in Canada linked to Day Cares

Bill Marler

Canadian health officials have linked early 100 laboratory-confirmed patients in an E. coli outbreak linked to daycares with a common food service center. Eleven daycare centers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, have been closed because of the illnesses, which now number 96. During a press conference this afternoon, Dr. Francesco Rizzuti, medical officer of Alberta Health Services Calgary, said 22 patients had been hospitalized.

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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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Table Turnover Rate in Your Restaurant: How to Improve & Seat Incomplete Parties

Lavu

What is Restaurant Table Turnover Rate? Table turnover rate measures of how often a table is occupied by a new group of guests during a specific period of time. It is calculated by dividing the number of guests served by the number of tables available during that time period. For example, if a restaurant has 10 tables and serves 30 guests in a four-hour period, its table turnover would be 3.

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Great Wolf Resorts Partners with APS to Modernize Reservations Technology

Hospitality Net

Great Wolf Resorts, North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, has selected Above Property Services (APS®) to modernize its technology across their 19 properties across the country. Great Wolf Resorts’ strategic decision to partner with APS was part of an ongoing effort to enhance capabilities and the overall guest experience.

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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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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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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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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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Glyphosate Use Must Be Curbed, But Alternatives Might Pose Equal Food Safety Risk

Food Safety Magazine

Although the use of glyphosate on crops poses a food safety risk and its use should be curbed, completely banning the substance too early may lead to farmers using chemical alternatives that are just as harmful to human and environmental health, according to experts from Wageniningen University and Research (WUR).

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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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A picture is worth far more than a 1,000 words

Bill Marler

Perhaps millions in punitive damages and criminal fines for “conscious disregard to a know risk?” People always ask my why do leafy green E. coli outbreaks keep happening. I think the bottom line is that retailers, restaurants, growers, processors and the government simply do not give a cow’s pie about the sickened and/or dead consumers – they are simply the cost of doing business or staying in office.

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RSI Employee Climbs The Ranks

Foodservice Equipment Reports

Refrigerated Specialist Inc. has added a fourth service zone, and it’s tapping internal talent to lead it. Anibal Delgado, who joined RSI as an entry-level PM tech in 2015, was announced this week as the new north zone technician supervisor. He will support customers with their equipment as well as support service techs on his team. Further, in support of office admin teams.

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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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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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Nobu Hospitality Expands into Lisbon

Hospitality Net

Nobu Hospitality, the fastest growing luxury lifestyle brand founded by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, is pleased to announce its expansion into Portugal marking another significant milestone in the company’s global expansion strategy.

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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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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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Metz uses Stealth Nutrition Program to better serve K-12 clients

Food Management

Company is rolling out 40 new stealthy healthy recipes this fall to engage students with appealing choices that use nutritious ingredients.

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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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Researchers Say FDA Should Look Closer at Multigenerational Effects of Aspartame After Study Suggests Learning, Memory Deficits

Food Safety Magazine

New research from the Florida State University College of Medicine suggests that the artificial sweetener aspartame may have negative cognitive effects, finding spatial learning and memory deficits among the offspring of male mice that consumed low doses of the chemical.

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An inside look at the USDA and Urban School Food Alliance’s procurement partnership

FoodService Director

Dr. Katie Wilson shares how the team’s new partnership with the USDA will help schools tackle their biggest procurement pain points.

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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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Our top 23 of 2023

GFI

December 20, 2023 Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Share this page on LinkedIn A year of impact In 2023, alternative proteins began to break through and take their place at the global table for conversations about climate change, global health, and food security. Before we start a new year of work catalyzing the alternative protein sector, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the good food progress across science, policy, and industry that our global community made possible

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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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Acute Lead Toxicity in children prompts warning from FDA in WanaBana fruit pouches

Bill Marler

The FDA issued this warning this morning – Recall underway. Summary of Problem and Scope The FDA was recently made aware of a developing investigation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) regarding four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead toxicity.

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CFIA – Notice to Industry: Tara Protein Powder (tara flour) not assessed for safety – FDA – your thoughts?

Bill Marler

This just landed in my inbox. September 28, 2023 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising businesses to avoid selling and purchasing tara protein powder (tara flour), or products containing this ingredient. Tara protein powder, also known as tara flour, could be classified as a novel food (or novel food ingredient), but has not been assessed for safety by Health Canada.

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When John Oliver talks food safety – we should listen

Bill Marler

HBO’s award winning Last Week Tonight tackled food safety and used the great reporting by Helena Bottemiller and Christine Haughney as well as clips from Poisoned.