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Beyond the Plate: The Future of Restaurants in a Tech-Driven 2024

Modern Restaurant Management

As the calendar turns towards 2024, the restaurant industry stands at a crossroads, with innovation and adaptation at the heart of its ongoing evolution. This vibrant sector, a cornerstone of the global economy that tantalizes taste buds and fuels job markets, is bracing for transformation that will redefine its future. However, persistent labor shortages are pushing restaurants to explore automation and artificial intelligence to streamline operations – from kitchen management to customer

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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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Exploring the Factors Behind the Surge in Restaurant Automation

Modern Restaurant Management

If you've been paying attention to the tech scene, you have surely noticed a significant upswing in interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. It seems almost everyone, from social media influencers to evening news anchors, is extolling the capabilities of this emerging tech. From softwares like ChatGPT to self-driving cars like the Tesla Model 3, AI and automation are making remarkable strides In the restaurant industry, these solutions are streamlining various aspects, includ

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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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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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Unlocking the Promise of IoT in Food Safety and Transparency

Food Safety Tech

In today’s fast-paced world, ensuring food safety and efficiency is crucial for food businesses. Fortunately, technological advancements, including the Internet of Things (IoT), have revolutionized the way the food industry operates. By leveraging IoT, food businesses can drive efficiency, enhance food safety, mitigate risks and boost transparency throughout the supply chain.

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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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Is Your Restaurant AI the Real Deal? Here Are Five Questions to Ask Vendors

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry is undergoing a technology renaissance. Everywhere you care to look, AI and automation can be found taking on critical roles and supporting restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffee shops still battling against labor shortages and rising inflation. Robots are helping with food prep and even serving dine-in customers. Data-driven analytics tools are allowing restaurants to optimize pricing and personalize menu options.

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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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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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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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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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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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California Becomes First State to Ban Four Harmful Chemicals in Food

Food Safety News

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the California Food Safety Act , the first law in the U.S. to ban four harmful chemicals from candy, cereal, soda, and other processed food sold and produced in the state. Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) authored the law, which ends the food uses of brominated vegetable oil , potassium bromate , propylparaben and Red Dye No. 3.

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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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Unifying Human Food Regulation: A Conversation with Jim Jones

Food Safety Tech

In September, Jim Jones, former EPA employee and member of the Reagan-Udall Expert Panel for Foods, became the first FDA Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods. He is tasked with reorganizing the agency to develop better coordination among the multiple departments involved in the regulation of human foods in the U.S., as well as allocating resources to better protect consumer.

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2024's Top 3 restaurant trends: Better back-office tech, smarter operations, more staff support

Fast Casual

Tony Smith, CEO and co-founder of Restaurant365, reveals that the majority of respondents from a 5,500- location study are planning digital, operational and physical investments.

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: Consumer Data Analytics Reveal Dining Patterns to Attract Customers 

Modern Restaurant Management

The last few years have not been easy for several key industries in the U.S., including restaurants. According to CNN, there are fewer U.S. restaurants today than in 2019 and it is not clear when —if ever — they’re coming back. In 2022, there were about 631,000 restaurants in the United States. That’s roughly 72,000 fewer than in 2019.

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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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How a fellowship program is bringing more scratch-made meals to San Bernardino schools

FoodService Director

As a Healthy School Food Pathways fellow, Chef Alonso Alonso is learning the nuances of adding more complex dishes to the menu.

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