Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: July 13

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Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from July 9-13.

Krispy Kreme Turns 75

From Krispy Kreme

Happy birthday Krispy Kreme! The international doughnut chain is celebrating all weekend long from July 13-14 in its headquarter city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Festivities include a block party and fan fest, all with donuts of course.  But if you aren’t in the Winston-Salem area, there are still ways you can participate.  For a limited time, Krispy Kreme is selling birthday doughnuts and exclusively on July 13, customers can buy one dozen doughnuts and get the second dozen for $0.75.  Krispy Kreme says fans can post a message on their virtual birthday card, interact with the Time Machine of Joy, send an e-card and share memories on their website.

Find all details and specials on the Krispy Kreme Website.

National Restaurant Association Reports Continued Job Growth

From National Restaurant Association

In a recent press release from the National Restaurant Association, they report the restaurant industry continues to remain a leader of job creation.  From June 2011 to June 2012, they reported a 2.7 percent increase in jobs, which exceeds U.S. employment growth in general by  1.4 percent.  They also said that for the first half of 2012, restaurants have added approximately 116,000 jobs.

Read press release on the National Restaurant Association website.

Millennials/Gen Y Driving Adult Drink Trends

From Nation’s Restaurant News

When Nation’s Restaurant News got with Technomic Vice President, David Henkes, they discovered millennials are driving adult beverage trends.  Millenials, also known as Generation Y, are individuals born roughly between 1980-2000.  The article says this generation is more open to try new drinks and is leading restaurants to expand craft beef platforms, create signature cocktails and find sweeter wines.

Read full article on the Nation’s Restaurant News website.

Buffalo Wild Wings Upgrades Their Look

From Nation’s Restaurant News

Last week we reported the new look and branding initiative of the National Restaurant Association.  This week we have a similar story as Buffalo Wild Wings has made plans to revamp their logo and restaurant design.  There are over 800 locations around the country and a Nation’s Restaurant News article reported Cincinnati and San Diego will have one location each undergo interior upgrades which include a “new audiovisual package that will enable Buffalo Wild Wings’ goal of emulating the atmosphere of a sports stadium on game day.”  Other locations will receive the upgrades in 2013.

Read full article and view new logo on Nation’s Restaurant News.

Happy National French Fry Day!

Happy national french fry day! This famous side dates all the way back to the 16th century in Europe and is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a strip of potato friend in deep fat.”

Today, french fries are one of the core sides at most restaurants and go with practically anything.  So in honor of this favorite menu item, here are interesting links to all things french fries. Enjoy!

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