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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: January 13

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for the first week of the new year, January 9 through January 13.

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Twinkies Bankrupt?
From Los Angeles Times, Read Article

One of the most popular topics discussed, posted and tweeted about this week has been the fate of the Twinkie. Maker of the Twinkie and other treats such as Donettes, Ding Dongs, Mini Muffins and Zingers, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  This isn’t the first time the brand has filed, according to the LA Times, they had filed back in 2009.  Read more on the LA Times website.

President Bill Clinton Announced Keynote Speaker for NRA Show
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

This week the National Restaurant Association announced President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker of this year’s National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel show.  The show will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place on May 5-8, with President Clinton speaking on May 6.  NRA said he will “share insights into his presidency and his current work with the William J. Clinton Foundation.”  Read the full article here.

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Braille on…Burgers?
From HuffPost Food, Read Article

Every once in awhile a restaurant will put together something very interesting that’s also helpful for their customers.  HuffPost recently reported on Wimpy, a South African fast food chain, is putting messages in Braille on their buns!  They listed an example being “100% Pure Beef Burger Made For You.”  Read more on the HuffPost website.

Indianapolis Food Trucks Gearing Up for Super Bowl
From Mobile Cuisine, Read Article

Indianapolis has been busy preparing for the Super Bowl–especially foodservice establishments.  One of the pieces of the giant Super Bowl puzzle is food trucks.  With many coming into the city and walking around, food trucks will play a very important role. Recently, it’s been announced there have been trucks chosen to park around Indianapolis’ Monument Circle while Super Bowl events are going on.  Mobile Cuisine recently posted an article with a few quotes from participating food trucks, read more on the Mobile Cuisine website.

Central’s Latest Master Catalog to Drop Tuesday Jan. 17
From the Central Blog, Read Blog

On Tuesday Jan. 17, our latest catalog will be hitting the streets.  Our catalog is 384 pages and we’ve added in over 900 new products.  For this catalog, we teamed up with Vulcan, one of the world’s largest commercial cooking equipment manufacturers, for an exclusive promotion: the lowest price on products as well as free shipping.  Read more on the Central blog.

 

 


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Central’s Week in Brief: August 26, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Soda1)      The U.S. Department of Agriculture said no to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the purchase of soda and other sugary drinks using food stamps.    According to CBS News, “The ban would have applied to any sweetened beverage that contains more than 10 calories per eight ounces.”  The proposal was turned down due to issues like  the time it may take to decide what would or wouldn’t qualify and that it might make those using the stamps feel stigmatized.

2)      Once known for his affinity for fatty foods like McDonald’s hamburgers, former president Bill Clinton has decided to go vegan.  USA Today reported that Clinton, “…is following this eating plan to improve his heart health.”  The former president has had surgery on his heart twice since 2004.  For more information on living the vegan lifestyle, check out our post on vegan and vegetarianism.

3)      Morton’s The Steakhouse took customer service to the next level using social media.  After Peter Shankman, a public relations professional, tweeted about wanting a steak dinner, a Morton’s staff member actually met him at the airport with a 24-ounce Porterhouse steak, Colossal Shrimp and potatoes.  Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Morton’s, Roger Drake, told Smart Blog on Restaurants, “These things don’t happen unless it’s part of your culture, and that is really what Morton’s is all about: noticing little details, making it a memorable dining experience and wowing our guests.”  It also doesn’t hurt business that all of Morton’s and Shankman’s Twitter followers witnessed this act of kindness.

4)       A report done by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that the amount of U.S. farmers markets has almost tripled within the last decade.  According to an article on Triple Pundit the markets went from, “2,863 in 2000 to 6,132 in 2010 and over 100,000 farmers are selling their products to customers directly.”   This boom of markets has help to boost local economies, but the report’s author, Jeffrey O’Hara, believes that if more government assistance  were provided to these types of farming practices instead of more industrial farms, it could generate “tens of thousands of new jobs.”

5)    With a new school year comes a new, healthier menu for 480 school districts being provided with food by the Sodexo company.  In order to help the fight against obesity and expand the tastes of students, Sodexo will now offer items like Mediterranean Lentil Soup and Tropical Vegetable Tofu.  According to a press release, “Sodexo’s team of culinary experts, including chefs at school districts nationwide, developed recipes that entice students and meet USDA’s National School Lunch Program guidelines.”  

If you’d like to try out a version of the Mediterranean Lentil Soup, check out this version from Epicurious.