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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief 5/11

Looking for some of the week’s top information? This week we are giving you five stories from the foodservice industry for May 7-11.

Positive News on Gas Prices…
From Boston.com, Read Article

In an AP article on the Boston.com website, it looks like there may be hope for gas prices this summer.    According to the article, there was a decrease in the price of oil, therefore gas prices “likely won’t set any records this summer.”  Low gas prices are good for the economy; the lower/more consistent gas prices are, the more people are willing to spend on other things such as going out to restaurants.  So if gas prices can stay consistent throughout the summer, it can only help the restaurant industry’s good numbers continue on a positive track.   Read the full article on Boston.com.

Spring: ‘Tis the Season of Gift Cards
From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Article

Spring is graduation season, which means many families will be heading out to a restaurant to celebrate.  But it isn’t only graduation season, there is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day too.  NRN explained many of the nation’s top restaurant chains are capitalizing on this opportunity by promoting the use of gift cards with incentives such as a free menu item or bounce-back coupon.  Read full article on the NRN website.

Budweiser’s Design Change to Bottles
From HuffPost Food, Read Article

For a limited time, Budweiser bottles will move away from their traditional design and will have a red, white and blue theme as a part of an initiative with the Folds of Honor Foundation.  HuffPost Food reported a portion of sales from May 20 through July 7 (up to $2.5 million) will be donated to Folds of Honor.  Read full article and check out the new design on HuffPost Food.

National Restaurant Association Show: Recap
From Central Restaurant Products, Read Article

The National Restaurant Association Show was held from May 5-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  It’s a huge event that had over 1,800 exhibitors of the foodservice and hospitality industry.  All the latest and greatest were there from innovative equipment and supplies to incredibly delicious foods.  It’s an event for everyone in the industry to gain more product knowledge, network and of course, try amazing food. Check out a photo slideshow of Central’s visit and read our show recap.

Mother’s Day Restaurant Specials

We looked all over the web to find some of the deals going on this weekend for moms on Mother’s Day.  If your restaurant has any special plans or promotions, please share with everyone below!

Baskin Robbins: Mother’s Day Cakes

Bravo: $10 Bonus Offer with $50 Gift Card Purchase

Caribou Coffee: Buy One Get One Free

Champps Americana: Upon Visit, Receive Card for $10 off $25 Purchase

Denny’s: Send Mom and E-Card and Get Coupon for Free Skillet Cookie with Entrees

Dickey’s Barbeque Restaurants: Free Dessert with Purchase of $5 or More

Hooters: 10 Free Boneless Wings

IKEA: Free Breakfast

Kona Grill: Complimentary Red Velvet Cupcake

Monical’s Pizza: $15 Family Pasta Pleaser

Ruby Tuesday: Voucher for Free Ruby Tuesday Simply Fresh Cookbook

Rusty Bucket: Free Sweet Treat to Take Home

TCBY: Free Yogurt

Texas de Brazil: Complimentary Dessert and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes: Buy One Breakfast, Get One Free

Sign Your Restaurant Up For Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Image from Dine Out Website

September is just around the corner, which means it is time to start gearing up for this year’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ (formally known as the Great American Dine Out).

This year’s event will be September 18-24.

With childhood obesity being such a heavily discussed topic lately, we can’t forget the over 17 million children who face hunger each day in America.

Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national event and a great way for both restaurants and diners to combat child hunger together.  It is a part of  Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Last year, over 4000 restaurants helped to raise over $1.5 million.

This year, Share Our Strength’s Senior Manager of Communications, Catherine Puzo, says their goal is to raise over $3 million by engaging 5000 restaurants around the country.

Image from Dine Out Website

“Restaurants that have participated in the past tell us that participating in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry—especially when they register early enough to plan a well-thought promotion around it, and market it to their customers—engages employees around a relevant cause, connects them to their community, and, depending on the type of promotion developed, increases sales,” she says.

Puzo also mentions many restaurants were successful in gaining repeat business by using bounce back coupons.  So even though we’re still in July, now is the time to sign up and start planning.

Restaurants participating, or interested in participating, in this year’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ can go here to learn how to become involved.  They also provide detailed information for both multi-unit or independently owned establishments.

When planning, they advise restaurants to make a tangible goal such as a specific dollar amount, number of redeemed coupons or sales from the promotion. As Puzo said, bounce back coupons have been a great way previous participants have benefited.

They also recommend restaurants use both social and traditional media to help promote and educate both employees and customers.

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“Invite them to be a part of the solution, too, by supporting your efforts,” they say—followed by an extensive list of ideas to get a restaurant started, shown on this page.  There is also a Participant Resource Center, so your restaurant will not be left in the dark and you will have everything you need.

In-store materials will be available to order starting August 1.

Donations from Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ have helped provide meals of nutritional value for after school programs, feed kids lunch during the summer, provide more access to school breakfast, help families meet nutritional needs and expand access to programs such as SNAP  (food stamps) and WIC (the Women, Infants and Children program). It has also helped teach families how to provide healthy and tasty food while on a limited budget.

If you are looking for other ways to participate, you can become a sponsor or donate to the cause.  Some of this year’s national sponsors include Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association.

A few restaurants participating in this year’s event, who are also Central customers, include Dave & Buster’s, Monical’s Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings and Kona Grill.

To learn more, explore the Dine Out website, visit them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and take the pledge to help end childhood hunger in American by 2015.

Image from Dine Out Website