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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: September 2, 2016

Happy Friday! It’s the end of the week! Time to celebrate and catch up on this week’s top industry news stories, Central blogs and promotions for the week of August 29 – September 2!

Foodservice Industry News

  1. Eater.com: The 23 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016
  2. Huffington Post: Starbucks Announces Official Pumpkin Spice Latte Release Date
  3. Delish.com: 10 Things You Should Know Before Eating In-N-Out Burger
  4. NPR: He Used to Live on the Streets of Mumbai. Now, His Café Welcomes Everyone
  5. Nation’s Restaurant News: Mike Andres to Retire as President of McDonald’s USA
  6. Eater.com: Blue Bell Unveils Camouflage Ice Cream
  7. Huffington Post: This Former Breakfast Staple is Vanishing from Grocery Stores
  8. NPR: A Chocolate Pill? Scientists to Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health
  9. Fast Casual: Dunkin’ Donuts, Pita Pit Share Tips for Driving Mobile App Adoption, Use
  10. Delish.com: Sweet Potato Butter is the Fall Staple You Deserve

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4th of July

Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: July 1, 2016

Happy Friday and happy July! Catch up on the latest in foodservice industry news, Central blogs and promotions for the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016.

Foodservice News

  1. Delish.com: 12 Red, White, and Blue Star-Spangled Desserts
  2. Eater.com: The Future of the Steakhouse Has Arrived, and It’s in Chicago
  3. National Restaurant News: 10 Takeaways in the Battle for Market Share
  4. Huffington Post: The 50 Best Grilling Recipes For Summer Cooking
  5. Delish.com: Forget The Fireworks, The Spectacular Flag Pie Is The Main Event
  6. Restaurant Hospitality: Cold Brew Coffee Heating Up The Market
  7. National Restaurant Association: Overtime
  8. QSR Web: Seeking a source of new summer business? Reach out to all of those smartphone-addicted travelers
  9. Huffington Post: 11 Ways You Can Support The Fight Against Food Waste
  10. QSR Magazine: Consumers Still Hazy on Healthy and Unhealthy Fats

Central Blogs

  1. 5 Ideas for a Successful 4th of July
  2. Wordless Wednesday: Central’s Mini Marathon Runners
  3. Throwback Thursday: Vulcan Equipment Training in July

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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: August 28, 2015

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Take a couple of minutes to catch up on that industry news you missed this week. Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blogs and promotions from Central for the week of August 24 through August 28!

  1. The New York Times: Burger King to McDonald’s–Let’s make a ‘McWhopper’
  2. Financial Post: How U.S. restaurants are experimenting with no-tipping policies to counter rising minimum wages
  3. Restaurant Business: NLRB redefines the ‘joint-employer’ standard, setting the stage for increased franchiser liability
  4. Eater: Beer O’clock, cat cafe, hangry and more words added to the Oxford English Dictionary
  5. QSR: The fight for fall begins
  6. Washington Examiner: School breakfast programs now serving 13.5 million kids
  7. Pizza Marketplace: Egg- white replacer hits market to ‘combat increasing egg prices’
  8. CNN: How a ‘chef’ can sway fine diners into preferring inferior food
  9. Los Angeles Times: Cocktails at Target? It could happen in Chicago
  10. Nation’s Restaurant News: Frisch’s goes private in $174.5 mil deal

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Foodservice News Week in Brief: July 17, 2015

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Time to catch up on that industry news you missed this week. Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blogs and promotions from Central for the week of July 13 through July 17!

  1. QSR Web: Should you lease or purchase commercial space for your restaurant business?
  2. Yahoo Health: The Healthiest New Fast-Food Restaurants in America
  3. Eater.com: Americans Are Frequenting Restaurants More Than They Did Before the Recession
  4. Huffington Post: The Best New Ice Cream Flavors For Summer 2015
  5. Nation’s Restaurant News: NRN names 2015 Golden Chain Award winners
  6. Fast Casual: Menu labeling mandate pushed back one year
  7. Eater.com: Nuclear Deal Could Mean McDonald’s for Iran
  8. Huffington Post: What’s Your Mac And Cheese Spirit Animal?
  9. NPR The Salt: Sugar Hooked Us On Yogurt. Could Savory Be The New Sweet?
  10. National Restaurant Association: 5 ways summer workshops help your future employees

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Food Service News Week in Brief: August 8

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Looking for the latest food service news? Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blog and promotions from Central for the week of August 3 through August 8.

  1. Restaurant Hospitality: Better guest engagement boosts repeat visits
  2. Fast Casual: Restaurant industry adds nearly 19K jobs in July
  3. Nation’s Restaurant News: Restaurant Finance Watch: Predicting the restaurant landscape in 2020
  4. Mountain Xpress: Safety first: Local restaurants team up with Goodwill for food-safety training
  5. Foodservice Equipment Reports: NAFEM, Refrigeration Makers Fight EPA Refrigerant Phase-out Deadline
  6. Burger Business: In Solitary: Most Meals Eaten Alone
  7. QSR: Avoiding the Fro-Yo Bubble – Frozen-yogurt brands diversify to combat market saturation
  8. Minnesota Café Charges 35 Cent ‘Fee’ To Protest Minimum Wage Hike
  9. Foodbeast: SNL Partners with It’Sugar, Thus Schweddy Balls Now Exist
  10. Buzzfeed Food: Cronut Creator Debuts Peanut Butter Pretzel Lobster Tails For Some Inexplicable Reason

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This promotion, in conjunction with Central’s July catalog offers 15% off all Vollrath products July 2014 Central Catalogthrough September 5th. Hundreds of items are in stock and ready to ship the same day for for orders placed before 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Shop now!

Manitowoc Ice Machines

New lower prices and  free shipping on Manitowoc ice machines! Top products in stock and ready to ship today. Plus 10% off 3M water filter systems and cartridges.  Shop now!

Cleveland

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Tackling the Food Waste Challenge: New Toolkit Offers Best Practices for Reducing Food Waste to Landfills

One of the major challenges in restaurants is food waste. A study by BSR indicated that approximately 80 billion pounds of food is discarded in US landfills each year. They also estimated that restaurants and institutional facilities accounted for around 48% of that number. For restaurant owners, food waste means lost profit. Environmentally, wasted food in landfills is hazardous, as that food releases methane gas as it decomposes. Not to mention,  a lot of this wasted food was safe enough that it could have been donated to food pantries to feed those in need. This is where the Food Waste Reduction Alliance comes in.

Food Waste Challenge

Photo by: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Photo by: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance is a joint collaboration between the Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Restaurant Association. Recently, they released a Best Practices Toolkit with the goal of increasing donations to food banks and decreasing the amount of food sent to landfills. This toolkit offers solutions and ideas for restaurants and institutions to begin reducing their food waste.

One of the solutions is to conduct a waste characterization assessment. This lets you establish what kind of material is being discarded, and allows you to see which areas can be improved by reducing, donating or recycling waste.

The toolkit also includes use by and sell by date practices. A lot of times, restaurants err on the side of caution and discard food based on use by dates, when a lot of times, that food could have been safe to donate to food banks. The FWRA suggests establishing a relationship with a trusted local food bank, and setting up date extension guidelines for donating food that may not be desirable for sale at full price, but can still be acceptable for donation under certain conditions of use.

Another goal of the Food Waste Challenge is to find creative uses to recycle food waste. A few solutions suggested is donating unusable food to local farmers for animal feed, recycling or donating used cooking oil for biofuel production, and donating organic wastes with high sugar content to help produce ethanol.

How to Get Started

Click here to view the toolkit in its entirety. It contains several helpful links and articles to help you get on the right track to reducing waste and saving money in the process.

In the meantime, shop online at CentralRestaurant.com and see our assortment of food storage pans and containers. Great prices and trusted brands to keep your food fresh longer.

Opening Day concessions

Not Just Peanuts and Cracker Jacks: Baseball Teams Introduce Unique New Concession Items for 2014

It’s Opening Week for Major League Baseball, a time when fans feel a new sense of hope and optimism that this year will be the year for their favorite team. As exciting as it is to hear the crack of the bat again, for a foodie like myself, it’s just as exciting to see what new items are being offered at the concession stand! While the classic hot dog, beer and peanuts will always be a ballpark staple, a recent trend has seen teams introduce unique and sometimes extreme concession offerings to their customers. This year will test the stomachs, as well as the wallets, of the curious fan.

Hot Dogs

It’s hard to go wrong with the classic stadium hot dog. A little mustard, some relish and you’re set! If classic is too simple for you, have no fear — there is no shortage of dynamic hot dog options being offered this year.

In Detroit, the Tigers are offering several new twists on the original. The Poutine Dog is topped with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Another option is the Late Night Dog, topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese and bacon. Cardiologist appointment not included.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are upping the ante this year by unleashing two monstrous wieners. The Venom Dog is a foot-long habanero sausage topped with black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream, and will run you $10. If you consider that a kid’s-size portion, then you should try the D-Bat, an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon, served with fries. This behemoth is a whopping $25, so only serious appetites need apply.

Sandwiches and More

Of course, if hot dogs aren’t your thing, there are plenty more choices out there. The Pittsburgh Pirates are serving up “The Closer,” a double decker grilled cheese sandwich with nine, count ‘em, NINE–types of cheese and finished with candied bacon!

Out to prove that things are bigger in Texas, the Rangers introduced the Choomongous, named after their outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. This Asian beef sandwich is topped with spicy slaw. No big deal, right? Did I forget to mention that is two feet long? You’ll want to bring some friends to share!

In Cincinnati, the Reds are challenging fans to take on their new sandwich, simply called “The Bacon.” This porcine delight features a one pound slab of bacon topped with shredded lettuce, tomato and black pepper mayo, served with chips, half a pickle and potato salad. Anyone brave enough can try the “Bacon Challenge.” All they have to do is eat four “Bacon” sandwiches, with all the accoutrements, in one inning. Do so, and all four sandwiches are free, and the winner gets a t-shirt that says, “I Conquered the Bacon Challenge.” Fail, and leave with a lighter wallet and a lifetime of regret.

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Sitting through a three hour game in the middle of summer can be tough without something to cool you down. The Chicago White Sox have you and your family covered, as they introduce a Banana Split Sundae Helmet. Served in an actual-size baseball helmet, this whopper includes 12 scoops of ice cream and weighs in at a belt-busting THREE pounds!

Meanwhile, the minor-league Akron RubberDucks are catering to the over-21 crowd with the 32 ounce “Ugly Duckling.” 16 ounces of Irish stout beer are poured over three large scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles.

Concession Equipment

If you are a concessionaire, shop Central for all of your concession equipment needs. Whether you’re serving the classics, or something a little more daring, Central has you covered. Check out our assortment here.

Camshelving®

Cambro Camshelving® Elements Series Solves Food Storage Needs

Cambro Camshelving® Elements Series

Cambro’s Camshelving® Elements Series is an affordable solution for restaurants and foodservices for all their food storage needs. Weighing 60 percent lighter than steel units, Camshelving® is incredibly easy to set up and adjust. And just because it weighs less than steel doesn’t mean it is any less durable. Camshelving® is constructed of a composite material that is just as strong and has a weldless construction.  It’s one of the most innovative, durable and hygienic shelving solutions on the market.

Camshelving®Cleanability

Camshelving® units have a non-porous surface that easily wipes clean. As far as the shelf plates go, they can be removed and placed in a dishwasher to be cleaned. Camshelving® also includes Camguard® antimicrobial protection that is permanently embedded into the shelf plates.

“Because Camguard® is blended throughout the the entire shelf and does not migrate like organic additives, any nicks or scratches in the shelving will simply expose a fresh surface containing Camguard® antimicrobial,” Cambro said in a Camguard® whitepaper.

Customization

Restaurants and foodservices will appreciate the options Camshelving® has in many different widths.  Add-on kits can be purchased to expand a shelving area and do not change shelf weight capacities.  Shelves are available in solid or vented to accommodate different storage areas. There also mobile units available too. Camshelving® can truly be customized to fit any need.

In this week’s video, see just how durable Camshelving® really is and shop Central’s website for all things Cambro.