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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: June 9, 2017

Another week is in the books! Time to catch up on the latest foodservice industry news and Central blogs and promotions!

Industry News

  1. NPR the Salt: Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us a Try
  2. Eater: Why Haven’t American Truffles Taken Root Yet?
  3. National Restaurant Association: NRA Show 2017 is largest ever
  4. Delish: Anthony Bourdain Says This Filipino Dish Will be the Next Big Food Trend in America
  5. HuffPost Taste: The Breakfast Pizza Recipes You’ll be Dreaming About All Night Long
  6. Nation’s Restaurant News: Future of Food: Diners Will Expect an Influx of ‘New’
  7. NPR the Salt: An Illustrated Guide to Master the Elements of Cooking – Without Recipes
  8. National Restaurant Associations: Coca-Cola Pledges Record $1.5M to NRAEF
  9. Delish: If You’re A Krispy Kreme Fan, You’re About to Get Excited About this Deal
  10. Nation’s Restaurant News: Seattle Approves Tax on Sweetened Beverages 

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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: March 31, 2017

Spring has sprung and another week is coming to a close. There’s no better time to catch up on industry happenings and Central exclusive content.

Industry News

  1. NPR: Let them eat bread: The theft that helped inspire Les Miserables
  2. Huffington Post: 9 whiskey cocktail recipes that are as stiff as they are smooth
  3. Eater: Food trucks may start docking at O’Hare and Midway airports
  4. Nation’s Restaurant News: For many immigrants, restaurants are the American dream
  5. Delish: 13 food pranks you should pull on April Fool’s Day
  6. NPR: The pregame PB&J: How the comfort food became the NBA’s recipe for success
  7. Huffington Post: 94-Year-Old McDonald’s employee celebrates 44th anniversary on job
  8. Nation’s Restaurant News: Chefs make pudding anything but boring
  9. Delish: Oreo’s new flavor feels like an April Fool’s Day joke to us all
  10. Huffington Post: The best Easter lamb recipes for a holiday feast

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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief

Welcome to the end of the week! Winter is almost over and the weekend is nearly here. We’re feeling a little extra pep in our step and hope you are too. Fuel that pep by catching up on the latest foodservice happenings and Central promotions!

Industry News

  1. Nation’s Restaurant News: Customers Have Cut Back on Eating Out Since the Election
  2. Foodservice News: Third Party Delivery Fees are a Negotiable Secret
  3. Huffington Post: It’s About Time Your Learned How to Cut a Mango
  4. Eater: D.C. Restaurant Sues Donald Trump, Trump Hotel for Unfair Competition
  5. Delish: The Scariest Things to Ever Happen to Pizza Delivery People
  6. Nation’s Restaurant News: Restaurants Mark International Women’s Day
  7. Huffington Post: The Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Pizza Lovers
  8. Delish: These Pops are the Healthiest Way to Get Your Banana Split On
  9. Foodservice News: New Technology Helps Restaurants Run Smarter
  10. Nation’s Restaurant News: Where There’s Smoke, There are Cocktails

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Week in Brief: February 17, 2017

Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: February 17, 2017

Happy Friday! It’s the best day of the week to catch up on everything new happening in the foodservice industry, as well as the latest Central blogs and current promotions.

Foodservice Industry News

  1. Delish: The 57 Most Delish S’mores Ideas
  2. Huffington Post: Here’s Why You Really Should Be Freezing Your Oatmeal
  3. Eater: A Guide to the Stars of ‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3
  4. The NAFEM Show: Photos from The NAFEM Show 2017 (Feb. 9-11, 2017)
  5. Nation Restaurant News: Denny’s New Pancakes Boost Sales
  6. Huffington Post: Paleo Brunch Recipes That’ll Fuel You All Day
  7. Eater: How a Day Without Immigrants Affects Restaurants 
  8. National Restaurant Association: Restaurants Rally to Help Tornado Victims
  9. Nation Restaurant News: Stephan Pyles Named to MenuMasters Hall of Fame
  10. Delish: 32 Healthier Ways to Eat Pizza

Central Blogs

  1. Customer Spotlight: Convivio
  2. Tip of the Day Tuesday: Food Service Carts
  3. That’s a Wrap – Our NAFEM Recap

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Foodservice Industry News Week in Brief: January 6, 2017

Welcome to the New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! Now it’s time to get back to the daily grind…

Here’s what happened this week.

Foodservice Industry News

  1. Huffington Post: While Everyone Else Diets, You Can Eat More of These 7 Foods
  2. NPR: A Plant-Friendly Atkins Diet Gets High Marks on List of 2017’s Best Diets
  3. The NAFEM Show: 5 Ways to Make the Most of the NAFEM Show
  4. Eater: The Beauty and Bounty of the Steakhouse Salad Bar
  5. National Restaurant Association: What’s Hot 2017 Culinary Forecast
  6. Huffington Post: The 9 Worst Retro Foods the Holidays Have Ever Endured
  7. NPR: Refugees Resettled in Chicago Help Make its Most Famous Cheesecake
  8.  Delish: Here’s How to Make the Best Grilled Cheese Ever
  9. National Restaurant Association: Mapping the Technological Landscape 
  10. Huffington Post: 11 Foods You Should Resolve to Try in 2017

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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: December 23, 2016

The holidays are here! Wishing everyone a very merry holiday and the happiest of New Years!

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Foodservice Industry News

  1. Huffington Post: Hot Chocolate Recipes That’ll Warm You Up on Chilly Days
  2. Eater: 13 Snapshots of American Dining 
  3. NPR: These Elaborate Gingerbread Creations Prove that Baking is an Art
  4. Delish: 9 Foods Your Should Eat Before a Flight
  5. National Restaurant Association: What’s Hot, 2017 Culinary Forecast 
  6. Nation’s Restaurant News: What Makes an Ideal General Manager 
  7. Eater: The Year in Food Technology and Innovation 
  8. Huffington Post: The Best Thing to Make With All Those Leftover Candy Canes
  9. Nation’s Restaurant News: 10 Events that Shaped Restaurants in 2016
  10. NPR: Marzipan, the Sweet Taste of the Holidays in Madrid

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10 Foodservice Trends for 2011

Within days we will say goodbye to another year and will welcome a new one. In 2010, there were many new foodservice trends; Gourmet-on-the-Go, “Fine Fast” Sandwich Shops, Boutique Booze and Eggs All Day are just a few of the trends mentioned in a Convenience Store News article. While many of the trends that began this year will continue on, many new ones are on the rise.  Here is a look at what some sources are reporting for the New Year.

1.      Food Trucks

In a Foodservice Equipment and Supplies (FES) article on upcoming trends, they bring up the food truck. We’ve seen and/or heard about them and they have even made headlines in Chicago for banning them. More food trucks may begin to appear in 2011—and what makes them different than in the past according to the article is the fact they are being used as “brand extensions and catering aids.”

2.      New Cuts of Meat

“Newly fabricated cuts of meat” is an upcoming trend described by Missy Frederick of the Washing Business Journal. She asks, “Have you heard of a Denver steak? The pork flat iron, the Petite Tender?” These are what chefs are saying will be a hot trend for the upcoming year. While these will become more popular, it will be interesting to see if there is any downfall when new guidelines go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, making it mandatory for there to be labels on raw meat and poultry.

3.      Hyper-Local

Buying from local business has been increasing in popularity over the past few years. Some restaurants are taking local to an even further level—they are growing their own products and doing their own butchering. In another article by Frederick, she discusses this trend and says places like Restaurant Eve and Bourbon Steak are already being hyper-local and more restaurants may move this way in the New Year.

4.      Social Media

Social media has been on the rise for quite some time and its popularity is as high as it’s ever been—especially for businesses and restaurants.  In the Harvard Business Review, they say 2011 “will be the year these companies take a look at integrating social media, not only regionally, but globally.” Many different news sources are pointing out the importance of social media, and we might see it being such an important marketing tool for 2011 that some of those who aren’t using it might be missing out.

5.      Sophisticated K-12 Cafeterias

This is what is titled in FES’s “Top Design Trends for 2011.” Currently, many college campus cafeterias have the open food court with several different food concepts and registers scattered throughout. According to this article, grade, middle and high school cafeterias might move in this direction.  This could possibly work hand in hand with the fight against childhood obesity as more concepts would provide children with more variety in healthier choices.

6.      Better Nutrition

We have reported on health and nutrition in our blog and it’s been heavily covered in news articles all around the country.  Many different news sites are discussing 2011 being a year of healthier food trends—not only for schools but also restaurants and fast food chains.

7.      Alcoholic Beverages

A recent Nation’s Restaurant News article says alcoholic beverage sales will increase next year.  This ranges from people entertaining guests at home and also in restaurants. FES mentions this in an article and says “’Mad-Men’ style retro cocktails, high-cachet gin and bourbon, craft beers and punch (including sangria)” will be on the rise.

8.      Mom and Pop Shops

While these could have some competition with those food trucks we just mentioned, Restaurant Hospitality says we will see more “mom and pop” shops popping up. They describe these as “self-financed and self-built restaurants” that usually have 40 or less seating arrangements. They say if someone is pondering the idea to open up a shop like this, now is the time to do it.

9.      Online and Mobile Ordering and Applications

If you can order a pizza through a text on your phone, just imagine what will be available in years to come. Not too long ago, we reported on digital menus! So there is a growing trend of technology in the industry.  Technology gives customers more control—and they like that feeling. But it’s not just online/mobile ordering that will be on the rise, it will be a variety of applications.  For instance, on the Sacramento Bee’s hot food trends for 2011, they’ve put down the “iPad wine lists.”  They say the New York Times found Bone’s wine sales increased 11 percent just two weeks after they rolled out their wine list on the iPad. It looks as though the mobile trend will continue to grow and make things quicker and more convenient for customers.

10.  Korean Food

Mexican and Chinese are two of the many types of popular ethnic cuisine in America and many top trend lists are pointing that Korean food will join in for 2011. This will range from food trucks, street food and restaurants.

There are many lists for 2011 trends for the foodservice industry. It will be interesting to see which trends make it and which ones don’t. We’ll follow up on these to see what rises in popularity.

Everyone at Central wishes you and yours a very safe and happy 2011.

Knowledge base

We have a new resource on the website that I hope will be a helpful tool for our visitors– the Central Knowledge Base has foodservice industry news, recipes, press releases, training videos and other helpful hints for foodservice operators. Let us know what you think, or if you have something you’d like me to add.