Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry for June 25-29.
School Nutrition Standards to Go into Effect on July 1
From HuffPost Education
Schools across the country have been gearing up for new nutritional standards that go into affect on July 1. A recent HuffPost Education article looked into a Health Impact Assessment by the Health Impact Project which found the new standards will immensely help children stay at a healthy weight and increase foodservice revenue. Read full article on at HuffPost Education.
Restaurants President Obama Dines At See Spike in Sales
Whenever a restaurant gets exposure, whether it’s in a magazine or television show, sales usually increase. So one could only imagine what would happen when the president stops by. QSR spoke with Casey Patten, co-owner of hoagie restaurant Taylor Gourmet, about their experience with President Obama visiting one of their locations on May 16. It turned out sales of the sandwich the president ate rose 250 percent at all Taylor Gourmet locations. Overall, QSR said restaurants typically see anywhere from a 15 to 25 percent increase in sales when the president dines there. Read full article on the QSR website.
Writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, famous for many films such as as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, passed away on Tuesday June 26 at the age of 71. In addition to writing and filmmaking, she was also very passionate about food. Her last film, “Julie & Julia,” focused on chef Julia Child which a Bradenton Herald article said “in some ways reflected the filmmaker’s own love of food preparation.” They also talked about her work in her Manhattan kitchen and self-published 174-page cookbook titled “Nora’s Cookbook.” Eater.com put together this article which includes a collection of thoughts about Ephron, written by many people in the food and movie industries.
Healthy Dining Finder Wins Award for Being a Top Health Resource
From National Restaurant Association
According to a recent NRA article, HealthyFinder.com received Health Information Resource Center’s Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health award. The site is a nutrition and food guide dedicated to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read full story on the NRA website.
Restaurants Gear Up for July 4
From Various Websites
With America’s birthday just around the corner, restaurants all over the country are gearing up with specials; some of these specials exclusive to the holiday and some aren’t. Here are a few we found, please share your findings below in our comments section! Dates vary, be sure to click on links for full details.
- 7-11: Free Slurpee on 7-11
- Burger King: $1.04 Original Chicken Sandwich
- Boston Market: 50% off Any Family Meal on July 4
- Hardees/Carl’s Jr: Dress Like Superman on July 4 and Eat for Free
- Jamba Juice: Buy One, Get One Free
- Joe’s Crab Shack: Free Crazy Good Crab Dip with Purchase of an Entree
- Little Caesars: $1.99 for Crazy Bread and Crazy Sauce
- McAlister’s: Free Tea Day (July 26)
- Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: $5 off $15 Purchase
- Starbucks Frappuccino: $1 off When Buy Two or More at Once
Welcome to July, everybody!
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!
1) There are new rules coming for debit card swipe fees. Taking effect this Oct. 1, the Federal Reserve will put a cap on debit card swipe fees for merchants at 21 cents per transaction. These fees are paid by merchants each time customers use a debit card to pay. The NRA (Nation’s Restaurant News) says they are disappointed and concerned the Federal Reserve’s cap rose as much as it did from the proposed rule, and put together this article about the new rule.
2) We’ve heard of some new ethnic foods becoming more popular in America’s fast casual market, the latest being Indian. This Nation’s Restaurant News article says, “full-service mom-and-pop operators have long dominated the landscape of Indian restaurants across America, but this new wave of chain concepts aims to offer the same flavors with limited-service speed and price points.”
3) The nation’s fifth largest fast food chain, Jack in the Box, is removing toys from their kids meals. The Huffington Post reports these changes have come amidst many towns in California who now require kid’s meals meet certain nutritional standards in order to be able to include toys. Jack in the Box comments the decision wasn’t related to recent events and children nutrition advocates hope Jack in the Box’s actions will help their competitors move in this direction as well.
4) Soul Daddy, winner of NBC’s “Next Great Restaurant,” has closed their last location in Minneapolis’ Mall of America. The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports the restaurant was open for “barely two months.” One of the store’s managers, Josh Furman, told the Star Tribune he didn’t see it coming as “they were in process of adding new items to the menu and developing the concept more in line with Jamawn’s (founder) original soul-food concept.”
5) The holiday weekend is here! From July 2 through July 4, Burger King is having a special deal and will offer their Original Chicken Sandwich for $1.04. Nation’s Restaurant News says the typical price for the sandwich is $3.69. Burger King isn’t the only one, take advantage of offers in your area and do a quick search to see what’s going on.
Central wishes you a fun and safe July Fourth weekend.