Goodbye summer, hello fall. Here are five top stories of the foodservice industry from the Summer of 2012.
Drought Causes Increase in Food Prices
Most of country experienced drought anywhere from abnormally dry to exceptionally dry this summer. One of the hardest hit areas was the nation’s heartland, where most of the country’s farms are based. This led to an increase in food prices, that may continue to show long term affects.
New York City Drink Ban
In an effort to curb America’s obesity problem, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shocked New Yorkers (as well as the entire country) with the proposal of a ban on large sugary drinks in New York theaters, eateries, food carts, delis, concession stands, stadiums, etc. Sugary beverages (i.e. regular soda or sweet tea) would not be allowed to be served in cups larger than 16 oz. And on Thursday September 13, the New York City Board of Health approved the ban. Changes will go into effect in March 2013.
USDA Guidelines Info Effect for Schools
On July 1, the first phase of the USDA’s new standards for school meals went into effect. This created minimum requirements for fruit, vegetables and grains, as well as meat and meat alternatives. It also revised the type of milk that can be served and created dietary specifications to be met on average over the course of a week.
Continued Job Growth in the Restaurant Industry
Jobs in the restaurant industry continued to grow this summer. One NRA press release reported that from June 2011 through June 2012, there was a 2.7 percent increase in jobs, which exceeded U.S. employment growth in general by 1.4 percent. They added approximately 116,000 jobs were added in the first half of 2012.
First Kids’ State Dinner at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first Kids’ State Dinner at the White House on Monday August 20. They invited 54 children, between the ages of eight and 12, all having submitted a recipe (and published) into Let’s Move!’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook. Winners came from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Northern Marina Islands. Check out Let’s Move! to learn about winners, see select recipes and to download a copy of the cookbook.