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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 8/31

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 27-31.

Hurricane Isaac Could Mean More Bad News for Farmers

From Chicago Tribune, Read Full Story

Over the last couple weeks we’ve continued to see the effects of the drought on the nation’s heartland and have heard many speculations as to how it will impact food prices.  According to U.S. Drought Monitor, updated last on Thursday August 30, many states are still categorized at the D4 level, the most intense type of drought on the scale.  This may change over the next few days as many Midwest states will receive much needed rainfall with the remnants of Hurricane Issac.  However according to a Chicago Tribune article, an agricultural meteorologist said the remnants will stall crop harvests and could cause some localized damage.

National Restaurant Association to Kick Off National Food Safety Month

From Food Safety Month, Read Full Story

“Be safe, don’t cross-contaminate” says the National Restaurant Association, who kicks off their 18th annual National Food Safety Month on September 1.  NFSM is an annual NRA campaign that brings more awareness to food safety.  Through the campaign, NRA offers a variety of tools for restaurants such as training activities and posters.  All materials are free and can be found on the Serv Safe website.

Registration Has Begun for the US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship

From United States Pizza Team, Read Full Story

Does your pizzaria have something special that others don’t?  Do you have a special technique that puts you ahead of your competition? You can use all the skills that make your pizza place special at this year’s US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship.  According to the U.S. Pizza Team website, “The U.S. Pizza Team was established in 2000 as a vehicle to further promote the pizza industry and independent pizzerias through friendly competition, live and televised performances, team and individual appearances and more.”  They added attending team members gain a sense of camaraderie with others providing an overall positive outcome for customers.

Last Chance to Sign Up for September’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

From The Central Blog, Read Full Story

For restaurants, both independent and multi-units, looking to increase sales and raise money for a great cause, Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is the perfect fundraiser.  Dine Out For No Kid Hungry enables restaurants to donate a portion of sales to help end childhood hunger.  There’s no registration fee or minimum donation amount to join and Share Our Strength has literally done all the work enabling restaurants to get started quickly with little effort on their part.  While the official week for the event is September 16-22, Share Our Strength® welcomes and encourages restaurants to participate anytime and for as long as they’d like during the month of September.  The last day to sign up is Friday September 7.  Register today!  Contact Share Our Strength Senior Manager Jessie Sherrer at 202-478-6505 with questions.

Labor Day Weekend Restaurant Sales and Promotions

Looking to dine out this weekend?  We’ve looked all over the web and found some deals going on this weekend so you can dine out, boost restaurant sales and save some money at the same time.

Bahama Breeze Italian Grille: $10 Burger and Beer

Baskin-Robbins: Buy One Cone, Get One Free

Buca di Beppo: $10 Off Dine In and To Go Orders

Burger King: $1 Real Fruit Smoothies

Caribou Coffee: $2 Breakfast Sandwiches or Oatmeal

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: $10 Off and $5 Off of Purchase

Denny’s: Free ‘Nana Bread Pancake Puppies with Entree Purchase

Macaroni Grill: Buy One Entree, Get One Free

Mimis Cafe: $5 off Purchase of $15

On The Border: Free Order of Original Queso

Pizza Hut: Spend $20 or More and Get Free Medium Pizza

Quiznos: Buy One, Get One for $1 and $1 Off Select Menu Items

Red Robin: Facebook Offer–$5 off $20 Purchase

Sonic: Half Price Breakfast Burritos on September 4

Subway: $5 Footlong Faves

Central’s Week in Brief: September 2, 2011

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. It’s been a busy week in the coffee business! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is stepping into the game with a new marketing campaign that will roll out three new signature blends.  Then, despite having to close 475 locations due to Border’s bankruptcy, this Nation’s Restaurant News article says Seattle’s Best has debuted 12 new stores since April. Last, Starbucks recently announced they will be selling their own line of K-Cup blends later on this year.

2. While some restaurants are taking steps into a healthier direction, one of Denny’s latest menu items doesn’t quite fit the “healthy” description, however, will probably be quite popular with diners.  It’s the Mac n’ Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt and has a total of 1690 calories.  It’s all a part of their “Let’s Get Cheesy!” campaign.  To learn more about this sandwich, and other cheesy menu items, in this Eater article.

 3. It looks like hot dogs are making a comeback!  This QSR article discusses how hot dogs are expanding beyond food carts and many restaurants are reviving this food item–even as far as creating entire hot dog concepts out of them.  It’s too early to tell if it’s just a fad, or if it’s here to stay, but in the mean time, people will be able to enjoy gourmet-style hot dogs at more and more restaurants.

 4. Around this time last year, restaurants in the southern states were losing business due to the BP oil spill. This year, many restaurants will be cleaning up from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irene. In this Nation’s Restaurant News article, they noted a statement by Brad Ludington, restaurant securities analyst for KeyBanc Capitol Markets, who said the 10 states affected by this tragedy will probably lose at least the equivalent of one day of weekend sales, some maybe more.

5. Can you believe the Labor Day weekend is here? On the overall spectrum of restaurant sales, Nation’s Restaurant News recently submitted a news release stating one-third of Americans will visit a restaurant, grab take-out or use a delivery service this Labor Day weekend. Read the full news release here.

Labor Day: Day Off, End of Summer and More!

Labor Day weekend is coming up fast. Many of you know that Labor Day means a day off, the end of summer and maybe some last minute summer activities and big $ale$, but do you know the real meaning and history of Labor Day?

Labor Day was originally proposed as a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

It has been observed for over 125 years. Some records show that in 1882 the idea of labor day was proposed by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, he was also the co founder of the American Federation of Labor. But many believe Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded the holiday.

Either way, the holiday was proposed in 1882, was first observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City and again on September 5, 1883.  In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday. By 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. By 1894 Congress passed an act naming the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

The rest is, as they say, “history”, but enough of that, let’s move on to what labor day means today.

DAY OFF!! Everyone loves a good day off of work, although what it is filled with varies. Some families take a last minute vacation, some spend the day on a nearby lake, some have cookouts for their family and friends, some clean the house while others catch up on homework. Whether you are doing something fun or something necessary, the day off is well-deserved.

End of Summer. These ideas associated with Labor Day are not always good. The end of summer means returning to school, the community pools are closing, outdoor eating areas are getting colder, grills and outdoor furniture needs to be stored away and winter is just around the corner.

Last minute summer activities!! These are always fun, whether you are visiting an amusement park, lake, family, having a cookout or just relaxing, you will be enjoying some last minute summer weather and activities.

And who could forget…SALESCentral Restaurant Products Last Chance to Save sale will be ending September 6. Hurry and stock up on your kitchen basics and necessities.

Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you will be doing this Labor Day Weekend.