Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 13-17.
President Obama Announces $170 Million in Federal Aid for Farmers
From Washington Post Politics, Read Full Story
In last week’s “Week in Brief,” we discussed the drought and how it is affecting America’s heartland, which will inevitably affect food prices worldwide. Due to the harsh conditions, during President Obama’s stop in Iowa on Monday August 13, he announced the government would provide $170 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers.
In a Washington Post Politics article, they said “During the announcement, Obama repeated his call for Congress to pass a farm bill that includes short-term relief measures for the drought-stricken agricultural industry.”
From Huff Post Food, Read Full Story
The egg. “The incredible edible egg.” A breakfast staple that many restaurants now include in their menu all day long. However according to a Western University researcher in London, eggs might not be as healthy as we think they are.
Huff Post Food reported the researcher “claims the cholesterol found in yolks is almost as dangerous as smoking.” Through studies, this researcher discovered consuming eggs speeds up plaque build up on arteries. But then again, there are others such as Nutrition Officer Karen Harvey which told Huff Post Food their “decades of clinical research demonstrating no link between egg consumption, and an increase of heart disease.”
Restaurant Industry May Slow for 2013
From NDP Group, Read Full Story
Over the last few years, in the midst of the the United States’ current economic situation, restaurants have been doing well. However according to a recent NDP Group study, the restaurant industry may be losing its momentum. Despite positive outcomes during the uniquely mild winter, the spring months only rose one percent, which was lower than expected. With customers still struggling in the economic situation, which includes the high unemployment rate, NDP has adjusted growth over the next two years to only be one percent.
Diners at a Los Angeles Restaurant Get a 5 Percent Discount for Putting Down their Cell Phone
From EATER, Read Full Story
The cell phone is more than just a phone. It’s practically a miniature computer that people are constantly on, perhaps maybe even addicted too. Many restaurants have become aggravated with customers using cell phones while dining out. It can be frustrating to wait staff trying to assist diners, or it’s a distraction to the other customers sitting around. One restaurant owner, Mark Gold of Eva Restaurant, has come up with a solution.
In an EATER article, they reported Gold will give his customers a five percent discount if they give up their cell phone when they dine at the restaurant. And even though it can be bothersome from the reasons stated above, Gold told southern California’s KPCC the new discount opportunity isn’t about bothering guests. He said, “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone.”
Don’t Forget to Sign Your Restaurant Up for Dine Out for No Kid Hungry
Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is just around the corner. Has your restaurant signed up yet? Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is an event for restaurants during the month of September to raise money to help end childhood hunger. The official week is from September 15-22; however Share Our Strength encourages restaurants to participate longer if they can.
In the past, the event has raised $2.4 million and has a goal this year to raise $5 million. Signing up is easy and Share Our Strength makes sure restaurants have all the resources they need. Check out our July blog for more information, and visit the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and sign your restaurant up today. Time is running out!