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Central’s Week in Brief: July 11

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.) A study by the Mintel Foodservice revealed “consumers believe that more healthful menu selections are pricer than standard restaurant fare, making it tougher for operators to sell nutrition-oriented items to spending-shy guests.” View more results in this Nation’s Restaurant News article.

2.) In an article from Food Safety News, they learned from the CDC that there have been 25 people infected by a strain of Salmonella that has been linked to Idaho sprouts.

3.) Good news for quick-service restaurants and convenience stores/chains.  In this article by Convenience Store News, they spoke with D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Bart Glenn who said “it appears commodity prices have peaked, at least for the near term. Although food inflation will remain an issue through 2012, it is encouraging that prices appear to be normalizing.”

4.) Gulf News revealed in an article that “the Dubai government has launched a clean-technology venture in which waste cooking oil will be converted into eco-friendly fuel.  The biodiesel will be used by fast food giant McDonald’s to operate its delivery trucks.”

5.) We are very excited our next master catalog will be hitting the streets on Monday! If you aren’t on our mailing list, click here to obtain a copy and visit us online to view the latest products and sign up for our emails.

Who’s afraid of the big bad swine?

What are restaurants doing to take precautions against spreading the swine flu, now known as the H1N1 virus?

According to an article in QSR Magazine, managers for the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago acknowledged the outbreak by placing about 140 hand-sanitizing stations on the show floor, as well as an information center, where visitors could ask questions about the virus.

What are restaurants doing to acknowledge the outbreak? Have there been staff meetings? Perhaps retraining on proper hand washing techniques? How many restaurants offer not just soap, but hand sanitizer to their customers? Are diners asking for it? Has the virus affected restaurant traffic?

According to a Gallup poll, 6% of Americans said on April 30 they did not go shopping or to a restaurant last week because of concerns about the H1N1 virus. Gallup did note that concerns about the virus have not yet affected consumer spending, at least here in the U.S.

For more resources and information, NRA and EcoLab released an H1N1 Toolkit to help prevent the spread of influenza viruses in restaurants.