Tag Archives: President Obama

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: August 17

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.”

Eggs… Dangerous?

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!


Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: June 29

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
From QSR

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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.

Remembering Writer, Filmmaker and Food Lover Nora Ephron
From Bradenton Herald and Eater

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

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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.

Vending Machines and Menus Will Be Getting a Makeover

The health care reform legislation was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Obama. Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will change the way menu boards, vending machines and menus look.

Part of this act requires food service establishments with 20 or more locations to list calorie content for standard menu items. Other nutritional information will need to be available upon request.

Vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines will also need to disclose calorie content for certain items.

The FDA wants to hear from you. The deadline for proposed regulations is March 23, 2011 and the FDA wants to know how you think the labeling requirements should be implemented.

To share your opinion visit the FDA website and follow the instructions. It’s simple and in just a few steps your opinion will be heard.