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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.

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 2/10

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 6-10.

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Restaurants are Following in QSR’s Lead
From Chron.com, Read News Release

In a recent news release from The NDP Group, when it comes to the restaurant industry, they discovered fast casual or QSRs (quick service restaurants) are in the lead.  According to their study, QSRs have been the only segment to show growth in the nation’s current economic situation.  Because of their success, restaurants are now following suit to increase sales.  Read the full news release on Chron’s website.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake to be Available in All U.S. Locations
From Washington Post, Read Article

Each year there are many restaurants with signature limited time offers–one of the most popular being McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.  This year McDonald’s has stepped it up and has made the shake available in all of their locations across the country.  According to the Washington Post article, the decision to put the shake in all stores was made by customer feedback.  Read the full story on the Washington Post website.

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Happy Birthday, Let’s Move!
From CBS News, Read Article

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign entered into its second year of combating childhood obesity on February 9.  And what greater birthday present to get than to hear this quote from Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “For the first time in a long time, we did not see a rise in obesity rates.” The CBS article points out some of Let’s Move!’s many accomplishments such as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the revision of the food pyramid to MyPlate.  Vilsack also told CBS about their 2012 goals which include increasing the number of schools involved and to help children learn better eating habits for their every day lives.  Read full article on the CBS website.

National Restaurant Association Boosts Restaurant Involvement for “Kids LiveWell” Initiative
From NRA, Read Press Release

On the same day as the second anniversary of the Let’s Move! campaign, NRA announced the amount of restaurants participating in their “Kids LiveWell” initiative has tripled since it first began in July 2011.  The initiative was put in place to give parents better and healthier menu options for their children at restaurants.  According to NRA, restaurants can become a part of the initiative by meeting specific qualifications based on “leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations.”  Read full news release on the NRA website.

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Valentine’s Day at Restaurants

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, restaurants are gearing up for the event with special menu items and promotions.  Here are a few we found:

Need an idea for a promotion at your restaurant? Check out this article, “10 Valentine’s Day Promotions For Your Restaurant,” by Amanda MacArthur, Managing Editor for Swipely.

To keep the conversation going, let us know what your foodservice establishment’s plans are for Valentine’s Day! Special menu? Unique setting?

Comment on Facebook or let us know on Twitter and use #CRPvalentine.

 

 

Foodservice Industry Resources

From schools to restaurants, it’s always great to have some resources to find the latest foodservice industry information.  Here are a few resources, along with their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Please comment below and share your favorites!

Nation’s Restaurant News

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Foodservice.com

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School Nutrition Association

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Fed Up With Lunch

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Mobile Food News

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Energy Star

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Smart Blog on Restaurants

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QSR

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Central’s Week in Brief: August 19, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We 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. While food trucks and restaurants have been battling it out since the trend began, a part of Canada may just be figuring out how to make the relationship work.  This Calgary Herald article discusses a new food truck pilot program, which essentially maps out where food trucks can park. One of the individuals interviewed even told the reporter he had received calls from restaurants and pubs in the area asking he park near them!

2. Lately restaurants have been getting slack for unhealthy menu items, but let’s not forget those who really are making changes for the better.  MSN Fitbie covered the topic showcasing some of these healthier changes such as Cheesecake Factory’s SkinnyLicious menu items, McDonald’s revised Happy Meal that replaces fries with apples and Chick-fil-A’s multigrain oatmeal.

3. Where do Millennials (ages 16-24) enjoy dining the most?  Quick-service restaurants.  It makes sense, after all they are always on the go.  Convenience Store News recently wrote about the Executive Insights report that looked into this, finding 20 percent of Generation Y go to a QSR every other day.  Some favorite QSRs found in the study included Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, Chipolte and Boston Market.

4. Schools are continuously looking for ways to curb childhood obesity.  This USA Today article discusses one of the latest topics from a School Nutrition Association (SNA) survey, which looked into how long students actually have for lunch.  They found the average time was 25-30 minutes, but after factoring in using the restroom then waiting in the lunch line, it’s approximately 10-15 minutes.  SNA found healthy foods can take longer to eat and in a rush, students opt for the unhealthier quicker items. Perhaps making lunch a little longer could help in solving the childhood obesity problem?

5. “Rockuccinos” and “You Shook Me All Night Long Moscatos” makes one wonder if rock bands are taking over the foodservice industry.  Well, it might be a possibility! KISS will be opening up a coffee house in Las Vegas, which will be their second location (the first being in Myrtle Beach).  Then band AC/DC recently announced a new partnership with New South Wales on a wine collection.  This New York Post article mentions some of the names which are “Back in Black” Shiraz, “Highway to Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon and “Hells Bells” Sauvignon Blanc.