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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: September 21

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from September 17-21.

Quick Service Restaurants Continue To Lead In Sales

From Nation’s Restaurant News

The latest Nation’s Restaurant News’ MillerPulse survey, which reviewed quick service restaurants (QSRs) and full service restaurants, determined QSRs continue to be in the lead.  NRN said “restaurant industry same-store sales improved overall in August, but the gap between the quick service and full service segments continue to widen.”  Review the article to view the article and the “restaurant industry same-store sales, traffic” graph.

Higher Tips for Restaurant Workers?

From New York Post

The standard amount for diners to tip is typically around 15 to 20 percent.  However, according to recent findings by the New York Post, New Yorkers are starting to tip more often in the 25 percent range.  They spoke with Sarah Fones, who asked a great question–will a 15 percent tip make a restaurant patron look like a “cheapo?” And the New York Post is also discovering many different kinds of places are providing more opportunities to tip workers.  The New York Post said two coffee bars in Midtown and the Upper West Side have created the DipJar, which will allow guests using credit cards to tip.  This could only make one wonder–if tipping standards have been raised in New York, will that change things for restaurants around the country? Only time will tell.

McDonald’s Delays The “McRib”

From NACS Online

McDonald’s McRib, a limited time offer many customers wait year round for, usually is promoted in late October.  However this year, customers will just have to wait.  NACS Online reported the chain has pushed back the release of the McRib to from late October to late December, as it is a time when company sales are slower.  NACS Online added McDonald’s will debut two other limited time offers–The Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Burger and Cheddar Bacon Onion Chicken Sandwich.

Rise in Menu Prices

From the National Restaurant Association

The NRA analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and discovered a 0.3 percent increase in menu prices for the month of August.  They added there was a 2.8 increase from August 2011 through August 2012.  Piggy-packing onto Nation Restaurant News’ recent statistics on QSRs, NRA said “figures further suggest that menu prices in the quick service segment outpaced prices at full service restaurants.”  They added those menu prices grew 3.3 percent over the last year.

10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice This Fall

From The Central Blog

Whether a school cafeteria needs new equipment to help comply with new USDA guidelines, or to just have something more efficient, Central is a great resource.  We recently released our “10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice this Fall.”  It includes many products and and product categories for schools to review if considering new equipment.

 

 

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: March 23

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for March 19-23.

Fast Casuals/QSR Food Trucks?
From the National Restaurant Association, Read Article

Not that long ago we learned fast casual and quick service restaurants are the current leaders of the foodservice industry.  So it makes sense for them to get on board with a huge industry trend that has providen to have staying power–food trucks.  NRA noted from the 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast that 22 percent of fast casual restaurants and 13 percent of QSRs would consider adding a food truck to their business.  About those opposed to the idea, NRA spoke with the Senior Vice President of NRA’s Research and Knowledge group, and he said there are restaurant owners who consider food trucks as competition.  It’s a very valid stance, especially as food trucks compete with restaurants and other food trucks…one would think… However, just from observing the food truck scene in Indianapolis, many trucks join forces!  So who knows what will happen.  For more information, read the full story on the NRA website.

Burger King is Dethroned!
From Huffington Post Food, Read Article

For the longest time, the order of the largest burger chains went McDonald’s, Burger King then Wendy’s. Not anymore!  News broke this week that Wendy’s has exceeded Burger Kings sales.  It was close though.  According to a HuffPost food article, Wendy’s had $8.5 billion in sales last year and Burger King had $8.4 billion.  Who knows, maybe Burger King will take the lead again next year.  Last year they stopped using the king mascot, when Wendy’s was revving up their marketing campaign for burgers.  Then this year, Wendy’s has brought back the ever famous catch phrase, “Where’s the Beef?” in commercials.  So here is some nostalgia for you on a Friday, the original 1984 Wendy’s commercialRead more on HuffPost Food.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ghostwriter Ordeal
From Goop, Read Article

In her latest email newsletter for her blog, Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow briefly responded to an accusation that she used a ghostwriter for her cookbook My Father’s Daughter.  The claim was made by New York Times writer, Julia Moskin.  In the newsletter, Paltrow said she does not normally address false reporting but wanted to clarify.  She continued to say “the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. ”  Read Paltrow’s full newsletter on Goop.

Starbucks’ New “Refresher” Beverages
From Starbucks, Read Article

Starbucks is adding to their beverage menu with their new drink, “Refreshers.”  These new energy drinks are 60 calories per serving and use a green coffee extract that doesn’t look or taste like coffee to provide a natural energy boost.  Their website says “combined with real fruit juice, B and C vitamins and ginseng, it’s a sparking low-calorie boost of natural energy in three delicious flavors.”  In stores, Refreshers will be available in Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Melon and Strawberry Lemonade.  Read more and get a $1 off coupon on the Starbucks website.

Central’s on Pinterest!

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube, blogs–so many social media sites, it can be hard to keep up with them all!  Pinterest is the latest to join the social media craze, but their emphasis on pictures and photography makes them stand apart from other sites.  Central recently jumped on the Pinterest train to share some of our products, promotions and buying guides as well as recipes and other fun things from the internet.  If you’re on Pinterest, check us out!  And be sure to tell us how to find you on Pinterest in our comments section. 

 

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.