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Foodservice Industry Summer 2012 in Brief

Goodbye summer, hello fall.  Here are five top stories of the foodservice industry from the Summer of 2012.

Drought Causes Increase in Food Prices

From CNN Money

Most of country experienced drought anywhere from abnormally dry to exceptionally dry this summer.  One of the hardest hit areas was the nation’s heartland, where most of the country’s farms are based.  This led to an increase in food prices, that may continue to show long term affects.

New York City Drink Ban

From New York Daily News

In an effort to curb America’s obesity problem, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shocked New Yorkers (as well as the entire country) with the proposal of a ban on large sugary drinks in New York theaters, eateries, food carts, delis, concession stands, stadiums, etc.  Sugary beverages (i.e. regular soda or sweet tea) would not be allowed to be served in cups larger than 16 oz. And on Thursday September 13, the New York City Board of Health approved the ban.  Changes will go into effect in March 2013.

USDA Guidelines Info Effect for Schools

From The Central Blog

On July 1, the first phase of the USDA’s new standards for school meals went into effect.  This created minimum requirements for fruit, vegetables and grains, as well as meat and meat alternatives.  It also revised the type of milk that can be served and created dietary specifications to be met on average over the course of a week.

Continued Job Growth in the Restaurant Industry

From National Restaurant Association

Jobs in the restaurant industry continued to grow this summer.  One NRA press release reported that from June 2011 through June 2012, there was a 2.7 percent increase in jobs, which exceeded U.S. employment growth in general by 1.4 percent.  They added approximately 116,000 jobs were added in the first half of 2012.

First Kids’ State Dinner at the White House

From Let’s Move!

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first Kids’ State Dinner at the White House on Monday August 20.  They invited 54 children, between the ages of eight and 12, all having submitted a recipe (and published) into Let’s Move!’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook.  Winners came from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Northern Marina Islands.  Check out Let’s Move! to learn about winners, see select recipes and to download a copy of the cookbook.

What are your top foodservice industry stories from the summer of 2012?

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 6/8

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry for June 4-8.

NYC Drink Ban Proposal
From NYDailyNews, Read Article

In an effort to curb America’s obesity problem, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shocked New Yorkers (as well as the entire country) with the proposal of a ban on large sugary drinks in New York theaters, eateries, food carts, delis, concession stands, stadiums, etc.  Sugary beverages (i.e. regular soda or sweet tea) would not be allowed to be served in cups larger than 16 oz.  In an article from the NY Daily News, if the ban took place, it would roll out in March 2013.  While nothing has been set in stone, it has definitely been controversial.  Read full article and view opinions on the NYDaily News website.

Disney to Ban Junk Food Advertising
From Los Angeles Times, Read Article

Continuing with bans–the Walt Disney Co. has announced a ban on junk food-advertising on any programming for children, in hopes to inspire more healthy eating habits.  In a Los Angeles Times article, Walt Disney Co. said any food advertiser must meet requirements by 2015 on different serving sizes, calories, fat and sugar content.  Read full article from the Los Angeles Times.

Taco Bell to Go Upscale
From Huffington Post, Read Article

Taco Bell has been quite busy lately rolling out new menu items for their customers.  First there was the breakfast buzz, then the very popular Doritos Locos Taco.  Their latest addition, set to roll out in early July, will be upscale menu items.  Huffington Post said the menu was created by Lorena Garcia and will feature items such as black beans, cilantro rice, citrus and herb marinated chicken and cilantro dressing.  Read the full article at the Huffington Post.

Bob Evans to Revamp Restaurants
From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Article

Sometimes a little bit of a revamp to a restaurant can go a long way.  Many chains have updated their look in the last year from Burger King and McDonald’s to Fazoli’s and Olive Garden.  It looks like Bob Evans is next.  Nation’s Restaurant News reported Bob Evans Farm Inc. will “continue to invest in refurbishing its restaurants and value-driven menu offerings to help grow sales meaningfully and accelerate earnings growth over the next year.”  There have been 87 remodels slated for this year and 150 for next.  Mimi’s Cafe is also under the brand, and will be receiving some upgrades in 2013 as well.   Read full article on the NRN website.

Starbucks Acquires Bakery Chain
From USA Today, Read Article

In an effort to improve their food selection, Starbucks recently announced the purchase of Bay Bread Group’s La Boulange Cafe & Bakery of San Francisco, Calif.  USA Today article reported Starbucks also hopes to be able to sell the items in restaurants, hotels and grocery stores.  Read full article from USA Today.

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Central’s Week in Brief: August 26, 2011

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!

Soda1)      The U.S. Department of Agriculture said no to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the purchase of soda and other sugary drinks using food stamps.    According to CBS News, “The ban would have applied to any sweetened beverage that contains more than 10 calories per eight ounces.”  The proposal was turned down due to issues like  the time it may take to decide what would or wouldn’t qualify and that it might make those using the stamps feel stigmatized.

2)      Once known for his affinity for fatty foods like McDonald’s hamburgers, former president Bill Clinton has decided to go vegan.  USA Today reported that Clinton, “…is following this eating plan to improve his heart health.”  The former president has had surgery on his heart twice since 2004.  For more information on living the vegan lifestyle, check out our post on vegan and vegetarianism.

3)      Morton’s The Steakhouse took customer service to the next level using social media.  After Peter Shankman, a public relations professional, tweeted about wanting a steak dinner, a Morton’s staff member actually met him at the airport with a 24-ounce Porterhouse steak, Colossal Shrimp and potatoes.  Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Morton’s, Roger Drake, told Smart Blog on Restaurants, “These things don’t happen unless it’s part of your culture, and that is really what Morton’s is all about: noticing little details, making it a memorable dining experience and wowing our guests.”  It also doesn’t hurt business that all of Morton’s and Shankman’s Twitter followers witnessed this act of kindness.

4)       A report done by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that the amount of U.S. farmers markets has almost tripled within the last decade.  According to an article on Triple Pundit the markets went from, “2,863 in 2000 to 6,132 in 2010 and over 100,000 farmers are selling their products to customers directly.”   This boom of markets has help to boost local economies, but the report’s author, Jeffrey O’Hara, believes that if more government assistance  were provided to these types of farming practices instead of more industrial farms, it could generate “tens of thousands of new jobs.”

5)    With a new school year comes a new, healthier menu for 480 school districts being provided with food by the Sodexo company.  In order to help the fight against obesity and expand the tastes of students, Sodexo will now offer items like Mediterranean Lentil Soup and Tropical Vegetable Tofu.  According to a press release, “Sodexo’s team of culinary experts, including chefs at school districts nationwide, developed recipes that entice students and meet USDA’s National School Lunch Program guidelines.”  

If you’d like to try out a version of the Mediterranean Lentil Soup, check out this version from Epicurious.