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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: November 16

Looking for some of the week’s top information for the foodservice industry? Check out these 10 stories, plus this week’s promotion from Central, for the week of November 12-16.

Top 10 Foodservice Industry Stories

NRN: McDonald’s USA ousts president Jan Fields after sales decline

Huffington Post: Peanut Butter Salmonella Recall: Sunland Knowingly Sold Possibly Contaminated Products For Years

QSR: Starbucks Announces Agreement to Acquire Teavana

Huffington Post: Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter Says Company Will Reduce Workers’ Hours In Response To Obamacare

QSR: ShopKeep Steps into Quick Service with POS System

Huffington Post: Hostess Brands Liquidation: Twinkie-Maker Seeks Court Permission To Liquidate

NRN: Burger King expands home delivery test to Houston

QSR: Baskin-Robbins Takes On Turkey Day with LTO Desserts

Huffington Post: Coffee Extinction In The Wild, Spurred By Climate Change, Could Occur By 2080, Study Says

NY Post: Oprah Winfrey Getting Into The Organic Food Business

Each Veterans Day, Central holds a special luncheon for all employees and invites those in the military to bring in their memorabilia. This year’s Veterans Day celebration was different than in years past as we recently installed a flag pole in our front green space. We raised the flag for the first time just before our luncheon in honor of our veterans and current military members. Check out the photo gallery here!

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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 8/10

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 6-10.

Drought Continues to Cause an Increase in Food Prices

From CNN Money, Read Full Story

Based on the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor (published every Thursday), most of the country is experiencing drought anywhere from abnormally dry to exceptionally dry.  Unfortunately, the areas hit the hardest are in the nation’s heartland, where most of the country’s farms are based.  According to CNN Money, the impact will continue to cause food prices to rise worldwide.

Newsweek Releases ‘101 Best Places to Eat in the Word’

From Huff Post Food, Read Full Story

Newsweek recently released their latest issue, which is dedicated to food and includes the “101 Best Places to Eat in the World.” Huff Post Food said the issue includes restaurant recommendations from “53 of the world’s most famous chefs, including Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Anita Lo, Lidia Bastianich and more.”  However, the somewhat-seductive cover has caused controversy.  (Click Huff Post Food article and scroll down to view).

U.S. Cities Create Stronger Rules and Restrictions for Food Truck Owners

From Mobile Cuisine News, Read Full Story

Ever since food trucks had their boom in popularity and essentially became highly respected restaurants on wheels, it’s caused some tension with restaurants that say the food trucks are taking away their business.  Mobile Cuisine News said many cities are setting rules on where trucks can park and how long they are there.  Some cities have even proposed rules to require food trucks to install GPS systems that enable cities to track where a truck is, or that a truck must change locations every 45 minutes.

For many truck owners, the rules are frustrating.  One of their questions is “if two restaurants can open up next to each other, why are they being restricted on where they can park?” Especially when they are forking out sometimes $50,000 in start-up costs, then thousands of dollars after for maintenance and modifications.

Starbucks Teams Up with Square Inc. to Accept Payments

From Square, Read Full Story

On Wednesday August 8, Starbucks and Square announced their partnership to enhance Starbucks customers’ payment experience.  Square is a company that enables businesses to accept credit card payments on Android phones, iPhones and iPads with their free Square Card Reader.

In this collaboration, Starbucks will invest $25 million in Square Inc. and their chairman, president and CEO, Howard Shultz, will join Square’s board of directors.  Square also said starting Fall 2012, in addition to being able to make payments with the iPhone or Android on the card reader, customers will be able to use “Pay with Square,” a feature that will allow them to pay straight from their device.

Nation’s Restaurant News’ Special Report on Consumer Picks Released

From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Full Story

For the second year in a row, NRN released their “Consumer Picks,” a special feature that shares consumer’s opinions of 152 restaurant chains.  Through this survey, they came up with a few “top 5’s”–some of them being:

 

 

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.

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. 

 

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 1/27

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for Jan. 23-27.

Progress with School Nutrition
From USDA, Read Blog

Image: jdurham/MorgueFile

There’s been much buzz over school nutrition over the past few years, especially though the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  This week more progress was made when the USDA announced the new standards for school nutrition.  Some of the changes include more fruits and vegetables, only only offering fat-free or low-fat milk and basing calorie counts on a child’s age  so they get the accurate portion size.  For the full report, read the USDA’s blog.

Restaurants Adding To Menus

This week seems to have had quite a bit of news with restaurants adding to their menus.  Here are few of the places mentioned:

  • Starbucks: Beer, wine and additional food items (i.e. hot flatbread)
  • Taco Bell: Breakfast with items such as egg or sausage burritos, hash browns, Cinnabon and coffee
  • McDonalds: Chicken McBites

Vancouver Restaurant Sells One Expensive Hot Dog
From The Canadian Press, Read Article

Image: alvimann/MorgueFile

Depending where your restaurant is, what the occasion is etc., a typical price for the standard hot dog can be anywhere from $1 to $3. Sometimes you might hit an event where it’s more expensive. However one Vancouver restaurant has developed a hot dog that really has stepped it up–in both toppings and price.  According to a HuffPost Food article from The Canadian Press, DougieDog Hot Dogs has created “The Dragon Dog” which consists of items on the hot dog such as cognac, Kobe beef and lobster. All at a pretty penny, of course… it’s only $100. There’s much more to this hot dog, visit Huff Post Food to read all about it.

Restaurant Super Bowl Deals Out
From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Article

Image: kahanaboy/MorgueFile

There are certain events the restaurant industry can benefit from and the Super Bowl is definitely one of them.  According to the National Restaurant Association, approximately 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery while watching the big game and 12 million will go out to a restaurant. NRN went into some detail looking into some of the special deals going on.  Be sure to let us know what your restaurant is doing below!  Read more on the NRN website.

Indianapolis Foodservice Impacted by the Super Bowl
From Central Restaurant Products, Read Blog

Image: Indianapolis Super Bowl Press Center

For most cities across the U.S., Super Bowl Sunday is a big day.  But for Indianapolis, they’re actually getting 10 big days!  This year Central’s hometown of Indianapolis is hosting Super Bowl 46.

There’s a lot that takes place in a city when a Super Bowl is coming to down and it dramatically affects all businesses–foodservice industry especially.  Central talked to different restaurants, food trucks and other organizations to get the scoop and a behind the scenes look on what it takes to prepare for the big game (and all that comes with it).

fast food, image from morguefile

Central’s Week in Brief: October 21, 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!

 

1)      Have you ever taken a trip to McDonald’s and felt like the only thing missing was a TV?  If so, then your fast food experience will soon be complete with the premiere of an in-store McDonald’s television channel.  The channel’s programming will be community specific and include everything from local news to movie previews and about eight minutes per hour of advertising as well.   According to the L.A. Times, “The venture, which has already been tested in L.A., San Diego and Las Vegas, is expected to reach 18 million to 20 million people a month, which ChannelPort executives said would be one of the largest daytime audiences in the region.”

 

2)      In what may seem like a setback for First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move campaign, the U.S. Senate has voted against an effort to limit potatoes in school lunches.   This limitation of potatoes and other starchy vegetables to a maximum of two servings per week was part of an effort to combat childhood obesity and promote serving healthier vegetables.   Time Healthland says the ban “…angered the potato industry, some school districts and members of Congress from potato-growing states, who say USDA should focus on the preparation instead and that potatoes can be a good source of fiber and potassium.”  In the end, it was judged as more important to find a balance in what is served and how it is prepared rather than putting a limit on servings.

 

3)      In the nation’s current economy, Detroit has suffered more than most.  One big example of this hardship is the budget cuts for 43 of the city’s soup kitchens and food banks.  While many might feel that they could do nothing, 65 popular restaurants and caterers have decided to step up to help those in their community by participating in the “Feed the Need” program.  By taking part in the program, restaurants will prepare and cater lunch once a week for those in need at Detroit’s Cass Community Center. The Detroit News says, “More than 12,000 meals are expected to be served annually.”  The program, originally started in South Carolina by Detroit native Mickey Bakst, is expected to expand to six other cities in the near future.

 

4)      Starbucks announced that it will be introducing a light roast (aka less strong) version of their coffee called the “Blonde” roast.   While Starbucks is traditionally known for their dark roasts, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, they are aiming “to attract the estimated 40 percent of American coffee drinkers who say they prefer a lighter roast flavor.”  This change is also an effort to compete with lighter coffee roasts from outlets like McDonald’s which has become a bigger player in the coffee market in the past few years with the introduction of their McCafe line.

 

 

5)      Halloween season is upon us and while this holiday is traditionally associated with candy there’s nothing wrong with switching it up a little.  If you’re throwing a special party at your school or restaurant or just looking to serve up a creative new dessert check out these Chocolate Spider Web Cake in a Jars from the I Am Baker blog.   Not only are they festive and a little creepy, but they’re also a great, simple way to personalize a treat for each guest.

Central’s Week in Brief: September 23

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.) Don’t forget Share our Strength’s Dine Out No Kid Hungry is going on right now! This week long national event aims to end child hunger in America. Saturday September 24 is your last chance to participate.  Visit their website to find a participating restaurant in  your area.  And if you work for a participating restaurant, we would love to hear from you on how it’s going! Please comment below!

Image from Dine Out website

 

2.) Have you seen the new Heinz ketchup packet? According to this Time article, the company took three years to come up with this new design which allows customers the choice to tear off and squeeze or open and dip. Chick-fil-A has already debuted this new packet and other restaurants will be rolling them out soon.

 

3.) If you weren’t aware of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s announcement back in late August, we wanted to remind you that come November 14, practically all private-sector employers will have to post this notice at the workplace, which advises employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Read more about this on the NLRB website or download the poster. 

 

4.) Chartwells Dining Services and frozen yogurt brand Pinkberry sent out a news release (see here from the Sacramento Bee) stating they have partnered together on three college campuses: Radford University, Bowling Green State University and Valdosta State University.  This partnership will allow students to choose from Pinkberry’s large and healthy frozen yogurt selection, which fits right into Chartwells’ Eat.Live.Learn philosophy.

 

5.) Today is the first day of Fall! This means restaurants will begin to roll out their new products and LTOs (limited time offers).  Cinnabon has the Carmel Mocha Chillatta, Starbucks brought back the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte and Burger King recently announced the latest addition to their dessert menu–soft serve ice creamHappy Fall everyone!