Avian Outbreak Update

admin | May 22nd, 2015 - 12:06 pm

May 22, 2015 The impact on egg laying hens has created immediate shortages of shell and processed eggs. Demand is far out pacing supply. All major suppliers are allocating product and raising prices. Egg prices are expected to double immediately. The impact on processed foods made with eggs is expected to drive costs of items […]

USDA Projections into 2016 Signal More Normal Markets

admin | May 20th, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2016 is projected to be above that of 2015, as pork and poultry production is expected to further recover from disease outbreaks and increases in cattle placements support greater beef production, according to the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released Tuesday. The […]

Peruvian cuisine makes inroads on menus

admin | May 19th, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Restaurant concepts, chefs inspired by South American nation’s flavors Advertisement Make room on the menu, Thai and Vietnamese. Peruvian cuisine is the latest ethnic fare that chefs are adding to their menus. “Peruvian is one of the many regional cuisines that operators are calling out on menus. This comes as diners become more interested in […]

OpenTable, Dash, and Others Get Fast Company in Mobile Check-Pay Industry

admin | May 18th, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Just who will win the “check please” moment in the battle of restaurant-payment apps remains an open question, though dining industry experts agree: When it comes to paying the tab, the days of the faux leather folder on a plastic tip tray are numbered. Startups such as Dash, Reserve, Cover and TabbedOut, plus pioneer Open […]


admin | May 18th, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. Chicago • The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said […]

How Guest Demands are Shaping Restaurants’ Customer Service

admin | May 15th, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Shifting consumer priorities are forcing restaurants to adapt in a variety of ways. Advertisement Technology seems to be transforming every part of our existence, and the restaurant industry is no exception. Today’s diner is more demanding and informed than ever. Whether the restaurant offers a fast-casual or fine-dining experience, its patrons expect stellar customer service, […]

Trends Behind the Sluggish Restaurant Traffic

admin | May 13th, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Restaurant traffic growth is sluggish and grocery store sales are stalled in the center aisles, a reflection of how U.S. consumer eating habits are changing.The consulting group identified five major factors that explain why eating behaviors are evolving: The U.S. Hispanic population is growing exponentially compared to non-Hispanics. Restaurant visits by Hispanics grew in 2014 […]

Restaurant Staffing Reflects Shifting Demographics

admin | May 12th, 2015 - 4:29 pm

The image of the burger-flipping teenager is fading as more high schoolers shun the workplace. In their place, operators looking to fill vacancies have turned to the other end of the spectrum: much older adults and retirees. Numbers from the National Restaurant Association tell the tale. Back in the 1970s, about 58 percent of all […]

Same-Store Sales Remain Strong, but Traffic Softens in March – NRN reports.

admin | May 6th, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Same-Store Sales Remain Strong, but Traffic Softens in March – NRN reports. Restaurant operators’ sales remained strong in March, the National Restaurant Association said Thursday, but slower traffic led to a decline in its monthly Restaurant Performance Index. The RPI fell 0.4 percent in March, to 102.2. The RPI is a monthly index that measures […]

Summertime Beverage Trends

admin | May 5th, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Gourmet lemonade is top beverage trend, chefs say. . . Refreshing, but also with retro appeal, lemonade is trendy once again, and chefs pointed to gourmet lemonade in particular as the hottest nonalcoholic beverage trend in restaurants. The “gourmet” aspect usually comes from adding some other fruit, which is what one chef in Coral Gables, […]

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