Chicken strips pick up steam as nuggets slip: NPD

admin | December 12th, 2018 - 2:23 pm

Chicken strip volumes are soaring at foodservice outlets while servings of nuggets are down, but it’s no the cause customers are swapping one item for the other, according to research from the NPD Group. Servings of chicken strips at restaurants and foodservice outlets jumped by 16 percent in the quarter ended in September, compared to […]

Midwest farms may suffer huge losses from intense heat, says climate change report

admin | December 3rd, 2018 - 7:41 pm

The federal government’s latest report on climate change warns of specific dangers to Midwest agriculture production, which comprises a significant portion of the economies of Kansas and Missouri. Increasing temperatures and more extreme weather patterns such as flooding and drought will have serious consequences on crop and livestock production, according to the Fourth National Climate […]

Beef demand is key and less certain in 2019

admin | November 20th, 2018 - 8:57 pm

Continued growth in U.S. beef production will keep the focus on beef demand in 2019.  Beef production is slowing but is forecast to increase 1.5-2.0 percent year over year in 2019 to 27.5 billion pounds. This follows a projected 3.3 percent year-over-year increase in 2018 beef production to a record level of 27.0 billion pounds. […]

4 Things Your Welcome Email Must Do (and Probably Doesn’t)

admin | November 18th, 2018 - 3:57 pm

As a small business or nonprofit, you know how important a first impression can be. And with the end of the year fast approaching, those impressions are vital in order to finish out the year strong. Whether it’s the first time someone walks into your store, the first time someone calls your office, or the […]

How Restaurant Gift Cards Can Bring You Profit

admin | November 17th, 2018 - 3:55 pm

Without a doubt, product expansion has the potential to bring big profits to small businesses. Restaurants should always be brainstorming what other products they can effectively sell besides — or separate from — regular items on their menus. Such expansions could include a packaged version of an original ingredient, like jam or barbecue sauce, or […]

8 Easy Ways to Prevent the Spread of Flu in the Workplace

admin | November 16th, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Winter is rapidly approaching, and that means flu season is upon us. Usually, flu season is considered as being October through about February, which means that we’re cruising right into the flu danger zone. The flu, aside from just being downright unpleasant and exhausting for the person who’s sick, is also problematic for the workplace. […]

Pouring Profits: Millennials & Adult Beverages

admin | November 15th, 2018 - 3:48 pm

Quenching the Millennial generation’s thirst for adult beverages can build traffic, sales and loyalty for your restaurant, but success requires an understanding of the demographic’s quirks. Here, Technomic senior director Donna Hood Crecca explains information associated with Americans between the ages of 21 and 34. Known as “Millennials,” this generation numbers more than 68 million […]

Spread Some Holiday “Cheers” with Special Food and Beer Pairings

admin | November 14th, 2018 - 3:40 pm

The craft beer selection can be a major draw for customers at casual dining operations. In fact, in just 4 years craft beer has grown 16% on menus compared to domestic and imported beers that are declining.1 But beer isn’t all guests are looking for. Seventy-one percent want complementary foods that go with those beers.2 To offer […]

Dress Up Cocktails to Dress Up Profits

admin | November 13th, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Serving great cocktails is about serving the right ingredients in the right proportion, but it’s also about great presentation. There’s nothing more powerful that seeing a delicious cocktail and knowingly telling the bartender, “I’ll have what she’s having.” One easy and cost-effective way to elevate a bar’s cocktail game is through plating expendables. They can […]

How to Craft Your Tea-Infused Creation

admin | November 12th, 2018 - 3:38 pm

Pairing spirits with tea is a matter of finding flavor complements. Gin blends well with fruit-flavored teas because both have floral, herbaceous, botanical qualities. Consider for example the Green Tea Gimlet, an on-trend favorite at bars across the country. When it comes to whiskey and other dark spirits, they tend to pair better with roasted […]

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