Poultry death toll from Florence climbs, could go higher

admin | October 3rd, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath has killed an estimated 4.1 million birds and the toll could increase as recovery efforts continue, according to North Carolina agriculture officials. The new total as of Sept. 23 is 21 percent higher than the 3.4 million poultry estimated last week to have been killed by Florence and subsequent flooding, […]

5 Traditional Ways to Promote Your Restaurant Locally

admin | October 1st, 2018 - 7:05 pm

What is marketing? It is basically anything you do to promote and grow your restaurant. In the 21st century, two options exist for spending your marketing dollars: traditional and digital advertising. While digital marketing is the trend, many people ask the question, “Is there still a place for traditional advertising and promotions?” According to Forbes, the answer […]

7 Tips for Better Direct Mail

admin | September 28th, 2018 - 7:02 pm

“People don’t throw out the mail—everyone is trying to find a way to use it as part of a multichannel campaign,” says John Sisson, president, HBT Inc. Marketers who are utilizing direct mail are getting more clever about who they mail to, says Sisson. “Acquisition is happening more effectively, because data has gotten better—marketers are […]

Iced Tea is Today’s Go-To Beverage

admin | September 26th, 2018 - 6:58 pm

As more customers turn to iced tea over soda, operators are realizing the importance of providing a flavorful tea experience. Four in five consumers drink tea and on any given day more than one-half of the American population enjoys tea beverages.1 With the current popularity, consumer spending on iced tea has increased 5.2% over the […]

Know Your Audience: Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

admin | September 24th, 2018 - 6:58 pm

09/01/2018 As the two largest generations, Millennials and Baby Boomers are equally important audience segments for foodservice operations. Understanding the differences in how, when and why each generation dines out is essential to providing experiences both will return for. To boost traffic and drive higher sales, first consider what’s important to both Millennials and Boomers, […]

Millennials show old school, new patterns in preparing dinner.

admin | September 13th, 2018 - 2:06 pm

As millennials age – marrying, becoming parents – they are exhibiting traditional as well as new behaviors when it comes to planning dinners at home. Millennials who once were referred to as a single, large generational group are demonstrating similar behaviors as older generations in the same life stage in dinner planning behaviors, NPD found. […]

Technomic report sees uptick in restaurant sales in 2018

admin | September 12th, 2018 - 2:06 pm

A new study of the top 500 U.S. restaurant chains is forecasting good news for the industry in calendar 2018. Technomic Inc. said its first-ever Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report 2018 Forecast sees cumulative sales growth reaching 3.2 percent this year following a 3-percent decline for 2017. The report – an extension of the food […]

The school cafeteria: Latest hangout for fast casuals

admin | September 11th, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Two fast casual concepts are helping students trade their usual lunches of chicken nuggets, mushy veggies and pizza for bowls, wraps and salads. Freshii, a Canadian-based brand with about 700 units spread throughout North America, and Cuisine Solutions, a company that operates a fast casual concept called, Cafe + Teria — are on their way to curbing lunch-bag […]

Baltimore launches plan to reduce food waste with funding from Rockefeller Foundation

admin | September 10th, 2018 - 4:08 pm

“A rind is a terrible thing to waste,” says Marvin Hayes, program director for Baltimore Compost Collective, a West Baltimore community group dedicated to turning food scraps into useable compost. Hayes and other members of the collective joined city officials Wednesday as Mayor Catherine Pugh announced a new long-term plan for the city to reduce […]

Why Your Restaurant Should Get Back to Basics

admin | September 5th, 2018 - 3:59 pm

There could be a dark storm cloud on the horizon for the restaurant industry. A lot of financial indicators are pointed toward stability, but not pointed towards increased growth for the industry as a whole. Nevertheless, even in the worst of times, there are still tactics to address these four basic ways of increasing your […]

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