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Original content c/o: Restaurant Business Magazine As virus fears grip the country, experts stress planning and good food safety practices to reduce risk. As coronavirus fears gripped the world this week, more attention has focused on challenges restaurants often face in keeping sick workers home — and how that could exacerbate the spread of a virus many experts believe is destined to become a global pandemic. Photo credit: Shutterstock As of Friday, there were 82,294 confirmed cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, worldwide, the vast majority of them in China, according to the...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The Association’s annual State of the Restaurant Industry is out. Report highlights key avenues for growth for the coming year and beyond. People want to use restaurants. According to new data from the National Restaurant Association, heading into a new decade, pent-up demand for restaurants remains high. It’s also the 11th consecutive year of industry growth, and operators are interested in using all the tools at their disposal to stay top-of-mind with an evolving consumer base. The National Restaurant Association’...
- Grubhub+ offers unlimited free delivery, 10% Cashback, Elite Care and donation matching - Company doubles down on diner rewards after doubling restaurant network CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Grubhub, the nation's leading pickup and delivery marketplace with the largest restaurant network, today launched Grubhub+, a new membership program loaded with rewards (Seamless+ also available). Grubhub+ goes above and beyond other subscription programs with member benefits like 10% Cashback and donation matching to high impact organizations like No Kid Hungry....
Version 2020 marks the beginning of a new generation of benchmarking, recognition and transparency SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- During the opening plenary of its annual conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 food distributors, manufacturers and safety professionals, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced the newest edition of its Benchmarking Requirements. GFSI has long set the "global standard" for those in the industry, yet the newest edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements is more than an update — it's a complete...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The Association has worked for more than five years to advocate for the type of change enacted in the National Labor Relations Board's final rule. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said today it would issue its final joint employer rule. The National Restaurant Association has worked for more than five years with NLRB, congress and key stakeholders to advocate for the type of change enacted by the agency in this final rule. “With the completion of today’s rule, employers will now have certainty in structuring...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – February 21, 2020 – How businesses sell, serve, and transport alcohol is changing. Four alcohol laws — introduced and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser — focused on boosting access to DC-made products, fostering creativity and collaboration, creating parity within the manufacturing landscape, and alleviating administrative burdens for licensees became effective Friday, February 21, 2020. Notable improvements by law include: Alcoholic Beverage Enforcement Amendment Act of 2019 Persons 18+ may deliver alcoholic...
Jessup, MD – (February 18, 2020) – Stanley Pearlman Enterprises Inc. is pleased to announce that after more than 21 years with the company, Jonathan Pearlman has been promoted to President of Congressional Seafood Company. Congressional Seafood Co, which provides the mid-Atlantic region with high-quality seafood products, is a division of Stanley Pearlman Enterprises, Inc. Pearlman joined the team at Congressional Seafood Co. in 2005, having transitioned over from its sister company, NAFCO (North Atlantic Fish Company). With a background in advertising, artistic skills...
Original content c/o: ECOLAB WHAT IS IT? Coronaviruses are RNA enveloped viruses than can infect animals and humans. So far, there are six known human coronaviruses. Four of these coronaviruses are less pathogenic, generally causing only minor respiratory symptoms like the common cold. Two other coronaviruses — Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) — can cause serious respiratory diseases. A new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has emerged, is causing illnesses globally and is different from other...
Original content c/o: James Beard Foundation by Jackie Summers Access to capital in hospitality is an uneven playing field Chef Jennifer Hill Booker in the Beard House kitchen (photo: David Chow) When we say the James Beard Foundation is about good food for good, it’s not limited to sustainable agriculture, the Farm Bill, or reducing food waste. Another important aspect of our mission is highlighting the myriad hands that are helping to shape American cuisine. Below, Jackie Summers explores the barriers to entry for many chefs and aspiring business owners of color, and how...
Original content c/o: Aronson LLC  //  by Aaron Boker Businesses in the District of Columbia should not overlook the Small Retailer Property Tax Relief Credit. The term “small retailer” implies a narrow scope of eligible businesses, but the credit applies to more business activities than the program’s name suggests. Plus, the credit is easy to claim and refundable. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the District allows certain retail businesses to claim the Small Retailer Property Tax Relief Credit. This is a refundable franchise tax credit...
Published by: Restaurant Business Magazine (online) The recommendations closely follow the best practices for containing norovirus.  The National Restaurant Association has issued recommendations for helping restaurant operators protect customers and employees from coronavirus, the potentially lethal infection that has spread from China to the United States. Photograph: Shutterstock Among the best practices cited in the one-page list of recommendations are sending home any employees who sport flu-like symptoms and providing extra tissues and napkins for customers to use for...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association webinar explains how an Active Managerial Control (AMC) system can help you improve food safety and reduce inspection violations. Restaurants with good food safety management systems had half as many risk factors and out-of-compliance food safety practices as those without such systems in place. In a webinar hosted by the National Restaurant Association, Charles S. Otto III, independent consultant, EAS Consulting Group LLC, Alexandria, Va., looked at the concept of Active Managerial Control...
Don't Let DC Government Fine You Stay in Compliance with New Paid Family Leave Law by Posting Required Employee Notice On July 1, 2020, the DC Paid Family Leave program will launch and at that time District employees would be able to apply to the DC government for paid family leave benefits for qualifying parental, family, and medical events. Under the Universal Paid Leave Act, all DC employers are required to post the Mayor's paid leave notice in a conspicuous place within their respective worksites. This notice details an employee's right to paid-leave benefits, that...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Environmental concerns are top-of-mind for the more than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs surveyed for the What’s Hot 2020 culinary forecast. The desire to source eco-friendly packaging crowned the overall trends list and getting closer to zero waste ranked high as well in the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot 2020 annual culinary forecast. Zero waste is tough in any restaurant, but there are plenty of ways to make operations more eco-friendly. Environmentally savvy operators measure...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Your incoming workforce wants to climb the ladder. Do you have a ladder? By many accounts, restaurant operators are having a tough time finding employees. Unemployment is at a record low, fewer teens are entering the workforce and their ranks are shrinking. The number of 16- to 24-year-olds in the labor force is expected to drop by 1.2 million over the next 10 years. Uncertainty surrounding immigration policy is affecting hiring, as well. There's real value to helping employees earn professional credentials, especially...
- Diners to enjoy order transparency and time savings - Restaurants to see increased order volume, revenue and staff efficiency Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today launched its Ultimate technology, a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind proprietary hardware and software solution that integrates all restaurant ordering channels into one system. Replacing error-prone handwritten scribbles and shouts, Ultimate is a digital workflow solution, connecting the front- and back-of-the house directly with diners and creating a...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association When an employee at your restaurant is injured, everyone gets hurt, including the business owner. Building a culture of safety is key to reversing the trend. When an employee at your restaurant is injured, everyone gets hurt, including the business owner. For starters, medical bills and insurance premiums go up, and employee morale goes down. For those of you wondering what you can do to prevent this, building a culture of safety is key to reversing the trend. When an accident happens, it costs money to bounce back. It makes sense to...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association's new "What’s Hot" menu trends report finds parents really do want healthier choices for kids when dining out. Here’s how to market them. National Restaurant Association's What’s Hot 2020 Culinary Forecast, a survey of 600 chefs from the American Culinary Federation, found that restaurant diners want healthier options for their children. They want foods that align with their own culinary preferences, and restaurateurs are listening. “One of the...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Check out these resolutions designed to boost your restaurants’ business in 2020! What better time than the first month of the new year to refresh yourself on all the great resources, educational training, services and products the National Restaurant Association and the Educational Foundation offer. Bookmark this site; most of these "resolutions" link you directly to many of the myriad resources we offer to help your business succeed. Develop an apprentice. Help your star employees advance with professional...
- Dining out has become a staple of Americans' monthly eating habits, with 83% of consumers eating a meal outside the home at least once per month - Americans now spend an average of $281 on dining out in a typical month - Discounts and deals influence Americans' out-of-home dining choices more than expected: 77% say a deal would make them more likely to choose to dine out RetailMeNot today announced the release of the 2020 Restaurant Marketing Insights guide, providing a comprehensive look at consumer behaviors when dining out and the strategies restaurant marketers can...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association From stress-busting foods to special burger blends and rejiggered classic cocktails, this year’s list highlights a combination of comfort mixed with a little bit of edginess. Wondering what customers are craving at restaurants this year? If you guessed these edgy updates along with plant-based proteins, healthy bowl meals and delivery-friendly menu options in eco-friendly packaging, you’re on trend for 2020. “These trends reflect Americans’ desire to combine the tried-and-true with the new and different,”...
S&D Coffee & Tea® and Nation's Restaurant News Tap Restaurant Operators to Determine Top Trends Leading beverage supplier and innovator S&D Coffee & Tea® recently teamed up with Nation's Restaurant News to predict the top beverage trends most likely to appear on restaurant menus in 2020. Drawn from a comprehensive survey* commissioned among restaurant operators nationwide, along with an in-depth audit of market insights and testimonials from influential industry insiders, the report is diverse in its findings. Trends range from the nitrogenation of...
Original content: Forbes By Cathy Huyghe Contributor If you’re a wine lover, and if you’re heads-up about current events and world news, then the New Year hasn’t been very celebratory so far. The bad news seems overwhelming and far-reaching, between devastating fires in Australia to bureaucrat types in Washington and Europe debating tariffs and deciding the fate of so many wine businesses we love. It seems overwhelming, partly because it feels so out of our control. I’d argue that, despite the large-scale ramifications of current events, there are things that...
Original content: The New York Times By David Yaffe-Bellany Published Jan. 9, 2020; Updated Jan. 10, 2020, 12:58am ET Responding to criticism that it was cutting into restaurant profits, the food-delivery giant said it was making a change to stop charging fees for calls that do not end with an order. Facing mounting pressure from regulators and restaurant owners, the food-delivery giant Grubhub said on Thursday that it would revise its widely criticized phone-ordering system to avoid charging restaurants for calls that do not result in orders. In recent...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Top execs at leading fast-casual concepts say opening too many and too few new stores can jeopardize a brand’s long-term success. The restaurant industry is full of cautionary tales of buzzy new brands exploding on the scene only to become unwieldy as they grow too quickly. Opening too few new stores is no better. What’s the key to a healthy store-opening rate? In its Fast Casual Insider podcast series, the National Restaurant Association asked senior execs from successful brands to share their business strategies...

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