How to Create the New Scratch Kitchen

According to a recent Restaurant Success report, future food trends for 2020 will include local sourcing, fresh produce, healthy eating, and an emphasis on authentic items. Diners, it seems, are flocking to the comfort of kitchens that serve a variety of delicious food, so long as it doesn’t feel heavily processed. However, as Thrillist explains,… Continued

6 Ways to Cut Costs in Your Restaurant

To read the original article, please visit Restaurants are known for their razor-thin profit margins. That notion holds particularly true among affordable fast-casual and quick-service concepts. Add on pressures like rising real estate costs, unpredictable food prices, and minimum-wage hikes across the country, and operators are left with even less of a financial safety… Continued

Romaine outbreak alert – November 2018

Brought to you by our partners at Fresh Concepts   Outbreak Alert – Romaine Lettuce Update – 11/28/2018 12:25pm PST The FDA has narrowed down the potential affected growing regions to the following counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Ventura Romaine harvested from locations outside of the California regions identified… Continued

Freshly Picked, September 27, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending Sign At Your Own Risk: The Sequel … More Critical Lease Provisions to Negotiate or Avoid Breaking down language barriers in foodservice Theme Restaurants: Making the leap from fad to fixture The benefits and challenges of workers with special needs Produce The tomato markets have firmed during the last week. Hurricane… Continued

Freshly Picked, September 20, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending Could The Gig Model Solve The Restaurant Industry’s Staffing Woes? José Andrés and Team Have Fed More Than 80,000 Hurricane Florence Victims The Tip-Pooling Shakeup, and What it Means for Your Restaurant Noodles & Company Unveils Groundbreaking Maternity Leave Program   Produce The avocado markets continue to track well below year… Continued

Freshly Picked: September 13, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending Hurricane Florence has processors on guard Eggs recalled due to Salmonella concern 5 free ways to get customers talking about your brand How restaurants can take advantage of delivery How to Ace a Grand Opening Produce The tomato markets have drifted lower as of late despite lackluster output. Last week, total… Continued

Freshly Picked, September 6, 2018 Market Report

Alerts & What’s Trending The Literal Cost of Margherita Pizza in America Fish Fraud Sweeps Over the Restaurant Industry Wayne Farms recalls 439,000 pounds of chicken Changing the restaurant game with tabletop technology So long, sourdough: why sliced white bread is the latest restaurant trend (yes, really) Produce The Idaho potato markets are on the… Continued

Freshly Picked, August 30, 2018 Market Report

Alerts & What’s Trending A trucker shortage is forcing restaurants to buy local Misbranding, allergens lead to a small recall of meatloaf Mexico could ship one million tons of avocados to U.S. this season How to Calculate Restaurant Debt-to-Equity Ratio Produce Lettuce supplies are adequate which is helping pressure lettuce prices lower. Iceberg lettuce shipments… Continued

Freshly Picked August 23, 2018 Market Report

Alerts & What’s Trending How Fast Casual Restaurants Can Transform the Guest Experience (in 20 Minutes) Turkey sandwiches recalled Calling All Tweens: Brands Begin Their Push For Generation Z Operators look to conserve water use, survey finds Produce The California avocado harvest is seasonally declining. Solid avocado imports from Mexico continue, however. Last week, the… Continued

Blanket Contracts: Why it’s good to be under the blanket

When it comes to efficiently running your food service operation, more operators are joining Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs).  GPOs and consultants offer various types of services and sources that help boost the bottom lines of their members. Some of these services support day to day operations while other services help impact cost savings. GPO services… Continued