What we learned at the Fresh Concepts Account Executive Conference

At Consolidated Concepts, we know that whether our clients are health-conscious fast-casual chains or highly-focused burger concepts, food safety is always paramount. Choosing the right vendors and distributors for your meat, dairy, and produce is integral to keeping your restaurant safe from inevitable food recalls and outbreaks. In relation to food safety and produce, Consolidated… Continued

Freshly Picked, November 1, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending McDonald’s tries out made-to-order chicken Promoting ugly produce to help the planet The trends that will shape restaurants in 2019: Technomic’s Take The Evolution of a Restaurant Dish, From Vision to Revision

Freshly Picked, October 25, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending Employee Retention Tips What to know if your brand wants to dump styrofoam CDC ups illnesses, geographic spread from JBS beef salmonella outbreak Uber Eats is expanding to cover 70 percent of US population by end of year Produce The Idaho potato markets have firmed slightly as of late as the… Continued

5 potential money siphons hiding in your QSR’s MDA

Most operators who have scaled up to multiple locations have found the benefit of pursuing a Master Distribution Agreement, or MDA, with their main broadline or grocery distributor. This vital contract offers operators the opportunity to lock in pricing terms on their order guide items, and avoid drastic swings in costs and terms from their… Continued

Freshly Picked, October 18, 2018

Alerts & What’s Trending The 3 Customers Your Restaurant Needs, and How to Find Them Why so many restaurants are declaring bankruptcy DC Council officially overturns Initiative 77, killing minimum-wage increase How technology, consumer habits, industry dynamics are changing the future of food   Produce The chief lettuce harvest area is shifting to Huron, California… Continued

Freshly Picked, October 11, 2018

 Alerts & What’s Trending Is Your Restaurant Keeping Diners Away? How to Respond to Negative Reviews of Your Restaurant Hurricane Michael puts Georgia processors on alert How to Turn Pizza Experience Into Sandwich Franchising Success   Produce The lettuce markets have eased during the last week as supplies are becoming more available. The chief lettuce… Continued

Freshly Picked, October 4, 2018

 Alerts & What’s Trending The Produce of the Future Could Taste Better, Reduce Waste, and Look Very, Very Cool Fire Prevention Tips for Restaurants 5 emerging brands reveal secrets to success Straws are just a small piece of the foodservice sustainability puzzle Produce Lettuce supplies tightened during most of September. However, the iceberg lettuce harvest… Continued

Scoring big with QSR customers this pro football season

With week No. 1 of the current professional football season in the rearview mirror, QSR operators must have an action plan for capturing American football fans’ hearts and pockets in the months ahead. After all, football is this nation’s sport, with the vast majority of respondents (37 percent) in a December 2017 Gallup poll saying… Continued

QSR money-saver: The overlooked elements of distributor audits

Distributors and vendor invoices may be the source of quite a bit of lost cash, according to an analysis of more than $3 billion in distributor invoices completed by business management consultancy, Buyers Edge Purchasing… [Read More]