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The Importance of a Healthy Corporate Culture

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Dental, medical, paid time off, 401K…these are the usual benefits you might see listed on a job ad. However, as more and more companies compete for top talent, extra incentives are increasing. Many employers are now offering their staff additional perks such as tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, on-site gyms, and free meals, to name a few. Corporate perks are not only a way to attract good candidates, but it can define your company culture—its values and what it stands for. Many companies want to create a nurturing work environment that balances work and life while promoting positivity and productivity….

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Playing the $3 Game

Need to increase restaurant sales quickly but not sure where to start? Focus on small wins for big gains. When single-unit operators contact us for help, most often they’re concerned about sales and operating costs, or both. With rising wages and increased competition — not to mention hefty third-party delivery fees — operators know they…

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The Importance of Margins over Food Costs

The bottom line is top-of-mind for all restaurant owners in an industry where margins are very slim. Naturally, operators are seeking ways to reduce costs. The importance and logic behind this is sound. However,  we want to dispel the notion that keeping food costs as low as possible alone, is the key to running a…

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Reducing Food Waste in the Kitchen 

Food supply chains across the globe are getting increasingly connected, streamlined, and more efficient. In the developed world, the increase in low-cost food supplies is creating a culture of high waste. According to a New York Times article, Americans waste about $160 billion a year in food. Worldwide, close to 1.3 billion tons of food…

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CBD Food Trends

Trend Alert: CBD Meets Food

CBD is all the rage now. You probably have heard this term thrown around these days and seen them on the labels of various products and advertisements– CBD tinctures, lotions, capsules, oils and even CBD infused food and drink (Carl’s Jr. debuted a CBD burger in Denver earlier this year). CBD is the acronym for…

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Plant-based, CBD-Infused Food and More Trends to Watch

I am currently attending a three-day Marketing Executives Group conference sponsored by the National Restaurant Association. This special event brings the biggest brands and the smartest marketing executives together to share ideas and discuss solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the restaurant industry. My ten big takeaways from day one:  1. According to…

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culinary creativity

Pushing the Edge of Culinary Creativity

By Anne Haerle With the competition among restaurants for “stomach share” nearing Game of Thrones intensity levels, chefs are flexing their creative muscles even harder to capture their share of customer dollars. Between cheeky fusion concepts, turn-anything-into-a-taco, and Instagram eye candy menu items, restaurants are driving differentiation by seeing who can conquer their competitors through…

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