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Non-commercial foodservice

Success in the Restaurant Business (When It’s Not Your Business)

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Today’s non-commercial foodservice providers face more pressures than the average restaurant. So how do you stay competitive and wow your guests? The dining public has high expectations that continue to grow. Whether it’s organic ingredients, local sourcing, fair trade certified, or cruelty-free, today’s restaurant guests expect that their standards for quality, as well as their dietary needs, are met at every meal. Restaurants with experienced back-of-house teams strive to meet these ever-changing demands while keeping food and staffing costs at bay. Whether ordering a post-workout smoothie at their gym, buying lunch at their corporate café, or treating their family to…

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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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3pd Food Delivery

What Is Your Delivery Strategy?

Food delivery is now more common and convenient than ever, and modern technology has made it easier for people to access food no matter where they are.  Many restaurants stumble because they do not have their restaurants properly set up for delivery.  Restaurants operators who have a sound delivery strategy realize 20+% of sales towards…

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Straw ban

Innovations in Non-Plastics

Last Monday was Earth Day – this worldwide event is to bring awareness of the importance of environmental protection. That awareness also extends to the foodservice industry. On Monday, April 22, 2019 (coinciding with Earth Day) the City of Los Angeles put a new ordinance into effect, aimed at reducing single-use plastic waste. This new…

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How Much Can You Afford to Spend On Occupancy Costs?

We have found that many operators and startups don’t have all the financial tools at their disposal to calculate what they can afford to spend on occupancy costs. Often they are given a cost per square foot AND an additional CAM charge (common area and maintenance) OR a Triple net fee (which includes all taxes)…

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