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Virtual Brands – A Path to Real Success

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With loads of restaurant kitchens sitting underused, big chains are developing virtual brands to boost sales. Is there an opportunity here for aspiring foodservice operators? Not too long ago, many aspiring restauranteurs and chefs launched their new foodservice concepts with food trucks. These mobile restaurants allowed operators to get immediate sales feedback on their concept without the costs and hassles of a brick-and-mortar location. Cut to 2020, and the food truck has largely disappeared, thanks to ghost kitchens. Enterprising foodpreneurs can now rent space in a commissary kitchen and launch their food brand online through delivery-only channels. This emerging foodservice…

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UFood Grill Healthy Eating Brand Signs for 10 Airport Locations

UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. announced that it has signed a Master License agreement with premier travel retailer Hudson Group Retail LLC for the expansion of its UFood Grill concept to 10 additional US airports. UFood Grill currently operates fast casual restaurants in Boston’s Logan International Airport and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, two of…

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Taco Bell Chops into the Menu Calories

While it’s hard to dispute the statement that “fast food is bad food,” we all give in to the need for grabbing a quick bite to eat. Fortunately, many in the fast-food industry have responded to demands for healthier fare, and some restaurants are making it easier to alter existing menu choices. For example, Irvine,…

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Finding Profits In Restaurant Insurance

Many restaurant operators consider buying insurance a “necessary evil”. You don’t like it, but you know you need it; when a guest or employee files a claim you’re glad you bought that insurance policy. But, how do you know you’ve spent your money wisely? Our experience in working with restaurant operators has shown us that…

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National Restaurant Association vs Government on Salt

The restaurant industry, which has been lobbying for voluntary reduction in salt use by consumers, is getting assailed on all sides. The government simply wants to control how your restaurant can prepare its food and how consumers can enjoy it. “Michael Jacobson, executive director of the CSPI, which has lobbied against trans fats and for…

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Healthy Menu Options for Restaurants

America has been called a “fast food nation” and for good reason. Everyday, one out of every four Americans eats fast food. A fast food restaurant is often the cheapest option, but unfortunately, not usually the healthiest one. Eating just one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium and fat for an entire day,…

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Restaurant peeves

My Top Restaurant Pet Peeves – What’s Yours?

As a restaurant consultant who goes on eating missions religiously, I am always asked, “What are you top pet peeves in a restaurant?” I have many, however, these are just a few that aggravate me the most: Hot food served on cold plates and cold food served on hot plates Greeters that are unwelcoming and…

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