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

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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 … Continue reading Plant-based, CBD-Infused Food and More Trends to Watch →

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Industry Veteran Bruce MacDiarmid Joins Synergy Restaurant Consultants

October 24, 2018
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Synergy Expands Capabilities with the Addition of Bruce MacDiarmid to the Team Synergy Restaurant Consultants is expanding their reach into new high-growth strategic opportunities through a valued partnership with noted industry veteran, Bruce MacDiarmid. “We are thrilled to have Bruce part of our team as we share a common vision of helping and inspiring others … Continue reading Industry Veteran Bruce MacDiarmid Joins Synergy Restaurant Consultants

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Burger Wars: Beef versus Plants

October 18, 2018
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When you think of a delicious and juicy hamburger, several components need to be spot on—fresh vegetables, delicious bread, and first and foremost, a delicious patty (preferably a hand-pattied blend of beef). The star is certainly the meat—but what if there is no meat? Can a non-meat burger still be craveable and sought-out by consumers? … Continue reading Burger Wars: Beef versus Plants

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Cooking Tech: Thermomix

October 8, 2018
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When visiting the Culinary Institute of America for a Fellows Event, I experienced a cooking technology that impressed me. A company called Vorwerk showcased their product, Thermomix—a hugely popular product overseas. Thermomix is an amazing piece of equipment, often found in the best restaurants in the world. I was amazed at its capabilities. So what … Continue reading Cooking Tech: Thermomix

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Superfoods

Have you Seen These Superfoods?

October 6, 2018
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Kale, quinoa, acai—what do these ingredients have in common? They are very popular superfoods that you’ve probably already heard about and eat on a regular basis. But a new round of superfoods that haven’t yet become so mainstream is slowly but surely making their way onto menus around the nation. At Synergy, many times, a … Continue reading Have you Seen These Superfoods?

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Restaurant Labor Optimization

Is Your Restaurant Ready for Another Minimum Wage Hike?

September 11, 2018
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In January the minimum wage in California is going up another dollar an hour! In Arizona, the start of 2019 marks a fifty cent increase in minimum wage. The harsh reality is that when this happens everyone’s wages get impacted. If you plan to pay a dishwasher $11.00/hour which will most likely be $12.00/hour (because you can’t find anyone to do … Continue reading Is Your Restaurant Ready for Another Minimum Wage Hike?

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Restaurant Snacks

Snacking Drives More Traffic and Sales

August 30, 2018
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Snacks—it’s not just bagged chips or veggies and dip. According to Technomic’s 2018 Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, 39 percent of consumers changed their idea of snacks in the last two years. Moreover, the Millennial and Gen Z cohort are increasingly replacing meals with snacks.   As restaurants struggle to find new revenue streams to combat … Continue reading Snacking Drives More Traffic and Sales

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