DaVinci Gourmet intros new smoothie mixes for foodservice operators

DaVinci Gourmet has introduced new smoothies made without artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. According to a news release, the smoothies include two servings of fruit per 8-ounce finished drink and are geared toward the foodservice industry. "With healthy eating on...

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How corn affects food prices

Corn prices were up 13 percent in the first six weeks of 2014 which will adversely affect the price of many of the foods you stock in your restaurant.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

If you build it, they will come and you will profit

Many operators also neglect to examine the pricing of kitchen supplies, which is the number one area for savings.

How to maximize your supply chain strategy

In addition to cost, choose a distributor based on their food safety record and customer service metrics, as well as their sanitation practices.

Looking back at some equipment highlights from the NRA Show '14

Henny Penny showcases its chef's touch operating system, which features a barcode scanner that can pull up recipes.

Panera commits to ‘clean ingredients’ by 2016

The bakery-cafe chain is on a 'mission to help fix a broken food system.'

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

Plenty of new product launches expected at the National Restaurant Association Show

Mobile and digital continue to be top trends, as does integrated technology solutions.

Going digital: How 1 Arkansas chain controls hiring, training, scheduling

MarketPlace Grill uses Red Book Connect solutions to track training, hiring and scheduling.

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Tyson’s tender offer for Hillshire set at $63 per share

Tyson Foods has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of The Hillshire Brands Company at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies. The tender offer period will expire at midnight Aug.

Henny Penny earns three Business Marketing Assoc. awards

Henny Penny announced it has received three B2 Awards of Excellence from the Business Marketing Association. The awards were presented for the company’s new corporate website (HennyPenny.com), for its "Math" advertising campaign and for a microsite created to support that...

Smashburger tops off menu with organic arugula and mushrooms

Smashburger announced the addition of organic arugula and organic mushrooms on its menus nationwide. The additions join Smashburger's other organic options, which include HONEST Fresh-Brewed Organic Teas and Apple Juice, and Horizon Organic Milk. The company is also in the...

Vitamix CEO named regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix was founded by Berg’s great grandfather in 1921. According to a news...

Ice-O-Matic adds to Energy Star lineup

Ice-O-Matic, a manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Energy Star-rated machines. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 machines to be awarded the Energy Star certification, meeting guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sabert CEO wins 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey region

Sabert Corporation announced today that Founder and CEO Albert Salama received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Excellence in Distribution and Manufacturing category in the New Jersey region. Salama was selected by an independent...

Foodservice packaging providers expect volume growth for limited-service concepts

According to an annual survey conducted by the Foodservice Packaging Institute, foodservice packaging converters, raw material and machinery suppliers, foodservice distributors and operators expect sales growth this year. As part of the survey, more than 80 FPI members, including members...

Report: 93% of restaurant chains plan to raise menu prices

This year's unexpected food cost increases will likely to force chain restaurants to raise menu prices even as competition gets tighter. A new report from supply chain co-op SpenDifference shows that sharp increases in commodities have raised concerns that consumer food-inflation could reach 3 percent by the end of this year.

Caribou Coffee recognizes Lyons Magnus as supplier of the year

Caribou Coffee recognized Lyons Magnus today with its the inaugural Supplier of the Year Award. Lyons Magnus supplies Caribou Coffee with ingredients for smoothies, juice and tea blends. "We're happy to award Lyons Magnus – our partner of 14 years...

District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

Survey indicates further consolidation in the food industry

In light of recent intentions by Tyson to acquire Hillshire Brands, a new survey conducted by just-food.com indicates that half of international food industry executives expect even more M&A activity this year. According to a release from just-food.com, the Tyson/Hillshire...

NRA asks Gulf Coast governors to support locally-sourced seafood

The National Restaurant Association has asked Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Rick Scott (Florida), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Phil Bryant (Mississsippi) and Rick Perry (Texas) to provide year-round access to Gulf of Mexico seafood. The NRA sent a letter to the governors...

Starbucks' retail prices go up Tuesday; packaged coffee hike set for July

Starbucks recently announced plans to hike prices on roast and ground packaged coffee sold in grocery stores and select beverages sold in company-owned retail stores. Starting Tuesday, customers in most markets will see a price increase of 10-15 cents on...

Cascades launches environmentally-friendly food packaging line

The packaging company Cascades recently announced the launch of Respak, a new environmentally-friendly food packaging line. Unlike commonly used polycoated cardboard, Respak is made from 50 percent recycled fibers and is recyclable and compostable, according to a company press release....

Baja Fresh getting real-time digital, mobile feedback through Sparkfly

Baja Fresh is partnering up with Sparkfly for real-time analysis of their digital and mobile promotions. Baja Fresh will promote its "Catch 2" Seafood Taco combo deal through Google Search, Facebook, Yelp, Opera Mediaworks and UberMedia over the next two...

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