FTC challenges proposed Sysco, US Foods merger

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that if the merger between Sysco and US Foods goes forward as proposed, foodservice customers, including restaurants, would likely face higher prices and diminished service.

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NRA 2012: Trends in fast casual

Jeff Allen, US Foods director of emerging concepts, discusses three trends in fast casual during the 2012 NRA Show. The trends are: supply chain optimization, marketing through social media and QR codes, and food quality and innovation.

Getting an ROI out of true sustainability

Truitt Brothers Inc. examines how operators can fulfill consumer demand for sustainability while focusing on the bottom line.

It's time to feel good!

The latter part of May is always a busy time of year on my calendar. During the waning days of spring, there is a convergence of our Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation charity tennis tournament, the National Restaurant Association trade...

Four options for menu labeling

For weeks I have wanted to write this blog; the one that lets you know options and choices for finally getting menu nutritional information on your menu/from your recipes and where to turn. Certainly, I will miss some of the...

Local: The ins, the outs and the details

We hear the term local tossed around pretty loosely nowadays. While it's popping up on just about everything with a price tag (local business, locally owned, locally operated, locally whatever), there is no place more popular to tout the term local than in food.    And with good reason.

LaVoie: Supply chain trends for 2011

Where technology and logistics are expected to lead the restaurant industry.

NRA: Thrust Electric Bikes steal the focus of Conserve Solutions pavilion

The bikes can offer QSR and fast casual concepts a less expensive delivery option.

Food futures: Buy now, pay later

Locking in food prices can be a losing venture or a saving grace.  

NAFEM, FS/TEC open next week

Co-located manufacturing, technology shows to feature innovations in foodservice industry.

Stretching a supply chain

Connections, menu flexibility are key to how far brands can reach.

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Chipotle on Cargill: Don't stop at group housing for sows

Cargill, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S., has completed conversion of all its company-owned farms to group housing for sows. It's a step in the right direction, said a spokesperson for the Chipotle Mexican Grill, but Cargill needs to go further.

Smithfield: vast majority of our sows out of gestation crates

The Humane Society is praising Smithfield's progress, and urging Hormel and Seaboard to step up their efforts.

Panera Bread progressing toward animal welfare goals

Among its successes: 91 percent of Panera's pork supply is antibiotic-free, 80 percent of is beef is grass-fed and 100 percent of its chicken is antibiotic-free.

Report links Jimmy John’s 2013 Colorado E. coli outbreak to imported cucumbers

The cucumbers were not contaminated by Jimmy John's crew members, but sometimes during growing, harvest, transport or distribution of the produce, which was imported from Mexico.

Farmer Brothers' coffee partner wins award

The Cup of Excellence is an annual Alliance for Coffee Excellence competition held in coffee-growing origins around the world.

Consolidated Concepts adds two senior supply chain executives

Wade Winters is joining Consolidated Concepts as vice president of Supply Chain, and Joni Miller is joining as director of Supply Chain.

Mediterranean Brands receives foodservice innovation award

Falafel Scoop and Go was awarded third place finish in the foodservice category at the Prepared Foods- New Products Conference.

Fazoli's salutes Franchisee and Supplier of the Year

Texas-based PastaQuik and Southern Bakeries are recognized for achievements.

Mistica Foods begins full-scale operations

Mistica Foods LLC began its full-scale operations recently.

Henny Penny named a Brinker International Supplier Partner Of The Year

Brinker International, Inc. awards Henny Penny, Highland Baking Co. and HotSchedules with the annual Supplier Partner of the Year Award.

Deli meat supplier launches loyalty program

Supplier Norbest Inc. recently announced the launch of a new loyalty program for customers that allows customers to earn points on qualifying products and redeem points for merchandise.

Fiesta Restaurant Group consolidates food distribution to single provider

Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., parent company to the Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana and Cabana Grill restaurant brands, will consolidate all of its food distribution with Performance Food Group. The partnership with PFG, which has been serving Pollo Tropical restaurants for...

La Prep now sells Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee exclusively

La Prep announced recently that all of its coffee is now sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The change took effect June 9. Rainforest Alliance certification helps support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources,...

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...

Chipotle increasing purchase of locally grown produce in 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today it will purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from its 2013 goal of 15 million pounds. "We are changing the way people think about and...

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