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During a Christmas past, one of my daughters received a knitting kit with several rolls of yarn and needles accompanied with knitting directions. This daughter was actually quite intrigued by the thought of making herself an attractive scarf for the approaching cold, windy months in Chicago. Shortly after opening, she began reading the directions but… read more

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In the processing and packaging areas of baking and snack facilities, allergen-containing dust has been identified as a potential cross-contamination point. It’s also a common observation that’s made during many audits, including those by Global Food Safety Initiative inspectors and others. Specifically, the concern is that the contamination of non-allergenic foods by airborne dust and… read more

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When bakers think of sanitation as a “must do,” they think of routine cleaning initiated when a plant stops a production run or does a product changeover. However, there are areas of equipment and a facility that are not accessible during routine cleaning. Hard-to-reach and other at-risk locations not normally exposed need to be scheduled… read more

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Arc Cardinal and Dudson will announce a sales, marketing and distribution partnership in the North American market at the National Restaurant Association Show on May 19th to 22nd in Chicago. Two of the leading tableware manufacturers will now work in tandem to bring a complete tabletop package of the highest quality glassware, ceramic dinnerware and flatware… read more

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With three of the nation’s four prominent professional sports leagues in action, the May calendar is abuzz with action. The National Basketball Association and National Hockey League playoffs remain in full swing, while Major League Baseball has hit the one-month mark in its summer-long grind to the Fall Classic. Fans are pouring into stadiums from… read more

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May 7 marked the official start date for the oft-delayed menu-labeling laws. It took nearly a decade, but at last restaurants and other away-from-home food retailers are being required by federal obligation to include calorie counts on menus and signage. The rule applies to “any restaurant or retailer serving food for away-from-home consumption with more… read more

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The restaurant industry accounts for a whopping 10 percent of the entire U. S. workforce. With its 14.7 million employees nationwide, the sector is projected to add another 1.6 million jobs within the next 10 years, according to National Restaurant Association. Yet, while the forecast is promising, the industry remains more vulnerable to high turnover… read more

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Remember the value wars of a few years ago, when quick-service chains tried to one-up each other with lower and lower priced offerings? Then, when it turned out those offerings only appealed to value-seeking consumers with zero brand loyalty, many chains pulled back on the strategy, and, well, it didn’t go well. Now, the value… read more

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Brinker International spent the first quarter strategizing its turnaround story. The second was about implementation. Now, it’s time for results. The parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy said during a May 1 conference call that it “started to see momentum with significant changes in traffic” during the third quarter, a period that ended… read more