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By: Alison Doyle – the balance Would you show up for a job interview wearing jeans, shorts, grubby sneakers? Would you chew gum during the interview or arrive in disheveled or wrinkled clothes? Wearing inappropriate or outlandish attire to a job interview can potentially cost you the job. An interviewer’s first impression is often a… read more

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Emerson Agrees to Acquire Cooper-Atkins Emerson has agreed to acquire Cooper-Atkins, a leading manufacturer of temperature management and environmental measurement devices and wireless monitoring solutions for foodservice, healthcare and industrial markets. Cooper-Atkins is a longtime technology leader in foodservice markets with a comprehensive offering of temperature management and monitoring products for spot inspection and fixed… read more

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Food industry stakeholders expressed disappointment and concern at the passage of an ordinance that requires large grocery stores to submit detailed reports regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock raised for meat and poultry products. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed Ordinance No. 170763 requiring grocers to report: the different purposes for which antibiotics… read more

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Food Safety Net Services has opened an analytical laboratory in Atlanta for the food and consumables industry in the Southeast United States. The laboratory will conduct microbiological tests as well as allergen detection, wet chemistry and product evaluation for the food industry. The laboratory has a 50-seat theater for education classes and customer use. “We… read more

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Mamoun’s, a Greenwich village icon that is embarking on ambitious national expansion plans, has announced that five new ranchised restaurants in Chicagoland are now part of that expansion, according to a news release on restaurantnews.com. There’s no word yet on locations or specific opening timeframes — representatives for the burgeoning chain have yet to respond to inquiries… read more

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The growth of chain retailers and restaurants in the city continues unabated, which may be a discouraging thought for anyone whose favorite deli has been replaced by a Dunkin’ Donuts.The sweet-treat and coffee giant took the title as New York’s largest retailer for the 10th consecutive year, with 612 stores, according to a report from the… read more

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Apollo Global Management, L.L.C. has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Qdoba Restaurant Corp. from Jack in the Box, Inc. for approximately $305 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close by April 2018. Qdoba Mexican Eats is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain that operates more than 700 locations in 47 states, the District… read more

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Sbarro, has made two significant international deals this year. One will bring 20 Sbarro restaurants to Argentina, and another calls for the opening of 15 locations of the brand’s fast casual concept  — Pizza Cucinova — in Japan, according to a company press release. Osaka-based development and commercial real estate company — Kadoya — will open the Japanese pizza locations,… read more

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Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of six restaurants in Hawaii from longtime franchise partner, Desert Island Restaurants, for approximately $35 million in cash. The acquisition includes six restaurants, including a new location opened in early November on the island of Kauai, as well as area development rights… read more