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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

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An increased focus on delivery, the elevation of vegetarian and vegan concepts, embracing automation and finding ways to operate in smaller areas are just a few predictions from several executives leading fast casual brands. Jenelle Brown, VP of operations and training, Uncle Maddio’s Predictions:   As the demands of the consumer continue to support off-premise… read more

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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 location uses, including restaurants, supermarkets… read more

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Researchers at Mississippi State Univ. are working to control Salmonella and Campylobacter before the poultry products leave processing plants. Chander Sharma, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Poultry Science along with a team of MSU scientists, is researching the use of lauric arginate, an antimicrobial compound approved… read more

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Walmart is among four companies collaborating on a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, authenticity and safety of food in China. The retailer, along with IBM, JD.com and Tsinghua Univ. National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technology recently formed the Blockchain Food Safety Alliance. The companies say they will work with food supply chain… read more

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Human cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections increased 3 percent since 2014, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said in a recent report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and foodborne outbreaks 2016. Salmonella Enteritidis was the most widespread type of Salmonella, accounting for 59 percent of the 94,530 human cases of salmonellosis reported in the European Union… read more

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White plates are the ultimate workhorses of the dish world. They never look cheap, their lack of color appropriately highlights any kind of food, and you can mix and match from different brands yet still present a pulled-together table. Plus, unlike patterned dishes, you can find replacements virtually anywhere. Yet all this versatility can be… read more

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For decades, the standard plate for meals at nearly any restaurant has been white. Namely, a round white plate with a shiny glazed finish. IKEA outpost in New Jersey? Round white plates. Le Bernardin? Round white plates. Timetraveling to dinner at Lutèce? You’d also be dining on the same. Though there have been some tweaks… read more

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That’s the question facing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. as the company searches for a new chief executive officer to replace Steve Ells, who said last month he will be stepping down. His successor will inherit a brand that’s been badly tarnished by a food-safety crisis, and will face intense pressure to mount a turnaround, which has… read more

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced the promotion of Dana Benfield to the role of senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Ms. Benfield will be responsible for overseeing Red Robin’s Brand Marketing and Guest Engagement teams, as well as leading the company’s Food & Beverage and Commercialization initiatives. Previously serving as Red Robin’s vice… read more