California bill would expand exemptions to the pending $20 fast-food wage

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A bill introduced in the California legislature would greatly increase the types of quick-service restaurants that will be exempted from paying fast-food workers a wage of at least $20 an hour starting April 1. The places excused from paying that much would include fast-food restaurants in casinos, airports, theme parks, hotels, sports arenas, convention centers,… read more

NYC is forming a watchdog agency to regulate delivery services

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New York City intends to further regulate the transport of restaurant meals to homes and offices by creating the nation’s first urban Department of Sustainable Delivery, Mayor Eric Adams revealed Wednesday in his annual State of the City Address. Talks are already underway with the City Council to launch the new watchdog agency, Adams revealed…. read more

Restaurant Industry Projected to Earn $125 Million Per Hour in 2024

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U.S. restaurant sales could surpass the 13-digit threshold for the first time in 2024, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual State of the Industry report. Sales are expected to exceed $1.1 trillion this year, up more than 10 percent from the $997 billion originally forecasted for 2023. That growth will come in the face… read more

Couples tend to splurge on Valentine’s Day, spreading love to high-end restaurants

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Check averages go up on and around Feb. 14, but while guests may open their wallets for a pricey dinner, tips take a dip. Couples are generous about opening their wallets for pricey tasting menus and dinners on Valentine’s Day. But that generosity doesn’t extend to tipping. According to recent data from POS platform Lightspeed,… read more

Online Recruitment of Employees: Navigating the Novel Legal Challenges

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As the new year unfolds, it brings the anticipation of new hires and heightened activity among the hospitality industry gearing up for the bustling spring and summer seasons. But with the promise of busy season comes a looming concern: the widespread labor shortage. Despite offering competitive wages and benefits, the hospitality industry’s struggle to adequately… read more

2024 Food & Beverage Industry Outlook: Proceed with Caution

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Can the food & beverage industry capitalize on a slightly more stable landscape in 2024 and grow volume, not just dollar sales? It may seem like a broken record or some strange rewrite of the movie “Groundhog Day,” but as the food & beverage industry moves into 2024, it does so with a sneakily similar… read more

JDE Peet’s Takes Over Caribou Coffee Manufacturing

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The global license agreement will enable JDE to manufacture, market and sell Caribou-branded consumer and foodservice coffee products. JDE Peet’s, which claims to be the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea company, inked a long-term global license agreement to manufacture, market and sell Caribou consumer and foodservice coffee products, excluding Caribou coffeehouses. That means JDE… read more

EPA Releases Proposed Revision to Meat and Poultry Effluent Guidelines

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Highly anticipated proposal to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and other pollutants in meat and poultry plant wastewater discharge takes steps to protect small processors, but some wish EPA did more sampling even for the large establishments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday released its proposal to amend regulations on meat and poultry processors’ wastewater… read more

NRA and NRAEF Name 2024 Boards

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The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation named their 2024 board officers, directors, and trustees. Jeff Lobdell, president and founder of Restaurant Partners Management, LLC., will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors, and Shaun Beard, senior vice president of SAVOR Hospitality, will serve as chair of… read more

How Restaurants Can Plan for an Uncertain Economic Climate in 2024

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Restaurant owners should work to forecast their busy and slow seasons. With ever rising costs for supplies and staffing, there are important measures restaurant owners can take to navigate an uncertain economic climate in 2024. That being said, unemployment remains low across the country and consumer spending is strong despite higher interest rates. We expect… read more