Food and Restaurant Trends for 2022 Include Robots, Sustainability

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As 2021 draws to a close, food and restaurant experts are making their predictions for the trends that will shape the way we eat in the coming year. This past year was another difficult one for restaurants as the pandemic continues to stir up uncertainty around everything from safety protocols to supply chains. Some of… read more

Limited-Services Menu Prices Soared 8% in December

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Fast-food menu prices soared 8% in December, according to new federal data released Wednesday, as the industry continues to pass on higher costs for food and labor onto customers. Prices for full-service menu items were not far behind, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rising 6.6% annually. Overall, food-away-from-home inflation rose 0.6% monthly… read more

KFC to Launch Plant-Based Fried Chicken Made with Beyond Meat Nationwide

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The launch comes after years of testing from the Yum Brands chain and Beyond Meat to create a meat substitute that mimicked the taste and texture of whole muscle chicken, like chicken breast, rather than the ground-up consistency of nuggets. The two companies first tested plant-based chicken at an Atlanta restaurant in August 2019 — and… read more

Food and Restaurant Trends for 2022 Include Robots, Sustainability

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As 2021 draws to a close, food and restaurant experts are making their predictions for the trends that will shape the way we eat in the coming year. This past year was another difficult one for restaurants as the pandemic continues to stir up uncertainty around everything from safety protocols to supply chains. Some of… read more

Why More than Half of Taco Bell Workers are Unvaccinated

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In June, Taco Bell locations in California offered “a free seasoned beef Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos” to anyone who provided proof of vaccination. The company said it was offering the promotion because there are “still plenty of young people who need to get vaccinated.” The company said that it was important to “increase vaccinations”… read more

Consumer demand for carry-out, drive-thru remains high, Acosta report finds

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Restaurant traffic has begun to bounce back compared to the swift drop-off in early 2020, but the pandemic is having lasting effects on how consumers purchase and consume food away from home, according to Acosta’s The Why? Behind the Dine Report. Decreased motivation to cook at home is driving consumers to turn to foodservice outlets,… read more

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Law Ends Employee Retention Tax Credit

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President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday that ends the employee retention tax credit retroactive to after September 30. The ERTC provides a tax credit equal to 50 percent of qualified wages paid, up to $10,000 per employee, after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The National Restaurant… read more

Will the Pandemic Kill Dine-in As we Know it? The Answer Isn’t so Simple

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In the current day and age, how do we define what is or isn’t a restaurant? It is a straightforward question, yet difficult to answer. Industry professionals and consumers alike could debate this for days and never arrive at a consensus; a point proven by looking at definitions from several dictionaries. When I turn to… read more

Record Growth as the Foodservice Industry Recovers

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KCL, the industry leader in foodservice design technologies, announces 22 new manufacturing partners who now host their equipment content– PDFs, CAD blocks, Revit families, and supporting images, and documents– on KCL software. Designers, consultants, and dealers around the world appreciate the convenience of KCL’s best-in-class design tools. KCL software is used in 174 countries and… read more

Safety Activity Jumps 280 Percent at Restaurants

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The increase in safety work also signals that multi-unit operators are more actively assigning and enforcing the completion of this work as opposed to just assuming that it will get done. The restaurant industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been, in a word, impressive. Tough decisions have been made, new business strategies rolled out,… read more