Global Foodservice News – July 15th, 2024

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Foodservice Equipment   Registration Opens for MUFES 2025 Operators can sign up now for the one-of-a-kind symposium by FER using an early bird rate. From big-picture trends to dialed-in technical details, FER’s Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium delivers content that helps operators thrive. Registration has opened for MUFES 2025, slated for January 27-29 at the Hyatt… read more

Reusable cups are coming to a bunch of restaurant chains in one California city

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Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Dunkin’ and other brands will work together on a citywide reusable cup initiative in Petaluma, California, starting August 5. A group of restaurant chains—many of which are direct competitors—are about to figure out if they can get an entire town to use reusable cups. Starbucks, KFC, Dunkin’, Peet’s Coffee, Coca-Cola and… read more

Cracker Barrel to undergo largest menu revamp in brand history

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Cracker Barrel is launching a test of 20 menu items across select markets, from green chile cornbread to banana pudding Cracker Barrel is officially unveiling its largest menu test in the struggling family dining chain’s history. The menu overhaul, which will be tested for a limited time at select Texas restaurants, is part of Cracker… read more

As Fast Food Prices Surge, It’s Time For A Chain Restaurant Renaissance

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Fast food is famous for two qualities: it’s fast, and it’s cheap. And while it’s as fast as ever (maybe even faster thanks to fast food’s increasing use of AI), it’s not quite so cheap these days. The price of a Big Mac meal with medium fries and a drink has hit nearly $14 in… read more

California’s Fast Food Wages Prompt Restaurants to Cut Hours

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A new state law boosted the wage for fast food workers to $20 an hour. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawrence Cheng, whose family owns seven Wendy’s locations south of Los Angeles, took orders at the register on a recent day and emptied steaming hot baskets of French fries and chicken nuggets, salting them with a… read more

Why are So Many Restaurant Franchises Going Bankrupt?

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Quick-service operators are facing plenty of challenges with their economic models, and experts don’t see the headwinds ending anytime soon. Burger King, Popeyes, McDonald’s, Wendy’s—those are just some of the chains that saw multi-unit operators go belly up last year. And the trend has bled into 2024. Each case has its own unique set of… read more

Top Cleaning News from 2024 So Far

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The top cleaning stories over the first half of 2024 certainly brought variety, but an emphasis appears to be on infection control and sustainability. While the pandemic is in the rearview, lots of interest still was generated over the possible need for vaccines, while the infection preventionist trade — and its importance on facility safety… read more

Yarn’n launches eco-friendly toilet tissue to promote sustainability and indigenous culture

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Australian First Nations-owned company introduced 100% recycled toilet tissue, supporting sustainable forestry and indigenous education Yarn’n, an Australian First Nations-owned company, has introduced a 100 percent recycled toilet tissue made exclusively from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests. In a media release, the company emphasized its manufacturing processes prioritize resource conservation, utilizing 50% less water… read more

Kruger Products Inc. announces price increase for tissue products amid rising costs

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Price hike set for September 2024 aims to offset escalating commodity costs and inflation Kruger Products Inc. (KPI), partially owned by KP Tissue Inc., has announced a price increase for its consumer branded and private label tissue products sold in Canada. The new prices will take effect on September 2, 2024, with increases in the… read more

Sodexo Announces Partnership with UVD Robots

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Sodexo announced a partnership with UVD Robots, the global market share leader in autonomous UV robots. By providing the latest innovation in UV, this partnership will bolster Sodexo’s fully standardized, evidence-based program called Protecta, elevating environmental hygiene and keeping staff and clients safer. “Effective healthcare operations demand meticulous attention, extending to rigorous environmental hygiene standards,”… read more