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By Jessica Greene – Ladders The big advantage of empowering your coworkers to do the work they normally ask you to do is that it frees up a lot of your time. A good business is one where employees feel empowered by their bosses to do their jobs independently and find creative solutions to their… read more

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Since day one, product quality has been the main focus at Patxi’s Pizza. That tradition won’t change as the San Francisco-based deep-dish pizzeria enters a fresh phase of growth under new ownership. Elite Restaurant Group, which operates Slater’s 50/50 and Mediterranean-inspired fast casual Daphne’s, purchased Patxi’s last September. Elite’s leadership is expanding Patxi’s menu without… read more

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System wide same-store sales at the quick-service Mexican food chain slid 0.1% for the first quarter, compared to a gain of 3.7% for the same quarter last year. The dip ends the company’s 21-quarter streak of positive same-store sales. CEO John D. Cappasola Jr. said sales and transactions were impacted by unfavorable weather in California… read more

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José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup has been tapped to develop a new concept at the historic Hill Top House Hotel in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Details have yet to be revealed, but the hotel, first built in 1888, is being resurrected by Swan & Legend Venture Partners affiliate Swan Hill Top LLC, in partnership with Interstate Hotels… read more

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As consumers increasingly demand more comprehensive information about the food they buy and the products they use in their homes, CPG companies are finding ways to make it readily accessible. SmartLabel, an industry-led initiative with hundreds of brands involved, is helping them do just that by offering a platform for transparency and simple data sharing…. read more

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Foodservice packaging accounts for only a small portion of the trash that ends up in landfills. In fact, paper and plastic waste from foodservice packaging makes up just 1.6% by weight of total municipal solid waste, according to EPA data. In an effort to reduce packaging waste from consumer packaged goods, New Jersey-based TerraCycle developed… read more

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In a quest to cut down on packaging waste and the toll it takes on the planet, more foodservice and consumer packaged goods companies are beginning to consider reusable containers. Packaging that can be repeatedly cleaned and reused offers a solution that is in many ways simpler than recycling, which hasn’t proven to be a panacea for… read more

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Timothy P. Connolly has been appointed executive vice-president and chief supply chain officer for US Foods Holding Corp., effective May 13. In this new role, he will oversee US Foods’ supply chain organization, including safety, warehousing, transportation, supply chain strategy, operations and labor relations. Mr. Connolly will join US Foods from Uline, where he has… read more