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Incorporating automated and robotic systems into meat and poultry processing operations is a growing trend in the industry, but that doesn’t mean every plant should necessarily make the switch. There are a number of things to be considered when automating operations, many of which were shared during the North American Meat Institute’s virtual Meat Industry… read more

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Fast-casual restaurant chain Schlotzsky’s is doubling down on meatier sandwiches — to the magnitude that it needs Terry Bradshaw to train people how to eat them. That’s the gist of the “Train For A Mouthful” regimen and its three exercises — The Breadlift, The Chew Chew and The Stacks on Deck — as explained by… read more

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Del Taco is launching a new Crunchtada lineup with a digital campaign aimed squarely at disappointed Taco Bell customers. Last year, Taco Bell supposedly ghosted fans who called for the return of the brand’s Mexican Pizza on social media and other platforms. Their requests went unanswered, Del Taco claims. So Del Taco is “providing crunchy… read more

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The phrase “pent-up demand” has been tossed about by restaurants in recent weeks. Stimulus checks lined consumers’ pockets and could ultimately hike sector sales as much as 30 percent, according to Rabbobank and Earnest Research. The country reported an average of 2.7 million daily vaccinations over the past week, the CDC recently said. And more… read more

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While the largest restaurant chains have spent the second half of the pandemic investing in next-gen restaurant design and pivoting to drive-thrus and pickup windows, they’re not the only ones. On this episode of Extra Serving, Andy Diamond — president of the Mesa, Ariz.-based, 14-unit, Cajun seafood casual dining restaurant — speaks about how even… read more

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Starbucks claims that its U.S. sales have now fully recovered from the economic effects of the pandemic, reporting positive same-store sales growth of 9% for the second quarter ended March 28. It’s the first time Starbucks’ U.S. sales have trended positively since the pandemic began and represents a significant improvement over -5% same-store sales decline… read more

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Several states and local municipalities have begun easing restrictions on restaurant dining as new COVID-19 cases have declined in those areas, while others have moved to tighten restrictions as positive cases trended in the opposite direction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week also issued new interim recommendations for people who are fully… read more

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Nestle has bought the main brands of vitamin and supplements maker The Bountiful Company for $5.75 billion, the world’s largest packaged food company said on Friday, the latest expansion of its health and nutrition business. The KitKat chocolate bar maker bought Bountiful from KKR in a deal that covers the U.S. company’s Nature’s Bounty, Solgar,… read more

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By Courtney Connley – CNBC MakeIt As an executive with more than 20 years of hiring experience, Facebook’s Head of Global Recruiting Miranda Kalinowski knows what it takes to land a job at today’s top companies. Prior to joining Facebook in 2004, Kalinowski worked at PwC for three years and Accenture for 16 years, helping… read more