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In a Bud Light ad from 2013, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan is seen tailgating with his small barbecue grill. Amid a backdrop of festive jersey-clad men, our protagonist wears a look of utter confusion and disappointment as he holds a box of something completely foreign: quinoa veggie burgers. “Ugh,” utters his inner monologue, “why did she pack… read more

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“If the largest U.S. food company can prove the viability of farming practices that are good for the planet and for profits, it would be a game changer,” said Jenny Ahlen, director of the EDF+Business supply chain program. “We’re using scientific analysis to measure the benefits of sustainable farming practices, help companies like Tyson evaluate… read more

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Legendary Chicago rep group, Miller & Stryker, has just combined with another Chicago powerhouse, Culinary Equipment Group, to create the new Culinary Equipment Group! Talented sales pros, James Carr, Howard Cohen, Sam Franklin, and Ed Sutryk will now offer a more in-depth coverage of the Northern/Central Illinois market, along with the backing of a highly experienced inside… read more

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The service will start in San Francisco, to be followed by Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. “in the coming weeks.” Starbucks is planning to bring delivery service to nearly a quarter of U.S.-owned stores in seven cities this spring, the company said in a statement. The announcement builds on a trial… read more

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Labor continues to be a massive headache for restaurants. In an industry known for thin margins, a coalescence of economic factors, new legislation, resource scarcity, and consumer preferences have put restaurants in a proverbial pressure cooker. The way in which people work is also shifting, thanks to digital disruption and the rise of the gig… read more

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In the restaurant industry, where concepts often burn out in less than a year, making it to five years—or even a decade—is a monumental feat. The Old Spaghetti Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. For perspective, Sally and Guss Dussin opened the Portland, Oregon-based company and began serving up its famous spaghetti when… read more

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The Food Safety Modernization Act created a sea change in the relations between government and industry in their collaborative pursuit of ensuring a safer food supply for Americans. With most FSMA rules well into implementation, the food industry has been able to direct increased attention to other regulatory issues it will confront in 2019. Food… read more

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The Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group has promoted Brent Berkowitz to the role of chief operating officer, the company said. Berkowitz was hired as senior vice president of operations in early 2018 for the group, which operates and licenses about 13 restaurant, bar and coffeeshop concepts across the country, mostly adjacent to hotels. He replaced co-founder… read more

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MOD Pizza has tapped former Chipotle executive Mark Shambura to oversee brand and marketing strategy as its new chief marketing officer, the fast-casual pizza chain said. Shambura most recently was executive director of marketing for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Previously, Shambura was at Creative Artists Agency, where he worked on Chipotle’s “Back to the Start” campaign,… read more