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Restaurateurs Expect Economic Relief in 2009

A recent survey conducted through the National Restaurant Association's Smartbrief online newsletter reported that a majority of restaurateurs think the economy had the greatest effect on their companies in 2008. Economic woes trumped rising food costs (which garnered 35 percent of the votes), calorie legislation (3.7 percent), and food safety (3.7 percent). Despite the industry’s […]

2009 Culinary Trends

A new National Restaurant Association survey of more than 1,600 professional chefs–members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)–reveals that nutrition and philosophy-driven food choices will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2009. Local produce, bite-size desserts, organics, healthful kids' meals, and new cuts of meat top the list of nearly 210 culinary items […]

All Your Food Safety Questions Answered

US Food Safety Corporation today launched, a Web site to provide consumers with the most up-to-date food safety alerts, recalls, advice, and columns. The creation of food sales and marketing veteran Susan Reef, combines Reef's knowledge of consumer food Web sites with her passion for serving the public. By providing unbiased information, Reef […]

Consumers ‘Terrified’ About Finances

According to a new national survey from, consumers are very concerned about the upcoming holiday shopping season and don’t think 2009 will be any better. While the survey found people were generally worried about their personal finances during this time of economic turmoil, more than half of respondents think their situation will improve in […]

Top Five Trends for 2009

Around the world, people have been shaken into uncertainty by the economic crisis. But the recent U.S. presidential election has given rise to feelings of hope and optimism. Looking ahead to 2009, Mintel sees five major ways that consumers will adapt and make the best of next year. As a backlash against the fast pace […]

Corporate Plans Falling on Deaf Ears?

Red Book Solutions yesterday introduced the Source-2-Source solution, which coordinates corporate management strategies and store-level executions. “This integrated, critical task-management resource allows retail and hospitality executives to assign, in real time, priority tasks at the store level that don’t necessarily occur in a normal day,” says Gregory Thiesen, president and CEO of Red Book Solutions. […]

Consumers and Food Safety

For anyone in foodservice, food safety is always important. But a study out yesterday found that concerns about food safety among consumers are also high—ranking higher than even concerns about the Iraq War. The Center for Food Integrity’s (CFI) “2008 Consumer Trust Survey” shows that concerns about food costs, energy rates, and food safety top […]

Aramark to Educate on Sustainability

Aramark will provide a culinary experience and guidance to help them make better choices in support of environmental sustainability. At the International Guest Chef Culinary Showcase, held in New York City on October 16, Aramark guests will savor haute cuisine created from locally grown food and heirloom fruits and vegetables and experience dining practices that […]

High-Calorie Drinks Phased Out at Schools

A new report released today shows that the beverage industry continues to significantly cut calories in schools two years into a three-year implementation period of the national School Beverage Guidelines. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, worked with representatives of The […]

Organic & Natural Market Stays Strong

The natural and organic food and beverage market is reshaping the way America shops. With products available in every retail outlet, increasingly health-savvy consumers can now easily purchase natural alternatives to processed foods and other mainstream offerings. In the second edition of its report, Natural and Organic Food and Beverage Trends in the U.S., Packaged […]

Food Widget Tracks Industry Trends

As customers flock to Facebook and foodservice professionals explore the restaurateur social networking site, marketers are utilizing viral strategies to reach their desired audiences. Foodservice marketing Goliath, NOBLE, recently extended its Food Channel Web site and created a free online application that tracks industry trends and updates automatically as stories are posted to The […]

Eggs Help with Weight Loss

A study published online today in the International Journal of Obesity shows that eating two eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduced-calorie diet, helps overweight adults lose more weight and feel more energetic than those who eat a bagel breakfast of equal calories. This study supports previous research, published in the Journal of the […]

Major U.S. Food and Beverage Companies Comply With Pledges On Kids’ Advertising

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) today released its first report on the progress that participants in BBB’s groundbreaking self-regulation program—the Children’s Food & Beverage Advertising Initiative—have made in changing the children’s food and beverage advertising landscape. BBB has assessed the participants’ compliance with their pledges regarding child-directed advertising of their food and beverage […]

Ovations Food Services Selects Radiant Systems

Radiant Systems Inc. announced today that Ovations Food Services, the full-service food and beverage concessions and catering company that manages more than 90 venues, has selected the company’s Quest point of sale (POS) and VenueManager back office as its preferred solution for existing and future venues. “After an extensive search for a technology partner, we […]

HarvestMark Delivers Instant Traceability

YottaMark Inc., a product traceability, authentication, and marketing solutions company, today announced that Delta Prepack Company has selected HarvestMark for Cases for a pilot program to deliver traceability for its case-packed tomatoes. The HarvestMark for Cases solution will enable the Manteca, California-based tomato packer/shipper to enhance its food safety efforts, deliver on-demand quality and customer […]

Cargill Introduces Freshzone Technology

Cargill has developed a new flavor technology that delivers a consistent, fresh taste experience to consumers and is safer for manufacturers than liquid alternatives. Freshzone technology is currently formulated for powdered applications, making flavors taste fresher and more natural, and ensuring the shelf life of the flavor components in products such as powdered drinks and […]

Large Beverage Companies Relying on International Growth

Fitch Ratings believes that the large beverage companies will struggle to grow organically in the U.S., and that future growth is likely to come from abroad, according to a new report. The U.S. non-alcoholic, ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverage market is mature, given the industry's concentrated structure, low volume growth, and high per capita beverage consumption trends. […]

HOLDER Group Selects PAR Technology

ParTech Inc., a subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation, today announced that the HOLDER Group has chosen PAR to be their sole provider of Point-of-Sale Systems. The HOLDER Group is a dynamic company headquartered in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France, totaling over 450 retail outlets throughout the world, grouped under three major brands–Paul, Saint Preux, and Laduree. Their rapid […]

NPD Finds Americans Eating “Better for You” Foods

Eating “better for you” foods rather than dieting appears to be the weapon of choice against the battle of the bulge, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research firm. NPD reports that the percentage of adults on a diet has decreased by 10 percentage points since 1990, while the percentage of Americans eating […]

TableTop Media Announces New Technology

The debate over menu labeling at the restaurant level is gaining volume as the public at large seems to be pleading for help in the fight against obesity which remains an epidemic nationwide and has aggressively moved into the offspring of America’s baby boomer generation. Obesity rates among children and teenagers have tripled over the […]

Intura Solutions Partners with CIS

Intura Solutions, LP (Intura), a leading manufacturer of point-of-sale (POS) and enterprise management software for quick service, fast casual, and delivery restaurant concepts, today announced a technology partnership with Compact Information Systems (CIS) of Redmond, Washington, to provide automated map sectoring technology for the Intura Vision point-of-sale (POS) solution primarily targeted for delivery restaurants. "Our […]

StrandVision Debuts HD PC to TV Converter

StrandVision LLC is introducing a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with its digital signage offering and for many other applications. Called, the HD solution includes an adapter (PCA) at the personal computer that is paired with a receiving adapter (TVA) at the television monitor. The adapters digitally connect all common […]

NRA Applauds Food Safety Legislation

The bill, “The Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards and Targeting Act of 2008,” was introduced by U.S. Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Adam Putnam (R-Fla.). The National Restaurant Association today welcomed the introduction of bipartisan food safety legislation in the Congress by U.S. Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Adam Putnam (R-Fla.). The bill, “The Safe […]

New Edge Debuts Data Traffic Technology

New Edge Networks, the business communications unit of EarthLink Inc., (NASDAQ: ELNK), today became the first telecommunications company to offer a new network service that allows businesses to tag and prioritize data traffic over DSL access using up to five MPLS classes of service. New Edge previously announced plans in January to offer up to […]

Radiant Aquires Hospitality EPOS Systems

Radiant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RADS), a provider of innovative technology to the hospitality and retail industries, announces today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hospitality EPoS Systems, a leading technology supplier to the U.K. hospitality market for more than 16 years. “The acquisition of Hospitality EPoS Systems provides Radiant a substantial […]

Foodservice Companies Report Lower Confidence

The Small Business Research Board (SBRB) Food & Beverage Industry Small Business Confidence Index (F-SBCI) dropped to 30.67 during the fourth quarter of 2007, a decline of more than 17 points from the prior quarter. A decline in two of the three major indicators contributed to the F-SBCI of 48.5 registered during the third quarter […]

Henny Penny Awarded Kitchen Innovations 2008 Award

Henny Penny Corporation Awarded Prestigious Kitchen Innovations™ 2008 Award Presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show On January 15, 2008, Henny Penny Corporation was honored with a Kitchen Innovations™ (KI) 2008 Award for the Henny Penny SmartCombi™ with WaveClean™ technology. Each year, the NRA Kitchen Innovations™ Awards recognize the most inventive and cutting-edge […]

ParTech Named U.S. Tech Supplier of the Year

McDonald's announced last week it has awarded the inaugural U.S. Technology Supplier of the Year Award to ParTech Incorporated, an international provider of Point-of-Sale technology and related products and services. ParTech is a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PTC – News). McDonald's unveiled the award at its recent U.S Technology Supplier Summit, […]