Industry News Roundup - April 25, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Powered alcohol is approved and then denied, Earth day brings an air pollution initiative backed by NYC mayor, and new trend in dining hosts only tables for one; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
NY Times 4/24
The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.
A petition created by Tom Colicchio and Food Policy Action seeking to convince Congress not to ban GMO labels has attracted 231,000 signatures in just over a week.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said yesterday that it gave approval to the labels of Palcohol, a proprietary, just-add-water instant-cocktail powder under development by the Arizona-based Lipsmark LLC, "in error."
Here's more grim news from the festive chain-restaurant front: Four former front-of-house TGI Friday's restaurant employees allege they weren't paid overtime, and say they were asked to do off-hours "side work" such as food prep in addition to waiting tables, as well as pay for their own uniforms.
NY Times 4/20
Anywhere between one-third and one-half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown in California, meaning Americans are facing higher prices on melons, broccoli, baby greens, almonds and other popular crops.Powdered Alcohol Gets U.S. Government Approval
Excellent news for those who hate alcohol in its natural, liquid form: Industry blog BevLaw reports the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has given the go-ahead to Palcohol, a patent-pending powered alcohol brand that offers seven varieties of powered spirits.
General Mills has "quietly" updated its legal terms so that any consumer who has redeemed an online coupon for a bake mix or cereal, liked any of its Facebook pages, entered a back-of-the-cereal-box contest, or has otherwise gotten some kind of "benefit" from the company has by extension also relinquished his or her right to sue.
NEW YORK CITY
Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced support for an overhaul of the air-pollution control code — the biggest since 1975, in fact — which would have a profound impact on restaurants and food trucks throughout the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio backs proposed antipollution laws that would require many restaurants and commercial kitchens to install emission filters on ovens and char-broilers, ban new wood-burning fireplaces and encourage refrigerated trucks to switch to battery power from diesel fuel.
Ny Daily News 4/22
Mayor de Blasio announced the Earth Day push to target the tiny particles from restaurant char broilers, wood and coal fired oven, fireplaces, refrigeration vehicles, and food trucks - including a ban on new wood-burning fireplaces.
Capital Pro 4/22
Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing a bill that would institute stringent regulations on restaurant emissions and ban new wood-burning fireplaces.
In honor of Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio released an update of the Bloomberg-era "PlaNYC" sustainability project Tuesday, including a first-time detailing of the city’s post-Sandy resiliency efforts.
$10? $11.50? $15? New York City pay mandates are a growth industry.
Hooters is kicking off a mobile loyalty program today in Atlanta that it plans to take national in the coming months.
Taste Savant, a tool for discriminating diners looking for restaurant recommendations, launched a mobile app for iPhones, an extension of the website that debuted in 2012.
The app launched this week with the aim to help diners acquire last minute tables at popular high-end restaurants for a fee.
The National Restaurant Association has partnered with EatStreet to release a free educational guide on online ordering and emerging restaurant technology trends.
A new pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam, which bills itself as the world’s first for solo eaters, aims to remove the social stigma of forking dinner without a companion. In fact, there isn’t a two-top in the joint.
CBS Miami 4/22
Grab a fork and get ready to dig into a feast full of insects.
This isn’t a challenge on a new reality show, but the so-called “extreme foodie movement” that could be bringing bugs to a restaurant menu near you.
Wall Street Journal 4/22
Coffee buyer Timothy Hill has reinvented the wheel, and it is causing quite a stir. The 31-year-old purchaser for Durham, N.C., roaster Counter Culture Coffee has rolled out a new version of a tool long used by coffee tasters to elicit the adjectives that may be on the tip of the tongue: a flavor wheel.
Daily News 4/22
THE Citi Bike of coffee has come to Brooklyn. New “Good To Go” java cups debuted Monday in a Dumbo coffee shop, offering caffeine junkies what could be the first look at a cup-sharing pilot program of the future.
Here's a look at the new culinary coloring and activity book designed by winemaker Andrè Hueston Mack (out May 1, buy on Amazon). According to a press release, Small Thyme Cooks is for "food nerds of all ages" and the pages features prominent chefs like April Bloomfield, Tom Colicchio, Sean Brock, Alice Waters, and Marcus Samuelsson.
SF Gate 4/18
Northern California chefs have been at the forefront of bringing great quality food to the dining public, as well as inspiring what home cooks prepare on their own. It's why we've been the epicenter for new dining trends that then spread out through the rest of the country. But chefs couldn't create all their great dishes without the people who produce the ingredients.
The Washington Post 4/18
Still have farmed salmon crossed off your short list of eco-friendly fish? A local version that’s available for a limited time in the Washington area could temporarily rewrite your rules.
Rockstar restauranteurs are finding that sourcing from family farmers and local growers is an important part of their menu development. We caught up with Catherine Lederer, Chop’t Creative Salad Company’s VP of food & beverage for insights on the importance of impeccable sourcing.