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Industry News Roundup - May 2, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014  
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Soda ban comes back into the discussion, top 50 best restaurants list released, and the "waffogato" is unveiled. Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed. 



INDUSTRY

Total Food Service 4/29
Online food-delivery company Seamless will revamp its fee structure after an investigation by New York state's attorney general.
(NYSRA Quoted)

SmartBlog 4/29
Understanding the implications of the 2010 health care law and how it affects specific employers can be a tricky business for restaurant operators. As VP of Health and Insurance Services for the National Restaurant Association, Randy Spicer leads the NRA’s Health Program business and strategic alliance with UnitedHealthcare — the country’s largest health insurance company with more than 25 million members. 

NY Daily News 4/28
The fight to ban the Big Gulp is still fizzing under Mayor de Blasio. The city will appeal to the state’s highest court in a continuation of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to ban sodas over 16 ounces, officials said Monday.

Eater 4/28
The World's 50 Best Restaurants list has been announced, and the big news is of course that Noma has regained its title as number one restaurant in the world.

SmartBlogs 4/28
Baby boomers are still the biggest spenders when it comes to wine, but millennials are the fastest-growing group of wine drinkers, and their social-savvy ways, adventurous palates and quest for fun are driving shifts in both the kinds of wine being produced and where and how companies, restaurants and retailers are marketing wine to millennials.

NY Times 4/25
We will all tell our children of the dark days of the Great Lime Shortage of 2014, when Mexican restaurants raised their margarita prices and otherwise respectable bars committed the blasphemy of serving gin and tonics with a slice of lemon.

Eater 4/22
Turns out purveyors of powdered alcohol products Palcohol, doesn't actually have government approval for their labels. The AP reports that in an email yesterday, a representative for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau wrote that "the approvals were issued in error." 


TRENDS 

WSJ 4/28
The creator of the Cronut has come up with a new combination: an ice-cream waffle topped with maple syrup espresso.

Daily News 4/28
While some restaurants have banned 'food pornographers' from taking photos of their dishes, a South African restaurant has swung the other way, providing diners with a small, portable lighting studio so they can take the optimal shot.


TECHNOLOGY

The Daily Meal 4/28
Within recent years, however, an entirely new, virtual currency called Bitcoin has come into the fold, and it’s slowly creeping into our lives. For example, restaurants, bars, and food trucks around the world now let you pay for your meal or beer with a currency that exists completely digitally, and we’ve tracked down 11 that have paved the way.

Eater 4/30
As reported by Dezeen, the France pavilion will be covered in a "latticed timber structure" that will grow herbs, vegetables, and even hops that will hopefully be used by a restaurant on the building's second floor. 

Eater 4/29
Get ready for a more haute-couriered cuisine, America: San Francisco–based and Winklevii-approved Caviar has raised $13 million (plus $2 million in a seed round) for the latest in that firm's big expansion push across the country. 


POP CULTURE

Eater 4/30
The documentary focusing on the El Celler de Can Roca brothers' culinary opera El Somni will hit theaters on May 9, so here's the official trailer that gives viewers a look at the dreamlike experience created during the 12-act performance piece. 

Eater 4/28
Here's the trailer for The Trip to Italy, the follow up to the British comedy The Trip. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return as best friends taking off on a road trip to Italy on assignment for The Observer to review six restaurants across Italy. 


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