Industry News Roundup - May 9, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
Pork and coffee supply threatened, Google Glass is tested for restaurant training, and Cherry Bombe radio launches; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
Farming UK 5/7
Pork shortages will be a key concern in many countries in the coming months as the ongoing spread of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in the Amerias and Asia will have a material impact on pork supply in the summer, according to a new report.
NY Times 5/5
Fungus Cripples Coffee Production Across Central America
According to the market research firm, the segment grew sales by 11 percent in 2013, and unit count by nearly 8 percent.
Turns out a baristas biggest problem isn't a customer's complicated coffee order but instead repetitive stress injuries commonly known as "barista wrist."
The Chicago-based chef is one of the country’s preeminent authorities on Mexican cuisine, and now he’s slowly expanding his influence into the fast-casual ranks.
The Senator yesterday said he's urging the FDA to block the "absurd" product before it has a chance to become "the Kool-Aid of teenage binge-drinking."
NEW YORK CITY
Ny Daily News 5/8
De Blasio also revealed that settling all the outstanding contracts with the city’s labor unions will cost an eye-popping $17.75 billion, with the payments stretching into 2021— drawing concern from some budget watchdogs.
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For the chained-to-the-desk employee, delivery is the only option. And that is morphing into a competitive, online arena with new, local entries like City Lunch Club and Mealku.com joining national brands like Eat24Hours.com, TryCaviar.com and EatStreet.com that offer new twists on the old takeout format.Chef Daniel Boulud preps recipe for jobs crisis
Daniel Boulud believes he has a solution to the acute labor shortage in the restaurant industry: a European-style apprenticeship program that taps high-school students, drawing them into the job pool in partnership with the city's Department of Education.Registration for .nyc address begins for NY firms
Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced Monday morning that the city has commenced what it is calling the "sunrise" phase of its .nyc web address roll-out. The seven-week registration period will provide New Yorkers with registered trademark websites an opportunity to apply for a .nyc domain name in advance of the full-scale launch in October. Applications will be made through one of roughly 30 city-authorized registrars.
TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS
Operators explore ways to leverage tech giant’s latest innovation. KFC, part of Yum! Brands, and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, a 104-unit chain based in Las Vegas, have tested Google Glass for training purposes.
Hospitality Net 5/6
Will your property accept Bitcoin as an alternative method of payment? Our answer is 'yes', because if you don't, you could be losing out on a valuable revenue stream – all the customers who want to pay solely with Bitcoins.
A new pocket scanner promises to deliver that power by giving the user an instant breakdown of alcohol, sugar, or calorie content before they consume.
Their new show on the Heritage Radio Network, Radio Cherry Bombe, spotlights talented women in the food industry.