Industry News Roundup - May 30, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
More details on James Beard Award move to Chicago released, NYC Department of Health uses Yelp to track food illness, and the "paying for a reservation" trend is examined; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
The James Beard Foundation has already secured a substantial chunk of funding for the 2015 awards ceremony in Chicago.
While other mealtime health risks involving bullets are grabbing all of the attention lately, the warning-label-inclined California senate went all Bloomberg yesterday on another danger, the sugary soda, with a bill that requires drinks with more than 75 calories per 12 ounces to carry the label "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."
After a gay couple alleged that they were asked not to return to a restaurant in Texas because they are gay, the restaurant's Yelp page has been pummeled with fake negative reviews.
There are two kinds of "overpriced" complaints. One is when a customer feels there's not enough food on their plate to justify its price tag. The other — the one I want to talk about — is when customers argue that they're being charged too much for what they regard as cheap ingredients, like vegetables.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday saying that the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had completed a pilot project that used Yelp reviews to help identify unreported outbreaks of food-borne illness.
The James Beard Foundation Awards, widely regarded as the Oscars of the American food industry, are headed to Chicago next year—the first time the gala will be held outside of New York City.
NEW YORK STATE
Fast food workers from around New York state rallied at the Statehouse on Tuesday to demand a higher minimum wage and support legislation that would let cities and towns set their own wage rules.
NEW YORK CITY
Organizers have created an entire NYC Bitcoin Fair with info booths, 30-plus vendors happy to feed and clothe you, and a weekly after-party at Rosette, where of course you can tab out with Bitcoin.
NY Times 5/27
Armed with his phone, a law degree and a garage packed with boxes containing health and vehicle codes, Mr. Geller has established himself as a voice for the nation’s food truck movement.
Projecting Revenue of $30 Million in Fiscal 2015, Down From $34.1 Million
NY Daily News 5/28
Officials projected collecting $30 million for health code violations in the year that starts July 1 - down from $34.1 million this year.
RESOURCES & INSIGHTS
I-9 forms are a routine part of the hiring process, but shouldn’t be looked at as just another piece of paperwork.
NRA May 2014
Turning organic materials into compost helps divert waste from landfills and returns nutrients to the soil.
TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
The pay-for-reservations industry is young, but it's nevertheless competitive, mostly owing to scaling operations like Killer Rezzy, which snap up restaurant reservations and charge people to use them.
QSR May 2014
Making it easier for customers to watch their weight can be smart business.
FSR May 2014
The website HealthyOut provides consumers with an intuitive tool that allows them to match healthy restaurant dishes to their specified health preferences, from low-carb to gluten-free.
Long Island City-based online grocer FreshDirect will announce Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with AccelFoods, a newly-launched accelerator and investment fund focused on early stage food and beverage startups.