Industry News Roundup - August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Ban on toys in kids meals proposed, Urbanspoon adds chef advice, and Sysco announces executive team to follow merger; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
NRA, merchants take swipe-fee fight to Supreme Court
Along with a coalition of merchant groups and businesses, the NRA has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a January U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the Federal Reserve’s rule allowing card issuers to charge some merchants inflated debit-card swipe fees.
For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success
Incubators also offer business support and technical assistance — like branding, sales and distribution — to help "foodpreneurs" get off the ground.
Shake Shack's Danny Meyer shakes up health care
Last year, AdvantageCare hired restaurateur Danny Meyer's consulting arm, Hospitality Quotient, or HQ, to train its entire staff—including doctors—on how to be more empathetic. The full-day workshops draw from the hospitality industry, teaching medical staffers, for example, to offer patients options rather than a curt "no" to a request.
Sysco Names Executive Team Following Proposed US Foods Merger
Food Safety Magazine 8/12
Sysco Corporation last week announced the senior leaders who will guide the company upon completion of its proposed merger with US Foods. It is anticipated that the Sysco Board of Directors will appoint the following officers of the company.
See also: National Restaurant Association Statement on Proposed US Foods-Sysco Merger
NEW YORK CITY
NYC Proposes Banning Toys From Unhealthy Fast-Food Kids’ Meals
Several other NYC Councilmembers have said as much before him, and now Ben Kallos wants it known he thinks it's ridiculous that "toys are being linked to meals" at fast-food chains, along with discounts and other incentives, especially in light of the city's "very high obesity rate."
Councilman Ben Kallos wants to set stricter nutrition standards for kids' meals that come with toys
Daily News 8/20
The proposed legislation would bar fast-food joints from offering free toys, coupons and other incentives with a kids’ meal if the food served contains more than 500 calories and more than 600 mg of sodium.
Restaurateurs at the Mercy of Modern Ice Machines
As restaurants increasingly use specialized shapes of ice for fancy cocktails or cold dishes, proprietors are finding themselves at the mercy of modern ice machines—appliances that they say can be very large, prone to breakdowns and places where the Health Department finds violations.
Tom's of Seinfeld Sued for Not Being Handicap Accessible
The legendary Tom's Restaurant, the fictional Seinfeld hangout and real Upper West Side favorite, is being sued for not being handicapped accessible, reports the Post.
A 'Billion' Oysters May Help Protect Staten Island from Future Floods
A initiative called "Living Breakwaters" has been funded with $60 million from HUD to help protect the borough of Staten Island from future storms. The program involves the installation of concrete reefs in the Raritan Bay, then the introduction of oysters, possibly billions.
Wage Theft in New York City
NPR's Latino USA 8/15
Wage theft can mean many different things. There are cases where employers garnish their workers’ wages…take a little off the top. Sometimes workers are told not to clock in until after their shift starts. The most egregious is when employers don’t pay their workers minimum wage or overtime.
(NYS Restaurant Association Interviewed)
Helping Restaurants Succeed
NACC Caribbean Weekly August 2014
(NYS Restaurant Association Interviewed, Page 12)
RESOURCES & GUIDES
8 Astonishingly Simple Menu Tweaks That Boost Sales
These 8 simple ideas will change the way you think about placing items on your menu. Just a few tweaks can boost sales and guide diners to order your most profitable items.
Restaurants can save on labor with food staging
Nations Restaurant News 8/19
Customer demand requires food preparation systems that are able to accomplish finishing and plating (or boxing) food in no more than two to three minutes from order time.
Top 5 Bartending Tricks to Impress Guests
In fact, every great bartender has a few more ordinary tricks up his or her sleeve. Here are the top five tricks that bartenders use to impress customers.
TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
Google boosts page ranking for secure sites — Is it worth the change?
Google recently announced its decision to boost the page ranking of those sites and entities that maintain the safe, secure connection of HTTPS and has begun to make the largest updates since 2010.
Food Delivery Start-Up OrderUp Raises $7 Million
TechCrunch writes that the company is focused on bringing its food delivery services to smaller towns instead of large cities. OrderUp is currently live in places like Naperville, Illinois and Norman, Oklahoma.
Urbanspoon adds top chef recommendations to bolster mobile restaurant search
Mobile Marketer 8/20
Restaurant and food discovery application Urbanspoon has integrated Chefs Feed, a dining guide powered by the recommendations of the world's top chefs, to fortify mobile’s role in restaurant searches as an influential path-to-purchase catalyst.
Digital menu boards help restaurants boost sales
Nation’s Restaurant News 8/20
There’s no denying the benefits of digital menu boards: easy-to-read graphics and attractive animation; the ability to change menus from any location via the cloud; and, in some cases, interactive components.