Food Safety

The Top 5 Supply Chain Trends for 2017

Leading cost reduction specialists Consolidated Concepts announced the top five restaurant supply chain trends for 2017. In the coming year, labor costs will continue to challenge restaurant operators even though food costs stabilize.

National Restaurant Association Taking On Norovirus

In an effort to promote awareness and strengthen prevention against norovirus, the National Restaurant Association, the nation’s largest foodservice trade organization, has teamed up with Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, to launch a campaign focused on providing the restaurant industry with a broad range of tools and resources to help combat the spread of the virus.

Lessons In Leftovers

In June, five of the top Bay Area chefs collaborated on a “Waste Not, Want Not” dinner, held at The Perennial in San Francisco. Organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc), the benefit had a two-fold goal: to raise money and to showcase a stellar meal made largely using leftover foods.

Selected by the Sea

It was during a trip to Spain that a lightbulb went off in the head of fishing enthusiast Sean Barrett. There should be a restaurant-supported fishery, he thought, that allows local fishermen to sell directly to local chefs.

Getting to the Source of Local Supply

In some ways, the supply chain dust has settled. The purported merger between foodservice titans Sysco and US Foods never happened—at a reported cost of $693 million to the former—while local sourcing, food safety, food waste, labor shortages, and government regulations continue to dish out their share of sleepless nights to operators around the country.

Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Blocked by U.S. Senate

The Senate voted down legislation that would make labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, voluntary, allowing for states to set their own transparency rules. The bill needed 60 votes but came up short, 49-48, on Wednesday.

Restaurateurs Recognized by NRA Educational Foundation

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced its 2016 Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity, and Ambassador of Hospitality award winners. The winners will be honored at a gala on April 12 during the National Restaurant Association’s annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.

Menu Integrity

For many chefs and restaurant operators, the ingredients, preparation, and cooking methods they use are integral both to their cuisine and to the overall perception of the food they create.Terms like fresh, antibiotic-free, made-from-scratch, and organic increasingly appear on menus of full-service restaurants, from white tablecloth settings to family-style diners.

Searching For the Source

While Chipotle remains embroiled in a public relations crisis, the long-lauded fast casual still cannot pinpoint the source of its E. coli and salmonella troubles. This information gap raises an unsettling question for all operators: how much supply chain transparency is truly available in the industry, and what sort of efforts can be done to make food traceability more realistic?The largest, most cohesive effort the industry has seen was the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), which was launched after retail and foodservice organizations rallied together following the 2006 spinach E.

Denny's Announces Commitment To Serve 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs

Denny's announced its commitment to sourcing and serving 100 percent cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. restaurants by 2026. The move underlines the brand's dedication to the humane treatment of animals within its supply sourcing and its ongoing focus on quality, flavor,m and guest satisfaction.