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NRA Show Recognizes Best in Food & Beverage

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the recipients of its first annual Food & Beverage Product Innovations Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage products that will make a significant impact in the restaurant industry.

Red Robin Launches Mobile Meal Customizer

Red Robin has launched a mobile meal customizer and nutritional information iPhone app that allows iPhone users to choose a Red Robin menu item; add or remove ingredients; add sides, desserts and beverages; calculate nutritional values; and save meal creations to refer to or edit again later.

Take a "Byte" Out of Mobile Apps

With the worldwide smartphone market expected to grow 50 percent in 2011, a restaurant’s ability to communicate with its customers via their essential mobile devices is now more invaluable than ever.

Get the Meat on Panini With New App

Salumè, a new paninoteca in New York City has launched a free iPhone and iPad application that will guide Italophiles and food lovers through the ins and outs of great Italian sandwich making.With the help of Salumè’s Paninipedia, users can learn the provenance of any kind of salumi, from bresaola to prosciutto and lardo, gather information about how it’s made, where it comes from, how to identify a good product, and even suggestions on how to best enjoy it.

Back-Office Tech Provider Scores 'Outstanding' Honor

Syrus Restaurant Information Services, a provider of back-office and above-store technology for the restaurant industry, was honored this month by TechColumbus as the recipient of the Outstanding Technology Service Award.

Scientific Savings

The largest expense that foodservice operators incur, other than food, is employee labor costs. In addition to wages, human capital can cost quick serves countless dollars in employee theft and misuse of the time-management system.

5 Marketing Tips from Pizza Joints

There are more than 270 million cell-phone users in the U.S., and most of them admit to never leaving home without their phone. With that many people walking around with their mobile phone, it is time to get smart about mobile marketing efforts and engaging customers through an outlet they always take to go.

Customer Carousel

Work smarter, not harder; successful operators have paid attention to this adage recently more than ever. With rising food and labor costs and a competitive consumer market with less discretionary income, operators have had to get creative to fully maximize profits during the recession.

What You Need to Know About PCI Compliance

For Scott Rubin, vice president of Chicago-based Double P Corporation, which owns 53 Auntie Anne’s locations, credit and debit card processing remains a nagging presence in day-to-day business. “I get calls every week from processors,” he says.

New Security Standards in 2011

Revised payment-processing guidelines will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, for restaurateurs accepting credit or debit cards.Restaurants and other businesses that capture and store credit and debit card data on their computers will be required to meet updated security standards beginning next year.

LiveBookings.com Announces Growth

Livebookings has announced that it is the biggest restaurant reservations Web site in Europe, where it is 40 percent bigger than OpenTable. In fact, it says, OpenTable is struggling to achieve growth in Europe.

Lamb Weston Taps Into Social Media

Lamb Weston is using social media to promote Tavern Traditions-brand Beer Battered Onion Rings, Fries, and Mozzarella Sticks to attract customers.Through its partnerships with Meal Ticket Social and Mobile App for Smartphones and Call-em-all Text Messaging Club program, Lamb Weston is making it easy for operators to harness the power of social media to promote Tavern Traditions and other menu items to consumers and to drive traffic.

Foodler.com Expands Across U.S.

Foodler.com is expanding across the U.S. and will be in Hawaii by the beginning of May.This website allows customers to order delivery from participating restaurants, online.Foodler features restaurants that already have a delivery service, as well as others that don’t; the latter can contract it out to a third party via the site.

With Opening Day Approaching, Nationals Choose POS

MICROS Systems Inc., a provider of information technology solutionsfor the hospitality and retail industries, announced that the Washington Nationals Baseball Club LLC selected the MICROS 9700 Hospitality Management System (HMS) with Perpetual Inventory & Event Management to manage its food and beverage operations at Nationals Park in Washington, D.

Tech Provider Recognized for Healthy Workplace

HM Electronics Inc. (HME), a technology provider for the restaurant industry, recently earned a “Gold Level Award” from the American Heart Association saluting the importance the company places on providing a healthy workplace, and for its efforts in encouraging regular physical activity and good nutrition among its employees.