Thursday, April 24, 2014   


USDA Serves Notice: Reviews Are Nearly In For Menu Labeling
It’s the final review process, finally, for the menu labeling requirement already pro forma in many foodservice chains. After several postponements and delays, the federal government has moved that piece of the 2010 Patient... »

I Am A Camera: NYC Considers Video For Kitchen Inspections
In the age of Instagram and YouTube and instant video upload, it’s no surprise that a bill has been introduced in New York’s City Council which would require foodservice health inspectors to wear a camera on their chests or... »

 ECONOMIC REPORT -- by Robin Ashton

March Jobs Report Signals Return To Modest Gains
The March report on the employment situation in the U.S. from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cheered up nearly everyone. A 192,000 increase in non-farm payroll jobs for March and a 37,000 upward revision of job gains in January... »

Consumer Confidence Holds Up In Spite Of Tough Winter
With the hit to the economy from the severe winter, many economists feared American consumers would pull back their spending this year. But judging by the latest numbers on consumer confidence, the decline in growth in the first... »

Blue Chip Macro Forecasts Hold Up Despite Weak First Quarter
While economists do expect the severe winter weather and the drought in the West to have taken a toll on economic growth in the first quarter of 2014, they remain quite upbeat about the remainder of the year and 2015, according... »

State Tax Revenue Growth Slowed In Fourth Quarter
As expected, the growth of state tax revenues slowed in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to preliminary data from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, based at the State University of New York-Albany. The research group... »


ENERGY STAR Honors For Four Equipment Manufacturers
Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been named 2014 ENERGY STAR award winners by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The awards honor businesses and organizations for outstanding... »

Ali Group Names New President At Champion Group
Lin Sensenig has been appointed president of the Champion Group, a division of Ali Group North America. He’ll oversee day-to-day management of the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based companies, which includes Champion, Moyer Diebel,... »

Heritage Buys Key Food Equipment Services
Heritage Food Service Group announced April 7 that it has acquired Key Food Equipment Services Ltd. (KFES) of Vancouver, British Columbia for an undisclosed amount. KFES, founded in 1982, is the largest food equipment repair and... »

Unified Brands Aligns With New Dover Division
Unified Brands has become part of parent company Dover Corp.’s newly created Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment. It joins five other companies, all focused on the supermarket, food processing and packaging industries. The... »

Food&HotelAsia2014 Hits A High Note
The 19th edition of Food&HotelAsia2014, Asia’s largest biennial food and hospitality tradeshow, set a few records earlier this month. The April 8-11 show, the first to fully occupy Singapore’s biggest exhibition venue,... »

Yum! Opens Up Sandwich Store in Texas
Yum! Brands has opened Super Chix, a one-off test unit in Arlington, Texas, that bears more resemblance to a Chick-fil-A than a KFC outlet. Not only does it look different from any KFC store, there is no reference in the signage... »

Legal Sea Foods Spreads Out
The 32-unit Boston-based chain, best known for its mall and airport locations in seven Eastern Seaboard states, has debuted two smaller, neighborhood concepts: Legal Crossing, sporting an edgier, more adult look; and Legal... »

Wendy’s Completes System Slimdown
Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s has wrapped up its System Optimization initiative, launched in July 2013, with the sale of 104 restaurants to franchisees in Albuquerque, Los Angeles/Palm Springs, Phoenix and Hawaii. In total, Wendy's... »


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