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Grab & Go Foods Speak to the Millennial Generation

Posted on 15th May 2019

Millennials love grab-and-go food—pre-packaged, ready-to-eat food items often sold at retail locations. In the past, these items were viewed by some as a lower-quality food offering, but that has changed. Grab-and-go food items today are well accepted and can be found anywhere from upscale hotel lobbies to convenience stores to schools and universities. A 2014 study by Consumer Tren … read more
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What Convenience Store Operators Can Learn from Amazon Go

Posted on 8th May 2019

In September 2018, Amazon opened its fourth Amazon Go store, this time in Chicago. If convenience store operators assumed there would be long lines of people eagerly awaiting the store opening, they would be wrong. Instead, there was quite a bit of hesitancy among potential shoppers. Many just had too many questions and concerns about the store to rush right in. Flashing through lots of … read more
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Generational Trends Changing the way Supermarkets Approach Merchandising

Posted on 2nd May 2019

For many Millennials, home ownership may be beyond their means—at least for now. This means roomy, well-provisioned kitchens next to comfortable dining rooms for family, partners and guests may not be in the foreseeable future. However, it appears that this is not a concern for most Millennials. Dining out—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—is not only typical, but for many, preferab … read more
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Unhealthy Diets Becoming National Health Problem

Posted on 29th Apr 2019

According to a recently published study*, about one third of people ages 20- to 39-years old in the United States are overweight or obese. The reasons for this are many, including a lack of physical activity, unhealthy dietary habits and little or no knowledge about food and nutrition. Surprisingly, the study found that college students tend to be more overweight than those not atte … read more
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The Right Answer to Restaurants' Food Labeling Needs

Posted on 17th Apr 2019

Imagine, for a moment, a back-of-house automation solution that addresses everything from labeling to training and that can be accessed most anywhere in the world. Imagine that this solution is a cloud-based application, designed for use in restaurants, convenience stores and grab-and-go outlets, as well as in noncommercial kitchens, such as those in schools and universities. Now imagin … read more
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Is Your Food Labeling Platform Working for Your Restaurant?

Posted on 10th Apr 2019

Every day, foodservice operators find themselves facing new challenges with food labeling. Perhaps the biggest change recently took place in May 2018, when new menu-labeling regulations were adopted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Applying specifically to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments of 20 locations or more, the law requires that food outl … read more
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Automated Food Labeling is In

Posted on 28th Mar 2019

The rise of automated food labeling platforms is making the process of manual labeling seem antiquated. Food labels placed on items in supermarkets have been a complicated subject for quite some time.  One specific area of concern for grocery store managers and retailers is manually date labeling food items and the time that it takes to do so. Some food retailers al … read more
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How to Turn Grab & Go Into Big Business

Posted on 13th Mar 2019

Depending on which studies you read, the grab-and-go (GNG) industry has been — and continues to be — a booming industry. According to Richard Macomb, a UK-based writer that follows grab-and-go trends, “it’s a booming sector fueling our busy lives.” The reason he gives for this rapid growth is that GNG has offered so much convenience and “convenience is king”. He also refers to grab- … read more
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What Can a Concierge do for You? Time is of the Essence.

Posted on 5th Mar 2019

When visiting a new city, who do travelers turn to for a restaurant recommendation? In many cases, it will be a hotel concierge. Visitors view these people as trusted advisors, offering recommendations for restaurants, tourist destinations and a variety of services to provide guests with the best experience possible. Additionally, some concierges are recognized as certified experts … read more
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How Food Service Can Help Keep Children with Allergies Safe

Posted on 19th Feb 2019

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), about 15 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, including nearly six million children under the age of 18. Further, 30% of these children are allergic to more than one food. For instance, they may have allergic reactions to peanuts, but may also be allergic to eggs or soy. However, there is something else everyone in t … read more
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