Red Lobster has turned its attention to global expansion, opening 21 international restaurants since spinning off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company, which is growing through franchising, now has 49 restaurants in international markets including eight in Mexico.
New York-based hospitality company SBE Entertainment Group is in advanced merger talks with London- and Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group, whose holdings include more than 50 international restaurants and nightclubs. SBE operates hotels and restaurants including Katsuya and Umami Burger.
The right cost and pricing structure, proper portioning and effective inventory management are key areas for keeping costs under control and boosting profits, writes restaurateur and TracRite Software President Jeff Hands. When ingredient costs rise, take a strategic approach to menu price increases to avoid turning off patrons, he writes.
Chef Michael Ehlert is overseeing every aspect of the renovation of the French Room restaurant in the Adolphus hotel in Dallas, from how big to make the tabletops to how to make a meatier eggplant steak. The revamped restaurant will open in late spring as part of the hotel's multimillion-dollar renovation.
Students from two New Jersey schools prepared and cooked turkey meatballs as part of the school district's Health and Wellness Week. A chef and former bodybuilding champion led the cooking exercise while offering nutrition and exercise tips.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's preliminary state budget includes a $2 million increase for school breakfast programs. The budget follows the governor's food security plan, released in September, to provide school breakfasts to at least 60% of students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals by 2020.
Blueberries and red cabbage share purple and blue pigments, but blueberries' antioxidant content trumps that of red cabbage, according to data from the Department of Agriculture. However, experts say red cabbage still packs a punch as a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and other nutrients.
Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.
Giant and Stop & Shop parent Ahold USA has teamed with online platform RangeMe to diversify its suppliers and adopt more efficient product discovery as part of an effort to make its stores feel more like neighborhood grocers. "You think of a big giant organization like Ahold USA, there's a lot of neighborhoods we have to understand," said Nick Bertram, Ahold's senior vice president of merchandising strategy and support.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group is able to manage its programmatic and data operations at a more transparent, granular level since recently bringing those functions in-house. "We know where consumers are consuming media, but would like to be more forward thinking with where we're targeting them and why we're targeting them," said Brit Sundberg, the brand's manager for programmatic media and data strategy.
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