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J&C Tropicals will double distribution of dragon fruit to at least 2 million pounds this year amid fast-growing demand, owner Jessie Capote said. The Miami-based company recently began packing the fruit in multipack boxes, a move that has been received positively, Capote added.
A majority on Washington, D.C.'s City Council supports the repeal of a ballot measure, passed in June, that would require restaurants to pay tipped employees the standard minimum wage. About 250 people were scheduled to testify in a hearing Monday about Initiative 77, which opponents say could lead to higher prices and possible pay cuts for tipped employees.
The New York restaurant that operates as Coco Pazzo Trattoria at night transforms into Coco Pazzo Kitchen during the day, offering a fast-casual experience to meet lunchtime diners' needs. Chef Pino Luongo is in charge of the concept, which is part of a growing group of eateries shifting away from a fine-dining experiences during daylight hours.
Making fun and family part of the company's core values has helped Nugget Markets grow and excel in workplace surveys, according to President and CEO Eric Stille. "Team members want to be a part of something with purpose; they want a family feeling," Stille said.
There's an apt connection between September being recognized as National Family Meals Month and the observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month, according to FMI President Leslie Sarasin. "[I]t is almost unique that both celebrations are happening at the same time because family is a central part of the Hispanic culture and meals are very important in family life," Sarasin said.
Five staff members at the Sprouts Farmers Market store in Katy, Texas, teamed up to lose more than 200 pounds through the keto diet. The workers said they perused the store's offerings to find items that were keto-friendly and now advise customers about best choices.
McDonald's and Taco Bell are among the major chains rolling out self-ordering kiosks, but the average price tag of $5,000 apiece could make small operators think twice, said Rob Meiner of digital display manufacturing company Peerless-AV. Still, the machines often pay for themselves quickly by driving higher sales and labor efficiencies, he said.
A startup called Galley is developing software to help restaurants modernize and manage back-of-the-house functions such as ordering ingredients and managing inventory. Google's former executive chef, Nate Keller, is an adviser to the San Diego-based company.