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New challenge encourages customers to leave 100% tip on restaurant bill

(Meredith) – A new trend is encouraging people to leave a 100% tip on their restaurant bills. The “tip the bill challenge” emerged on Twitter earlier this month to show support for restaurant workers. As part of the challenge, customers tip big and upload a photo of their check with the hashtag “TipTheBill” or “TipTheBillChallenge.” […]

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Delivery represents 3% of all restaurant orders

The rapid growth of delivery, especially digital ordering, is offering restaurant operators a bright spot of growth in an industry that has been otherwise flat for several years now. But the rise of delivery is also driving forward-looking operators to rethink on-premise dining. “[Delivery] is one of the only major sources of growth and everybody […]

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IFT Newsletter: August 7, 2018

Magnetic particles may help improve wine flavor, aroma The biochemistry behind wine making is fascinating. Wine and the grapes used to make it contain many different volatile compounds that contribute to the specific flavors and aromas. Sometimes, though, there is an increase in compounds that can produce strong off flavors and aromas. Researchers at the University of Adelaide developed a way to remove one of […]

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395 People sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak

(CNN) — Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May. The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick […]

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Kraft Heinz aims to make 100% of its packaging sustainable by 2025

As part of its commitment to reduce natural resource needs and manage overall environmental footprint, Kraft Heinz Co. has announced the expansion of its environmental stewardship strategy to include time-bound targets for achieving greater packaging sustainability and setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more at the source: Kraft Heinz aims to make […]

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Major announcement during SuperValu’s 2018 National Expo

ST. PAUL, MN — In the midst of its 2018 National Expo at the RiverCentre here, SuperValu announced that it is being purchased by organic foods specialist United Natural Foods Inc., based in Providence, RI, in a $2.9 billion deal. UNFI distributes more than 110,000 products to more than 43,000 customer locations throughout the United […]

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Kroger to Launch Grocery Delivery Service

Supermarket chain’s latest e-commerce offensive seeks to fend off Amazon, Walmart Kroger Co. KR -0.69% is launching a grocery delivery service, its fourth e-commerce offensive in less than three months, as the U.S.’s largest supermarket chain seeks to remain relevant in a fiercely competitive grocery sector. Kroger is looking to take on Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.38% […]

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Yelp site putting food inspections online

The online, crowd-sourced review site Yelp is adding inspection reports from government health departments across the country to its restaurant reviews, the company announced recently. Don’t look for reports from foodie-friendly, restaurant-dense Santa Fe, however. A contractor for Yelp obtains reports from government web pages, and New Mexico is one of five states that does […]

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US Foods to acquire SGA’s Food Group of Companies

$1.8 billion transaction includes five separate operating entities. Source: US Foods to acquire SGA’s Food Group of Companies

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