Operations

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Right now, operators believe that food costs are up. “But if you work through the actual PPI numbers, they are flat over the last five years,” says Joe Pawlak, managing principal for Technomic. However, perception is reality. And more than two in five operators have...

Advice Guy
Question: 
I work with a local farm to get much of my produce, especially in summer and fall. Our farmer asked if we would can some products like pickles, salsas and hot sauces that she could sell. What are the rules for something like that?
Answer: 

It is important to remember that regulations for operating a foodservice establishment are not interchangeable with those for manufacturing a food product as a copacker...

Technology

This year, the National Restaurant Association is pushing for more transparency in music licensing so operators can create playlists without fear of having to pay up to $150,000 for a music-use...

Leaders

On competition "This has been an industry of fast followership. If I see one more tempura green bean, I’m going to die.” On the so-called better-burger upstarts “I’m not totally sold on the fast-...

Sales and Finance

Right now, operators believe that food costs are up. “But if you work through the actual PPI numbers, they are flat over the last five years,” says Joe Pawlak, managing principal for Technomic...

Equipment

A restaurant chain’s test kitchen has often been as much a status symbol as a well-equipped research lab. Far from the crowds, it’s a place to show off for focus groups and visitors to the corporate...

Franchising

As premium real estate comes up for grabs, limited-service operators across the country are taking creative (and sometimes risky) steps to nab locations. Take Reza Medali, a Southern California...

Legislation & Regulation

Now that both major political parties have drafted their platforms, restaurant operators have a clear delineation of what the Democratic and Republican parties intend to do if their candidate is...

Human Resources

Operators view labor costs as the biggest threat to profitability. In a December Foodservice Planning Program survey, Technomic found that 50% of operators named increased labor costs as having had...