Latest Chinese supply chain crisis hits Yum! Brands' sales 'significantly'

Yum! Brands said the latest supply chain crisis in China has caused "significant, negative" damage to sales at its KFC and Pizza Hut brands in that market. Reuters reported that if this impact is sustained, it will have a "material"...

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How corn affects food prices

Corn prices were up 13 percent in the first six weeks of 2014 which will adversely affect the price of many of the foods you stock in your restaurant.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

If you build it, they will come and you will profit

Many operators also neglect to examine the pricing of kitchen supplies, which is the number one area for savings.

How to maximize your supply chain strategy

In addition to cost, choose a distributor based on their food safety record and customer service metrics, as well as their sanitation practices.

Looking back at some equipment highlights from the NRA Show '14

Henny Penny showcases its chef's touch operating system, which features a barcode scanner that can pull up recipes.

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

Plenty of new product launches expected at the National Restaurant Association Show

Mobile and digital continue to be top trends, as does integrated technology solutions.

Chick-fil-A's new grilled menu inspired by urban millennials

The chain has invested $50 million to develop the new recipes and proprietary grill technology.

A look at some of Yum! Brands' corporate responsibility initiatives

The company's goal is to become the 'preferred restaurant of choice' by offering nutritional improvements.

Food costs continue to elude stability

Droughts, livestock viruses and thinner herds are all affecting center-of-the-plate pricing.

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McDonald’s sued by Russian regulators

A Russian federal agency has sued McDonald's, claiming its nutritional content is "misrepresented." According to UPI, the agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, has begun an investigation into alleged antibiotics in the brand's cheese. A spokesperson for the agency said the investigation began after...

Tyson Foods sells poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil

Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.

McDonald’s Japan cuts off China chicken supply

McDonald’s Japan announced that it will stop selling all chicken products from China, and will also stop selling chicken McNuggets in Hong Kong, following the recent scandal alleging that its Chinese supplier, Husi Food Co., was selling expired meat. McDonald’s...

Focus Brands selects purchasing group to manage supply chain

Focus Brands Inc. has selected restaurant supply chain buying group SpenDifference to manage purchasing for its more than 3,000 domestic locations across six concepts.

Yum! drops China meat supplier, McDonald’s maintains relationship

Following the latest supply chain controversy in China, in which OSI Group employees were accused of using meat that fell on the ground and selling meat that had long been expired, Yum! Brands announced it was cutting ties with the...

Cousins Subs now testing the sale of Wrigley gum products

Cousins Subs is launching a 12-month systemwide test of Wrigley chewing gum and mint products, including Orbit Spearmint Sugarfree Gum, Hubba Bubba bubble gum and Altoids Peppermint mints at all locations. According to a news release, the products were originally...

Petition nets 250K signatures asking Dunkin' Donuts to dump polystyrene cups

About 250,000 signatures made their way onto a Change.org petition asking Dunkin’ Donuts to end its use of polystyrene cups by April 2015.

New KFC, McDonald's chicken supply chain scandal surfaces in China

Yum! Brands and McDonald’s have halted orders from a meat supplier in Shanghai, China, after a TV station investigated sales of expired products. The Xinhua News Agency’s report showed workers at the Husi Food Co.

DaVinci Gourmet intros new smoothie mixes for foodservice operators

DaVinci Gourmet has introduced new smoothies made without artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. According to a news release, the smoothies include two servings of fruit per 8-ounce finished drink and are geared toward the foodservice industry. "With healthy eating on...

Tyson’s tender offer for Hillshire set at $63 per share

Tyson Foods has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of The Hillshire Brands Company at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies. The tender offer period will expire at midnight Aug.

Henny Penny earns three Business Marketing Assoc. awards

Henny Penny announced it has received three B2 Awards of Excellence from the Business Marketing Association. The awards were presented for the company’s new corporate website (HennyPenny.com), for its "Math" advertising campaign and for a microsite created to support that...

Arby’s initiatives lead to 7.6% reduction in energy use

Arby's Restaurant Group announced it has achieved energy reduction savings as part of a company-wide initiative, as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy. With its efforts, Arby’s achieved a 7.6-percent reduction in Energy Use Intensity in 2013. According to...

Vitamix CEO named regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix was founded by Berg’s great grandfather in 1921. According to a news...

Tanjerine launches ordering, entertainment and payment tablet platform

TouchTunes subsidiary Tanjarine announced today the launch of its integrated tabletop ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the-table solution. "Restaurants are seeing significant benefits from tablet solutions, and large chains have begun deploying them across the country. Until now, there hasn't been a...

Ice-O-Matic adds to Energy Star lineup

Ice-O-Matic, a manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Energy Star-rated machines. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 machines to be awarded the Energy Star certification, meeting guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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