Starbucks CFO to retire amid major developments at coffeehouse giant

Starbucks will see its chief financial officer, Scott Maw, retire November 30. Maw started with the company as global controller in 2011 and later was promoted to senior vice president of corporate finance. Maw has a background in insurance and financial services, and is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

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Teriyaki Madness adds mobile app to enhance guest experience

Fast-casual chain Teriyaki Madness has added a mobile app. Customers can order for in-restaurant pickup and will also be able to order for delivery in the markets in applicable markets.The Teriyaki Madness app integration for mobile ordering was created by Olo, a leading provider of seamless ordering at restaurants, which connected the app to the chain’s POS provider, Revel. Its rewards and special community features and enticements were designed by Punchh

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Broad Street Licensing Group named a Top 20 Global Licensing Agent

The Broad Street Licensing Group (BSLG) has been named one of the “Top 20 Global Licensing Agents” by License! Global Magazine. Ranking number 12 on the prestigious list, BSLG was instrumental in the transition of the Tony Roma’s retail product from CBQ, LLC to Ruprecht Company, a time-honored and renowned meat processor and food manufacturer in Chicago—a transition that begin in May, 2017.

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Popeyes adds Uber Eats restaurant delivery to five cities

Under a partnership with Uber Eats, Popeyes will add delivery to its restaurants in the cities of Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Using the Uber Eats mobile app and UberEats.com, guests can order menu items to be delivered to their homes or offices.

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Technology finds a sweet spot in D.C. restaurants: RAMW Pre-RAMMYS 2018 Roundtable

At a restaurant roundtable at Church Hall in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., featuring 2018 RAMMY Awards “Restaurateur of the Year” Finalists, a panel of local restaurateurs shared their views on a variety of topics and lessons. At this pre-RAMMY Awards event, sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)….No Wait App…Hank’s App…MarginEdge in Northern Virginia.

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Ways restaurateurs can select the right foodservice distributor: Op-Editorial

Restaurant owners find themselves in a better bargaining position, but some of the biggest considerations in selecting the right distributor partnership have become more complex. Competitive pricing, reliability, distributor perks, convenience and industry know-how are reflective of some of the most important considerations…Independent restaurants will outpace chain sales growth by nearly double (independents to grow +4 to +5 percent vs. chains’ +2 to +3 percent growth).

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Opportunities abound for fast casuals, despite slowing growth: Report

According to its 2018 Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, total sales growth for the top restaurant chains in the segment was just 9 percent in 2017. In 2015, Technomic reported fast casual chain restaurants were growing sales at a 11.5-percent clip. Also unit growth rate in 2015 was 9.8 percent, but in 2017, growth was just 6.1 percent…As U.S. saturation nears, chains have opportunities in underdeveloped markets, including Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain.

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Three protein trends being tapped for successful product development

…Asian Island foods, a trend identified by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. It has propelled Asian Island chicken on menus. At the same time, consumers are looking for protein alternatives to meat and are driving an interest in the creation of more food products and menu items that tap the nutrition and appeal of pulses and plant-based proteins.

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Revel Systems continues to grow on the wings of mobile point-of-sale popularity

Revel Systems, an iPad-based point-of-sale (POS) system company, has seen strong growth due to the growing popularity of mobile POS. As part of an array of advanced solutions, mobile POS is helping restaurateurs access added benefits, including back-of-house integration, a marketing platform and enabling more options for engaging customers.

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What are the next top global flavors for restaurants to tap?

“Thai, Indian, Korean and North African Influences are hot right now and are breaking through into foodservice in the form of sauces, spirces and proteins,” she says…Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research film and consultancy, has also presented Southeast Asia as a source of flavor trends.

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National Restaurant Association launches Benefit Trust Health Plan

“Restaurant employees are our greatest asset and we want to ensure that they receive the best health care available. This is why the Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust, has been specifically designed to assist our smaller members with employee retention. This innovative approach…CEO of the National Restaurant Association

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Food industry finds growing impact from cannabis food and cuisine

Restaurants too can be expected to get involved in this trend by incorporating cannabis into dishes and offering unique private “tasting experiences” for those who wish to further refine their palate..“2018 Food Trends That Matter” in December which featured cannabis as one of the nine published.

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