Since the start of the pandemic, safety measures such as social distancing, lockdowns and mask-wearing have completely changed our understanding of how consumers spend on food. We saw customers stockpiling on groceries and supplies in homes instead of going out to eat, raising retail sales by 29 percent over the previous year (1). Meanwhile, salesContinue reading “Navigating the Supply Chain in the Restaurant Industry”
Though words like “work culture” and “cultural fit” have been controversial in the recruiting realm (1), there is no denying that restaurants with excellent work culture benefit from happy employees and many loyal customers. Here are 3 Reasons why we think creating an Authentic Restaurant culture can benefit your business.
By Bora Kang, Colin Kopel Restaurant staffing was hard enough before the pandemic, with common hurdles such as no-shows, mistake hires and high turnover rates (1). But the COVID-19 pandemic may have only made it worse. Despite the fact there are more unemployed foodservice workers and less competition now that there have been more thanContinue reading “How to Adjust Your Restaurant Recruiting Process to Cure Your COVID-19 Staffing Woes”
With the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out in phases, there has been a question of when or how the vaccines would be administered to those in foodservice. Here is an overview of what is important: Current Phase Here in Georgia (1), the COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being administered to those in Phase 1a+, which includes:Continue reading “How COVID-19 Vaccination Will Roll Out in Food Service”
Restaurants and Small Businesses may now apply for a second PPP Loan beginning January 13, 2021, thanks to the latest COVID-19 pandemic relief bill approved in late December which authorizes up to $284.5 billion for eligible businesses. With these additional loans, qualifying restaurants and small businesses can fund payroll costs (including benefits), and pay forContinue reading “The Second Draw PPP Loan: The Latest News and Next Steps for Restaurants and Small Businesses”
Now that 2021 is finally here, it’s out with the old and in with the new. And in the business side of beverages, no topic is more trendy right now than “functional beverages.” Functional drinks are just what it sounds like. They’re beverages that serve a “function,” or basically, products that claim to benefit health,Continue reading “Beverage Trends of 2021: Non-Alcoholic Drinks”
“Champagne is not just for celebrations,” goes the old statement in every beverage manager training manual, “but champagne is perfect for celebrations!” It is time to bid farewell to a tumultuous 2020 and bring in the new year with an inside look at what beverage professionals will be pouring in their flutes this New Year’s Eve.
In our last restaurant technology blog, we discussed COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the growth and development of AI voice technology and how it was quickly modernizing the drive-thru operations as we know it (1). The very same technology has been working on cameras, too. AI tech now enables cameras to perform designated tasks, recognize faces,Continue reading “Five Ways AI Cameras Will Help Your restaurant in 2021”
2020 has certainly been a year like no other for the industry. Through stay-at-home orders and extended shutdowns, restauranteurs had to be nimble and creative, relentlessly searching for new business avenues and strategies to keep their businesses afloat. Now that 2021 is only weeks away, we are making predictions on what the new year willContinue reading “The 5 Biggest Restaurant Food Trends to Watch in 2021”
Managing a bar this holiday season has its challenges. Here are a few ideas to help get you through to 2021.
From pumpkin spice to Chile de Arbol, here we dive into the restaurant industry’s top trending flavors and predict the ones that’ll last until 2021. Fall Favorites Fall flavors are dominating the market right now. Yelp’s recent data (from 9/21/2020) shows that searches for pumpkin spice foods were up dramatically from last year: pumpkin spiceContinue reading “Our Biggest 5 Restaurant Flavor Trend Predictions”
2020 has been quite a learning experience. From social distancing to customers wearing face masks, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to new vocabulary and concepts never heard of in the restaurant industry: businesses had to sell grocery items and toilet paper during the quarantine, specialty menu items had to go due to supply chainContinue reading “Restaurant Business Trends to Follow in 2021”