Meal-Kit Companies Are Gearing Up for Competition or Getting Out

Meal-Kit Companies Are Gearing Up for Competition or Getting Out
  • With an oversaturated market, meal-kit companies need capital, real estate, and resources to stand out from the competition.

  • Meal-kits are a great product but not a great business.

When the meal kit first came into existence, customers lined up to try this new and innovative system that fulfilled the desire for a high-quality meal without the restaurant price tag.

Once the idea gained popularity, meal kit companies began popping up, claiming to have the best meal kit on the market. Slowly but surely, these companies starting shutting down as the market became oversaturated.

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How Rich's is Helping Combat Food Waste Through Product Solutions

How Rich's is Helping Combat Food Waste Through Product Solutions

“[Consumers] expect the exact same product that they would get if they sat down in the restaurant when they get it delivered to their house… so packaging is really important,” says Diana Schaefer, Associate Customer Marketing Manager for Rich Products. “If you have a sauce or dressed product you want to make sure it’s just as fresh when it gets to the customer.”

According to the National Restaurant Association, it is estimated that 70 percent of customers will be ordering food off of restaurant premises by 2020. Foodable Labs has identified that catering order interest has increased 32.5 percent in the past year with the Top 100 restaurant chains. In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron sits down with Diana Schaefer to explore the latest catering trends to make sure foodservice operators are not missing an opportunity in the category of catering.

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How to Avoid Unconscious Discrimination When Hiring for Your Restaurant

How to Avoid Unconscious Discrimination When Hiring for Your Restaurant
  • Hiring is one aspect of your business where more information may not always be better.

  • Choose your words wisely when writing up job descriptions and qualifications to avoid Discrimination charges.

Lexington Wolff is a restaurant employment lawyer with a story. After representing a number of restaurants in employee lawsuits, she began to see a pattern. Many of the lawsuits could have been easily avoided had the restaurant just been better informed about their obligations.

But as Lexi says, once you’re in a penny, you’re in a pound. Basically, it won’t matter whether or not your practices are legal. If your employees feel slighted or misunderstand a policy, they may take you to court which is costly whether or not you are at fault.

On this episode of the Barron Report, Paul and Lexi break down the hiring process and everything you need to know about how to approach candidates.

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How Rich's Is Helping Foodservice Professionals Create Plant-Based Menu Items

How Rich's Is Helping Foodservice Professionals Create Plant-Based Menu Items

“The big key point for operators… is focus on flavor, focus on that authentic experience, and people will want to eat your plant-based menu item because it’s delicious,” says Julie Altobello, Senior Marketing Manager of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation.

As Foodable Labs has identified in the past, there is a 78.4 percent increase in the past 18 months of consumer discussion around plant-based menus. In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron sits down with Julie Altobello to explore this topic further and discuss plant-based trends, sectors driving trend growth, and how the plant-based trend looks like across different age cohorts.


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How to Create Systems in a Franchise Model for Off-Premise Foodservice

How to Create Systems in a Franchise Model for Off-Premise Foodservice
  • The Franchisee Wants to Know That You, the Franchisor, Has the Off-Premise Strategy Right.

  • Focus on Your Four Wall Capabilities First: The Order to Cash Cycle.

In this episode of The Takeout, Delivery, and Catering Show we talk with Jim Vinz, CEO of Genghis Grill, about the systems and strategies Genghis Grill developed to become a model of success by empowering their franchisees to succeed in the tumultuous off-premise ecosystem.


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Restaurant Employee Tip Laws That Could Get You Sued

Restaurant Employee Tip Laws That Could Get You Sued
  • Restaurant employee tip laws and pay practices could get you sued

  • Your legal obligation as a restaurant employer to make a policy and protect against Sexual Harassment

Lexington Wolff is a restaurant employment lawyer with quite the story. After representing a number of restaurants in employee lawsuits, she began to see a pattern. Many of the lawsuits could have been easily avoided had the restaurant just been better informed about their obligations.

But as Lexi says, once you’re in a penny, you’re in a pound. Basically, it won’t matter whether or not your practices are legal. If your employees feel slighted or misunderstand a policy, they may take you to court which is costly whether or not you are at fault.

On this episode of the Barron Report, Paul asks Lexi your burning law questions around pay practices and sexual harassment. We start with the discussion of unpaid overtime.

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Beyond Meat's Ethan Brown Credits Millennials, Whole Foods for Success

Beyond Meat's Ethan Brown Credits Millennials, Whole Foods for Success

Ethan Brown created Beyond Meat to solve animal cruelty, environmental degradation, and improve human health.

  • Beyond Meat's Burger and Sausage are in high-demand and now available through Sysco, Whole Foods, and TGI Fridays.

Ethan Brown grew up on a farm. It was this childhood that led him to believe that there had to be a different way to create delicious meats. Using science (and a little time) Brown developed a plant protein burger that has been lauded for its incredible performance as an imitation beef burger. Reviews illustrate nothing less than pure disbelief in tasting the “bleeding” burger.

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Plant-Based Food Has Been One of the Drivers of Consumer Trends For First Half of 2018

Plant-Based Food Has Been One of the Drivers of Consumer Trends For First Half of 2018

In this Special Report, our host Paul Barron takes the time to share with us some of the most interesting pieces of data from the Mid-Year Consumer Trends report.

Our sister company, Foodable Labs, analyzed 162K food influencers and 6.2 million conversations to determine what lays at the heart of consumer trends for the first half of 2018. As Paul Barron points out in this podcast, what constitutes a 'food influencer' for the purposes of this report, is an individual who's had five engagements with a restaurant a month, in terms of frequency.

There are five categories that the Mid-Year Consumer Trends report is based on and in this special podcast, you'll listen to Paul Barron's analysis of the data.

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Serenbe: The Utopian Community Balancing Development with Green Space

Serenbe: The Utopian Community Balancing Development with Green Space
  • Serenbe creates Cluster Communities to maximize green space

  • Utopian community uses nature and art to focus their lifestyle.

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Off-Premise Insights, Paul talks to a different type of hospitality professional. Steve Nygren is the founder of Serenbe, a community that has been described as a “Utopian experiment.” Nygren comes from the restaurant and hospitality industry, boasting experience with Stouffers Hotels and later opening more than 30 restaurants under his own name.

The idea for Serenbe came after Nygren moved his family to a multi-acre farm. Fearing serious development by a neighbor, Nygren began buying up land around his plot to ensure his green space would remain. The idea evolved to create a development in which 70% of the space would be reserved for green space, rather than conforming to the current models of urban sprawl.

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