Canada’s First QSR to Launch Veggie Burger Experiences Beyond Meat Shortages From High Demand

Canada’s First QSR to Launch Veggie Burger Experiences Beyond Meat Shortages From High Demand

Beyond Meat’s largest restaurant partner, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. has experienced product shortages due to “extreme popularity” of its latest Beyond Burger offering which launched July 9.

According to Plant Based News, some vegan burger patty fans have been “unable to get their hands on it, leading numerous A&W outlets to post signs, with one saying: We are out of Beyond Burgers! Due to a Canada-wide shortage and the extreme popularity of the Beyond Burger, we have run out. Many stores may still carry them. We will continue serving them as soon as we can get more!! Thank you for making our new burger a success!!!”

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Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and Seattle Declare War on Straws: Is It Enough?

Starbucks and the city of Seattle have been getting a lot of attention in the last few days. Sunday, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils, and cocktail picks went into effect, affecting 5,000 restaurants in the city, according to CBS News.

And Starbucks announced Monday their commitment to removing plastic straws from all 28,000 locations by 2020. Instead they will offer either a recyclable plastic lid or an “alternative material straw,” expected to be made of paper says the New York Times.

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FDA to Meet Over Fiery Cultured Meat Labeling Debate

FDA to Meet Over Fiery Cultured Meat Labeling Debate

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will host a public meeting July 12th to discuss cultured meat as the debate over labeling the new technology intensifies.

According to New Food Magazine, back in February the U.S Cattlemen’s Association submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting they ban labeling cultured meat as “meat.” The USCA’s petition argues that the USDA must establish labeling requirements to differentiate beef products derived from cattle from those created in a laboratory.


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7 Strategies for Building a More Effective Beverage Program

7 Strategies for Building a More Effective Beverage Program

Every drop counts! Beverages arguably play a larger role in the industry today than they ever did before! 

You could try and make everyone happy by offering dozens of options at your restaurant, cafe, or bar, but we all know that’s likely not going to happen. An establishment needs to carefully consider their beverage menu, whether alcohol-focused or not, and offer one that is balanced, targeted, and one that fits their concept.

Many operators continue to face a challenge, however, when it comes to developing an effective beverage strategy. As with its food counter-part, consumers are more educated today about beer, cocktails, wine, coffees, sodas, and even a variety of waters. They understand retail prices and flavor profiles because they’ve become (or think they’ve become) a barista, mixologist, and/or wine & beer connoisseur at home. When they’re dining out or visiting a bar now, they crave something that’s ‘differentiated.’ 

How can restaurants, cafes, and bars take advantage of this segment and develop a memorable, consistent, and profitable beverage strategy that creates differentiation? Here are some tips to review when creating or re-engineering your next beverage menu. 

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FoodMaven Is Solving All of The Industry's Problems, Starting with Food Waste

FoodMaven Is Solving All of The Industry's Problems, Starting with Food Waste

On this episode of The Barron Report, we explore an issue that has been plaguing our industry for years. Patrick Bultema and FoodMaven have been working to completely optimize food distribution systems in Colorado to reduce food waste, and they’re getting really good at it. Hear how FoodMaven is a win-win for producers, restaurateurs, food manufacturers, food banks, and the environment, all in this Earth-saving episode.

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