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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Chipotle Finalizes Price Hikes Across the US

Chipotle Finalizes Price Hikes Across the US
  • Chipotle's Sentiment scores have increased and decreased in line with the fast casual stock market prices. 

  • Chipotle needs to build brand advocates, develop a new message around food safety, and go back to food sourcing basics, & Paul Barron gives more tips. 

  • Chipotle's last wave of price hikes are now in effect.

Chipotle’s last wave of price hikes has now been implemented. Last April, the fast-casual chain announced that they would be raising prices by 5% at 400 locations across the country. A second wave occurred in November. This final hike will affect the 45% of stores that did not see a price increase in 2017.

This boost was the first price increase from Chipotle since 2014.

Chipotle has had a rough time in recent years with multiple E. Coli outbreaks and the launch of their unpopular queso.

In an effort to turn the company around, CEO Steve Ells said in November that he would be stepping down from his post as head of the company as soon as Chipotle found someone to replace him. He will remain with the company as executive chairman. A new CEO has yet to be selected.

The price increases have added about 25 to 35 cents to the price of a typical entree according to Spokesman Chris Arnold. The price hike will go towards higher food and labor costs.

"Even with the new prices, our pricing remains very competitive across the category, particularly if you factor in our ingredient quality," Arnold says.

Read more about Chipotle’s recent changes on “Business Insider.”

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Number Of Microbreweries And Vegan Shops Help Determine Most Hipster City In New Study

Number Of Microbreweries And Vegan Shops Help Determine Most Hipster City In New Study
  • This study determined the most hipster cities in America by purely analyzing data; and it's probably not the ones you may assume.

  • Cities with a population above 500,000, did not rank in the Top 10.

A recent study determined that Vancouver, Wash. is the No. 1 ‘hipster’ city in America.

‘The Couv,’ as locals call it, is the largest suburb across the Columbia river to Portland, Ore. a.k.a. Beervana. Surprisingly, Portland itself, known for it’s people with ‘hipster tendencies,’ ranked at No. 12.

But how are hipsters defined, anyway? And, do hipsters even know they are hipsters?

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Where Travelers Like to Eat the Most During a Layover

Where Travelers Like to Eat the Most During a Layover

Airport terminals aren't always known for their solid food selection, but don't let that fool you. According to RewardExpert’s 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard there are plenty of go-to destinations even in the busiest airports.

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Denver’s Coors Field Partners With Andrew Zimmern

Earlier this month when the Colorado Rockies opened their season, some exciting new food options were also unveiled. This year, the food and beverage services company Aramark Corp. announced that they had partnered with celebrity chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern to introduce a number of new specialty food items specifically designed for the ballpark.

Dishes served include a Piedmontese hot dog with house-made grain mustard and cabbage slaw, a cheddar sausage with roasted vegetable mayonnaise, a lamb koefte burrito with green hot sauce and tahini, and a Korean style fried pork belly sandwich.

In addition to Coors Field, Zimmern’s dishes will be offered at baseball stadiums in Boston, Houston, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Read More