Pizza restaurants that already offer delivery can take steps to ensure that drivers are being compensated according to federal and state laws, writes Mileage Scout founder Brian Schaaf. His tips include reviewing the rules, going over job descriptions with employees and keeping three years worth of records handy in case of a federal audit.
The James Beard Foundation has released the list of 435 semifinalists for its Restaurant and Chef Awards and advised voters that, in addition to food and service, they should consider "the values of respect, transparency, diversity, sustainability and equality." About 40% of this year's semifinalists are women, compared to 27% in 2017, and the list is also more culturally diverse.
BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group executive chefs Brian Harvey and Alison Peters created a new menu in six weeks for the company's new BRIO Coastal Bar and Kitchen concept. The eatery focuses on lighter dishes, small plates and a brunch menu featuring granola-crusted French toast and avocado toast with eggs.
Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets have earned places in Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. All three grocers have managed to make the list, based on employee survey results, for at least nine years running.
Israel's CommonSense Robotics has raised $20 million in financing as it works on ways to automate the supply chain for the grocery industry. It is working to develop "mirco-fulfillment centers," which would be smaller than full warehouses and closer to population centers.
Scannable shelf tags could be a better customer interaction than digital beacons as customers walk through stores, Lisa Lacy writes. Consumers are empowered to scan only those tags that interest them, instead of beacons broadcasting to any shopper with an app open, she writes.
Some students at an Indiana middle school spent the last year participating in a program that has yielded beef for school meals. The initiative was part of the school-to-table program.
TreeHouse Foods is undergoing a strategic review of its snacks unit, which includes right-sizing the distribution network and placing a stronger focus on large-scale strategic customers, said CEO Sam Reed. In addition, Reed said that the company has narrowed its CEO search to a handful of candidates and that the selection process is still moving along.
Unit sales in the hot cereal and oatmeal category rose 1.7% in 2017 versus the prior year, according to data from IRI. Brands such as Quaker Oats and Bob's Red Mill have launched innovations in the space to capitalize on a growing interest in healthy whole grains.
After bringing in more than $2 million in retail sales during its first year on the market, Celsius Heat is gaining nationwide distribution via 7-Eleven stores. The energy drink, which is enhanced with L-Citruline, comes in seven flavors, two of which will be available in the c-store chain.