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September 13, 2012
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Restaurant News 
 
  • NPD: Eateries boost beverage-only sales
    Restaurants are finding more ways to boost beverage-only sales during non-mealtime visits, according to a report from NPD Group. Beverage-only sales increase through the morning and peak in the hours after lunch, driven largely by new products and better marketing of new non-alcoholic beverages including shakes, coffee and bottled water. QSRWeb.com (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Calif. snack company sues Starbucks over broken contract
    Shareholders of California-based Mellace Family Brands filed a lawsuit against Starbucks this week, saying the coffee giant's termination of a contract cost the company $20 million. Starbucks says it ended the contract after "ongoing quality issues." ABC News (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Take 
  • Does your restaurant have a loyalty program?
    No.  51.88%
    Yes, we use punch cards or some other non-digital method.  27.07%
    Yes, we use swipe cards.  21.05%
Leading Voices 
  • Should eateries ignore election years?
    Some restaurant and foodservice chains launch carefully-crafted election-year promotions designed to build buzz for their brands while others, including the Florida pizzeria owner who hugged President Obama, seem to accidentally ignite political firestorms. Should restaurants keep politics off the plate? SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Burger King rolls out unified website for Latin America
    Burger King has revamped its website for Latin America and the Caribbean, creating a unified digital face across the markets that's available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the company said. The chain will tailor each country's site with local menu information, and new features will include nutritional information on each menu item, interactive store locators and a place for guests to ask questions and post feedback. QSRWeb.com (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 steps for fast-casual leadership success
    Changes associated with the recent recession, rising food prices and other upheavals can leave organizations including fast-casual chains hungry for leadership, writes former FastCasual.com editor Valerie Killifer. Fast-casual executives have a chance to shine as leaders during times of great change by devising a plan, working with the team to implement it and knowing when to get out of the way. FastCasual.com (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Michael Jordan's Steakhouse adds menu to room service
    Hotel guests at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile now have the option of ordering room service from the menu of the hotel's upscale Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, one of a small band of high-end hotel eateries that deliver. USA TODAY (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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