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September 20, 2012
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On the Front Burner 
  • Chick-fil-A to stop donations to anti-gay marriage groups
    Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop donating money to groups including Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage, which oppose same-sex marriage, according to Illinois-based The Civil Rights Agenda. The company also sent a letter to franchisees and other stakeholders saying the company will "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender." The Guardian (London) (9/19), (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Restaurant News 
  • Survey: Smaller burger chains rate higher
    Five Guys Burgers & Fries ranked No. 1 in a survey of 7,600 consumers, followed by In-N-Out, Fuddruckers, A&W and Smashburger, according to Market Force Information. Big chains Burger King, Hardee’s, McDonald’s and Jack in the Box rounded out the bottom five. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • FDA may set standards for arsenic levels in rice
    Consumer groups are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for safe levels of arsenic in rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment; the agency, which thus far has found no evidence to show dangerous levels in rice, is in the midst of a study of 1,200 products that contain rice. Associated Press (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News
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Leading Voices 
  • Chefs and the business of the kitchen
    In addition to cooking, chefs make sure the kitchen runs smoothly and efficiently, and their duties expand further when they become chef/owners, writes restaurant consultant Jerry Prendergast. In recent years, with the explosion of the celebrity chef and multi-unit chains, some chefs are giving up their roles in the kitchen entirely as they move into the CEO seat. Forbes (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Dietitian shares tips for lowering children's cholesterol
    Cholesterol levels in children have gone a bit lower in recent years, but there's more work to do, says registered dietitian Karen Ansel. "The best way for parents to lower their child’s total and/or LDL cholesterol is by switching to fats that are plant based, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, canola oil and olive oil, and limiting animal fats such as butter, red meat, cream cheese and full-fat cheese." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Quickserves are ready for some football
    Quickserve chains are increasingly signing broadcast partnerships for exposure during NFL games in a push to get their brands in front of football fans. Wendy's had the most exposure during NFL games last season, according to a study from Repucom, with Subway, McDonald's, Domino's and Pizza Hut rounding out the top five. QSR Magazine (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Can restaurants take a stand against food bans?
    Pizza industry veteran Ed Zimmerman makes the case against New York City's new ban on big sodas, arguing that the measure is a political move likely to do little if anything to curb obesity. "The NRA, the pizza industry and all other foodservice groups must unite to stop and abolish these unconstitutional forays into our lives," he writes. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
From Baby Boomer to Millennial
Michael Parrish Dudell, bestselling author and one of nation's leading Millennial voices, explains why now, more than ever, is the time for businesses to anticipate the rapidly evolving expectations of the new workforce or face the very real threat of irrelevance. Read the brief to get the facts on the huge impact Millennials will and are making in the workplace.
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Americans are snatching up more avocados this year
    The avocado is having a record-breaking year as more U.S. restaurants slice them for salads and spread them on sandwiches. Consumption has grown 30% in the first half of 2012, and year-round imports from Mexico continue to climb as health-conscious consumers add the nutritious fruit to everyday meals. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Connecting Foodservice Buyers and Suppliers:
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Food for Thought 
Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong."
--Vita Sackville-West,
British author and poet

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