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September 14, 2012
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  • NYC health panel gives nod to big-drink ban
    The New York City Board of Health voted 8-0 on Thursday to approve the proposed ban on sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, arenas and street carts. The ban, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and hotly contested by the soft drink industry, will go into effect March 12 unless a judge blocks it before then. New York State Restaurant Association spokesman Andrew Moesel said, "Proposals like the soda ban discourage new business and hurt our reputation as the dining capital of the world," and anti-soda-ban group New Yorkers for Beverage Choices said it will continue to oppose the measure. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/13), Supermarket News (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Restaurant News 
  • New Magic Kingdom restaurant will be 1st to serve beer
    Disney's Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland at Disneyworld will be the first eatery in the Magic Kingdom to serve beer and wine when it opens in November. The restaurant will serve French cuisine and have a "Beauty and the Beast" theme, and the change comes in response to guests who said they would like the option of wine or beer with a gourmet dinner, the company says. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Beef Products sues ABC over "pink slime" moniker
    Calling its additive "pink slime" constitutes defamation on the part of ABC News, South Dakota-based Beef Products alleges in a lawsuit filed against the network and several of its journalists including anchor Diane Sawyer on Thursday. "The lawsuit is without merit. We will contest it vigorously," ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said. The Wall Street Journal (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Leading Voices 
  • Steady Starbucks diet led to 85-pound weight loss, woman says
    Christine Hall, 66, says she lost 85 pounds by sticking to a steady diet of prepackaged food from Starbucks, all of which include nutrition labels that helped her calculate calories. She's the latest consumer who claims a quickservice chain's fare led to a lighter body, a trend that started with Jared Fogle and Subway. The Huffington Post (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • McDonald's ad begs consumers to give cheese a chance
    McDonald's latest print ad is a tongue-in-cheek plea for love from cheese and, particularly, the chain's cheeseburger. The unusual piece is long on copy -- it runs 265 words on a white page, and the only art is a picture of the burger and a small version of the chain's logo. Adweek (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Caldeira: Consumer confidence, credit access remain problematic
    Franchising is on the upswing after a few tough years, but problems remain, as indicated by the decline in the number of franchise establishments that are expected to open this year. "There's still a lack of consumer confidence and consumer spending," said IFA President and CEO Stephen Caldeira. "More work needs to be done for small business owners to get access to credit." Reuters (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Indie eateries bring global menus together in Tucson
    A cluster of independent restaurants at Midstar Plaza in Tucson, Ariz., not only defies the stereotype of chain-filled malls, but also brings the flavors of Mexico, Italy, Asia and Eastern Europe together in one place. "I think people like that we have a different kind of food. They keep coming back," said Cecilia Valenzuela, whose family owns Zivaz Mexican Bistro. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • From the SmartBrief Library: "The Tasti D-Lite Way"
    How did the dessert chain with a cult-like following become a market leader in social media as well? SmartBrief is pleased to share an excerpt from "The Tasti D-Lite Way: Social Media Marketing Lessons for Building Loyalty and a Brand Customers Crave." The book explores how the company -- ranked as one of Mashable's Top 40 Brands on Twitter -- leveraged blogs, Twitter and an innovative rewards system to not only grow customer affinity but revenue, too. In return for updating your SmartBrief subscriber profile, we will send you an excerpt from the book, absolutely free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food for Thought 
Don't assume a door is closed; push on it. Do not assume if it was closed yesterday that it was closed today."
--Marian Wright Edelman,
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