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May 7, 2012
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  • Clinton's NRA show speech focuses on cooperation
    Former President Bill Clinton stressed cooperation over conflict in his Sunday keynote address the National Restaurant Association's annual convention in Chicago. Clinton lauded the restaurant industry for participating in the national Kids Live Well program to help fight childhood obesity, and defended the Obama administration's health care reform. Chicago Tribune (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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  • McDonald's: On a mission to upgrade its image
    A recent Twitter campaign designed to highlight McDonald's relationships with the farmers that grow its ingredients turned into a public relations nightmare in less than a day, illustrating the chain's challenges as it works to convince U.S. consumers to view its food differently. The chain is in the midst of an ongoing image-boosting campaign that includes upgrading stores and menu items and recruiting mom bloggers to tout its healthier offerings. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Calif. county aims to ease food truck restrictions
    San Bernardino County is one of two counties in California that restrict food trucks to special events, but recent festivals that highlighted the trucks' growing popularity spurred one county supervisor to propose easing the rules. Food truck operators hope to eventually sell their offerings on the county's streets, but restaurateurs in some parts of the county oppose the idea. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (5/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Leading Voices 
  • Restaurants see financial benefits to going green
    Implementing environmentally friendly technology and practices -- including LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and recycling programs -- is a proven way to help restaurants cut costs, said Chris Moyer of the National Restaurant Association's Conserve Sustainability Education Program. "We try to show them that it's not just good for the environment, it's good for the bottom line." United Press International (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Technology takes center stage at NRA's 2012 show
    High-tech tools have become a much bigger part of the National Restaurant Association's annual show, and hundreds of tech vendors were on hand to show their wares when the show opened Sunday. "It's been hugely important in terms of providing labor savings for the industry, as well as an entirely new way of marketing and connecting the restaurant with customers," says David Matthews, the NRA’s chief information officer. QSRMagazine.com (5/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What the credit union bill might mean for restaurants
    Credit unions have steadily increased their lending to restaurants and other small businesses since the recession hit and banks clamped down on making small-business loans. A Senate bill would expand credit unions' ability to make small-business loans, but strong opposition from the banking industry has the measure stalled for a second year. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Chinese-American chefs defend cuisine's authenticity
    Foodies may turn up their noses at the orange chicken, egg foo yung and General Tso's chicken they find at America's Chinese restaurants, but the cuisine here was created by Chinese chefs using authentic ingredients, restaurateurs say. "We take different flavors from Chinese cuisine, combine them and create an original flavor," says Julie Lau, owner of Suzie’s on Bleecker Street in New York City. CNNGo.com (Asia) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Top five news stories selected by Restaurant SmartBrief readers in the past week.

8 U.S. eateries win spots on "50 Best" list (The New York Times (tiered subscription model))
How to revive a struggling restaurant brand (Restaurant Management online)
How Chipotle built a brand with traditional media (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage)
Selling happy hours? Check state laws first (FohBoh.com)
Can tablets do better than people at personalization? (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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