Restaurants have started utilizing Bluetooth temperature monitoring systems to ensure their food and equipment are up to par. Using handheld probes and fixed sensors, restaurants can manually or automatically measure the temperatures of their key assets in as little as four seconds. Managers can program customized limits for each food and equipment and be alerted if any temperatures are beyond their acceptable threshold. These Bluetooth sensors can also wirelessly record temperature readings in a HACCP log so that employees do not have to. This prevents staff from falsifying daily reports.
Optimized schedule makers/scheduling software
There is now software to help them get the job done. In just seconds, managers can generate and distribute a digital weekly schedule to all employees.
Virtual reality onboarding
VR and HR come together to create the newest trend for employee management: Virtual reality onboarding. Using a headset and customized software, new hires can engage in a truly unique experience, without the risks and cost of a normal training session. They can take a 360-degree tour of the facility, watch other employees in action, and test their skills in simulation games. With VR onboarding, trainees don’t have to touch the food or even be in the restaurant to learn how to do their job. There is less pressure on them to avoid mistakes and managers have more time for their other responsibilities.
Kiosks/tabletop tablets Say goodbye to cash registers and hello to kiosks, the newest in point-of-sale technology. At these kiosks, customers are able to browse the menu, create customized orders, and pay for their meal entirely on their own.
Digital table/reservation manager This software does everything from booking reservations directly with customers to suggesting optimal seating arrangements based on time and party size. Restaurants can also give customers accurate wait time estimates and notify them via text when a table is ready for a more pleasurable waiting experience.
A California judge ruled on March 29 that coffee shops in the state must include a cancer warning label each cup of joe. Here’s more about the ruling and the possible coffee-cancer link.
If a lawsuit in California is successful, Golden State stores that sell coffee will have to warn customers that drinking a cup of joe may be a cancer risk, according to news reports.
The cancer warning label on coffee, which may be required under California law, has sparked a bitter debate and is now drawing criticism from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Roasted coffee beans contain a known carcinogen, a chemical called acrylamide. But it’s unclear whether acrylamide levels in coffee are high enough to pose a health risk to humans. Acrylamide occurs in overly cooked or roasted starchy foods, including coffee beans, french fries, potato chips, breakfast cereals and toast. It’s also found in cigarette smoke. The carcinogenic chemical is concerning enough that last year, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency asked people to “Go for Gold” rather than a charred color when eating starchy foods that could be burned.
The jury is still in Question on whether the levels of acrylamide in coffee can increase cancer risk in humans. While an increased cancer risk is shown in some studies, others don’t find any at all, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). These disparate results may occur because it’s challenging to quantify how much acrylamide people consume.
This week, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that such a label would mislead consumers more than it would inform them.
“Such a warning could mislead consumers to believe that drinking coffee could be dangerous to their health, when it actually could provide health benefits,” Gottlieb said in a statement yesterday (Aug. 29).
FDA head says current products don’t meet labeling standards
The US Food and Drug Administration seems expressed concern on nondairy milk-alternative products that use the term “milk” in their marketing and labeling—like popular soy and almond milk products.
Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday that the FDA will soon issue a new guidance on the use of the term. But he added that products aren’t abiding by FDA policies as they stand now. He referenced a so-called “standard of identity” policy that regulates how milk is defined and should be identified. he said “almond doesn’t lactate”, and the agency will soon tap the public for comments on the terminology and hopes to wring out a new policy within a year. In 2015, the agency cracked down on the labeling of an egg-less mayonnaise-like product called Just Mayo.
KFC chicken chain is officially working on the first vegetarian fried chicken to ever hit a big-name QSR. The faux meat’s first destination will be the United Kingdom, where smaller places like Temple of Seitan are famous for their own versions of plant-based fried chicken.
Over the next 7 years, KFC UK hopes to cut their calories per serving by 20%. They will also introduce multiple meals that are under 600 calories by 2020.
One of the ways they’re looking to do that is with this veggie alternative, which will utilize the same secret blend of 11 spices that all of Colonel Sanders’s chicken is seasoned with. The vegetarian fried chicken is meant to be a healthier substitute to their standard fare. There are not many details on what will go into it however.
The McDonald’s McVegan burger was trialed at select locations in Finland from October -November. In fact, the product was so successful it was officially rolled out to other regions just a month after trial phase. With consumers seeing McDonald’s upping their plant-based game and their expectations of other fast food brands raised, it was only a matter of time before another big name stepped up too. The soy patty burger is currently only available at select locations in Finland, and the success of the trial will reportedly determine whether the dish will be offered in other regions.
Subway Restaurants, the world’s most ubiquitous dining chain, will continue closing U.S. stores as it expands internationally.This year, about 500 more of its U.S. shops will be shut down. Last year, more than 800 stores went dark, with the total U.S. count dropping to 25,908. It also closed restaurants in 2016.
The sandwich shop, founded more than 50 years ago, is struggling to boost sales in the U.S. as newer, more modern chains emerge. Theyhave been hurt by fierce competition in the U.S., including McDonald’s Corp., whose domestic system sales rose 3.4 percent last year, according to data from researcher Technomic, supermarkets, and gas stations that are selling more grab-and-go fare.
They are currently banking on a new loyalty program which offers $2 discounts and free items, is available for the chain’s domestic and Canadian locations. This year, the chain will add more than 1,000 locations outside of North America, and is focused on growth in countries including the U.K., Germany, South Korea, India, China and Mexico.
Google has reportedly held “informal talks” with interested parties for a deal that would encompass the Zagat brand name and website. Mum’s the word on how much Google is after for the service, with Google keeping quite on the matter.