Women-Founded Commercial Kitchen Opens in NYC

“Nimbus Kitchen is creating a solution for everyone,” Nimbus Kitchen co-founder and chief marketing officer Samantha Slager said. “Whether you’re a food entrepreneur, an established catering business, or an emerging pastry chef; whatever you need, we can accommodate.” Slager was running a launch marketing firm when she met Camilla Opperman, who originally dreamed up theRead More

SFA Thanks Specialty Food Live! Platinum Sponsors

The Specialty Food Association thanks Crisp, Catapult Commercialization Services, The Non-GMO Project, Gerber Finance, Progress Luv2Pak International, and Zipline, the platinum sponsors of its upcoming Specialty Food Live! virtual event that will connect specialty food makers and buyers, Jan. 19-22.  Crisp, a data analytics platform, allows food brands and retailers to stay ahead of rapidly evolving consumer behavior, identifyRead More

Restaurant Industry Loses 372,000 Jobs in December

Foodservice and drinking establishments lost 372,000 jobs in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report, reports Restaurant Dive. This is a huge increase from the 17,000 jobs lost in November. The restaurant industry ended the year with 2.5 million jobs less than pre-pandemic levels, according to the Natural Restaurant Association. The industryRead More

SBA Reopens Paycheck Protection Program

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote fair access to the $284 billion in funds, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, andRead More

PPP and EIDL Forgiveness: What You Should Know

Seeking forgiveness for your Paycheck Protection Program loan can be complicated and confusing; it’s on the borrower to make sure that they submit the right information to the lenders. In an SFA Ask the Expert webinar, Thursday, Man-Li Lin, economic development specialist at SBA’s New York District Office, shared information about the PPP and Economic InjuryRead More

SBA To Prioritize Minority-Owned Businesses for PPP

The Small Business Administration will prioritize minority-owned businesses when it relaunches its Paycheck Protection Program, which has $285 billion in new funding, reports Politico Pro. This follows a backlash over whether minority-owned businesses had sufficient access to the loans during the last rounds of the program. Under new guidance, which was released Wednesday, there areRead More

D.C. Restaurant Workers Get Vaccine Target Date

Restaurant workers that have been deemed essential workers have a target vaccination eligibility date of February 1, according to Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser during a press conference, reports Grub Street. Food workers have been among those who have risked their lives during the pandemic to keep the country running. “I feel like if you’reRead More

California Law Restricts Restaurant Listings on Delivery Apps

A new law in California that took effect on January 1 has caused the removal of tens of thousands of restaurants from food delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Caviar, reports Eater. Approved last fall, the law requires apps to offer delivery only from restaurants they have a direct partnership with and pullRead More

Chipotle Adds Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Following a successful test, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice is now available at U.S. and Canadian Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants for a limited time. The new plant-based option is prepared fresh in-restaurant every day and is compliant with keto, Whole30, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian diets. To celebrate the launch, Chipotle has introduced four new variations of itsRead More

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