Demand Forces White Castle Ghost Kitchen to Close

White Castle had to close its virtual kitchen operation in Orlando, Florida within two hours of opening due to overwhelming demand, reports Restaurant Dive. According to the company, the location was closed on Wednesday and reopened on Thursday for online pickup orders only. Originally, delivery was offered within a 15-mile radius through Uber Eats, butRead More

Report: Workers Report Declining Tips After COVID Surcharge

The majority of New York City-based restaurant workers reported declining tips after the city enacted a COVID surcharge that allows restaurants to add a 10 percent surcharge on top of any bill, according to a report released by One Fair Wage. Black restaurant workers reported the largest decline in tips; 75 percent said that tipsRead More

Tom Vilsack Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tom Vilsack as President Joe Biden’s agriculture secretary, reports CNN. This is the same Cabinet position Vilsack served for the entirety of the Obama administration. “The world and our nation are different today than when I served as agriculture secretary in a previous administration,” Vilsack said during his confirmation hearing.Read More

Report: Innovation, Pandemic Shopping Habits to Continue

There will be continued opportunity for brands to innovate in the year ahead, especially in the plant-based, premium, and health and wellness categories, according to research firm IRI, reports Food Dive. In addition, trends will also remain shaped by the “new normal” of consumer behavior during the pandemic, including more at-home cooking, the elevation ofRead More

CA Relief Package Includes $2 Billion in Grants for Small Businesses

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon have reached an agreement on a relief package for individuals, families, and businesses suffering economic hardships from the pandemic. The agreement reflects an increase from $500 million to more than $2 billion for grants up to $25,000 for smallRead More

FDA Confirms Food, Food Packaging Do Not Spread COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. In a statement, Janet Woodcock M.D., acting commissioner of food and drugs at theRead More

Nearly All NYC Restaurants Could Not Pay December Rent

Ninety-two percent of 400 New York City restaurants surveyed could not afford December rent, according to research from NYC Hospitality Alliance. The number of establishments unable to pay rent has steadily increased since the start of the pandemic. In June, 80 percent of restaurants could not afford to pay rent; in July, 83 percent; August,Read More

Nathan’s Famous to Offer Impossible Burger

Nathan’s Famous Inc. has partnered with Impossible Foods to add the Impossible Burger to the restaurant chain’s menu. The launch of the first Nathan’s Impossible Burger will take place in the tri-state area and Florida, with plans to expand in the coming year. The burger will feature an everything-bagel seasoned bun, four pickle chips, twoRead More

Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores Rebrand

All 72 Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores will be rebranded as US Foods Chef’Stores effective March 1. This follows US Foods acquisition of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores in April 2020. This change will combine the power of the US Foods brand with the assortment, pricing, and customer service of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores and pave theRead More

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