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Menu Prices Make Biggest Monthly Jump Up Since 1981
Quick-service restaurants took the largest price hike of all segments, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Per Restaurant Business Magazine: Restaurants continue to raise prices at levels not seen in decades as operators face mounting pressures from labor, commodities and more.
Restaurant menu prices rose 0.8% on a month-to-month basis in July—the largest monthly increase since February 1981.
Food away from home prices climbed 4.6% for the 12-month period that ended in July, according to the Bureau, with full-service prices increasing 4.3% during that time and limited-service dining climbing 6.6%.
Grocery prices during the period, meanwhile, rose 2.6%. That was driven largely by a 5.9% increase in the prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
Noodles & Company bumped prices another 3% this week, on top of a 2.5% price hike earlier this year. Chipotle Mexican Grill recently instituted a 4% price lift. And Shake Shack earlier this month said it intends to increase its menu prices by 3% to 3.5% by the end of the year, about a point higher than its typical price boost.
Restaurants are navigating a number of factors that are forcing them to raise prices. Even as many chains recover from the pandemic, they are grappling with widespread inflation in labor, food costs, construction materials and real estate.
Broadline shipments of plant-based proteins to U.S. pizza operators jumped by +56% in the second quarter of 2021, according to The NPD Group. Additionally, broadline shipments of cauliflower dough and crusts increased by +46% in the quarter ending June compared to the same quarter year ago.
Plant-based foods could see fivefold growth by 2030, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Sales of plant-based meat and dairy items reached $29.4 billion in 2020, and that number could rise to $162 billion by 2030, reported Bloomberg.
More young Americans are joining the agriculture sector, according to USDA statistics. Only 8% of farm producers were under the age of 35 in the 2017 USDA census, compared with 34% over the age of 65. However, between 2012 and 2017, the number of producers under age 35 grew 11%, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Connecticut's oyster industry is once again thriving after almost disappearing nearly 25 years ago. Government efforts to clean up the Long Island Sound and to develop oysters resistant to a parasitic disease called MSX have helped to boost the market to about $15 million annually, reported CBS News.
The U.S. government formally declared a water shortage at Lake Mead – the country’s largest reservoir by volume – for the first time since it was built in the 1930s. The declaration sets in motion a series of water allocation cuts to downstream states along the Colorado River. Lake Mead is at record low levels, having dropped below 40% of capacity, reported Axios.
Wendy’s announced plans to open 700 “dark kitchens” across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. The addition of delivery-only sites has increased the company’s target number of new locations to 2,200 by 2025, reported The Financial Times.
Taco Bell will soon unveil a prototype with four drive-thru lanes. Taco Bell franchisee Border Foods is building a new restaurant that the chain said will be a faster way to get its food: a two-story, technology-heavy facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, reported Restaurant Business.
DoorDash Inc held talks over the past two months to buy Instacart for a likely price of $40 to $50 billion, The Information reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the situation. Instacart had also separately initiated talks with Uber about a sales partnership, like Uber's partnership with GoPuff, under which customers of Uber's food delivery service could buy items from Instacart. Both talks have fallen apart in recent weeks, reported Reuters.
IHOP is testing alcoholic offerings at three restaurants in California and New Mexico. The “Bubbles, Wine & Brews” menu, which compliments the brand’s lunch and dinner dayparts, will expand to additional markets in the coming months, reported Forbes.
China-U.S. container shipping rates hit a new record high on Wednesday, based on figures from the global container freight index. For the first time, the number surpassed $20,000 per twenty-foot equivalent unit, or TEU, up from $16,000 on Aug 2, reported China Daily.
New Orleans will soon require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for admittance into bars, restaurants, music halls, and other indoor venues. Prior to the order, many businesses in the city were already requiring this proof, reported CBS News.
Amazon has eclipsed Walmart to become the world’s largest retail seller outside China, according to corporate and industry data, a milestone in the shift from brick-and-mortar to online shopping that has changed how people buy everything from Teddy Grahams to teddy bears, reported The New York Times.
According to a new report, labor and supply issues threaten holiday turkey availability. A broker for Shady Brook Farms, one of the nation’s largest turkey suppliers, said in a recent letter to retailers that it advised its vendors in July that “the industry continues to struggle with production issues.” Meanwhile, the New York-based Morton Williams grocery chain was recently told by vendors that it wouldn’t get birds weighing less than 16 pounds, reported Business Insider.
Starbucks baristas say they're fed up with complex custom drink orders that can verge on the ridiculous. One said they were asked to blend egg bites into a drink. Per “Business Insider”
- Insider spoke with over a dozen current and former baristas who said they're sick of complex orders.
- Baristas said many would taste "disgusting" and slow order times. Some are based on TikTok trends.
- A Starbucks rep told Insider most custom orders were simple and the company valued customization.
Starbucks Worker Fired After Customer Says He 'Smacked' Her Face with Wet Rag: 'I Was Shocked'
The woman, who remains anonymous, recently told local news outlet WCAU that around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, she asked to have her drinks made again after her order was prepared "wrong" and the employee "caught an attitude." She said the barista remade it and "filled my cup halfway with caramel and slammed it on the counter" when finished. After asking to speak to a manager, the customer alleged that the employee then "took his wet rag, smacked me in my face with it and he swung at me, so we started fighting."
"I was shocked for a second. Then he swung at me so I swung back," she claimed.
The now-former Starbucks employee was identified as Robert Freda, who told WCAU that he acted in self-defense and that he suffered a black eye, contusions and "marks on my body." He said, "If anybody was left with more damage it was me." When reached for comment, a Starbucks spokesperson told PEOPLE Wednesday an investigation found the employee to be at fault.
Spokesperson Reggie Borges said the café is "a place where everyone should feel welcome."
Coors Is Launching Its Own Whiskey
Five Trail whiskey will use Coors malt and Rocky Mountain water as ingredients.
In the most basic sense, whiskey is distilled beer. Not that you'd want to drink the "wash" most distillers start with, but spirits can be (and have been) made from commercial beer. Needless to say, Coors makes plenty of beer — and though they won't be distilling down Coors Banquet, the brand is jumping in on the trend of brewers that also produce spirits.
Set to start rolling out on September 1, Five Trail blended American whiskey will be the first product produced under the new Coors Whiskey Co. banner — and the first full-strength spirit ever from the Molson Coors Beverage Company, America's second largest brewer.
Molson Coors says Five Trail (no, the name is not plural) is produced in partnership with Kentucky's Bardstown Bourbon Co., writing that it's "made from a blend of Colorado single-malt whiskey and three bourbons, cut to proof with Rocky Mountain water." The resulting 42.5 percent ABV spirit will be sold in 750-mililiter bottles with a suggested retail price of $59.99 — a sticker price that definitely helps land it in Molson Coors' intended "ultra-premium whiskey" category.
And though this may be Molson Coors' first whiskey, don't expect it to be their last. The company says that, by working with barley from Coors' Golden, Colorado malthouse, they believe plenty of opportunities exist to create limited-edition whiskeys or offer recipes that change every year. "Five Trail isn't planned as a one-off proposition. Reported by Foodandwine
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Pizza Vending Machine, Pizza-Making Robots, and Other Cool Pizza Inventions
Pizza, as everyone probably knows by now, originated from Italy. Flatbreads with toppings, however, have been consumed by ancient civilizations such as the Greek and Egyptians, according to an article by History. Naples, however, is considered the modern birthplace of pizza.
The early pizzas in Naples, which were usually sold along the streets, had toppings much like the ones that are seen in pizzas today, including garlic, tomatoes, and cheese.
Early this year, a pizza-making robot made by a company called Picnic caught people's attention when it sold over 500 pizzas with less than 1% recorded food waste. Back in April, popular pizza chain Domino's rolled out its pizza delivery robot that can self-drive.
Ever imagined eating a pizza from a vending machine? Better yet, ever imagined eating a pizza from a vending machine in Rome of all places? Believe it or not, it is a reality these days thanks to Massimo Bucolo, who installed the city's first pizza vending machine.
According to a report by The New York Times, the pizza vending machine "makes a fresh pizza from scratch in exactly three minutes."
KFC is opening a pop-up hotel where guests have their own 'press for chicken' button and can get $139 of free food a night.
he KFC pop-up hotel will open in London for 11 nights between August 18 and 29. KFC
- KFC will open a pop-up hotel in London where guests can get up to $139 of free chicken.
- One-night stays will cost $154, and the hotel will operate for 11 nights in August, KFC said.
- Each room has free room service via a "press for chicken" button.
- A one-night stay will cost $154 (£111), it said, and guests can get up to $139 (£100) worth of free chicken during their stay.
- The fast-food chain said in a press release Wednesday that its "House of Harland" hotel would open in London for 11 nights between August 18 and 29 - a reference to the 11 herbs and spices that go into its chicken. Harland is a reference to Colonel Harland David Sanders, KFC's founder.
- A black Cadillac, which KFC calls the "Colonelmobile," will pick up guests and take them to the pop-up hotel, where their own "chick-in" clerk will greet them, the company said.
- Guests will have access to a private cinema, a "hot-winger arcade machine," and a "chicken-concierge service" - they just have to push the "press for chicken" button and wait for free chicken to be delivered to their room, KFC said.
- Guests have a $139 allowance during their stay for chicken orders to "prevent over consumption," KFC told Insider in an email.
In an incident which took place in May 2019, Rawls alleges that the bar’s negligence in overserving him alcohol later caused him to be injured in an altercation with another customer.
The lawsuit was made up of five claims, including premises liability and negligence and damages arising from foreseeable criminal conduct.
Robert Henrickson is named as the other customer involved in the altercation. Rawls claimed to have sustained a “serious and debilitating” head injury after being assaulted by Henrickson, according to the Houston Chronicle.
La Fogata, owner Lourdes Galindo and an unnamed bartender are cited in the lawsuit as responsible for the injury, having over-served alcohol to both men and allowed them to leave the bar together.
Andrews County 109th District Court ruled in favour of Rawls in a default judgement, after the restaurant owner failed to respond to the suit or attend the hearing. The court did not rule on whether or not the claims were true.
According to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, La Fogata has 30 days to appeal the ruling if they intend to seek a new trial.
Rawls allegedly has a history of excessive drinking, according to the Houston Chronicle. Local jail records show he was arrested in February 2019 and May 2021 on charges of public intoxication.