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Marriott International will remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its hotels and resorts worldwide by July 2019. The company's plan will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers. Full Story
Meanwhile, Shoney's committed to phase out plastic straws at company-owned stores by 2020. It plans to introduce FDA compliant eco-product straws that are 100% compostable. Full Story
About half of consumers say hurdles in the sign-up process keep them from joining a loyalty program, according to a survey by Kobie Marketing. Specifically, 26% of those surveyed noted they would not sign up if companies require too much personal information, while 22% noted they would be deterred if it takes too long to earn and redeem points, reported Low Cards. Full Story
Potbelly Corp. plans to trim its menu back and introduce combo meals, as the chain's CEO believes the menu grew too complicated, with 115 items at 66 different prices. In addition, it aims to expand the chain more slowly, convert more stores into franchises, and spend more on marketing and training employees to upsell customers, reported The Wall Street Journal. Full Story (WSJ Subscription Required)
Papa John's International appointed law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to oversee a cultural audit and investigation. The firm will retain experts and consultants to examine all existing processes, policies and systems related to diversity and inclusion, supplier and vendor engagement and Papa John's culture. Full Story
The National Labor Relations Board rejected McDonald's Corp.'s proposed settlement of a case on whether it is accountable for alleged labor law violations by franchisees across the country. The settlement would have allowed McDonald's to avoid a ruling that it is a "joint employer" of workers at McDonald's franchises and can be held liable when franchisees violate federal labor law. McDonald's is considering appealing the ruling, reported Reuters. Full Story
The first lawsuit was filed against McDonald's Corp. following its decision to stop selling salads at 3,000 restaurants. In a complaint filed in a state court in Illinois, a woman claims she twice had to seek medical treatment after eating salads at her local McDonald's that were contaminated with cyclospora, reported Reuters. Full Storyread more
The Food Institute and asset solutions partner Harry Davis & Company are teaming up to deliver a free webinar on June 19 entitled “Understanding Your Assets: Expert Strategies for Food & Beverage Processors.” They will explore what value food manufacturers may be leaving on the facility floor, the basics of asset management, the various scenarios for valuing your assets, and a suite of strategies to maximize your assets’ value.
While the restaurant sector is projected to make $799 billion in annual sales, major restaurant chains are facing challenges from smaller, independent operators as well as grocery stores that now offer prepared foods.read more
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