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Has Arby’s Started a Pork Sandwich War?

On the heels of the fast-food industry’s chicken sandwich wars, has Arby’s fired the first shot in a new battle? The privately held chain recently launched its Country Style Pork Rib sandwich as a limited-time …

USDA Funding to Support Schools Amid Food and Labor Shortages

Food manufacturers and distributors have cancelled school district contracts as they struggle meeting demand from other, more lucrative, consumer and commercial markets. Coupled with the labor shortage, this has left schools across the nation scrambling …

Labor Union Influence Rising in Fulfillment Facilities

As the pandemic continues to impact U.S. frontline workers, union activity is growing across major companies like Mondelez and HelloFresh. Furthermore, labor unions are increasingly seeking to organize workers in fulfillment facilities as brands add …

Coffee Innovations Hitting Higher Gear

Coffee’s popularity in the U.S. shows no signs of slowing. More than half of Americans over 18 years old drink coffee daily, with the average coffee drinker consuming three cups of coffee per day, as …

Worker Shortages Spurring Rash of Labor Unrest

Chronic labor shortages and mandatory overtime appear to be fueling union unrest as the economy bounces back from the pandemic, with workers realizing they aren’t as powerless as they once were. “With the pandemic and …

Report: Eating at Home Trend Here for the Long Haul

The COVID-19 pandemic simply accelerated Americans’ shift to a home-centric lifestyle, according to a new report by The NPD Group. But the tendency to largely hunker down at home was already apparent prior to the …

Labor Shortages Continue to Drive Supply Chain Woes

Massive supply chain disruptions continue to pervade the U.S. food sector, with labor challenges triggering shortages from raw materials and ingredients to packaged goods. Some of the largest U.S. food distributors, including United Natural Foods …

No Magic Bullet in Sight for U.S. Labor Shortage

With schools reopening and unemployment benefits scheduled to expire, employers have earmarked September as a hopeful turning point for the labor shortage. However, many economists and business owners warn that deeper issues will extend staffing challenges …

Worker Shortage Leaves Suppliers Scrambling for Drivers

Food suppliers are turning to out-of-state workers and recruiters to fill job openings, with some even being paid six figure salaries. RENT-A-STAFFER BOOM Some New York food suppliers are hiring Alabama-based truckers as they can’t …

FI Webinar Recap: Solving Labor Shortages in the Food Industry

Labor shortages have slowed the post-pandemic foodservice renaissance. Restaurants ranging from fine dining to quick serve are looking at approaches to combat the dearth of workers. DMA and The Food Institute brought together four industry …

Rising CPI and Spend on Importing Add to Inflation Unease

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.6% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8% in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. Those numbers, plus concerns about spend on importing, are …

Chipotle Hikes Menu Prices as Inflation Looms

Chipotle Mexican Grill isn’t just boosting wages for its workers; it’s also increasing menu prices by nearly 4% to cover those raises. That’s according to a CNBC report which noted the company will be bringing …

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Report: Labor Shortage Limiting New Business Openings

Restaurants and supermarkets are struggling to find enough workers to open new locations, as noted by The Wall Street Journal (June 3). There were a record-high 8.1 million unfilled jobs at the end of March, …