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5/23/2018

Starbucks is now the US champion of proximity-based payments via mobile apps, according to eMarketer. That puts the coffee chain with its 23.4 million app users ahead of such eminences as Apple, Google and Samsung.

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5/23/2018

The number of teens in the summer workforce has fallen significantly since 1978, while demand for seasonal labor has grown. Summer jobs making fudge and serving up french fries that were traditionally filled by high school and college students are now largely filled by workers from other countries under H-2B visas, but those visas are becoming more difficult to obtain under the Trump administration.

5/23/2018

School nutrition professionals in two Mississippi districts are preparing for their summer-meal programs to make sure that students don't go hungry. Debbie Byrd, Picayune School District's food service director, says their program will run from June 4 until July 13.

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5/23/2018

It's the barrel that gives brown spirits those caramel tones, so it's wrong to assume that a sweet additive is at work, Kara Newman writes. Another common misconception is that single-barrel liquors are always superior to blends -- in reality, both options can be smooth and tasty, according to Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers.

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5/23/2018

Half of casual dining operators report higher sales today than a year ago, and about one-third of consumers say they're making more casual restaurant visits, according to Datassential's SNAP! Keynote Report: Casual Dining. Driving more repeat visits remains a challenge for casual restaurants, and eateries are increasingly looking to tech tools to speed the ordering process for busy consumers.

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5/23/2018

Uber Eats has signed about 100 restaurant partners to launch delivery in the Jersey Shore area this summer. "Our biggest thing is just to be able to offer our product to a bigger population of people," said Tom Dounelis, a co-owner of Frutta Bowls in Middletown, N.J.

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5/23/2018

McDonald's franchisees in Northeast Ohio are transforming their restaurants with the chain's new tech features including ordering kiosks, mobile ordering and GPS placards that allow for table service. Improvements have been completed at 40% of the region's restaurants and the ongoing work will contribute $48 million to the local economy by the end of next year, McDonald's said.

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5/23/2018

Before they even start the site search, restaurant operators should formulate development goals that spell out where they want to be in a decade, Subway Development Vice President James Walker told attendees at the National Restaurant Association's annual show on Sunday. He shared tips for effective site selection, starting with finding locations where your target customers will find you.

5/23/2018

Restaurant operators can foster trust between employees, which is needed for feedback to help staffers grow and improve, writes Mike Ganino. Managers can help employees get to know each other and grow comfortable talking about their feelings and teach effective methods for delivering feedback.

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QSR
5/23/2018

Some overlooked reasons for a vitamin B12 deficiency include autoimmune disease, inflammation, bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, and tapeworms or surgery that affect digestive system anatomy, registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman writes. It can be more common for older adults to develop a B12 deficiency, Freuman noted, but younger people who eat a healthy diet should investigate the cause of a deficiency with their physician.