NCA President Larry Graham discussed his leadership priorities and his goals for the confectionery industry and the association with NCA SmartBrief editor Rebecca Pollack Scherr. "Providing value to all 700 members is always a challenge," he said. "We have big companies and small companies, we have suppliers, brokers and international members, and keeping focused on the big things facing us while not ignoring some specific needs of some of our specific member categories is a full-time job."
Restaurants in New York have two weeks to update their payroll systems and train employees to comply with the state's new minimum-wage and tip rules. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase to $5 an hour. Restaurants worried about employee lawsuits applaud clarifications in the law that allow them to mandate tip pooling, but some say a requirement that they pay an extra hour for staffers working 10-hour shifts could make restaurant jobs less flexible.
Consumers in markets where Wingstop operates restaurants rank the chain as best place for chicken wings, according to research from Technomic. "The unaided awareness found in this survey was impressive, especially for a chain that is still continuing to expand nationally," said Technomic's Melissa Wilson.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine this week asked Detroit's mayor for a moratorium on new quickserve eateries in the city. Mayor Dave Bing appears unlikely to act on the request, instead focusing on health and nutrition education programs offered by the city's Health Department.
"Top Chef's" latest crew of contestants kicked off Season 7 on Wednesday night, in a debut that included some drama when Los Angeles sous chef Amanda Baumgarten sliced her hand during the potato peeling part of the Quickfire challenge. SmartBlog contributor Rebecca Pollack shares her take on some lessons that might serve cheftestants well in the coming weeks.