Canada leads the list of global markets where there's room for US restaurant chains to grow, with a per-capita GDP that ranks third after the US and Australia. The Philippines, China, Mexico and Kuwait also have growth potential.
Finding, hiring and retaining talented employees is always a challenge and restaurant operators can take steps to improve their chances, Mike Ganino writes. Operators need to promote themselves and sell the job rather than expecting candidates to find them, he advises.
Walmart executive Frank Yiannas will move to the Food and Drug Administration in November to take on the newly created position of deputy commissioner for food policy and response. Yiannas will be in charge of creating the new office of food safety as the agency undergoes a reorganization.
Students in Lake Tahoe Unified School District's elementary schools are participating in California's Harvest of the Month program. Each month, students get to sample an in-season fruit or vegetable grown in the state and vote if they would like it to be added to the school menu.
Unilever and Nestle are reporting improved growth over the third quarter after raising prices, and prices at both firms could continue to increase in the coming year as global inflation rises. "For 2019 and beyond, it seems like the world, including western Europe, will see some inflationary tendencies that will help us," said Nestle CEO Mark Schneider.
The New York City Health Department has launched an effort urging food and beverage producers to reduce the amount of sugar in their products by 2025. "For many years, the food and beverage industry has responded to consumers by diversifying its portfolio to provide low-sugar, no-sugar and lower-calorie products," said GMA in a statement. "Our food and beverage offerings continue to evolve."
Fans of the Coca-Cola-owned soft drink brand Tab are lamenting the fact that they're having difficulty finding it on store shelves. Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated confirmed that it removed 12-pack cans of Tab from its offerings throughout its 14-state territory, instead focusing its portfolio on other low- and no-sugar drinks.
Technology and food safety were hot topics as CEO Cathy Burns opened the PMA Fresh Summit this week in Orlando, Fla. "Food safety is a reflection of your core values. ... We must embrace a follow-the-science philosophy," said Burns, who revealed PMA's plans for a food-safety certification program for the produce industry.