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Ahold Delhaize provides update on combined strategy

Posted: December 7, 2016, 9:43 pm
Merged company will be ‘Better Together,’ execs say
Ahold Delhaize laid out ways in which the new company will be greater than the sum of its parts in a strategy called “Better Together."

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Fresco Y Mas comes to 5 new sites

Posted: December 7, 2016, 2:42 pm
CEO: Winn-Dixie conversions signal ‘authenticity’ to Hispanic community
CEO: Winn-Dixie conversions signal ‘authenticity’ to Hispanic community

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Stern: Amazon Go may change the game

Posted: December 6, 2016, 10:19 pm
Amazon Go could be a game changer for food retailers, but whether it should be keeping them up at night will come down to how quickly Amazon can deploy it, according to Neil Stern, senior partner at McMillanDoolittle, Chicago.

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Fiesta buys 3 Houston-area stores

Posted: December 6, 2016, 8:59 pm
Fiesta Mart announced the acquisition of another three stores Tuesday, this time in the Houston market.

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2016 Disruptors: Key Food

Posted: December 6, 2016, 8:51 pm
The Key Food Stores Co-operative CEO has made aggressive moves to position the sprawling co-op as a consolidator in a large, fragmented and still-splintering New York City grocery market.

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Trending this week: Qdoba names new CEO; Will Brian Niccol 'Taco Bell-ize' Chipotle?

Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:09 pm

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Chipotle must pay fired manager nearly $8 million

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The California worker was accused of stealing and fired during medical leave.

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Menu Tracker: New items from Arby’s, Taco Bell, Veggie Grill

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Twelve other brands also introduced new sandwiches, desserts and more.

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James Beard Awards: Meet the winners

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JuneBaby in Seattle has been named Best New Restaurant.

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Famous Dave’s CEO outlines ‘fight for survival’

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The brand will debut a new barbecue concept, add ghost restaurants for delivery, and update its menu.

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Qdoba names new CEO

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Qdoba names Keith Guilbault CEO

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Susan Daggett, formerly of Noodles & Company, has been appointed CFO.

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Will Brian Niccol 'Taco Bell-ize' Chipotle?

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An industry observer offers tips for the new CEO before he lays out a recovery plan in June.

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Bravo Brio rejects Macaroni Grill bid

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The group is proceeding with the Spice Private Equity deal.

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Fast casual creeps upscale

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These category-defying restaurants borrow from fine dining.

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Flavor of the Week: Tamarind enhances food and drink with sweet-and-sour flavor

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The pod-like fruit has seen menu mentions rise over the past 4 years. 

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Chili’s data breach impacts customer payment information

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The malware attack occurred at an undisclosed number of company restaurants. 

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NRN video of the week: Do calorie counts lead to healthier eating?

Posted: May 15, 2018, 3:16 pm

New FDA regulations require calorie information to be posted on menus of larger restaurant chains

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules requiring restaurants and grocery stores to put calorie counts on their menus have come into effect this month. These new regulations are aimed at restaurants with 20 or more locations.

In the video above, CBS News asks a public health professor whether or not displaying calorie information actually affects what consumers order and interviews restaurant patrons to get their opinions.

Related: The question of healthful

This video does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News.

Chipotle must pay fired manager nearly $8 million

Posted: May 11, 2018, 6:25 pm

California worker was accused of stealing and fired during medical leave

Chipotle Mexican Grill must pay a former California employee nearly $8 million in damages for scheming to fire her after she filed a worker's compensation claim for a job-related injury, the Fresno Bee is reporting.

The order from a jury in Fresno Superior Court in central California came on Thursday. 

On Friday, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told Nation’s Restaurant News that the chain will appeal the ruling.

“We are disappointed with the verdict in this case and plan to appeal this decision,” he said.

The Denver-based chain offered no further comment.

Warren Paboojian, attorney for the plaintiff, could not be reached for comment.

In court, he argued that his client, Jeanette Ortiz, had been wrongly terminated after the mother of nine went on medical leave for injuries related to carpal tunnel syndrome, the Bee reported. Ortiz was a general manager making about $70,000 a year. She was fired while on leave, accused of stealing money that Chipotle could not prove because the video evidence had been erased.

“In addition to taping over the video evidence, Paboojian told the jury that Chipotle management deleted text messages and lost notes about the reasons for firing Ortiz,” the Bee reported.

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Starbucks affirms open bathroom policy: ‘Give people the key’

Posted: May 11, 2018, 6:08 pm

Policy tweak follows racial bias incident in Philadelphia store last month

Starbucks employees have been instructed to be more liberal when it comes to non-paying customers asking for access to store bathrooms, a move triggered by a racial discrimination incident involving the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia location last month.

Starbucks said in a statement to Nation’s Restaurant News on Friday that the company is reviewing all polices following the Philadelphia incident. But in terms of bathroom use, employees are being told to “ensure all customers coming in feel welcome. If someone needs to use the restroom, please let them, but if the safety of that customer, other customers or partners is in jeopardy, use your 911 quick reference guide for guidance on any action to be taken.”

The Seattle-based coffeehouse chain has been under the microscope since the April incident in which two black men were arrested for trespassing while sitting in the cafe without making a purchase. One man had asked to use the restroom, and was denied.  A manager, who is no longer with the company, called police, which led to the men’s arrest and sparked a series of protests at Starbucks locations.

Since the incident, CEO Kevin Johnson and company chairman Howard Schultz have been working to restore confidence in the brand by visiting Philadelphia, meeting with the two men and taking responsibility for the incident in various national media interviews. Schultz revealed the revision to the previously “loose” bathroom policy at an Atlantic Council conference meeting held Thursday in Washington D.C.   

Schultz, who served as CEO until early 2017 and helped lead the 28,000-unit chain to worldwide coffee dominance and fostered its inclusive ethos, was given the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award.

According to the The Seattle Times, Schultz said: “We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision a hundred percent of the time and give people the key.”

Starbucks will be closing 8,000 company-owned stores in the afternoon of May 29 for a training meeting with nearly 175,000 employees. The educational program is designed to ensure Starbucks employees and customers feel safe and welcome, the company said.

In early May, Starbucks and the two men involved, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, agreed to a settlement. The company did not disclose the financial settlement, but said the agreement also calls for Starbucks to fund their undergraduate degrees at Arizona State University

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NYC mayor signs sexual harassment training mandate into law

Posted: May 10, 2018, 8:41 pm

Training required for employers of 15 or more by April 2019

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed a package of bills that will require most employers to provide annual sexual harassment training for workers, beginning April 1, 2019.

The package of 11 bills was approved by the city council in April.

Among them is legislation designed to educate New Yorkers about their rights, require sexual harassment data reporting from city agencies and to expand protections under the city’s Human Rights Law.

“Society has been stacked in favor of men for far too long, leading many to believe they can harass women without fear of punishment,” de Blasio said in a statement. “New York City will not allow that [to] continue. We are taking action to protect workers against sexual harassment and saying loudly and clearly that anyone who harasses a co-worker will face justice.”

Included in the package is a mandate that employers in the city with 15 or more employees conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training programs.

In addition, employers must display an anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibility poster, which will be designed by the Commission on Human Rights.

Fundamentally, workplace training ensures that workers know policies to prevent harassment exist and how to use them, said attorney Regina Faul of Phillips Nizer, who has been conducting training programs for a decade.

“It’s in an employer’s best interest to have a user-friendly and effective complaint procedure in place in order to ensure a harassment-free workplace,” she said. “As a result, the employer has better control over resolving complaints with the employees and addressing issues quickly and directly, instead of before an agency or court.”

In addition, New York employers have new state law to consider.

As part of the 2018-2019 state budget, the New York Department of Labor will develop a model sexual harassment prevention guide and policy. All employers will be required to adopt the policy or establish policy that meets or exceeds the minimum standards, effective Oct. 9.

Starting in July, New York state employers will also be prohibited from using nondisclosure clauses in settlements or agreements relating to claims of sexual harassment, unless the condition of confidentiality is requested by the victim.

Employers statewide will also be prohibited from using mandatory arbitration clauses for claims of workplace sexual harassment.

Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, said employers are still waiting on guidance on how to follow both the city and state mandates.

“While we support the anti-sexual harassment training, we hope the city and state reconcile their laws so New York City employers have one set of clear guidelines to follow,” he said.

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