So you want to start recycling, but you don’t have a clue how to start.
Earlier, we suggested recycling your back-of-the-house cardboard as an easy first step. If you’re ready to take it further, consider the five steps outlined in a new Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit from the Foodservice Packaging Institute and the National Restaurant Association.
Tune into our free April 21 webinar for more details on these steps:
- Do a waste audit. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, so know your trash! Download a free self-audit form from the toolkit or hire an expert to do an audit for you.
- Make changes with waste service providers. Here is where the savings come in! Get your recycling picked up and you’ll be able to downsize your trash service.
- Install a new bin system. Your customers and staff need the right bins for their recyclable and compostable packaging.
It is easy to overlook what actually caused most of today’s market share-leading iconic brands to get where they are. While marketing and branding play an important role in the growth of any consumer facing business, it is very easy, in retrospect, to ascribe an unfair share of credit for a food product’s eventual success to its brand. After all, when you consider the youthful days of former niche players like Chobani, Kashi, Stacy’s, vitaminwater, few would argue they are stuff for case studies in excellent works of branding.
It’s no secret that young, especially premium brands, are increasingly making inroads on established, legacy food and beverage brands in the American market. As legacy brand market share continues to slump, we find that industry leaders are beginning to acknowledge a long-ignored truth: their companies’ portfolios are fully stocked with older, legacy brands that operate fundamentally differently in modern food culture than younger, entrepreneurial upstarts. (read more…)
Restaurant news topped the most-clicked list this week. A story about White Castle navigating New York’s higher minimum wage was most popular with readers, followed by news that Taco Bell is testing a TacoBot. The automated ordering bot allows consumers to order and pay for their food through the workplace messaging system Slack.
A story about chefs using the popular spiralizer tool to create noodle-like ribbons out of fruits and vegetables was also popular with readers, as was news that Kraft Heinz is expanding its Cracker Barrel brand into a premium macaroni and cheese product. Kroger‘s announcement that it will add jobs and stores and remodel existing locations as part of a $180 million investment in the Michigan market rounded out the top five.