Growing coffee sales are driving business at restaurants during a traditionally slow time of year, according to NPD Group. Coffee quickly becomes a habit that drives consumers back for daily purchases of their favorite brews, said NPD analyst Bonnie Riggs.
Spending on public education in the US rose by 2.8% during the 2014-15 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This marked the second consecutive year of spending increases following the national 2008 recession.
Students and educators at some elementary schools in Alaska are learning how trauma can affect teaching and learning. The Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience program seeks to develop a common language, so students and staff can better communicate about emotions.
Helping, sharing and comforting others may boost students' self-esteem, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence. Researchers also found that helping strangers versus family and friends yielded more long-term benefits for teens.
The new year would be a great time for some wineries to stop hiding their flaws behind the overused term "natural," according to Erik Segelbaum, wine director for Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurants. Wine Director for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Delano Las Vegas Harley Carbery said he believes customers will continue to explore the possibilities of sparkling wine, and not just for special occasions.
Some restaurant chains are streamlining their menus, cutting unpopular items and simplifying processes, a trend that is becoming more important with the rise of third-party delivery services. Chains including Dunkin' Donuts, Sonic, McDonald's and Chili's have revamped their menus recently.
A growing number of eateries in the Orlando area are remodeling and trading old names and concepts for fresh ones. Kasa Restaurant and Bar will reopen as Chela Tequila and Tacos and the popular Fulton's CrabHouse recently became Paddlefish.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's sweep of 7-Eleven stores last week signaled a renewed enforcement effort that could take a toll on restaurants. Operators should use the E-Verify system to verify workers' status and have their I-9 paperwork in order to protect themselves in the case of a raid, said business immigration lawyer Richard Rawson.
Organic produce is a hot trend, according to NRA's 2018 forecast, but suppliers say foodservice is still a relatively small part of their overall organic business. Ongoing challenges include ensuring a reliable year-round supply at price points that don't require raising menu prices, said Scott Mabs, CEO of Homegrown Organic Farms.
Unused leftovers from a California high school's cafeteria are donated to those in need in the local community. The Food Recovery program -- an effort between students and school nutrition professionals -- started about a year and a half ago.
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