Casual Dining chains top customer satisfaction poll: "independent restaurants have seen a 1.4bn fall in visitors since 2009, chains have gained 900m visits." That's a frightening statistic for indies.
*On the other hand*... demonstrations are planned for outside Pizza Express. Here's a list of restaurants that charge their staff for administering tips paid by card. That's a great opportunity for indies.
Reported in Brand Republic this week: Living wage could leave retailers' profits 'vulnerable' and result in fewer staff. Hmmm..
*On the other hand* - those potential employees could go work for Aldi who are planning to roll out 130 new stores and create 8000 new jobs.
Starbucks Profit Jumps 22% for the quarter ending June 28th. Those margins are just off the charts thanks to a savvy use of new technologies.
Meanwhile it's back-to-basics for McDonald's as they trial table service as part of a major overhaul.
If you like food, you'll love these: Photos of Various Food Dishes Flying Through the Air. And check out Piotr Gregorczyk's full portfolio. AMAZEBALLS.
Campaign: Save the Food Tech A-level
Food Teachers are campaigning to save the Food Technology A-Level. This looks like another half-cocked decision that should be reconsidered. You can support their campaign on Twitter @FoodTCentre and use the hashtag #savefoodtechAlevel.
You can read the consultation paper here (Food tech on page 17) & respond before 24 September 2015.
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