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Hospitality Month 2018 is Here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Gov. Jay Inslee highlights lifelong careers in Hospitality Month 2018 OLYMPIA, May 1, 2018 – Gov. Jay Inslee’s second annual Hospitality Month celebrates the state’s largest

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AIRBNB IS PARTNERING WITH LANDLORDS TO CONVERT APARTMENT BUILDINGS INTO HOTELS

Landlords tend to get upset when their tenants illegally sublet their apartments on Airbnb. But now they’re getting in on the action, according to a new report by Bloomberg. (The Outline)

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Research chief Riehle talks industry, economy

What is the state of the restaurant industry today? We expect sales this year will exceed $825 billion, despite some challenges. (National Restaurant Association)

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Report: Global flavors, savory desserts are the future of food

Modern Mediterranean fare, less sweet desserts, healthful coloring ingredients, spice blends, international condiments and plant-based meat alternatives are leading the way into the future of food, according to Mintel’s 2018 US Flavor Trends report. “While they may sound odd on paper, flavors like olive oil and vinegar are growing specifically as dessert flavors,” the report says. (Food Business News)

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Restaurants calm customers, say their romaine is safe

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Restaurants’ advice to their customers? Romaine calm. (Business Insider)

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AccorHotels CEO Gets Candid About Moving Hospitality Beyond Hotels

AccorHotels wants to evolve from a hospitality company to a services and experience platform for travelers and locals alike. CEO Bazin is willing to take risks to achieve this goal, even if some of the company’s investments don’t ever pay off. (Skift)

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Domino’s Pizza sales surge as traffic increases

Domino’s Pizza Inc. blew past first quarter expectations as traffic increased and same-store sales surged during outgoing CEO Patrick Doyle’s last full quarter with the company. Domestic same-store sales were up 8.3 percent during the quarter ended March 25, compared to a year earlier. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Starbucks 2Q same-stores sale up 2 percent in U.S.

Global and U.S. same-store store sales increased 2 percent at Starbucks for the second quarter ended April 1, the company reported Thursday. The increase in same-store sales was tied to a 3 percent increase in average tickets, the company said prior to hosting a conference call with investors. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Wine shortage means prices are skyrocketing

The price of wine is going up. Global wine production slumped to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017, according to data from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. The most recent harvest produced 25 billion liters of wine, a decrease from 26.7 billion in 2016 and 27.6 billion in 2015. (ABC 7 Eyewitness News)

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Weekly Update: Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline Crunch time is here. If you’re not prepared for the new federal menu labeling regulations, you need to get prepared now. After

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Hunger for Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to the US market

As chefs bring increasing attention to the diverse landscape of Latin American cuisine in both casual and upscale settings, demand for high-quality Latin ingredients is on the rise. Chefs and home cooks have more options than ever when it comes to sourcing the building blocks of Latin dishes, whether that means heirloom corn imported from Mexico or a Peruvian herb grown near the US capital. (SmartBrief)

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Welcome to the New Convenience Store

Once a late-night last resort, mini marts now offer far more than Cheetos and cigarettes. Kombucha on tap, anyone? (Wall Street Journal)

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Here’s why Subway could close another 500 restaurants

Fast food sandwich chain Subway expects to close about 500 stores in North America this year.
But it’s also hoping to open as many as 1,000 stores overseas. (CNN)

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Report: Hotel door locks are vulnerable to hack

Beware during your next trip to a hotel. A European security group reports that millions of electronic door locks worldwide are vulnerable to a hack. KIRO 7 found out what’s being done to prevent this from happening at local hotels. (KIRO 7)

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Menu Labeling Deadline (May 7)

By Paul Schlienz Menu labeling is here, and the FDA is firm that there will be no more delays. In general, the rule covers restaurants and similar retail food establishments