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Deadline for member survey is this Saturday. We need your input!

The deadline for this month’s Washington Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey (WRITS) is Saturday, June 23 and WRA needs more member input.

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Emerging trends could affect supply-chain business, experts say

Supply-chain managers are paying close attention to a number of emerging trends that could affect the way the foodservice industry does business going forward, experts said at the National Restaurant Association’s recent Supply Chain Management executive study group conference.

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Freshen up menus with summer produce

As part of the restaurant industry’s commitment to supporting the healthy lifestyles of our guests, consider bulking up your offerings of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. This can be a sound profitability strategy, as in-season produce is typically very affordable and can freshen up plate compositions.

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L&I marks one-year anniversary of Stay at Work program

One year into its new Stay at Work program, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has reimbursed 568 employers with $2.5 million and helped 1,200 injured workers remain on the job, making it one of the fastest growing workers’ comp programs in the United States.

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Measuring restaurant improvements for the remainder of 2012

Operators who have seen improvements in food and labor costs have started to calculate their prime cost and inventory turnover each week and share the results with their managers and kitchen personnel.

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McKenna and Inslee debate in front of Washington business leaders

State gubernatorial candidates, Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, squared off in their first public debate this week during a meeting in Spokane, hosted by the Association of Washington Business. Moderated by Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network, Tuesday’s debate gave the candidates an opportunity to discuss their views on health care, taxes, education funding and employment, among other issues. The WRA endorsed McKenna for governor earlier this year.

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Best Practices Tip: Effective Closing Statements

At the end of an unemployment hearing, employers and claimants in most states are given the opportunity to offer a closing statement. It is not always necessary to present a

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House passes Health Care Cost Reduction Act

The restaurant industry applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012.

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It’s not too late! Join us Sunday/Monday at the Northwest Foodservice Show

We’re fewer than 24 hours away from the 50th Annual Northwest Foodservice Show! If you’re part of the industry, this show is a must-attend event for you and members of your team.

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Restaurant industry pushes to block NLRB “ambush-election” rule

The National Restaurant Association wrote to all U.S. Senators April 23 urging them to block a new “ambush-election” unionizing rule set to take effect April 30. The Senate is expected to vote April 24 on Senate Joint Resolution 36, which would nullify the unionization rule before it takes effect.

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Rising gas prices cutting into restaurants’ bottom lines

Rising gas prices are one of the biggest threats to the economy at this point. TheEnergy Information Administration reported on Monday that gas prices are averaging $3.92 on the national level, up 5 cents from last week and 62 cents since the beginning of the year. In many major cities, including Seattle, pump prices are already well above the $4 mark.

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Winners named at weekend’s ProStart Invitational

Students from 22 Washington high schools competed Saturday in the 12th annual Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational, where two schools walked away with top honors and thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money. The Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Oak Harbor High School earned first place in the culinary contest, while Stadium High School’s team of students prevailed in the restaurant management competition.

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Men hunger for restaurant gift cards this Valentine’s Day

While dining out remains a popular choice for Americans to celebrate Valentine’s Day, new National Restaurant Association research shows that nearly one-third would also like to receive a restaurant gift card on February 14. However, men show a much stronger preference for restaurant gift cards as a Valentine’s Day gift than women do at nearly half.

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WRITS reveals state’s restaurants ready for holiday boost

The Washington Restaurant Association released today the results of its monthly Washington Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey (WRITS), revealing that the majority of the state’s restaurateurs (56 percent) reported lower year over year sales and traffic for October. This has been a fixed trend throughout the fall season, despite last year’s low recessionary sales.