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The Hotel Sector is Poised for a Strong 2018, but Caution is in the Air

The hotel business is likely to break more performance records in 2018, according to experts in the sector. Developers continue to flood the pipeline with new projects. (National Real Estate Investor)

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Here are 4 food safety challenges to overcome. Learn why

One of the most important aspects of a food restaurateur’s operations involves proper food safety techniques. With the right programs and training, restaurants can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks from occurring, and protect their customers’ health. (National Restaurant Association)

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How food, beverage brands are going digital to improve the customer experience

Retailers and brands convened in New York City last week to experience the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, and once of the biggest topics on attendees’ minds was technology. From automation to personalization to social marketing, the growing importance of technology in the shopping experience was definitely top-of-mind for retailers and brands, including those in the food and beverage space. (SmartBrief)

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Panera Petitions FDA To Define ‘Egg,’ As Brand Intros New Egg Sandwiches

Panera Bread is once again demonstrating its genius for earning free media exposure for new offerings through well-publicized initiatives relating to its “100% clean” brand promise. This time, Panera has announced that it has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to establish a clear definition of “egg.” (MediaPost)

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The Innovative Hotels That Are Making Travel Better in 2018

Not all that long ago, it seemed a distant dream to enter your hotel room without a key or find more than one outlet in the room. A hotel gym with more than one or two out-of-date treadmills and a window? (Vogue)

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How the Best Restaurants in the World Balance Innovation and Consistency

The restaurant industry is notorious for being competitive, risky, and low-margin. This is no less true for the world’s most acclaimed high-end restaurants. (Harvard Business Review)

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James Beard Foundation names America’s Classics

A Peking Duck specialist in Chicago, a Sicilian Pizzeria in Boston’s North End, a tamale shop outside of Yakima, Wash., a hot dog stand in Tucson, Ariz., and a Vietnamese bakery in New Orleans all will join the ranks of the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics. The award is bestowed on restaurants “that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community,” the foundation said in a release announcing the awards, which were introduced in 1998. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Red Lobster’s plan: Kitchen upgrades, small-plate dishes

NEW YORK – What’s on the menu for Red Lobster’s future? Delivery, online ordering and snack-friendly dishes, such as fries topped with cheese, fried clams and a layer of chowder. (San Antonio Express-News)

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Wyndham Hotels to buy La Quinta hotels

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation will acquire La Quinta Holdings Inc.’s hotel management business in a $1.95 billion cash deal announced Thursday. The acquisition will be completed in the second quarter of this year, bringing Wyndham’s portfolio of hotels to more than 9,000 properties and 21 brands. (USA Today)

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McDonald’s sets recycling goals for 2025

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it aims to use all recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025. The world’s biggest burger chain also wants all of its 37,000 restaurants worldwide to recycle customer waste by that year. (Daily Herald)

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Starbucks tests no-cash policy at downtown Seattle store

Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, your money is no good at the cafe inside the Russell Investments Center unless it’s in the form of plastic. (Seattle Times)

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Trade groups band together to boost US tourism

The NRA and nine other business trade groups have created a new group called Visit US Coalition that aims to grow the United States’ reputation as a vacation destination and increase the number of visits by international tourists. Traveler spending in the US dipped 3.3% last year, according to the Commerce Department. (Bloomberg)

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High-tech hotels: Technology continues to get an upgrade at hotels

When you’re staying at a hotel — a phone call to the front desk used to be the best way to get more towels or order room service. But these days, texting is taking over. (Fox6)

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Trends come and go, but perennial favorites are forever

As part of our 2018 What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, we asked 700 professional chefs to share diners’ Top 10 perennially favorite foods. If you guessed shellfish, barbecue or gelato, you’re right on trend. (National Restaurant Association)

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Coffee Flights Take Off

The wine world has long known tasting small pours side-by-side is the best way to learn. Get ready to apply that method to another beloved beverage: coffee. (Wine Enthusiast)