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Weekly Update: L&I proposes changes in hospitality industry workers’ comp rates

L&I proposes changes in hospitality industry workers’ comp rates The Department of Labor & Industries has announced an overall 0.8 percent decrease in the average price of workers’ compensation insurance

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants See Lower Commodity Costs

The current environment is a tough one for restaurants. With rising labor costs and lower sales, restaurants struggled during the first half of 2016. The industry, however, has found relief in lower commodity costs.


Make The Most Of Menu Planning

If you do not know what each item on your menu costs, you may be leaving 5 percent on the table! Easily 90 percent of all restaurants do not have

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Seven buzzes for full-service restaurants

As you’re aware, Washington has the highest statewide minimum wage in America; it’s outpaced the national average for years—with no tip credit.

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Assess your buys as food costs rise

Wholesale food prices continue to increase, jumping more than 5 percent in 2014 and nearly 25 percent during the last five years, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast.


The new wage reality

by Arnold Shain The media has brought the idea of higher wages to the forefront. We all now have heard that the next wage level is $15 an hour. Now

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Measuring food waste can bolster your bottom line

Are your hard-earned dollars going out with the trash or getting lost in the compost pile? Nationwide, restaurants throw away millions of pounds of food each day. Four to 10

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Bird flu outbreak affects costs, supply

Restaurateurs are facing a shortage of eggs and egg products that could last two years, following the outbreak of a strain of avian flu that has decimated about a third of egg supplies in the United States, according to United Egg Producers officials.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Ethanol mandate drives up food costs in a major way

Good intentions often have unintended consequences. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to ethanol.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Beef costs rise, restaurants cope

Beef prices are the highest they’ve been in decades due to years of drought that devastated cattle herds. Restaurants are now struggling to cope with these costs.