Author Archive - Courtney Barkley

Fiesta Brand History Bright, bold colors and sturdy construction have earned Fiesta dinnerware a place on America’s table and in its culture. Many people remember the colorful dishes from their childhood, attaching an air of nostalgia to the brand, and a pause in production for… Read More >

Mozzeria Pizza with Melody Stein As of 2011, between 42 and 54 percent of Deaf people were unemployed, compared to the 9.1 percent of the general population out of work at that time. Despite theoretical protection from the Americans with Disabilities Act, members of the… Read More >

The Rise of the Bar Arcade From Pong’s first appearance in 1972, video games were immediately on an upward trajectory, with arcades making them available to the masses without home consoles. Less than 10 years later, arcades had grown to a $7 billion industry. In… Read More >

Cross-Industry Innovations As science and technology evolve, innovators in various industries find ways to apply those advances within their spheres of influence. Professionals in foodservice are no exception, using developments within chemistry, technology, and medicine to improve the food and service offered. Below, we take… Read More >

Turning Sports Fans into Foodies With sports stadiums being replaced at a faster rate than ever, the new stadiums are being made to generate revenue far beyond ticket sales. With entertainment options like playgrounds, ziplining, and rock climbing, these new entertainment destinations are seeking to… Read More >

Restaurants and Local Politics Business and politics can be a dangerous mix, especially in today’s volatile political climate. Saying the wrong thing about a public figure or issue can lead to outrage and even boycotts. However, legislation affects everything from health code regulations to tax… Read More >

Grocery Store Chefs Despite competition from the restaurant industry, especially the booming fast-casual segment, and the popular meal kit phenomenon, grocery retailers have found a way to keep up with the competition: prepared foods. Claimed by some to be the fastest growing foodservice industry segment,… Read More >

How Instagram is Changing the Face of Foodservice In a world where social media posts routinely go viral, many companies are finding it more effective to advertise online than in magazines or with television ads. For restaurants, Instagram may be the best tool available for… Read More >

Food Trends of the Past, Present, and Future While restaurateurs often focus on the future, trying to anticipate the next trend that will capture their customers’ attention, it can sometimes be fun to look back at the precursors to the foods we enjoy today. Many… Read More >

Customers Crave Custom Condiments If you make a habit of reading about emerging food trends, you may have noticed an oft-neglected part of the meal sneaking its way onto many prognosticators’ lists. Condiments have traditionally been an afterthought: Ketchup and mustard bought in bulk and… Read More >

The History and Emerging Trends of Coffee While the history of coffee reaches back beyond the 16th century to Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula, the mass production and pervasive proliferation of coffee is much more recent. Modern coffee history is divided into waves — three… Read More >

Natural Disaster Prep for Restaurants Natural disasters are unavoidable and can be devastating to homes and businesses alike. While some locations are more susceptible to catastrophes than others, every business should be prepared for the worst. Having a plan for handling a variety of emergency… Read More >

Restaurant Data Breaches When diners go out to eat, they expect to be able to use credit and debit cards, as it is the most convenient way for many people to pay. This type of payment requires a digital exchange of information – very sensitive… Read More >

Restaurant Emergency Outreach When fires came rushing down the mountain and into Gatlinburg on the evening of Nov. 28, more than 14,000 residents and tourists fled the city, while nearly 800 first responders flooded into town. Nearby Pigeon Forge and Sevierville suddenly had a lot… Read More >

Hard Cider is Booming The drinking habits of Americans are always shifting, leaving restaurateurs and bar owners working to predict and cash in on the next big thing. Craft beer has received a lot of the focus recently as it booms in popularity, but those… Read More >

The Delivery Dilemma Whether it’s due to customers having more expendable income in the improving economy or less time to dedicate to meals, restaurant delivery traffic has grown by double digits in the past year in number of orders. While pizza still reigns supreme in… Read More >

Brewery Beatdown It’s no secret that America loves beer – in 2015, beer companies in the U.S. raked in $105.9 billion. This was 0.2 percent less than was sold in 2014, an unexpected fizzle felt by large beer companies and not the trendy craft breweries… Read More >

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