CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school district that's struggled with unpaid student lunch bills has learned it failed to file for federal reimbursements for its food service program for...
Group pushes to end plastic foam use in schools
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Styrofoam is the single biggest contribution to cafeteria waste at Eastern Middle School, according to a group of parent volunteers who are trying to persuade the Board of...
HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii legislative committees have rejected proposals that would have banned a variety of plastics used by the food service industry.
NYC ban on CBD-infused food postponed till summer
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials have delayed a ban on CBD additives to food and drink until summer, after first imposing it earlier this year.
Rutgers expanding beer, wine sales at select sporting events
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers will expand beer and wine sales at sporting events starting this fall.
The university says the sales will be increased at department-managed venues. The revenues...
Missouri hydroponic farm grows produce for local schools
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — More than 20 years ago, a school invited Steve Hamra in for lunch, to observe the children eating the produce he grew. It was the first time Hamra, president and founder of Amanzi Farms in Sikeston, realized the impact nutritious produce can make.
"That thought has never left my mind," Hamra said. "There was a young boy over there, and that (food services) director said, 'That's gonna be the best meal he gets today.' This has been 23 years ago."
Will robots take your job? Quarter of US workers at risk
Robots aren't replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings...
Conference planned for enterprising Connecticut farmers
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Enterprising Connecticut farmers are going back to school.
The Department of Agriculture is holding the Connecticut Farm-to-School Conference — a day of training sessions, panel discussions and networking — on Jan. 22 at the Hartford Sheraton South in Rocky Hill.
Fund awards $385K to improve access to healthy food
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Good Food Fund has awarded $385,000 to 13 food services companies and organizations as part of an initiative to increase access to healthy food and spark economic development and job creation.
The Catalytic Investment Awards are used for a variety of purposes, including infrastructure investments, capital expenditures and predevelopment work.
Forest Service seeks private partner for Pactola center
HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — Black Hills National Forest administrators are looking for someone to take over management of the Pactola Visitor Center and operate it as a business.
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Food service changes coming to Plymouth State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University students will have more healthy options and a greater say in what they eat when they return to campus this fall.
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who was fired by a food services company for her recreational marijuana use says she was wrongfully terminated.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who worked for a food contractor is charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from his employer.
Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said 41-year-old Kenneth Lynn Burton Jr. of Ocean Springs was arrested Tuesday.
The Sun Herald reports Burton was released from jail on $25,000 bail on Wednesday. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him.
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It's no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.
Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils goes into effect next month as part of the city's efforts to push business to use recyclable or compostable food service items.
KING-TV reports businesses that sell food or drinks will not be allowed to offer the plastic items starting in July.
Coast Coliseum to get food overhaul starting July 1
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food.
The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials are urging hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant and food service employees in two West Virginia counties.
The Bureau for Public Health made the recommendation Wednesday for such employees in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
Proposal would update Minnesota food code
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Proposed changes to Minnesota's food code would introduce new health standards for the state's food service industry.
The state Department of Health and the state Department of Agriculture proposed the changes in November, the St. Cloud Times reported.
Lansing — A state House budget panel Tuesday unanimously approved Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to end controversial privatized food service in Michigan prisons, meaning the proposal to rehire state workers for kitchen jobs cleared an early hurdle.
But legislators and the Michigan Department of Corrections are at odds over a separate budget provision that would require the state to close its third prison since 2016 due to a steadily declining population.
Senior meals program going strong 30 years in
SCOTTVILLE — For 30 years, Mason County Senior Meals has been in the business of helping the county’s homebound seniors get the nutrition and companionship they need, and for program’s staff it’s more than a business — it’s a purpose.
“I really have a passion for this,” said Mary Ann Nielsen, director of Mason County Senior Meals. “I’ve always said it’s more than a meal.”
CRESSONA — Long John Silvers and Ateeco Inc. joined forces during February and March to serve Mrs. T’s Pierogies in 23 restaurants, and that partnership is causing many customers to smile.
EEOC accuses food service company of rejecting female chef because kitchen is man’s domain
Federal regulators accused a hospital food service provider of refusing to promote a female supervisor to sous chef because the company considered it a man’s job. And when the applicant complained, regulators alleged,she was transferred to another facility and demoted.
A proposed amendment to the Skagit County Code would allow farms to offer limited on-site food service.
The proposal, made by Roger Wechsler of Samish Bay Cheese, calls for farms to be allowed to serve products predominately processed on site to a limited seating area of 20 people.
“We want to draw more people to our farm,” Wechsler said. “We’re working on creating an attractive destination so we can sell more on site and be less reliant on going to Seattle for farmers markets.”
Utah County Jail culinary program develops skills and more
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The smell of fresh-baked bread fills the air of the commercial kitchen as an industrial dishwasher hums in the background. Men in a variety of colored hairnets and maroon shirts, with Utah County Jail printed in black lettering, wipe down tables, peel vegetables, and prep meals.
Bellisio Foods Inc. will close its Austin, Minn., frozen food manufacturing plant in April, affecting about 100 employees.
The company said in a news release that it will consolidate manufacturing operations at two other facilities in Jackson, Ohio, and Vernon, Calif., to improve efficiencies and better serve the companys customers.
Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday said the state is moving away from paying private vendors to prepare state prison food.
His budget proposal unveiled to lawmakers and media at the Capitol included a proposed $13.7 million in new money for prison food with the goal of returning the job to state workers following several years of problems with private prison food vendors Aramark Correctional Services and Trinity Services Group.
Floyd County farmers, schools and other entities that depend on federal funds got some early reassurances about the government shutdown from a former Georgia governor.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a comprehensive directive Friday on how the department would function until Congress passes a budget:
The Food Safety and Inspection Service would continue working to ensure meat, poultry and egg products are safe as well as inspect food being slaughtered and processed for humans.
Despite risks, Abbeville restaurant withstands test of time
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Jody and Tonya Hebert of Maurice aren't afraid to take risks.
And almost 18 years after tackling a pretty big one, their hard work and positive attitude continue to pay off.
The Heberts own Dupuy's Seafood and Steak in Abbeville, an eatery known for its eclectic cuisine and, of course, Cajun hospitality.
Home health services will probably see the fastest job growth in the next decade, but the food services industries will add the most jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The reason is that the food services workforce is more than eight times the size of the home health services workforce.
The addition of 1.1 million food service jobs in the next 10 years represents a 9.4 percent growth for that industry, but the addition of 738,000 home health jobs represents a 54.2 percent growth.
Norfolk Public Schools food service staff donate to Good Neighbors
NORFOLK - Food service workers at Norfolk Public Schools collected more than 1,200 food items over the past three weeks in their first-ever holiday fundraiser for the Good Neighbors food pantry.
Lunchtime Solutions Food Service Director Scott Thompson says he wanted to do something where the staff could give back to the community.
"I was overwhelmed at their response and thankful that we were able to provide so much food for area families in need" Thompson said.
Inmates learn recipe for success in culinary classes
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Four inmates at the Hardin County Detention Center are learning the recipe to success as they serve their sentences.
The inmates are enrolled in a seven-week course through Kellwell Food Management. Mike Salay, director of business for Kellwell, is teaching the course. Salay has a culinary degree and has been in the industry for 28 years.
Walker County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted food service inspections during November 2017 at the following 14 establishments.
Paper cup plant closing because of drop in demand
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An Augusta, Georgia-based factory that looks like a giant paper cup is closing.
Voluntary furlough program, more funds for public defender, juvenile court in Cuyahoga County Council’s budget
Voluntary furlough program, more funds for public defender, juvenile court in Cuyahoga County Council's budget
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Creation of a voluntary furlough program and the restoration of money for demolitions are among Cuyahoga County Council's proposed amendments to the 2018-2019 budget.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park keeps concessions contractor
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park has extended its partnership with the company that has provided concessions at the southern New Mexico tourist destination for the last decade.
Park officials announced Friday that they signed a new 10-year contract with Carlsbad Caverns Trading Co., LLC, to provide food services, retail operations and a kennel service.
They did not say how much the contractor will be paid under the new agreement.
Food service, retail workers at higher risk of harassment, researchers say
The casting couch. The holiday party. The black car.
The setting for sexual harassment in the news and popular culture lately is Hollywood or Silicon Valley or Capitol Hill - but researchers say women who work in restaurants and clothing stores tend to encounter more predatory behavior than those in glitzier professions.
Workers in food service, retail at higher risk of sexual harassment, research says
The casting couch. The holiday party. The black car.
The setting for sexual harassment in the news and popular culture lately is Hollywood or Silicon Valley or Capitol Hill — but researchers say women who work in restaurants and clothing stores tend to encounter more predatory behavior than those in glitzier professions.
Restaurant owners finding strong appetites in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — A resurgent downtown Detroit has become something of a magnet for small startup companies, corporate headquarters and even fine cuisine.
A Pittsburgh-based company that develops and manages food halls is eyeing the Motor City as one of the newest locations for the trendy food service concept.
The owner of a onetime Bridgeport food distribution business owner was sentenced to three years in jail, after being convicted in May of defrauding three restaurant companies of millions of dollars.
Minneapolis Park Board committee favors Lola’s Cafe to replace Tin Fish for Lake Calhoun eatery
The popular Tin Fish restaurant is gone from the shore of Lake Calhoun, but its likely replacement plans to keep serving seafood tacos along with smoked chicken wings, pulled pork with macaroni and cheese, and rib tips.
The Pistons are starting to make good on their goal to make their new practice facility an integral part of the community with retail options.
The team announced Wednesday a partnership with Plum Market to open a grocery store and café available to the public in Detroit's New Center area inside the team's new headquarters and practice facility, which is under construction and schedule to be completed in summer 2019.
A pit stop on a Norwegian highway in the middle of fields between Oslo and the Olympics town of Lillehammer will soon offer a glimpse of the future for the global gas station industry.
Lansing — A new auditor general's report questions whether state prison staff members are doing enough to ensure that the system's food supplier is complying with its contract.
DRACUT -- After more than a decade working for Dracut Public Schools, Mike Maguire has retired from his role as Director of Food Service.
Private companies sought to operate state park concessions
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for private companies to operate concession areas at state parks and other locations.
Parks chief Ron Olson says the possibilities range from food service to renting boats or bikes and operating campground stores. Concessionaires can enter into a contract lasting up to seven years.
Those interested in submitting bids are expected to have prior business experience and adequate cash to fund the concession of their choice.
Texas Power Broker Labatt’s distribution saga spun one client at a time
Blair Labatt, CEO of Labatt Food Service, a fourth-generation food service distribution company with $1.3 billion in annual revenue and five hubs that daily move hundreds of thousands of items to restaurant chains, military bases and some 75 percent of Texas school districts, has never taken a business course.
New London — Spark Makerspace gained approval on Thursday to expand its innovative cultivator kitchen program and create a full-blown restaurant with outdoor patio.
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan by the nonprofit group to further develop its commercial kitchen space at 86 Golden St., use a portion of an outdoor welding space for dining and open up to the public at regular restaurant hours.