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Blueberries Gain Traction on Menus

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:29
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As consumer interest in healthy dining options continues to rise, so does the presence of fruit on U.S. menus, and new research from Technomic shows blueberries – a fruit known for its nutritional profile – gaining major traction among the top 500 chain restaurants. Overall blueberry mentions on American menus have increased 97 percent since 2007 – a stronger growth rate than that of strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries – with fresh blueberry mentions up more than 176 percent in the same time period.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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Heatcraft Rolls Out New Contour Unit Cooler

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:17
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Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, a provider of commercial refrigeration components and systems, is expanding its unit cooler product line by launching a new low temperature version to complement the existing medium temperature Slim Contour product.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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3 reasons why restaurants need mobile, cloud technology - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:10

By Larry Abramson,CEO of Red Book Connect In the restaurant the manager is the Chief Everything Officer, yet most managers have been stuck with technology that does nothing to make their 80 to 90 …


MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Continues Middle East Expansion...

PR Web - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:53

Dallas-based fast-casual chain accelerates growth internationally with operating units in Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait.

(PRWeb April 09, 2014)

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Trending today: Teen tweets terror threat to American Airlines, KFC chicken corsage for prom

Topix - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:37

A Dutch teenager is learning why you should never tweet a 'joking' threat to anyone, let alone a major airline.

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Where to Eat a Pre- or Post-Theater Dinner in NYC

Topix - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:37

When we published our original guide to eating in the Theater District three years ago, the area, roughly centered around Broadway between 42nd and 54th streets, was just starting to find its mojo.

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Using a Bring Your Own Device Policy? Proceed with Caution

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:32
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There are certain things about the restaurant business that will never change. Food will always need to be prepared. Customers will always have their favorite booth or table. Chefs will always be experimenting with new flavors. But the technology that runs a restaurant is a different story. Not only do customers openly chat on their cell phones (once a major faux pas), many casual eateries offer wireless Internet to encourage people to use their mobile devices. Should it be surprising that mobile devices are also changing the way we work?

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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Austin - X Games and Piping Hot Pipeline Add to Sizzling Market Mix

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:32
The TX market is going gangbusters and there seems to be more opportunity for hoteliers looking to enter this vibrant market.

Value Place Appoints Industry Veteran Bruce Haase As CEO

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:50
New executive joins the firm from Choice Hotels International.

Starwood Returning to MT with Launch of Eco-Wise Element Brand in Bozeman

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:49
Opening in Summer 2015, Element Bozeman Will Offer Stylish, Extended Stay Lodging in the Heart of Downtown.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Announces Debut Of Borgata Baking Company

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:48
Under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, serving accessible sweets and eats.

Rich Bennett Joins Hotelure as COO

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:47
Rich Bennett, former VP of Supply & Design Services at Best Western International has joined Hotelure as the Chief Operating Officer.  ...

Despite the Hype, Few Study Entrepreneurship

Small Business Trends - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:00

With all of the media discussion of business plan competitions, school rankings and foundation and government initiatives to promote teaching entrepreneurship, you might think that it’s a hot course of study on college campuses. But less than two percent of accredited business school faculty members teach entrepreneurship and small business, and less than one percent of college freshmen intend to major in it, data from two major surveys reveals.

While a higher fraction of college students is likely have some exposure to entrepreneurship classes, my best guess would be that even that share is in the single digits. But let me stick to the hard numbers.

According to the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, which surveys incoming college freshmen annually, only 0.7 percent of the 193,000 students at 283 U.S. colleges and universities who responded to the 2012 survey, said that they intend to major in entrepreneurship. To give you a sense of how large this fraction is, consider these numbers: 2.3 percent of incoming college students plan to study accounting; 2.6 percent intend to major in elementary education; 6.9 percent aim to major in biology; 2.7 percent plan to study mechanical engineering; and 1.0 percent intend to major in economics.

Of course, the fraction of students planning to study entrepreneurship isn’t the same everywhere; the intended major is more common at some types of academic institutions than others. The major is most popular at historically Black colleges and universities, where 1.6 percent of incoming freshmen planned to major in it in 2012. In fact, at private Black colleges the fraction reached 2 percent of entering students, the HERI survey revealed.

The numbers were considerably lower at other types of academic institutions. The HERI survey revealed that 0.8 percent of freshmen at nonsectarian colleges, and 0.6 at Catholic institutions planned to major in the subject. But only 0.5 percent of students at non-Catholic religious institutions planned to study the topic.
At universities, the numbers were higher than at four-year colleges. The HERI survey shows that 1.2 percent of students at private universities, but only 0.7 percent of students at public universities, intended to major in the subject.

The vast majority of intended entrepreneurship majors are male. The HERI survey shows that 1.1 percent of male students plan to major in entrepreneurship versus only 0.3 percent of female ones.

At most colleges and universities, entrepreneurship classes and majors are taught by business school faculty, but only a minority of accredited business schools worldwide offer degrees in the subject. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the largest association of business faculty and administrators – 21 percent of AACSB-accredited institutions worldwide offer at least one undergraduate program in entrepreneurship or small business and 10 percent provide at least one program at the MBA level. Only 6 percent of schools offer a specialty master’s degree in the subject.

Only a tiny slice of full-time business school faculty members falls in the entrepreneurship discipline – 2 percent of the total full-time faculty pool at AACSB-accredited institutions. That number is growing slowly, with the AACSB reporting its accredited institutions planned to increase the number of “full-time doctoral positions” in the discipline by 4 percent in the most recent year its member institutions were surveyed.

For all the media attention entrepreneurship education on college campuses receives, it remains a niche course of study.

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Fast-growing Premier Craft Beer Destination ‘The Brass Tap’ Arrives in...

PR Web - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:23

The Brass Tap opens in Oldsmar with a wide selection of local brews, live music and high-definition televisions with extensive sports programming.

(PRWeb April 09, 2014)

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SpendSmart Now in over 100 Markets

PR Web - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:23

SMS Masterminds, division of The SpendSmart Payments Company, Inc. and mobile and loyalty marketing solutions provider is now in over 100 markets around the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

(PRWeb April 08, 2014)

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Facebook Ads Are Getting Bigger…And Probably More Expensive

Small Business Trends - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:30

Facebook is getting more determined to make sure that you see their ads, and they’re doing that by greatly increasing the size. In the coming months, new ads will start to appear in the site’s right hand column. Due to their size, they will be more prominent. But Facebook says that there will be fewer of them, too.

TechCrunch is speculating bigger ads that are fewer in number will probably also be more expensive. However, Facebook claims that the new ad format brings in three times more engagement than an ordinary ad. That seems natural if it is larger and more obvious on the page. So it may prove to be cost-effective for companies that are looking to aggressively market a product.

On its Facebook for Business blog, the company claims that the updated look will make right-hand column ads:

“. . .more visually consistent with the ads that appear in News Feed.”

The right-hand column ads will use the same proportions as desktop News Feed ads, making it easier for ad designers to come up with a one-size-fits-all ad design.

One slight hiccup though is that any right-hand column ads will not be seen in the mobile version of Facebook, since that column is not seen on mobile devices. This is slightly problematic since over half of Facebook’s revenue comes from mobile services.

The new design comes hot on the heels of Facebook’s decision to get a bit more aggressive with its attempt to get business users to buy advertising. Business pages are seeing the reach of their status messages decrease as Facebook seems to be putting more pressure on business users to pay for sponsored posts.

Now the ads are getting bigger, and it probably won’t be long before we have auto-playing video ads. The question remains whether businesses facing Facebook’s new pay-to-play strategy will remain with the site. Or will they leave in droves?

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Food & Drinks

Topix - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:13

No neighborhood Vietnamese spot is complete without some amazing banh mi...and Cafe TH has just that.

Categories: Today's Food News

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Secures 104 Location...

PR Web - Mon, 2014-04-14 04:03

The company procures 233 new locations through the end of the first calendar quarter, with plans for its franchisees to install healthy vending machines in these locations during the coming months

(PRWeb April 08, 2014)

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VW Marketing VP on how automaker keeps its products fresh in customers' minds

AutoNews - Mon, 2014-04-14 01:15
VW is determined to keep improving how it launches vehicles and how it uses the massive amount of analytical data it gathers as it strives to reach 10 million vehicle sales this year, Simon Thomas, VW's marketing VP, told Automotive New Europe.
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