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92 percent will complain of an unfavorable restaurant experience
DEC 31, 2012

Ninety-two percent of consumers in the U.S. said they will complain about an unfavorable dining out experience and 25 percent of those will report issues regarding cleanliness, according to SCA’s third annual 2012 Tork Report.

The 2012 Tork Report, titled The Sustainability Gap, examined hygiene issues in restaurants and how likely consumers are to share information regarding restaurant cleanliness with others. Ninety-six percent of unhappy restaurant patrons are “likely” to share a complaint with family or friends and, of those, 65 percent are “very likely” to do so.

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New Year's calendar for Greer Station and area
DEC 28, 2012

You can take your pick how to celebrate New Year’s on Tuesday evening.

Greer restaurants have diverse offerings and New Year’s menus. Area venues give revelers options of dining, music and dancing with toasts to celebrate the departure of 2012 and arrival of 2013.

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Children's nutrition, local products trending in 2013
DEC 28, 2012

Children’s nutrition and local products are "What’s Hot in 2013" according to the National Restaurant Association’s survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs and members of the American Culinary Federation.

The top 10 menu trends according to the survey are:

• Locally sourced meats and seafood

• Locally grown produce

• Healthful kids’ meals

• Environmental sustainability as a culinary theme

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Sales of breakfast foods grow sharply
DEC 27, 2012

Sales of breakfast foods grew nearly 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, jumping almost 7 percent last year — an increase that seems to be due to consumers’ appetite for pastries and bacon, according to a recent study by market research firm Mintel.

Sales of breakfast meats grew nearly 10 percent in 2011, while sweet breakfast breads and pastries gained more than 5 percent. The categories, category, account for about 80 percent of the breakfast food market.

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Chocolate Candy Shop Blizzard is DQ flavor for January
DEC 27, 2012

Chocolate Candy Shop is the January Blizzard of the Month.
 

Dairy Queen is bringing back Chocolate Candy Shop as the January Blizzard of the Month.

The featured Blizzard is a combination of a combination of assorted mini chocolates filled with hazelnut crème, fudge and caramel blended with dark, cocoa fudge and DQvanilla soft serve.

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Hostess closes Greenville and Spartanburg facilities, 24 jobs lost
DEC 20, 2012

Hostess, founded in 1930 in Irving, Texas, has brands such as Hostess, Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake’s Butternut, Home Pride and Merita.

Hostess Brands Inc. has closed a dozen facilities in South Carolina that has cost 106 employees their jobs. The closings occurred on Nov. 21.

Greenville had 10 employees laid off and Spartanburg had 14.

The closings and layoffs were announced in a regulatory WARN (Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification) Filing published by SC Works.

Hostess announced last month it was closing its facilities when an agreement wasn’t reached between the company and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union.

Hostess Brands said it intends to retain approximately 3,200 employees to assist with the initial phase of the wind down. Employee headcount is expected to decrease by 94 percent within the first 16 weeks of the wind down. The entire process is expected to be completed in one year.

Hostess, founded in 1930 in Irving, Texas, has brands such as Hostess, Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake’s Butternut, Home Pride and Merita.

 

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Buffets, Inc. gets new CEO for buffet-style family restaurants
DEC 5, 2012

Anthony Wedo was appointed today as CEO of Buffets, Inc., the parent company of Ryan's.

Buffets, Inc., the nation's largest owner and operator of buffet-style family restaurants, which includes Ryan's, today announced the appointment of restaurant executive, entrepreneur and turnaround specialist Anthony Wedo to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  With more than 25 years of restaurant industry experience, including a key leadership position with a Fortune 50 brand, Wedo has developed and led the turnaround of major restaurant chains throughout the U.S. 

His brand experience includes PepsiCo Restaurants, KFC, Boston Market, Noah's and Manhattan Bagels, and Einstein Bros. Bagels and most recently as CEO of a firm specializing in consulting private equity and professional debt investors in the restaurant industry.

"I believe I'm joining Buffets and this team at the perfect moment," Wedo said.  "The balance sheet is fixed and the company generates significant cash flow which will enable us to focus on growing the brand and transforming it into something better than it has ever been.  We will be fast tracking the 'Plan to Win' initiatives that members of this team and the Board of Directors have worked so hard to develop, and we are going to execute it successfully."

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BK offers buy 1 Whopper, get 2nd for 55 cents
DEC 4, 2012

Burger King is celebrating its 55th anniversary of the Whopper by offering three days, Dec. 6-9,  of buy one Whopper and get the second one for 55 cents. The promotion also includes the new Wisconsin White Cheddar Whopper or the spicy Angry Whopper with a suggested retail price of $4.49 and $2.19, respectively.

Seasoned sweet potato curly fries is also a new addition starting at $1.89.

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Red Robin offers a free burger to Jims on Tuesday
DEC 3, 2012

Red Robin offers a free burger to Jims on Tuesday

Red Robin, on Tuesday, is offering a a free burger to anyone named named Jim, Jimmy, James, Jameson, Jamie or any other moniker variation of Jim. The Gourmet Burger chain has also included any street bearing the name Jim or includes the variation.

The promotion is for the Sweet Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger.

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