- Wage hikes could have harsher impact on full service
- Technomic: Consumers want more wine and spirits, less beer
- Prosecco recalled after spontaneous combustion
- We smell bacon!
- Sodium guidelines looming for restaurants
While the full-service restaurant scene in Seattle is being shaken by new minimum-wage requirements, operators across the U.S. are keeping a close eye on the situation as similar regulation may be heading their way.
While most restaurant operators in Seattle are in “wait and see” mode, some are considering dramatic changes they’ll have to make to accommodate rising labor costs.
Chef Jason Wilson—chef/owner at two Seattle eateries, says labor costs will rise 50 percent, and he expects severe ramifications.
“There has got to be a way to get that money back,” he says.
Quickly evolving dynamics within each category are prompting increased competition for consumer dollars among beer, spirits and wine, according to Technomic’s Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report.
Based on per capita consumption, volume and dollars rose for spirits and wine, while beer declined in per capita consumption and volume, but achieved a modest dollar gain.
"The market slowed overall in 2013 and shifting dynamics is the story in spirits, wine and beer," says Eric Schmidt, director of research at Technomic. "These trends will continue in 2014, which promises to be a challenging but exciting year for the adult beverage industry."
Total adult beverage volume declined 0.9 percent to 7.6 billion gallons in 2013, while dollars grew to $204.2 billion, a 1.7-percent increase.
While more people are drinking wine, at least a few fewer are drinking Prosecco. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to dispose of certain bottles of Prosecco sparkling white wine “following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding” at state stores.
The sparkling wine in question is “Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013,” according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The PLCB said it is working with its vendor to determine the reason the bottles exploded.
Big surprise: Americans love their bacon. How much? They ate some 1.1 billion servings of “meat candy” in the past year, an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous 12 months, according to a NPD Group report.
While pork bacon rules, both in share of units and dollar volume shipped to restaurants, other types of bacon, including like beef, chicken, duck and turkey, are capturing more attention.
Government regulators are paving the way toward federally imposed limits on sodium as the Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of issuing new guidelines on its use in restaurant-prepared foods, according to a news release from the National Center for Public Policy Research.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said new guidelines aimed at lowering the level of sodium in food products are nearing completion. Public Policy supporters call the expected action an “unnecessary slippery slope rooted in politicized science that will further reduce consumer choice and potentially hurt public health.”