Very Important Beverage Professionals Chain Beverage Buzz: August 19, 2013

Tim KreiserTim Kreiser to VP of Operations for Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar announced that Tim Kreiser has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. Most recently, Kreiser served as Director of Operations, building on his experience with the company that stretches back to his very first job. “I started working at the Green Mill in St. Paul 14 years ago,” said Kreiser. “I’m proud to have seen this company grow and expand over the years.” MORE>>

NRAACA Requires Employers to Notify Employees about Exchanges
As federal and state governments scramble to get new health insurance marketplaces off the ground by Oct. 1, employers face a new federal mandate under the Affordable Care Act to notify employees about these marketplaces, also known as exchanges. Employers must provide notice to existing employees by Oct. 1, 2013, the Department of Labor said this spring. The employee-notice requirement applies to all employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. MORE>>

beersBeer at Bars and Restaurants: Conundrum, Controversies and Opportunities
When did beer become such a contentious category? Lately we’ve seen craft brewers taking on the major suppliers in the “craft vs. crafty” debate and headlines about the so-called death of big beer. Wholesalers and retailers are grumbling about the challenges of managing the proliferation of SKUs, and consumers are being accused of abandoning the category and flocking to spirits and wine. MORE>>

National Restaurant NewsGluten-Free Restaurant Takeout Orders Grow
Online restaurant ordering service GrubHub reports that takeout orders containing gluten-free items grew by nearly 60 percent between April 2012 and May 2013. Oregonians have the biggest hunger for gluten-free items, but restaurants in Detroit are the most responsive to requests for items that don’t contain the protein found in wheat and some related grains, according to data from GrubHub. MORE>>

Australian Scientists Discover the Secret to Hydrating BeerBeer
Say goodbye to the dreaded Monday morning hangover, thanks to researchers from a Queensland University who have discovered it may be possible to improve the hydrating effects of beer. Since the beginning of time, it seems sipping on a frosty cold beer has been a necessity on a scorching hot day. This can be counter-intuitive at times, given alcohol actually increases dehydration. MORE>>

Visionary Restaurant Chains Lead the way with Technology that Wows CustomersTechnomic
Technology is rapidly changing the way restaurants do business. Operators are on the lookout for the latest technology and tools to optimize and streamline workflows, improve customer service and boost the bottom line. Customers expect the restaurants they visit to keep pace with their increasingly tech-integrated lifestyles centered on smartphones, apps, Internet connectivity and social media. So there was no way Technomic could not include this topic in its recent Restaurant Trends & Directions conference for operators. MORE>>

WineUS Wine Exports On Track for New Record
Exports of US wine rose by 6% in value in the first six months of 2013, putting the industry on course for a new record, despite a drop in volumes.  For the six months to the end of June, exports reached US $712 million, 6% higher than in the same period of 2012, the California-based Wine Institute said this week. MORE>>

mad crocRestaurant Chain Chooses Mad Croc Brands as Energy Drink Supplier
Mad Croc Brands today announced that Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Family Sports Restaurants and Pubs, with over 210 locations and its headquarters located in Tampa Florida, has selected Mad Croc Brands as its preferred energy drink supplier. Mad Croc Brands, with its headquarters in Deerfield Beach Florida, will roll-out distribution to all participating franchise locations nationally over the next 6 months. MORE>>

NRAHundreds Ask Congress for Action on Healthcare
With Congress in recess, it may seem as if the white-hot debates over changes to the 2010 health care law have cooled a bit. But with key provisions of the law set to take effect just weeks from now, the debates—which focus on areas like the health care law’s definition of a full-time work week—are continuing across the country and are likely to resurface in Washington once Congress returns after Labor Day. MORE>>

Buffalo Wild Wings boosts in-store traffic with fantasy football augmented reality appBuffalo Wind Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings is releasing a mobile application that includes an augmented reality feature that only works in-store and is aimed at driving consumers to restaurants during fantasy football season. The Big Kick Challenge app will run from September 2 through November 24. Fans can play the game in practice mode from any location, but they can only access the augmented reality version and compete for prizes in-store. MORE>>


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