Samantha Bugaj is an Associate Product Manager at Rich Products. She focuses on driving key marketing efforts for the Culinary Solutions portfolio, which provides speed scratch items to help operators streamline back of house execution. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University at Buffalo, earning a BS in Business Administration as well as her MBA.
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The ingredients and flavors trending at independent restaurants often inspire menu ideas at more mainstream operations. To track what’s happening now in food and beverage, Technomic examined more than 50 menus from indies across the U.S., ranging from food trucks to fine-dining destinations.
Despite a historic drop in unemployment, foodservice operators enjoyed a slight slowdown in employee turnover midsummer, with the data signaling the dawn of a trend rather than a pause from years of acceleration, according to new research.