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It’s time to pull out all of the stops and win $50,000 for you and your community! General Mills has just announced their 3rd Annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest!

Follow in the footsteps of 2015’s and 2016’s grand prize winners, Beylka Krupp and Christina Halstead, respectively, and take your chances. If you’re an independent restaurant operator, foodservice operator, and chef or line cook who develops recipes for menu items served to paying guests at an independent, commercial restaurant operation as your primary form of employment, you’re eligible to compete. And, it costs nothing to enter.

GM recipe contest

Simply choose ONE of the many eligible General Mills Foodservice products, create your $50,000 one of a kind recipe (useful recipe planning template), and submit it between January 5, 2017 to February 28, 2017. Then, it’s up to the judges. Whether you create a breakfast, entrée or dessert, your recipe will be judge on taste, appearance, creativity, and foodservice viability. To review the contest rules in-depth, click here.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:00

Simple Hacks To Keep Your Diners Happy

restaurant 690569 960 720Hello FSP readers! Our last blog post focused on your food business in the 21st century, which included tips from using technology to capturing new customers. Today’s post will focus on consistently keeping customers happy (especially now with the holidays just around the corner).

A customer’s experience in your restaurant or food establishment can make or break you. It is one of the most important drivers of a successful business. These days are diners are quick to share their experience, whether good or bad, by word of mouth, on their social media profiles and food-related review platforms. The burden to provide an overall awesome experience falls on you, the owner, and your staff.

Here are four hacks to keep your customers happy and coming back for more.

  • Great businesses start with a team of great people. From the owner to management to store level employees, your food business will not be successful without investing in your employees. Think of your employees as your brand ambassadors; they are the face of your business, and likely to be the first point of contact for your customers. It’s only right to arm them with the necessary training, tools and resources.
  • Another “no brainer” is to determine what the perfect customer experience looks like. Meaning, your vision as the owner, as well as through the eyes of the customer. The easiest way to do this is to place your feet in the customer’s shoes.
  • Let your customers take the lead sometimes. Design new food and drink pairings with the help of your customers, and add them to the menu. Ask your customers to complete a short survey (this is also a great way to build a contact list for future promos) that includes a variety of choices. Next, discuss the results with your chefs and staff, consult your budget, and decide what combinations work best. This is a perfect way to show loyalty to your customers. After all, you have heard their voices and have taken action.
  • Use technology to your advantage by streamlining common processes and entertaining your customers. Whether you decide to add self-serving order/pay kiosks or tabletop video games, offer the fastest WiFi, implement engaging digital menus, or arrange weekly or monthly events (game nights, wine tastings, themed nights…), your customers will appreciate the extra mile you’ve gone for them.

It goes without saying that a little goes a long way. Next to your bottom line, customer happiness should be of the utmost importance. What strategies have you implemented to keep a smile on your customer’s faces?

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National Seafood Month king princeIf you missed it, October was National Seafood Month. It’s the month to recognize our sustainable fisheries and the nutrient-rich seafood they provide.

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) enforce and monitor marine fisheries within 4.4 million square miles and 95,000 coastland miles of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. In turn, the U.S. has some of the most valuable fisheries, supplying nearly a fifth of the seafood we consume (Americans eat an average of 14.5 lbs of seafood annually).

As we’ve all heard before, seafood is brain food, offering a source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Seafood is typically low in calories, as well as in total and saturated fats. Although some types of seafood contain naturally higher amounts of cholesterol and sodium than others, most are still well below the recommended per day intake. 

Now that you have the lowdown on seafood, it’s time to spruce up your menus! is featuring a great rebate offer from King & Prince Seafood, one of the largest seafood companies in the United States.

In continued celebration of National Seafood Month, and the upcoming holidays, save up to $500 on King & Prince’s broad seafood portfolio, including but not limited to, shrimp, fish, calamari, crab, surimi, and seafood blends. Whether you’re a chef, restaurant owner, wholesale food buyer…, login to (or sign up for FREE) to download your rebate form. This awesome offer ends November 15, 2016 (must be postmarked by December 15, 2016).

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