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The Daily Prep List: 07.14.21


McDonald’s Franchisees to Raise Wages, Benefits as Hiring Battle Heats Up

QSR Magazine 7/13

McDonald’s franchisees are adding child care, educational, and other benefits to attract more workers amid the months-long labor shortage, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Restaurant Staffing Needs a Makeover for Post-COVID Success

QSR Magazine 7/13

Among the many challenges facing the restaurant industry throughout the pandemic, staffing has been a constant woe. Relying primarily on off-premises sales for over a year, many operators were forced to furlough, or even permanently let go of their staff. While the combination of reduced limitations on indoor capacity and warmer months upon us is spurring optimism for the future of the industry, getting employees to return to work remains an uphill battle.

Food Industry Policy

California State Senator Bill Dodd’s To-Go Cocktails Sales Bill Approved in Committee

Sierra Sun Times 7/13

Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist restaurants struggling to recover from the pandemic by making permanent a temporary order to allow the sale of to-go cocktails as part of take-out and delivery food orders cleared a key committee on Monday.

Arcadia mulls ban on polystyrene takeout containers

Pasadena Star News 7/13

Arcadia is considering a ban on the use of polystyrene, better known by the trademarked brand name Styrofoam, when packaging takeout from restaurants. The city is also considering an opt-in requirement which would require restaurants providing disposable food utensils — such as cutlery and straws — only upon request.

On the Side

Success in Hospitality Starts and Ends with Culture

FSR Magazine 7/14

In today’s world, a thriving company culture and healthy work environment has become the most critical criteria for potential candidates. The pandemic created indelible changes in our industry, and with this new dynamic comes the need to refocus our energy on both the tangible and intangible.

When COVID-19 is Gone, What Will Become of Restaurant Delivery?

QSR Magazine July 2021

Few topics felt the COVID-19 tailwind more than delivery. In the U.S., the category’s share of foodservice sales doubled to more than 15 percent, according to financial services company Rabobank. And even as delivery catches its breath, the group expects 2022/2023 to usher in a fresh era of growth, with sales sticking 40 to 80 percent above 2019 figures in nearly every major market.

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