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The Daily Prep List: 08.30.21


Robotics Emerging In Food Industry As Labor Shortage Persists

The Food Institute 8/30

Though such prototypes are a long way from becoming widespread, robots are certainly making their way into the food industry, from smart vending machines to fully automated kitchens.

Restaurants grapple with vaccine mandate policies in historically tight labor market

CNBC 8/27

Restaurants are navigating vaccine mandates during one of the most challenging hiring environments in decades.

Food Industry Policy

Restaurants Lobby for Changes to Critical COVID EIDL Program

FSA Magazine 8/27

Restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry aren’t out of the woods just yet when it comes to fending off pandemic-related financial woes, according to a letter sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration from The National Restaurant Association and other hospitality groups.

Delay Implementation of Proposition 12, Food Industry Leaders Urge

Farm Journal 8/27

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) didn’t uphold their end of the deal by promulgating Proposition 12 regulations by Sept. 1, 2019. Because of this, many people voiced concern on Friday that it’s not reasonable to expect the pork industry to be ready for a Jan. 1, 2022, scheduled implementation date for the state’s new animal welfare measures when final rules still aren’t available. 

On the Side

McDonald’s suggests franchisees close dining rooms

Restaurant Dive 8/30

McDonald’s shared guidance with franchisees last week on how to close dining rooms in regions where COVID-19 cases exceed 250 per 100,000 people on a rolling three-week average, Reuters reported Monday. 

Chicago: DoorDash, Grubhub mislead restaurants, customers

Associated Press 8/27

Chicago officials on Friday accused DoorDash and Grubhub of harming the city’s restaurants and their customers by charging high fees and through other deceptive practices when delivery and takeout business became essential to the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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