Sally, a salad-making robot, is programmed to create fresh, healthy and safe salads, based on each customer’s specific requests. Chowbotics, the company behind Sally, created a robot that would not only increase efficiency, but also safety, in restaurants. Sally is notable because of the proprietary technology developed to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Her ingredients are kept sanitary, separate, and regularly replenished, reducing the risk for contamination.
A MOVEMENT IS AFOOT IN THE FAST-GROWING SECTORS OF THE FULL-SERVICE SPACE TO UPGRADE OPERATING TECHNOLOGY.
Hairnets and name tags will make a triumphant return to my household this summer. I have two teenagers and restaurant work beckons. But Generation Z runs their entire life—from homework to paying for movie tickets—on their phones. How will the restaurant industry, which counts millions of teenagers as employees, alter its workflow for a mobile generation?
Restaurants must take food safety seriously—every employee, every day, on every shift.
Today’s consumers are seeking fresher, healthier food, focusing more on salads and other produce versus more processed, high-fat convenience foods. As Americans demand healthier products, restaurants and other food businesses are responding with fresher ingredients. And this is a big reason that we’ve seen a huge uptick in foodborne illnesses lately. It’s a great irony that produce and other fresh foods are healthier for consumers to eat, but they inherently carry more food safety risk.
Earlier this spring, the CDC started issuing warnings about an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. Since many food businesses rely on antiquated pen and paper record-keeping, as opposed to digital technologies, it was challenging to pinpoint exactly where the tainted lettuce came from and where it was shipped, sold and served.
WE MUST RETHINK ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES STARTING AT THE C-SUITE.
Over the past year, I have met more than 100 highly dedicated, thoughtful food safety leaders—and they are an anxious lot. You see, they know better than every executive, investor, regulator, and customer how broken the American food safety system is. But they can’t fix it.