10-19-16: Taste of Atlanta goes High-tech; Which Georgia City is best for Foodies; Sandwich Chain picks Mobile POS solution; new software for Food Retailers; buggy cookies; plus Split is in the Checkout.
FOOD DAZE: Dates to Celebrate
- National Seafood Bisque Day– October 19
- National Brandied Fruit Day– October 20
- National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day– October 21
Once again, Taste of Atlanta will make use of state-of-the-art RFID technology at its annual event. The system is designed to make it easier and faster for attendees to enter the festival and make purchases—all with just the tap of a wristband. Attendees are able to pay for their bites, brews and other merchandise by registering their wristbands and loading “Taste Points” online in advance or at a select Taste Point Top Up stations located at the festival. Taste of Atlanta, the city’s must-do festival for food lovers, returns this fall to Midtown’s Technology Square October 21, 22 and 23 to celebrate 15 years of serving up tastes and sips from Atlanta’s favorite restaurants and cutting-edge chefs. Learn more at www.tasteofatlanta.com.
In order to determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes in the U.S., Personal finance website WalletHub compared the 150 most populated cities across two key dimensions, including “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality.” Additionally, they compared the cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from “cost of groceries” to “prevalence of affordable restaurants rated at least 4.5 stars” to “number of food festivals per capita.” Based on the numbers, Atlanta is the No. 14 best city in America for Foodies. Coincidentally, Atlanta also ranks #14 on WalletHub’s Top Cities for Coffee Lovers list.
The sandwich and salad restaurant chain, Which Wich has selected the mobile POS system from NCR, which offers a simple implementation process and functionality at a lower cost for franchisees. NCR Silver Pro Restaurant Edition’s flexibility and mobile ordering capabilities also stood out to the team. Which Wich is known for its ordering system, in which customers use red sharpies to markup sandwich bags displaying pre-printed menus. The restaurant chain has 69 locations open in 37 states across the US, six locations in Mexico City, and locations in Guatemala City, Panama City, and Dubai.
Emerson is currently offering a three-month trial program for retailers to gain valuable insights into their store operations through the introduction of its ProAct™ Services Trial Program. ProAct is an enterprise-level connectivity, software and service management program designed and optimized for supermarkets, convenience stores, retail, restaurants and similar commercial environments. Retailers using the service receive timely information on energy expenditure, maintenance costs, refrigerant leaks and shrink causes. Systematic measurement of these cost drivers provides a powerful basis for everyday decision-making. The three month trial program will allow retailers to access ProAct Services through cellular connectivity without direct connection to the retailer’s enterprise network. Learn more at: ProAct™ Services.
A startup company in Clarkston Georgia is trying to worm its way into the hearts of eco/health conscious foodies. Akissi Y. Stokes has founded Wundergrubs which sells snack foods made with edible insects that are a healthy and sustainable source of protein. The startup uses mealworms as a food source in her WUNDERgrubs line of cookies. Mealworms need 10% the amount of land to produce 1 kilogram of protein compared to 1 kilogram of beef—and much less than chicken, pork and milk, too. The squirmy food source also has more vitamin B12 than eggs which helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and also helps make DNA.
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