Food Safety: How it Works in Real Time

A brief case study of how Peace Dining Corporation, or PDC, (Mai Sushi’s parent company), handled the November 2018 national romaine lettuce recall. On Tuesday, November 20th, the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that all U.S. romaine lettuce regardless of origin needed to be pulled from store shelves and stop being sold …

Top 5 Factors Influencing Consumer Purchases of Packaged Sushi

We recently conducted an in-depth survey of several hundred sushi customers to find out what are the most important factors influencing consumers when deciding to buy ready-to-eat packaged sushi. The survey was for grocery store customers but could be applied to customers in other venues (colleges, hospitals, etc) Here are the results: FACTOR INFLUENCING PURCHASE IMPORTANCE RATING #1 Freshness/quality of …

2 Fun Food Concepts that Will Bring out the Kid in You

Jollibee and Cookie Dough Jollibee is a Filipino fast-casual concept that just opened it’s 37th US store in Times Square, New York City, October 27th. So you know they’re looking to break out.  Here’s a video about the opening. A unique mashup of Filipino and American culture, Jollibee launched in the Phillipines in 1978 and now have 1,300 units around …

Disrupting the Disruptors: Restaurant Delivery

by Lionel Binnie GrubHub is on a tear now with TV ads and they’re working hard to be the national source for restaurant delivery.  The trouble is, they charge restaurants a lot to be on their app; a commission that ranges from 15% to 25% of each sale, plus 10% for delivery.  Does it make sense for restaurants? Maybe for …