Chain Beverage Buzz: Nov. 1, 2010
Starbucks is working on a new prototype store involving service of regional wine and beer. The new Starbucks “green” design would feature locally made cheeses and a barista bar rebuilt to have customers seated closer to the counter. The Starbucks on Olive Way in Seattle is the test site for this new concept.
Cachaça made its debut at 64 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar locations nationwide. The Caipirinha Cooler cocktail involves Cabana Cachaça, muddled blueberries and raspberries muddled with lime and simple syrup. Also on the menu is the Stoli Bombshell, the 99-calorie specialty cocktail made with Stoli Vanil and raspberries that rolled out in October; 100 percent of sales benefited the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade during the month.
Carriage House Companies, Inc. welcomes Rob Engelstad as its new National Account Manager. Engelstad previously worked as the National Account Manager at ConAgra Foods.
NTN Buzztime, Inc. and Buffalo Wild Wings teamed up for the Pick ‘Em Challenge, where patrons pick winners of each weekly NFL game, playing against guest experts from ESPN, Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice and more. So far more than 100,000 guests have participated during the football season. The grand prize is a trip to play a flag football, coached by celebrities, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday February 12, 2011.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending all restaurants and retailers hire a food protection manager. The National Restaurant Association and the National Council of Chain Restaurants support this recommendation after the results of a 10-year retail food study showed that the presence of a certified food manager meant higher compliance levels with food safety practices.
Darden Restaurants Inc. entered into a deal with the Middle East Americana Group to develop 60 restaurants in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over five years. Darden will develop Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse in the Middle East. Darden also has license agreements in Puerto Rico for LongHorn Steakhouse and Japan for 25 Red Lobsters.