Food Industry News: July 2022

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eoff Alexander is a true industry thought leader, innovator, and trailblazer. As President and CEO of Wow Bao, he is responsible for the fastest-growing U.S. restaurant chain since the pandemic. This Chicago-based, fast-casual, Asian concept known for signature buns, bowls, potstickers and more, has utilized Wow Bao Now - its Dark Kitchen Initiative, to launch a pioneering business model to increase restaurant

partners’ revenue while expanding the company's footprint throughout the U.S. The company started in 2003 with one store in Chicago and as a result of Alexander and his team’s efforts, has launched more than 650 restaurants and virtual locations across the U.S., as well as select grocery, airports, and universities, with ambitious plans to hit 1,000 by year end of 2022. The independently run chain has partnered with operators in various cities

to offer alternative sources of revenue by utilizing their space, equipment, and personnel to serve prepared Wow Bao staples, while third-party delivery providers including Caviar, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and Uber Eats provide delivery of the casual fare to customers in new and expanding markets. Geoff was recently listed as one of 2022’s “Most Influential Restaurant CEOs in the Country,” and as one of the 12 Digital Disruptors of 2021.

So what exactly, is a bao?

It’s a soft, fluffy dough filled with savory or sweet flavors and steamed to perfection. Otherwise known as “hot Asian buns.”








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Starbucks Leaves Russia, Helps Employees Find New Work Starbucks will leave Russia, where it has 130 licensed locations, the company said. The chain has had stores in the country for 15 years. The chain said it would pay nearly 2,000 Russian workers for six months and help them find new jobs. In early March, Starbucks and its licensed partner agreed to suspend operations, including the shipment of all its products into the country.

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Dollar General Fills Needs in Smaller Communities Discount retailer Dollar General is in growth mode with plans to open an average of three new stores daily in rural areas and small towns across the US where residents often lack convenient access to other shopping options. Dollar General operates more than 18,000 stores and will open 1,100 more in 2022, and it has increasingly become the go-to grocery shopping option for residents in towns like Olive Hill, Ky., which lost its only supermarket several years ago. – Forbes

Portillo’s Puts Plant-Based Hot Dog on the Menu Portillo’s has teamed with Field Roast to create the plantbased Garden Dog, the Chicago-based chain’s first plant-based protein item. The Garden Dog rolled out at all 71 Portillo’s restaurants recently. – Forbes

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Inflation Drives Wheat Stocks Lower Weather, Events in Ukraine Among Factors

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High Food Prices Have Consumers Seeking Discounts

World wheat stocks for 2022-23 are expected to drop to a six-year low of 267 million metric tons, according to the USDA’s first global projections for the upcoming growing season. The agency cited Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather hampering growing conditions in key regions as underlying factors. In the United States, the fourth largest global supplier of wheat, the USDA is expecting the smallest harvest since 1963 of hard red winter wheat, which makes up 40% of the domestic crop and is commonly milled into bread flour, as poor growing conditions delay planting. Wheat futures in Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis jumped by their exchange limits after the USDA’s global projections were first released.

Food-at-home prices jumped 10.8% over the past year, the largest 12-month increase in over 40 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index data for April. Meat, poultry, fish and eggs saw the biggest 12-month increase of the major food groups, up 14.3%, its largest jump since May 1979. On a monthly basis, five of the six major grocery food groups saw gains, including dairy, which had its biggest increase since July 2007. The meat, poultry, fish and eggs group rose 1.4% as the price index for eggs soared 10.3% in April. The unrelenting increase in food prices is testing consumers, who are having to curb costs through tactics such as “trading down” to less expensive items, or switching to private label brands, analysts say.

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Organic foods and beverages are going mainstream, and exist to some degree in virtually every food and beverage category. 82% of consumers say they use organic foods and beverages at least sometimes with millennials leading in usage. Organic has become a household staple for many – even among Baby Boomers, the age group slowest to adopt organic products, nearly one-fifth (18%) of whom say they use them

at least weekly. Organic usage has also grown in frequency, with almost half (47%) of Millennials using organic products at least weekly. Opportunities also exist in foodservice: While consumer demand for organic at a retailer and brand level continues to increase, there is also a growing desire for organic at everyday food service locations as well as at higher-end dining locations. – Adapted from FMI DailyLead

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Trending Menus at Chain Restaurants On recent menus, Wingstop jumped on the chicken sandwich bandwagon and Portillo’s introduced its first meat-free hot dog. But other chains are buzzing with menu activity, too. Chocolate is the flavor of choice for drinks at Starbucks and Shake Shack, while Lazy Dog chooses orange and Bennigans, lime and peach. There’s steak at Subway, vegan cheese at Papa Murphy’s, a new summer menu for Modern Market, and wraps, cookies, French toast and more trending on menus. – Source: Restaurant Business

Freddy’s More National Openings Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced the brand's entrance to North and South Dakota, expanding Freddy's presence to 36 states across the country. The two new franchised restaurants are located in Fargo, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with Fargo being one of the strongest performing locations in the brand's network over the last month and Sioux Falls setting new records for opening week sales. This announcement builds on the development success Freddy's has experienced since the beginning of the year, already opening 18 locations, and expecting to open 45 more before the end of 2022. – Source: Restaurant News Resource


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United Opens Its Largest Club in US United Airlines announces the opening of its new, nearly 30,000 square-foot United Club location at Newark Liberty International Airport, offering travelers a modern design, enhanced amenities and culinary offerings, locally-sourced art and furniture pieces and views of the Manhattan skyline. Located in Terminal C3 near gate C123, this club is the largest club in United’s network. The Newark United Club location is the first of a series of United Club locations to open with the new club design and amenities. It’s part of United’s ongoing commitment to renovate and introduce new United Club locations throughout its network and provide a more modern experience.

Dippin’ Dots Acquired by J&J Snack Foods J&J Snack Foods has reached an agreement to buy Dippin’ Dots, a producer of flashfrozen beaded ice cream treats, for $222 million. The snack maker said the purchase will allow it to add a strong consumer brand with a profitable, growing business that it can scale further. The deal is expected to close soon. “Dippin’ Dots aligns perfectly with J&J’s portfolio strategy by adding an iconic, differentiated brand that uniquely complements our frozen novelty and frozen beverage businesses,” said Dan Fachner, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods. “This transaction further positions us for accelerated growth across our business.” – FoodDive

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New Plant-Based Innovations Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat created a new standard for making plant-based meat alternatives more meat-like and companies at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago showed off the next new things. Several products won awards at the show including Egg Folded from Eat Just, Good Catch’s plant-based Salmon Burger and TiNDLE, a chicken alternative from Next Gen Foods. –

Molson Coors Debuts a Plant-Based Milk The Molson Coors Beverage Co. has rolled out a plant-based product called Golden Wing Barley Milk to select Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market locations. “The plant-based milk category is growing rapidly, and it’s largely fueled by innovation,” said Brian Schmidt, Molson Coors’ marketing manager for non alcohol products.

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Homer’s Ice Cream, located 1237 Green Bay Road in Wilmette, Illinois has been making and hand-packing homemade ice cream since 1926. Shown here being hand packed is their famous Cappuccino Chip ice cream, which is rich, creamy cappuccino ice cream with morsels of fine, delicately shaved chunks of chocolate. The ice cream parlor and quick service restaurant offers over 60 ice creams, yogurts, sherberts and sorbets, and is a year round favorite for locals in and from Chicago’s North Shore community. Homer’s has a robust wholesale division, supplying many local accounts, national chains and several national broadline distributors. You can see their wholesale division ad on page 4 of this issue.

Chicago Winery located at 739 N. Clark St. in Chicago is a winery, restaurant and private event venue from First Batch Hospitality. It is a space to gather and share in wine, food, and life’s special moments, whether for a wedding or work event, happy hour with colleagues, date night, or a winery tour—coming soon! Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants opens Piccolo Buco by Cooper’s Hawk at 1818 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, IL. The new restaurant, the second concept to be introduced under the “by Cooper’s Hawk” banner, will debut a new style of Neapolitan pizza in the US. IFT FIRST stands for Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology. The world’s leading food technology event plus the biggest B2B food expo makes a return to Chicago at McCormick Place July 10-13, 2022. Take in this dynamic, reimagined experience in-person or join virtually. Illinois’ Country Club Hills Theater Presents a Rockin’ Summer Concert Series from now through Sept. 4,2022. This year’s live music lineup will include classic soul/R&B hit makers such as Peabo Bryson, the Chi-lites and a weekend Jazz led by music veteran Jonathan Butler, as well as a two-day Funk Fest. PlantX announces authorization of alcohol licenses in Chicago and Venice Beach. This operational milestone offers U.S. customers access to more holistic shopping opportunities that can integrate alcoholic beverage options as part of the Company’s one-stop-shop retail and e-commerce experience. The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile announces the appointment of Andrew Court as Executive Chef. In this role, Court will oversee all areas of food production and restaurants at the property. Court brings over 30 years of fine dining service

and hotel operations experience across the country and internationally to the historic Chicago property. The team at Kimpton Gray Hotel, a luxury Chicago Loop hotel located in one of the city’s most historic structures, is proud to announce two new additions to the food and beverage leadership team: Guillermo Bravo as the hotel’s Beverage Director and Matthew Colello as Lead Bartender for Vol. 39. Miss Grass, a female-founded and community-driven cannabis brand launched its products in Illinois through its ongoing partnership with Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc., a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator focused on bettering lives through cannabis. Miss Grass products will be available for purchase exclusively at AWH’s eight Ascend Illinois retail locations. Nomi, Park Hyatt, Chicago’s Iconic Dining Destination reopened alongside the Rooftop Lounge and Garden concepts. Helmed by Executive Chef Terence Zubieta, the reimagined Nomi embodies refined elegance and exceptional fare with modern American cuisine rooted in French techniques. Roscoe Village Burger Fest will be held July 15-17, 2022. Add to that some rockin’ music on two stages, and summer is going to be sizzling. In addition to mouthwatering patties and great music, there’s also a popular “Kids’ Zone” activity area as well as arts & craft vendors. Square Roots Festival will be held July 8-10, 2022 bringing together the best of Lincoln Square, Chicago and beyond, with live music, family fun, local restaurants and vendors, and the best craft beer showcase of any Chicago Street fest. The Taste of Park Ridge will be held July 14-16, 2022 celebrating the food, entertainment, businesses and people of Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Later adopters have clearly received wind of what’s happening in the virtual restaurant space, with a new wave of delivery-only providers hitting the scene and emerging from the shadows. Even in this period of market volatility, fund-raising dollars are flowing into virtual upstarts in North America and beyond. What’s notable about this second wave are the differences from the original concept, with some focusing on specific types of restaurants, some building custom virtual concepts for individual clients or others focusing on chefs rather than celebrities. On the delivery apps, there are already so many more options because of this proliferation, but we haven’t seen anything yet—and the third-party platforms will have some filtering decisions to make.

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On another note, a recent survey from Circuit Route Planner, a courier advice and confession blog, found eight in 10 drivers admitting to eating some of the food they’re delivering—so we can expect another round of breathless stories on drivers gone wild. More notable is what drivers go through, with 73 percent complaining about poor tips, among other constants like rude customers, incorrect addresses and customers not opening the door. As a frequent user of most delivery services, the deemphasizing of tips or paltry suggested tip amounts is something everyone should change if they want to retain their best drivers. That’s the real nugget to my eyes. – Source: Tom Kaiser, Editor, Food On Demand;

The favorite dessert in Naples, Italy in the early 1900s was Spumoni. Creating this dessert was an art form, made with multiple flavors of gelato layered around a whipped cream and candied fruit center with other secret ingredients, each was more delicious than the next. Italians from all over would make the pilgrimage to Naples to enjoy this delicious new creation. One Spumoni rose above the rest, and it was the recipe created by Salvatore Lezza. In fact, this success led him to pursue the American dream, by bringing his Spumoni to the USA. In 1905 Salvatore came to Chicago’s west side and he began making Spumoni and lots of it. Selling out of their retail store, they quickly began to supply grocers and restaurants. Today, the same recipe is used for the Lezza’s signature dessert and remains unchanged. Salvatore handed the secret of genuine spumoni down to his son Victor and today Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc. is under the careful care of Ed Lezza Sr. (3rd generation) and nephew Louis (4th generation) and with a younger generation coming up in the business. The company continues to walk in the footsteps of their Grandfather and Great Grandfather, keeping the flavors of Italy alive and flourishing. The secret of spumoni wasn’t the only masterpiece passed down through the generations. Hundreds of recipes have been preserved and perfected, keeping the Lezza tradition alive. Many products are sold through foodservice distributors. The firm even offers direct delivery across the local market, to give customers the products they want with the service they need. Taste the Lezza difference. See their ad on page 7 of this issue and call them for samples and ordering information.

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You will not miss a minute of the on-screen action at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub. This subterranean spot in Streeterville located at 622 N. Fairbanks Court in Chicago, boasts 72 screens, 48 craft brews on draught, burger challenge and award-winning wings. This year, they raise a pint to their 30th year as a fan favorite! O’Toole’s is an Official Chicago Blackhawks bar, offers a Bears Bus to Soldier Field, and is known to welcome professional athletes for a cold one after a game. Need a laugh after watching a loss? Check out the weekly “Comedians You Should Know” comedy show in O’Toole’s private room. Suburbanites can take part, too, at O’Toole’s three other locations in Libertyville, Gurnee and Lake Villa. (That makes 169 total TVs!) Timothy O’Toole’s Pub locations include: 5572 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois; 412 N. Milwaukee Avenue., Libertyville, Illinois; and 10 W. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa, Illinois. Visit


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Costs Could Drive Wingstop to Buy its Own Chickens Wingstop will work to either buy or build its own chicken production operation over the next few years in an effort to moderate costs for the chain’s main commodity. The company has hired experts to help it explore options for adding a poultry farm, and the company has been researching the finer points of raising chickens for food. – Source: Restaurant Business

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How Midwest Buyers Are Lowering Food Costs and Getting Rebates Many agree that food cost increases are a frequent occurrence now, so doing what you can to save money without sacrificing quality is a smart idea. The United Purchasing Company (UPC) is an organization of independent, family-stayle restaurants that have banded together to gain the advantage of collective buying to achieve better pricing in products and services in this very competitive market. Starting with five member restaurants in 1988, the membership has grown to over 450, covering Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois. Recognized as a National chain Account, UPC has negotiated programs for nationally recognized, brand name products with manufacturers, distributors, and service companies and has provided substantial savings for its members. UPC’s ability to bring together manufacturers, distributors and end users has created a favorable and profitable business climate for everyone involved. The ability of UPC has earned a positive reputation as an organization which maintains the highest business standards is recognized and respected throughout the foodservice industry. The group is now accepting new members. Saving money begins with a phone call, so contact them today. Their ad can be found on page 23 of this issue.

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Coffee Surplus Expected for the Near Future First-quarter coffee consumption rose but demand is expected to be challenged by factors related to the war in Ukraine, lockdowns in China and rising prices in Brazil where coffee consumption is second only to the US, according to a Rabobank report. The report projects the current supply shortfall will shift to a surplus for the 2022-2023 year. – Reuters

Chocolate is Star of Show Chocolate stars in new summer menu items from Starbucks, which has introduced the Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, and Shake Shack which added non-dairy versions of its chocolate shake and frozen custard. New craft cocktails are on the menu at Bennigan’s and Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, and steak is the centerpiece of new sandwiches from Subway and Modern Market Eatery. – Restaurant Business

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Food Industry News® — July 2022 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE & REP Mackay Heating & Mechanical Page 23 Mechanical 24 HELIUM MacCARB Page 12 HISPANIC FOOD DISTRIBUTION B & B Foodservice Page 18 HOOD EXHAUST & FAN CLEANING Enviromatic Corp of America Page 40 Olympia Maintenance HOT DOGS Vienna Beef Page 29 Crawford Sausage Red Hot Chicago HOT DOGS - NATURAL Fatima Zabiha Foods HUMMUS & SPREADS Grecian Delight Foods HVAC REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Giant Regrigeration Page 27 Restaurant Handyman ICE CREAM Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Page 28 Homer’s Gourmet Ice Cream Page 4 Instantwhip Chicago Page 30 Fox Valley Farms Mori Milk & All Star Ice Cream ICE CREAM EQUIPMENT REPAIR & SUPPLY Kool Technologies Page 18 ICE CREAM-EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY Kool Technologies Page 18 ICE CREAM-YOGURT Instantwhip Chicago Page 30 ICE MACHINE REPAIR & SANITIZING Major Appliance Service ICE MACHINES-SALES-RENTAL OR LEASING Empire Cooler Service Page 15 Ice Solutions 24 Page 22 ICE-MAKING EQUIPMENT/REPAIR & SERVICE Mackay Heating & Mechanical Page 23 INSURANCE Cacciatore Insurance Page 3 Caro Insurance Services Concklin Insurance Agency ISU Northwest Insurance Services Society Insurance WM Schwartz Insurance INSURANCE SERVICES Cacciatore Insurance Page 3 Gallagher Page 31 INSURANCE-INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL Cacciatore Insurance Page 3 INTERIOR DESIGNERS Sarfatty Associates INTERNET ADVERTISING Food Industry News ITALIAN BEEF Devanco Foods Page 47 Serrelli’s Foods Page 30 Grecian Delight Foods Red Hot Chicago ITALIAN FOOD SPECIALTIES E Formella & Sons Page 4 ITALIAN SAUSAGE Anichini Brothers JAMS & JELLIES DSC Product Farm Page 24 JANITOR-SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co Page 42 JAPANESE-FOOD PRODUCTS Kikkoman Sales USA JUICER REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc JUICERS-FRUIT & VEGETABLES Berkel Midwest Page 3 KITCHEN EQUIPMENT A D E Foodservice Equipment

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Page 35 PARTY-FAVORS & SUPPLIES Ramar Supply Co Page 42 PASTA-FRESH AND FROZEN Cugini Distribution Page14 Pastafresh Home Made Pasta Page 30 PASTRIES Chicago Sweet Connection PASTRY CONSULTING Sweet Bee PATIO & DECK BUILDERS STR Construction Page 23 PATIO ENCLOSURES Thatcher Oaks Awnings Page 42 PATIO HEATERS TNG Industries PATTY MACHINES/FOOD FORMERS Berkel Midwest Page 3 PAYROLL SERVICES Employco USA Page 19 ADP PEST CONTROL Rose Pest Solutions Page 46 PEST CONTROL/PEST ELIMINATION Mc Cloud Services Page 22 PHOTOGRAPHY All Events Photography PICKLES & RELISH Vienna Beef Page 29 PITA BREAD Grecian Delight Foods Olympia Food Industries PIZZA SAUCE Neil Jones Food Company PIZZA SAUSAGE Anichini Brothers PIZZA SUPPLY DISTRIBUTORS Anichini Brothers PLUMBERS R&F Plumbing and Sewer Inc POINT OF SALE SUPPLIES Alpha POS Services Inc POINT OF SALE SYSTEMS Alpha POS Services Inc Digital Market POS Retail Control Solutions SpotOn Inc PORK PRODUCTS Peer Foods POS SYSTEMS Alpha POS Systems Inc CardConnect Digital Market POS Retail Control Solutions SpotOn Inc POS SYSTEMS-CLOUD BASED Alpha POS Services Inc Retail Control Solutions SpotOn Inc POULTRY-FRESH New S B L Inc Page06 Fatima Zabiha Foods PRESSURE WASHING Olympia Maintenance PRINTING-CUSTOM ITEMS Accurate Printing PRIVATE LABEL FOOD MANUFACTURERS E Formella & Sons Page 4 PRODUCE-WHOLESALE T Castro Produce Co Page 7 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Sweet Bee PROMOTIONAL MARKETING LED Billboard Trucks PROPERTY - TAX - REAL ESTATE LAW Reveliotis Law PC Page 26 PUBLISHING Food Industry News

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Page 36 RACKING-PALLET Voss Equipment RE-UPHOLSTERY Chicago Booth Page 15 REAL ESTATE LAW Reveliotis Law PC Page 26 REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT REPAIR CSI - Coker Service Inc Page 16 Kool Technologies Page 18 Mackay Heating & Mechanical Page 23 Mechanical 24 847-987-9738 REFRIGERATION SERVICE & REPAIR Giant Refrigeration Page 27 REFRIGERATION-EQUIP/COMMERCIAL Custom Cooler & Freezer Page 2 RESTAURANT CONSULTANTS Stanovich Hospitality RESTAURANT EQUIP PARTS WAREHOUSE CSI - Coker Service Inc Page 16 RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT Wood Food Systems Page 20 FSI/Foodservice Solutions Losurdo Inc RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Berkel Midwest Page 3 Custom Cooler & Freezer Page 2 Federal Supply Co Page 17 Ramar Supply Co Page 42 Alfa Restaurant Supply Schultz Supply RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR Up ‘N Adam Service and Supply Inc RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT REPAIR SERVICE Berkel Midwest Page 3 CSI - Coker Service Inc Page 16 Mackay Heating & Mechanical Page 23 Cobblestone Ovens Major Appliance Service RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT-NEW & USED March Quality Used & New Equip Page 12 RESTAURANT REAL ESTATE SALES John Moauro/Realty Executives Nick Dibrizzi/Coldwell Banker Pontarelli & Company Ted Aretos/ Eatz & Associates RESTAURANT-DESIGNERS Losurdo Inc Sarfatty Associates RETAIL FOOD PRODUCTS Motembo Foods RETRACTABLE PATIO ENCLOSURES Viewpoint Retractable Enclosure RETRACTABLE SKYLIGHTS/ROOFS Viewpoint Retractable Enclosure ROBOTICS Bear Robotics Page 2 ROOF TOP GREASE CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS Enviromatic Corp of America Page 40 ROOFS-SALES-REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Care Sheet Metal & Roofing Page 32 SAFETY TREATMENT FOR FLOORS Step Advantage SALAD-DRESSINGS DSC Product Farm Page 24 Ken’s Foods Page 48 SALAD-DRESSINGS & OILS Columbus Vegetable Oils Page 9 Tec Foods Inc Page 24 SALSA DSC Product Farm Page 24 SALSA - FRESH Simply Salsa SANITATION CERTIFICATION Illinois Restaurant Association Page 10 SATELLITE TV SYSTEMS All Sports Direct

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Chicago’s Minimum Wage Increase and Fair Workweek Changes Go Into Effect July 1 Every July 1, Chicago’s minimum wage increases per the Minimum Wage Ordinance. The Chicago minimum wage is tiered for large businesses with 21 or more employees, and small businesses with 4-20 employees. The minimum wage for larger employees increases annually according to the Consumer Price Index or 2.5%, whichever is lower, since reaching $15 per hour in 2021. The minimum wage for small businesses continues to increase towards $15 per hour by 2023. The minimum wage as of July 1, 2022 will be: • $15.40 for employers with 21 or more employees (including all domestic workers, regardless of the number employed) • $14.50 for employers with 4-20 employees

• The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $9.24 for employers with 21 or more employees, and $8.70 for employers with 4-20 employees (employers must make up the difference between any tips received and the applicable minimum wage for non-tipped workers.) On July 1, 2022, scheduled enhancements to the Fair Workweek Ordinance will require employers in covered industries to post work schedules with at least 14 days’ notice, an increase from the previous 10 days’ notice. In another change, employees will need to earn less than $29.35 per hour or $56,381.85 per year to gain protection under the Fair Workweek Ordinance. Covered industries include building services, healthcare, hotel, manufacturing, restaurant, retail, or warehouse services.

Bakers Square Virtual Growth Casual dining chain Bakers Square is in growth mode, and parent company BBQ Holdings plans to grow the concept from 18 to 55 locations by adding virtual concepts within other restaurants in its portfolio. BBQ Holdings has a portfolio of 315 brick-and-mortar restaurants under banners including Famous Dave's, Real Urban BBQ, Granite City and Village Inn. – FSR magazine

In Time for Summer: Miller’s Beer Taste-Infused Charcoal

Chicken Thighs Become Protein of Choice

To kick-off summer, the original light beer brings its iconic taste to the grill with first-ever, “Miller Lite Beercoal” flipping Miller Time into Griller Time for cookouts nationwide.

Chicken thighs have increased 47% in menu mentions year over year at Top 500 restaurant chains, indicating continued use of less-expensive cuts to offset increased protein costs. – Source: Technomic



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Thanks to Everyone Who Visited Us at NRA 2022


We are extremely grateful to our friends, supporters and visitors. Thank you also to the team at OutFront Media, who did an amazing job posting our billboard messages on 30 digital screens across the city and suburbs, welcoming visitors to our city and to the show. In the week our billboards ran, an estimated 6 million people were reached. Thank you also to the Zap Props team for creating the lovely “Executive of the Year” front page poster which was used at our booth.

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TRAVEL With VALERIE MILLER Destination: Yellowstone National Park

Ways to Get Off the Beaten Path During Yellowstone National Park's 150th Anniversary Located in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park – the world's first national park, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Encompassing 2.2 million acres, Montana has three of the five entrances to the park, including the only entrance that's accessible to year-round vehicle traffic through Gardiner. In 2021, Yellowstone National Park welcomed 4.86 million visitors and 2022 is shaping up to be another busy year as visitors celebrate one of the most special places in the world. Here are the best ways to experience it without the masses. Time It Right. No matter when you visit this summer, chances are that you'll find crowds of people if you go during the day. Time your trip so you're up early to catch the rising steam at Grand Prismatic Spring, watch Old Faithful erupt after the sun goes down and soak in the experience against a star-filled sky or get up with the sun to watch its rays spread over Yellowstone's diverse landscapes. Hike it Out. The truth is that most visitors to Yellowstone National Park stick to the roads. If you really want to get away from other people, you should hit the trails. With 900 miles of trails throughout the park, there are plenty to choose from. Keep in mind that you should always hike with a friend, be prepared, carry (and know how to use) bear spray and give wildlife a wide berth. Go With a Guide. While you can visit the park on your own, one of the best ways to have a deeper experience is to go with a guide or outfitter on a horseback ride or llama trek. There are also seasoned guides who offer activities like backpacking, biking, fishing, as well as road-based tours. While Yellowstone National Park will remain a bucket-list destination, there are plenty of things to see and do outside of the park's boundaries. Visitors are easily able to exit one of the park's three entrances in Montana on their way to other adventures, including: Driving the Beartooth Highway. A wonder in and of itself, the Beartooth Highway is a National Scenic Byway that weaves through both Montana and Wyoming and is accessible exiting Yellowstone’s northeast entrance. The 68-mile-road extends from Cooke City, Montana to Red Lodge, Montana, and gives its passengers jaw-dropping views and access to high alpine lakes and trails in the Beartooth Mountains. Visit Red Lodge. Surrounded by the Beartooth and Absaroka mountains, Red Lodge is one of Montana’s most charming small towns. With a historic and strollable downtown, Red Lodge is a place to put on your must-visit list. It's also a launching point for outdoor recreation and adventures, including hiking, horseback trail rides and river trips. Stroll Gardiner. Steps from the park's north entrance is the town of Gardiner. home to just under 900 residents. From August 23 – 28, there will be several tips on display at the tipi village project at the historic Roosevelt Arch. You can also fish, raft and float with several local outfitters in Gardiner, as well as soak in nearby hot springs in Paradise Valley.

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Walk Through Montana History. Visitors who base their trip in West Yellowstone (or leave the park through its west entrance) are less than 90 minutes from Virginia City and Nevada City, two of the most well-preserved ghost towns in the country. During the summer season now – September), visitors can take history tours, check out local shops and saloons, stay the night in a historic property, pan for gold or travel by stagecoach. Learn more about Yellowstone. For more information, go to: