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Who's News in Catering for January 21, 2022

Association Updates


The National Restaurant Association hasannounced the launch of “People Behind the Plate,” an initiative that highlights the stories of people who have chosen to make a difference in the world by being a part of the restaurant industry. The industry is a collection of millions of owners, operators, and people who choose to make restaurants their careers. They are committed to being the cornerstones on which their community can build and support each other through adversity, like the recent pandemic. People Behind the Plate initially features the personal stories of six restaurant owners, operators and chefs from Michigan, Oregon, and Texas who persevered to keep their doors open. Click here to view the videos and learn more about the people who make the industry so impactful. 

Products on the Market


Every chef knows the importance of high-quality and sharp knives when it comes to creating the perfect meal. Cutluxe, the innovative manufacturer of exceptional kitchen knives, has been providing the very best utensils for chefs of all levels, and now the brand is excited to unveil three new knives joining its collection. Founded on an ambition to design and manufacture the perfect kitchen knife, Cutluxe works closely with professional gourmet chefs, analyzing their performance and details to create the ultimate knife at truly accessible pricing. The new range includes a 9-inch Carving Knife, allowing chefs...Read more


Daelmans, the authentic Dutch stroopwafel company and #1 stroopwafel brand worldwide, announces the introduction of fresh-frozen stroopwafels, available in three sizes for foodservice and in-store bakeries. The convenience of fresh-frozen is easing the supply chain pinch with a 700+ day shelf life and operators can stock up and use as needed. Now foodservice buyers can purchase “Coffee Topper”, “Snack Size” and “Mini” size stroopwafels, suiting a variety of foodservice needs from coffeeshop pastry case treats to cupcake, doughnut and ice cream toppings to grab-and-go snacks.  

Hot Off the Presses


BlueZoo, the innovator in foot traffic measurement and analytics solutions, today announced BlueFox 2022, the next-generation solution to measure the presence and movement of people. BlueFox 2022 delivers a new integrated data warehouse, powerful new analytics dashboards, advanced user roles, and a mobile application to accelerate sensor calibration, making it easy to realize insights about people, movement, and crowds. Like all BlueZoo products, BlueFox 2022 is GDPR-certified and the choice of global brands that care about privacy. Effective occupancy measurement requires accurate, anonymous, and affordable solutions. BlueFox sensor technologies deliver the best combination of accuracy and cost, while maintaining complete privacy.  As deployments grow in size, instant visualization of fine-grain historical data benefits from the scalability of BigQuery, and BlueFox’s mobile app speeds sensor calibration, accelerating time-to-value. 


Mondelēz International announces a call for entries to the RITZ Crushed Crackers Recipe Contest in partnership with Chef’s Roll.  U.S.-based chefs, professional cooks, restaurant operators and culinary students are invited to showcase their creativity by submitting an original recipe incorporating RITZ Crushed Crackers between January 17 - February 6, 2022. To enter the Chef’s Roll RITZ Crushed Crackers Recipe Contest, visit the official contest page. Official contest rules are available here. Recipes will be judged on originality, image appeal and creative use of RITZ Crushed Crackers as an ingredient. A panel of qualified judges will select 10 professional finalists and five student finalists on February 15, 2022 and winners will be announced on February 18.


PT Holdings LLC, the parent company of Parts Town, a technology innovator and leader in foodservice equipment parts distribution, has acquired the REPA Group, a European leader in parts distribution. The acquisition will strengthen the company’s global parts distribution capabilities. Financial terms were not disclosed. This global combination will further enhance the availability, delivery and overall experience of finding and buying spare parts for service companies, restaurants and institutional customers around the world. The new organization will have significant operations in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the U.K., Spain and other areas of the world.   


Breeze Technology is bringing its visually-led, QR-code menu platform to hotels, giving room service a much-needed makeover. The new system, which is currently implemented at select hotels in New York City, New Jersey and Florida, makes it easier for travelers to enjoy in-room dining, whether or not the hotel they are staying in has an on-property restaurant. Breeze can work with any hotel, no matter what size, whether they currently operate their own restaurant, have an existing room service offering or don't offer dining at all. Now, hotels that have never been able to offer room service can easily do so. Breeze partners with local restaurants to become third-party room service providers for hotels without on-site dining. Guests simply scan the Breeze in-room QR code with their smartphone and receive a curated menu from a local restaurant or ghost kitchen specifically selected by the hotel. No apps or downloads are required. 



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