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Who's News in Catering for January 29, 2022

Hot Off the Presses


Today, Sodexo Live!, the leading hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, announced a multi-year renewal of its partnership with the Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex. Sodexo Live! provides catering services to the Raleigh Convention Center and other venues that make up the Complex — Red Hat AmphitheaterCoastal Credit Union Music Park and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts — which together welcome nearly a million visitors each year.  


Leading virtual restaurant company Virturant, announced today a partnership with that introduces the all-new Ghost Eats App – the world's largest virtual restaurant & ghost kitchen marketplace. The partnership will allow Virturant to move forward with its mission to offer more cuisine options to delivery-only diners nationally. The new Ghost Eats app, launching (Q2) 2022 will include all in-house Virturant virtual restaurant brands, as well as exclusive features from celebrity, sport, and other popular virtual food brands nationally. Virturant launched in July 2019 and has quickly grown to 25+ virtual restaurant brands, such as The French Toastery, Sunrise Sandwich Co., Sandwich Boss, Pasta Envy and Hell's Chicken. 

Products on the Market


Santa Cruz-based startup Steeped, Inc., one of the most promising and innovative companies in the industry, has launched its revolutionary Steeped Coffee brewing method to serious coffee drinkers across the nation. Brewed similar to tea, Steeped Coffee’s nitro sealed Steeped Bags, along with their guilt-free packaging made using renewable and compostable materials, achieve the unthinkable: freshly ground specialty coffee in a single-serving. That’s why it earned the “Best New Product” award for their innovative packaging at the recent Specialty Coffee Expo. And, it’s barista-approved! 


Smart Bar USA LLC, a leading provider of automated cocktail and beverage dispensing technology, today announced the launch of the Smartender™ A5000 series -- delivering power, precision and efficiency to the beverage service sector in an ultra-slim and compact form factor. Available in three liquor capacity-specific models (18, 34 and 50), the Smartender A5000 series breaks the mold of commercial-grade automated beverage dispensers with a sleek and stylish design that meets the needs of both front-of-house and back-of-house deployments where space is a premium. 

Upcoming Events


SIAL America, the first-of-its-kind cross-category generalist food and beverage show, will host domestic and international exhibitors, including Butterball, Stonewall Kitchen, California Milk Advisory Board and Star Snacks. Attending will be key importers, food service companies, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and restaurateurs looking to discover, innovate and learn. SIAL America supports the US $1.5 trillion Food and Beverage market.  SIAL America is taking place March 22-24, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Las Vegas, NV, and will take place concurrent to Emerald’s International Pizza Expo. A collaboration between international trade show organizers, Emerald and Comexposium, SIAL America will serve as the first SIAL show in the United States, joining ten world-class food events across the globe and feature exhibitors from meat, dairy and multiple other product categories.  



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