EMV (that’s EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa) liability shift will take place Oct. 1, QSRWeb reports. As of that date, any vendor who does not accept the new embedded chip reading technology in cards could be held liable for payments in cases of fraud. Now for a reality check. Experts say that only 30% of American consumers actually have EMV cards. In addition, it will take up to five years to fully deploy the technology throughout the U.S. Does that mean you can avoid it? No, industry observers say, adding that restaurants should budget for the new technology within a responsible period of time and begin training employees on both the use of the new card reading technology as well as how to respond to the inevitable customer questions. Finally, if your restaurant is implicated in fraudulent use of a credit card after October 1, be advised… If you don’t have EMV in place, the card issuer is certainly going to look to you to help foot the bill.
Most People Do Have Breakfast For Dinner
According to pollster Krusteaz and ORC International, 53% of Americans order breakfast food for dinner at least once a month, while 25% have breakfast foods for dinner at least once a week. Of the latter group, most are young families with children.
Turkey: The Next Pricey Meat
Turkeys are about to fly… Price wise, that is. According to the indychannel.com, turkey prices will be going up nearly 20% by Thanksgiving Day. Why the increase? Avian Flu, which decimated the turkey population a year ago is the biggest reason, and turkey farmers have been slow to recover. A new outbreak of the virus even has poultry producers talking about still higher price increases by the holidays, Nation’s Restaurant News says. Better get those bird orders in, everyone.
A Better Burger Trend
There are a lot of new burger ideas coming off the grill lately. Consider, for example, the Mediterranean Lamburger, with a surprise cheese-filling center, pickled onions, and cucumbers. From coast to coast, restaurants are employing their creative juices to create some tasty and memorable burgers. So why not join the movement to create your own take on the better burger. Your patrons will love you for it. Your accountant might, too.
Digital Payments Growing
There are three basic reasons for the growth of digital payments via smartphones. First, is the popularity of smartphones themselves. Then comes the convenience factor. Let’s face it, digital payment options beat out cards and paper receipts. Finally, there is security, and digital payments will eventually overcome credit cards because they offer more secure transactions, CIO magazine says.
Dock To Dish
You have heard about farm to fork, but dock to dish is all about fish, Big time fish, NPR reports. Thanks to some visionary chefs around the country, a new take on fish supplies to restaurants. Under terms of these innovative deals, restaurants buy into supporting local fisheries on a scale that dwarfs family purchases. The result is a mutually beneficial arrangement that keeps local fisheries employed and restaurants well stocked with fresh seafood.
Restaurant Complaints Soar In New York
Complaints about restaurants, from bad food to bad conditions, rose 18% from 2014 to 2015. The top issues? Rodents, insects, and overflowing garbage. Despite the higher volume of complaints, The New York Post says, officials insisted restaurants are cleaner than ever as the city’s letter-grading system enters its sixth year. On their initial inspection, 58 percent of restaurants earned an A in the most recent fiscal year — up from 37 percent in the first year of the grading system. Violations issued to restaurants also dropped — from nearly 213,000 in fiscal 2013 to 196,000 in fiscal 2015, the Post says.
The New York City Board of Health recently ordered that restaurants with 15 or more outlets will need to label all items that contain more than the daily recommended amount of salt, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.The new warning will appear as a black triangle with a salt shaker.The recommended daily limit for sodium is 2,300 milligrams.