Plant-Based "Faux" Chicken
In my last blog, I mentioned that there was no "fake" chicken on the market---like the Beyond Meat faux burger that's going so strong.  Well, since then--- low and behold---Kentucky Fried Chicken became the first in the national quick service market to introduce a plant-based chicken product.  It debuted in the last part of August and sold out immediately.  And, like the faux burger, it was also produced by Beyond Meat. Of course, they did it with nuggets and boneless wings as there is no way to do it with regular bone-in, cut up chickens.  

So, I guess faux chicken is here along with faux burgers and only time will tell if it "makes" it long term.  I actually think it just might because...     LEARN MORE
Holiday Turkey Employee Gift Giving!!

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Rogers Poultry delivers thousands of turkeys to businesses all over Southern California, who in turn give them to their employees as Holiday Gifts for jobs well done. From the finest Sonoma Grown Willie Bird Free Range Turkey to more competitive commodity options, Rogers has been unparalleled on pricing and service for more than 50 years.

Reward your employees this year with a beautiful plump turkey and celebrate more than 50 Years of Tradition with Rogers Poultry and other industry leaders just like yourself! Trust us, your employees and their families will be thanking you all year long for your generosity.

We deliver direct to your business and provide free bags for distribution with all purchases (or upgrade to a handsome gift box for a small fee) for your employees to take their turkey home in. We handle all the details so you don't have to!

Holiday Turkey Products available include but are not limited to - Free Range Mary's Turkey, Free Range Willie Bird Turkey, Organic Turkey, Smoked Whole Willie Bird Turkey and Frozen Turkey in various sizes. Get them now while supplies last!
How to Build a Restaurant Innovation Team


There's an art to assembling a team of effective innovators; a diversity of skills is a key part of it. 

When Rachel Antalek, chief innovation strategist, Antalek Strategic Innovation Partners, Seattle, began her career in the restaurant industry, companies focused their innovation practices primarily on new product development and not much else. Nearly 25 years later, innovation teams often are an integral part of a company's R&D function. They help develop ideas that increase a restaurant's offerings, enhance customer experience, improve processes and create relevance in a fast-changing business environment.

Antalek, an innovation pioneer at such companies as Starbucks and Olive Garden, today advises others on innovation. She recently shared her thoughts on building an effective innovation team.

Why is assembling an innovation team important?

Innovation teams need to explore several things: the company's products, technology, service, business model, and even some of the industry disruptors affecting how it operates. They have to think about how a company can deliver great customer and employee experiences, especially in the labor market we're in now. If a restaurant company can't deliver great employee experiences, there's no way it will deliver great customer experiences. To that end, innovation teams must...

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