This July a ban on the use of foam packaging will go into effect in New York City. Food and drink providers that have been using polystyrene foam (also called styrofoam) will need to find different materials with which to serve their products.

The foam has been determined a hazard to wildlife and not recyclable. New York City’s waste program has had trouble dealing with the nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from the city in 2014.

Read the full article here: New York restaurants scramble for alternatives after city bans foam packaging
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Patent trolls are companies that purchase patents for the sole purpose of threatening businesses with infringement claims. Usually these patents are general and or vague, and they often target technology. POS systems, smartphone apps, and digital menus could be vulnerable to attack.

A coalition called United for Patent Reform, formed by the National Retail Federation, is fighting to enact legislation to stop the patent trolls from harassing businesses. Legal costs when battling patent trolls can be very high.

Read the full article here: Why operators need to know about patent trolls
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Keeping your employees safe is a high priority for owners and managers in food service. Restaurants see a high number of claims due to minor injuries, but even cuts, burns and sprains from heavy lifting can slow down productivity – and that’s bad for business.

A careful approach to risk management is necessary. Identify hazards, make sure your staff is educated in safety procedures, document everything, and be proactive.

Read the full article here: Best Practices to Increase Employee Safety
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