Calorie Counts are Coming to Beer Labels


The Beer Institute recently announced a new initiative to encourage its member companies to display nutritional information on its products, packaging, and websites.

The new initiate is strictly voluntary, but with beer behemoths like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and HeinekenUSA have already signing on, the pressure is on small breweries to follow suit. In fact, the brewers involved in the new label disclosure comprise over 81% of the beer market

Consumers are increasingly interested in knowing more about the products they purchase. According to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll® on behalf of Nielsen, 72% of beer drinkers think it’s important to read nutritional labels when buying food and beverages.

Consumers should begin to see the impact of the Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative immediately across the U.S. market, as many members currently provide some nutritional facts and ingredients information. 

Learn more here

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation: RFP For Union Square Snack Bar

The NYC parks department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development, operation and maintenance of a snack bar at Union Square, due August 17th. Details of the RFP are below:

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development, operation and maintenance of a snack bar at Union Square, Manhattan

All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted no later than August 17, 2016 at 3:00pm.  There will be a recommended proposer meeting on August 3, 2016 at 11:00am.  We will be meeting at the proposed concession site, which is located at 15th Street and Union Square East, in Union Square Park, Manhattan.  If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended meeting.
Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing on July 15, 2016 through August 17, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.
The RFP is also available for download, commencing on July 15, 2016 through August 17, 2016, on Parks’ website.  To download the RFP, visit our Business Opportunities page and click on the “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link. Once you have logged in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.
For more information or to request to receive a copy of the RFP by mail, prospective proposers may contact the Revenue Division’s Senior Compliance Officer, Jeremy Holmes, at (212) 360-3455 or at


Food Halls Offer Unique Opportunities for Food Vendors and Guests


Food halls have been opening at a rate that’s made them difficult to ignore.

From a guest’s perspective, food halls provide the opportunity to pick and choose from different vendors to create just the elevated (shared or single) artisanal and chef-driven meal they want. They can drop impromptu without needing to coordinate party palates ahead of time. Food halls also offer a place to linger while enjoying the hustle and bustle of a busy food market.

From the operator’s side, the format is attractive as well. Tenants share overheard expenses while getting the exposure and traffic that comes from being part of a high-profile venue. For up-and-coming entrepreneurs, it’s a way to break into the business without a lot of capital. For established, even celebrity chefs, it’s a way to meet the people where they are and sell to their food—and their brand—to a broader audience.

New food halls are emerging most often in once-abandoned urban spaces as local governments and neighborhood groups bend over backwards in to pave the way for developers. There’s fierce competition for coveted vendor spaces. For operators looking to nab a spot, this means having a tight concept that’s on-trend and can turn orders quickly—all while offering food quality that’s several notches above standard food court fare.