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It’s never been easy to operate a restaurant, and in recent years it’s been even harder.

In 2020, Covid restrictions ground the nation’s bustling restaurant industry to a halt. Since then, there have been significant signs of a rebound: Dining rooms have reopened and customers have returned to cafes, fine-dining establishments and fast food joints.

But there are fewer US restaurants today than in 2019. It’s not clear when —if ever — they’re coming back.

Last year, there were about 631,000 restaurants in the United States, according to data from Technomic, a restaurant research firm. That’s

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This article was published in the December 2022 issue of Pet Food Processing. Read it and other articles from this issue in our December digital edition. 

While no one can predict the future, taking a close look at today’s evolving industry trends can give us a potential glimpse into where we’re headed.

The pet food industry has changed substantially from the time, almost 100 years ago in 1926, when Purina launched its first dog food — Purina Dog Chow. Now pet food and treat manufacturers offer complete-and-balanced meal options found in kibble form, freeze-dried varieties and even fresh

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Golden Panda Award Gala sets global benchmark for Chinese Food Delivery Industry

MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On December 8, 2022, HungryPanda hosted its first ever Golden Panda Award Gala at The Grand Ballroom- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Although HungryPanda is headquartered in London, the leading overseas Asian food delivery company selected the city of Melbourne to host its first Golden Panda Award Gala as it’s known as the food and culture capital of Australia, and more than 6.5% its population is of Chinese descent.

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Linden Stores, in the Cheshire village of Audlem, has started a whole sharing menu of modern British food, with two people sharing seven dishes including charred pepper and Cornish Quartz cheddar croquettes, hake wrapped in wild boar pancetta and chocolate and peanut butter tart.

Laura Christie and her partner, Chris Boustead, relocated the restaurant to the village from London in 2020. She has been surprised by the reaction.

“We weren’t expecting it to be such a big deal,” said Christie, who grew up in Wirral.

“It was quite a new idea for people. We’re in a small village but it

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Recognition for hospitality sector pros usually comes from outside, be it from the media, some Internet accolade or a people’s choice award. This week, the Louisiana Restaurant Association brought back its own awards, and these are different because they come from peers in the business honoring their own.

Many New Orleans names are in the forefront for these awards, which were announced this week during a dinner at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

Here are the winners:

Restaurateurs of the Year

Emery Whalen and Chef Brian Landry, founders of QED Hospitality

The two business partners run the restaurants and bars

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