Sbarro Plans Russian Expansion and The Grand Garnisher

On the plate for MRM’s Daily Bite is news of a pizza chain’s expansion plans in the Soviet Union, foodservice products and new Nobu.
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Sbarro Plans Growth in Soviet Union

Sbarro LLC, which operates more than 600 restaurants in 26 countries, appointed Horeca Band Group Ltd., its new exclusive partner in the Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan and Republic of Azerbaijan. Sbarro has been operating in Russia since 1997 and is the most famous brand in the pizza segment. At present, there are 21 Sbarro restaurants in Russiaand one in Azerbaijan. The Horeca Band Group plans to open at least two additional Sbarro restaurants before the end of the year and at least 300 restaurants in the next 10 years.

Horeca Band Group, LTD. Pictured (L-R) Ilya Skorohodov, Vitaliy Podolskiy, Alexander Volkov.

“Despite the difficulties within the Russian economy in recent years, fast food restaurants in general, and especially the pizza segment, have shown strong growth in Russia and have great potential for additional development,” said David Karam, CEO of Sbarro. “We are confident that the new Russian team will bring Sbarro back to the leading position in the market.”

“Sbarro’s operating model is unique in the industry, combining high quality, fresh ingredients and affordable prices,” said Vitaliy Podolskiy, co-founder of Horeca Band Group Ltd. “The Russian consumers have been familiar with Sbarro for more than 20 years, and I am sure that the new concept and menu developed for a new generation of Russian consumers will lead to the next stage of the company’s great heritage and success.”

Nobu Continues Expansion

Nobu Hospitality, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, and Selenta Group, a Spanish real estate and hotel group owned by Jordi Mestre, are continuing European expansion into Barcelona, Spain. Set to open by the end of 2018, as part of a multi-million Euro refurbishment of Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, this property, top photo, will be an integrated mix of a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant reflecting the innovation and imagination that has become synonymous with the name Nobu. The property will continue to be part of the Selenta Group collection. The partnership agreement with Nobu Hospitality gives rise to the shared management of the new establishment.

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with the Spanish company Selenta Group on such an exciting project, and we look forward to working with the Catalan community. In announcing this new hotel, we are continuing our solid world-wide growth with Nobu Hotel Barcelona and establishing our 13th Nobu Hotel within our special collection,” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Nobu Hospitality.

“This magnificent alliance with Nobu Hospitality consolidates our purpose of offering unique experiences in the hospitality and restaurant management sector, because one of the business areas of Selenta Group is the management agreements with international partners,” said Jordi Mestre, Selenta Group’s Executive President. “The excellent location and the great transformation of our hotel into Nobu Hotel Barcelona strengthens the expansion of both companies and reinforces the international image of the Catalan capital.”

World renowned architecture firm Rockwell Group will create the setting, Nobu Restaurant will sit atop the building with 360-degree views of the Catalan Capital, complementing Nobu’s  restaurant offering with a high-rise dining experience. 

Look Out for The Grand Garnisher 
Hendrick’s Gin (which is itself infused with cucumber) has, for the past three months, been traveling across the United States with its eye-popping, wondrously strange cucumber slicing device with the sole purpose of offering the most beautifully garnished Hendrick’s Gin cocktails ever to grace a glass.
The Grand Garnisher
The Grand Garnisher
 Hendrick’s Ambassador Mark Stoddard said that since June, The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher has traveled more than 10,050 miles, visited 10 cities, and sliced upwards of 893 cucumbers for the proper garnishment of more than 2,000 Hendrick’s Gin cocktails.
“This is the most inefficient, yet spectacular, garnishing device in all of the land,” Stoddard says of the 38-foot device, powered by a hybrid diesel motor, interlocking gears, 1800s steam engine and a talented penny farthing rider. “Our Grand Garnisher achieves road speeds of up to 25 mph and slices 18 cucumbers per hour, thanks to our well-dressed gentleman furiously pedaling his way across the States!”
The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher has thus far graced the presence of iconic landmarks including the New York Skyline, Chicago Skyline, Hollywood Sign, Golden Gate Bridge, and the famed Superdome in New Orleans. It will continue for the next 80 days and will make stops in another 11 cities including San Diego, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Tampa; FL; Miami, FL; wrapping up in Washington, D.C. Select hi-res photos from the tour stops are available upon request.
Perdue Goes Wild for Turkey

Perdue Foodservice added two new products  to the PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® all-natural* Turkey portfolio—Sliced Smoked Turkey and Dark Turkey Burgers. With 86 percent  of consumers looking for restaurants to be more transparent, the new clean label turkey products help operators take advantage of high-value menu claims to drive traffic and boost sales, they feel. More than 70 percent of consumers reported they are more concerned about food additives today than two years ago. Therefore, it’s no surprise consumers are willing to pay 75 percent more for a product containing ingredients they know and trust.

  • PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® Turkey Burger

This NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER, 100 percent egetarian fed turkey product is ground, lightly seasoned and formed into a 4.0-oz. turkey burger. Operators get both convenience and quality with these pre-formed turkey burgers.

  • PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® Smoked Sliced Turkey

This NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER, 100 percent  vegetarian fed turkey product is cooked, lightly smoked, sliced into 0.67-oz. slices and packed in a 2-pound resealable package. It is free of nitrates and nitrites (except those naturally occurring in sea salt), and certified gluten free. Perdue Foods LLC is a division of Perdue Farms Inc.  Privately held and family-run for three generations, the company employs 21,000 associates and partners with 2,200 independent farm families.

Sofidel Introduces New Products
Sofidel, a global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use, introduced its line of Hy Tech dispensers, which includes no-touch electronic, mechanical and twin dispensers for two rolls. The line is constructed from highly resistant plastic materials and uses designs from Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni.  The company also debuted Papernet Bio Tech, the first toilet paper to use innovative Biologic Active Tissue Paper (BATP) technology. When the paper makes contact with water, natural, non-pathogenic microorganisms are activated and produce enzymes to eat away dirt. Once their work is complete, the enzymes bio-degrade, leaving no residue or negative environmental impact.sofidel

“Facilities seek restroom solutions that will stand the test of time, work seamlessly and help control costs and the spread of germs,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President AFH Marketing & Sales for Sofidel America. “Our new Hy Tech electronic dispensers are durable and aesthetically pleasing, and help users maintain proper hygiene. The automatic feature also helps control the consumption of towels to reduce unnecessary waste.”

The Hy Tech dispensers are built using Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), an extremely strong type of plastic. With resistance to physical impacts and corrosive chemicals, the high-quality dispensers keep restrooms looking their best while reducing replacement costs for facilities.

The new HyTech dispensers work exclusively with Papernet paper towels and tissue, a premium line of top performance products for the most demanding environments. During the paper’s production process, a plug is inserted into the rolls to ensure they fit seamlessly within the dispensers. All Hy Tech dispensers also feature easy paper loading.

“A poorly maintained restroom can negatively impact a business’s reputation and the bottom line, so it’s important to stock innovative products that actually improve the restroom experience,” added Vitali. “Bio Tech is designed to help reduce odors and clogs in pipes, thereby enhancing customer satisfaction and limiting the frequency of expensive and time-consuming repairs.”sofidel

In about four weeks, the sanitizing effect of Papernet’s Bio Tech toilet paper helps to free pipes, septic tanks and sewer systems of dirt to help prevent blockages. Sample studies prove that the exclusive use of Bio Tech drastically reduces the need to pump out the sewer system and enables total savings of up to 40 percent compared with standard toilet paper. The product also helps fight unpleasant restroom odors that can turn away guests and attract insects.

Bio Tech is nominated for a 2017 ISSA Innovation Award for the Supplies & Accessories category.