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Casual dining chain launches small, to-go format

- General News
TGI Fridays plans to open a 2,500-square-foot to-go and delivery concept as a way to adapt to consumer dining habits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NGA urges Biden Administration to grant vaccine mandate grocery exemption

- Retail
The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has written a letter to the Biden administration urging the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to consider exempting businesses in the food supply chain from the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate following the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to lift the stay on the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

Kroger will end COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated workers

- Retail
Cincinnati, OH-based Kroger Co. plans to cut some COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated workers starting January 1.

USDA has lowest vaccination rate among government agencies

- General News
USDA had the lowest percentage of COVID vaccinated employees among all government departments, with 86 percent of employees receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Zoom makes associations more global, less personal

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Foodservice study shows demand rises for drive through, carry out

- General News
Acosta's research, bolstered by the combined resources and expertise of its new division, CORE Foodservice, finds many consumers are now carrying out (27%) or eating drive thru (23%) more than they were pre-pandemic, as motivation to cook at home decreases.

80% of Canadian restaurants will fail this winter without subsidies, survey says

- General News
Restaurants Canada is calling on the federal government to increase and extend the wage and rent subsidies into 2022 to ensure foodservice businesses can pull through the ongoing pandemic.

USApple: Many apple businesses will be left out of COVID-19 assistance program

- General News
Many U.S. apple businesses won’t qualify for Critical COVID-relief assistance that was announced today by the Agriculture Department, said the U.S. Apple Association.

Restaurant report shows success rebuilding

- General News
Today, the National Restaurant Association released a mid-year supplement to the 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which illustrates the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry.

Restaurant industry survey shows rising fear of dining in

- General News
Today, the National Restaurant Association and its state restaurant association partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership, sharing concerning new consumer confidence survey findings and urging swift replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.