The draft beer industry is anything but stagnant today, so why do establishments use outdated – not to mention wasteful – techniques when it comes to keg monitoring and ordering? Because that’s the way it has always been done and the industry has seen a lack of innovation when it comes to data gathering.Quantum physics founder Max Planck said “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” and that’s exactly what Steve Hershberger did when he created SteadyServ iKeg.

Organic vegetables on a stand at a farmers market

Organic vegetables on a stand at a farmers market[/caption] The smartest move food retailers can make today is to invest in local product labeling. Why? “Local” means fresh to consumers and 93 percent say fresh is the most important factor in their purchasing decisions and they are willing to pay more for it, according to a study by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. What does local to mean to the consumer?

Foodseum2Did you know that humankind's ancestors began encasing mastodon meat two-and-a-half-million years ago or that people shared the streets of Chicago with cattle in 1913? It is the mission of Chicago’s first nonprofit food museum – Foodseum – to provide a central location for anyone to learn about, celebrate and be inspired by food. The first exhibit, “The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World” opened Sept. 19.

It has been a couple weeks since my whirlwind adventure at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, which was filled with high-energy events and rubbing elbows with celebrity chefs. (OK, not really rubbing elbows, but we were close.) Food & Drink International attended a variety of events held by Food Network chefs, listened to them share life experiences that led to their culinary careers and tasted some of the greatest food and beverages on the market today. Although the parties were amazing, it was just as important to remember why the festival exists – to raise funds for No Kid Hungry Campaign and the Food Bank for New York City – and learn how leaders in the food industry are making a difference in terms of food education with the next generation.

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If a chef compiled all the ingredients the animal you were about to consume ate during its life into a dish or centerpiece, what would that look like? Would you eat it? Elysian Fields Sheep Farm and Elysian Fields brand founder Keith Martin tells us during the Roots Conference that a chef did create a centerpiece out of the food his lambs eat and it really made an impact.

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