Food Expiration Date Labels

What do they really mean?

Perhaps there's also a curse on Washington Avenue. Last week Hollister Grill on Washington shut its doors after being open for just six months. Now, Solea, which is on Shepherd near Washington, has announced that it is closing so the owners can rebrand the restaurant. Solea opened 14 months ago offering small plates meant to be shared, wine and live music. According to the Facebook announcement, the owners plan to change every aspect of the restaurant, including the name, but have said nothing specific about their plans.

Breath a sigh of relief, because Little Bitty Burger Barn is NOT closing, despite the Craigs­list ad stating that it was for sale. The owners told Eater they decided to stay where they are in Oak Forest.

Fellini Caffe officially opened on September 26, as noted by B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter. The restaurant kicked things off with a happy hour.

What does this label mean? Is my sandwich rancid?
Kaitlin Steinberg
What does this label mean? Is my sandwich rancid?

Torchy's Tacos also opened on September 26. The new Heights location opened at 7 a.m. and offered free breakfast tacos throughout the morning. (If only the breakfast tacos were free every morning.)

Campo Azul Mexican Restaurant in Dickinson closed awhile ago, but the family has reopened the restaurant in Pasadena. B4-U-Eat mentions that the newly established restaurant has also added breakfast to its menu.

Eater reported that Cloud 10 Creamery had a soft opening in Rice Village on September 22, so the ice cream company finally has a brick-and-mortar location. Since the 22nd, Cloud 10 Creamery has been open for limited hours in the evening to serve a variety of classic and new flavors, including chamomile, dulce de leche and black-sesame milk chocolate.

We reported two weeks ago that Tacos A Go-Go would take over the current La Fen­dee location to open a third taco restaurant, but according to Eater the deal is not set in stone. ­Tacos A Go-Go owner Jeff Roeske posted a statement on Facebook to clear up any ­confusion. He says nothing has been made ­official.

Noodles & Company opens its first Houston-area location in The Woodlands on Monday, September 30. The starch-heavy restaurant serves just about any and every type of noodle — hearty bowls of mac and cheese, penne pasta with spicy tomato cream sauce and classic Pad Thai.

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The large amount of fresh food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, retailers and the struggling families in today’s tough economy. The excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration in supermarkets causes waste.

Why not let the consumer perform the perishables rotation in the supermarket by offering him purchasing incentives based on product’s remaining shelf life?

There is a new GS1 DataBar global standard that enables an automatic incentive offering application for fresh food close to its expiration.

The EndGroceryWaste application, which is based on GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue and makes fresh food affordable for all families while effectively reducing the global carbon footprint.


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