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Jonathan Maze

Editor-in-Chief

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Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze is a longtime industry journalist who writes about restaurant finance, mergers and acquisitions and the economy, with a particular focus on quick-service restaurants. He writes daily about the factors influencing the operating environment, including labor and food costs and various industry trends such as technology and delivery.

Jonathan has been widely quoted in media publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and NPR. He writes a weekly finance-focused newsletter for Restaurant Business, The Bottom Line, and is the host of the weekly podcast “A Deeper Dive.”

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Jonathan Maze

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Menu

Menu price inflation hit a new 40-year high last month

Full-service menu prices rose 8% year over year and limited-service prices jumped 7.2%, while grocery prices increased 10%.

Operations

Food prices expected to keep climbing this year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects commodity costs to continue increasing this year, sending menu prices skyward.

The foodservice operator has told at least 3,000 employees in airports around the U.S. that their layoffs could turn permanent in October.

As foodservice operations struggle, distributors confront challenges of their own.

New federal data shows the industry accounted for more than half of all job losses last month, though the numbers don't reflect late-month layoffs.

The $970 million deal gives the broadline distributor a boost to its cash-and-carry channel.