Clarion Food Consulting Group Cautions of Risks for On-Site Food Service Contractors

The clients of food service and other on-site service providers are now considered ‘joint employers’ with their contractors and equally responsible for the contractor’s employees as though they issued their paychecks directly,” warns Tom Mac Dermott, president of the food service and hospitality services consultancy Clarion Group. - July 17, 2016

Clarion Food Consultant Group Announces New Nutritional Guide Regulations

The long-delayed federal regulations for providing nutrition information on “chain restaurant” menus have been published as “guidelines” by the Food and Drug Administration, with enforcement scheduled to begin next year, in May 2017. - May 20, 2016

Clarion Group, Food Service Consultants, Announce Growing Trend in Government Partnerships for On-Site Food Services

More government agencies are adopting the position that organizations are responsible for their food service or other on-site service contractor’s labor-related legal problems, Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, dining and hospitality consultants, reports. - April 21, 2016

Hospitality Service Consultants Clarion Group & TM Consulting Group Join Forces

Two of the nation’s leading dining and hospitality service consulting firms have joined as a collaborative venture to provide greater resources for their clients, the firms have announced. - February 13, 2016

Clarion Group Stresses Importance of New FDA Labeling Rules for Corporate Food Service Consulting

"Time is running out to prepare for implementing the Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling rules," warns Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a dining and hospitality services consulting firm. “Corporate, college, school and institutional food services that are operated by a contractor that has 20 or more clients must comply. - May 24, 2015

Clarion Group Offers New Needs-Based College Dining Consultations

Colleges and companies can make expensive mistakes when they’re planning a new dining facility or renovating an existing one if they haven’t first planned carefully for the operation and services they want, says Tom Mac Dermott, FCSI, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. - February 14, 2015

Corporate Food Service Consultants Clarion Group Helping Clients Achieve Regulatory Compliance in 2015 Marketplace

Trusted Kingston, NH-based corporate food service consultants, Clarion Group are now providing their regulatory expertise to clients across the marketplace. - February 14, 2015

Organize Corporate Events Through Food Service Consultants Clarion Group

Kingston, NH-based food service consultants, Clarion Group are now offering a comprehensive corporate event service. - January 29, 2015

Dining Service Consultant Clarion Group Helps Clients Reduce the Costs of Their On-Site Food Services

Kingston, NH-based dining service consultant, Clarion Group is now working with businesses across the region to help reduce the cost of their food services. - January 27, 2015

Clarion Group Joins Food Consultants Group

Clarion Group, consultants to companies, colleges and institutions in food service operations, has joined Food Consultants Group, an alliance of independent consulting firms that specialize in food- and food service-related disciplines, Tom Mac Dermott, Clarion Group’s president announced. - August 13, 2014

Clarion Group Announces New Efforts in Food Service Consulting Technologies

“Customer-facing technology is opening new opportunities for corporate food service operators,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. - July 13, 2014

Clarion Food Service Management Group Stands Against Outsourcing

The managers of corporate food services and related hospitality services often make a mistake when they outsource these services by accepting the vendor’s “standard contract,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service management consulting firm. - June 18, 2014

Clarion Group Declares Subsidized Contractors Poor Fit for the Food Management Industry

Companies whose food service operations are managed by contractors on a subsidized basis may not be receiving full value financially or the best possible meals and services, warns Tom Mac Dermott, President of Clarion Group, a food service management consulting firm. - June 12, 2014

Clarion Group Announces New Ways to Cut Costs in Food Service Management

Rising food prices, especially for meats, can cause budget concerns for operators of corporate food services, but there are ways to reduce their impact, according to Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service management consulting firm. - June 05, 2014

Clarion Group Introduces New Micro Markets

“Among the fastest-growing solutions in corporate food services is the micro-market,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food services consulting firm. A micro market is an unattended convenience store, typically located in a workplace setting where there’s not... - April 16, 2014

Clarion Group Announces New On-Site Structuring

“Food service operators who are worrying about a possible increase in the minimum wage are looking in the wrong direction,” say Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service management consulting firm. “The federal government’s proposal to tighten regulations... - April 16, 2014

Clarion Group Predicts Increasing Sales in New Markets Throughout 2014

The operators of corporate food services can look forward to a good year in 2014, according to Tom Mac Dermott, FCSI, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. Even some of the bad news for the year has a silver lining, he says. - February 20, 2014

Clarion Group Announces Record Numbers for Corporate Food Services

“The signs are pointing upward for corporate food services,” says Tom Mac Dermott, FCSI, President of Compass Group, a food service and hospitality services consulting firm, citing two recent surveys of the industry, “but not for everyone. The story’s a little different at... - December 12, 2013

Clarion Group: How Corporate Food Service Operators Are Dealing with New Convergence Systems

“Convergence is a term usually associated with communications, the blurring of lines between television, the internet, smart phones and the like. Now convergence has come to corporate food service,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of food service consulting firm Clarion Group. - October 17, 2013

Clarion Group: with Low Interest Rates, Food Service Contractors Are Now More Generous in Offering Financial Investments to Potential College and University Clients

With low interest rates and the Federal Reserve’s easy money policy, the major food service contractors have been more generous in offering financial investments to potential college and university clients, according to Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting... - September 14, 2013

Clarion Group: Should a College or University Operate Its Campus Food Services on Its Own, or Turn the Role Over to a Food Service Contractor

Should a college or university operate its campus food services on its own, or turn the role over to a food service contractor? That’s question with an ambiguous answer, according to Tom Mac Dermott, FCSI, President of the dining service consultant firm, Clarion Group. “It depends on a... - August 28, 2013

Clarion Group: College Food Service Operators Are Finding a New Competitor for Their Voluntary Meal Plans

College food service operators are finding a new competitor for their voluntary meal plans, according to Tom Mac Dermott, President of Clarion Group, a campus and corporate food service consulting firm. “In addition to the usual off-campus restaurants, fast food, pizza and deli outlets,... - July 11, 2013

Clarion Group: Food Service Consultants Aren’t Used to Their Full Value by Their Corporate Clients

“Food service consultants frequently aren’t used to their full value by their corporate clients,” Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a corporate food service consulting firm, says. “Often, we’re brought into a project too late to provide maximum benefit for... - May 31, 2013

Clarion Group: Managers of Corporate Food Service Operations Are Optimistic About Future Prospects for Their Businesses

The managers of corporate food service operations are optimistic about the prospects for their businesses, according to a nationwide survey conducted jointly by Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm, and Food Management, the magazine of the on-site food service, industry. “These are... - April 17, 2013

Clarion Group: More Employees Leaving the Office to Work at Home is Starting to Reverse, Which is Good News for Operators of Corporate Food Services

“Maybe the outgoing tide of more employees leaving the office to work at home is starting to reverse,” says Tom Mac Dermott, President of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. “That would be good news for the operators of corporate food services.” - April 03, 2013

Clarion Group: Resident Students’ Meal Plans Are a Source of Seemingly Endless Variation

Resident students’ meal plans are a source of seemingly endless variation as college food services try to adapt to students’ wishes and wants for convenience and economy, says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. “Back in the famous good... - March 06, 2013

Clarion Group: Companies Are Revising Their Attitude and Thinking of Food Service as a Self-Sustaining Convenience

Companies that once considered low cost meals an employee benefit sometimes now are revising their attitude and thinking of food service as a convenience that should be self-sustaining, according to Tom Mac Dermott, FCSI, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. “The... - February 27, 2013

Clarion Group Warns of Further Diminishment of Client Base for Food Service Contractors and Employed Operators of Corporate Food Services

Food service contractors and employed operators of corporate food services may face further diminishment of their customer bases in 2013, Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm, warns. “In addition to continued slow recovery in the economy, companies now... - January 10, 2013

Are Breakfast Sales Endangering the Viability of Corporate Food Services?

Breakfast sales at employee food services have significantly diminished over the past five to seven years, endangering the viability of corporate food services, research by Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm, has found. “While breakfast sales are lower than at lunch,” Tom... - December 05, 2012

Clarion Group Warns Food Service Operators in the Corporate and School/College Markets Are Facing a Dilemma

Food service operators in the corporate and school/college markets are facing a dilemma, says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a dining and hospitality consulting firm. “After absorbing a year’s worth of rising wholesale prices, the food service operator can expect that... - November 12, 2012

Will College Food Service Follow Corporate Food Service Down the Path to Fewer Customers and Declining Revenue?

Will college food service follow corporate food service down the path to fewer customers and declining revenue? That is a real possibility, says Tom Mac Dermott, President of Clarion Group, a food service and hospitality services consulting firm. “Mobile technology untethered employees from... - October 14, 2012

With New Academic Year, College Food Service Operators Face Challenges of Rising Expectations and Rising Costs

With the opening of the 2012-13 academic year, college food service operators face the twin, and conflicting, challenges of rising expectations and rising costs, says Tom Mac Dermott, President of Clarion Group, a college food and hospitality consulting firm. “Students today have become more... - September 16, 2012

Clarion Group Unveils New Website Layout and Design

The food service management and consultancy company Clarion Group has just unveiled their new website layout and design. The new site offers an improved user experience, with easier navigation, a crisp look and a wide variety of ways to learn about the company and their services, including a... - July 22, 2012

Clarion Group Presents Challenges Faced by Corporate Food Service Operators

“Corporate food service operators are facing a slow-motion crisis as technology is enabling companies to reduce head counts in their offices, factories and other workplaces,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a food service consulting firm. “Fewer on-site employees... - July 12, 2012

Clarion Group Managing On-Site Service Contractors

“The biggest mistake companies and institutions make when hiring a food service, janitorial, mail room, copy center or other vendor to perform services on their premises is to sign the contract, then put it in a drawer and forget it,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group a... - March 29, 2012

2012 May Prove to be a Better Year for Corporate and Campus In-House Food Services and Other Hospitality Services Than Last Year

“2012 may prove to be a better year for corporate and campus in-house food services and other hospitality services than last year,” Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a dining and hospitality services consulting firm says, “but plenty of challenges remain. “The... - January 05, 2012

Organizations That Have In-House Food Services Would be Wise to Determine How Well Their Food Service Personnel Understand and Comply with Food Safety Procedures

Organizations that have in-house food services would be wise to determine how well their food service personnel understand and comply with food safety procedures, advises Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a dining and hospitality services consulting firm headquartered in Kingston,... - September 30, 2011

Corporate Food Service Operators Have to Adapt to the New Reality of Serving Fewer Customers at Their On-Site Cafes

“Corporate food service operators have to adapt to the new reality of serving fewer customers at their on-site cafes,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of the dining and hospitality services consulting firm, Clarion Group, headquartered in Kingston, NH. “It means more than just... - January 21, 2011

Clarion Group Warn Companies and Colleges Food Services to Adapt to the ‘New Reality’ Brought on by the Recession and Its Aftereffects

“Companies and colleges food services have to adapt to the ‘New Reality’ brought on by the recession and its aftereffects,” says Tom Mac Dermott, president of the food and hospitality services consulting firm Clarion Group. “It will be some years before boom times like... - October 27, 2010

Clarion Group Offers Insight to Companies About Outsourcing Food Services

“Outsourcing food services or facilities management services doesn’t mean your problems are over,” warns Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a dining and facilities services consulting firm. “All that a company, college or institution has done is to put an... - October 14, 2010

Clarion Group Announces Emerging Trends of “Green” Healthy Dining and Sustainability Credentials in Colleges

With the start of the fall semester nearing, college dining service directors need to look to “greening” their healthy dining and sustainability credentials, says Angela Phelan, senior vice president and chief environmental advocate of Clarion Group, a consulting firm that specializes... - August 05, 2010

Clarion Group Announces That Companies Should be Weary of Raising Prices in the Dinning Industry

Companies trying to reduce costs by eliminating the subsidy for their employee dining services should tread carefully, warns Tom Mac Dermott, president of Clarion Group, a consulting firm that specializes in corporate dining and facilities services. “We have seen companies that abruptly... - July 09, 2010

New Fresh & Natural Program Announced by Food Service Consultants Clarion Group

Food service consultants, Clarion Group announces new Fresh & Natural program to help clients adapt to the high demand for healthy food - May 15, 2010

Foodservice Consulting Firm, Clarion Group Announces Key 2010 Trends: Lean, Green and Mean

The aftershocks of the Great Recession have affected all segments of on-site food service, according to Tom Mac Dermott, president of food service consulting firm Clarion Group. “People in all income brackets have tightened up on discretionary spending, including for meals and are unlikely to... - January 15, 2010

Clarion Group Warns Employers with Food Service Subsidizing About a New IRS Drive

Tom Mac Dermott, president of the food service consulting firm Clarion Group warns employers who subsidize their employee food services should beware of a new drive by the Internal Revenue Service. IRS audits are increasingly focusing on a provision of the federal tax code that considers the cost... - November 25, 2009

Clarion Group Releases Study Results on Dining Services for Food Service Operators in Universities and Schools

College dining service operators need to review their programs and adapt to the preferences of a new generation of students, according to Tom Mac Dermott, president of the food service consulting firm, Clarion Group. Failing to do so may result in reduced patronage and meal plan participation as... - November 11, 2009

Clarion Group, a Food Service Consulting Company, Welcomes Former IMF Chief of Hospitality Services as VP

Ernest W. Wilder, former Chief of Hospitality Services at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, DC, has joined the consulting firm Clarion Group as a vice president, Clarion president Tom Mac Dermott has announced. Mr. Wilder will lead projects that encompass corporate and university... - September 03, 2009

Clarion Group Releases Recommendations for Improving Corporate Food Service Operations Amid Economic Recession

“The most important thing to keep a company dining service profitable,” Tom Mac Dermott, president of the food service consulting firm Clarion Group said, “is to keep demonstrating real value. That doesn’t mean lower prices, but offering meals that are fresh, food quality... - August 29, 2009

Clarion Group Advances Healthy and Sustainable Dining with New Fresh & Natural Food Program

With the rising tide of consumer interest in health, nutrition, organic and local-grown foods and sustainability issues, corporate and campus food service operators have been scrambling to revise their programs to meet new customer preferences. Clarion Group, a national food service consulting... - August 21, 2009

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