E. Liz Sloan

A. Elizabeth Sloan

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    With almost 1 million U.S. foodservice locations and 15.6 million employees, the restaurant industry has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic (NRA 2020a). As of June 30, 2020, restaurant job losses exceeded 5.5 million; 7.4% of U.S. restaurants were temporarily closed, and 3.5% had permanently shut down. Urban restaurants, which lost a key customer base as employees shifted to working remotely, were hardest hit (NRA 2020b, Datassential 2020a). In the first five months of the pandemic (March to…

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    A. Elizabeth Sloan, PhD, a member of IFT and contributing editor of Food Technology, is president, Sloan Trends Inc., Escondido, Calif. ([email protected]).

    E. Liz Sloan