Segment Spotlight

This section goes in depth on a selected foodservice and equipment supplies market segment. From commercial to institutional, from food trucks to correctional facilities, FE&S covers it all.

Family Dining Q&A: Bobby Williams, co-owner Lizard’s Thicket, Columbia, S.C.

Although the unique name is unfamiliar to those living outside of Columbia, S.C., to its many loyal customers "Lizard's Thicket" is synonymous with down-home Southern cooking.

E&S Segment Spotlight: Family Dining

Facing pressure from QSRs and other competitors, the family-dining segment continues to focus on its core competencies – namely breakfast and lunch – to meet consumers' needs.

Pizza Party!

Durable equipment and supplies represent a key ingredient as foodservice operators continue to feed Americans' seemingly insatiable appetite for these Italian pies.

Food courts upgrade to finer dining

For a gourmet meal, head on over to … the food court?

Battered by the recession and competition from non-mall retailers, shopping centers are trying to attract customers with a decidedly upscale culinary hook.

Burger joints and smoothie shops are giving way to sushi bars and churrascarias. Flatware is replacing plastic utensils. And forget grungy cafeteria seating with the sticky table tops and fluorescent lighting. Now customers are chowing down in Wi-Fi-equipped patios with lush landscaping, waterfalls, fireplaces and city and ocean views.

Years ago, Steven Polen, 59, would have never ventured to a mall to eat. But he recently headed to Westfield Century City just to have lunch at its food court, now called the “dining terrace” following a posh makeover.

Borgata Buffet in Atlantic City, N.J.

Juice Bars

Thanks to consumers' interest in healthier and portable foods that can be eaten on the go, the juice-bar segment of the foodservice industry continues to prosper.

K-12 School Foodservice Revised

Just like their parents, children in the U.S. have expanded their food repertoire.

Segment Spotlight, December 2009; Sports Bars Score Big

Upscale menus, high end décor and a focus on quality and service have become common sports bar attributes.

Segment Spotlight, October 2009; The Evolution of Italian

By streamlining operations and incorporating efficient equipment, the Italian restaurant segment has held up in hard times.

Segment Spotlight, September 2009; Vino as a Value Proposition

Although wine bars typically attract an upscale demographic, these operations are being positioned as a less costly option for consumers.

Concept Closeup: Sugar Toad at the Hotel Arista

As the first hotel in Illinois to achieve LEED Certification status, the Hotel Arista in Naperville uses 30 percent less water and 21 percent less energy than hotels of comparable size by adhering to the USGBC's standards.