Foodservice Issues

Spotlights the challenges and opportunities that impact the application of foodservice equipment and supplies in the real world including green and energy efficiency concerns, foodservice equipment concerns, the impact of technology on foodservice, and the state of the foodservice economy.

Rehab Kitchens at Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services in Wilmington, Ohio

As the U.S. population ages, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. A key component at these CCRCs is foodservice, which also continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the burgeoning segment.

Stevie Ray’s Pizza at The Korner Café at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C.

Elevating pizza to a new level of popularity at Rex Healthcare took a lot of work, but the end result continues to exceed expectations.

Taking on Room Service at Syosset Hospital in Long Island, N.Y.

A rapidly evolving healthcare environment has led to a number of organizations aligning with one another. This can impact the population these healthcare foodservice operators need to serve as well as how they provide food and nutrition services. Such was the case with the 72-bed Syosset Hospital when it took on a 32-bed orthopedic program from another hospital in February of 2014.

Technology at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco, Calif.

This has been quite the year for Dan Henroid, MS, RD, director of Nutrition and Food Services (NFS), and sustainability officer for UCSF Medical Center, and his staff. They've had a major operational expansion and made gargantuan adjustments to their services.

The New Fast-Casual Chef: Moving From Full Service to Limited Service

The continuing popularity of fast-casual concepts keeps drawing the attention of some of the fine-dining segment’s biggest names. But designing and equipping a fast-casual restaurant can differ greatly from developing a fine-dining concept, as one design consultant and chef point out.

From GCs to BTUs, Proper Equipment Installation is Worth Your Attention

Commercial kitchens can easily run in the tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. With that sort of outlay, operators spend long hours working with design consultants and dealers to specify equipment that best fits their budget and their needs.

Coping with Faster Timetables for Foodservice Design Projects

Seems as if every foodservice design project today operates on a fast track. So how can design teams accomplish what used to take years in a matter of months? One seasoned foodservice consultant suggests a variety of steps including leveraging technology, improving communication and going back to the basics.

Using Foodservice Equipment to Mitigate Risk to People

While much of the focus today centers on healthy eating for consumers, protecting foodservice workers’ health should be an important consideration for operators across all industry segments. 

Planned or Preventative Maintenance: What’s the Difference?

Planned maintenance. Preventative maintenance. To many foodservice operators, the two are one and the same. But to foodservice equipment repair agencies, the phrases have very different meanings that should matter to those who run a kitchen.

Building Your Foodservice Business: Three Points to Ponder for 2015

It’s a new year, and this year, a new dawn. The economy is the strongest it’s been in several years, the restaurant business continues to grow and that means foodservice designers are much busier than before. While many associations and research outlets like to release their picks for top trends in food and drink each year, here’s a look at three trends to think about as you set out to build your business in the coming year.

Designing Foodservice for the Tech Crowd

Tech companies continue to generate public attention with their innovative devices and apps. Today, though, they also make headlines for their innovative foodservice designs aimed to boost employee productivity and loyalty. Here we share a few lessons and trends from the tech segment that can impact foodservice designers regardless of what industry segment they are working on.