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.

Understanding Total Cost of Ownership

As foodservice operators examine their expenses, they are using total cost of ownership to help make purchasing decisions that generate a higher return on investment.

The Changing Nature of Foodservice Supplies Purchases

Changes in consumer dining patterns have lead foodservice operators to update the way they purchase supply items like paper goods, flatware, china and the like. As a result, dealers have had to alter their approach to serving their customers.

Top Dining Trends: Now and 2010

Foodservice design consultant Jim Webb, principal of Webb Design, shares his thoughts on the top trends or movements in kitchen and hospitality design for 2010 and beyond. Ideas such as sustainability and multi-use spaces have been relevant for some time, but many foodservice operators are just now starting to implement them.

Redefining Foodservice Waste Management: What's Next

Here are 10 concepts and trends foodservice operators should master if waste management is a priority.

Once upon a time, the topic of waste management conjured images of messy garbage handling, hauling and processing.

Merging Retail with Menu Merchandising

Merging retail concepts and ideas with menu merchandising into unique food venues is an effective way to increase food sales and drive additional retail sales. Open kitchens, fresh meats, finished desserts, raw bars and satay grills are examples of merchandising the menu.

Maintenance Matters: Avoiding Costs with Prevention and Replacements

The Greening of Cleaning

Waste Not, Want Not

Effective Waste Management for Today and Tomorrow's Foodservice Industry

Factory Consolidation’s Impact on Servicing Foodservice Equipment


Efficient Management of Foodservice Equipment Warranties

Although not as flashy as some other product-specific features, the warranty on a specific piece of foodservice equipment plays a critical role when an operator makes a purchase.

Water Conservation: Dishwashers

Despite the number of options available for reducing water costs associated with dishwashing, the drawback remains that there has been little research in terms of total life-cycle costs. “Usage can very day by day,” says Chris Moyer, manager of, the National Restaurant Association’s sustainable information resource.