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.

The Tray Line: Movin' On Down the Line

High-volume operators use tray lines to make up many meals at once and to clean afterwards.

Sandwich Shop E&S: Sophisticated Sandwich Prep

As the sandwich concept continues to grow in popularity and variety, operators require foodservice equipment to support prep and holding tasks specific to their menus.

Green Gets Going in Foodservice

Many foodservice companies are searching for innovative ideas but the easiest one to implement may be creating a greener operation.

Mexican Foodservice Remains on the Move

Americans' growing taste for Mexican-inspired cuisine continues to drive this foodservice segment to new heights, despite a challenging business environment.

What Makes a Kitchen Smart?

The notion of designing a smart kitchen is not a new one. What is new, though, is how the evolution of foodservice technology affects the way the industry defines a smart kitchen today.

The Importance of Scheduled Maintenance

During the past 12 months, the concept of scheduled maintenance has become more popular among foodservice operators. This is likely due to the challenging economy, which has operators from all industry segments trying to maximize the service life of the foodservice equipment in their kitchens. While the renewed interest in scheduled maintenance is good, it’s equally important for the operator to see this as a value-added program and not a necessary evil.

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.