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.

Looking Ahead: 2014 Hospitality and Foodservice Trends

With slightly more than two months left in the current year, many foodservice professionals have begun planning for 2014, including looking ahead to what's on the horizon in terms of changes and trends in the industry. 

Farm to Table, Literally: What’s Trending in Tabletop

Farm to table. Rustic, natural, organic, comfort. The buzzwords flying around food, chefs and restaurants have hit the tabletop, from earthenware plates to mason jars, simple silverware and roughed-up wooden furniture. From the East Coast to the West, the consensus on trends is clear: it's all about farmhouse simplicity.

Foodservice Equipment Maintenance Fundamentals

With the foodservice industry's business environment slowly improving, now is the time for many operators to get back on track with their equipment maintenance programs.

Fresh Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County Inc. in Wisconsin

This new kitchen incorporates technology that is changing the way staff prepare meals for the homebound, disabled and elderly in this community and perhaps the country.

Bar Rescue: The Beverage Business' Changing Design

Today's cocktail culture continues to prompt foodservice operators from all industry segments to emphasize their bar areas. Doing so has a variety of implications on design, equipment selection and more.

2014 Forecast: The New Normal

The foodservice industry’s status quo now includes slow but steady growth rates, a tighter operator focus on managing expenses and a more pronounced need for the supply chain to better articulate the return on investment their goods and services will provide.

Foodservice Consultants Face Challenges Working in Remote Locations

While many foodservice design consultants work on projects based in or near large urban areas, countless others work with operators that serve remote areas of the country, from the farm-heavy Midwest to small, Southern towns on the Gulf coast, even throughout Alaska. So working on remote foodservice design projects has become pretty standard today. Still, this approach does not come without a few considerations that the customer and designer need to consider. 

A Guide to Adding Dayparts in Foodservice Operations

Looking to spur growth within their existing concept, many restaurant operators turn to adding a daypart to their scope of service. Of course transitioning into a new daypart brings with it considerable operational and financial considerations. Here four foodservice industry veterans share their experiences.

Updated Design Breathes New Life into Oregon State University’s Arnold Bistro

A major renovation that turned an existing dining hall into a marketplace-style servery resulted in nearly $2 million in additional sales.

Foodservice Equipment Specification Tips from Casinos

While they may want their customers to roll the dice, so to speak, casinos do exactly the opposite when specifying foodservice equipment. Their approach can best be described as thorough, calculated and effective. In this article, a veteran foodservice design consultant shares 10 characteristics casinos look for when buying foodservice equipment.

 

SOS: Designing for Speed of Service

Once thought of as something that applied only to the quick-serve community, speed of service has become just as much of a priority for fast-casual and other segments of the foodservice industry. As a result, designers must strike that delicate balance between speediness and customer service.