Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

Consumers Evaluate Restaurant Chain Performance, Growth Possibilities for Food Hall Concept, Casey’s General Store’s Delivery Success, and More

Consumers evaluate restaurant chains’ performance via two new surveys. Consumers who download third-party delivery apps don’t cut back on restaurant visits. Casey’s General Store offers delivery service. One consultant sees food halls growing. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Soft Sales in May for Restaurants, Fast-Casual Sales Growth Slows, Price Difference Narrows in Food at Home Versus Away from Home

Restaurant sales were soft in May. Price difference narrows between food at home and food away from home. Fast-casual sales growth slows. Digital sales at Panera Bread hit $1 billion. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Forecasts, Wall Street Likes Fast Feeders, Consumers Using Delivery and Drive-Thru

Here’s a quick look at 2017 forecasts for foodservice. The NPD Group describes foodservice performance as “steady.” Wall Street likes fast feeders. The Labor Department reverses rules on who controls employees. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

More Capital Equipment Investments Expected, Fast-Casual Sales Likely to Slow, Consumers Balk at Better-Burger Prices, and More

The National Restaurant Association says industry performance softened in April. Foodservice operators kept hiring in May. Fast-casual sales are predicted to slow this year. Panera Bread found a way to achieve faster service. Shift in dining habits hurts lunch business. Some consumers are balking at the price of better burgers. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Q&A with Jim Zink on the Role of the Rep at Zink Foodservice and Paradigm

Independent manufacturers' reps remain a key component in helping facilitate the flow of foodservice equipment and supplies from factory to dealer to end user. But as the foodservice industry matures and consolidates, the role of the rep continues to evolve. Realizing this, Zink Foodservice, along with Kain McArthur and the Redstone Group, became a founding member of Paradigm in 2016, a strategic alliance of rep agencies that now includes Vader and Landgraf Inc., and Preferred Marketing Group. As his company celebrates its 40th anniversary, Jim Zink, managing partner of Zink Foodservice, discusses the role of the rep in the future and looks back on how the industry has changed.

Tackling Technology

Forget the talk about the impact Millennials and Generation Z continue to have on the foodservice industry. Among all the trends affecting today’s foodservice industry, technology has the most profound impact.

Is this the No. 5 Bus?

If you are a regular reader of FE&S, you have heard me say that Zoomba Group is an original content creation company and that we see you, the reader, as our primary customer. Our business proposition is a pretty simple one: If we can give you a magazine that is worth reading, one that will give you insights and information that helps you do your job as a buyer, seller or specifier of foodservice equipment and supplies better, then we will create an environment in which advertisers want to be seen.

Mobile Stations

Advancements bring flexibility and profits to modern stadiums.

Real Restaurant Growth Eking out Positive, Delivery Worthy of Design Spec, McD’s Holds on to No.1 Spot

Real restaurant industry growth to date is barely positive according to one estimate. Restaurant design of the future may center on take out service. The Nielsen Company sees c-stores as having both challenges and opportunities. McDonald’s remains the world’s largest restaurant company. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.


Independents on the Rise, Darden to Expand, and Several Chains Plan to Reimage

Independents are on the rise. Darden plans to build and remodel restaurants. DQ, White Castle and Noodles & Company all prepare to change their appearances. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

April Restaurant Sales Up, Technomic Spots Weakness in Full-Service; Minimum Wage Update and More

The Census Bureau reports restaurant sales were up in April. Technomic’s 500 Report shows weakness in the full service segment. Sysco, US Foods and the Performance Food Group all showed moderate sales advances. Minimum wage increases prove harmful to restaurants. McDonald’s will aid franchisees to upgrade. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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