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.
Tom and Dana Lawson established Earnest Ventures Inc. (EVI) in 1995. Based in Glenelg, Md., EVI specializes in multi-unit restaurants, national and regional chain work, and independent food groups from coast to coast. Tom has been working in the restaurant equipment business for more than 35 years. He and Dana make it a priority to work closely with owners and chefs to create meaningful partnerships.
Stories worth another look: Consumers ate out on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime pay were put on hold by a federal judge. Dunkin’ Donuts to de-emphasize food sales and push beverages.
Stories worth another look: U.S. retail sales were up in October but restaurant sales fell. Initial jobless claims hit a 40-year low. Home delivery could drive millions in restaurant sales. McDonald’s newly designed operations are up and running.
Stories worth a second look: Fresh perspective on the “restaurant recession.” Starbucks isn’t worried about the impact of people forsaking brick and mortar retailers. Starbuck’s Roastery is enjoying success. C-stores future is in foodservice. Burger King makes a commitment to grow in Canada.
A Q&A with Joe Schmitt, who has led the 80-year-old Rapids Wholesale Equipment for more than 24 years, helping expand the 56-employee dealership’s four locations and various divisions, including Chain Restaurant Solutions and Foodservice Contract and Design businesses.
The foodservice industry tends to be rather transient. Rarely a day goes by that we don’t receive word of someone changing companies for numerous reasons.
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