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.

Can You Design a One-Square-Foot Back of House?

Let industrial engineering techniques inspire you. 

Despite Going Backward the Restaurant Industry Still Moved Forward in July

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index retreated for the second month in July but still was in positive territory, which signals growth among the key industry segments the survey tracks. The report also indicates that most operators continue to move forward with capital expenditures. Also, this week we take a look at why Gross Domestic Product data managed to be reassuring, alarming and a whole lot more.

 

After 75 Years Some Things Remain the Same

This year, Buffalo Hotel Supply Co. celebrates 75 years as a family-owned business. My grandfather, James M. Bedard Sr. founded the company in 1938, the last year of the Great Depression and not the best time to start a new venture. He had lost his job with the Buffalo-based Larkin Soap Company, one of the largest mail-order catalog companies in the world at the time and was experiencing significant financial difficulties. The Larkin Soap Company had founded and owned Buffalo Pottery Company, which eventually became known as Buffalo China and, eventually, a division of Oneida.

Black and White and Read All Over…A Note from the Publisher

The recent sales of the Washington Post and the Boston Globe to successful entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos and John Henry, respectively, provide me with an opportunity to talk with you for a moment about our business philosophy here at Zoomba Group and what it means to you, our reader.

Remaining Relevant: Lessons Learned from a Recent Vacation

This summer my wife Patty and I took our three daughters to Disney World in Orlando. As parents, it was a seminal moment for us because we were able to treat our daughters to one of the truly great American experiences: a ride on the tea cups.

The Greater Merger: Hospitality and Foodservice Management

In response to the recession, corporations everywhere had to find creative ways to do more with fewer employees. Naturally, that trend has influenced the business and industry (B&I) foodservice professionals that support many of these companies.

The Foodservice Consultant’s Evolving Role

There seems to be an inherently macro view of today's consultant as one that has not changed parallel to the rest of the industry, or, in some cases, has resisted change. And many in the industry believe the growth of design dealers will spell the end of traditional foodservice consultants. Although some of these views jump to premature conclusions, I do tend to agree with certain aspects of these opinions.

Consumers Choices Becoming Clear

As their cars get older and food trucks become more prevalent, the way consumers use foodservice continues to evolve. Also, This Week in Foodservice explores disaster plans, growth chains and much more. 

Nobody Cares How Big the Back of Your House Is

Foodservice design can be an intriguing balancing act as designers look to accommodate the needs of the front and back of the house without compromising either. In this post, Juan Martinez takes a philosophical approach at finding balance in foodservice design.

Taking a Closer Look at Labor, Retail and Hotel Foodservice and More

Lots happening in the foodservice arena these days, including the re-opening of the Boston restaurant most affected by the marathon bombings, potential changes to hotel foodservice and much more. 

U.S. Restaurant and Bar Sales Outperform Overall Retail Sales in July

This Week in Foodservice looks at Commerce Department advance sales estimates for July as well the employment picture, economic stats and consumer sentiment in order to deliver a well-rounded picture of the economy issues surround the foodservice industry.