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.
U.S. January retail sales slipped but restaurant sales started the year on a high note. Knapp-Track data shows casual restaurant chains did well in January, too. And the LA Times reported that minimum wage increases don’t force restaurants out of business but that other problems are created. These stories and more in This Week In Foodservice.
The U.S. employment picture brightens as foodservice continues to be a big factor in job growth. Other news this week in foodservice includes questions about the Sysco/US Foods deal, fast-casual continues to lead the way in traffic growth, and despite a rough January some bright spots may be starting to emerge for McDonald’s.
This week we compare 2015 forecasts from the National Restaurant Association and Technomic, look at projections for worldwide foodservice equipment sales and update Sysco’s latest efforts to gain approval of its deal to acquire US Foods.
The first thing that you should understand is that Joe Carbonara, our chief editor, does not give up the reins easily. Especially when it comes to the things that Joe loves to do, like the tabletop judging that he oversees each year for FE&S.
From the 2015 Performance in Tabletop Awards to the feature on cook-chill to the facility design project of the month (64 Degrees at the University of California San Diego) and countless other articles, examples of collaboration are plentiful in this issue.
Rome native Chef Massimo Falsini has made Hawaii his career high point, home and paradise.
Years of poor handwashing in restaurants have resulted in unnecessary risk for operators. They have been exposed to unrelenting cost cuts under a banner of value-engineering solutions without any way to defend the most important values: safety and business continuity.
A Wall Streeter is bullish on restaurants in 2015. The housing market news was good in December. Should YUM spin off Taco Bell? McDonald’s financials remain weak while there is speculation on what Big Mac will trim from their menu. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.
Retail sales weakened in December but restaurants showed a nice sales increase. Technomic reports diner traffic is up. Restaurant “real” sales should have been up last year. Various studies show confidence in the U.S. is improving.
Knapp-Track finds reasons for optimism among the casual-dining chains. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index (finally) turns positive. Employment reports are pretty good and that includes foodservice hiring. These items and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.