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.

The Correct Way to Serve Correctional Foodservice

My first job in corrections was at a prison where we served the inmates cafeteria style using four lines. My second day on the job I was watching the food lines, standing with my back to the inmates entering the dining hall. From behind me a very deep and menacing (at least he thought he was) voice asked the question "What's this f$%@#%g s#@t?!" Not quite sure how to respond, I thought for a few seconds, straightened my shoulders and turned around to find myself staring up into the face of a very large inmate. With a smile on my face I responded, "Lunch."

Leadership vs. Management: It’s a Balance

Leadership and management are two terms inextricably tied together. In fact, these terms are so closely associated that it's easy to mistake one for the other. But in order for all foodservice professionals to be successful in today's business environment, they need to be able to not only understand the differences between leadership and management but also be able to balance the two.

What’s Old Is New Again

Quick...what do the years 1983, 2002 and 2014 have in common? And, no, they do not correspond with the years my favorite blazer has been in style.

A Caring Climate

Ask most any foodservice professional about the most potent tool at their disposal and they will likely cite the tried and true response "relationships." And there's some truth in that answer. At the most basic level of any transaction, people generally do buy from people. But if I learned one thing in putting together this issue of FE&S, it's that relationships, while important, are far from the most impactful tool foodservice professionals have at their disposal.

Family Matters

During the past seven years, the trials and tribulations of the U.S. economy have been well-documented. We all can recall the new economy's buzz words: bailouts, rightsizing, doing less with more and so forth. While much has changed within the U.S. economy, one thing remains the same. Namely, family-owned businesses remain a driving force in today's economy.

The Many Faces of Foodservice Growth

This Week in Foodservice looks at which regions offer the most potential for restaurant growth, gives a report from the breakfast wars, gives the latest comparable store sales for more than a dozen chains and a whole lot more.

Mixed Results in Economic Data, McDonald's Soft Quarter, Several Chains Announce New Partnerships and Strategies

This Week in Foodservice: Mixed Results in Economic Data, McDonald’s Soft Quarter, Several Chains Announce New Partnerships and Strategies

Fine Dining’s Comeback, Concerns for the Burger Segment, Minimum Wage Hike Talk and More

This week we report on positive restaurant industry sales for March, discuss a negative demographic trend, explore news of a flat burger market, celebrate fine dining’s comeback and a whole lot more.

Economic Census Shows Foodservice Growth, the Number One Chicken Chain and More

This week we explore some early numbers from the 2012 U.S. Economic Census, report on the latest employment data including foodservice hiring, look at how the National Restaurant Association won a battle in the U.S. House of Representatives but may not win the war, reveal the number one chicken chain and a whole lot more.

How Does McD’s Double Burger King’s Sales, CKE CEO Talks New Overtime Rules and Much More

This week we analyze the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, look at the GDP results, provide a response by a restaurant industry leader to the president’s call for new rules on overtime and much more.

"…It’s a classic Ricca design"

One doesn't need to know a lot about foodservice design to realize that for such a phrase to exist, it must refer to someone who is not only highly regarded but who has attained the pinnacle of peer recognition and respect.