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.

Membership has its Privileges

Given that we are more connected than ever and as well informed as we have ever been, are trade associations still relevant in today's foodservice industry?

Keep Reaching for the Stars

In many ways it is ironic that in this issue we explore the future of foodservice design consultants. That's because in this issue we also remember design consultant Jim Webb who passed away far too early in late October. It was out of several conversations with Jim that we decided to make this article part of our December issue.

Trend Setters

Restaurant folk are a resilient lot.

This Week In Foodservice: Casual Restaurant Chains Comparable Store Sales Slide in October

Customer visits are up but check averages are down at casual dining establishments. So what does this all mean for the foodservice industry? This Week In Foodservice tries to make sense of it all.

This Week In Foodservice: What Role did Sandy Play in October's So-So Restaurant Sales?

With many people very jittery about the state of the overall economy, many observers are wondering about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the foodservice industry. This Week In Foodservice sheds some light on the subject and takes a closer look at a variety of industry-related economic indicators.

This Week In Foodservice: Hurricane Sandy Blows An Ill Wind For Foodservice

Hurricane Sandy tested the resilience of the economy, foodservice operators and more.

This Week In Foodservice: The Industry Remains in Growth Mode

As economists continue to assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy, there's still plenty of economic news to report that impacts the foodservice industry, as noted in this edition of This Week In Foodservice. We also take a look at what one analyst has to say about the potential outcomes of the general election.

Oops I did it again…

As the incomparable Yogi Berra once said, "...making predictions is hard, especially when they're about the future." Before you Google that...if he didn't say it, then he should have, because it's a pretty good line and more than a little true.

Understand the Past but Keep an Eye on the Future

All segments of the foodservice industry like to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is such a rich part of their history.

This Week In Foodservice: Where the Economy Stands Going Into the Election

Despite improved consumer sentiment, the economic outlook remains rather subdued and that continues to impact the foodservice industry.

Do You Know the Real Impact of the New Healthcare Law?

As a business leader you are undoubtedly aware that the Affordable Healthcare Act is about to take effect. But that seems to be where most people's understanding of the legislation begins and ends. That's because this legislation is highly complex and to someone outside of Washington, D.C., it seems like a maze of regulations that are indiscriminately and independently linked to each other.