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.
While overall retail sales continue to struggle, the restaurant and bar segment remain somewhat of a bright spot for the U.S. economy.
A study done by the prestigious consumer-based magazine shows how tight the competition in the restaurant community really is. Also, blogger Jerry Stiegler takes a look at the continued mixed economic news, exploring jobs data both in and outside of the restaurant industry and a variety of other indicators, as well as some chain expansion news.
Restaurant operators maintained a positive outlook in May, the only catch is that it was not quite as positive as recent months. And that set of mixed results is indicative of the overall U.S. economic climate, foodservice included.
I am an outgoing person and have my father to thank for that. Throughout my childhood, my dad would take me places and introduce me to attorneys, doctors and other professional people. This social upbringing helped shape my 38-year career in the foodservice industry because it taught me to respect people and enjoy their company.
Almost like a celebrity on a red carpet, food waste has begun to receive significant attention within the foodservice industry. This has occurred, in part, as a result of increased interest in foodservice sustainability and early regulatory requirements to remove food waste from landfills in places like Seattle and San Francisco.
When the foodservice industry looks for inspiration to spur innovation, it often turns to the restaurant chains. At first, it was the quick-serve restaurants to capture everyone's attention but in recent years fast-casual operators are the ones really blazing the trail for others to follow. For a long time, this practice made lots of sense because it was the chains that lived on the industry's leading edge, having invested lots in time and money to research and cultivate new concepts, menus and more.
We are especially excited to bring you this July edition of FE&S. Inside you will find a photo recap of this year's Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala. We enjoyed a record turn-out this year and feel particularly good about that fact given the change in date necessitated by NATO's visit to the Windy City.
Juan Martinez considers how industrial design principals can inform the design of foodservice spaces and operations.
Measuring consumer satisfaction can be rather tricky. In fact, what consumers say on surveys and what they do with their disposable income can be two very different things.
In taking a look at today's healthcare foodservice operators, it would seem to me that this segment of the industry features plenty of challenges and opportunities.