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.

Killers Slay …

No, this isn't another all-too-familiar headline from the day's news, this is a shout-out to the closing party at The NAFEM Show 2017. The band The Killers won over a crowd that seemed pretty equally divided between enthusiasts, keenly anticipating the evening, and Baby Boomers who weren't too sure about what to expect. It turned out to be a bold choice and a home run for The NAFEM Show's Trade Show Advisory Council. Closing night capped off a great show. I would estimate the crowds to have been well over a million people, maybe a million and a half.

Tom Ferdinandi Guides Family Pizza Business

Tom Ferdinandi and his family have been involved with pizza restaurants since 1955. Starting out as Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria franchisees, the Ferdinandi family eventually grew the business to include a portfolio of concepts and the business evolved into Milano Restaurants International Corporation. In 1995, Ferdinandi and his brother John took over their family's Fresno, Calif.-based Milano Restaurant, which has blossomed into a multi-concept operation with 5 distinct restaurant brands and more than 70 locations nationwide.

This Week in Foodservice: Number of Restaurants at 10-year low, Fewer Consumers Eating Out, NPD Shows Restaurant Count Down

The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance declined in January. U.S. home sales had a good January. ReCount reports the number of restaurants are at a 10-year low. Survey finds the number of consumers eating out declined compared to three months ago. There is speculation on what Restaurant Business International plans for Popeyes.

 

This Week in Foodservice: January Retail Sales Rise, RBI to Buy Popeyes, Food Away From Home Leads Consumer Price Index Increase and Whole Foods Intros Fast-Casual

Retail sales in the U.S. rose in January with restaurants outperforming most retail sectors. Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen will be purchased by Restaurant Brands International. The consumer price index for food was up in January with food away from home leading the way. Wendy’s investment in Arby’s pays off big. The Whole Foods grocery chain introduces a fast-casual restaurant concept. Starbucks tests ice cream. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

One Industry. One Weekend. One Killer Show.

This Week in Foodservice: How Sysco Sales Translate, Local Sourcing ups Food Safety Risks and Tech Pays off for Panera

Sysco reports sales increased. The use of local sourcing and organic ingredients increases food safety risks. The number of c-stores grew last year but at a very slow rate. Fast-food restaurant traffic was flat last year while traffic at other restaurants declined. Technology investment pays off for Panera Bread.

This Week in Foodservice: Foodservice Operators Kept Hiring in January; Walmart’s Latest C-Store Concept; Takeout Meals Continue to Grow

The National Restaurant Association reports December restaurant performance remained modest. Foodservice operators kept hiring in January. Walmart introduces another C-store concept. Technomic says takeout food meal sales are continuing to grow.

Consultant's Viewpoint: It is Time to Transform the School Food Experience

We have all had virtually the same school foodservice experience, right? You get dismissed for lunch, you walk down the stainless steel line, the lunch lady puts food on a five-compartment tray (whoever invented that item must be rich) and you choose white or chocolate milk. As you got older, perhaps you had an additional choice of entree or you could purchase an a la carte item. Extra fries, anyone?

You did What?…

It was rather late in the production schedule for this month's issue, when I was made aware that Editorial Director Joe Carbonara, for whom I have the utmost love and respect, had commissioned an unscheduled piece of editorial on the predicted impact of a Trump presidency on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. I wasn't thrilled ... for a couple of reasons.

Creative Destruction

The business community has had some big hits as of late. Department store giant Macy's announced plans to close 100 of its brick and mortar locations across the country in an effort to stabilize its operations. Sears unveiled plans to sell its Craftsman brand of tools to Stanley Black & Decker for $900 million.

A Service Pro You Should Know: John Orr of RSI, Dallas

A Q&A with A Service Pro You Should Know: John Orr, Technical Service Manager, CFESA master technician and certified refrigeration trainer, RSI, Dallas.