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.

Economic News Disappointing, Delivery a Bright Spot, Taco Bell Plans to add Beer (Plus Roughly 500 Stores) in Canada, and More

Gross Domestic Product was disappointing in the first quarter. Delivery is a bright spot for restaurants. McDonald’s first quarter beats estimates and its  Japanese division bounces back. Taco Bell plans aggressive growth in Canada. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice. 

A Service Pro You Should Know: Scott Marshall, Training Manager and Senior Technician, AR Repairs Bakers Kneads Inc., Center Line, Mich.

It’s a heck of a business to be in, and I really enjoy it. I especially like the hands-on work and that the job has new challenges every day.

Consultant's Viewpoint: Back to the Future

The introduction of technology into the front of the house remains one of the hottest trends in today's restaurant industry. Lots of industry professionals have their own ideas as to how the use of technology will shape hospitality in the years to come. Before we can start shaping our own vision of the future, though, we must look to the past, says Tom Galvin of Galvin Design Group.

Rocco Mangel Rocks it With Tacos and Tequila

Rocco Mangel founded Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar in 2007. He grew up in the restaurant industry, working his way up from bus boy to general manager and later owner of a Mexican restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla. Big Time Restaurant Group owns and operates the eight Rocco's locations throughout Florida and one in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Come What May …

May is a big month here at FE&S and naturally we have a big issue, chock-full of terrific stories.

Tech Talk

As our company, Hansen Group, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, it seemed like a good time to look back at how the foodservice industry has evolved and take a look at what the future might hold.

Family Matters: Johnson-Lancaster and Associates

It's fairly common for people to refer to their co-workers as family. And that often happens with good reason. Start with the simple fact that in a given work week you likely spend as much or more time working with your work family as you do with your actual family.

Knapp-Track’s Take on Restaurant Performance, IKEA Considers Freestanding Restaurants, and Dean & Deluca’s Food-as-Theater Concept

Malcolm Knapp weighs in on restaurant performance now and for the rest of the year. IKEA considers building freestanding restaurants. McDonald’s appears to be getting tough with franchisees. Dean & Deluca are opening a new fast food concept with food as theatre. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

March Tough on Sales, Top Chains Entwined in Customers’ Lives, Restaurants Create Good-Paying Jobs (Really), and More

March was another tough sales month. A survey finds the best restaurant customers are cutting back. The NPD Group shows top chain restaurants are entwined in consumers’ lives. It may be a surprise to some, but restaurants create a lot of good paying jobs. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Best Business Practices: How Do You Run Your Business?

Technology alone cannot and should not be a conduit through which we build our business relationships.

Restaurant Acquisition Analysis, Ongoing Foodservice Hiring, and Shifts in Consumer Buying Trends

What’s behind the restaurant acquisitions? Foodservice hiring rolls on in March. Former restaurant CEO says consumer buying shifts are bringing upheaval. Ruby Tuesday looks to salad bars for salvation. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.