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Joe Carbonara

All Hail the Food Hall

Beyond the varied menu and service styles, food halls often feature a retail component, which allows customers to take a portion of their experience home to enjoy later.

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Juan Martinez

Is Supplier Consolidation Good or Bad?

The foodservice equipment and supplies industry has experienced a significant amount of consolidation of late. In fact, during the month of June, FE&S reported on four dealers buying five different companies. Rapid consolidation like this can make one wonder: If this keeps going on, will there only be one equipment supplier standing? Read more...

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Jerry Stiegler

This Week in Foodservice: Weak Casual Dining Sales, Redesigns Pay Off in Sales, Automats Reinvented and Naugles’ Attempt to Grow

Weekly roundup of news that's worthy of a second glance: Knapp-Track shows weak casual dining sales – again; decline in U.S. restaurants; restaurant redesigns pay off in higher sales; old automats reincarnated; and the Attempt to Revive Naugles.

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13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Food Trucks

Though many restaurants have returned to traditional brick and mortar locations, food trucks remain a driving force in the industry and an avenue of opportunity for kitchen design and equipment.

"In some markets, food trucks are a ubiquitous part of the dining scene, and even losing their novelty," according to Chapman. "But in much of the U.S., they are still new and compelling, and they are challenging operators with their innovative takes on street food."

Many operators use the trucks for catering needs and as a roving marketing tool, especially at outdoor events and gatherings. "They will continue to seek new venues to park," Chapman says.

For a full list of our 2013 trends click here

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