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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: Restaurants a Bright Spot in Declining August Sales, Higher Menu Prices Slowing Lunch Traffic, Consumer Shift Toward Smaller Chains

Weekly news that’s worth another look: While retail sales declined in August, restaurants were a bright spot; The NPD Group says higher menu prices are a factor in slowing lunch traffic; the spread between grocery store prices and foodservice prices continues; consumers may be shifting from major chains to smaller chains and independents.

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Says Who? - Andrew Shakman, co-founder, LeanPath, Inc.

Andrew Shakman is co-founder of LeanPath, Inc., a waste management consulting firm to the foodservice industry. Shakman helps foodservice managers across the U.S. measure and report on food waste in order to raise staff awareness, change production procedures, and ultimately save on food purchases while operating more sustainable facilities. Previously, Shakman was president and CEO of Nine Dots, a technology firm serving various food clients. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A from the University of Southern California and is a regular speaker at various foodservice industry events. In this FE&S Says Who article, Shakman takes a look at his career, the foodservice industry and much more.

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FE&S: What keeps you working in the foodservice industry?

Andrew Shakman: Foodservice makes such a difference in our society, bringing people together, creating joyful moments, contributing to health and wellness and impacting the sustainability of our world. I can't think of many other industries that have the ability to make such a large difference, affecting so many lives in positive ways every day. Our industry also has the ability to lead the way in vital areas such as waste prevention, energy efficiency, and recovering food to feed the hungry. The bottom-line is that foodservice makes a huge difference and that motivates me.

FE&S: What aspect of your career gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?

Andrew Shakman: I love creating solutions which solve really difficult customer problems. Doing so requires three of my favorite things: listening, learning new things, and thinking creatively. It's incredibly satisfying to help others succeed.

FE&S: If you were not working in foodservice, what would you be doing?

Andrew Shakman: I would be building another business, most likely using technology and trying to make a positive impact on our world.

FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?

Andrew Shakman: I chair the Board of Trustees for an independent school, which I attended for grades 9-12. The teachers there made an enormous and positive impact on my life and I truly enjoy the opportunity to give back.

FE&S: What do you look for in a business partner?

Andrew Shakman: I look for integrity, commitment to excellence and innovation, clear communication, and a focus on mutual success.

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