A chain bets big on sports gambling. Chipotle moves into the next development phase for its latest concept. And an Oregon-based doughnut chain prepares to land in flyover country. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.
Artificial intelligence and automation remain two of the more intriguing topics in today’s foodservice industry. For example, there’s no denying the potential impact of voice recognition AI systems can have in the drive-thru and other automated devices. Many continue to wonder when the robots will arrive in foodservice, when the fact is they are already among us.
Lots of news from the manufacturer community. Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer CFS Brands buys the parent company of G.E.T. and Winco. Carpigiani and Structural Concepts add to their teams. Additionally, Vulcan found its next VP after its announcement that Chris Stern will retire as vice president and general manager for the Baltimore, MD-based manufacturer.
Investment activity in the restaurant industry has gained momentum. Drive-thru times improve. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.
From the use of technology to consumers’ changing preferences to overall higher operating costs, today’s restaurants must weigh a variety of factors as they plot their futures. And they must do this with an eye toward what makes their concepts distinctive.
Many operations now have food assembly lines for processing online orders that guests and third-party delivery drivers pick up. These lines shorten ticket times and improve customer service for both dine-in and off-premises guests.
John Klier, CMA Restaurant Supply and Design