Foodservice Issues

Spotlights the challenges and opportunities that impact the application of foodservice equipment and supplies in the real world including green and energy efficiency concerns, foodservice equipment concerns, the impact of technology on foodservice, and the state of the foodservice economy.

Consolidation Crazy

Today the natural maturation of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry is paired with a more sophisticated operator base armed with more information than ever before. This continues to force change in the supply chain, including consolidation among dealers and manufacturers. How long will this period of consolidation last? How does it affect the way various-sized dealers and factories go to market? What will the supply chain look like in the future? Read on for these answers and more.

Catering and Private Dining Trends

Just in time for the holidays, here’s a look at some of the top catering trends and the latest in private dining spaces.

DRINK UP!

Fresh ... local ... small-batch ... artisan ... natural ... “better for you.” Those are all concepts that have driven restaurant menus for the past few years, but these days they’re equally appropriate phrases to use when describing the beverage menu. In an effort to differentiate themselves, restaurants and bars keep expanding beverage programs with creative new drinks, served in glassware that ranges from traditional to ultra-contemporary.

Customer-Facing Technology

Changing the industry one system at a time

Trending: Home Meal Delivery

Sixty-three percent of chefs view home meal delivery kits as a continuing trend for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association's What's Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast. Add to that $1.5 billion — the predicated sales figure for the meal kit delivery market this year.

Insights on Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Concept

For the past six years, Steven Sturm has served as corporate executive chef for the 41-unit, polished-casual Firebirds Wood Fired Grill chain. Most recently, Sturm was awarded the 2016 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award for Casual and Family Dining Restaurants by United Fresh. Here he discusses Firebirds' approach to using live fuel grills, how the menu has evolved and more.

Virginia Tech Food Trucks Roll Out on Campus

Steering clear of what hasn’t worked for other campus food truck startups and gearing up for future student growth, Virginia Tech’s dining services team has jump-started two food trucks. Kitchens deliver on speed of service and flexible menus.

Early Lessons on Food Delivery

While the practice of ordering food with a device remains in its early stages, Rabobank analysts believe the continued rise of the on-demand economy will have a lasting impact on take-out and retail food segments.