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.

One-on-One with: Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality

Overseeing strategy, operational excellence and innovation to deliver more than 14,000 meals per day in 31 venues throughout the Yale University campus, Rafi Taherian has a lot on his plate. But he embraces the challenge with a hearty laugh, a dare-to-be- different approach and a deep love for the industry that he has served for 25 years.

Accelerated Cooking for Today’s Modern Operators

With consumers placing an emphasis on menus that use fresh and local ingredients, foodservice operators find themselves pressed for time to make food-to-order in a manner that meets guests’ expectations for speed of service. At the same time, operators now look to set up shop in smaller spaces to lower overhead costs and allow them to serve new areas.

Understanding Your Equipment Repair and Maintenance Bills

Managing a foodservice operation's repair and maintenance expenses requires an understanding of how service agents structure their invoices and fees. The more operators understand, the better they can manage their costs. These different billing practices can make it hard for servicers and operators to have a fruitful conversation about costs.

Game Changers in Healthcare Foodservice

Intense competition among healthcare providers and increased pressure to continually improve the quality of food and services while containing and reducing costs have long been the challenges facing healthcare foodservice operators. So what’s new? The new normal is exponentially more intensively competitive with unprecedented pressure on healthcare foodservice operators to be at the top of their games.

Boosting Retail Throughput in Healthcare Foodservice

For today’s healthcare foodservice operator, speed of service has become just as important as food quality. One veteran foodservice consultant outlines five steps that can help non-commercial foodservice operators, including those in the healthcare segment, get their customers through the service lines quicker and back to their busy lives.

A Case Study: Segregating Online, Catering Orders at Fast Casual Pizza Chain Uncle Maddio’s

As competition among fast casual restaurants grows fiercer by the day, top brands continue to streamline operations and bump up their catering and to-go methods to increase throughput, and of course, revenue. Such is the case with Uncle Maddio’s, a fast-casual pizza concept with roots in the Southeast.

The Operational Impact of Local Sourcing

Mention the phrase “farm to table” and it conjures up images of white-tablecloth chefs bringing in unusual, high-end agricultural products from artisanal growers. But today, operators in virtually all segments of the industry, including noncommercial, use the essential concept to deliver more healthful and delicious meals to their customers. Here’s a look at how a few operations beyond the white-tablecloth segment bring fresher, higher quality products to their customers, along with some tips from the experts on how to solve the challenges that come with local sourcing.