Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

Trend: Unique Fruit Flavors

Whether it serves as an ingredient in a dish or flavor for a beverage, acai berries, pitaya (dragon fruit), guava and other fruits are adding nutrients, as well as unique flavor profiles, to today’s restaurant menus. Jackfruit has even entered the plant-based realm as a substitute for pulled pork.

Tackling Project Management Like a Pro

As roles change and projects get more and more complicated with faster-than-ever timelines, maintaining good project management skills become critical, whether you are the project manager or are working with one. 3.14DC, an offshoot of my consulting and design firm Dynamik Space, specifically handles foodservice project management for companies.

Functional by Design: Self-Pour Beer Walls

In a small but growing number of beer-centric operations, there’s no longer anything standing between the customer and a cold one — no server to wait for, no angling to get a bartender’s attention. Customers simply walk up and tap their own, free and empowered via technology to control their beer-loving destinies.

18 Products Earn KI Awards

The National Restaurant Association Show named 18 products from 16 companies as the recipients of its 2020 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Determined by a panel of independent judges, these awards honor foodservice equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity in commercial kitchens.

Food Safety in Coronavirus High-Alert Times

As the coronavirus remains a top news story, it’s a reminder to everyone in the foodservice industry the importance of food safety measures. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far this season 26 million people have contracted the flu. It is very likely that many of these consumers ate at a restaurant around the time they were contaminated. Now is a great time to reassess sanitation measures: How strong is your strategy to prevent the transmission of the flu virus?

FOCUS Brands Books Former Hotel Exec as Next CEO

Former Hilton executive Jim Holthouser was appointed CEO for multiconcept operator FOCUS Brands. Holthouser replaces Jim DeSutter, who retired after six years with FOCUS Brands.