Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

The Future Is Now: Meet the New Foodservice Leaders

Attend most any foodservice industry event and one of the more common concerns is identifying those individuals that will serve as this community's leaders in the years to come. Of course, what people in the foodservice industry may fail to realize is that the next generation of leaders may already have arrived and are waiting their turn in the spotlight.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and Its Effect on School Foodservice…So Far

Boycotts, viral videos, striking, protests, opt-out campaigns — all this brings to mind the Occupy Wall Street movement or even unrest in other countries. But that's not what we're discussing this time. No, in this instance we are talking school lunch here in the United States, specifically foodservice in schools participating in federally funded School Meal Programs (SMP).

A Life Well Lived: Remember Jim Webb

While still working as a manufacturers' rep in 2000, I attended the annual conference hosted by the Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, where I heard foodservice design consultant Jim Webb deliver a keynote address titled "Integrity 2000."

Sixty-Five Years of FE&S

Funny thing about anniversaries...their significance often depends on the relative success of whatever person, place, or thing, is being celebrated or remembered. For a failing sports team, for instance, crossing the century mark might go by as uneventfully as that Mayan End-of-the-World Calendar that we couldn't hear enough about last year.

Membership has its Privileges

Given that we are more connected than ever and as well informed as we have ever been, are trade associations still relevant in today's foodservice industry?

Trend Setters

Restaurant folk are a resilient lot.

Oops I did it again…

As the incomparable Yogi Berra once said, "...making predictions is hard, especially when they're about the future." Before you Google that...if he didn't say it, then he should have, because it's a pretty good line and more than a little true.

Do You Know the Real Impact of the New Healthcare Law?

As a business leader you are undoubtedly aware that the Affordable Healthcare Act is about to take effect. But that seems to be where most people's understanding of the legislation begins and ends. That's because this legislation is highly complex and to someone outside of Washington, D.C., it seems like a maze of regulations that are indiscriminately and independently linked to each other.

Making Your Voice Count

Wow! We owe a huge thank you to the record number of FE&S subscribers who participated in our 2012 Best in Class study. Completing a comprehensive study of this this type is no small task. So please know that we truly appreciate all of you who took the time and made the effort to ensure your voices are heard.

Building a Committed Workforce

Despite the high national unemployment rate, it's still a challenge to find talented people who will mesh well with your corporate culture.

Industrial Engineering Optimizes Food Safety Practices

While the goal for most foodservice design is to enhance operational efficiency and guest experience, industry engineering processes can also enhance food safety when done right.