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Publisher's Perspective

  • Make it Move…

    Happy New Year and welcome to the 2012 version of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine. We are enthusiastically embracing the changing media landscape as we strive to provide you, our readers, with the timely information and data that you require to do your jobs and run your businesses effectively.

  • Pre-Occupied

    Well, as hard as it might be to believe, it’s time to look at 2011 in either a rear view mirror or with a backup camera, depending on your commitment to pointless modern technology. (Really…we can’t turn around anymore?).

  • FE&S: There’s an App for That!

    Please join me in congratulating the deserving companies recognized through the results of FE&S' 2011Best in Class study. Click below to see which companies our subscribing operators, dealers and consultants selected as the best of the best.

  • Revealing Look at Food Safety

    September is National Food Safety Education Month. And, unfortunately, the subject of food safety is not a sexy one. There...I said it. In fact, it's hard to think of a topic that is more mundane. But I urge you to read on none the less.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Recognize Outstanding Performance

    Join me in congratulating the FE&S 2011 Distributor Sales Rep of the Year, Scott Taylor of TriMark United East. At the conclusion of this year's competition, Scott emerged from a very talented group of deserving DSR of the month candidates to earn the year's top prize. I hope that you will enjoy learning more about Scott's story in this month's cover story.

  • Smiling Faces

    I can only hope that you will enjoy this month's FE&S offering half as much as I have already. I have had an unmitigated blast going through the photos from the 2011 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala. What a pleasure to see so many smiling faces enjoying the company of old friends and new acquaintances. I can't imagine very many industries have a spirit of camaraderie, like the one in foodservice, that readily brings together colleagues and competitors alike to earnestly celebrate success within the community.

  • The Making of a Hall of Famer

    During a recent conversation with one of the funnier and more irreverent members of the manufacturing community, I was asked where one might go to visit the Foodservice Equipment & Supplies' Dealer Hall of Fame? Canton, Ohio? St Louis? Chicago?

  • Our New Look

    Welcome to the May issue of FE&S. I am especially pleased to present this issue for a couple of reasons. Number one, it is the big reveal for our FE&S redesign project.

  • A Time for Renewal

    Springtime in Chicago means many things for those us who love Chi-town. For those of us who live here, and for anyone in a northern clime who has endured yet another brutal winter, the traditional themes of renewal are impossible to escape. The flowers blooming along Michigan Avenue aren't simply flowers; they are colorful, petaled testimonials to our perseverance and survival skills.

  • Sunny Days and Social Media

    For those of us who attend a lot of trade shows and conferences, let's be honest: sometimes they can begin to feel a little bit stale or create a sense of déjà vu kind of like what Bill Murray experienced in the movie Groundhog Day. But The NAFEM Show, which took place last month, had an atmosphere that future shows will strive to emulate. There was an unmistakable energy that permeated the show floor as manufacturers put their best foot forward to engage a willing audience of foodservice equipment and supplies dealers, consultants, operators and service agents.

  • What’s a Magazine?

    There's a question that will strike fear in the heart of any publisher. Whether it's imagined to have come from the mouth of some future toddler who asks it while offhandedly wiping out aliens inhabiting a 3D monitor forty feet away from the breakfast table with a casual sweep of his cereal spoon (note to aliens: don't visit earth, our children are prepared), or it comes from the mouth of some self-appointed television pundit who has somehow tired of discussing the future of healthcare and guns in America. Either way, for those of us in the magazine business this is a hypothetical question that gets our attention.

  • E&S Industry Kicks off Busy Year

    Happy New Year and welcome to the 2011 version of FE&S magazine. To those of you who have been faithful readers of this magazine for years, we hope that you will appreciate the many changes and improvements that we have in store for 2011.

  • Are you Best in Class?

    Perhaps more than any other, this is the question that every business person must come to terms with eventually.

  • FE&S, the Next Generation

    “This industry needs fact-based, unbiased information from a trusted source to operate effectively.”

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