Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies declined 24.4% for the third quarter of 2020, per the Business Barometer published by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. While still down significantly, these results are 8% better than reps forecasted at the end of the second quarter of 2020. And MAFSI members report third quarter sales were 6% better than the second quarter.
Convenience represents a key attribute when consumers select a restaurant. Healthful attributes of the food can also play a role, too. Yogurtland hopes combining the two is the recipe for success moving forward with its newest concept Holsom by Yogurtland.
PRIDE Centric Resources, the Denver-based buying group, recognized the achievements of its dealer and vendor members.
EJ Morrow, global president, will depart Lancer Worldwide effective November 30, 2020 to become CEO of Clarus Corporation, a company in the office furniture industry. As a result of Morrow’s departure, Scott Adams, Lancer’s executive vice president, will serve as global president on an acting basis.
With state and local governments continually changing the rules around on-premises dining and consumer comfort with this activity fluctuating, restaurant owners have had to get creative in their search for new revenue streams.
The COVID-19 conversation centers mainly around the impact government-mandated shutdowns continue to have on restaurants. At the same time, however, individual members of the supply chain that support restaurants and other foodservice operators continue to deal with unique and challenging circumstances.
The concept of robotics is not a new one in the foodservice industry. In fact, earlier this year, quick-service restaurant chain White Castle began testing robots that can flip burgers and tend to its fryers, while working alongside the restaurant’s staff. Spyce, a Boston-based, delivery and pickup concept, has developed a new approach that automates the meal cooking and assembly process.
Singer Equipment Company, an Elverson, Pa.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer made a series of personnel moves. As part of these moves, the company announced John Vozzo, Singer’s longtime executive vice president who has played a role in operations, sales and marketing, will retire at the end of 2020.