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Keeping the foodservice equipment marketplace up to date with the latest menu and concept trends.

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Correct placement and proper organization represent critical success factors for these spaces. 

The emergence of new concepts and expansion of others keep this Hawaiian fare prominent.

Operator error can lead to expensive service calls. Service agents share the mistakes they see and how to avoid them.

As temperatures change, operator behavior and equipment performance can change with it.

Industry trends and issues as seen through the eyes of those who specify kitchen equipment

Some schools have the luxury of serving food to just one group of students — elementary, middle or high schoolers. In smaller communities, however, schools often have to serve students of all ages. That requires an efficient, organized kitchen to handle differing age groups and tastes on a daily basis.

Packaging considerations gain more headspace today as off-premises solutions dominate discussions.

Traditional back-of-the-house kitchen spaces may become a distant memory for some foodservice operations as the front of the house continues to merge with the back.

The popularity of hot and spicy food remains on the upswing.

The popularity of bowl-based meals remains on the rise, with consumers drawn to the ability to customize what they eat with protein, vegetables and carbs.

Golf and country club foodservice now caters to a wider demographic.

Many of you might have heard about the WELL AP certification and building standard program but might have more questions about it, especially as more companies today prioritize the health and wellness of their workers.

The foodservice industry continues to grapple with myriad issues, all of which impact design, equipment specification and more. Here several consultants from Minnesota-based Rippe Associates share their perspectives on a few of these issues.

A few months ago, supply chain woes were all over the news. People had money to spend, but a lot of things— lumber, cars, cream cheese — were hard to get. Events have pushed supply chains out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean supply chain woes are completely healed. Indeed, the commercial kitchen equipment industry continues to struggle with parts shortages.

Hyperlocal food has become a key trend in the foodservice industry.

We all know the scene. It’s a busy Friday or Saturday night and a customer bellies up to the bar at a restaurant or hotel but sees no open seats or spots from which to get the bartender’s attention. Then, alas, they spy the little area at the bar with a stainless-steel top with holes in it where the bartender places a bunch of ready-to-go drinks and tickets. Surely, they think, it’s OK to stand and order there.