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In response to a challenging business environment, many foodservice operators may be tempted to compromise when it comes to repairing and maintaining their equipment. Here a veteran service agent offers a few precautionary examples of why it is important for operators to use their supply chain partners to make informed decisions before taking action.

It's one thing to offer special diet options but without proper training and follow-through it might be a futile effort. 

Here are eight steps foodservice operators and their service agents can take to help ensure a longer service life for their garbage disposal.

Soft-serve equipment holds product in a frozen state for long periods of time until portions are dispensed.

Although there continues to be much debate over specifications, verification testing and more, the common bond that unites everyone working with Energy Star for the commercial foodservice industry is a strong desire to see this iconic symbol for conservation remain relevant.

Other market segments look to replicate the success of fast-casual concepts.

As the economic environment continues to improve, the outlook for business and industry foodservice begins to look a little brighter. Just like other foodservice segments, though, providing a high-quality product that does not compromise speed of service represents a defining attribute among the successful operators.

Greenwashing, or exaggerating the environmentally friendly selling points of a product, happens in all avenues of foodservice, and is no longer the exclusive domain of organically produced or farm fresh ingredients.

Like their retail peers, non-commercial operators continue to adopt smaller, more flexible formats as they strive to marry speed of service with quality menu items.

When the first Fatburger opened in Los Angeles back in 1952, it was a local hamburger joint with a diner motif. Today, there are more than 100 locations in California and Nevada, with sites planned for South Korea, Dubai, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Especially in today's economy, businesses recognize that time is money. Despite a slower economic environment, a growing number of companies continue to invest in their business and industry foodservice operations as a way to drive efficiency.

When Bull City Burger and Brewery opened its doors in March of last year, the goal was not only to serve burgers its customers would come back for, but also to play an integral part in the cycle of energy from the farms it sources.

Coming into the B&I industry in 2003 after working as a food and beverage manager for the Ritz-Carlton, Damian Monticello, now corporate foodservice liaison with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, quickly realized he was entering a different world entirely.

Saving on labor costs can be a matter of properly applying foodservice equipment and training.

Planning, developing and implementing composting programs continues to get easier for foodservice operators because more operators are electing to take these environmentally friendly steps. As role models for their peers, they help both commercial and noncommercial operators follow in that path.

Proper servicing of foodservice equipment can be a very demanding and rewarding proposition for both the service agent and the operator.