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


Concept and menu drive a grill station’s design.

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.

Take a closer look at five noteworthy trends that will affect the industry in 2023 and discuss potential design and equipment-related solutions.

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

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.