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

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Proper smoker maintenance and cleaning is a necessity for safe use and fire prevention. 

The Scooter's Coffeehouse catchphrase —"Amazing people serving amazing drinks amazingly fast" — sums up its business philosophy.

Foodservice operators utilize smokers to impart flavors in food that would be difficult to create in any other way. 

Sandwiches now rank among the top 10 breakfast items Americans consume.

Smokers can last as long as 50 years, but the average service life of these units is about a decade. Here are a few signs that it is time to replace a smoker. 

With the advent of food on TV and a celebrity chef-inspired culture, consumers want better food everywhere they go, and that includes at the ball park. That’s why today’s stadium foodservice needs to be flexible enough to handle changing menus and have enough capacity to feed large crowds in short periods of time.

Although the popularity of smoked foods varies by region, its appeal has become more universal. 

Slicing fresh and on demand has become more prevalent in today's foodservice operations.

At first glance, renovating a space may seem cheaper and less complicated than building a new foodservice operation from the ground up. That's rarely the case, however, and renovations require extensive up-front research, coordination and more to ensure projects go smoothly.

Although slicers have an average service life of about 10 years, this equipment can last decades, depending on use and care. Here are a few ways to tell when it is time to replace a slicer.

Now in its 20th year, Croc's 19th Street Bistro in Virginia Beach, Va., is a popular restaurant among tourists, locals and those visiting the nearby convention center. But it has also made huge strides as the first green-focused restaurant in the state, as recognized by the state's tourism department and its Virginia Green program, a self-certifying initiative geared toward conserving the state's natural resources through waste reduction, recycling and energy and water efficiency, among other sustainable efforts. Croc's earned this certification in 2008, a couple years after the restaurant had already set forth on a green plan of action.

Foodservice operators can employ slicers in numerous ways to support a variety of menu applications. Here are a few examples.

An efficient, casual café bridges the university’s main and downtown campuses and forges a partnership with the local community through its comfortable environment and fresh, made-to-order fare.

Properly cleaning and maintaining slicers is important to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and cross contamination. Here are five maintenance steps operators can take to ensure a long and safe service life from their slicers.

As new technology streamlines the segment, consumers’ appetites for caffeine-inspired beverages and the coffeehouse experience  provide these limited-service restaurants  with a jolt of competition. 

Operators must determine both their current and future needs in how the slicer will be utilized prior to purchasing this equipment. Here are several factors foodservice operators should weigh when purchasing slicers. 

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