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What Foodservice Can Learn from the Cubs Winning Streak

As I write this, my beloved Chicago Cubs are enjoying an unprecedented renaissance under groovy manager Joe Maddon. As a lifelong Cubs fan, decades of shattered hopes remind me to enjoy the moment and not worry about what comes next. But what amazes me about this team is not so much that they are winning but how they are winning. And it strikes me that their success this summer contains a few lessons applicable to the foodservice industry.


Juan Martinez

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Consultant Juan Martinez explores the intricacies associated with balancing hospitality and unit economics when it comes to restaurant development and design.


Jerry Stiegler

NYC Loses Take-Out Case, C-Store Opens Sit-Down and More

Starbucks attempted to deal with scheduling problems but came up short. New York City tried to rid the city of foam and hard plastic food containers but was shot down in court. Johnny Rockets and the QuikTrip C-store chain have both introduced new concepts. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.



How to Specify a Food Processor

Because there are varying types of food processors, operators need to become familiar with the different capabilities and uses. There are many considerations when specifying these units.

Here are four considerations foodservice operators and their supply chain partners should weigh when specifying the correct unit.

Type of Unit: Determine how the foodservice staff will use the food processor. For example, cutter-mixers are suitable for purees, mixing, chopping, blending and dough kneading. It is also important to consider units that accommodate different bowl sizes can provide added flexibility.

Size and Horsepower: Food type will determine the horsepower, bowl size and attachments needed. Dense products, such as cheese and meat, require a higher horsepower motor. High-volume operations also should consider units with larger bowls, more horsepower and extra feed chutes, which can help reduce prep time and increase efficiency.

Blade Type: The type of product being prepared also dictates the blade used. Different blades produce different cuts. The more dense the product, the thicker the blade should be. Fine blades should not be used for dense products, as bending or further damage can occur.

Cleaning: For easier cleaning and enhanced food safety, it is best to choose food processors with minimal nooks and crannies that can trap food and harbor harmful bacteria. Easy to remove attachments facilitate quick cleaning and better sanitation.

Safety Features: Ensure that the food processor provides safety features, such as guards and switches that turn the unit off automatically at appropriate times. This is especially important in kitchens with inexperienced cooks.

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