This section goes in depth on a selected foodservice and equipment supplies market segment. From commercial to institutional, from food trucks to correctional facilities, FE&S covers it all.
As budgets become tighter inmate populations continue to rise and correctional foodservice operators need to enhance their menu diversity. To drive performance in this environment, these operators are turning to effective, multi-use equipment.
In a consolidation effort geared toward saving money, Ramsey County Correctional Facilities in St. Paul, Minn., took over two juvenile operations, including a detention center and residential treatment facility, two years ago.
As one of the country's smaller states, Rhode Island doesn't have county corrections facilities, but instead utilizes a unified system. Its prison facilities include an intake service center; maximum-, medium- and minimum-security prisons; and a women's correctional facility — are all located on the same campus in Cranston.
Leveraging new technologies that allow for flexible menus, made-to-order preparation and enhanced speed of service, stadium foodservice providers are scoring points with consumers.
When it opened in March 2011, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., was not just distinguishable as the first Major League Baseball facility located on Native American land, but also as a stadium seeking to raise the bar for traditional ballpark fare.
When Safeco Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, was built in 1999, foodservice was more of a focus than in decades past. However, it wasn't on par with other ballpark amenities. The foodservice program was one of the first priorities when the 47,000-plus-seat stadium began a 4-year renovation project about 2 years ago.
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.
The Scooter's Coffeehouse catchphrase —"Amazing people serving amazing drinks amazingly fast" — sums up its business philosophy.
Thanks to a slowly improving economic environment, consumers and business travelers are hitting the road again — with a healthy appetite for hotel foodservice. With free breakfasts, gastropubs, fine dining, banquet service and more, hotel foodservice offers a little something for most travelers.
Hotel foodservice operations are among the most diverse because, in many instances, these businesses must be multifaceted. This can be particularly challenging for a restaurant that has made a name for itself by offering creative, cutting-edge, modern gastronomy such as molecular cuisine.