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.
To help satisfy consumers' cravings for all things burger, foodservice operators are turning to equipment packages that emphasize speed of service and energy efficiency.
Named after the NFL coach with the most wins in the league's history and created as a more casual offshoot of a successful steakhouse chain, Shula Burger already had a lot going for it when the first location opened in 2011 in the Florida Keys.
Developing and maintaining widespread appeal that spans multiple generations can be a challenge for any chain, but it has been the mission of Jake's Wayback Burgers. The Cheshire, Conn.-based fast-casual chain has 72 locations across 23 states and plans to open sites in 28 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
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.