Foodservice Issues

Spotlights the challenges and opportunities that impact the application of foodservice equipment and supplies in the real world including green and energy efficiency concerns, foodservice equipment concerns, the impact of technology on foodservice, and the state of the foodservice economy.

Service Tips: Rotating Rack Ovens

Even the most basic rotating rack oven requires a significant upfront investment from foodservice operators. These operators should take a few basic steps to make sure that investment pays off over the long-term.

Torchy's Tacos, Austin, Texas

Lesson Learned: Food trucks can test-drive a concept and build a solid customer base before a brick-and-mortar restaurant opening.

Dusty Buns, Fresno, Calif.

Lesson Learned: Use a combination of food truck and brick-and-mortar business to maximize daypart potential, boost revenues and grow a larger customer base.

Food Trucks 2.0

These days it's all in — the right way — or bust. A few years after the food truck boom swept the industry and the nation, the segment shows no signs of stalling or slowing, but the competition is a survival of the fittest. Those who planned their concepts, menus, operations and mobile kitchens well from the get-go and adapted along the way now operate in the fast lane. The rest have suffered — or shuttered.

Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland, Ore.

Homeless and disadvantaged Portland men in need of food, clothing and temporary shelter have greater access than ever before in this LEED Platinum building featuring a contemporary, energy-efficient kitchen.

BIM Builds Momentum in Foodservice

Despite how costly it can be to implement and master, Building Information Modeling is becoming more and more of a factor in the foodservice design community due to the undeniable portfolio of benefits it offers operators and building managers.

Growth in the B&I Segment and Action Cooking

As more companies strive to recruit and retain the best and brightest employees, they are making a renewed commitment to business and industry foodservice operations. Once an afterthought, these operations now embrace major foodservice industry trends including farm to table menus and kiosks that support flexible beverage and dining options during non-peak periods.

B&I Case Study: VF Outdoor, Inc., Alameda, Calif.

VF Outdoor, Inc., a subsidiary of VF Corporation, recently completed construction of its new corporate headquarters for its action sports retail brands The North Face, JanSport and lucy in Alameda, Calif. 

B&I Case Study: Adobe Lehi City, Utah

Adobe's newest architecturally and artistically forward location amidst the scenic Rocky Mountains brought in Bon Appetit Management Company to manage the day to day operations of its new servery and nearly 10,000-square-foot atrium that offers dining and comingling for the software giant's nearly 2,000 employees. 

UW Street Food, University of Washington, Seattle

Lessons Learned: Use food trucks to bring more diverse food offerings to customers in underserved areas, and stabilize or boost revenue during periods of renovation.

Green Tip: Water Filtration Systems

Water filtration systems have improved dramatically over the years, and the range of options for use and types of use have increased, as well.