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.

Energy Efficiency and Rotisseries

Units that cost less but are not energy efficient may cost more to operate in the long run.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Mobile Apps and Tablet Tech

With the takeover of smartphone and tablets, restaurants will continue to explore new ordering solutions linked to these devices for convenience to the customer and familiarity.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Uber Local

Between restaurants situated on or near farms to outdoor farm dining and rooftop gardens, some operators are taking the local sourcing one step closer to home.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Generational Shifts

With Milllennials growing into their adult years, many flock to the restaurant industry in search of fine food and drink and socialization opportunities, but also for employment.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Franchising at Home and Abroad

With more access to funding for franchises versus a larger, publicly-funded model, chains are looking to expand the franchise way.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Food Trucks

Though many restaurants have returned to traditional brick and mortar locations, food trucks remain a driving force in the industry and an avenue of opportunity for kitchen design and equipment.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Reducing Water Footprints

For the last few years, companies have centered efforts on reducing carbon footprints through sourcing locally, reducing energy use and cutting down on waste. Now, some food companies are taking the extra step to reduce water not just in equipment and usage changes, but also in the reduction of meat served.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: School Foodservice Changes

Regulations surrounding new federal dietary laws and the nutritional lunches schools must now serve kids will impact foodservice kitchen design and equipment selection in the future. At the same time, many high schools are building separate commercial kitchens to satisfy a growing demand for culinary education.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Genetically Modified Organisms

Though California residents voted down Proposition 37, a proposal that would require food makers to list all the genetically engineered foods used in their products, the food industry has vowed to continue their fight against GMOs.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Better-for-You Food and Food for Special Diets

Consumers might not want healthy food, but they want the option on the menu, when possible. Fresher vegetables, good-for-you oils and wholesome, less processed ingredients, combined with more from-scratch cooking for that authentic taste, more nutritious eating has taken hold in all sectors, and especially in schools as a result of new regulations.

13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013: Sous Vide

The time-old method of vacuum-sealing and water-bathing proteins and other foods for gentle, moisture-laden slow cooking has made a comeback as chefs and operators seek consistency and ease-of-use amidst labor shortages and turnover.