Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

Foodservice Showing Gains: Casual Dining and Big Three Chains Up, Among Others

The NRA says foodservice showed a moderate gain in October. Casual dining chains saw comp-store sales decline in October. Big three hamburger chains are expected to have strong sales in October and November. McDonald’s all-day breakfast may be hurting family dining operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Information Zone

Unfortunately, while the quantity of information seems to be at an all-time high, the same can’t be said for the quality of information.

Small Back of House Inspirations

Finding inspiring design when traveling. 

Extent of Fast Food Worker Strike Unclear, More Americans Going Out For Turkey and More

What really happened during the recent restaurant “strike?” One in ten Americans will eat their Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. Food-away-from-home prices continue to increase faster than grocery store prices. Consumers still aren’t in a mood to spend. These stories and whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Retail Sales Soft, Fast-Casual Still Hot, and More

U.S. retail sales were soft for the third month but restaurants continue to move ahead. The NPD Group says foodservice did well in many countries this summer. Dave Anderson has returned to Famous Dave’s. The fast-casual segment remains hot. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring Hits 2015 High, Consumers Not Too Worried About Calories, E. Coli or Carcinogenic Meats

Merrill Lynch examines the restaurant market. Foodservice operators hired heavily in October. Sysco and the Performance Food Group both reported strong financials. Putting calorie counts on the menu doesn’t seem to effect what fast food customers order. These stories plus comparable-store sales for 20 chains and more. 

NRA Challenges NY's Minimum Wage Increase, McD's Adjusts Menu for All-Day Breakfast and More

The NRA reports their index is down again but operators keep spending. Buffalo Wild Wings will curtail expansion in areas with a high minimum wage. The NRA challenges New York State’s increase in minimum wage at fast food operations. McDonald’s chops menu choices to accommodate its all-day breakfast program. A dozen major chains report comparable-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.\

Chef's Corner: An Interview with Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef, Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa

Since 2006 Anthony Stewart has served as executive chef at Miami’s Pritikin Longevity Center, which focuses on daily exercise and natural, whole foods to help residents and visitors prevent or improve conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers.

Proud to Serve the Foodservice Industry

I believe the foodservice industry hasn’t completely taken advantage of the available pool of veterans in transition.

Serve the Industry Well

The foodservice industry seems stuck in a rut. 

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

It’s exhilarating to watch good ideas take hold in an industry that has a reputation for being slow to change. But this issue of FE&S contains several great examples, and I hope that you enjoy reading it from cover to cover.

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