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.

Restaurant Automation: Are We Close to the Tipping Point?

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a restaurant that brought your food via a train that ran on a track right in front of you. Little did I know it then, that this was likely my first encounter with automation in a foodservice application.

November Sales Strong, Minimum Wage Debate Still Raging, Sysco Merger Carries Steep Penalty and More

November retail sales were stronger than anticipated while restaurant sales performed well, too. A study of minimum wage increase produces negative results. Sysco’s proposed merger with US Foods carries a steep penalty. This and lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring A Bright Spot, McDonald’s Struggles Continue, Starbucks Growing Dayparts and Much More

The employment picture brightened in November with foodservice doing heavy hiring. Is $2.00 a gallon gas in our future? McDonald’s continues to face struggles. Starbucks is broadening its menu. And a lot more.

RPI Bounces Back, Global Fast Food Market on the Rise, and Much More

The Restaurant Performance Index bounced back in October. Global fast food charges ahead. McDonald’s and KFC are doing a great job with social media. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Growth Starved

As 2014 comes to a close, there’s plenty of optimism among the members of the foodservice equipment and supplies community. And why not?

Q3 Restaurant Traffic Flat, Pizza Hut and Arby's Revamping

Third quarter customer traffic was flat, sales up, according to The NPD Group. Technomic looks for the Top 500 Chains to have a healthy increase in units. Sysco is planning on divesting assets to gain government approval for its US Foods acquisition. This and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring Is Strongest Segment, McDonald’s Still Struggling, and Much More

New sales data from Knapp Track indicates casual restaurants may have turned the corner. Most of last week’s employment reports are positive while restaurant hiring comes on strong. Of the couple dozen chains reporting same-store sales, most are looking good. All this and more in This Week In Foodservice.

This Week in Foodservice: Sales Reports from the NRA, Sysco, ITW, Manitowoc and More

The NRA says September sales turned soft but gross domestic product did better than forecast in the third quarter. Sysco reports higher sales and profits.

A Shared Responsibility: Some Thoughts on Extended Warranties

Many foodservice equipment manufacturers continue to offer extended warranties to help sweeten the sales process during this slower growth period.

Kina'ole

An unofficial theme pervades this issue of Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine and I can describe it in one Hawaiian word that packs a lot of meaning: Kina'ole. This single word roughly translates into "doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, with the right person, with the right feeling, the first time."

Service for Those Who Served

Cobblestone is no different than any independent service agency: We need younger and more technically savvy technicians. Today's rack ovens and combi ovens are infinitely more complicated than the previous generation's revolving tray ovens, deck ovens, fryers and steamers. Multiple layers of programmability exist in all of these equipment types.

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