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.
Retail sales weakened in December but restaurants showed a nice sales increase. Technomic reports diner traffic is up. Restaurant “real” sales should have been up last year. Various studies show confidence in the U.S. is improving.
Knapp-Track finds reasons for optimism among the casual-dining chains. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index (finally) turns positive. Employment reports are pretty good and that includes foodservice hiring. These items and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.
The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index slipped in November. If it seems mergers and acquisitions were up last year in foodservice, you’re right. Wendy’s is taking one of their largest franchisees to court. These and a lot more stories in This Week In Foodservice.
Seems like people often want help identifying the next great equipment or supply item that will help propel their foodservice business forward. In other words, everyone continues to search for the foodservice equipment and supplies industry’s version of the iPhone. Unfortunately, such an innovation does not exist nor will it any time soon.
In education we have a simple, but ultimately complicated, mandate: to prepare our students for the future they will inherit. In many foodservice operations the functional demands of running a business and the need to balance short-term profits and long-term fiscal health often trump such thinking.
This month, we visit with Matthew Kenney, a raw food chef, author of 11 cookbooks, founder of the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy for raw and living foods in Santa Monica and owner of the adjacent restaurant M.A.K.E. as well as Make Out, a fast-casual raw food concept in Culver City, Calif. Kenney is also the consulting chef/owner of The Gothic New England in Belfast, Me., a plant-based finer dining restaurant; DÁTIL & LIMÓN, a plant-based fast-casual and juice bar in Merida, Mexico; and White Lotus, a living food restaurant soon to open in Miami. Kenney has even taken his education abroad to Thailand in early 2015 through MK Culinary Asia launching at the Evason Hua Hin & Six Senses Spa.
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 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.
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.
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.