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.

Operators Concerned about Sysco Merger, Unit Growth Flat and More

 

Consumers kept a tight grip on their wallets in July, according to the U.S. Commerce Department but restaurant sales kept chugging along. Also, the NPD Group provides an update on unit growth while another study finds foodservice management optimistic about the future though they expressed some concerns about the Sysco/US Foods merger.

McDonald's Facing Global Challenges, Sysco's Encouraging Financials and Much More

This Week In Foodservice takes a quick look at how the economy performed in the first half of 2014, finds Sysco’s financials encouraging, reports on what’s going on at McDonald’s, finds a glimmer of hope in Knapp-Track info, looks at how important retirees are to restaurants, plus a whole lot more, including over a dozen new comparable store sales reports.

A Surprising Ruling May Change Chain Operations, Impact of California's Minimum Wage Bump and Much More

This Week In Foodservice reports on a ruling that could result in major changes for franchised restaurants, gives an overview of the NRA’s June performance index, looks at the success of Taco Bell’s breakfast advertising, sees the impact of the minimum wage increase in California, and a whole lot more including more than half a dozen major chains comparable store sales reports

Recycled Glass…

Although I am no expert on sustainability, it seems to me that that the best kind of recycled glass is that made from the shards of a glass ceiling.

Time, Temperature, Trends: CDN Reflects on 30 Years of Lessons Learned

When someone asks us to describe CDN, the first thing we say is that we're a family-owned business. In fact, we're one of the few family-owned businesses left in the industry, and this shapes our culture, from the products we offer to the way we care for our customers. Every customer, big and small, is important to us.

Meaningful Value: Innovation and Information Sharing

W hen the economy tanked seven years ago, innovation became the panacea that was going to cure everyone's fiscal ills. Business leaders and politicians tripped over each other in a race to the microphone to let everyone know they were ready to lead the charge toward innovation, which ultimately would spark the economic growth the U.S. so desperately needed to break free from its economic tailspin.

NPD’s Restaurant Market Overview, McD’s 18-Month Plan, Fast Food Employees Organizing Efforts and More

This Week In Foodservice reports on The NPD Group’s overview of the restaurant market, looks at the possibility of civil disobedience protests at restaurants, provides comparable store sales reports for a number of major chains and a whole lot more.

Casual Restaurant Sales Still Weak, McDonald's Biggest Competition and Much More

This week we report on some preliminary findings of what operators think about the proposed Sysco/US Foods merger, share Malcolm Knapp’s thoughts about casual restaurant sales for the rest of the year, look at the success of Taco Bell’s breakfast program, compare Chick-fil-A to McDonald’s and a whole lot more.

Designing for Flexibility: How Much Can You Afford Not to Do?

Many factors come into play when designing a restaurant. The décor and ambience represent obvious considerations but one design element many concepts fail to consider is building flexibility into the front-of-house, middle-of-house and back-of-house designs.

Casual Dining Numbers, June Sales Figures and a Possible Foodservice Labor Shortage

This week we look at the U.S. Commerce Department’s June sales figures, explore the possibility of a foodservice industry labor shortage, provide the latest Knapp Track data for same store sales at casual dining chains and a whole lot more.

Strong Employment Numbers Kick Off Positive Data, New Style C-Store Debuts, and Waiters Make a Comeback in Fast-Casual

This week we look at U.S. employment news from various sources, including healthy hiring by the foodservice industry, provide a look at the troublesome food commodity prices and a whole lot more.

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