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.

Go the Distance: The Most Important Three Feet in the House

Many foodservice professionals often refer to the tabletop as the most important three feet in the house. That's because the tabletop represents the aspect of the foodservice operation that diners interact with most. So it would seem logical, then, that most restaurant and foodservice operators would put in plenty of thought, minding every detail, when developing their tabletops (page 18). Unfortunately, the opposite is often true.

Are Consumers Spending More at Restaurants?

American Express reports an increase in consumer spending at restaurants, The NPD Group says high-check-average operators are doing well, a San Francisco restaurant owner takes on Yelp!, Jimmy John’s gets hacked and much more.

Foodservice Design Parameters for Successful Co-Branding

 The concept of co-branding, meaning having two restaurants share the same space, is nothing new. Sometimes it works. Other times it does not. So what’s the difference between successful and unsuccessful co-branding initiatives?

Minimum Wage Debate Rages on, Darden Gets Strong Advice, Sysco Merger Under Scrutiny and Much More

This Week in Foodservice provides reports from the minimum wage fight, a story that the Sysco/U.S. Foods merger may be challenged by the government, news on Darden’s fight with some of their investors, Johnny Rocket’s new concepts, and a whole lot more.

Burger King Gets Heat for Proposed Move while McDonald’s Feels the Crunch Despite Positive Advance Sales Reports for August

This Week In Foodservice looks at good sales numbers in August from both the government and Knapp Track, provides a look at a Federal Reserve study on why the economy is so soft, and covers a bunch of news on both McDonald’s and Burger King as well as a whole lot more.

Fast Food Workers Continue to Push for Higher Wages as Foodservice Is Named the Most Respected Industry in the U.S.

This Week In Foodservice reviews the fast food workers labor action last Thursday, reveals that foodservice is the most respected industry in the U.S., reports on advances in foodservice hiring and a whole lot more.

Channel Distribution Conflict in Foodservice

Channel conflict remains the subject of constant conversation in all corners of the foodservice industry. The nature of many business relationships among trading partners has changed in scope, eroding profit margins for some and vastly increasing them for others.

Mane Course

The headline to our piece on the Field Museum in Chicago might have been, "The Best Things in the Field Museum are no Longer Confined to the Basement." 

When Good Is Not Good Enough

During the depths of the recession, people would often joke that flat was the new up. In other words, if a company was not losing ground fiscally that was as good as gaining ground, given the challenging economic environment. Well, it's been a while since the recession ended and yet growth remains hard to come by for the foodservice industry.

Planning for Food Safety Is No Accident

September is National Food Safety Month. This is a great time to refresh our knowledge of HACCP Guidelines, what these mean to us as foodservice professionals, and the proper techniques to build an in-house food safety plan.

Fast-Casual Juggernaut Might Be Stuttering, Problems Face Single-Item Restaurants and More

New data from Technomic suggests fast-casual restaurants may face some challenges, July housing stats are mostly positive, some observers have a negative view of one-item restaurants, and a whole lot more.