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.

Your Table is Ready

Regardless of the segment, food and beverage programs represent the operator's creativity. When thoughtfully curated, the tabletop and beverageware can serve as a canvas that not only showcases that creativity but also help drive profitability.

Killers Slay …

No, this isn't another all-too-familiar headline from the day's news, this is a shout-out to the closing party at The NAFEM Show 2017. The band The Killers won over a crowd that seemed pretty equally divided between enthusiasts, keenly anticipating the evening, and Baby Boomers who weren't too sure about what to expect. It turned out to be a bold choice and a home run for The NAFEM Show's Trade Show Advisory Council. Closing night capped off a great show. I would estimate the crowds to have been well over a million people, maybe a million and a half.

Tom Ferdinandi Guides Family Pizza Business

Tom Ferdinandi and his family have been involved with pizza restaurants since 1955. Starting out as Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria franchisees, the Ferdinandi family eventually grew the business to include a portfolio of concepts and the business evolved into Milano Restaurants International Corporation. In 1995, Ferdinandi and his brother John took over their family's Fresno, Calif.-based Milano Restaurant, which has blossomed into a multi-concept operation with 5 distinct restaurant brands and more than 70 locations nationwide.

This Week in Foodservice: Number of Restaurants at 10-year low, Fewer Consumers Eating Out, NPD Shows Restaurant Count Down

The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance declined in January. U.S. home sales had a good January. ReCount reports the number of restaurants are at a 10-year low. Survey finds the number of consumers eating out declined compared to three months ago. There is speculation on what Restaurant Business International plans for Popeyes.


This Week in Foodservice: January Retail Sales Rise, RBI to Buy Popeyes, Food Away From Home Leads Consumer Price Index Increase and Whole Foods Intros Fast-Casual

Retail sales in the U.S. rose in January with restaurants outperforming most retail sectors. Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen will be purchased by Restaurant Brands International. The consumer price index for food was up in January with food away from home leading the way. Wendy’s investment in Arby’s pays off big. The Whole Foods grocery chain introduces a fast-casual restaurant concept. Starbucks tests ice cream. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.