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.
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.
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.
Many foodservice equipment manufacturers continue to offer extended warranties to help sweeten the sales process during this slower growth period.
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."
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.
New data on a minimum wage increase. Consumer prices for restaurants continue to climb but less than at supermarkets. Colorado is the tops in restaurant hiring. C-store consolidation picks up.
The Commerce Department reported weak September retail sales but restaurants enjoyed a fair increase. First-time jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. The Sysco/U.S. Foods merger may have hit a stumbling block. Malcolm Knapp is optimistic about casual restaurant sales. McDonald’s is still searching for answers.
Knapp-Track says casual chain restaurant comp sales were up again in September. Despite improving sales, Darden stockholders vote in a new board. A report notes that the new tablet ordering systems may not replace employees.
The NRA says the industry had a “solid gain” in August, employment news for September was mostly positive including foodservice hiring, Technomic found that there is heavy support for a minimum wage increase, and a whole lot more.
When a foodservice operator opens the box on a newly purchased piece of equipment or a supply item it's doubtful the first thing they look for is the safety or sanitation seal. That's because they assume the manufacturers, importers and dealers have lived up to their end of the bargain by supplying safe products. Unfortunately, that's no longer a given.
A huge responsibility naturally accompanies naming a particular brand Best in Class across each category of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies each year.