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.

Sixty-Five Years of FE&S

Funny thing about anniversaries...their significance often depends on the relative success of whatever person, place, or thing, is being celebrated or remembered. For a failing sports team, for instance, crossing the century mark might go by as uneventfully as that Mayan End-of-the-World Calendar that we couldn't hear enough about last year.

This Week in Foodservice: Commerce Department Reports Restaurant Sales for November Remain Strong

While 2012 has been an up and down year, it seems as if the restaurant industry is poised to finish strong if the U.S. Commerce Department's November sales results are any indication.

This Week In Foodservice: Top Line Job Growth Looks Good but There's More to the Story

Job growth is critical for the foodservice industry to continue to grow. So the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics' November jobs report showed a decline in unemployment is a good thing, right? Not when it means there are fewer people in the workforce. So foodservice will continue to ride the wave of emotion that accompanies the foggy labor outlook.

Looking Ahead: What to Expect in 2013

The good news is that the business environment is expected to improve in 2013. The bad news is that foodservice operators face no shortage of challenges heading into next year.

This Week In Foodservice: RPI Slides into Negative Territory in October

While Gross Domestic Product increased the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index slipped into contraction mode. Much like the overall U.S. economy, it seems as if the foodservice industry will continue to ride this roller coaster for a while.

Membership has its Privileges

Given that we are more connected than ever and as well informed as we have ever been, are trade associations still relevant in today's foodservice industry?

Keep Reaching for the Stars

In many ways it is ironic that in this issue we explore the future of foodservice design consultants. That's because in this issue we also remember design consultant Jim Webb who passed away far too early in late October. It was out of several conversations with Jim that we decided to make this article part of our December issue.

Trend Setters

Restaurant folk are a resilient lot.

This Week In Foodservice: Casual Restaurant Chains Comparable Store Sales Slide in October

Customer visits are up but check averages are down at casual dining establishments. So what does this all mean for the foodservice industry? This Week In Foodservice tries to make sense of it all.

This Week In Foodservice: What Role did Sandy Play in October's So-So Restaurant Sales?

With many people very jittery about the state of the overall economy, many observers are wondering about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the foodservice industry. This Week In Foodservice sheds some light on the subject and takes a closer look at a variety of industry-related economic indicators.

This Week In Foodservice: Hurricane Sandy Blows An Ill Wind For Foodservice

Hurricane Sandy tested the resilience of the economy, foodservice operators and more.