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.

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.

This Week In Foodservice: The Industry Remains in Growth Mode

As economists continue to assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy, there's still plenty of economic news to report that impacts the foodservice industry, as noted in this edition of This Week In Foodservice. We also take a look at what one analyst has to say about the potential outcomes of the general election.

Oops I did it again…

As the incomparable Yogi Berra once said, "...making predictions is hard, especially when they're about the future." Before you Google that...if he didn't say it, then he should have, because it's a pretty good line and more than a little true.

Understand the Past but Keep an Eye on the Future

All segments of the foodservice industry like to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is such a rich part of their history.

This Week In Foodservice: Where the Economy Stands Going Into the Election

Despite improved consumer sentiment, the economic outlook remains rather subdued and that continues to impact the foodservice industry.

Do You Know the Real Impact of the New Healthcare Law?

As a business leader you are undoubtedly aware that the Affordable Healthcare Act is about to take effect. But that seems to be where most people's understanding of the legislation begins and ends. That's because this legislation is highly complex and to someone outside of Washington, D.C., it seems like a maze of regulations that are indiscriminately and independently linked to each other.

This Week in Foodservice: McDonald's Weak Quarterly Results Not Their Only Challenge

While many restaurant chains struggled during the economic slump of the past five years or so, McDonald's proved to be quite resilient. Unfortunately, during its fiscal third quarter, McDonald's showed that it is no longer immune to the operating pressures so many other restaurants face. As a result, the coming months could continue to be challenging ones for McDonald's.

This Week in Foodservice: The CIT Group Inc. Is Largely Positive on U.S. Restaurant Industry

Financial giant CIT turned its spotlight on restaurants and forecast steady improvement despite the slow recovery. The head of CIT's Restaurant Industry Practice says that lenders that had stepped away from restaurants during the downturn are returning to finance acquisitions, expansion or re-models but noted that smaller companies and franchisees of smaller chains continue to have difficulty getting financing.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Performance Index Shows a Nice Improvement

While the National Restaurant Association offered some good news in the form of its monthly RPI, other foodservice-related economic indicators were not as positive.

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