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.

Forever Young

I am an outgoing person and have my father to thank for that. Throughout my childhood, my dad would take me places and introduce me to attorneys, doctors and other professional people. This social upbringing helped shape my 38-year career in the foodservice industry because it taught me to respect people and enjoy their company.

Food Waste Blind Spots

Almost like a celebrity on a red carpet, food waste has begun to receive significant attention within the foodservice industry. This has occurred, in part, as a result of increased interest in foodservice sustainability and early regulatory requirements to remove food waste from landfills in places like Seattle and San Francisco.

Inspiring Innovation

When the foodservice industry looks for inspiration to spur innovation, it often turns to the restaurant chains. At first, it was the quick-serve restaurants to capture everyone's attention but in recent years fast-casual operators are the ones really blazing the trail for others to follow. For a long time, this practice made lots of sense because it was the chains that lived on the industry's leading edge, having invested lots in time and money to research and cultivate new concepts, menus and more.

Gaze Into Our Crystal Ball

We are especially excited to bring you this July edition of FE&S. Inside you will find a photo recap of this year's Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala. We enjoyed a record turn-out this year and feel particularly good about that fact given the change in date necessitated by NATO's visit to the Windy City.

Let Industrial Engineering Be Your Guide on the Road to Foodservice Design Efficiency

Juan Martinez considers how industrial design principals can inform the design of foodservice spaces and operations.

This Week in Foodservice: The Bottom Line on Satisfaction

Measuring consumer satisfaction can be rather tricky. In fact, what consumers say on surveys and what they do with their disposable income can be two very different things.

Up to the Challenge

In taking a look at today's healthcare foodservice operators, it would seem to me that this segment of the industry features plenty of challenges and opportunities.

Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

What happens when the foodservice industry reports growth but fails to meet expectations? Well, the results are open for interpretation, writes blogger Jerry Stiegler in This Week in Foodservice.

Lessons Learned

A cross the top of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's website are three phrases that seem to describe the organization's objectives: "Preserving History. Honoring Excellence. Connecting Generations." And I can't think of a better way to describe why we at FE&S are recognizing David Stafford Sr. of Stafford-Smith with the magazine's 2012 Hall of Fame Award.

The Current World of Healthcare According to Dan Henroid

The 2012 IFMA Silver Plate winner in healthcare discusses foodservice and sustainability challenges at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Embrace Your Reality

The concept of running sustainable, environmentally friendly foodservice operations is far from new. That being the case, why haven't we, as an industry, made more progress in this area?