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.

Throwback Month

We’ve got beer, pizza, 
Hallmark and a story about a movement back to the days before large-scale frozen food distribution. We are one Ty Cobb story away from a Ken Burns documentary with this issue of FE&S. Interestingly enough, it’s all about what’s happening in foodservice today.

Shredding Our Way to a Greener Foodservice Operation

In today’s foodservice industry, everyone wants to be more environmentally friendly and the corporate dining team at Freddie Mac is no exception. 

What Foodservice Can Learn from the Cubs Winning Streak

As I write this, my beloved Chicago Cubs are enjoying an unprecedented renaissance under groovy manager Joe Maddon. As a lifelong Cubs fan, decades of shattered hopes remind me to enjoy the moment and not worry about what comes next. But what amazes me about this team is not so much that they are winning but how they are winning. And it strikes me that their success this summer contains a few lessons applicable to the foodservice industry.

Casual Restaurant Sales Crawl, Restaurants Play with Compensation Models and More

Casual restaurant sales in July slowed to a crawl. Restaurants experiment with different approaches to compensation, including price increases and no tipping plans, but finding the perfect system appears elusive. Activist Nelson Peltz of Trian lands two seats on Sysco’s board. Breakfast remains a terrific opportunity for foodservice. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Insights to Growing a Brand

Consultant Juan Martinez explores the intricacies associated with balancing hospitality and unit economics when it comes to restaurant development and design.

Midscale Restaurants Rebound, Foodservice Hiring Strong, and More

Laggards for a long time, midscale restaurants have become one of the industry’s hottest segments. Despite encouraging top line job numbers a deeper look shows a few nagging weaknesses. Foodservice led the way in hiring last month. Sysco’s case sales indicate the broadline distributor may increase market share. More than a dozen chains report their comparable same-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice. 

McDonald’s and Wendy’s International Woes, RPI Retreats but GDP Continues to Move Ahead and More

The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index retreated in June. The latest GDP estimate shows the economy continues to move ahead slowly. Foodservice group purchasing organizations grow in importance. The restaurant count shrank last year as the number of full-service independent restaurants declined. There are over a dozen comp store sales reports from major chains. These articles and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Needs Assessment

It’s August and that means most companies are about to begin formulating their plans for the coming fiscal year, if they have not done so already. Corporate planning exercises can quickly become introverted experiences, meaning it is easy to focus only on the company when trying to move forward.

Dealer of the Year 2015: A Night to Remember

August is our DSR of the Year issue and it gives me a chance to relive one of my favorite nights of the year. Combing through the photos and deciding what to include as representative of the Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala is a big job — but a rewarding one.

Chef's Corner: John Caputo, Executive Chef, Labriola Ristorante & Café, Chicago

The latest venture from Chicago baker Rich Labriola, Labriola Ristorante & Café, opened this past May just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The 12,000-square-foot, mixed-use building features a full-service restaurant, a casual lunch and dinner café, a full-scale bakery, and a carry-out section. In the 300-seat restaurant, subway tiles, dark wood, and leather reside alongside gunmetal, jewel tones and marble to create an elegant-urban feel. A 60-seat sidewalk patio off the café will open this year.

Reversing the Roles in Relationship Management

As part of my duties as a volunteer leader for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, I was appointed to serve as assistant program chair for the 2015 annual convention. In this position, I had the opportunity to speak on any industry issue that stirred my passions. But what would be of interest to such a diverse group of foodservice equipment dealers and manufacturers?