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.

A Pro You Should Know: Joe Christina, Church’s Chicken, Atlanta

Joe Christina, CEO of Church’s Chicken discusses the variety of changes to this quick-serve restaurant chain in the last few years. Church’s Chicken now has more than 1,600 restaurants in 27 countries  and international territories.

Celebrating Excellence

Industry awards matter. We take them very seriously here at FE&S and see them as an important extension of our responsibility in covering the foodservice industry. We spend a lot of time talking among ourselves, as well as with our contributing editors, readers, industry insiders and advertising partners, as part of the decision-making process with any FE&S recognition. Hopefully you will agree that our roster of winners over the years is reflective of that care and consideration.

Future Giants

Each year, FE&S produces 12 issues of our print publication. But it would be harder to find one read with greater scrutiny than the April issue. That’s due, in large part, to FE&S releasing the results from the magazine’s annual Distribution Giants study.

Better Together

Independent, often family-owned, businesses, served as the cornerstone of the foodservice equipment industry for decades. But not a day seems to go by without a national player buying a smaller company. And that includes the service agent community.

Stealth Firm Looks to Dominate U.S. Beverages, Consumers say Eating Out Ruins Their Budget, February Foodservice Hiring Steady, and Walmart Moving into Prepared Meals

Stealth firm tries to unite and dominate the U.S. beverage market. Consumers blame eating out for ruining their budgets. Foodservice hiring was steady in February. Walmart readies a move into the prepared meal business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Performance Tumbled in January, Joint Employment Policy Reversed (Again), Double-Digit Growth Expected for Third-Party Delivery Platform

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance tumbled in January. The policy on joint employment was reversed again. Chipotle discontinues its Tasty Made burger concept. Double digit growth is predicted for the third-party delivery market. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

A Pro You Should Know: John Spicer, Founder, Crest Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, Virginia Beach, Va.

Continuing FE&S’ focus on industry veterans engaged in philanthropic activities, this month John Spicer of Crest Restaurant Equipment & Supplies in Virginia Beach, Va., discusses Camp Grom. The expansive adventure park and recreation center was built specifically for children with disabilities and their families, as well as for wounded warriors, fallen warriors and their families. It opens this month.

And the Winner Is …

It’s March and that can only mean that the FE&S awards season is underway. In this issue, we highlight some of the very best examples of creative tabletop installations across five industry segments. Our team of independent judges curated a list of winners that exemplify the best in current trends across a variety of foodservice applications.