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.

Family Matters

During the past seven years, the trials and tribulations of the U.S. economy have been well-documented. We all can recall the new economy's buzz words: bailouts, rightsizing, doing less with more and so forth. While much has changed within the U.S. economy, one thing remains the same. Namely, family-owned businesses remain a driving force in today's economy.

The Many Faces of Foodservice Growth

This Week in Foodservice looks at which regions offer the most potential for restaurant growth, gives a report from the breakfast wars, gives the latest comparable store sales for more than a dozen chains and a whole lot more.

Mixed Results in Economic Data, McDonald's Soft Quarter, Several Chains Announce New Partnerships and Strategies

This Week in Foodservice: Mixed Results in Economic Data, McDonald’s Soft Quarter, Several Chains Announce New Partnerships and Strategies

Fine Dining’s Comeback, Concerns for the Burger Segment, Minimum Wage Hike Talk and More

This week we report on positive restaurant industry sales for March, discuss a negative demographic trend, explore news of a flat burger market, celebrate fine dining’s comeback and a whole lot more.

Economic Census Shows Foodservice Growth, the Number One Chicken Chain and More

This week we explore some early numbers from the 2012 U.S. Economic Census, report on the latest employment data including foodservice hiring, look at how the National Restaurant Association won a battle in the U.S. House of Representatives but may not win the war, reveal the number one chicken chain and a whole lot more.

How Does McD’s Double Burger King’s Sales, CKE CEO Talks New Overtime Rules and Much More

This week we analyze the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, look at the GDP results, provide a response by a restaurant industry leader to the president’s call for new rules on overtime and much more.

"…It’s a classic Ricca design"

One doesn't need to know a lot about foodservice design to realize that for such a phrase to exist, it must refer to someone who is not only highly regarded but who has attained the pinnacle of peer recognition and respect.

NAFEM President Lays Out New Philosophy

In February of this year I began to serve a two-year term as president of NAFEM — the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. To prepare for my term as NAFEM president, I did a lot of research to make the most effective and efficient use of our association's time and resources. I want to ensure the future success of our association and help keep moving the industry forward. At the end of my research, I was reminded that foodservice professionals from all industry segments continue to share many of the same challenges and objectives.

How Do You Measure Success?

Success. It's a concept we're all familiar with. Everyone reading this has their own definition of success and they use their own metrics to measure their progress.

Pizza’s Continuing Popularity, Wendy’s Might Be Second Biggest Burger Chain and More

This week we look at the pizza market’s fascinating evolution, report on the continuing controversy over wages in the foodservice industry, explore restaurant industry employee turnover and much more.

Hiring Staff for a Sustainable Kitchen

With Nardin Academy's sustainable foodservice strategy in place, next up was recruiting and training the staff to execute the plan. Here consultant Greg Christian discusses the hiring and training processes that Nardin Academy followed.