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.

Five Major Influences that will Shape the Future of Campus Dining

Today' campus dining directors have a lot on their plates meeting the changing and sometimes conflicting demands of students, parents, employees and the like.

A Freshman’s Perspective on College Dining

This past spring I wrapped up my freshman year of college. The editor of FE&S, who happens to be my uncle, asked me to share my thoughts and experiences about the foodservice program.

A Foodservice Pro You Should Know: Sophie Egan of the Culinary Institute of America

A Q&A with Sophie Egan, director of programs and culinary nutrition for the strategic initiatives group, The Culinary Institute of America.

Next Generation College and University Foodservice

Welcome to FE&S’ annual college and university issue. Looking back at last year’s coverage, it was all about Generation Y/Millennials and the impact this demographic was having on the market. This year it’s all about Generation Z.

Casual-Dining Sales Still Soft, Barnes and Noble Upgrades Its New Cafes and McDonald’s Stresses Expediency

Social interaction is just as important as the food to many restaurant patrons. Restaurant brands support supermarket offerings. Fast feeders have improved their satisfaction rating with consumers. New Barnes & Noble stores will have much larger cafes and menus. McDonalds is stressing urgency over perfectionism. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant Unit Growth Stays Flat, New Meal Periods Take Shape and More!

New machines are competing with restaurants. Foodservice traffic growth is slow but there are some bright spots. Unit growth stays slow for a third consecutive year. Introducing two new meal periods: brunchfast and brupper. McDonald’s serves as a gathering spot in many communities. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Post NRA Thoughts: My Labor Costs are Killing Me! What Can I do About It?

The National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show has come and gone to much fanfare. From what I saw and read, the participation was phenomenal. We were able to bring our full consulting team from all of our offices and even made time to break some bread together.  This year, I also participated in a panel discussion that explored unit economics  and was moderated by Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital.

New Employment Numbers Stumble, Burger 21 Opens Bar and Much More

New hiring stumbles badly in May. The NRA reported restaurants turned in a good performance in April as operators continue to invest. Burger 21 introduced a new restaurant with a full-service bar. McDonald’s Australia opened a new restaurant to test different types of French fries. Starbucks is introducing a line of cold beverages that will be the foundation for a new “cold bar.” These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

Sustainability and Healthcare Foodservice Go Hand in Hand

It's hard to think of two things that fit together more seamlessly with overarching objectives than sustainability and healthcare foodservice.

Healthcare Foodservice Rolls with the Changes

Ask healthcare foodservice professionals about some of the challenges that keep them up at night and they will try to tell you their businesses are much like other industry segments. And, in a sense, they are right.

A Foodservice Pro You Should Know: Julie L. Jones, Director, Nutrition Services, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

FE&S: So, we have to ask. What's the secret to providing fresh, quality food at such high volumes?