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.

Driving up ROI with Preventative Maintenance

When it comes to calculating return on investment for foodservice equipment, the equation includes two key variables: cost and time. Proper maintenance techniques can help extend the life of equipment and lessen costly repairs or frequent replacements — boosting an operator’s ROI.

Samuel Stanovich Creates a Culture of Communication

Sam Stanovich has been involved in the hospitality industry more than two decades. Prior to his current position as area representative and franchisee for Firehouse Subs, he served as director and partner, product development and industry relations, for the National Restaurant Association. Stanovich also served as president and CEO of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and spent 12 years working for Marriott International.

Mobile Apps Well-Perceived, Restaurateur Danny Meyer Adds Two, and Economic News on the Plus-Side Overall

A cautionary tale about mobile apps. Despite strong sales, rising expenses force some New York City restaurants to close. Danny Meyer invests in two new concepts. McDonald’s CEO looks to technology to drive business improvements. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Do you Have a Brand to Sell?

Private equity’s interest in restaurants as of late got me thinking …

This Week in Foodservice: Lean Year Predicted for Restaurants, Select Suppliers to Lease in McD’s new HQ, Plus Economic and Foodservice News

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance showed slight improvement in November. A research firm predicts a lean year for restaurants. McDonald’s new HQ will lease space to suppliers. Chains will work with the National Retail Federation to train employees. McFlurry lovers are frequently out of luck.

This Week in Foodservice: Roller Coaster Sales Pattern Continues, Finding Foodservice Employees Gets Harder, and McDonald’s Opens Biding on Portion of Japanese Operations

Retail sales were up last month but restaurants saw a sales decline. Hiring foodservice employees is getting tougher. McDonald’s plans to franchise its China operation and now wants to do the same for Japan. Applebee’s and IHOP are planning major overseas expansion.

This Week in Foodservice: Starbucks may surpass McD’s one day, more meal promos and restaurant traffic off to stalled start

The No. 1 foodservice chain will be … Starbucks? Operators continued to hire in December. The NPD Group sees restaurant traffic stalled this year. Prediction is that menu prices will remain high but restaurants will offer deals and promotions. Well known Wall Street analyst Mark Kalinowski predicts that Starbucks will increase its restaurant count by 8.4 percent and same-store sales by +5.0 percent in 2017. Further, he believes some time in the future Starbucks will have the industry’s largest market capitalization, bypassing current leader McDonald’s.

  

This Week in Foodservice: Food Institute’s View of “Real Sales,” Positive Take on 2017 Restaurant Sales and Sweetgreen No Longer Accepts Cash

The Food Institute sets “real sales” at restaurants higher than other projections; Worldwide restaurant traffic rose in the third quarter and Technomic believes foodservice sales will improve in 2017.

Trending Toward a New Year

 Savvy operators will require more in the form of information and training.

2017 … Well, This Should be Interesting!

 

A Pro You Should Know: Chris LaRocca of Crushed Red

Chris LaRocca opened the first Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop location in Clayton, Mo., just outside of St. Louis, in February 2012. The chain has six locations with extensive plans to grow.