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.

Q&A with Jim Zink on the Role of the Rep at Zink Foodservice and Paradigm

Independent manufacturers' reps remain a key component in helping facilitate the flow of foodservice equipment and supplies from factory to dealer to end user. But as the foodservice industry matures and consolidates, the role of the rep continues to evolve. Realizing this, Zink Foodservice, along with Kain McArthur and the Redstone Group, became a founding member of Paradigm in 2016, a strategic alliance of rep agencies that now includes Vader and Landgraf Inc., and Preferred Marketing Group. As his company celebrates its 40th anniversary, Jim Zink, managing partner of Zink Foodservice, discusses the role of the rep in the future and looks back on how the industry has changed.

Tackling Technology

Forget the talk about the impact Millennials and Generation Z continue to have on the foodservice industry. Among all the trends affecting today’s foodservice industry, technology has the most profound impact.

Is this the No. 5 Bus?

If you are a regular reader of FE&S, you have heard me say that Zoomba Group is an original content creation company and that we see you, the reader, as our primary customer. Our business proposition is a pretty simple one: If we can give you a magazine that is worth reading, one that will give you insights and information that helps you do your job as a buyer, seller or specifier of foodservice equipment and supplies better, then we will create an environment in which advertisers want to be seen.

Mobile Stations

Advancements bring flexibility and profits to modern stadiums.

Real Restaurant Growth Eking out Positive, Delivery Worthy of Design Spec, McD’s Holds on to No.1 Spot

Real restaurant industry growth to date is barely positive according to one estimate. Restaurant design of the future may center on take out service. The Nielsen Company sees c-stores as having both challenges and opportunities. McDonald’s remains the world’s largest restaurant company. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.


Independents on the Rise, Darden to Expand, and Several Chains Plan to Reimage

Independents are on the rise. Darden plans to build and remodel restaurants. DQ, White Castle and Noodles & Company all prepare to change their appearances. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

April Restaurant Sales Up, Technomic Spots Weakness in Full-Service; Minimum Wage Update and More

The Census Bureau reports restaurant sales were up in April. Technomic’s 500 Report shows weakness in the full service segment. Sysco, US Foods and the Performance Food Group all showed moderate sales advances. Minimum wage increases prove harmful to restaurants. McDonald’s will aid franchisees to upgrade. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

How Much Have Restaurants Evolved?

Restaurant Sales and Traffic Up, Pizza Hut to Upgrade Equipment, and FDA Postpones Mandatory Calorie Postings

The NRA reports March came on strong. Pizza Hut operators will be buying new equipment. Foodservice operators have added more than a quarter of a million employees in the past year. C-store foodservice earns a greater percentage of sales. The FDA postpones mandatory calorie postings until next year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Economic News Disappointing, Delivery a Bright Spot, Taco Bell Plans to add Beer (Plus Roughly 500 Stores) in Canada, and More

Gross Domestic Product was disappointing in the first quarter. Delivery is a bright spot for restaurants. McDonald’s first quarter beats estimates and its  Japanese division bounces back. Taco Bell plans aggressive growth in Canada. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice. 

A Service Pro You Should Know: Scott Marshall, Training Manager and Senior Technician, AR Repairs Bakers Kneads Inc., Center Line, Mich.

It’s a heck of a business to be in, and I really enjoy it. I especially like the hands-on work and that the job has new challenges every day.