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.

Foodservice Pro: Michael Manzo, Chief Operating Officer, Jersey Mike’s Subs

We don’t specifically target any group but try to stay involved in our communities by supporting little leagues, band, grammar schools, high schools and sports teams.

Competitors Take on All-Day Breakfast, Chipotle's Image Woes and More

Casual-dining chains same-store sales were up marginally in November. How competitors can take on McDonald’s all-day breakfast. Christmas season drives restaurant sales. Krispy Kreme is adding baristas to boost coffee sales. Chipotle’s image plummets. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes, All-Day Breakfast Boom Continues and More

Government stats say restaurants continue to lead retail sales. All-day breakfast drives traffic and sales for McDonald’s. Chipotle encounters more food safety problems. The National Restaurant Association will challenge the New York minimum wage in court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

More Minimum Wage Debate, NRA to Sue NYC, and More

Operators continue to wrestle with wage increases. Foodservice remains a leader in new hires. The CEO of CKE blasts the recent NLRB decision on joint employment. The National Restaurant Association will sue New York City over the menu labeling rule on sodium. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Showing Gains: Casual Dining and Big Three Chains Up, Among Others

The NRA says foodservice showed a moderate gain in October. Casual dining chains saw comp-store sales decline in October. Big three hamburger chains are expected to have strong sales in October and November. McDonald’s all-day breakfast may be hurting family dining operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Information Zone

Unfortunately, while the quantity of information seems to be at an all-time high, the same can’t be said for the quality of information.

Small Back of House Inspirations

Finding inspiring design when traveling. 

Extent of Fast Food Worker Strike Unclear, More Americans Going Out For Turkey and More

What really happened during the recent restaurant “strike?” One in ten Americans will eat their Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. Food-away-from-home prices continue to increase faster than grocery store prices. Consumers still aren’t in a mood to spend. These stories and whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Retail Sales Soft, Fast-Casual Still Hot, and More

U.S. retail sales were soft for the third month but restaurants continue to move ahead. The NPD Group says foodservice did well in many countries this summer. Dave Anderson has returned to Famous Dave’s. The fast-casual segment remains hot. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring Hits 2015 High, Consumers Not Too Worried About Calories, E. Coli or Carcinogenic Meats

Merrill Lynch examines the restaurant market. Foodservice operators hired heavily in October. Sysco and the Performance Food Group both reported strong financials. Putting calorie counts on the menu doesn’t seem to effect what fast food customers order. These stories plus comparable-store sales for 20 chains and more. 

NRA Challenges NY's Minimum Wage Increase, McD's Adjusts Menu for All-Day Breakfast and More

The NRA reports their index is down again but operators keep spending. Buffalo Wild Wings will curtail expansion in areas with a high minimum wage. The NRA challenges New York State’s increase in minimum wage at fast food operations. McDonald’s chops menu choices to accommodate its all-day breakfast program. A dozen major chains report comparable-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.\