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.

All Hail the Food Hall

Beyond the varied menu and service styles, food halls often feature a retail component, which allows customers to take a portion of their experience home to enjoy later.

Jay Lerdal Discusses ServSafe as National Food Safety Month Kicks Off

September is National Food Safety Month, so the time seemed right for a discussion with Jay Lerdal, product manager of the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program.

Ecolab's Ruth Petran Provides Insight on Avoiding Reoccurring Food Safety Mistakes

Ecolab's vice president of food safety and public health, Ruth L. Petran, Ph.D., discusses how to apply best practices to create a food safety-oriented culture.

This Week in Foodservice: Supplier P&L Checkup, NRA Bullish on Business, YUM! Trust-Themed Trademarks and More

Here’s what caught my eye to be worthy of a second look this week: major foodservice industry supplier’s P&Ls; soft chain sales −  with increased menu prices getting the blame; the NRA’s 5 reasons why they are bullish on the restaurant business; and YUM! Brands application for federal trademark registrations on 2 food safety slogans.

Growth Expected in Foodservice Sales, Food Away From Home Outpacing Grocery, Economic News and More

Restaurants are No.1 with U.S. consumers. Technomic predicts foodservice sales will grow 4.8 percent. Prices for food away from home continue to outpace grocery prices. Different generations have different perceptions of the dinner meal occasion according to The NPD Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Growth Expected in Foodservice Sales, Food Away From Home Outpacing Grocery, Economic News and More (2)

Restaurants are No.1 with U.S. consumers. Technomic predicts foodservice sales will grow 4.8 percent. Prices for food away from home continue to outpace grocery prices. Different generations have different perceptions of the dinner meal occasion according to The NPD Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Wendy’s CEO Sees Menu Prices as Deterrent, Restaurant Sales Appear Soft, and More

Retail sales were disappointing in July. Wendy’s chief says restaurant prices are out of line compared to eating at home. Sysco reported substantial increases in both sales and profits. Knapp-Track shows casual dining sales were weak again in July. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

The Changing Role of Foodservice

Foodservice really isn’t foodservice. In the recent past, as the name implies, foodservice operations simply provided food as a service to their customers, whether that took the form of a restaurant, a cafeteria, patient feeding, etc. Today, however, executing that menu represents but one small ingredient in a foodservice operation’s recipe for success.

Restaurant Recession Talk, Economic Analysis, Chain Growth Details and More

Bloomberg columnist says pizza chains will do well if a recession hits. Foodservice operators increase hiring in July. The NRA believes a recession is unlikely. Prediction – self-driving cars will mean billions in revenue for bars and restaurants. Zika virus fears are reducing restaurant sales in Miami. These stories and a whole lot more This Week Foodservice.

Is Supplier Consolidation Good or Bad?

The foodservice equipment and supplies industry has experienced a significant amount of consolidation of late. In fact, during the month of June, FE&S reported on four dealers buying five different companies. Rapid consolidation like this can make one wonder: If this keeps going on, will there only be one equipment supplier standing?

Oh, What a Night!

This was a special year for the Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala for several reasons. I hope that you will take a few moments to review the pictures and video. For those who were there, I hope that the pictures provide a happy reminder of a memorable evening in Chicago. For the vast majority who were unable to attend, I hope that you will recognize some industry friends and perhaps a few larger-than-life characters who have left an indelible mark on the equipment and supplies industry.