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.

That’s a Wrap

A s we get set to shift our attention to 2014, it’s a great time to reflect on all that’s happened during the course of this year. Here at FE&S, it has been a remarkable year highlighted by the celebration of our 65th anniversary. I would like to personally thank all of our readers, advertisers, and industry contributors who helped make this the best year in this publication’s illustrious history as measured by any metric that you choose.

October Sales Data, Forecasting 2014, and Red Robin's Remodel

This week FE&S blogger Jerry Steigler takes a look at sales data for October, examines one of the soon-to-be-many forecasts for 2014, finds a restaurant chain that's redesigning its dining areas to appeal to different demographic groups and much more.

Creating a Shared Vision before Strategic Planning

Consultant Greg Christian discusses the steps and outcomes from a visioning session that helped set the stage for implementing the strategy for Nardin Academy's sustainable foodservice plan.

 

Finding Qualified Foodservice Employees, Looking at Consumers' Preference for Fast-Casual and More

This week we examine the complicated reasons why some foodservice operators can't find help, despite high levels of unemployment. We also look at consumers' preferences for fast-casual over fast food restaurants, follow up on last week's McDonald's story, and much more.

Walmart Enters C-Store Market, Affordable Care Act Continues to Cause Concerns and Much More

This week we examine reports from Washington, D.C., on the growth of the economy and the employment picture. We also take a closer look at foodservice employment, Walmart's entry into the c-store market, a dozen chains comparable store sales reports, and much more.

 

Don't Let Menu Innovation Detract from Customer Service!

Menu innovation is neccessary for long-term success but it can create a chain reaction that negatively affects cutomer service. Juan Martinez reviews a few pitfalls and gives his expert advice on how to avoid them.

Nardin Case Study: Leadership Team

With the assessment complete, Nardin Academy's leadership team was left to decide what to do with newfound information about the school's food program. Should Nardin build a new kitchen? Design a new menu? Should Nardin coordinate with its foodservice provider? How would the school address environmental concerns? What would the community think?

Sysco Reports Sales Growth, Restaurants Rely on Promotions, and Updated Equipment Supplier Data

This Week in Foodservice notes that the NRA's Restaurant Performance Index shows soft sales but foodservice operators continue to invest in their businesses. Also, inflation remains under control but operators need to rely on promotions to pull in customers, Sysco reports sales growth, a dozen plus chains reveal their comp store sales and much more.

The One Thing Technology Has Not Changed

Joe Carbonara attended a trio of FCSI-The Americas' Division Super Regional events and took home some thoughts about communication.

Built by Association

A gainst a backdrop of unprecedented dysfunction that includes the government shutdown and the novel threat of U.S. debt default playing out as bargaining strategies before a world of bewildered onlookers, it's good to know that at least in the business world people can still work together for the common good.

Collaboration Counts

The complexity of the foodservice industry has never been greater.