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.

The Deep Dive into Assessing with A Foodservice Consultant

Assessing an operation is vital for a foodservice consultant, but clients often have difficulty in understanding the importance of such a step. In this blog post, Greg Christian discusses the steps his team took in assessing Nardin Academy's foodservice operation and the lessons they learned. 

Casual Restaurant Sales Down and Other Foodservice Industry Insights

This week we explore sales at casual restaurants, what people think of Congress, where business people really eat and more.

Debut Blog: How an Independent School Changed Its Food Programs

"Wait! Don't Rebuild That Kitchen."

This Week in Foodservice: Government Shutdown, Fast-Casual Growth and More

This Week in Foodservice looks at the impact of the federal government shutdown including the lack of government data and the jobs picture as well as fast-casual restaurant growth, more money for equipment distributors to finance inventory and much more.

Operators Remain Concerned for the Future, Canadian Chain Sales Up

Restaurant operators may be doing OK for now but they remain concerned about the future. Plus, the latest report on the Gross Domestic Product disappoints, Canadian chains' sales grow and much more in This Week in Foodservice.

Design Fundamentals: How to Organize Your Restaurant Kitchen

Cooking can be an inspiring, romantic process. Creating food for yourself or friends at home is a wonderful experience, often without timelines or pressure. Most of the time, cooking in a professional kitchen is the opposite.

Twerking to the Oldies

From cronuts to 3D printing, it's hard to turn on your android device without some new fad, craze, or trend forcing its way into the modern lexicon. The pace of change seems unrelenting. And we are left to decide what is real and what is virtual, what will last and what will turn out to be a temporary diversion.

What Matters Most?

One of the most frequently debated questions in the foodservice industry is what do operators value most when purchasing equipment? Is it price? Brand? Service? Quality? Appearance? Energy efficiency? Functionality? Sales reps? It's a question that we at FE&S ask our readers through various original research platforms, including the magazine's annual Best in Class and Forecast studies.

Cutting Corners Does Not Cut Costs

Given the business climate in recent years, it is understandable why so many companies have had to cut back. It's hard to find a business that's not doing more with less these days.

Food Trucks to get Disney Parking Space

August restaurant sales increased, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, some observers question the U.S. Labor Department's huge drop in jobless claims. This week, we also take a look at the U.S. birth rate, food trucks at Disney World, McDonald's sales and much more.

This Week in Foodservice: Things Aren't As They Seem

Despite the fact recently released employment numbers are worse than they appear on the surface foodservice operators continue to hire people. And although negative, the casual restaurant sales reported by Knapp-Track may actually be better than it appears. Also, this week we take a look at a marketing research report that says fast food is "back on track," among many other economic and foodservice news items.