Best-in-Class Reports

For 17 years in the October issue, FE&S has faithfully brought you the Best in Class (BIC). In the early years, the surveys were very simple: “Who makes the best fill-in-the-blank?” Each year, we added more and more questions based on what you, our readers, felt was pertinent in selecting a best-in-class manufacturer for specific pieces of equipment, supplies and the like. The data was understandably valuable to both readers and manufacturers. We expanded the study over time to drill down to the specific reasons why respondents answered the way they did for each category. What it evolved into was a massive study that took three 45-minute sessions to complete.

While undeniably data rich and valuable, it was also cumbersome and difficult to get people to complete the study. Like many pollsters discover today, with so many distractions competing for our modern attention, we have encountered pushback from even our most engaged readers. The ask just became too much and in response to reader feedback we have decided to step back and retool the study.

With sincere thanks to those of you who did take the time to complete this year's survey, we have decided not to publish a Best in Class list this year. We are listening to our readership and moving forward with a revamped study for 2019. We believe that the new streamlined study will garner higher participation levels and continue to yield a rich database of information.

Below you can get a glimpse at the BIC reports from the previous years. For additional information about these reports, contact Publisher Maureen Slocum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2015 Best In Class Consultants

FE&S presents the results from the 2014 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2014 Best in Class Consultants

FE&S presents the results from the 2014 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2014 Best In Class Awards Overall

Foodservice operators, dealers and consultants cast their votes for the best of the best
among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers

2014 Best In Class - Dealers

FE&S presents the results from the 2014 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2014 Best In Class - Operators

FE&S presents the results from the 2014 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2013 Best in Class - Overall Results

Our subscribing foodservice operators, dealers and consultants make their selections for the best of the best among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.

2013 Best in Class - Dealers Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2013 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2013 Best in Class - Operators Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2013 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2013 Best in Class - Consultants Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2013 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2012 Best in Class - Overall Winners

Our subscribing operators, dealers and consultants cast their votes for the best of the best among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.

2012 Best in Class - Dealers Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2012 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.