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.

Tax Changes Could Bump Up Casual Dining Sales in 2018, Starbucks to Pass on Tax Bill Savings to Employees, and Pilot Express Concept Puts Greater Emphasis on Food.

Restaurant industry analyst Malcolm Knapp looks to the future. A chunk of the money Starbucks will save due the new tax bill will end up in the pockets of their employees. McDonald’s “joint employment” trial may be nearing a settlement. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Technomic Predicts 2018 Foodservice Sales Will Fall Below Last Year, Labor Challenges Continue as Noted at Merrill Lynch’s Restaurant Conference, and Zoe’s Kitchen Unveils A New Design

Technomic looks at foodservice growth this year. Merrill Lynch reports on findings from chain restaurant conference. Zoe’s Kitchen unveils a new restaurant design. The Bento chain is growing and plans a new headquarters. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Another Year of Modest Growth for Restaurants, Pizza Hut Explores Self-Driving Vehicles, Red Robin Explores Eliminating Bus Boys, and More

 Restaurant sales increased in December, while menu prices continue to exceed the rise in grocery store prices. Tim Hortons' battles with some of their franchisees. Pizza Hut joins with Toyota to develop delivery vehicles. Red Robin will eliminate the bus boy position in its restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Sales Eke out 2017 Increase, Connecting Christmas Shopping with Restaurant Sales, and Wahlburgers Signs a Deal with Meijer

The National Restaurant Association says the industry “posted a modest increase in November.” Restaurants sales increased .84 percent in 2017, according to government data. Consumers opened their wallets for Christmas but did restaurants share in the spending? Wahlburgers signed a deal with the Meijer chain. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Staying Relevant

No one and no company can stay the same forever. Without growing and flexing all the time, we become stagnant, a path that inevitably limits opportunities. Getting comfortable with change and bringing something to the table that promotes growth are imperative not only to success but to the very survival of all companies in the foodservice industry.

Scott Gittrich Founder and President, Toppers Pizza Whitewater, Wis.

In the last three years, Whitewater, Wis.-based Toppers Pizza has doubled in size to an 84-store chain, 21 of which are company owned and the rest franchised. Founder Scott Gittrich created a systemwide partnership with Feeding America to provide food to hungry families in need, and the chain's franchisees additionally participate in many local-level charitable activities.

If You See Something, Say Something …

As a woman who has worked closely with men in male-dominated industries for more than three decades, you can believe the #MeToo  movement holds some resonance for me.

Hello and Goodbye

In this issue of FE&S you will find a couple of key content updates.