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.

This Week in Foodservie: Foodservice Exec on Trump’s Cabinet; Foodservice Traffic Down in Q3; McCafe Rebirth

Foodservice executive picked for Trump’s cabinet. Foodservice traffic goes negative in the third quarter. Chipotle will try and restore good service as move to recover. McDonald’s will reintroduce their McCafe concept next year. These stories and a whole lot more this week in foodservice.

This Week in Foodservice: Healthier Fast Food; Second Glance at Restaurant Sales Growth Not as Positive; Foodservice New Hires Doubled

Are healthier fast-food chains the wave of the future? Technomic reduces its estimated restaurant sales growth in 2016 and 2017. Foodservice operators doubled the number of people hired in November from October. Technology isn’t going to save restaurants.

Labor of Love

Articulate your company’s vision and how potential new hires can be a part of that success.

Right This Way …

Readers tell us they still find the directory issue a useful and welcome tool.

A Dealer’s Evolution: Q&A with Tom Lawson, co-owner and president of Earnest Ventures Inc.

Tom and Dana Lawson established Earnest Ventures Inc. (EVI) in 1995. Based in Glenelg, Md., EVI specializes in multi-unit restaurants, national and regional chain work, and independent food groups from coast to coast. Tom has been working in the restaurant equipment business for more than 35 years. He and Dana make it a priority to work closely with owners and chefs to create meaningful partnerships.

This Week in Foodservice: Consumers Ate Out Over Thanksgiving Weekend; New Overtime Rules on Hold; Breakfast Continues to Grow and More

Stories worth another look: Consumers ate out on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime pay were put on hold by a federal judge. Dunkin’ Donuts to de-emphasize food sales and push beverages.

OEM vs. Non-OEM Parts

 Understanding the Difference: A Q&A with Howard Truitt

This Week in Foodservice: Retail Up, Restaurant Sales Down; Home Delivery Forecast; McD’s Latest Look and More

Stories worth another look: U.S. retail sales were up in October but restaurant sales fell. Initial jobless claims hit a 40-year low. Home delivery could drive millions in restaurant sales. McDonald’s newly designed operations are up and running.

This Week in Foodservice: Interpreting Restaurant Recession Chatter, Starbucks Success, and C-Stores View More Food in Future

Stories worth a second look: Fresh perspective on the “restaurant recession.” Starbucks isn’t worried about the impact of people forsaking brick and mortar retailers. Starbuck’s Roastery is enjoying success. C-stores future is in foodservice. Burger King makes a commitment to grow in Canada.

Kitchen Renovations Remain Top of Mind

Planning to renovate a commercial kitchen? Here are four steps critical to the success of any project.

A Pro You Should Know: Joe Schmitt, Rapids Wholesale Equipment

A Q&A with Joe Schmitt, who has led the 80-year-old Rapids Wholesale Equipment for more than 24 years, helping expand the 56-employee dealership’s four locations and various divisions, including Chain Restaurant Solutions and Foodservice Contract and Design businesses.