Foodservice Issues

Spotlights the challenges and opportunities that impact the application of foodservice equipment and supplies in the real world including green and energy efficiency concerns, foodservice equipment concerns, the impact of technology on foodservice, and the state of the foodservice economy.

Plan Ahead for a Smooth Reopening

While some restaurants and foodservice operators shifted to an exclusively off-premises model due to state and local closures to stop the spread of COVID-19, others chose to temporarily shutter their businesses entirely.

Sushi Checks All the Boxes

Sushi concepts and inclusion on menus keep growing across the country, as the on-trend, healthful cuisine continues to gain widespread appeal.

How to Get on Top of Rooftop Locations

Outfitting external bars requires planning with an eye toward the elements when selecting materials and equipment.

Restaurant Survival Post COVID-19

When the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is finally behind us and surviving restaurants are able to offer a full array of food options again, the industry’s operating environment will be very different than it was before. It’s likely a sizable number of units will permanently shutter because owners did not have the financial resources to hang on while any number of local, state and federal restrictions were placed on their everyday operations.

Covid-19 Disaster Strikes

The speed, scope and ramifications of coronavirus-driven societal and industry changes are stunning. Unlike during the economic recession of 2008, when the fast-casual segment rose to prominence and QSRs upped their game as budget-conscious customers traded down, this global health pandemic leaves few seats for winners at the table. 

Foodservice Designers Adapt to New Working Conditions in COVID-19 World

While not immune to some of the COVID-19 related factors that impact other parts of the foodservice industry, design firms continue to trudge forward working remotely. Exactly how long this will be the case, though, remains anyone’s guess.

Trend: Fire-Roasted Foods

Fire-roasted foods impart a unique, very distinctive flavor, which explains the popularity of this type of cooking. For example, fire roasting works well with vegetables, which helps expand the repertoire of vegetarian and vegan menus. This cooking method adds a depth of flavor that traditional roasting, baking or boiling cannot achieve, according to St. Charles, Ill.-based Global Food Forums.

Functional by Design: Expediting Stations

You could argue that it’s the most important station in any kitchen, but the expediting station is often given the least consideration. Every single meal in any restaurant or foodservice operation flows through here, increasing the importance that the station be placed correctly, remain organized and include an ergonomic design.

2020 Vision: Designed for Delivery

The word “disruptive” has become one of the most overused terms of the last 10 years, but it’s no overstatement to say that in a relatively short time, third-party delivery services have disrupted the way restaurants do business. Grubhub started delivering to consumers in 2004; DoorDash and Uber Eats are both just about six years old. Yet these and other third-party delivery services have revolutionized the way restaurants deal with their customers — and, conversely, have changed the way customers perceive the concept of dining out (and dining in).