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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: November 9

Looking for some of the week’s top information for the foodservice industry? Check out these 10 stories, plus this week’s promotion from Central, for the week of November 5-9.

Top 10 Foodservice Industry Stories

National Restaurant Association: NRA Applauds Fed’s Effort to Understand Emerging Payments

Central Blog: Additional Resources for Disaster Relief Restaurants and Businesses

Mobile Cuisine: The Exponential Growth of Food Trucks

Monkey Dish: HACCP Plan

New York Times Dining & Wine: Sandy Offers Lessons to Restaurateurs

Los Angeles Times Business: Restaurants Find That Upscale Food, Not Deals, Lures Diners

Nation’s Restaurant News: Restaurant Industry Sounds Off on Re-Election of President Obama

National Restaurant Association: Restaurant Operators Aid Hurricane Victims

USA Today: Millennials Are Eating Out Less

QSR: NRA Reports Decline in Restaurant Performance Index

This Week’s Promotion from Central

Value Series: High Quality at Low Prices!

Our November catalog dropped this past Monday, November 5, and features Central’s Value Series.  See full details and shop straight from our blog.

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Benefits of Purchasing New Foodservice Equipment

Image: Greg Otterman, Product Consultant/Central Restaurant Products

It’s an interesting time for the restaurant industry.  Right now it seems despite a slight dip in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) in January, restaurant sales are overall staying positive.  On the other hand, the Los Angeles Times recently reported independent restaurants were hit hard by the recession and many are still struggling.

Importance of Foodservice Equipment

For all types of foodservice establishments, both striving and struggling, reliable equipment is a must.  That being said, it needs to be made a priority to take care of equipment, train employees on proper handling and keep up with the regularly scheduled maintenance.

Even with all the maintenance and proper handling in the world, there always comes a point when reality sets in and a product just becomes too old, doesn’t run as efficiently, develops problems and needs to be replaced.  But many places don’t make replacing old equipment a priority, despite being such a staple to a foodservice.

So Why Don’t Places Make Equipment a Priority?

For some it’s budget restrictions while for others it’s simply procrastination.  What places don’t realize is there comes a point when procrastination can actually hurt a business.  Failing equipment will have an impact on the day to day business.

“In this economy, the only reason to purchase a replacement piece of equipment is to save on energy,” said Central Product Consultant, Rick Arenstein. “And the newer units, especially fryers, they are a lot more energy efficient than older models.”

Central and Vulcan: One Powerful Team

To make the decision to purchase new equipment easier for foodservices, Central teamed up with Vulcan, one of the world’s largest commercial cooking equipment manufacturers, for an exclusive three-month promotion that began in January.

What makes this promotion so beneficial to foodservices in need of new equipment is it offers the lowest price and free shipping on all Vulcan products available at Central.

There is such a wide variety of Vulcan products available from gas ranges to convection steamers.  There are even several products that are Energy Star qualified as well.  And if all that wasn’t enough, all Vulcan equipment comes with free start up from Hobart sales and service.

This promotion couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as it helps those counting every penny to those with extra money in their budget.  Either way, the promotion is set to expire at the end of March, so time is running out.

All Vulcan equipment on sale is on Central’s website.  For those unsure of what to buy, our Product Consultants have years of foodservice experience and can do all the work.  They can be reached at (800) 215-9293.

Have you recently upgraded or purchased new equipment? How has it increased productivity?

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 2/3

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for January 29 through February 3.

Mimi’s Cafe Goes Red
From Mimi’s Cafe, Read News Release

Image: Mimi's Cafe

Today is the American Heart Association’s “National Wear Red Day” to raise awareness for heart disease in women.  Mimi’s Cafe, a French-inspired casual dining restaurant with 145 locations around the country, is taking it a step further by marking Feb. 3 as a kick-off date to a month long campaign.  Anyone that comes into the restaurant on Feb. 3 can get a free cup of soup–then for the remainder of the month there will be other opportunities for diners upon making a donation.  Read the release news release in full on Mimi’s Cafe’s website.

Restaurant Performance Index On The Rise
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

It seems like we just heard similar news that the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) hit a new high. The National Restaurant Association recently came out with an article stating the RPI finished out December up 1.6 percent.  This is the highest level it’s been in the last six years and the next few months should be on a positive track.  For more information, including a deeper look into how the RPI is calculated, visit the NRA website.

Foodservices Across the Country Prepping for Game Day
From SmartBlog on Restaurants, Read Blog

Restaurants all across the country have been gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday.  The NRA estimates 48 million Americans will order takeout and 12 million will watch the game at a bar or restaurant. Pizza and wings are on the top of many restaurant’s menus, but there’s more! Check out SmartBlog’s article which covers what restaurants are up to for game day.

Image: Schnitzelbank Bratwurst/Super 46

And the Winner of Super 46 Sandwiches Is…..
From Indianapolis Monthly, Read Blog

At the beginning of January, Indianapolis Monthly began “Super 46 Sandwiches,” a list of top sandwiches in Indiana.  They opened it up for voting to find the top sandwich in the state.  People from across the state put in their votes and a winner was decided this week–which was the Bratwurst from Schnitzelbank in Jasper, Ind.  Their bratwurst went up against many great contenders such as Shapiro’s Rueben, Harry and Izzy’s St. Elmo Prime Rib Sandwich and Rock Cola 50s Cafe’s Mile High Club Sandwich. Read more about Super 46 on their website, which includes ways to search different sandwiches if you are or will be in Indiana.

Image: kakisky/MorgueFile

 Super Bowl Recipes

Whether you’re waiting tables or at home with friends on game day, it’s always good to have some party recipes on hand.  Here are a few websites we found that feature a plethora of Super Bowl themed recipes:

Please share your favorites with us below in the comment section–or tell us about your signature recipe!

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: January 6

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for the first week of the new year, January 2 through January 6.

Food Legislation for the New year
From SmartBlog on Restaurants, Read Blog

With a new year comes new legislation.  Rebecca Pollack Scherr of Smart Blog on Restaurants put together an article covering the top food legislation for this year.  A few things mentioned include where shark fins will be illegal and where farmers will have to have licenses of inspection in order to be able to sell.  It also includes information on bills such as the Food Safety Modernization and Child Nutrition Acts.  Read more on SmartBlog on Restaurant’s website

Poster Requirement Delayed for the Third Time
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

By April 30, all restaurants subject to the National Labor Relations Act must have this poster posted at their establishment.  The original deadline was November 14, 2011 then was moved to January 31, 2012.  However, it’s been moved again to April 30.  Read the full article here.

The Restaurant Performance Index Is Highest Since November
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

According to a recent article by Annika Stensson, the restaurant performance index (RPI) is the highest it’s been since November.  This is all based on the current situation and future predictions.    Read more on the NRA website.

Rising Menu Prices

Image: Alvimann/MorgueFile

Restaurants over the country have started to announce this week they will have to raise prices.  Starbucks and Denny’s are two who have already posted information.  However on the flip-side, Steak n’ Shake recently announced they will actually freeze their menu prices for 2012.



2012 Social Media Predictions
From Mashable, Read Article

Social media won’t be slowing down in 2012 and continues to be a beneficial and budget-friendly tool for businesses.  Mashable recently put together seven of their social media predictions covering information from Facebook and Twitter to the up-and-coming sites.  If you  haven’t started using social media for your establishment, now is the time.  Most are free and they are a great way to attract business.  Read all on the Mashable website.