The pizza industry has been a staple of the foodservice industry for a long time with no signs of slowing down. According to The 2019 Pizza Power Report from PMQ Pizza Magazine, the U.S. experienced $45.7 billion in sales last year amongst 75,000+ pizzerias — that’s nearly a 20% increase since 2015. And although fast casual pizza chains have cooled off since their big boom a couple of years ago, the concept of fresh, quality ingredients at a reasonable price in a flash is still what people want.
Time: it's something everyone wishes they had more of. It just seems like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything everything you need to get accomplished. Whether it's the complexity of your menu offerings, volume of service or the lack of resources you may have, it's not easy getting all of your ducks in a row day in and day out.
In today’s fast-paced foodservice landscape with consumer demands constantly evolving, the need to remain lean and nimble is stronger than ever. We’re not simply implying that your culinary creativity is the only thing that has to always be on its toes — that goes without saying. No, we’re talking about your kitchen. If your kitchen, more specifically its equipment, can’t keep up with your customers’ demands, then we’re in big trouble.
Preparation is key. When it comes to foodservice, the entire staff does their part in preparing for whatever the day has in store. The goal everyone is working towards is making sure everything runs like clockwork during those peak hours of business. But, that preparation is accomplished solely by those people. It starts with giving those people who are working hard to make sure things run accordingly the proper blueprint to do so. This month, we're going to be talking bar design and what it takes to create a functional, and profitable, bar.
Steam: the gaseous state of water that occurs once it reaches 212°F and begins to boil. When it comes to the world of food, most people associate steam with vegetables. However, in many kitchens steaming has become more popular than ever. This is due in large part because the technology and its applications are booming with benefits that reach far beyond cooking vegetables. Commercial steamers make steaming a no-brainer. And you'll be blown away by what it can bring to the table in high-volume foodservice operations.
Sally the Salad Robot might be our industry's first view into robotics, however, other aspects of our industry are crawling with automated technology to help combat our industry's changing labor landscape. Last week, we covered why automated technology and machines are inching their way towards becoming the industry standard due to rising wages, keeping food costs to a minimum and maintaining quality.
Now, we're taking a deeper dive into other solutions that are making major strides towards bringing automation and breakthrough innovations to the forefront.
Rising wages. Keeping prices low. Maintaining quality. Seeing real ROI. These are all prime reasons why automated technology and machines have become such a competing force in the commercial foodservice industry. Operators are turning to technology for nearly every aspect of the foodservice process - from the back of the house to the front.
Whether we’re talking about trendy craft cocktails at the hippest downtown bar, your local coffee shop pouring nitro-infused cold brew on tap, or blending up the freshest health smoothies and juices - it’s no secret that beverages are the real moneymakers in your operation. And don't think that profits are just found in alcoholic beverages.
Deck pizza ovens are the traditional way to make a pizza, sure, but sometimes space and hood limitations don’t give you the option to cook the classic way.
Thankfully, that’s not your only option today. As kitchens become more flexible and utilitarian, one of the most versatile pieces chefs are turning to are the quick fire, ventless solutions. And boy are we excited about these puppies!
Pizza has seen a huge push in business over recent years. The average household spending on dining out or ordering in is coming closer and closer to exceeding the budget for groceries and good ole home cooking. With the popularity the pizza industry is accumulating comes the need for pizza operators to evolve and differentiate from the rest of the pack. The younger generations are pressing for pizza-on-demand in a society where everything is at the fingertips of the consumer and customization is at the forefront of everyone's desires. Here are some trends we're expecting to see take over in 2018: