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Operations

Fast and functional speed-cook ovens

A new generation of small “speed-cook” ovens is on the market, using various combinations of heat transfer including microwaves, convection blowers, hot air impingement and infrared browning elements. They’re creating an entire, new oven category.

Financing

Drinks with a plus

The category of “plus” beverages has surged far beyond sports drinks—it’s huge and growing bigger every year.

Sure, you want to serve sustainable seafood, but you're also trying to stretch your purchasing dollars. Can you do both?

The last few years have seen a subtle to seismic shift in the way restaurants source fruits and vegetables. From planting rooftop gardens to partnering with farmers, chefs and operators are making a big effort to be local and seasonal. But 2011 is shaping up as an even more produce-centric year.

Relations between franchisee and franchisor have always been a make-or-break dynamic for restaurant chains. But the prescription for a mutually lucrative partnership has been scrambled a bit by the Great Recession.

The drought that affected the Midwest corn crop over the summer is going to have a major impact on cattle feed costs and beef prices, predicts DeWayne Dove,...

The announcement of the pending $8.2B merger of Sysco and U.S. Foodservice has restaurateurs wondering what’s in store for them. Here are some things they should keep in mind.

We've rooted around beneath the sales reps, the pricing strategies and the cost structures of foodservice distributors to see how things really work.

With health and freshness two of the major forces driving menus today, produce is top on operators’ purchase orders. Indeed, restaurants have been making a big effort to put more fruits and vegetables on the plate. But this effort hit a roadblock with recent E.coli scares and salmonella outbreaks. As a result, food safety has become the priority for suppliers and buyers of fresh produce.

You think you know them. But selling to men takes just as much skill as reaching any other group. Here’s what you need to do.

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