Rethink deli platters for greater market potential

These days, office managers hosting catered meetings, small events or work parties always have one eye on fun and the other on the budget. As such, supermarkets and grocers have the power to viably compete against other foodservice businesses to offer affordable dining options for larger parties, especially when dealing in deli platters. [Read more…]

Future of retail refrigeration: What trends will impact how supermarkets invest in refrigerated technology?

Refrigeration is the cornerstone of any grocery store or supermarket selling fresh goods, but refrigeration systems are also some of the biggest expenses retail food stores assume, not to mention a considerable risk to inventory if they suddenly break down.

To stay ahead of the game, business leaders have turned to smarter, more comprehensive energy management strategies including the purchase of Energy Star products and greater monitoring of equipment performance. But as times change, supermarkets and grocery stores will need to adjust their policies regarding energy efficiency and general refrigeration upkeep to continue to be competitive. What does the future of commercial refrigeration hold for the supermarket sector? [Read more…]

5 ways to avoid ‘having a cow’ over your next commercial patty machine investment [w/ Infographic]

Commercial-grade patty machines can take your supermarket, butcher shop or restaurant into delicious overdrive. More importantly, patty makers save time for food prep workers, not to mention costs for upper management.

However, investing in patty equipment without thinking about your own operations could throw kinks into everything and rob a business of its cost efficacy. What financial considerations should cross the minds of commercial foodservice investors before they commit to a patty machine? [Read more…]

Snack food frenzy: What it takes to bring pizza and soft pretzels to your prepared foods department

Some days, you just have to treat yourself.

Snack foods get everyone’s attention — the sight and smell of a piping-hot pizza pie or a freshly baked soft pretzel makes everybody’s mouths water, which means they can both be real commercial successes for foodservice business owners considering selling these treats in their stores.

That said, supermarkets or grocery stores looking for a slice of the action shouldn’t let the fun times associated with these snacks cloud their judgment. Pizza and soft pretzels both require careful equipment considerations every investor should be aware of. [Read more…]

A cut above: Important purchasing considerations for manual deli slicers

Sliced meats and cheeses are a must-have for any commercial deli, which means deli slicers are too. The best manual slicing equipment makes it easier for customers to purchase the exact amount of product they require and prevent businesses from wasting money through lost yield.

Unfortunately, deli slicers can be a locus of risk at any foodservice establishment if not properly maintained or operated. While much of the responsibility falls on manufacturers to deliver a quality machine to businesses, supermarkets and grocery stores bear a portion of the burden as well. Keeping a few factors in mind when investing in deli slicers strikes a balance between these two interests, so deli workers and their employers can slice happy. [Read more…]

What does the modern meat eater want from their local grocer’s meat department?

People take their meat very seriously – when customers want products from grass-fed, free-range livestock with no antibiotics or additives, they’ll let you know and expect you to show them products that suit their discerning needs.

As of late, carnivorous consumers have begun acting uncharacteristically sheepish – a confluence of consumer trends have led to shoppers spending less on meat overall and purchasing meat less frequently when they do their grocery shopping. [Read more…]

5 reasons to always invest in turnkey installation [w/ Infographic]

For supermarkets and grocery stores with commercial equipment driving operations in their bakeries, butcheries and prepared foods departments, the installation of new assets could mean a lot of added efficiency and better value propositions for customers.

However, these businesses have to survive the installation process first. Depending on the scope of the project, that may be easier said than done. [Read more…]

Vacuum tumblers: Better for prepared foods, better for budgets [w/ Infographic]

Marination isn’t just culinary – it’s a science. And when prepared food departments understand that and invest in the right tools behind the counter, they turn out a better product more efficiently.

High-capacity vacuum tumblers are the cornerstone of smarter, more flavorful marinades, not to mention more cost-effective and timely operations from staff. What are vacuum tumblers? What enhancements can investors expect from this equipment? [Read more…]

Year-round BBQ: Making every meal taste like summer

Another Fall has officially arrived, and with it goes the summer and all its splendor. Another year of barbecuing has officially come to an end.

Goodbye, grill. We’ll see you again in 2017.

However, for local supermarkets and grocery stores, summer can last all year long provided they invest in the necessary prepared foods equipment to keep the party going. Beat back the cold weather blues by considering what these commercial assets could do to keep the spirit of summer alive, flavorful and profitable month after month. [Read more…]

What a catch! 3 tips for promoting ready-to-cook seafood

Good weather makes for good grilling. With summer coming to an end, supermarket shoppers will be looking to local grocers for enticing seafood options for the last few barbeques, picnics and outdoor dinners by Labor Day and beyond. After all, salmon, tilapia, lobster and shrimp tend to cater to a more health-conscious consumer in a cooking format notoriously dominated by hot dogs and hamburgers. In an effort to include everyone at the dinner table, seafood adds a boost of protein and omega-3 fats for munchers looking for something different than the traditional grilling fare. [Read more…]