Small, targeted commercial equipment investments make a big difference

What’s stopping you from investing in better, smarter cooking or baking equipment for your commercial kitchen? Is it money? Is it space? Or is it plain old why-mess-with-a-good-thing inertia?

We’re not about to stop store managers who feel inclined to remodel their kitchens top to bottom. Still, business owners and decision-makers must know a large-scale, costly upgrade is no guarantee of success or even turnaround from past failings. A targeted approach, one that focuses on unique struggles and goals, has a greater potential to return in spades what a team puts into it. What are examples of such a method, and why do they work as well as they do? [Read more…]

2017 meat forecast: What’s happening with your proteins?

Butchers everywhere always want to know which meats make the cut for consumers and which ones are on the proverbial chopping block. By adjusting their inventories accordingly, butchers can turn a good profit and reduce their chances of overspending on unpopular products.

That means it’s time for a quick protein-powered update on upcoming pricing trends in meat, which will in turn affect sales at your supermarket, delicatessen or independent butchery in 2017. [Read more…]

Demonstrate nutritional awareness in your prepared foods department with these 3 suggestions [w/ Infographic]

Why do shoppers choose prepared foods from their local supermarkets over restaurant and fast-food fare? If you ask the Food Marketing Institute, menu diversity has led to $15 billion in industry growth over the last eight years and cemented the perception that prepared foods are a fresher, healthier alternative to traditional dining options. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Growth of ready meals for the in-store market: From Baby Boomers to Generation Z

What makes a meal great? People do.

Foods with wide appeal become staples in our diets, so long as people clamor for it. Ready meals from the supermarket prepared foods departments stand at the forefront of this idea. Why? Because in one way or another, each generation’s eating trends demand a well-equipped prepared foods department with diverse offerings.

“Ready-made meals can help boomers curb their addiction to restaurant fare.”

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Routine equipment maintenance helps grocers take in-store safety to new levels

The safety of customers and employees is vital for any business in the food service industry. Just as important as the quality and speed of food preparation is the safety behind how the food is prepared. Grocery stores and supermarkets must take the proper precautions to assure their food preparation equipment is safe for employees to use and prevent food contamination.
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Recent Food Trends Show Next Steps for Supermarkets’ Strategies [Infographic]

Today’s consumers are looking for more from their supermarkets than just the standard variety of products. The appeal and success of prepared foods and other in-store departments have caused supermarkets to renovate and, as a result, look at new equipment.
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New food trends mean supermarkets must adapt

The prepared foods section of supermarkets and grocery stores has various food trends to follow now that 2016 is already underway. To get a head start on the rest of the year, retailers may need to develop new strategies or change the department to fit the products customers are currently craving. Identifying products that are sure to be a hit with customers all year long and acquiring the necessary equipment early on will help food stores maximize potential profits.
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