Grabbing something to eat at sports arenas and stadiums used to be a quick and, hopefully, not too messy affair. Fine dining was not part of the experience of watching a live baseball or hockey game. Times have changed, though. Sporting venues are becoming part of larger entertainment districts that offer attractions every day of the week.
In terms of commercial refrigeration in restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice operations, we often think of the summer months as being the prime time for energy savings. It makes sense because it requires more effort (a.k.a. energy) to keep things cold in the dead of summer, but that doesn't mean summer is the only opportunity for reducing energy consumption.
When it comes to food waste, there are many reasons why foodservice operations across North America look to reduce it. In fact, over the last few years, it's been one of the hottest initiatives in the industry.
This September, RDT held another successful FCSI Education Provider Program for foodservice consultants at our factory here in Waxahachie, Texas. The seminar, which brings in consultants from all over the country, is an opportunity for them to interact directly with our team and their peers over the course of two days.
Legacy Records is one of the latest endeavors from one of New York City's hottest restaurant groups. Delicious Hospitality is the team behind Charlie Bird and Pasqaule Jones, and now they're opening up their latest shop near the Javits Center.
Service calls can be scary for a variety of reasons. They can be expensive. They can disrupt your operation. They can be late. Even worse, they may not even be open depending on the time of your refrigeration outage.
It's a fact. Reducing utility costs will ultimately add to the bottom line of your foodservice operation. According to some industry leaders, gross profits increased last year, but at the same time, expenses -- including energy expenses -- increased almost five percent more than the level of gross profits.
As a result, saving on expenses is a great way to add to an operation's bottom line. Let's take a look at a few numbers.
Food waste is a major issue in restaurants and other commercial foodservice operations across the country. In fact, according to the non-profit ReFED, which specializes in food waste reduction, the United States wastes about 63 million tons of food each and every year.
Through organizations like the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) and other dedicated entities, general contractors and refrigeration installation companies will often come together to figure out ways to maximize the impact and profitability of their businesses. They take pride in what they do, and we should know, because that's the way we started here at RDT.
Automation is here to make our lives easier, and this is especially true when it comes to commercial refrigeration in the foodservice industry. Time spent maintaining equipment or performing service tasks is time spent away from the customer, and ultimately, the potential for profit.