By now, you may have heard of speed oven technology and its mind-blowing efficiencies — like exponentially faster cook times compared to traditional methods, or footprints so small you’ll be struggling to find fillers for all the extra space in your kitchen. But, what exactly is it?...
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 the profits are only seen in alcoholic beverages. David Henkes, senior principal at Technomic, revealed in a recently published article by the company that non-alcoholic beverages “…account for $1 out of every $5 consumers spend away from home.” The proof is in the pudding (or the glass in this case). But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put any thought into your beverage offerings with the mindset that people will buy them no matter what.
As with any industry in existence, times change and the need to evolve becomes inevitable. We have seen and experienced so much evolution in the foodservice and commercial kitchen equipment industry recently; whether it be the equipment and technology itself or how users are utilizing and interacting with their equipment, here at Apex, we take a deep appreciation of the consumer experience by paying attention to what is being talked about, not only in the industry as a whole, but out in the field. The biggest advantage sales reps have in helping to provide the right solutions for our customers is being out in the field and asking questions.
Speed. Precision. Performance. Find out how Alto-Shaam's newest combi ovens can deliver all three in your commercial foodservice operation.
It’s pretty crazy to think how far along ventless cooking technology has come in the last few years. And it’s amazing the quality and fresh food that can come out of a small space — even the smallest of spaces can pack a big punch of profitability. When you are looking to add a kitchen space to an area that has no ability to install vents or maybe has limited access to water and/or drains, you no longer have to sacrifice quality or menu diversity to get your kitchen up and running! You could execute our sample menu above in about 250-300 sq. ft. of kitchen space with equipment that requires no vents or water. Here's how:
As commercial leasing costs continues to be on the rise, what is one thing a foodservice operators can turn to in order to cut costs without risking their vision? One word: ventless. Ventless kitchen solutions are gaining attention amongst manufacturers in the commercial kitchen equipment industry and here’s a list of reasons why:
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: