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COOKING EQUIPMENT

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3 Ways Restaurants Can Fight Inflation with A Commercial Fryer

Record high inflation, rising food, labor, and utility costs along with ongoing staffing shortages are leading many restaurant operators to wonder if a recession is looming. There’s no question about…

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The Importance of Choosing Genuine OEM Parts in Commercial Fryers

When your fryer is on the fritz, you may be tempted to use less-expensive generic or OCM parts instead of genuine OEM parts. Although you might think they’re all the…

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The Future Of Virtual Restaurants In A Post-Pandemic World

For restaurant operators, 2022 will be a pivotal year filled with promise, challenges, and change. As coronavirus cases continue to decline, medical experts believe the pandemic phase of COVID-19 is…

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How to Choose a Cook and Hold Oven

Cook and hold ovens are known for their plug and play abilities; typically requiring only an electrical outlet, they’re easy to set up and use practically anywhere.

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REFRIGERATION & ICE MACHINES

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The Finer Print of Walk-In Care

Follow these tips from certified service professionals to keep your walk-ins chillin’.

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Pretty Clear: Your Guide to Choosing an Undercounter Ice Machine

The newest undercounter ice machines deliver large, pristine cubes while saving space, energy and labor.

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6 Ways You May Be Neglecting Your Ice Machine Maintenance

You probably don’t often think about the machine that makes your ice. But ice machines help food service operations accomplish many essential tasks, from making beverages refreshingly cold to holding…

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SERVING COUNTER EQUIPMENT

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Good Sense: How to Specify Condiment Dispensers

The pandemic jump-started innovation for condiment dispensers, bringing touchless models to market.

FURNISHINGS & DECOR

DIY Fix: Adjust Food Shields

If your facility boasts convertible food shields, and needs to shift from self-service to full-service to increase safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, follow these general steps.

SMALLWARES & TABLETOP

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Product Spotlight: Table Stakes

The array of tabletop options is ever-changing. Stay up to date on suppliers’ latest rollouts.

VENTILATION

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WAREWASHING & SCRAPPING

1 Product, 4 Ways: Food Waste Handling

We highlight the latest food waste disposers from Salvajor, InSinkErator, Hobart and Red Goat.

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Powered Sinks Take Care of the Dirty Work

Powered sinks let employees focus on other tasks besides hand-scrubbing pots and pans.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How To Choose a Door-Type Dishmachine

Energy Star Version 3.0 pushes door-type dishmachines to the next level of efficiency.

Knowing your menu and capacity will help you select the best bowl size for your three-compartment sink. What you’re cooking dictates what types of wares you’ll wash, and you’ll need a bowl size large enough to completely submerge them. Courtesy of Advance Tabco.

How To Specify a Three-Compartment Sink

Study materials, construction and bowl sizes when specifying an off-the-shelf three-compartment sink.

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STORAGE & CARTS

Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

1 Product, 4 Ways: Carts

Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

My Equipment Wishlist: Hot-Cold Pickup Shelves

For a growing number of customers, the perfect restaurant experience is walking through the door, breezing past the line, finding a bag with their name on it and walking out—without ever speaking to a human.

CFS Brands Acquires Piper Products

Conglomerates consolidate a dozen brands under one parent

WARMING & HOT HOLDING EQUIPMENT

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Sizing Up Visual Modular Holding Cabinets

Drive-thru ordering has surged during the pandemic as more consumers opt to dine off-premise and turn to the convenient and…

BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Direct-Draw Systems

FER compares direct-draw beer dispensers manufactured by Beverage-Air, Glastender, Perlick and Hoshizaki.

CUSTOMER-FACING TECHNOLOGY

5 Key Areas to Help Manage Your Online Ordering Boom

Many foodservice operations watched online ordering grow their revenue during the past few years. However, during the pandemic, online ordering…

WASTE MANAGEMENT & JANITORIAL

Understanding UV Light

For years, ultraviolet light has been integrated into foodservice equipment. Now its getting a second look as a tool for fighting COVID-19.

FOOD PREPARATION EQUIPMENT

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Are You Rinsing Your Produce the Right Way?

About 48 million people in the U.S. (one in six) get sick each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).…

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Sizing Up Floor Mixers

If you’re in the market for a floor mixer, you likely already know all about the high-capacity perks, but these machines surely aren’t one-size-fits-all.

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Mixing it Up—What to Look for in a Countertop Mixer

The countertop mixer is the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen—small but mighty, with the power to perform various functions.

Selecting Pizza Pans? Here’s What You Need To Know

With so many varieties of pizza pans, here’s how to select the one that will provide the optimal bake.

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