Sysco has donated 30 million meals across eight countries since mid-March as part of its community response strategy to the COVID-19 pandemic. These donations were valued at over $100 million and included nearly 16 million pounds of fresh produce and approximately six million pounds of fresh dairy products.
The reopening kits include supplies like masks and safety guidance posters for independent restaurant operators.
June 1, 2020
US Foods is giving away free reopening kits to qualifying independent restaurant owners to help support restaurant reopening efforts in communities across the U.S. The reopening kits provide independent restaurant operators with must-have supplies such as masks and safety guidance posters as well as resource guides to navigate state and local COVID-19 reopening requirements and help create a safer environment for staff and customers alike.
“The average restaurateur makes about 4 cents for every dollar, and now with decreased traffic and increased costs, it’s even more challenging for them,” says Jim Osborne of US Foods--one of the giants of foodservice distribution to restaurants, hotels, catering, schools and more. On the latest From the Cold Corner Podcast, I talk with Osborne about US Foods’ latest initiative—the Restaurant Reopening Blueprint—to help restaurateurs navigate new guidelines for service, staffing, and customer behavior due to coronavirus.
As some cities loosen COVID-19 mandates, guide offers best practices for safe reopening.
May 18, 2020
US Foods launched its latest COVID-19 online operator resource, the US Foods Restaurant Reopening Blueprint. The Restaurant Reopening Blueprint provides operators with a how-to for putting key COVID-19 guidelines into practice as they plan reopening efforts. The Restaurant Reopening Blueprint is informed by interviews with key stakeholders such as diners, restaurant staff and US Foods consultants and chefs. Interviews were also conducted with operators and diners in China to understand what learnings might be applicable for U.S. restaurant operations.
The money will go to the American Culinary Federation's Ferdinand Metz ACF Relief Fund.
May 13, 2020
Smithfield Culinary, the foodservice unit of Smithfield Foods, the nation’s leading pork processor, has donated $25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to chefs, culinarians, and foodservice workers across America who are experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I read the recent quarterly reports from Tyson and Sysco (Q2, and Q3, respectively) and both reflect the deep impact of restaurant, hotel, catering and other volume foodservice shutdowns on each of their businesses (and by extension, the cold foods supply chain) due to COVID-19. Here are my thoughts on the future of foodservice and what companies along the cold chain can do prepare for it.
2018 was filled with many newsworthy buzzwords. Blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and automated solutions filled the headlines, while consumers voted with their dollars, opting for better-for-you products that donned bold flavor profiles and came packaged in 100% recyclable cartons.
The foodservice application sector will dominate the market, with shipments forecast to exceed 4.5 million units by 2024.
October 18, 2018
The U.S. commercial refrigeration equipment market, which approached $10 billion in revenue in 2017, is expected to witness growth due to growing foodservice sector, according to a report produced by Global Market Insights, Shelbyville, Del.
Over 20 purchasing-oriented firms have already joined Buyers Edge Platform, including purchasing consultants, technology providers, several GPOs, a loyalty rewards program, a leading fresh produce management company and several food and supplies manufacturers.
August 21, 2018
Dining Alliance, a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) for local foodservice operators in Rochester, N.Y., unveiled the Buyers Edge Platform, a network of GPOs, service companies, technology providers and supply chain consultants serving over 45,000 locations throughout the foodservice ecosystem. Buyers Edge Platform is made up of Dining Alliance; Consolidated Concepts, Waltham, Mass.; Buyers Edge Purchasing, New London, Conn.; Axis Purchasing, Purcellville, Va.; Sundell and Associates, Cave Creek, Ariz.; RP Procurement, Orlando, Fla.; FoodBAM, Waltham, Mass.; Source1 Purchasing, Boynton Beach, Fla.; Fresh Concepts, Murrieta, Ga., and other member GPOs and consulting companies.
Foodservice organizations must be cognizant of 2018 tax changes because the way they procure their equipment can have a significant impact to their overall business, bottom line and financial performance.
The May 2020 issue of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine highlights sustainable solutions for companies along the cold chain, plus coronavirus and food safety coverage, lift truck technology, pizza innovations, new dairy and dairy-alternative products, plus much more—just click the stories below to start reading.