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2018 Barware Trends for Foodservice

If you’re in the foodservice business, especially as an operator of a casual or full-service restaurant, bar, lounge, or hotel, you know that the marketplace is as crowded as ever, making it a challenge to stand out from competitors.

A great way to stay relevant, earn new customers, and retain existing ones is to make sure you don’t fall behind the current trends. Here at G.E.T., we’re here to help you set the standard with insight on the 2018 trends for barware so you can:

  • Differentiate yourself from your competitors, strengthening your brand equity
  • Increase perceived value from your guests’ point of view with beautiful presentations
  • Even be able to charge a bit more for the same beverages, padding your bottom line

Let’s see what the future has in store for your barware style. 

Topics: For Dealers Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

12 Creative Plating Ideas: Onion Rings

Onion rings: Most folks in America can’t imagine a life without them. These crunchy, sweet, and salty delights are enjoyed by diners at all kinds of restaurants from greasy spoon mom and pops to fast food, fast casual, and casual chains all over the country.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to orchestrate some creative ways to plate onion rings that fit a variety of styles, themes, and levels of formality. 

Topics: Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Introducing Heiss Aluminum Induction Cookware

Heiss™ aluminum cookware is now available from G.E.T. Watch the introductory video featuring our resident metals expert, Mike Halles, as he tells you the many benefits this innovative cookware will bring to your foodservice operation.  

If you prefer to read, we've provided a transcription below the video. Enjoy! 

 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

How Long Does Melamine Dinnerware Last in Commercial Foodservice?

As a foodservice operator, understanding your long-term investments (e.g., equipment, smallwares, etc.) can help your overall budget planning. Here at G.E.T., we're experts in alternative material dinnerware, so let's focus on that part of your operation. Many operators invest in dinnerware made from melamine because it’s one of the most durable food-safe materials on the market. 

But how long will your melamine dinnerware actually last before you need to replace it?

The truth is that a few factors play into this answer. And you actually have quite a bit of control over how long your pieces last. We'll tell you why.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

8 Tips for a Profitable Salad Bar

Consumers' demand for healthy dining options isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon. When there's demand, supply is typically not far behind, hence the proliferation of salad concepts, including self-serve salad bars. 

While you may earn repeat customers with salad bars, operators often find them expensive with low returns. As a veteran restaurateur with more than 2 decades of experience with salad bars, I've put together my own list of 8 Ways to Increase Profits at Your Salad Bar that will keep you guests coming back for more. Any operator can benefit from these tips whether you're installing your first salad bar or enhancing a legacy system. 

Topics: Campus Dining Serveware For Restaurants

Cost of Plastic vs. Glass Drinkware for Foodservice

All foodservice establishments need drinkware for guests, regardless of the style or volume of service. If you’re a foodservice operator, you may have been faced with the decision of whether to purchase glass or plastic drinkware. But with so many options, the choice can be difficult to navigate or even know where to start.

You have your bottom line to consider, as always, but what other areas of operation might be impacted by the material you choose? Most importantly, how will your decision impact your bottom line beyond the initial investment?

Here at G.E.T., we’re big fans of our customers getting the best bang for their buck, but also finding the perfect product to fit brand and service style needs. We’ve put together some key cost points to consider when deciding between plastic or glass drinkware.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

Stained Melamine Dinnerware May Cost You Customers (And How to Avoid It)

To say that profit margins in the foodservice industry are tight is an understatement. Commodities and labor markets can fluctuate wildly, putting ever-increasing pressure on operators to control their costs while increasing profits. 

There's not much anyone can do about market fluctuation. However, looking at cost centers that are within your control, like how tableware is cared for, can help to reduce replacement rates and encourage repeat visits, leading you to better profit margins. 

Not following proper care and maintenance for your melamine dinnerware - or china, for that matter - can lead to staining. But that, too, is well within your control so long as your staff are educated about how to treat this necessary investment. We're going to show you how an educated and well trained labor force is key to avoiding staining and/or removing it, and why doing so can help you earn repeat guests and control costs in an unpredictable world. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Dinnerware For Restaurants

Which Common Plastic is Best for Foodservice Drinkware: Tritan vs. SAN vs. PC

As a foodservice operator, you may not have given much thought to which kind of plastic your drinkware is made from. Considering the tight margins in this industry, you've probably focused more on price than anything else. But what if we told you that focusing on the material your plastic drinkware is made from can have a bigger impact on your overall bottom line than just looking at the price? 

It's true. Depending on your operational needs and brand positioning, you may be spending more than you need to on your drinkware. Or you may not be spending very much, but replacing your drinkware more often due to chipping, cracking, or breaking, which costs you more in the long run. 

We're going to give you an overview of three different kinds of drinkware plastics - Tritan™, SAN, and PC - to see how they compare in terms of durability, replacement rates, and segment use cases. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

One Easy Customer Loyalty Tip for Restaurants

Most people go into foodservice to create profitable businesses. Yes, it's still about the food, but ultimately, businesses need to maintain healthy margins to survive in this highly competitive market. Earning repeat customers is one of the best ways to establish a well respected and growing restaurant brand.

What makes your guests come back? Some things are obvious, like food, service, perceived value, and creating special experiences. Even a sense of community and belonging help garner raving fans. But not many folks think of tableware, even though it plays a huge role in cementing positive perceptions and experiences for your guests. Let's take a look at how it can help customer retention efforts at restaurants. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Dinnerware For Restaurants

Drinkware for Foodservice: Key Attributes to Consider When Buying

Whether you're a first-time foodservice operator opening your premier location, or you're a 30-year veteran  who's interested in overhauling your drinkware program, taking a few key attributes into consideration can help you make the best drinkware purchase for your establishment. Generally, knowing what you want in terms of ounce capacity, material (PC, SAN, or Tritan™ plastics, or glass), and segment use cases will help guide you to the best products for your needs. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants