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Most Durable Dinnerware for Casual or Fast-Casual Restaurant: Disposable vs Melamine vs China

Casual Dining Restaurant

Typically a casual dining concept/restaurant will offer full table service (waiters and waitresses serve 100%) vs. limited table service (partially served/helped by waiter/waitress) and the length of time the customer spends in that restaurant is longer than a fast-casual (order and pick up by customer) concept. All of these options involve inside seating with moderate ranges of food options and quality and therefore, the operator will tend to lean towards a more reusable option vs. a disposable option because their guests are expecting more of an upgraded/home like presentation.

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What is the Difference Between Commercial Grade and Retail Melamine Dinnerware?

Is there a difference between commercial and retail grade melamine dinnerware?

We are frequently asked this question from customers, especially when they are looking to understand if the value of commercial grade melamine justifies the investment in it as opposed to buying retail grade melamine. After all, isn’t it all the same?

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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

Help Your Clients Make Money with Merchandising Displays (While You Do, Too)

As you sell products to foodservice and hospitality businesses, it's nice to find new offerings that are easy for you to sell and for them to access. But it’s an absolute pleasure when those products help both of you make money by creating high-impact impressions and attracting customers' attention. As we all know, making more money comes from delighting guests so they spend more.

The most dependable commodity items like pots and pans, napkins, plateware, etc., may help you earn commission (depending on your finance structure), but they’re a cost center for your clients. Not many options exist on the market that can make money for both of you.  

G.E.T.’s new collection of merchandising display solutions does just that.

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Replacement Rate for Commercial Dinnerware: China vs. Melamine

When considering dinnerware options for a commercial foodservice business, the replacement rate is a crucial factor and cannot be overlooked. Let's review the suggested replacement rates for both china, which we'll sometimes also refer to interchangeably as porcelain, and melamine dinnerware, and discuss what you can do to maximize the longevity of your tableware.

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Cost of Melamine vs China Dinnerware: Which is More Expensive?

When searching for commercial foodservice dinnerware to buy, the “Cost of Melamine vs. China Dinnerware: Which is More Expensive” question gets asked a lot. Because of the variety of options for both melamine and china dinnerware, this is a tough question to answer. However, let's discuss some general pricing guidelines and realistic price ranges for what operators can expect to spend and things to consider.

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Melamine Plates vs. China Plates: Do Your Restaurant Customers Really Care?

Okay, dealer sales reps out there, tell us if you’ve heard this one before: I can’t use melamine plates in my restaurant because my guests expect – demand – china.

A thousand times? A million? Probably more than you can count. 

In reality, however, these operators are wrong. Most restaurant guests do not care whether they’re served on china or melamine, most notably because they dont notice the difference in material or even pick up the dinner plate. 

To be clear, guests care about many things regarding their dining experience, including certain aspects of dinnerware, but what it’s made from isn’t among their concerns. 

We’re here to help you break through the misconception of diners preferring china to melamine, show you what they do care about in terms of dinnerware, and highlight the benefits of using melamine plates: the most operationally friendly choice on the market.

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Help Restaurants Win with Small Dinnerware Upgrades During the Post-Recession Lag

As a seasoned sales rep helping restaurant operators put their best tabletop forward, you’ve likely heard the same excuses time and again from restaurant clients reluctant to upgrade their tableware. Many operators mistakenly think doing so is either too expensive or nota critical factor to their overall success.

We get it. Battle-wounded chain operators are fighting through the toughest year for restaurant sales since the recession, which doesn’t exactly make your job as a sales rep a walk down Easy Street.

But there you are, staring at dingy, chipped, cracked, or just plain tired tableware and you know it’s time for an upgrade – or even to simply replenish existing dinnerware with clean, bright plates from the same collection your clients are already using. 

So how do you move the conversation forward when you know it’s time for an upgrade but your client doesn’t see the light?

We’ve put together a few tips to help you guide your clients through the decision-making process and gain an understanding of how their tabletop is a fundamental component of their operation’s success.

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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. 

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How (and Why) to Sell Your Foodservice Clients on Faux Wood Serving Trays

Part of being a savvy salesperson is keeping an eye on trends. If you sell in the foodservice space, you have undoubtedly noticed a recent surge in the popularity of wooden boards used as serving trays. Here at G.E.T., we’ve even seen charcuterie suspended from wooden clothespins.

We get it. Wood is beautiful yet edgy and seemingly everybody wants in on the action, from family buffet restaurants to James Beard winners. But wood has a lot of problems. Especially in foodservice settings.

From being tremendously difficult to sanitize to having the shortest service life of almost any other material in foodservice, using wood as dinnerware can present some serious challenges for your foodservice clients.

By recommending faux wood, you can help your clients achieve the look they want while smartly avoiding the difficulties that come along with the real deal. And in doing so, you get to be the hero in your clients’ eyes.

 

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