The latest foodservice management practices, food-safety news and more.

Challenging Soda

Move over, soda. Water and other beverages are looking to knock you off your throne as king of the vending machine.


Fast Track Depreciation Sought

The nation's foodservice operators may soon receive new federal tax incentives to expand or renovate their facilities, under legislation advanced by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) that calls for faster write-offs of restaurant buildings.

Foodservice operators and employers in other private sector industries would be allowed to offer their workers the same "family friendly" scheduling flexibility available to federal government employees, under new legislation pending in Congress.

You'd expect a college with an organic garden and an adopt-a-whale program to have a strong commitment to the vegetarian lifestyle—and sure enough, the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, does.

At Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, manager/executive chef Alan DelRosso utilizes a variety of prepared products for patient meals, the cafeteria and catering. And he's not alone: Operators continue to turn to food manufacturers for such products as vacuum-packed, ready-to-cook marinated salmon filets or pre-cooked meat for burritos and tacos.

Food safety consultant G. Peter Healy urges operators to educate themselves and their employees about the potential dangers of not handling and preparing seafood properly.

Foodservice industry leaders are warning the State Department that new visa screening procedures implemented in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks are creating workforce shortages for operators across the country.

"There's a nagging problem within school districts: that by and large, school f/s programs are not considered part of the mainstream education process," says consultant Tom Hinton.

Refrigeration is one of those f/s equipment areas in which innovation comes not with great leaps forward, but gradually, with adaptations here and there that help increase efficiency and user-friendliness.

All the training, recognition programs and orientation procedures in the world won't mean a thing if employees don't know what's expected of them. Indeed, consistent standards and a clearly stated mission are the starting point for any career development effort.

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