Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

APR 2016

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10 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • APRIL 2016 people & events The rate by which members of the Manufacturers' Agents Association project sales of foodservice equip- ment and supplies to increase dur- ing the frst quarter of 2016. 4.3 percent The rate by which foodservice equipment and supplies sales increased in the fourth quarter of 2015, per the Business Barometer released by the Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. 4.9 percent The National Restaurant Asso- ciation's sales projection for the restaurant industry in 2016. $782.7 billion The number of people the restau- rant industry will employ in 2016, per the National Restaurant As- sociation. 14.4 million Saladworks Unveils New Design F resh-tossed salad concept Saladworks introduced a new restaurant design that includes Wi-Fi bars, communal tables and comfort seating. The store's new menu boards and graphics refect the company's dedi- cation to chopping fresh ingredients daily. "We analyzed customer data and saw that the number of dine-in versus takeout orders was down, so we wanted to give the restaurants a warmer and more welcoming atmosphere," said Paul Steck, Saladworks president and CEO. "To encourage our guests to relax and enjoy themselves in the restaurants, we decided to replace the bright secondary colors with an organic, earthy infu- ence and inviting palette including natural colors and warmer tones." In 2016, Saladworks plans to remodel 5 existing stores and build 11 new locations with the updated design. Remodels will take place on an at-will basis by franchisees ready and willing to make the investment in their location. The frst new store design was unveiled earlier this year in Newtown, Pa. A fran- chise oriented concept, Saladworks operates 101 locations in 14 states.

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