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Q4 2020 - Global edition

The magazine offers a mix of must-read features on the major issues in global foodservice, including: Interviews with leading FCSI professional consultants, top chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, architects, designers and technical experts; updates on the latest foodservice equipment innovation; and profiles of cutting-edge hospitality projects around the world.

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better times are around the corner

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m sure that you are all like me: hoping that something good in the way of vaccines is on its way to help rescue the world from this awful problem. For me, it’s been quite a change from living on airplanes weekly, to attending Zoom meetings while sitting in my home office. I know all of you share my feelings on this. Now that the virus seems to be ramping up again everywhere, we are all asking ourselves: “When will we be able to get some sense of normalcy back into our lives?” I, for one, am an optimist who feels better times are not far away, and that we will beat this thing soon.…

1 min.
a special connection

As we wind down 2020, we reflect on what has been one of the most difficult years that most of us have ever experienced. We’ve had a front row seat on a rollercoaster of events that have touched everyone on a personal and business level. If anything, the pandemic and the subsequent events have taught us that we are more connected than we realized. The impact of the pandemic has reached every corner of the globe so it is fitting that we finish the year with this special global issue. The entire foodservice industry is continuing to bear the brunt of this global event. The summer provided some opportunity for outdoor dining and new creative ways to connect with customers. We are now faced with the reality of the winter months…

1 min.
lessons learned

What a year 2020 has been. It has impacted our lives, our businesses, and our world in different ways. Most importantly it has given every one of us the opportunity to stop and think about who we are, what we do, why we do it. And we can also consider what are the most important matters we need to focus on moving forward. There are three important attributes that have resonated with me and I would like to share them with you as we bid farewell to 2020 and look forward with quiet confidence to 2021. Collaboration: Our FCSI family within each division and globally gives us the amazing opportunity to collaborate with true professionals, constantly sharing our experiences so we can deliver best-in-class outcomes for our clients. Diversification: the saying: “Don’t put all your…

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another reality

While I write these words, there is a second lockdown in Europe, the US presidential election is behind us and we move towards Christmas and 2021. Just one year ago I was enjoying a two-month vacation with my wife in Australia, New Zealand and Bali. I was blessed that we could take this great trip. One year later and we live in another reality. Although it is difficult to look into the future, I hope that as we start the first quarter of 2021 the sun will shine for all of you. I hope everyone is healthy and safe, and that you and your family can connect. Meanwhile we meet each other via Zoom meetings and in digital webinars and are connected as much as possible. I have joined several FCSI events around…

2 min.
around the world

POST Houston, Texas, US Architect OMA Builder Harvey Builders Opens 2021 POST Houston will transform a former United States Postal Service (USPS) facility on the northwest edge of Downtown Houston into a new commercial and cultural anchor. The mixed-use building – large enough to fit four Boeing 747 aircrafts – will have three distinct thoroughfares running from south to north through it. Each band has a distinct character with a range of experiences, from culture to food to creative workspaces. The bands intersect three levels: a vibrant commercial ground plane featuring a diversity of retail and food; a second level of expansive, interactive and collaborative office space; and a six-acre rooftop park. Gaîté Montparnasse, Paris, France Architect MVRDV Builder Egis Opens 2021 MVRDV’s restructuring of a large urban block built in the 1970s, comprises a shopping center, offices, a…

2 min.
industry news

Robot workforce the future for hospitality More bartenders and servers could soon be replaced by robots in the future, says a new study from Ball State University. In How to Build a Better Robot for Quick Service Restaurants, published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Dina Marie Zemke, an associate professor of residential property management in the Miller College of Business at Ball State, found the majority of respondents believe there is no stopping the robotic transformation of the foodservice industry. “There was a high level of resignation about the inevitability of QSRs incorporating robots during our group interviews,” said Zemke, who collaborated on the study with several faculty from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “This finding is similar to the acceptability of routine societal change. Participants felt that…