Share the Love: Supporting Foodservice During a Time of Disruption
The foodservice industry plays a vital role in our society. It’s about more than just enjoying a great restaurant meal; it’s a gathering of friends and family to socialize and celebrate a sense of community. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends about $3,000 a year dining out. As people quarantine at home, it’s no wonder that COVID-19 has had a damaging effect on many restaurants.
“Each of you has a favorite restaurant in your home state—one that exemplifies your culture, your cuisine, and your community,” said Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, in a recent letter he wrote to Congress asking for their support of the NRA’s “Blueprint for Recovery” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “The restaurant industry epitomizes the American dream, but it is uniquely vulnerable to both the current circumstances and the future uncertainty of dining in an era of social distancing,”
Here are some sobering facts that remind us of how hard-hitting COVID-19 has been to the foodservice industry:
With 60% of restaurant industry jobs lost in March alone, the food and beverage sector was hit the hardest by COVID-19, according to Fortune Magazine. Nearly all food establishments have had to furlough or lay off employees, sending unemployment skyrocketing.
Over the last few months, the stock market has performed at its worst in 33 years; restaurant stocks took another hard hit.
Many restaurants that did manage to stay open needed rent deferrals and filed insurance claims; others modified their businesses to stay afloat.
With sit-down dining rooms on lock-down, restaurants had to quickly implement or modify curbside service, pick-up, delivery, and drive-through. Some operators have added grocery items as a convenience to customers and as another way to generate income. Restaurant meal kits have also become popular as a ‘pick-up lunch, take-home dinner’ concept.
We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends
In the iconic words of The Beatles, ‘We get by with a little help from our friends’ — especially in times of national crisis.
Every day, our FoodLogiQ staff has the privilege of working side-by-side with some of the greatest food brands in the industry, partnering with them to map the world’s food supply chain, to keep it as safe as possible, and to empower people to make informed decisions about the food they eat. Our customers are food safety heroes, and we’re proud to show them some love and support by sharing these recent photos we’ve taken of ourselves and our families enjoying our favorite takeout from their restaurants. We hope you’ll support your local restaurants, whether it’s on TakeOut Tuesday, or any day of the week. They need our business now, more than ever.
To our foodservice friends, thank you for feeding us well. You’re always there for us, and FoodLogiQ will always be there for you.
"My family can't get enough of the Buffalo Wild Wings boneless wings with mango habanero sauce." — Joe Faulstick, FoodLogiQ Junior Frontend Engineer
“My favorite meal at Panera is sharing a you pick two Tomato Soup and Fuji Apple salad and a bowl of mac and cheese with my daughter. She, of course, gets Agave Lemonade” — Wesley Ange, FoodLogiQ Sales Executive
"I love Chipotle's crispy tacos with chicken, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and pico! And the guacamole...YUM!" — Kiecha Berzins, FoodLogiQ VP Marketing Communications
"I frequent CAVA more than I'd like to admit. My go-to is the greens and grains bowl with chicken, seasonal vegetables and as many toppings as I can muster—and I can't go without a nice kick from the Skhug dressing." — Kirstin Meyerhoeffer, FoodLogiQ Product Marketing Manager