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Faces + Places To Know: New Year, New Opportunities



New Year’s is often filled with new ideas, new plans and New Year’s resolutions. The start of a new year brings an opportunity for change and improvement. I have spent the last several weeks traveling the Twin Cities and talking with several FSN partners to tell them about the new plans for Foodservice News and more importantly, hearing about what they are planning for 2019. Much like individuals, businesses often look to the New Year as an opportunity to make changes and do things to improve. 

In fact, at every meeting I went to I heard about exciting new plans and initiatives that our advertising partners are planning for 2019. 

Berry Coffee is expanding and has brought in a top-of-the-line new roaster so it can provide its own coffee roasting capabilities to its clients. TriMark continues to expand its business after a merger last year and will be opening a new facility in the north metro in early 2019.  Reinhart Foodservice is opening a state-of-the-art test kitchen at its Rogers location. Swanson Meats and Catallia Tortillas are family-owned business that continue to see record growth and are looking to grow their footprint in this market. Upper Lakes Foods is placing an emphasis on its Minneapolis and St. Paul business as the largest locally owned distributor in the state. The list goes on—and that is a good thing for everyone involved in the Minnesota foodservice community.

Things are changing here at Foodservice News as well. It has been about four months since I took the reins, and it has been arguably the best four months of my working career. Back in August I was given the opportunity to approach a business as if it was New Year’s and look for ways to improve, change and do things differently—and for 2019 Foodservice News is going to take full advantage! We are increasing our digital footprint with more social media communication and weekly e-newsletters that will provide more content in a timely manner. We are adding more true B2B content to better help chefs and operators make business decisions to grow their restaurants.  We are embracing our sister event, the Charlie Awards, and using both brands to benefit one another. And we are placing an emphasis back on our readers and industry partners to truly be the voice of the Minnesota foodservice industry.  2019 is going to be a very exciting year indeed!

From everyone here at Foodservice News, we wish you all very Happy New Year!!

And I look forward to visiting with you and finding out about your business in 2019. 

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