January 10, 2023Happy days are here again—well, maybe not quite. Given tech advances and an ebbing pandemic, we've entered a promising new era for foodservice, but operators still have a lot on their plates. Economic uncertainty and hard-to-manage margins could cause many to tighten belts, if not eat losses. And the hypercompetitive landscape can make it all the more challenging to attract and retain customers.
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