Author Archives: Pitco

It’s no secret that Americans love fried foods, but while practically anything can be deep-fried to golden perfection (i.e., shrimp, chicken, and even whole turkeys), nothing beats the humble French fry. Fries are a staple on menus across the country, both in casual and upscale restaurants, and they’re one of the best menu options because...
Robotics isn’t usually the first thing to come to mind when thinking about the foodservice industry. However, in the last few years, robotics and automation have made their way into restaurants and commercial kitchens, making service delivery more efficient and reducing the stresses put on staffing. As we’ve seen, the pandemic caused extensive labor shortages,...

by Pitco on July 18, 2022 at 8:35PM

Often seen as a staple of American comfort food, tater tots are a much-loved food. Tater tots deliciously offer the best of both worlds with a crispy, deep-fried exterior and a creamy center. However, the tater tot has not always been the wildly popular menu item they are today. Recent food trends have made the...
We continue our ongoing series where we sit down with Fry Guys and Fry Gals around the country to find out how to get the most out of their fryers. This month we talk with David Ford, corporate chef for Heartland Reps in Missouri. David has worked for some of the biggest names in the...

by Pitco on June 27, 2022 at 6:48AM

When going on vacation, food is an essential part of the experience. Most travelers do their best to get an idea of what’s on the menu where they are staying. However, due to the many challenges brought about by the past few years, many resorts are updating aspects of their foodservice to better meet summer...
There was a time when fried chicken was eaten mostly as a picnic or special occasion food. Nowadays, it’s available in a variety of ways, including the recently ultra-popular fried chicken sandwich.  A trend that seemed destined to fizzle out has continued with no signs of slowing down. How did what began known as ‘the...
Getting ready for back-to-school means shopping at the mall, looking for the latest fashion trends, waiting in line, and taking time for a quick meal. It’s a perfect opportunity for quick service restaurant (QSR) retailers to fill in the meal gaps. Back To School Shopping . . . And Eating It’s no secret almost every...
Supply chain and labor shortages have created a bottleneck where paper filters of all sorts and sizes are scarce and hard to find. Factories are facing tremendous hardships when it comes to packaging which directly affects the consumer market. The paper goods shortage can be attributed to an increase in demand for paper-based materials that...
In the wake of the pandemic, there has been a drastic increase in the popularity of fried food. With the number of fried options on restaurant menus rising by 5% in the last year, and deep fryer repair calls skyrocketing by 93%, it is safe to say America is experiencing a fried food revolution. However,...
Inflation is a growing global problem. Many factors influence the rising cost of goods and services, from conflict to climate change. Cooking oil is not immune to these fluctuations in price. What’s Causing Another Spike in Cooking Oil Prices? Fluctuating oil prices are not new. Supply chain issues from COVID-19, labor shortages, and increased biofuel...