The restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with government shutdowns leading to an estimated 8 million unemployed restaurant workers and thousands of temporary and permanent restaurant closures. Yelp estimates that approximately 16,000 restaurants have permanently closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns, and some project that the industry lost as much as $80 billion in the first two months of shelter-in-place orders. Continue reading
Kline has kicked off research with decision-makers and end users of commercial cleaning products used in kitchens in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Foodservice Cleaning Products in Europe will be published later this year and will provide a full market assessment, including sales by country, end-use segment, product class, and supplier. Products included in the scope are automatic and manual dishwashing products, hard-surface cleaners, and hand care products used in commercial kitchens and public washrooms.Continue reading
Both consumers and foodservice professionals alike share concerns over food-borne illness and preventing such outbreaks. The cleanliness of food preparation areas, surfaces, and wares used to prepare and serve food are of utmost importance. In fact, food safety compliance was the single most important issue among over 700 foodservice professional respondents surveyed recently by Kline. Employee training was a close second in terms of importance with other trends, such as minimum wage increases, Internet of Things (IoT), green cleaning, labor-saving devices, the impact of social media on their business, and online reviews, being of secondary importance.
Kline’s Industrial and Institutional practice offers a diverse portfolio of studies that provide market size and segmentation estimates on market segments including janitorial cleaning products, foodservice cleaning products, laundry chemicals, I&I cleaning wipes, I&I hand care, and floor care pads and tools. Our newest offering, Foodservice Cleaning Products in Europe, is expected to be published in 2019 and offers a full assessment of warewash chemicals, surface cleaning, and hand care used in commercial kitchens and foodservice areas in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Later this month, Kline & Company will publish its 2nd edition of Laundry Chemical Products. This report includes findings and insights from more than 500 structured surveys with decision makers at end-use segments, such as commercial laundries, hospitals, extended-care facilities, lodging establishments, prisons and jails, small on-premise laundries (OPLs), major OPLs, and shirt laundries. Continue reading
Highlights from the largest cleaning trade show.Europe’s largest commercial cleaning trade show was held last week in Amsterdam, and Kline was in attendance, meeting with our clients in the industrial and institutional cleaning industry. The overall focus was a holistic approach to cleaning and making use of green innovation that keeps the environment and end users safe. All cleaning product and tool components are being evaluated from chemical formulations to packaging and batteries for their impact on the environment. Innovation was the focus ranging from green cleaning to sustainability to waste management and environmentally friendly packaging. Continue reading
The 2017-2018 cold and flu season has been unusually bad, and consumers and businesses know that clean hands and surfaces are crucial in staying healthy and maintaining hygienic facilities. Consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. Awareness about frequent hand washing as a tool to prevent infection and the spread of disease is widespread. High touch surfaces, such as door handles, hand rails, elevator buttons, and shopping carts, are prime breeding grounds for virus and bacteria, and most facilities use sanitizing wipes to Continue reading
Foodservice distributors and chemical and machinery manufacturers alike can differentiate themselves by offering foodservice end users value-added services ranging from employee training assistance to information on the latest regulations of food safety to technology-enabled efficiency and labor-saving devices. End users in restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice settings are challenged to remain efficient, compliant, and profitable on a regular basis. Distributors or chemical suppliers that offer cleaning chemicals, tools, or machinery to help end users with these issues are seen as valued partners, and loyalty is developed as a result. For example, foodservice distributor Gordon offers a foodservice regulatory compliance program, including online training modules, webinars, and nutrition resources that helps keep their customers coming back to them. Continue reading