Despite a reduction in the number of U.S. restaurants that are operational, with estimates as high as 10% having closed permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of professional foodservice cleaning products is bright. With K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hotels, office buildings, and recreational venues gradually reopening, we expect increased usage of categories that were depressed during the height of the pandemic. Results from our structured survey of nearly 800 professional end users show that the tried-and-true features ― effectiveness, employee safety, cost, and convenience ― remain paramount.
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
As some coronavirus lockdowns are being lifted across the United States, restaurants are gradually reopening. Some are operating indoors with limited capacity, others offer outdoor dining, and some are selling food for delivery and take out. One thing they all have in common is that cleaning frequency has increased dramatically, and hygiene standards are more important than ever. Continue reading
Key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict regulations for sanitation are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products in western Europe. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also encourage manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees. Continue reading
New research in the European foodservice cleaning market.Kline’s Industrial and Institutional practice offers a diverse portfolio of studies that provide market size and segmentation estimates on segments like janitorial cleaning products, foodservice cleaning products, laundry chemicals, I&I cleaning wipes, I&I hand care, and I&I air care. Our newest offering, Foodservice Cleaning Products in Europe, is expected to be published in the first quarter of 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
Several European Union (EU) regulations are impacting the market for janitorial cleaning products, most prominently Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), aimed at improving the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals, Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP), adopted to clearly communicate to workers and consumers the hazards of chemicals through classification and labeling, and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which went into effect in 2015, repealing Directive 67/548/EEC, for the classification, packaging, and labeling of dangerous substances.Continue reading
Both consumers and foodservice professionals alike share concerns over foodborne illnesses 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, green cleaning, labor saving devices, and the impact of social media on their business, such as Yelp, Open Table, and online reviews being of secondary importance.Continue reading