Foodservice Industry Roundup – September 2016

On September 30, 2016 in Industry Coverage, Recent news

Foodservice Industry Roundup - September 2016

So what is actually going on in the foodservice industry the past few weeks? What are the trends? Where is it going? What are some tips to help you take a step in front of the competition? That’s where this industry round up comes into play. As we continue to help you get the latest and greatest tips, we also want to give you the latest industry news. Check out these 5 recent articles that are really something to think on!


Your Foodservice Industry Roundup:

Consumer Trust of In-store Delis Expands

Does your c-store or location have a deli section? This article in Progressive Grocer discusses how a deli can be a real boon for any location especially with the growing trust that consumers have! “While the study revealed that 82 percent of consumers in all three countries at least somewhat agreed that the supermarket deli is a great place for healthy and delicious food, the statement was especially true for American and Canadian consumers.” Check it out here.
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John Bleidistel: Creating a Team First Atmosphere

On September 22, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

John Bleidistel: Creating a Team First AtmosphereUp next in our Senior Leadership Team spotlight, we have our Director of Technology John Bleidistel. For some quick background information about John, visit our Senior Leadership Team page.

But for now, read about how John’s positive, team first atmosphere is an ideal fit for our culture at PFSbrands!


Q: Can you tell us what you did before landing at PFSbrands?

A: Prior to joining the PFS team I worked in several different fields.  I grew up in Southern California which houses a lot of industry.  During college I worked full time and went to school at night.  It took FOREVER, but I finally got my BS in Business Management.

After some flipping of burgers as a teenager, I worked a couple years at Northrop Electronics.  I did everything from driving trucks, delivering materials, to working in a “clean-room”.  My first leadership role was as a Plant Manager at a “Drive Axle remanufacturing” company.

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Monthly Huddles and Business Meetings

On September 14, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Monthly Huddles and Business Meetings

Are Your Monthly Huddles Running Smoothly?

How often does your company hold business meetings? I’m not talking about the type of meeting to discuss the upcoming Christmas party, but actually getting all key managers together (or everyone dependent on company size) to discuss the key financials and KPIs from the previous week or month? It all comes back to open book management, keeping everyone in the loop, and keeping everyone with their eye on the prize!

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Brock Blaise: Positive Environment and Putting People First

On September 2, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Brock Blaise: Positive Environment and Putting People FirstAs we continue our Senior Leadership Team spotlight, we talk with our Vice President of Operations Brock Blaise. If you would like more information about Brock, you can read about his background here. Now, check out how Brock got started, his motto of creating a positive environment and his managerial philosophy!


Q: Can you tell us what you did before landing at PFSbrands?

A: Prior to joining PFSbrands, I spent 19 years working at a global manufacturer of personal care products.   During those years I had the opportunity to serve and learn many roles ending as an Operations Manager.  Prior to that, I spent time working for a privately held manufacturing company in the Columbia, MO area holding multiple roles there as well.  The only other job I had after college was with my father as an industrial employment recruiter.

Throughout my career I’ve been blessed to work for very few employers yet develop a diverse skill base across many disciplines.  Because I’ve been exposed to so many different types of roles, I’ve been able to take the positive pieces from each of those positions/people and develop my leadership style.
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Foodservice Industry Roundup

On August 31, 2016 in Industry Coverage, Recent news

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So what is actually going on in the foodservice industry the past few months? What are the trends? Where is it going? What are some tips to help you take a step in front of the competition? That’s where this industry round up comes into play. As we continue to help you get the latest and greatest tips we also want to give you the latest industry news. Check out these 5 recent articles that are really something to think on!


Your Foodservice Industry Roundup:

How to Get Millennials Into Your C-Store

Want your slice of a generations $1.3 trillion in spending power? Well, of course you do! As the CSPDailyNews article says, “Studying the behavior of your millennial customers with both macroscopic and microscopic lenses will help your brand attract more of this key demographic. Converting millennials to lifetime members will be a piece of cake if you remember to keep it simple, personal and convenient.” This is a must read. Check it out here.
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Connect With Our Social Channels

On August 19, 2016 in General, Recent news

Connect With Our Social Channels

From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube, it has never been easier to keep track of your favorite people or favorite brands. That’s why we have dove in head first and made it easy for you to get our latest content, Limited Time Offers, training videos, and industry insights to help put you in front of the competition!
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Trevor Monnig: Not Your Traditional Accountant

On August 15, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Trevor Monnig: Not Your Traditional AccountantTo continue our PFSbrands Senior Leadership Team expert spotlight, we have our CFO Trevor Monnig. For more information, you can read about his background here. Check out how Trevor got started and some other insightful tidbits!


3Q: Can you tell us what you did before landing at PFSbrands?

A: Just prior to joining PFSbrands in the CFO role, I spent 11 years in the same capacity for a multi-state manufacturer and retailer of construction materials.  Going further back, I began my career in auditing right out of college.  Then gained IT and finance experience with DST Systems and Sprint in Kansas City.  I’ve had the privilege to work for many great leaders and managers throughout my professional career that I cannot thank enough for their knowledge and example.
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Getting Social: Time for an Office Party?

On August 10, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

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Building a Winning Team at the Office

One of the best ways to increase business communication is to make your coworkers more comfortable around each other: aka build social bonds. There’s nothing like that awkward silence of people that don’t know each other very well, don’t know how to interact, or simply don’t like each other. A good way to overcome that is by instilling a family atmosphere in the office. While families may have their little squabbles (which are bound to happen in the office) for the most part they get along and have open lines of communication.

One of the best ways to build those bonds in your business is via social gatherings or an office party. Don’t believe me? Jack Stack in the Great Game of Business said celebrations and get-togethers were a massive way to get everyone on the same page. But how does an office party or social outing improve teamwork?

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Carla Dowden: From Part-Time to VP-HR

On August 5, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Our next interview in our Senior Leadership Interview series is Carla Dowden, VP – Human Resources. You can check out her full bio or just dive in and learn more about her six years of HR success at PFSbrands below.


Q: Tell us what you did before landing at PFSbrands.

A: I have a business degree with HR certifications; I started as a generalist 15+ years ago, I have worked in the medical, manufacturing, and now food service industry. I have worked my way through many different areas of HR before arriving at PFS, which has been a great foundation to build on.
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Workplace Environment: Let’s get comfortable!

On July 28, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

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Your Workplace Environment

White walls, linoleum, tiled ceiling, industrial lighting, hard breakroom chairs… sounds like a hospital, right? Not the most comfortable place to be hanging out, but in reality that’s what the inside of many corporations around the United States are like. One great way to spread employee communication and improve collaboration is to focus on your work environment!

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