Monthly Archives: February 2016

Commercial vs. Residential Blenders

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Is your food service operation in the market for a new blender? If you have been comparing blender prices, you may be wasting your time. Rather than looking at the price tag, consider the grade of the blender. Residential grade blenders may cost less than commercial blenders according to the price tag, but residential blenders cost more in the long run. Consider the following when purchasing a new blender:

Frequency
If your food service operation uses a blender more than 3 times a day, a residential blender will not keep up with your restaurant’s needs. Residential blenders are made to be used 1-3 times a day while commercial blenders are made to be used 1-100 times a day.

Consistency
Residential blenders are unable to offer a consistent product for your customers. You don’t want customers to fall in love with a drink, then come back for the same thing and have it taste completely different. Many commercial blenders offer customizable settings to maintain consistency from multiple users.

Rules & Regulations
Many residential blenders do not meet insurance and health code requirements. Commercial blenders offer more safety features and are safe to use in high volumes, an important thing to consider for insurance purposes. Cleaning is important to meet health code requirements. Not meeting these requirements will leave you with large fines and skeptical customers. Commercial blendersare easy to take apart and sanitize. Residential blenders are tough to clean and disassemble.

Warranty
Commercial blenders come with a commercial grade warranty. If a part breaks on your residential blender, you are going to be stuck replacing and paying for the parts.

Construction
An overworked blender can overheat quickly. Unlike residential, commercial blenders are built with proper motor cooling fans to prevent overheating. They also have a steel clutch and ball bearings to help reduce vibration.

 If you want to purchase a blender that will last, and keep up with the needs of your kitchen, choose a commercial grade blender.

March Food Holidays

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March is right around the corner which means new food holidays are coming soon! Food holidays are a great way to increase sales, create new marketing promotions, and boost customer engagement. Whether you like salty or sweet, there is something on this list for everyone. Keep this list on hand so you can keep up with the trends and please your customers:

March 1 • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 2 • National Banana Cream Pie Day
March 3 • National Cold Cuts Day
March 4 • National Pound Cake Day
March 5 • National Cheese Doodle Day
March 6 • National Oreo Day
March 7 • National Cereal Day
March 8 • National Peanut Cluster Day
March 9 • National Crab Day
March 10 • National Ranch Dressing Day
March 11 • National “Eat Your Noodles” Day
March 12 • National Milky Way Day
March 13 • National Chicken Noodle Soup Day
March 14 • National Potato Chip Day
March 15 • National Peanut Lovers’ Day
March 16 • National Artichoke Day
March 17 • National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day
March 18 • National Sloppy Joe Day
March 19 • National Oatmeal Cookie Day|
March 20 • National Ravioli Day
March 21 • National Crunchy Taco Day
March 22 • National Water Day
March 23 • National Chips and Dip Day
March 24 • National Cake Pop Day
March 25 • National International Waffle Day
March 26 • National Nougat Day
March 27 • National World Whisky Day
March 28 • National Black Forest Cake Day
March 29 • National Chiffon Cake Day
March 30 • National Turkey Neck Sop Day
March 31 • National Oysters on a Half Shell Day

Let’s Get Social

Social Media

If you have read our post from last week, you know how important it is to be social! Having a presence on social media for your food service establishment is crucial. Simply engaging with customers will help to increase revenue and influence customers to choose your business over your competitor. Here at Instawares, we are striving to become more social. Statistics show that social media is a major key to success, and statistics don’t lie!

With that being said, we have some big news: we have just launched a new Instawares social media page! Can you guess which social media platform we have just joined? Hint: keep reading and we will tell you!

As always, we can be found on the following social media pages:
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google +
YouTube
Pinterest

Last, but not least & our newest social media platform:
Instagram

Make sure to follow us on our social media platforms as we will be announcing upcoming promotions along with delicious recipes and food industry tips. We will also have a new contest starting soon! Check out Facebook and Instagram for more details!