Short Cuts for Short-staffed Foodservice Operations


Your team is moving as fast as they possibly can, but there still just aren’t enough hands on deck to keep up. You’re trying to recruit and retain staff, but the labor shortage isn’t helping. Sound familiar?

The necessity of needing to do more with fewer people has long been the mother of invention in the foodservice equipment and supply industry. Reducing handling, expediting prep, cutting cook times, and simplifying processes can all help compensate for a shorthanded operation, so countless products have been developed to save time and money without compromising safety, service, or quality.

Here are some recently-introduced innovations that are ready to come to the rescue.


Reduce handling and improve safety of handling hot liquids with the new Cambro High Heat Measuring Cup. Made from heat-tolerant plastic, these cups can withstand temperatures up to 375°F (190°C) without compromising performance, making them safe for use in microwaves or ovens. The Universal Splatter-Proof Cover (sold separately) is self-venting and protects against hot spills and splashes. Shatterproof and 75% lighter than a glass measuring cup, this NSF listed high heat measuring cup is available in 2 quart and 4 quart sizes.


Time-saving ways to use the Cambro High Heat Measuring Cup:

  • Rehydrate dried ingredients with hot liquid
  • Brew hot coffee in advance and store in an insulated Camtainer for busy service periods
  • Microwave sauces or gravies
  • Fill chafing dishes or steam tables
  • Drain hot oil from a fryer


Get hot water instantly with the Hatco Atmospheric Hot Water Dispenser. This time-saving dispenser delivers pre-measured quantities of up to 8 gallons of continuous hot water at the push of a button. Setpoint temperature can be adjusted from 75°F-195°F. The compact design also requires minimal counter space. A removable shelf allows access to dispense water into larger containers.

Time-saving uses for the Atmospheric Hot Water Dispenser:

  • Preparing pasta, rice, potatoes, hot cereals, soups, and sauces
  • Making hot beverages such as tea and hot chocolate
  • Cleaning 

Make dread-inducing chores easier. When cans become a can’t for your staff, chances are dull blades and grinding gears are making can opening a dreaded, time-consuming task. The new Edvantage #1 Manual Can Opener has smart features like a new 4-sided knife that can be flipped and rotated a half turn (without tools) to ensure a sharp, efficient blade for up to 10,000 openings before it needs replaced.  A comfortable ergonomic knob and Edlund’s new exclusive Edvancoat™ technology pair up for smooth and comfortable operation and double the wear life of the gear.



High Speed Cooking with Merrychef eikon® ovens gives every employee the power to quickly serve a consistent, quality product. A combination of convection, microwave, and tuned air impingement cooking produces perfect texture and temperature 10-20x faster than a conventional oven, depending upon the model.  Pre-programmed with menus ranging from paninis and French fries to pies, eikon ovens offer the versatility to cook, toast, grill and reheat food, delivering high quality every time. Ventless and sleek, they can be used back or front of house. See how the eikon e1s works here.


Time-saving uses for a Merrychef eikon high speed oven:

  • Pizzas and flatbreads
  • Toasted sandwiches and wraps
  • Au gratin style dishes


Optimizing takeout and delivery processes helps make small staffs more efficient. The Hatco Flav-R 2-Go no-contact locker system was designed to make time-wasting order mix-ups, traffic bottlenecks, and re-making off-temp food a thing of the past. This ingenious, new locker system conveniently holds multiple hot or ambient to-go food orders with quick and secure access. Customers and delivery drivers can arrive, access their specific locker, and exit with no contact with staff, little-to-no waiting in line, and no disrupting the flow of business. To learn more, click here.


Simplify cleaning.
If you’re currently using multiple products to clean, sanitize, and disinfect, we have great news that can help you streamline the process and save labor. TableCraft recently introduced Nu-Foamicide, an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant that reduces the number of products needed to clean and sanitize, simplifying these critical processes and ensuring that no important steps are missed. A highly concentrated solution, a single one-gallon container of Nu-Foamicide produces 32 gallons of cleaning and disinfecting solution when diluted with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Nu-Foamicide cleans and sanitizes non-porous hard surfaces reducing 99.999% of germs and bacteria.

Time-saving uses for Nu-Foamicide when used according to label instructions:

  • Cleaning
  • Disinfecting
  • Sanitizing

These are just a few of the many ways to make the most of your team’s time and talents. For help working through your operation’s unique challenges, contact us.  

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