Ali Group CEO Filippo Berti believes the challenges facing the North American foodservice market chime with what the global foodservice equipment giant is seeing across the world.
Milan-based Ali is one of the powerhouses of the worldwide market and owns more than 50 equipment brands, including Ice-O-Matic, Lainox, Menumaster and Scotsman.
Writing in the latest edition of the company’s Aliworld publication, he noted that while each regional market has its own individual problems and concerns, many are facing the same issues from an equipment perspective.
“Everyone faces labor-related challenges, including finding and retaining qualified members. Ever-increasing food costs affect your bottom line. New ordering and delivering systems change the way you produce and serve food. And kitchen sizes continue to shrink to accommodate a growing front-of-house area.”
Mr Berti said that Ali Group has a continual focus on designing and producing products that help operators meet the business and financial challenges that confront them.
“At the same time, we keep an eye on the trends looming on the horizon. One of those trends that affects operators globally is the advancement of technology. Consumers today want convenience more than ever.”
He said that new systems and technologies offered by Ali Group brands are helping operators to facilitate consumer orders from almost any location and allow diners to take delivery of their food within minutes.
Ali Group was founded 50 years ago and entered the USA in 1980 through the acquisition of Champion. It has 14 manufacturing plants and 21 offices in North America, with its regional head office based in Chicago.