Antunes Quarterly Newsletter: December 2018 Topics Include: In Memoriam: Virginia M. Antunes, Taking a Closer Look at Trends, Kiosks as a C-Store Equipment Solution, Antunes Receives Top Employer Honors, Launching a Successful Taco Program, Getting Ready for NAFEM 2019, Happy Holidays from Antunes In Memoriam: Virginia M. Antunes In November, we sadly announced the passing of Virginia M. Antunes, our Chairman of the Board and wife of founder August J. Antunes. Mrs. Antunes was known for her vivacious, generous spirit that touched the lives of everyone she met. Her boundless love and devotion for her family is an inspiration we will carry with us always. For more about Mrs. Antunes, please read this announcement. Taking a Closer Look at Trends Healthier dining choices. Innovative menu items. Labor-related operational challenges. These aren’t just top-of-mind for today’s operators, but also represent key opportunities for you to discuss their needs and how equipment can meet trends. Three recent articles from the Antunes Insights section of our website provide insights into a variety of trending topics ― check them out! Water Filtration and “Better for You” Beverages “Better for you” beverages are a fast-growing beverage category, featuring flavored and sparkling waters to coffees and teas to smoothies and other blended drinks. In order to offer customers the best-tasting beverages with this trend, the water used in those beverages also needs to be high quality. Getting Creative with Eggs on the Menu More than 73 percent of operators feature eggs on their menus, according to Technomic. This popularity means that there are opportunities to stand out from the crowd with unique pairings and ethnic cuisine. How Equipment Can Positively Impact Labor Take a look at headlines about the foodservice industry and you’ll see a trend emerge — labor shortages and the impact on operations. While equipment won’t eliminate labor issues, the right pieces can help operators address labor challenges in several timesaving ways. To keep up-to-date with trends and receive other relevant insights, follow Antunes on LinkedIn. Small Space, Big Impact: Kiosks as a C-Store Equipment Solution The options for foodservice can be exciting, but also overwhelming. A straightforward equipment solution that meets an operation’s needs is just what Antunes is offering with new branded, modular foodservice kiosks. The c-store kiosk is a self-contained display unit that holds select pieces of Antunes equipment along with needed prep space. It is designed to output an operation’s menu needs within a small area. Learn more about kiosks in our Q&A with Ted Asprooth, business development manager for Antunes’ c-store business. Or, contact Ted directly to discuss how this solution could benefit your customers — firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 404-2521. Antunes Receives Top Employer Honors Antunes was recently named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. Antunes ranked 33rd out of the companies in the midsize category (250-999 employees). We were very proud of this recognition — hear more from CEO Glenn Bullock in this news release. Case Study: Launching a Successful Taco Program A convenience store chain with more than 250 stores in the western U.S. was revamping their foodservice menu to include street tacos and needed a piece of equipment to cook the tortillas for these new items. The chain tested the Antunes GST-1H Flat Bread Toaster with a modified cook time to meet their needs and saw great success. View the full case study to learn more. Getting ready for NAFEM 2019 The NAFEM Show is less than two months away, and we’re excited to meet with partners, customers and prospects in Orlando. We will have a new booth layout at the show with product displays that demonstrate how Antunes addresses specific customer needs and operational trends. Additionally, demos from Corporate Chef Joe Arvin will show how menus can come to life using Antunes equipment. If you would like to set up a meeting with your customer(s) at the booth, please contact your regional sales manager for more information. We invite you to imagine something different with Antunes at NAFEM booth #2429. Happy Holidays from Antunes! We wish you a happy holiday season and continued success in 2019!