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Hobart Holiday Highlights!

The Hobart team is so thankful for this time of year. We know you’re busy, and we’re here to service any needs that may come up with your food equipment.

What does it look like under the hood?

When was the last time you cleaned the hood system that absorbs all the grease and gas in your kitchen? Preventive maintenance is extremely important in your kitchen, mainly to save your team time and money in the long run. Here are some tips to help you avoid a mess!

  • Empty grease trays
  • Routine cleaning
  • Clean baffles
  • Replace the exhaust fan belt

Check the article below to see how you can prevent a grease disaster during this busy time of year!

New Holland’s New Addition

New Holland Brewing Company in Downtown Grand Rapids has added a retractable roof to its beer garden for the winter months. We love seeing outdoor spaces being utilized for each season in Michigan!

Check out the details below!

Planning with Trends

Are you starting to plan out 2023? See if these new trends could be a beneficial addition to your kitchen!

  • Food and Beverage DTC Sees Massive Growth
  • More Robot Kitchen Assistants
  • Vertical Farming on The Rise
  • Consumers Demand Vegan Food Options
  • Food Becomes a Wellness Category

Want to know what else is on the rise? Read about the up and coming trends in the article below!

Industry News, Food Equipment

This month always brings excitement to the restaurant industry in West Michigan. From Restaurant week, going on now, to Thanksgiving later this month. We’re thankful for all of our Hobart family and friends and thank you for the constant support!

Food Industry News Grand Rapids MI

Restaurant Industry Performance

The restaurant industry performance is keeping steady through the third quarter of this year. The National Restaurant Association released its September report, sharing the consistency the industry is holding during the second half of the year. This index and others on the website, share interesting statistics about our industry and how it’s changing through the months.


New Developments in Grand Rapids

New Developments in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is growing, again! We love seeing how the city is consistently moving forward and working towards new developments. With that being said, plans have been confirmed for the new 10-story building equipped with over 400 apartments, a large food hall, and multiple retail options. We’re interested to see what fills up the food hall space! Read more about the new development below!

Restaurant Equipment Repair Grand Rapids MI

Food Equipment Service Contracts

It’s the perfect time to take advantage of your service contract! Make sure all your food equipment is in top shape before the holiday season.

Don’t have a service contract with us? Give us a call today to see what contract is right for you.

The Rise of Minimum Wage

Challenges are circulating in the restaurant business as discussion of a higher minimum wage is in legislation. It inquires that within the next two years, businesses will be required to pay some employees more than the previous minimum wage, $3.75, therefore encouraging less tipping. There is much conversation surrounding the bill, some owners are concerned about how they will be able to stay afloat while increasing costs by up to 156%.

Product Highlight

Is your food cutter slowing down your food preparation? Check out our top-of-the-line Food Choppers that ensure efficiency in your kitchen. Not only does it chop your food, but it also has the ability to attach a meat grinder or a vegetable slicer. Check out more information below!

Community Highlight

Does your restaurant have a good relationship with your farmers? Share this great news with them! Our Michigan farmers may be eligible to receive benefits from the Inflation Reduction Act. With $1.4 billion being distributed to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, farmland owners could be eligible to receive support in preserving the farmland. Keep an eye out for more information!

Food Service Equipment – End of Summer Maintenance Check

End the Summer season by getting all your food equipment serviced to ensure a safe and clean kitchen. Not only is it important for your kitchen to run smoothly, but it’s important to prevent future costs that may be needed. Save time and money by placing your service call today.


Industry News

We all see the inflation currently happening to our food prices, but is the worst behind us? As the summer turns into fall, we’re starting to see a gradual decrease in the prices of some specific food industries. From oil, cheese, and milk, to soybeans, corn, and wheat, it’s predicted that thankfully, the worst may be over for some products. There are many different contributing components to the inflation of food prices, read the article below to get a more cohesive understanding of the struggles the food industry is facing.

Product Highlight

Advansys™ Flight Type Commercial Dishwasher

Now is the perfect time to replace or repair your equipment and we have just what you need. Whether it’s a new FT1000e Advansys™ Flight Type Commercial Dishwasher or repairs on your current equipment, we’re here to help. The New Hobart FT1000e considerably reduces energy use and connected load requirements saving thousands of dollars in annual energy costs. Check out more features of this amazing piece of equipment below!

Remote Service

At Hobart, we stand out by fitting into your busy schedule. We understand time can get away from you, and that’s why we provide remote service assistance, making issues less of a mess. Check out the video below to see how it works!

Service your food equipment before school start

Back to school season!

At Hobart, we want to ensure your transition into the school year is as smooth as possible. That’s why we created a quick checklist to pay attention to when cleaning your school’s kitchen.

✓ Check for gas leaks

✓ Check HVAC from idling temperatures, clean or replace the filter

✓ Remove any remaining grease from frying units and thoroughly clean

✓ Assess any remaining food in walk-in freezers

✓ Check small refrigeration units, and freezers – re-sanitize interiors


Industry News

Persistent Issues in the Industry

Interested to see how the pandemic has affected the seafood distribution industry? When the pandemic hit in 2020, it caused processors to look more locally for their seafood and changed their sourcing methods. Recognizing the challenge this posed to the industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released information about their MDARD grant. This grant will “cover costs for workplace safety measures, retrofitting facilities, transportation, worker housing, medical, and market pivots” processors struggled with during the first two years of the pandemic. Learn more below!


Meat Grinder Details

As we enter the last full month of summer, make sure you’re getting in all your favorite summer foods, like burgers. Nothing better than a perfectly ground burger in the summer heat. Are you taking proper care of your meat grinder to ensure the perfect texture for your patty? Check out our YouTube video below to see if your kitchen is on the right track.

Hobart Is Celebrating 125 Years on July 20!

125 Years of Innovation

On July 20th, 2022, our team at Hobart is celebrating 125 years of innovative service to our communities. We are excited to celebrate this anniversary together, made possible by all the support you, our team, and our partners continuously give to our company. Check out how our headquarters is planning on celebrating this month below.


Industry News

Persistent Issues in the Industry

Interested to see where the food industry has been moving this year? The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) released the results of a survey early in the summer sharing insights from businesses on the development of the hospitality industry since the height of the pandemic. The survey showed that businesses are still struggling in multiple different facets of the industry. The main three issues they’re facing: Workforce challenges, inflation, and supply chain.


Summer Scaling

Is it time to update your scale? We have the perfect variety to choose from for your kitchen. A working scale can decrease food prep time and decrease food waste!

Hobart Is Celebrating 125 Years!

Time for a Summer Service Check!

Have your equipment checked by a team you can count on. Reliable service for 125 years.


Summer Produce

June Produce

  • Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Peas Rhubarb
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes

Reducing Energy Use

5 Ways To Reduce Energy Use

We’re proud to service Energy Star Certified select dishwashers. Not only does it help the earth, but it reduces costs in your kitchen. Looking for more information about the benefits of reducing your energy? The 5 points below are a start!

  • Look for the Energy Star symbol
  • Continuously train employees.
  • Be proactive about maintenance.
  • Implement a startup/shutdown schedule.
  • Consider a different process.

Interested in more information about our Energy Star Dishwashers? Check them out below!


125 Years of Service

Hobart Grand Rapids 125 Years

We are celebrating 125 years this month! We’re thankful to have such wonderful customers and a wonderful team that continuously support our growth.

May Maintenance Highlights!

May Maintenance

Spring is in full bloom and at Hobart, that means checking in on your equipment. It’s important to make sure your service check is completed to ensure your kitchen runs efficiently this Spring.


Hobart Grand Rapids 125 Years

Celebrating 125 Years!

This July, Hobart is celebrating 125 of service and premium restaurant equipment. As we’re getting closer to the date, we have some exciting events to share with you very soon!

Stay tuned!


Green Spring Flavors

Looking to add something fresh to the spring menu? Linked below is an article listing 30 recipes that are bound to be a favorite on your menu. Some of our favorites that were highlighted were:

  • Simple Celery Soup
  • French Potato Salad
  • Fennel Asparagus Salad

What else is trending for Spring menus? We predict that fresh greens, protein-enriched grains, and fresh upgrades to your favorites like pasta salad and creamy pasta! Check out the article below to get some inspiration!


7 Restaurants Trends for Spring 2022

In the restaurant industry, it’s important to know how other companies are developing their business to connect with their customers better. That’s why we’re consistently looking at trends so your business stays in the game. What’s expected from restaurants this Spring?

  • Labor-saving technology becoming more and more apparent in the food industry, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.
  • The simplification of our menus is due to limitations in the supply chain.
  • Continuing to give into the growth of the plant-based product options.

Hobart Is Celebrating 125 Years!

Celebrating 125 Years!

This year, Hobart is celebrating 125 of service and premium restaurant equipment. We’re looking forward to celebrating all year long!

Stay tuned!


This April, Hobart GR is proud to announce our sponsorship to the GRand Taco competition. This competition highlights local West Michigan restaurants and artists.

Restaurants have the chance to say they have the BEST taco, and bragging rights as such, for an entire year!

Think you have the best taco in GR? It’s not too late to register!

Check out the website linked below for more information!


Olga Kitchen has recently announced their support for women in business by launching a grant in coordination with Women’s History month. They are granting up to $10,000 to a Michigan based business owner who identifies as a women.

1. Be living in the US

2. Identify as a woman

3. Business must be located in Michigan

4. Provide a personal statement demonstrating financial need

5. Must provide a formal Business Plan


The Importance of Spring Cleaning

Do you wonder why it’s so important to clean your equipment? For some kitchen essentials, like your dishwasher, it increases the life of your equipment. Routine cleaning ensures your dishwasher is running properly to increase the quality of the cleaning process. Don’t forget about your wash and rinse arm!

Spring Cleaning Tips by Hobart Grand Rapids

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Hobart Grand Rapids, MI

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

We are grateful for our amazing team that works to create an environment we’re proud of.


Spring Maintenance

March means Spring cleaning, if you need a refresher on what should be maintained, we have a breakdown for you.

Or maybe you need to a reminder of how to clean all your commercial food equipment correctly? Either way, we’ve got you covered.


Industry News

There’s no question about the repercussions that COVID has created towards the worker crisis. It seems like now, everyone can use a helping hand. How can you get more applications for the new job opening?

In a recent report about this crisis, specifically in the restaurant industry, it was found that 49% of employers turned to social media to seek out workers. As well, 57% of restaurants reported offering benefits to make the job more attractive. Think about adding these tactics to your hiring strategy.


Spring Menu Trends

Spring Menu Trends by Hobart Grand Rapids
Looking to change up your menu for the coming season? There are a few trends that have made their way into the commercial food industry that can help your business stay in the game. Mainly, whole foods are taking over the industry. There is a huge focus right now on plant-based and whole-food items. From plant-based seafood to creamy vegan ice cream, the plants are taking over the spring menu.