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Hobart Sales and Service Grand Rapids is your food equipment partner for a lifetime! Consider us as your old pal, your bestie, your confidant, your BFF, or whatever you prefer to call the people you can depend on forever.

Whether you’re an existing client or looking to form a new relationship for your food equipment sales and service, we’re here to help meet your business needs. Scroll down to see how our relationship can be put to the test!

Product Spotlight

Food processors help you save time and money – desirable outcomes for all small-business owners. Food processors from Hobart can help you achieve consistent results quickly and efficiently while limiting waste. Whatever the scope of your operation, we have a solution for you.

Check out the different types of food processors from Hobart. As an added bonus, if you visit the link below, you’ll find a tool that will calculate the amount of labor time savings this type of equipment can deliver!

Key Features

  • Countertop Continuous-Feed (Pictured Left): Process 11 to 26 pounds per minute
  • Floor Model Continuous-Feed (Pictured Middle): Process up to 132 pounds of food per minute
  • Bowl-Style (Pictured Right): Process ingredients fast with less waste and prep time
Product Spotlight: Hobart Food Processors

Hobart Industry News

Hobart Announces 2023 Equipment Grant Winner and 2024 Grant Opportunity

    Just last month, Hobart announced the winner of the 2023 Hobart Equipment Grant. The grant was awarded to an Evanston, Illinois-based high school, which was endeavoring to improve its school’s food program. A clear need was presented for an update to its food equipment and Hobart answered the call!

Hobart will offer the 2024 grant program this year. A total of $35,000 in food equipment will be awarded to one school. Click “Read More” for further information.

If you made it to this point in our newsletter, then you care about forming long-term relationships. We do, too, and here’s how we can help.

Did you know that Hobart GR’s team is always available to service your equipment?

Even if it’s a Friday night, our ten local technicians know their expertise may be called upon at any hour of the day or night. If your equipment goes out in the middle of your dinner rush – even on the weekend – give us a call and we’ll address whatever your needs are. We’ll get you back up and running in no time!

Need some guidance? Use our remote service assistance by sending a picture.

Usher in the New Year with Hobart GR!

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New Year at Hobart GR

Ready or Not, 2024 has Arrived!

Are you ready for the new year ahead? More importantly, is your commercial kitchen ready? Hobart Sales and Service Grand Rapids has you covered with equipment solutions, industry trends, and tips to position you and your team for success all year long. Read on to see how we can help!

Product Spotlight

The CLeN Advansys™ Conveyor Type Commercial Dishwasher from Hobart offers best-in-class performance and reliability, with a low total cost of operation to speed up cleaning and save time on labor and resources. Not the right size? There are many options to choose from – click here to explore!

Key Features

  • Easy to Clean with Intelligent Delime Notification & Anti-Clogg Wash Arms
  • 19½” Chamber Height Opening accepts large prep ware including sheet pans & mixing bowls
  • Automatic Soil Removal pumps food soil from the wash tank to keep wash water cleaner, longer
  • Intelligent Dwell NSF-rated pot & pan mode cleans tough, heavy, baked-on food soil
  • Exclusive Opti-Rinse™ patented rinse spray pattern sanitizes ware with less rinse water
  • Drain Water Energy Recovery recycles heat from drain water to save energy & reduce tempering
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Hobart News & Tips

2024 Restaurant Industry Trends

Restaurant Trends 2024

The calendar just turned to January, so it’s time to think about where our industry is heading this year. Still caught up in the holidays? Not any more! Check out this post from Lightspeed to learn about trends for the restaurant industry in 2024!

A Friendly Reminder About Who We Are

Hobart Sales and Service GR is a family-owned enterprise dedicated to the sales and maintenance of commercial food service equipment for restaurants, bakeries, caterers, grocery stores, and others. Our offerings include service on various kitchen equipment and competitive pricing on a diverse range of Hobart products.

Our family has been proudly serving the greater Grand Rapids and Tri-City areas for decades. We thank our current partners for the opportunity to continue to work together while extending a warm welcome to new clients this year!

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Prepare for the Holidays with Hobart!

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Tis the Season! Recipes & Equipment

Food industry professionals like you face so much stress throughout the holiday season. This year, why not let Hobart help shoulder some of the burden? Whether you’re seeking new flavor twists or efficient equipment to save you time, we’re here for you. Contact us today!

Everyone is in a rush these day, and the holidays make our schedules even busier. If you want to help your customers get in and out in a hurry, consider our HT Self-Service Scale. These compact scales feature touchscreens that make selecting, weighing, and labeling a quick and enjoyable experience.

Key Features

  • Easy to use
  • Touchscreen
  • Barcode scanning
  • Configurable
  • Fewer touches
  • Adjustable screen
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Recipes to Try this Season!

Flavor Alert!

Adding new recipes to your menu is a great way to keep customers coming back to your restaurant, especially during the holiday season! Check out this Cherry Bourbon Glazed Ham recipe from Delish!

This month, the holidays are in full swing, so what better a time than now to practice safety while cooking?

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month is an annual designation observed in December. The goals of this month are to focus on keeping food safe as it’s prepared in the service industry, as well as reminding us to be safe and cook properly when we are making our own food at home!

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Proud Community Member

Chamber of Commerce

It’s always important to be involved in your community. That’s why we’re proud Grand Rapids and Wyoming members of our local chambers and community events. Thank you to these organizations for your support!

Hobart Product News

Save Your Kitchen #2 Winner

Drawing Winner #2

Trulsen and Hobart have announced the second winner of their contest! They are giving equipment to schools that need extra support! Check out the lucky school below!

Community Highlight

Community Growth

Keeping up with your equipment can be a challenge. Check out some tips on how to keep up with your equipment from the masters themselves, the chefs! We’re here to guide you through your maintenance journey if you read something that sparks a question. 

New and Used Equipment

New and Used Food Equipment

Not only do we sell new Hobart equipment, but we also sell used equipment! We know it’s not always the right time to buy new equipment for your kitchen. Contact us today to see what equipment is right for you this season.

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May Maintenance

May Maintenance!

May Maintenance

Hello, May! This time of year is always filled with anticipation, from the blossoming of plants to that little extra feeling of energy. Use some of this excitement to do a thorough check on your equipment. Find an issue? Put in a service request!

Hobart Product News

FreshServe Self Serve Scale

FreshServe™ Self-Serve Scale

Hobart has some new additions! We’re always making advancements to our products. Recently that meant upgrades to our scales. Check out the new FreshServe™ Self-Serve Scale and see how it can make your equipment easy to maintain while supporting your customer’s experience at your store.

Community Highlight

Lunch Break Downtown

Lunch Break Downtown

Need a mid-day break from work? Or looking to spice up your lunch break? Rosa at Rosa is back! Every Thursday starting at noon, there will be food trucks, music, and more to give your brain a break!

Reopen your Kitchen with Us!

Reopening your kitchen can feel overwhelming. That’s what we’re here for! We have all the support you need to get things back up and running. Contact us today to see what we can do for you! In the meantime, you can add these tasks to your to-do list!

1. Remove grease from frying units 

2. Turn on water heaters

3. Turn on gas hookups to equipment 

4. Check for gas leaks 

5. Check HVAC from idling temperatures, clean or replace filter 

6. Remove any remaining grease from frying units and thoroughly clean 

7. Assess any remaining food in walk-in freezers 

8. Check small refrigeration units and freezers and re-sanitize interiors 

9. Flush beer taps 

10. Assess any sealed liquor bottles

Thank You, Teachers!

We wanted to highlight our amazing teachers! Next week is teacher appreciation week, and it’s so important to show our love to the educators of our future peers. For the entire Hobart team, THANK YOU!

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Happy New Year!

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We are so excited to start a new year filled with quality service and equipment. Is your business in need of a service plan for this year? Get ahead of preventative maintenance by connecting with us to see how your kitchen can run smoothly in the new year.

Top food menu items from 2022

Adding New Menus for 2023?

Start fresh with an update to your menu this year! New menus can be amazing for business, enhancing the goals of your business by adding fresh menu items your customers will come in to try. We found an amazing article to share with you about how you can enhance your menu without all the stress! Check out 5 foolproof recipes bound to make your kitchen better than before.

New Years Resolution

Is your kitchen losing money? The easiest strategy to increase your revenue in 2023 is a plan that keeps up with your equipment and reduces the need to replace food equipment. By following a few tips and tricks, like keeping up with your maintenance schedule, your equipment will cause you fewer headaches in the new year. Check out what else you can do to keep your equipment in tip-top shape.

Check out the details below!

Restaurant Trends for 2023

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Non-Alcoholic beverage options are trending for 2023. New research has found an increase in interest in “mocktails” and predicts the market to grow to 1.3 billion by 2027. Read more below about the delicious market increase.

AI in the Industry

All we hear these days is how AI is coming into our workplace, no matter what industry. For the restaurant industry, AI could help more than hurt. Some experts believe that AI can reduce inflation costs that are hurting restaurants. Sounds interesting to us! Read more below to see how 2023 could be the year your business updates its technology.

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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!

New Year, New Mood

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Hobart Sales and Service Grand Rapids MI Restaurant Supply Store – Supporting Restaurants

Moving Forward

Cheers to a new year, a new start and help on the horizon! While there are a lot of unknowns, we’re pushing forward. 

Like you, we’ve been reading a lot about what to expect in the upcoming year and how customers will respond to the changes as more things open up. Here’s a great read! Our favorite take away – everyone is used to ordering online and communicating with businesses online, that’s not going anywhere; continue to push all of your efforts online.

Too Good To Resist

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Celebrating in a new way

We know, it’s been a tough year and we get it.  We strive to be your resource and help you the best way we can.  Online shopping is at an all time high – including small business gift cards!  Year over year online spending is up 40%.

Hobart Sales and Service Grand Rapids MI Restaurant Supply Store - Local Search Google My Business

People search for ‘restaurant gift cards’ up 195% month over month, data based on Google search from 2019.  This year numbers are already higher than that.  People are shopping smarter and sooner this year so make sure you’re putting your customers in the know… thanks social media!

Holiday Expectations

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Take-out in a different light
People want to support their local restaurants now more than ever!  Even if you’re not planning on doing a typical holiday gift card promotion – get $5 for yourself for every $50 you spend on gift cards – still promote gift card sales NOW!

This season may not be your number one choice of how your food is being enjoyed, but the takeout creativity we’ve seen lately is certainly impressive!

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Let your customers know NOW how they can support you!  Preordering their Thanksgiving and Holiday meals will look different, but you can still be with them.  
REMINDER: When sending out pre-ordering emails etc. remind them to bring a cooler to transport meals and keep them warm!