When it comes to foodservice trends for 2019, predictions run the gamut from new flavors to multimedia sensory thrills and beyond. Not to mention, with new technology delivering more convenient options that are less dependent on human intermediaries, 2019 is shaping up to be a year in which consumers will demand more from their experiences and from the companies responsible for harvesting, preparing and serving their food.
Specific to the commercial foodservice equipment and supplies industry, the shutdown has put on hold the pending review of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency Standards for automatic commercial ice makers, commercial refrigeration equipment and walk-in coolers/walk-in freezers. Also on hold are enhancements to the ENERGY STAR program and DOE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) process improvements to which NAFEM provided comments in 2018.
President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill in late 2018. The Bill increases funding to find new foreign markets for U.S. agriculture commodities, expands federal crop insurance, helps farmers transition to organic practices, legalizes industrial hemp and keeps the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) largely intact.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of International Trade heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the American Institute of International Steel (AIIS) and two of its member companies alleging that the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum are unconstitutional based on the 1962 federal law used to impose the tariffs.
Three days of trade talks with China to address tariffs concluded on Jan. 10 without a significant breakthrough or details on when talks would continue.