The State of Restaurant Sustainability Report

Here at Food Warming Equipment Co., we strive to make as many products as possible to meet new energy sustainability standards, that is why we submit our equipment to be rated by the Energy Star system. Creating energy efficient systems for our cabinets not only protects the planet but also your wallet when the energy bill comes due.  

On February 7th, 2018, the National Restaurant Association released the newest edition of the State of Restaurant Sustainability report. The purpose of this report is to show the new trends in green-friendly practices in restaurants and help newcomers to understand what sustainability can do for them. The report covers all types and sizes of restaurants.

Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Water saving innovations: We all know that restaurants need bathrooms and we all know how much water is used in a typical flush of the toilet. This is why many restaurants are employing the low-flush toilets to help lower water usage in the establishment.
  • Energy-efficient equipment: The report shows that nearly 80% of all restaurants employ the use of energy efficient lights and more than half utilize programmable heating. Around 40% use Energy Star rated cooling systems. (Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice makers)
  • Waste Reduction: Around half of all restaurant operators keep a diligent track of all food wasted in their establishment creates with 20% of total restaurant operators choosing to donate edible leftovers to charities in their local community.

FWE is proud to have energy efficient equipment to help restaurant operators achieve their goal of sustainability.

You can read the full report here.

FWE Says “Thank You, Javier!”

Deron Lichte (FWE President, left) shown with Javier (Right) on Retirement Celebration Day
Deron Lichte (FWE President, left) shown with Javier (Right) on Retirement Celebration Day

This is Javier Espinosa; he started working at FWE in 1987 at our factory in Crystal Lake, IL. In his time with Food Warming Equipment Company, Javier wore a few hats. From General Assembly to Electrical Javier was essential in making sure that FWE is synonymous with quality. When a new custom order came through Javier was the one entrusted with building it.

Joining us less than a year of FWE’s manufacturing facility burned down in 1987, Javier has stuck by FWE through thick and thin. Even moving 500 miles south with the company when we relocated from Crystal Lake, IL to Portland, TN in 2012. That level of commitment did not go unnoticed.

But all good things must come to an end and on February 27, 2018, Javier retired from FWE and will return to Crystal Lake, IL. His commitment was rewarded as a thank you for 30 great years of service, President and CEO of FWE, Deron Licthe honored Javier with an all-expense paid trip to anywhere in the world.

Javier has chosen the sunny beaches of San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico to relax with family.

From everyone here at FWE, we would like to say, “Thank you, Javier!”