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🔝⤵️ Topsy-Turvy 🔁

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Is Topsy-Turvy the REAL “New Normal”?

Today, we’re witnessing an excess of dollars chasing interest, an abundance of jobs chasing employees, a plethora of manufacturers chasing materials and parts, and an overwhelming amount of orders chasing finished goods.

Estimates range from a few months, to a year or more to get back to sustainable levels in our “Main Street” activities.  Meanwhile, Wall Street metrics have – just this past week – shattered all records.

Polar opposite views on the ongoing battle with COVID19 continue to plague decision making.  

The “New Normal” is indeed a bizarro world where all things are the opposite of what they should be.

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Save the date: Tuesday, 11/16/21.

A timely event is being planned for the Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center, and you are invited.

More info to follow…

At Bally, We’ve Got the Foam!

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Yes, we still have foam insulation and are still making walk-in’s with reasonable delivery times. 

Knot Lounge and Ottoman by GAR is super comfortable and a great way to chill out and relax by the pool with a cold beverage in your hand.

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🌏 Meanwhile, back in the real world… 🌎

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Supply chain issues continue to plague the restoration of normalcy.  

Shortages in raw materials, components, assemblies, and finished goods are exacerbated by logistics snags including a dearth of port workers and truck drivers, displaced shipping containers, and a lack of shipping palattes & cardboard boxes.

A pending shut-down of a major US-based steel mill adds to the woes of computer chip scarcity in all industries.

The inevitable outcome of this perfect storm is price instability, finished good shortages and longer lead times.  Many manufacturers are adopting a novel policy approach by basing billable pricing on that current list price in effect on the date that the merchandise is entered into production, which may vary from prior quotations and purchase orders.

We are fortunate to represent major brands with purchasing clout, but are certainly not immune.  Please plan your purchases accordingly.

We’re back from another trip to the MIK (Middleby Innovations Kitchen) in Dallas.

A preview of the NAFEM show is among the many innovations to be experienced there.

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The latest iteration of the Carter-Hoffmann PUC 
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The Middleby beverage portfolio continues to grow. 
Cooking With Fire

Save the date: Tuesday, 11/16/21.

A timely event is being planned for the Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center, and you are invited.

More info to follow…


A Powerful Restaurateur Stirs the Pot

For decades, Keith McNally knew exactly how to keep people coming back to his downtown spots.

Has he figured out a new formula?

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Keith McNally Stirs the Pot • Subscription may be required

Will open flame cooking survive?

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Cities Try to Phase Out Gas Stoves—but Cooks Are Pushing Back • Subscription may be required

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✅ Yeah, We’ve Got That 📋

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Save the date: Tuesday, 11/16/21.

A timely event is being planned for the Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center, and you are invited.

More info to follow…


Terie Osusky is quickly earning a reputation in the industry as someone you can trust for knowledge and assistance in the world of Commercial beverage equipment.


Immersion Blenders by Globe



Continental will once again be manufacturing remote reach-in refrigeration.  This will be expanded to other lines in the near future.

The transforming power of embers elevating the most delicate prime material to a superior level. We are passion, reliability, domain, precision, productivity …


🎆 Happy July 4th 🎇

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Happy Independence Day from all of us at Pecinka Ferri.

Happy 7/4 from Blodgett

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Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

If you stop getting thirsty you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

In ancient Greecetossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.


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Foodservice is as diverse as the audience it serves.   

The provisioning of eateries reflects that heterogeneity, with a vast array of equipment and supplies available.

The list grows exponentially with each cuisine or menu addition, and/or service & delivery option adopted.

We strive to keep you abreast of the latest trends, while being mindful of where we came from.

Join us as we take a peek back in time at a snapshot of where we were over 55 years ago, then take a look at what’s currently hot, as well as what the future holds.

The History of Pizza in NY from the perspective of 1965!

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🎰 Last Chance 🎰

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As the longest day of the year is at hand, we are taking stock of our resources and planning for the final six months of 2021 and beyond. 

There is a palpable sense of rebirth at the halfway point, more akin to New Year’s sentiments than to the 4th of July’s.  Many of us are eager to consign the previous 18 months into the history books.

A little more finality to report, and then on to the limitless opportunities that now abound: 

  • Last chance to apply for Middleby financing (see below) as the program is expiring.  
  • Last opportunity to engage with us regarding Fiskars Group (Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, Waterford) and Kitchen Brains (our representation ends this month).

This past week has seen the first in-person industry gatherings since last March, a buying group conference in Florida and a trade-show in Texas.  The whole industry is eager to assemble again for the NAFEM show in August.  Many folks are travelling for the first time in well over a year!

We’re ready to face the future Foodservice Strong in the industry that is famous for second chances.

And speaking of NAFEM, 
our friends over at ITI remind us that:

“NAFEM will be our first national show in over two years!  We are flush with optimism.

We look forward to seeing all of you that will be coming to the show. Unfortunately, it has been too long!

We are excited for this show for a whole host of reasons. To name a few:
-First show featuring our new catalog, which launched this spring
-Our new website will have gone live, and we will be promoting our digital presence
-Introduction of several new product patterns

The business has been excellent the last several months, and we are positioned to continue to take market share in the ceramic tabletop category.  While we understand there are supply chain challenges, we are working hard to keep our inventory levels best in the market.

And this makes it a great time to tell the ITI story to our customers, chains, and dealers.  So please make appointments to come by the booth 3947. 

We will keep you updated with more information as we get closer to the show.”


We have been informed that the USPS will NOT deliver our mail unless it has the ZIP+4 code and lists our Suite # on it!

Please change your records to reflect the “new” address:

Pecinka Ferri 3 Spielman Rd, STE1 Fairfield, NJ 07004-3403 

Weighing Out Fryer Basket Options

Did you know that the right baskets could dramatically increase your efficiency and product quality? You menu items and volume will tell you all you need to know about choosing the right baskets for your fryers. Check out this quick read to see if you are using the right ones.


Why You Should Cover Your Fryer for Extra Protection

With a simple, affordable accessory, you could extend the life of your fryer and your oil. Tank covers keep your fryers safe from environmental hazards when they are not being run. Keep a cover on tanks that aren’t being used and on all tanks when fryers are shut down.


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🎡 Summer is in Sight 🎢

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It’s Flag Day!  That means in only 7 more days, summer is coming .

Are you prepared for the heat?

This week we’re sharing some of the hottest trends in foodservice equipment, bean to cup coffee and pick-up cabinets.

Beverage & Take-Out are a big deal; Let’s make this a summer to remember.

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The Ghost Kitchen Trend of 2021 

Living in the digital age definitely comes with a lot of perks, especially when it comes to foodservice and what’s known as the “ghost kitchen”. In the last five years, apps like GrubHub, UberEats, and DoorDash have taken over the food industry. Offering convenience by taking away the long lines and busy hustle of sitting in a restaurant waiting to order, these apps have provided a simple way to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner without having to leave the comfort of your office or home. What more could you want?

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 Curbside Pick Up Cart 
Upgrade your order pickup operation and provide easy recognition for drivers with the Curbside Pick Up Cart.


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Summer Couontdown

♥️♠️ Hodge-Podge ♦️♣️

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Here’s a hodge-podge of stuff that you might not yet know.

You’re welcome…

    Our new Bright White Mini Casserole Bakers work to create the perfect side or even entree. Whether it’s your signature bread, gourmet Mac and Cheese, or a Sweet Potato Casserole, our bakers will delight. Click on the image to download a copy of a copy of our new mini Bakeware Catalog.       Our line of Coal Bakeware is designed to give you the look of cast iron with the simplicity of ceramic. Ovenable and Dismachinable, our Ceramic Coal Bakeware are beautiful and functional. Create a beautiful signature dining presentation. Download more information by clicking on the image above.     We have the pieces you need: Ramekins, Shirred Egg, Rarebits, Au Gratin, Crocks, Skillets, and more. Click on the image above to download our new mini Bakeware Catalog.      
ITI’s all-new catalogs for 2021 are available for download. Download our new mini Bakeware Catalog or our full line catalog by clicking on the corresponding images above. Totally refreshed with new ideas for “Refreshing the Tabletop” this year.    

    Quality And Comfort That Look And Feel This Good     We are always on the lookout for the opportunity to offer the best products and services to you. Earlier this year we added new indoor and outdoor items to our offering and we are excited to announce that we now offer a new indoor fabric line called Modena!   Modena offers superior quality and performance that can be used in a variety of applications. Modena is 100% vinyl featuring a leather print design with a 100% polyester backing. Modena has PERMABLOCK PLUS+ Advanced Vinyl Protection, making it easy to clean and easy to care for.     Click Here To View All Available Colors         Contact our customer service team to order samples!  

    A Weight Has Been Lifted!   Globe is now including a bowl truck with a handle in every 60 to 80 quart mixer purchase! This ergonomic addition to the standard accessories keeps productivity up by reducing heavy bowl transportation.   AVAILABLE FOR: SP60 – 60 qt. mixer SP62P – 60 qt. pizza mixer SP62P-4 – 60 qt. 4-speed mixer SP80PL – 80 qt. power lift mixer   All Globe mixers are backed by a 2-year parts & labor warranty. Download the Flyer       Globe Food Equipment Co. | Website

🇺🇸 American Innovation 💪

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Feeling innovative this Memorial Day Weekend.  

Remember to remember those that made it possible by their sacrifice.

The category is
“Latest Equipment Innovation”

Answer HERE.


Price increases are on the horizon.

You’ll need to take advantage of lower prices, by locking in your orders NOW!

Most factories are going up July 5th, some as soon as June 1st, many by double digits.  We’ve been warned that only new pricing will be accepted after these become effective.

You will need to act now to ensure that you’re buying at the lowest prices of the year.

Contact your account exec for details; this is not a drill…

We’d like to introduce you to Deutsche:

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