Here’s what the next generation of the fast-food industry looks like to this Tampa Bay CEO

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    Fast-food jobs aren’t going away but they are changing, according to the president and CEO of Welbilt Inc., a commercial food service equipment manufacturer that is playing a key role in that evolution.

    As commercial kitchen equipment becomes more automated, quick-service restaurants are shifting employees from back-of-the-house food preparation roles to front-counter customer service jobs, Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, CEO of Welbilt (NYSE: WBT) CEO, told McKinsey & Co., in an interview published in the consulting firm’s March report on changes in the food industry.

    Muehlhaeuser also was invited by McKinsey to give a TED Talk on food service automation in Silicon Valley, he revealed during Welbilt’s first quarter conference call with analysts on May 7. The talk and interview are helping raise the profile of the New Port Richey-based company that spun off from The Manitowoc Co. (NYSE: MTW) in 2016.