Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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April 5, 2005

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In This Section:
FER Announces Industry Award Winners
Prince Castle Acquires Q-Matic
Gulbas Steps Up As New FEDA President
Electrolux To Open Culinary Event Center
Eaton Steps Up As Univex CEO
Papa Gino’s And D’Angelo Get New Owners
‘Road To Anaheim’ Charity Ride Inviting Car Nuts To Join In

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Industry Report

FER Announces Industry Award Winners
Yes, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! (Insert sound of trumpet fanfare here…)

Foodservice Equipment Reports has announced the winners of its first-ever Customer Choice Dealer Awards and also its Industry Service Awards.

The Customer Choice Dealer Awards, based on a polling of the 20,000+ operators and consultants among the magazine’s readership, go to the following national and regional dealers:

National: Baring Industries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and The Wasserstrom Co., Columbus, Ohio.

Regional: Bargreen-Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash.; Singer Equipment Co., Reading, Pa.; Johnson-Lancaster and Associates, Safety Harbor, Fla.; and S.S. Kemp & Co., Cleveland.

The 2005 FER Industry Service Awards, meanwhile, are presented with input from the equipment and supplies industry’s allied associations. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions not only to their own companies and their related associations, but also to the industry at large. This year’s winners:

For consultants, with input from Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l.: Scott Legge, FCSI, LTD Consulting Group, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

For dealers, with input from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association: Rick Ellingson, Bargreen-Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash.

For manufacturers’ reps, with the assistance of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry: Ed Gregory, The HGA Group Inc., Plymouth, Mich.

And for service agents, with advice from the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association: Frank Burns, National Service Cooperative, Omaha, Neb.

All awards will be presented at a not-to-be-missed FER party on Friday, May 20, at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Email Chris at with any questions or visit


Prince Castle Acquires Q-Matic
Prince Castle has expanded its share of the foodservice equipment market with the recent acquisition of Q-Matic Technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Q-Matic, based in Gurnee, Ill., specializes in infrared conveyor ovens of all sizes. The company will remain in a separate facility with its own sales and distribution channels, but will use Prince Castle resources and investments to grow on a global basis. Sanda Burtea, former principal at Q-Matic, will serve there as director of customer relations, overseeing Q-Matic sales efforts.

Prince Castle, Carol Stream, Ill., specializes in holding equipment, toasters, timers, smallwares and other foodservice equipment. The company is part of the Marmon Retail Group.

Gulbas Steps Up As New FEDA President
Bruce Gulbas, president and CEO of National Restaurant Supply Co., headquartered in El Paso, Texas, has taken the reins at Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association as the group’s new president.

Meanwhile, past President Rick Ellingson, of Bargreen-Ellingson Inc., based in Tacoma, Wash., has stepped up to become FEDA’s next chairman of the board, replacing Marc Fuchs.

Here’s the rundown on other new FEDA officers. Serving as v.p. is Jim Hanson, Best Restaurant Equipment & Design, Columbus, Ohio; as treasurer, Kimberley Gill-Rimsza, Gill Group, Phoenix; and as secretary, Stephen McGarry, Paramount Restaurant Supply, Warren, R.I.

Visit FEDA online at

Electrolux To Open Culinary Event Center
Plans announced last year are on schedule, and Electrolux Professional North America is preparing to open its new Professional Culinary Event Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on April 22.

The state-of-the-art facility will give you a hands-on introduction to the full spectrum of Electrolux Professional foodservice products. And note the "Culinary" part—tasting the food will be part of the process. A fully-stocked equipment and parts warehouse, too, is located near the Center.

Electrolux’s North American offices are based in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, log on to

Eaton Steps Up As Univex CEO
Univex Corp., Salem, N.H. has tapped Wendy Eaton to fill the president and CEO spot. Eaton has worked in the foodservice manufacturing industry for 30 years, serving in various executive and managerial capacities. She most recently served as chairman of the board at Univex.

The company manufactures and distributes food preparation equipment for restaurant, hotel, bakery and institutional operations. Products include mixers, slicers, sheeters, dough processors and grinders and peelers.

Papa Gino’s And D’Angelo Get New Owners
Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Sandwich Shops have new owners—of a sort. Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp. recently announced that its management, together with Bunker Hill Capital, had acquired majority interest from Banc Boston Capital in a private transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Dedham, Mass.-based quick-service restaurant chain expects to open 50 new company-owned units over the next five years, in addition to its current tally of 370 quick-service Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo units. Plans are to expand its franchises into Albany and Long Island, New York, and as far south as Orlando, Fla.

The Papa Gino’s brand covers the pizza/Italian segment, while the D’Angelo brand features submarine sandwiches.

‘Road To Anaheim’ Charity Ride Inviting Car Nuts To Join In
Okay, folks, the word is official: "The Road To Anaheim" charity ride, the biennial fundraising ride to The NAFEM Show, is now officially inviting four-wheeled enthusiasts to join their two-wheeled industry friends in the fun.

Event organizers and those close to the center of the universe ("Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! The Great Oz knows and sees all!") announced on Friday the traditionally motorcycle-oriented fundraising event for America’s Second Harvest would now broaden to include road-trip aficionados regardless of how many wheels are involved. The decision came, in part, in response to several industry auto buffs who’d expressed interest in years past.

This year, the event will be timed for arrival in Anaheim on Sept. 20, in time for industry association meetings in the days before The NAFEM Show opens. The NAFEM Show runs Sept. 23-25.

In the inaugural 1999 event, "The Road To Dallas" raised more than $40,000. In 2001, "The Road To Orlando" drew more than $60,000, and in ’03 "The Road To New Orleans" topped $80,000 including matching-funds donations from McDonalds Corp. and R.W. Smith Company.

This year’s goal is $100,000.

For more info, registration documents, etc., go to, or email Alexa Kinney, event coordinator, at

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