Ali Group Acquires InterMetro Industries
Ali Group, parent company of 76 global foodservice equipment brands, announced September 17 that it has closed on its agreement to acquire InterMetro Industries and its subsidiaries, including Metro, from Emerson. Terms of the... »
Grab An App: It’s Kitchen Innovations Awards Time
Innovative, cutting-edge equipment introduced to the marketplace in the past 24 months can garner more than customer raves and strong sales: It can get recognition from the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Kitchen... »
G.E.T. Enterprises Welcomes Culinaire To Its Portfolio
G.E.T. Enterprises has completed its merger with Chicago-based Culinaire by Mikon Int’l.
The merger, official Sept. 24, brings together G.E.T., the Houston-based maker of dinnerware, drinkware and displayware,... »
Milan Readies For HOST 2015
It won’t be only the meters of exhibition space filled with catering and foodservice equipment and supplies that beckon buyers and operators next month to HOST 2015 in Milan. The 39th edition of the biennial show, Oct. 23-27 at... »
FCSI-TA Debuts Student Competition
Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l.-The Americas is rolling out its first-ever student competition, offering foodservice, hospitality and culinary-arts students in North and South America the chance to win scholarships,... »
Taco Bell Closes One Concept, Debuts Another
The fast-casual U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom concept launched by Taco Bell Corp. last year has closed. The Huntington Beach, Calif., restaurant, which offered a simple lineup of 10 tacos based on regional flavors, thick-cut... »
Vollrath Launches New Name, Website For OEM Division
The Vollrath Co. has launched a website for its newly branded Vollrath Manufacturing Services division, formerly known as Polar Ware Contract Manufacturing.
“Whether it is in the foodservice, industrial cleaning or the... »
People On The Move:
KitchenAid Commercial has hired foodservice veteran Susan Azadian to lead its growing sales team and strengthen distribution channels. She joins the Benton Harbor, Mich., company after holding sales management positions at... »
Foodservice Growth Forecast To Slow In Canada
Despite falling oil and other commodities’ prices, the foodservice market in Canada continues to grow, though at a slower rate than this year, according to Restaurants Canada’s (RC’s) annual forecast, released Sept. 16.... »
State And Local Tax Revenues Continue To Grow, Reports Rockefeller Institute
All major sources of state and local tax revenues posted solid growth in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest accounting from the Rockefeller Institute of Government. State tax revenue rose 5.8% compared with the... »
Sbarro Reboots Its Look
Sbarro is moving out of the mall. The Columbus, Ohio-based pizza chain, known for its more than 800 food-court locations, is opening the first of four freestanding, modern-looking restaurants in its hometown in October.
It’s the... »
Consumer Confidence Indicators Mixed, Gas Prices Fall Again
The two leading measures of consumer confidence posted mixed results in September while gasoline prices continued to fall, reaching the lowest level at this time of year since 2004.
The University of Michigan’s Consumer... »
Legal Streetfood (Via Pushcarts) To Debut In Chicago
In 2012, after years of legal wrangling and legislative baby steps, Chicago opened its streets—in a highly regulated manner—to food trucks. Food carts were left out of the ordinance, but last week, the city decided it was ready... »
Another Win For Chain Expansion
Just a month after we reported on a Utah town setting aside a years-long ban on chain restaurants, the vox populi—and a desire for Shake Shack—has won the day in West Hollywood, Calif.
A proposal by two members of the City... »
Alto-Shaam Expands Sales, Marketing and Culinary Teams
Five new hires have been announced for Alto-Shaam’s sales, marketing and culinary teams.
Lucy McQuillan is the Menomonee Falls, Wis., company’s new Executive V.P.-Global Sales. She now manages domestic and international sales... »
FEDA Slates Inventory Management Seminar In November
November in Chicago can mean rain, snow or warm, sunny skies. If you’re a FEDA member, there is a lot to keep you busy—in your office or in the Windy City. First up is the association’s Nov. 4 webinar, “Selling Has Nothing To Do... »
T&S Updates Its University Curriculum
T&S Brass and Bronze Works has unveiled its newly revamped T&S University, an online training program for dealers, manufacturers’ reps, wholesalers and consultants.
The university program launched in 2003, but the rapid... »
The Joy Of The Sales Call
This is my favorite time of year. Usually, from mid-August until before Christmas, my salespeople and I call on as many of our customers as physically possible. I get to do many enjoyable and rewarding things in this job, but... »
NRA Capital Spending Indicator Set Record In July
An important measure of restaurant operators’ capital spending activity hit a record in July, according to the National Restaurant Association. And the record was set not by a little, but by a lot. The percentage of operators... »
Labor Costs Are The New Operator Worry
The announcement last week of a plan to raise the minimum wage for chain restaurant workers in New York to $15 over the next six years is the latest thrust in an ongoing campaign to raise the minimum wage for low-wage workers in... »
In Memoriam: Subway Founder Fred DeLuca
Fred DeLuca, who was 17 when he founded a small sandwich shop that grew into Subway, the world’s largest restaurant chain, has died just weeks after celebrating his company’s 50th anniversary. He was 67.
DeLuca fell ill in 2013,... »
CCSB Considers Freight Class Changes For Ovens, Grease Traps, Ice-Cream Makers/Freezers
Three major equipment categories—ovens, ice cream makers/freezers and grease traps—are under consideration for freight-class changes by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Community Classification Standards Board.... »
Moves and Promotions:
Carpigiani/Ali Group has tapped Penny Klingler as Senior V.P.-Key Accounts for its North America division. Klingler has an extensive background in the commercial foodservice equipment industry, including four years with Alco... »
Nemco Elevates Carcione To Sales Director
This summer, Nemco Food Equipment named Michelle Wibel as its new president. Now, as autumn begins, the Hicksville, Ohio, company has promoted Joe Carcione, CFSP, to Director-Sales.
Carcione moves to the role after eight years... »
McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Takes Kitchen To Its Limits
The rollout of McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu has a catch: Customers’ menu choices are limited because the chain’s kitchens aren’t equipped to handle breakfast and burgers at the same time.
McDonald’s stores will serve... »
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