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Arby’s Restaurant Group has named Greg Vojnovic its Chief Development Officer. He fills the newly created position from the same post at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Vojnovic, who will report directly to Arby’s CEO Paul Brown, will... »
NLRB Ruling Redefines Who’s The Boss
In a long-awaited ruling reverberating throughout the franchising world, the National Labor Relations Board last week upheld the idea of joint employer status, marking a controversial shift in the standard for determining who is... »
Flux In Markets Hits Consumer Confidence
The dog days of summer? Not this year. Despite the volatility on the world’s stock exchanges, consumers are in holding pattern of feeling confident, if wary.
What does that mean? You can look at the new numbers this way: Despite... »
Sticking To Basics Pays Off For Popeyes
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Co. is having a good year.
In its just-released second-quarter results, the Atlanta company reported 2,443 restaurants, a jump of 8% from its 2,262 store count for the comparable period in 2014. In the... »
Ovation Brands Under New Ownership
Food Management Partners has acquired Ovation Brands, owner of five buffet brands and casual-dining Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse.
Greer, S.C.-based Ovation Brands has 328 restaurants in 35 states; its concepts include Ryan’s,... »
Middleby Adds Another Residential Cookware Maker
The Middleby Corp. will acquire AGA Rangemaster Group, a British manufacturer of residential kitchen equipment including ranges, ovens and refrigeration, for about $200 million.
The AGA portfolio includes AGA, Rangemaster,... »
Frisch’s Finalizes Going Private
Private-equity firm NRD Partners has finalized its acquisition of Frisch’s Restaurants in a $174.5 million merger deal. The Cincinnati-based restaurant company, which operates Frisch’s Big Boy units in the Midwest, agreed in May... »
FER Honors 14 Smallwares And Tabletop Products
It isn’t just large equipment that this magazine focuses on or that makes foodservice kitchens run smoothly and look good. Small things matter too, as was made clear when 14 winners emerged last month at FER’s Smallwares &... »
Star Promotes Deacon, Yungbluth To Prominent Sales Posts
Two major appointments have been announced at St. Louis-based Star Mfg./Middleby. Lorne Deacon has been promoted to V.P.-Sales for the Star brands, comprising Star, Holman, Lang and Toastmaster. Christian Yungbluth has been... »
MAFSI Barometer Hits Two-Year High
Driven by surging equipment sales, the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry rose 5.1% in the second quarter compared with the same quarter in 2014. It was... »
FER Forecasts E&S Market To Grow 4.6% In 2016
In case you missed the news before we went on vacation, here's some end-of-summer optimism: Thanks to the strongest foodservice operator market since before the Great Recession and continuing demand in all three of the key... »
Robot Coupe Taps Market Solutions Advisor
David Prudhomme has joined Jackson, Miss.-based Robot Coupe U.S.A. in the new position of Market Solutions Advisor. Prudhomme, who will be based in Dallas, is focused on expanding opportunities in multi-unit environments... »
Vollrath Acquires Spain-Based Pujadas
The Vollrath Co., announced August 17 that it has acquired Miguel Pujadas, S.A. The Santa Coloma, Spain-based company, founded in 1921, makes and distributes a wide range of cookware, steam-table pans, buffet and... »
Broaster Adds Schwengler As National Accounts Manager
Broaster Co. has hired Sharon Schwengler as its new National Accounts Manager. Schwengler brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the Beloit, Wis., company, including tenures at Libbey Inc., Nemco Food Equipment,... »
Back To School
For many of us, it’s back-to-school time. Jan and I took our 19-year-old son, Sam, back to Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, last week. He’s in the Scripps College of Communication there; he wants to write screenplays, not be a... »
MVP Group Beefs Up Staff
MVP Group, the Miami-based manufacturer and distributor of prep, cooking and refrigeration equipment, has added four executives.
R. Wyatt Dendy, CFSP, has joined the company as V.P.-Business Development. The 30-year industry... »
Foldcraft’s JH Carr Adds GM
JH Carr, the Kent, Wash., furniture manufacturer and upholsterer serving the foodservice and hospitality industries, has named Shane Patrick as its new General Manager. Patrick joins Carr, a division of Foldcraft Co., from BiNW,... »
Stoelting Taps Viola Group As New England Rep
Stoelting Foodservice, the Kiel, Wis., division of The Vollrath Co. and maker of frozen-dessert equipment, has selected The Viola Group as its new manufacturers’ representative for sales of its frozen-dessert equipment in New... »
U.S. Visits Up, But Units Down
Visits to foodservice establishments hit their highest number since 2009-10, according to data from The NPD Group’s CREST research, but overall traffic for the year ended May 2015 still was flat compared with the comparative year... »
Ecolab To Spend $40 Million For Swisher Hygiene’s U.S. Operations
Ecolab Inc. will acquire the U.S. operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately $40 million in cash.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Swisher Hygiene offers a range of products and services for the institutional foodservice industry,... »
Chanticleer Buys Eight-Unit Portland Chain
Little Big Burger, a popular Portland, Ore., burger chain, has been acquired by Chanticleer Holdings. The deal includes cash and stock in Chanticleer, the Charlotte, N.C.-based holding company and owner of Hooters of America,... »
In Memoriam: David Wightman, XDX President
David Wightman, considered one of the foodservice equipment industry’s most creative technical minds of the past 20 years, died suddenly on July 29. He was 53.
Since 1999, Wightman had served as president and CEO of XDX... »
Small Design Marks Comeback Bid For UFood Grill
UFood Grill, the Boston-based, fast-casual chain that closed its two standalone locations in 2012, has debuted a new prototype for a traditional in-line design that the company hopes will relaunch its expansion.
The new... »
FCSI Revit Taskforce Updates Equipment Standards
Through the hard work of an FCSI taskforce, the Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards document has been updated for 2015. All files and documents pertaining to the standards can now be found on FCSI’s Revit Standards Page and is... »
A Beer Is A Beer, Virginia Announces
Is beer a food? Some would say yes, but craft breweries—and now lawmakers in Virginia— say no.
State agencies there have been duplicating regulation of the state’s 117 craft breweries, and operators in the fast-growing... »
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