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FEDA Plans Box Lunch Seminar At NAFEM `13 - 01/16/2013

The NAFEM Show is only weeks away. Among the associations planning concurrent seminars and meetings is the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, which will host a box lunch seminar on Friday, Feb. 8. In “Good and... »

Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Equipment Tax Breaks, Extension Of Tax Depreciation - 01/16/2013

A fall off the so-called fiscal cliff was skirted by Congress's New Year’s passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which included a number of tax breaks for small-business owners and foodservice operators. The legislation... »

Middleby Corp. Acquires Viking Range For $380 Million - 01/09/2013

The waning hours of 2012 brought one last major story in the foodservice equipment business: Middleby Corp. has acquired Viking Range Corp for $380 million in cash. The deal was announced Dec. 31. Viking, a leading maker of... »

Unified Brands Acquires Power Soak Systems - 01/09/2013

Unified Brands announced Dec. 20 that it has acquired Power Soak Systems, a privately held manufacturer of continuous-motion warewashing systems. Power Soak is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has a manufacturing facility... »

In Memoriam: John Birchfield Sr. - 01/09/2013

John Birchfield, FCSI, the founder and principal of Birchfield Foodsystems, a foodservice consulting and design firm, died Dec. 29. He was 82 years old. Birchfield had a long and multifaceted career in the foodservice industry.... »

No Cliff Dive But Plenty Of Dangers Remain For Foodservice And The American Economy - 01/09/2013

Unless you spent the holidays on another planet or at least on a remote island paradise with no media access, you are aware that Congress and the Obama Administration cobbled together in early January a package that made... »

In Memoriam: Erwin Shakin - 01/09/2013

Erwin Shakin, a man who loved the foodservice industry and said he had to have at least one meal a day in a restaurant, died on Dec. 24. He was 83 years old. Shakin was the founder of Consolidated Restaurant Services,... »

Caribou Coffee Goes Private - 01/09/2013

A private-equity firm that already holds a majority stake in Peet’s Coffee & Tea has acquired Caribou Coffee Co., the nation’s second-largest company-owned coffeehouse chain. The Joh. A. Benckiser Group (JAB) announced a... »

Ali Group Completes Scotsman Acquisition - 01/09/2013

It’s a done deal: The Italian foodservice equipment conglomerate The Ali Group has successfully closed on its previously announced definitive agreement to acquire Scotsman Industries, the world’s largest commercial ice-machine... »

Cap Spending Measures Fell Sharply In NRA’s December Performance Index - 01/09/2013

The two indicators in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index that track recent and future capital spending by restaurant operators took big hits in December, even as other measures in the index rose,... »

Vollrath Acquires A Second Plastics Maker, Acryfab Inc. - 01/09/2013

The Vollrath Co. will be expanding its brand into acrylic dispensing, display and fabrication products with its latest acquisition, fellow Wisconsin manufacturer Acry Fab Inc. The Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company is... »

Nominations Due This Month For NACUFS’ National Awards - 01/09/2013

The National Association of College & University Food Services is seeking nominations for its national recognition awards honoring individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to the association and its... »

NRA Hosts Health Care, Commodities Webinars This Month - 01/09/2013

The National Restaurant Association has slated two webinars in January for its members. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the association will host “Health Care Law: Next Steps for Restaurateurs.” Operators large and small will feel the... »

NYC Resumes Inspections In Operations Hit By Hurricane Sandy - 01/09/2013

Hundreds of New York area restaurants estimated to have been damaged by late October’s Hurricane Sandy were granted a two-month respite from the city’s letter-grade inspections. But on Jan. 2, the New York City Department of... »

Blanco CS Rebrands As Blanco Professional - 12/27/2012

Blanco CS has been renamed Blanco Professional. The family-owned company headquartered in Oberderdingen, Germany, says it is revising its name to make its objective clear: professionals producing for professionals. "The... »

Texas-Based Mission Buys Fellow Lone State Dealer - 12/19/2012

San Antonio-based Mission Restaurant Supply has acquired Metroplex Restaurant Equipment, a Fort Worth, Texas-based E&S dealership. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Metroplex’s previous owners, Danny Terrell and Ed... »

Restaurant Equipment World Opens An Office In Dubai - 12/19/2012

It isn’t just chains making footprints in the Middle East. Restaurant Equipment World has opened a location in Dubai, UAE. The office will support the Orlando, Fla., firm's clients in the Middle East/North Africa region, and... »

Chefs’ Toys Acquires Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply - 12/19/2012

Chefs’ Toys has acquired the assets of Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply of Van Nuys, Calif. Through the deal, which was official Dec. 3, Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Chefs’ Toys will operate Star as a fourth branch of... »

In Memoriam: Hiawatha Founder Lois Thompson - 12/19/2012

Lois Thompson, 85, the founder of Hiawatha Chef Supply, passed away Nov. 27 after a long battle with emphysema. The former Lois Murker started the Escanaba, Mich., dealership in 1955, in partnership with Doug Wescott.... »

Taking Stock At Year-End - 12/19/2012

We write a lot about the future in this space, trying to help you assess what the E&S market may bring in the way of opportunities and challenges. But it’s also good to look at the recent past. As we approach the end of... »

Training Program For U.S. Vets Builds Database - 12/19/2012

Foodservice equipment is getting more complex and the need for trained technicians is ever-growing. Also increasing is the stream of veterans returning from military service overseas who need jobs in the civilian sector. Service... »

In Memoriam: Manufacturers’ Rep Ray Ward - 12/19/2012

Long-time MAFSI member and past president Ray Ward died suddenly on Dec. 5. Ward spent 30 years as a manufacturers’ rep in upstate New York, where he was a principal of Rochester-based Quality Rep Source. The firm merged in 2007... »

Join Us At FER’s Industry Awards Event Feb. 8 - 12/19/2012

Have you saved the date for FER's evening honoring 17 organizations and individuals? The new industry awards event Friday evening, Feb. 8, during The NAFEM `13 Show, includes dinner and awards presentations at the Peabody... »

NRA Forecasts Moderate 3.8% Sales Growth For 2013 - 12/12/2012

The National Restaurant Association expects continuing modest growth for the foodservice industry next year, in spite of many uncertainties, with current dollar growth forecast at 3.8% and growth after price inflation of 0.8%.... »

Reps Eye 2013, Forecast 4.7% In E&S Sales Growth - 12/12/2012

The MAFSI Business Barometer unexpectedly improved in the third quarter, as overall sales for manufacturers’ reps climbed to 4.3% in the quarter versus sales in the same quarter last year, the best performance since a 4.7% gain... »

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