In Memoriam: Gordon Oates Jr.
Gordon Oates Jr., a second-generation member of the foodservice equipment industry, died Dec. 5, following an illness. He was 62 years old.
The Kentucky native spent his first decade in business working for IBM in Louisville,... »
Sysco To Buy US Foods For $3.5 Billion
Two of the largest broadline distributors in the country will be joining forces. On Dec. 9, Sysco agreed to buy rival US Foods for about $3.5 billion in stock and cash.
Under the terms of the agreement announced Monday,... »
What We Learned From Gordon Oates Jr.
We received more bad news last week when we learned of the passing of Gordon Oates Jr. on Dec. 5 after a long illness. He was only 62, but he left a significant mark on me and on the foodservice equipment business.
In a business... »
Great Lakes Expands Reach With New Culinary Center
Great Lakes Hotel Supply has opened a state-of-the-art test kitchen and special-events venue in Southfield, Mich. The Great Lakes Culinary Center is described as a kitchen stadium, resource hub, entrepreneurial launching pad and... »
Rapids Wholesale Opens Twin Cities Cash & Carry Store
Rapids Wholesale Equipment Co. has opened a new cash-and-carry retail store in St. Paul, Minn.
Joe Schmitt, co-owner of the Marion, Iowa-based dealer, stated that Rapids has listened to its customers and plans to make its online... »
FEDA Sets Next Webinar: “Run Your Territory Before It Runs You”
Time management can be an issue for sales professionals, and the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is making that issue the focus for its next webinar.
FEDA’s first webinar in 2014 will focus on keeping salespeople... »
MEIKO’s Equipment Honored By International Travel Group
Last month, MEIKO Inc. received the Mercury Award from the International Travel Catering Association.
The biennial awards honor the association’s strongest partners in the travel catering industry. Meiko received the prize in... »
In Memoriam: Scotsman’s Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson, who spent nearly 30 years in the foodservice equipment industry, passed away suddenly on Dec. 2. He was 68. Johnson joined the E&S industry in 1985 and spent more than 20 years at ITW as a channel manager. In... »
MAFSI Barometer Up 4.5% In Third Quarter
The MAFSI Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry rose 4.5% in the third quarter from the same quarter in 2012. The gain compares with a record 6.1% jump in the second... »
NRA’s Performance Index Rose In October
Strong gains in current same-store sales and traffic propelled the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index to 100.9, up from 100.2 in September. It was the highest level for the overall index in the past... »
Unified Brands Taps Sales Chiefs For Eastern U.S.
Two regional posts have been filled at Unified Brands. The Jackson, Miss., company has promoted Dan Monfort to regional sales manager-northeast, and hired Bryan Spencer for the same post, overseeing the southeast.
Both Monfort... »
Moffat Adds Western Regional Sales Chief
Moffat US Convection Ovens has appointed Danielle Brach as its westernregional sales manager. She joins the company after serving as a senior marketing and communications coordinator for Ice-O-Matic. Moffat US is a division... »
Der Wienerschnitzel Makes Cultural History In L.A.
Los Angeles has many architectural and historical landmarks but few hold the kind of memories created in the original Der Wienerschnitzel outlet. Last month, the L.A. City Council added the nondescript, flat-roofed drive-through,... »
Canada Foodservice Sales Jump In Third Quarter
A strong quarter at full-service restaurants helped drive overall same-store sales gains in Canada during the third quarter, according to the latest Restaurant Outlook Survey from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices... »
Jobs Report, Other Macro Data Positive, But…
The U.S. economy added another 203,000 non-farm payroll jobs in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported Dec. 6. Gains now have averaged more than 200,000 a month for the past four months. The gains were broad-based... »
New York Debates Ban On Foam Takeout Containers
After victories in his battles against tobacco, trans fats and soda, outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is waging one last battle with his city’s restaurant industry. His administration is pressuring the City Council... »
NSF Int’l. Acquires Brazilian Lab Operation
NSF Int’l. has expanded its global role in public health and water and food safety across Latin America. The Ann Arbor, Mich., firm has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto... »
Potbelly Revs Up For 2014
After a successful IPO in October, the Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain continued humming along in its fiscal third quarter when nine new shops opened, including eight company-operated units and one franchised store.... »
NRA Releases Operations Report Focused On Optimizing Efficiency, Profitability
The National Restaurant Association has released the 2013-14 edition of its Restaurant Operations Report. The report, produced in collaboration with Deloitte & Touche LLP, offers restaurateurs operational comparisons to... »
Cleveland Gives Thumbs Down To McDonald’s Store
Dozens of Cleveland residents and business owners voiced their opposition to a proposed McDonald’s outlet abutting a residential area that they say would dangerously increase traffic with a double-lane drive-through.
But it... »
MAFSI Barometer Records 4.5% Gain In Third Quarter
The foodservice equipment and supplies industry continued to chug along in the third quarter of 2014, according to the MAFSI Barometer, posting a 4.5% increase. The Barometer, which tracks manufacturers’ reps’ quarterly sales... »
Bargreen Ellingson Re-Opens In New Honolulu Location
The Honolulu offices of Bargreen Ellingson now are open for business. The company recently relocated its distribution center and branch in Aiea to a newly renovated, more efficient location in the capital city. The new centrally... »
Despite Government Shutdown, NRA’s RPI Rose In October
Go figure. In spite of the partial shutdown of the federal government for half of October and the threat of a debt-ceiling default, consumers apparently thumbed their noses and went out to eat anyway. Strong gains in current... »
Zink Expands Coverage In Illinois and Wisconsin
It’s homecoming week at Zink Foodservice Group. On Dec. 1, Zink Marketing officially became the Manitowoc Foodservice representatives in Illinois and Wisconsin, and it welcomed back R&B Marketing to cover those states.
Restaurant Operator Innovations Awards Nominations Now Open
Foodservice professionals celebrate ingenuity on the plate or in the kitchen. Take a moment to nominate an operator customer for the awards recognizing innovation and excellence in driving operational success. The National... »
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