Middleby Expands In India: Acquires Celfrost, Names New Group President
The Middleby Corp. has acquired the commercial refrigeration and foodservice products business of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a Gurgaon, India-based firm with $20 million in annual sales. The Celfrost business was acquired by... »
Pizza Hut UK Revamps Its Look
Pizza Hut UK is spending £60 million on refurbishing its restaurants in a bid to return to profitability. More than 80 outlets will undergo refurbishment in 2014.
Private equity group Rutland Partners acquired the restaurant... »
Denny's New Chile Unit Marks Chain's South American Debut
The Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast is now being served in Chile, which has become the 11th country to welcome a Denny’s restaurant. The Santiago store is the nearly 1,700-unit chain’s first foray into South America. Local partner... »
Hotelex Set For Spring In Shanghai
Globetrotting E&S professionals who make the trek to Hotelex Shanghai, March 31-April 3, will find more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world set up for business at the Shanghai New Int’l. Expo Centre.
Last year’s... »
Host 2013 Reports Impressive Attendance And Growth
Milan was buzzing with foodservice professionals who flocked to the five-day Host 2013 last month. The biennial show, held at the fieramilano pavilions October 18-22, is a must-see for an overview of excellent foodservice... »
O3 Cleans An Operation's H2O
Franke’s EcO3Ice is an eco-friendly, “green” device that generates a small amount of activated oxygen (dissolved ozone: O3) using only water. It safely sanitizes the water lines, evaporators, dispensers, storage bins, scoops and... »
Sterilization As Powerful As The Sun
The Edlund Co.'s Helios KSUV-18 Knife Sterilizer Cabinet utilizes ultraviolet light to provide superior sterilization compared to other knife sanitizing methods. The exclusive non-filtering clear slotted knife holder and special... »
Savings As Simple As 1-2-3 With 1814
Frymaster 1814 Fryers (gas and electric) offer a trio of savings: oil, energy, and space. The 1814 gas fryers have a Thermo-Tube heat transfer system which uses 6-in. vs. 4-in. tubes to provide superior heat-to-oil transfer and... »
FSW Extends Market Reach With Purchase Of Loubat
Denver-based FoodserviceWarehouse.com, also known as FSW, has purchased the assets of Loubat Food Service Equipment Co.
Loubat began serving restaurants in New Orleans more than 137 years ago and over the years has grown into a... »
Sam Tell Cos. Goes National, Acquires Assets Of Paramount Restaurant Supply
Sam Tell & Son has acquired the business assets of Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp. The acquisition, announced Nov. 18, was made by Warren Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of the dealer.
Paramount, which has offices in... »
More Good Market News, But Another Friend Passes
When it comes to the outlook for the equipment and supplies market, the good news keeps piling up. But we also had a shock over the weekend, when we learned our good friend Lew Burns, who formerly ran Groen and then several... »
Dexter-Russell Acquires Chef Revival Brand From San Jamar
Dexter-Russell has acquired the Chef Revival apparel brand from San Jamar. The deal, effective Nov. 1, includes the complete Chef Revival product line of chef apparel, aprons, crew uniforms, towels, hats and hair nets. The... »
NESA Sets Spring Meeting
National Equipment & Supply Association has announced the dates for its Spring Conference. NESA will meet March 13-15, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. »
Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed In August; Gas Prices May Rise On Syria Fears
The two major indicators of consumer confidence reported mixed results in their final August indexes, though both remain at levels not seen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are expected to... »
Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD
Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter of 2013 in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate... »
E&S Public Companies Grow 3Q Sales 3.2%
Third-quarter revenue growth by the seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies were a very mixed bag, according to data compiled by John Muldowney, principal at Clarity Marketing and a marketing... »
Middleby Adds Group President-India And Sales Director For Star Group
Weeks after announcing its acquisition of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a Gurgaon, India-based firm with $20 million in annual sales of commercial refrigerators, ice machines, freezers and walk-ins, Middleby Corp. has appointed... »
A Generational Change In Leadership At Chick-fil-A
Dan Cathy has been promoted to chair and CEO of Chick-fil-A, succeeding his father, who remains as chair emeritus. S. Truett Cathy, 92, who founded the Atlanta-based quick-service chain in 1946, will turn his attention more fully... »
Buffets Inc. Relaunches As Ovation Brands
Buffets Inc. is marking its 30th anniversary with a name change. The Greer, S.C., company—parent to Country Buffet, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s and Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse—has changed its... »
NRA’s Performance Index Ticks Downward, But Cap-Ex Indicators Jump
Given that the September survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index was conducted during the partial federal-government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, the slight decline of the overall RPI is... »
FDA Mulls Trans Fat Ban
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fat from the food supply.
Under the proposal, the agency would declare that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of... »
Austin Considers Ban On New QSRs
Austin, Texas—home to great music, great food and FER’s own MUFES program—is considering a ban on the building of new quick-service restaurants.
The Austin city council is considering a resolution that, if passed, would... »
U.S. Employment Growth Accelerates in October
The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics surprised nearly everyone Nov. 8, citing an addition of 204,000 jobs in October. The BLS also revised jobs growth for August and September, adding another 60,000 to the... »
Restaurant Industry Urges Senate Action On Patent Reform
The National Restaurant Association and 36 state restaurant associations have called on Senate leaders to support reforms that will provide restaurateurs and other technology end-users with relief from what it calls “abusive... »
Wholesale Food Prices And Retail Gas Prices Trend Lower
Wholesale food prices fell 0.5% in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while gasoline prices at the consumer level continued to fall. Both trends typically are positive for foodservice. In other... »
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