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Burger King Expands In Colombia, Enters Siberia - 10/31/2012

Burger King Worldwide has plans to get bigger in Colombia and expand into Siberia. The chain has inked an exclusive development deal with Fondo Escala Capital and Promotora to further its brand in Colombia by more than 100 new... »

Consumer Sentiment Held At Five-Year High In October - 10/31/2012

It doesn’t make much sense to most informed observers, but consumer sentiment held at a five-year high in the final October reading of the Thomson/Reuters University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index. The final reading was... »

NRA Promotes Flanagan To Oversee State And Local Affairs - 10/31/2012

The political and legislative advocacy team at the National Restaurant Association has gotten stronger. The association has promoted Brendan Flanagan to v.p.-state and local affairs, a new position in the association’s expanded... »

U.S. GDP Grows 2% In Third Quarter, Ahead Of Estimates - 10/31/2012

It can hardly be termed robust, but real growth of gross domestic product in the U.S. came in at 2% in the third quarter on an annualized basis, according to the advanced estimate released Oct. 26 by the Department of Commerce’s... »

Gas Prices Plummet, Consumer Food and Menu Price Increases Are Restrained - 10/31/2012

The expected seasonal decline in gasoline prices has finally kicked in, following the unexpected run-up of prices this late summer. The average national price for a gallon of regular gas has plummeted nearly 13 cents in the last... »

NRA To Celebrate "Faces Of Diversity" Achievers - 10/31/2012

Made good? Achieved your goals? It’s a good time to tell your story, or share the details of someone else’s accomplishment. The National Restaurant Association is looking for operators across the country to apply or nominate a... »

Baltimore Weighs Letter Grade System - 10/31/2012

A letter-grade system, like those used for health inspections in New York and North Carolina, is under debate for restaurant and bar owners in Baltimore. Legislation mandating that the city health department implement a grading... »

Maryland County Looks At Stronger Food Truck Rules - 10/31/2012

We usually define restaurant locations as strip sites or stand-alone or mall placements. Now a county in Maryland is looking at putting parked food trucks in their own business category as semi-permanent foodservice... »

In Memoriam: Tom Redditt Sr. - 10/31/2012

Thomas L. Redditt Sr., a manufacturers’ rep and past-president of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, died Oct. 20. He was 96. Redditt founded the Tom Redditt Sales Agency, based in Littleton,... »

Personnel Moves: - 10/31/2012

Bon Chef Fills National Accounts Post: Industry veteran Kaya Gross has joined Bon Chef to head up national accounts. She will lead national account sales under Bon Chef Pres. Sal Torre. The Lafayette, N.J., manufacturer offers a... »

California-Based Myers Acquires Design Firm - 10/24/2012

Myers Restaurant Supply, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based dealership, has acquired J.M. Design and Associates, a Manteca, Calif., commercial kitchen design and consulting firm. Jeff Melton, the sole proprietor of J.M. Design, has... »

Curtis Restaurant Equipment Wins Home State Honors - 10/24/2012

Curtis Restaurant Equipment, Oregon’s largest foodservice equipment dealer, has won 2012 Vendor of the Year honors from the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association. “This award recognizes the exemplary service and... »

FEDA Extends Deadline for UID Scholarships - 10/24/2012

If you’ve been too busy to fill out the paperwork, there is a little more time to apply for one of the 20 FEDA Education Foundation scholarships for the University of Industrial Distribution. The association has extended the... »

New Meeting Dates For NexGen - 10/24/2012

NexGen Procurement Group has updated its meeting schedule. The Greenville, S.C.-based buying group will hold NexGen Leadership Meetings Oct. 14-17, 2013, in Chicago and Feb. 3-7, 2014, in Dallas. »

FER Honors Industry Service Award Winners - 10/17/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports has named five individuals to receive the magazine’s prestigious Industry Service Awards. The awards, first given in 2005, honor those who have made substantial contributions not just to their firms... »

Steak `n Shake Goes Global With UAE Deal - 10/17/2012

Expansion seems to be in the cards for Steak n’ Shake, which will debut its first units outside the U.S. next year. The diner-style burger chain founded in Normal, Ill., in 1934 opened its first New York City outpost last January... »

Wendy’s Re-Imaging Is Making The Sale - 10/17/2012

Wendy’s is reporting an average sales increase of more than 25% in its new "Image Activation" units.  The modern, sleek units feature lounge seating with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and digital... »

Technomic Tinkers Only Slightly With 2012 And ’13 Operator Forecasts - 10/17/2012

In spite of economic uncertainty and another round of surging gasoline and food prices, Technomic Inc. has revised its forecasts for operator sales growth this year and next only very slightly in the latest go-round. The... »

Portland’s New Sewer Fee Is A Bit Foggy For Small Operators - 10/17/2012

Sewer bills won’t be scary for operators in Portland, Ore., if their kitchens have a grease trap, and if they rely on composting rather than a garbage disposal to keep fats, grease and oils from going down—and clogging—the... »

Charbroiling Becomes Contentious In California - 10/17/2012

The California Restaurant Association is alerting its members to some unwanted deliveries. Some operators in the state have been served notices alleging they violated the California Health and Safety Code, under Proposition... »

Noodles Plans East Coast Sites - 10/17/2012

Noodles & Company, which makes its base in Broomfield, Colo., is making its first forays into the Northeast. Through a partnership Mascott Corp., owner and operator of six restaurant brands in the region, Noodles will open... »

Canadian Restaurant Sales To Slow Next Year, But Average 4.1% Over Next Five Years - 10/17/2012

Restaurant sales growth in Canada is forecast to slow slightly next year to 3.9% after a predicted 4.7% gain this year, according to a new report from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. The association also... »

In Memoriam: Daniel Friel - 10/17/2012

Daniel Friel, an inventor and the founder of EdgeCraft Corp., died Sept. 21. He was 92. Friel, an engineer, entered the foodservice equipment industry at age 65 after a 39-year career at DuPont, where he retired as the worldwide... »

NRA Offers Up ADA Compliance Kit Download - 10/17/2012

The National Restaurant Association has released "Americans with Disabilities Act: Toolkit for Restaurant Operators," an 80-page toolkit that helps restaurateurs comply with updated federal accessibility... »

Beverage Companies Fire Back In Court Over NYC Drink Ban - 10/17/2012

The lawsuit to save big beverages on the streets of New York was filed Oct. 12 in Manhattan. Plaintiffs, including soft-drink companies, the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association, filed the suit... »

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