MAFSI Barometer Growth Slows To 2.9% In Fourth Quarter
Sales growth of foodservice equipment and supplies slowed unexpectedly in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data from the newly released Business Barometer fielded by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the... »
NAFEM’s 2014 ‘Size & Shape of the Industry Study’ Available for Public Purchase
The 2014 “Size & Shape of the Industry Study,” produced every other year by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, is now available for purchase by the general public. The biennial study reports NAFEM... »
Sales And Traffic Up, Capital Spending Down In January NRA Performance Index
Restaurant industry indicators tracked by the National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index were mixed in January, the association reported Feb. 27. Buoyed by dramatically lower prices for gasoline and... »
U.S. Restaurant Counts Fell By 1% In 2014, Reports NPD
The flat or falling customer traffic experienced by many restaurant operators since the Great Recession apparently also is having an effect on total unit counts. The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount restaurant census for the year... »
Business Builds At Texas Roadhouse And Its Offshoot, Bubba’s 33
Texas Roadhouse has ambitious plans for 2015. The Louisville chain has opened two more of its new company-owned family sports concept, Bubba’s 33, bringing its total number of locations to three. All are based near existing Texas... »
Anthony, the Sylmar, Calif., maker of glass doors, lighting systems and display equipment for commercial refrigeration systems, has opened a new manufacturing plant in Conyers, Ga. The new facility adds 130,000 sq. ft. of... »
El Pollo Loco Expands In Utah
The Costa Mesa, Calif., fire-grilled chicken chain is getting bigger in the Salt Lake City area. It plans to expand from its two existing sites there to seven by 2018. Three veteran franchisees who currently operate 13 El Pollo... »
New CEO At Long John’s Helm
Long John Silver’s has named James O’Reilly as its new CEO. The foodservice vet most recently was chief brand officer for Sonic Drive-In, and also served in various domestic and international leadership positions for companies... »
Sysco Gears For Court Fight To Override FTC’s Block Of US Foods Merger
There has been no further word from Sysco Corp. or the Federal Trade Commission since the agency sued on Feb. 19 to block the Houston company’s proposed $3.5 billion acquisition of rival US Foods. The move sets the... »
Two Midwest Cities Ponder FOG Regulation
Municipalities around the country continue to deal with a very dirty issue that is bigger than just foodservice: how to reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease (FOG) entering city sewer systems.
City officials in Elkhart,... »
Gas Prices Continue To Rebound, But Consumer Confidence Remains High
As of Monday, March 2, average national gasoline prices had risen for 35 consecutive days, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Still, both the University of Michigan and The Conference Board report that consumer... »
USDA Expects Food Prices To Fall This Year; Wholesale Prices Fell Again In January
Wholesale food prices rose 5.5% last year—the fifth consecutive year of increases in the U.S.—but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting significant price drops for some key commodity categories in 2015. The forecasts... »
Gentry Joins Paramount Restaurant Supply
Richard Gentry has joined Paramount Restaurant Supply to further develop the East Providence, R.I., firm’s growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. He brings a wealth of experience in the foodservice industry,... »
Singer Elevates Two Veterans To New Posts
Singer Equipment Co. has promoted Andrew Beauchamp to the newly created position of sales manager. Beauchamp will be responsible for the growth and development of the supply sales division, including all street sales and the... »
Rapids Names Contract Sales Manager
Rapids Foodservice Contract & Design Co. has hired Steve Grosshans as a new contract sales manager in their St. Paul, Minn., office. Grosshans, who joined Rapids earlier this month, brings 27 years of experience with Superior... »
A Really Great NAFEM Show
Let me just state it plainly: The just concluded NAFEM Show in Anaheim rates with the best I’ve attended. And I’ve been going to NAFEM since 1981. The optimism on the show floor was palpable. Everyone was upbeat. The quality of... »
Panel Discussions To Lay Out Ideas At FEDA Convention
FEDA’s 2015 Convention kicks off a month from today at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Among the many educational and networking opportunities at the March 25-29 event are two panel discussions.
Bipartisan Bill Would Set Lower Taxes For Restaurant Construction And Improvements
Both the House and Senate are considering bills that would permanently lower the taxes paid by restaurant operators. The legislation would create a 15-year tax-depreciation schedule for new restaurant construction as well as... »
A New Generation Takes The Reins At Curtis
The Wilbur Curtis Co., the family-owned maker of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems, has promoted two key executives. Kevin Curtis is the Montebello, Calif., firm’s new president and CEO; his brother, Michael Curtis, is... »
Middleby Acquires Deck Oven Maker, Marsal & Sons
Last month, Middleby Corp. acquired the assets of Marsal & Sons Inc., a Lindenhurst, N.Y., manufacturer of deck ovens. Founded in 1969, the company has annual revenues of approximately $5 million.
“Marsal has an outstanding... »
Electrolux Acquires Chinese Warewasher Manufacturer
Electrolux announced an agreement Feb. 5 to acquire Shanghai Veetsan Commercial Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of professional dishwashers in China.
The acquisition further strengthens Electrolux... »
FTC Holds Off Vote On Sysco/US Foods Deal
The Federal Trade Commission has blinked. Last Wednesday night, the regulator was close to voting to block Sysco Corp.’s $3.5 billion purchase of rival US Foods, but postponed the decision after an intense day of meetings with... »
Manitowoc Foodservice To Be Spun Off From Parent
Determining that its two divisions will be stronger as separate, autonomous companies, The Manitowoc Co. has announced it is splitting its Cranes and Foodservice businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies.
Rodriguez Joins Heritage As U.S. Service V.P.
Carlos “Charlie” Rodriguez, a veteran of the foodservice service industry, has been hired by Heritage Foodservice Group as v.p.-U.S. service operations. Rodriguez will oversee the Fort Wayne, Ind., firm’s service operations in... »
Minnesota Manufacturers Merge
Automated Equipment LLC, a Red Wing, Minn.-based maker of foodservice equipment such as automated French-fry makers and ice-cream-topping dispensers acquired neighboring Acrotech in January.
“We are very excited by the addition... »
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