Phoenix, San Francisco Gain More Dunkin’ Donuts Stores
Not much more than a year or so ago, Dunkin’ Donuts had no stores west of the Mississippi River. The landscape has changed. The Canton, Mass., chain, which now has 65 stores in Arizona, just announced a seven-unit deal for... »
Big Job Gains In November; Wages Finally Creep Higher, Too
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm payrolls increased by 321,000 jobs in November, one of the biggest gains in almost five years. What heartened many economists even more was that wages and hours worked... »
Papa John’s Puts Its Ovens In India
Papa John’s has its eye on India. The Louisville, Ky., chain, which plans to expand its presence in that country, specifically in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, has acquired at least 40 Pizza Corner stores in South India and... »
Brett Beaty Joins Nieco As EVP
Brett Beaty has been appointed executive v.p. of Nieco Corp. He will be responsible for managing the marketing, sales and services functions for the Windsor, Calif., company.
“Brett has over 20 years of valuable sales and... »
NRA’s Performance Index Surges To 10-Year High
The lowest gasoline prices in five years have restaurant operators feeling bubbly. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index jumped nearly two full points in October to reach 102.8. It was the RPI’s... »
Server Hires Quality Control Director
Server Products has added quality control expert Jodi McMahon to its operations. As the manufacturer’s new director-quality and business improvement, McMahon will lead Server’s ongoing initiatives to maintain and improve quality... »
Reitano Design Group has celebrated its 10th anniversary. The firm, previously known as Foodservice Solution Group, makes its headquarters in Indianapolis. It’s headed by Scott Reitano.
Restaurateur and Chef Donna Dooher is... »
Register Now For The 2015 Industry Excellence Awards Gala
Going to NAFEM ’15? Join FER during the show to honor the winners of our 2015 Industry Excellence Awards. The event, Friday evening, Feb. 20, at the Anaheim Marriott, will celebrate the career accomplishments of 17 companies and... »
Affordable Care Act: January 2015 Is Key Time To Track Data
The Affordable Care Act mandates employers with 100 or more full-time-equivalent employees to offer healthcare coverage to full-time employees in 2015.
While foodservice operators and other businesses with 50-99 full-time... »
China Mulls Anti-Smoking Regulations
Few, if any, restaurants in the U.S. still offer a smoking section. Some countries, including the world’s most populous one, have no such distinction.
The Chinese government has released a draft of anti-tobacco regulations that,... »
More Menu-Labeling Talk, But This Time In Canada
Now that the U.S. has gone to uniform menu-labeling regulations—final regulations were announced last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—there are plans elsewhere for similar statutes. A proposal just announced by the... »
Consumer Confidence Hits Another Post-Recession High As Gas Prices Continue Falling
Consumer sentiment reached 88.8, its highest mark since July 2007, in the final November reading by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The group said the November gain was “due to improved personal... »
MAFSI Barometer Up 3.9% In 3Q, But Wide Regional Disparities Show
The Business Barometer from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry improved modestly in the third quarter 2014. Overall sales rose 3.9% compared to the third quarter in 2013. This was improvement over... »
Motor Freight Reclassification To Affect Shipping Costs On Coolers, Refrigeration, Freezers
Shipping the equipment that keeps food cold or frozen just got a lot more expensive.
Citing freight liability concerns, the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB), an autonomous board under the National Motor Freight... »
Boelter, Robert Gill & Co. Merge
The Boelter Cos. has acquired Orland Park, Ill.-based Robert Gill & Co., expanding the Waukesha, Wis., giant’s presence in the Chicago-area healthcare and hospital foodservice market segment. Paul, Bill and Steve Gill will... »
On The Move:
Gary Simpson has been promoted by ITW FEG to v.p.-dealer sales. He now has responsibilities for North American dealer sales for Hobart, Traulsen and Baxter, and reports to Group Pres. Lei Schlitz. Simpson joined Hobart in 1994 as... »
FEDA Convention Leaves No Business Idea Unexplored
Registration materials should be in member’s mailboxes this week for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s Annual Convention, March 25-29, 2015, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in... »
Sysco/US Foods Merger Inches Closer?
The Sysco-US Foods deal might be closer to regulatory approval than we thought. Sysco, the country’s biggest food distributor, is closing in on a deal for the $3.5 billion merger. The key is divestiture, and the Houston firm is... »
Why the Global E&S Market Matters
Jan and I went to Paris in mid-November for Equip’Hotel, a big foodservice show we’ve been involved with since the early 1990s. Folks sometimes ask why we spend so much time and energy covering the global market for foodservice... »
The FDA Unveils Finalized Menu Labeling Rules
On Nov. 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food operations, and vending machines to provide consumers... »
MAFSI Reps Forecast 4.1% E&S Growth In 2015
Manufacturers’ reps surveyed for the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry annual forecast, released last week, expect sales of foodservice equipment, supplies and furnishings to grow 4.1% in 2015. Growth... »
Public E&S Companies Post Another Quarter Of Strong Growth
Combined sales of eight publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies grew 6.7% in the third quarter this year, compared with the third quarter 2013, according to an analysis by John Muldowney, director of... »
Henny Penny Advances Three Execs
Among recent organizational changes made at Eaton, Ohio-based Henny Penny were three key promotions. Rick Cartwright has been elevated to director-product development and innovation; he previously served as director-controls... »
Ali Group Appoints New COO
Massimo Giussani has assumed the post of chief operating officer at Ali Group. In his new role, Giussani will continue reporting directly to Ali Group Chairman/CEO Luciano Berti and will be primarily responsible for all of the... »
NPD Says U.S. Traffic Was Flat In Third Quarter
Customer visits to U.S. restaurants was flat again in the third quarter 2014, compared with the same quarter last year, according to The NPD Group. Traffic now has been flat or negative every quarter for the past five quarters,... »
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