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Yogen Früz Owners Buy Kahala Corp. - 09/04/2013

Kahala Corp., the privately owned franchisor of more than a dozen quick-service brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Taco Time, and The Great Steak &... »

Industry Personnel News: - 09/04/2013

Ryne Stover has been appointed national accounts sales specialist at floor-mat manufacturer The Andersen Co. Sales veteran Alan Brown will fill the post as regional manager for the Dalton, Ga., firm’s safety/industrial sales... »

Starbucks To Open Stores in Colombia - 09/04/2013

While it’s not quite the same as selling ice to the Eskimos, Starbucks Coffee has announced plans to open its first café in a renowned home of the coffee bean: Colombia. After 42 years of buying coffee beans from the country with... »

Minimum Wage Strikes Continue - 09/04/2013

Scattered protests and employee walkouts hit quick-service chains in 60 cities last week in an effort to ramp up pressure for increased wages. While spokesmen for the protests’ organizers estimated that they involved 1,000... »

Steak ‘n Shake Menu Pricing Battle Awaits Court Decision - 09/04/2013

A federal judge is expected to rule this week in the battle between activist shareholder and restaurant chief Sardar Biglari and three Steak ‘n Shake franchisees in Colorado over who controls menu pricing. The operators are suing... »

Texas Pizzeria Wins Court Battle With Umami Burger - 09/04/2013

Umami Burger has lost the trademark infringement case it filed in June against Texas-based Umami Mia Pizzeria. In the case, Los Angeles-based Umami Burger asked that the three-month-old Austin restaurant “immediately change their... »

NRA’s Performance Index Fell In July, But Hangs Above Expansion Line - 09/04/2013

Declines in six of the eight components of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index pushed the overall index down for the second consecutive month in July. The RPI fell 0.6 point to 100.7. But the index... »

Alto-Shaam Hits Fundraising Goal At Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing - 09/04/2013

Alto-Shaam welcomed more than 170 golfers to the fifth annual Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing on August 10. The charitable event, held at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis., surpassed previous outings as participants raised a... »

Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD - 09/04/2013

Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate visits... »

Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed In August; Gas Prices May Rise On Syria Fears - 09/04/2013

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... »

Vulcan Names Burke To Head New Schools Program - 08/28/2013

Kids are heading back to school and the Let’s Move! healthy-eating initiative continues to place salad bars and steamers in the nation’s school cafeterias. Vulcan has tapped school nutrition specialist Mike Burke, CFSP, as K-12... »

FEDA Education Foundation Awards First Five ServSafe Scholarships - 08/28/2013

The FEDA Education Foundation has awarded 2013 ServSafe Scholarships to John Crow and Nora Ramirez of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply and Tiffanny Forgette, Lindsay Hooton and Cody Riebe of Burkett Restaurant Equipment. More... »

Personnel Moves: - 08/28/2013

New West Coast Sales Chief For Bon Chef: Bon Chef has appointed Emily Mienen its new director of West Coast sales. She’ll be based in Denver and oversee sales of the Lafayette, N.J., company’s servingware through the entire... »

FER Forecasts Stronger E&S Market Growth In 2014 - 08/28/2013

After a slow period in the first half of 2013, Foodservice Equipment Reports predicts growth of the foodservice equipment and supplies market will accelerate in the second half of this year and into 2014. The magazine unveiled... »

Buying Groups And Dealer Education - 08/28/2013

I’ve been having conversations about changes in the structure of the equipment and supplies market with a number of leading manufacturers the past few weeks. A clear trend is the impact of consolidation. Now that the Great... »

Hooters Parent Buys American Roadside Burgers - 08/21/2013

Chanticleer Holdings, parent of the 430-unit Hooters chain, has announced an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of five-unit burger chain American Roadside Burgers. Terms of the acquisition were not released; the deal is... »

SFM Announces Directors' Award Winners - 08/21/2013

The Society for Foodservice Management has announced the winners of its annual Directors Awards, which honor members who have gone "above and beyond" to serve SFM and better the industry. Community Service, for going... »

Manufacturers’ E&S Price Increases Continue To Be Moderate, According to AutoQuotes Data - 08/21/2013

List price increases for foodservice equipment, supplies and related products continue to moderate, according to data compiled by AutoQuotes Inc. for Foodservice Equipment Reports annual President’s Preview E&S Market... »

Tinsley Hands GMCW Reins To Ibrahim - 08/21/2013

GMCW announced a transition in its leadership team on August 7.  Nestor Ibrahim has been elevated to CEO, succeeding Michael Tinsley, who recruited Ibrahim more than a year ago to assist him in the integration and... »

Top 100 E&S Manufacturers Sales Growth Outpaced Industry Again In 2012 - 08/21/2013

The 100 largest manufacturers of foodservice equipment, supplies, furnishings and  related products grew combined sales 5.7%, according to data released during Foodservice Equipment Reports annual President’s Preview E&S... »

Jake’s Inks Middle East Expansion Deal - 08/21/2013

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has grown to 72 stores in 22 states since its debut in Newark, Del., in 1991. Now it will have a presence in 28 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Cheshire, Conn., chain has entered the... »

Mooyah Targets North Carolina - 08/21/2013

The Dallas-based fast-casual burger chain is taking its hometown expansion strategy to North Carolina. Mooyah plans to follow up this year’s planned flagship restaurant opening in Charlotte and expand its brand to Raleigh and... »

Snap Kitchen Expands In Texas - 08/21/2013

Texas palates might be getting greener. Austin-based Snap Kitchen, which offers takeout and delivery of vegan, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian and sugar-free meals, is adding five locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will include a... »

Personnel Moves: - 08/21/2013

New West Coast Sales Chief For Bon Chef: Bon Chef has appointed Emily Mienen its new director of West Coast sales. She’ll be based in Denver and oversee sales of the Lafayette, N.J., company’s servingware through the entire... »

Other Economic News Of Note - 08/21/2013

Wholesale food prices fell in July, the first decline in three months, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. The National Restaurant Association’s composite wholesale food index, based on... »

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