Blodgett has named Tim Thaler as its new v.p.-sales and marketing. The 27-year company veteran, most recently director of sales and national accounts, will oversee all sales, marketing and training programs for the Burlington,... »
New Moniker For SFM
Come Oct. 1, the Society for Foodservice Management will have a new name and acronym: the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The new moniker and logo for SHFM, which the organization calls a “strategic brand... »
Steak `n Shake Eyes California
Indianapolis-based Steak ‘n Shake is continuing to focus on westward expansion. The full-service and drive-through chain, already prepping for its first international opening in Dubai this year, will enter the California market.... »
In Memoriam: Der Weinerschnitzel Founder John Galardi
John Galardi, who got his start working with Taco Bell founder Glen Bell at his Taco Tia store and went on to found the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died earlier this month at age 75. Galardi opened his first unit in 1961... »
New Exec Will Spearhead Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical Development
Fiesta Restaurant Group has hired Ed Carnevale as v.p.-construction services to support growth of its Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands. Fiesta has 255 company-owned and operated restaurants and 44 franchised restaurants in... »
Kitchen Brains Opens Singapore Office
Kitchen Brains has expanded into Singapore. Kitchen Brains Pte. Ltd. will be headed by River Zhang, who has been promoted to v.p. of business development-Asia Pacific. Rathna Kumar joins Zhang in Singapore as director of SaaS... »
State Tax Revenue Surge In Fourth Quarter Was A One-Off, Rockefeller Institute Warns
Overall state tax revenues increased by 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government reported April 24. But the Institute’s researchers warned that the surge, which drove personal income... »
Menu Price Increases Continue To Outpace Grocery Prices
The disparity between price gains at grocery stores and restaurants continued to increase in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, released April 16. Prices for food-at-home fell 0.1... »
Consumer Sentiment Stabilized In Late April, 1Q GDP Comes In Below Expectations
“Consumer confidence was not negatively affected by the Boston Marathon bombing,” said Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers’ Chief Economist Richard Curtin, in releasing final statistics on consumer... »
Unemployment Undercut 2012 Restaurant Visits By Hispanics, Reports NPD
Restaurant traffic fell 1% for U.S. Hispanics last year, as higher than average unemployment as well as demographic differences among the ethnic group led to a loss of 86 million visits, according to data from The NPD Group’s... »
Baskin-Robbins Lands 50-Unit Deal For The Philippines
Baskin-Robbins plans to develop up to 50 locations across the Philippines during the next five years. The chain has signed a master licensing agreement with IceDream Inc. to develop Baskin-Robbins shops in urban areas; the... »
The Government Is Calling: Turn In Your Economic Census
Did you forget to fill out and return the 2012 Economic Census? If you haven’t responded to the mandatory survey, you can anticipate receiving a letter or phone call from the U.S. Census Bureau in the weeks ahead.
You can head... »
New Momentum For Composting
Chicago officials are moving to make all restaurants at its two airports recycle waste, use eco-friendly materials and include sustainable ingredients in at least 20% of its menu items.
The city aviation department’s new... »
NRA Talks Immigration Reform While Chipotle’s Staffing Gets More Federal Scrutiny
Immigration fuels the American workforce and the political dialogue. It’s also a major headache for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has been juggling a three-month federal investigation into its hiring practices.
The government... »
NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center
Operators with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel... »
Boston Showcase To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Next Month
It’s been quite a century for Boston Showcase: 100 years of doing business under four generations of one family. The founding family and their employees plan to celebrate the company’s first 100 years next month.
In 1913,... »
FEDA Plans Sales Webinar
Fresh off of its annual convention earlier this month (attended by 344 representatives from E&S dealerships and manufacturing companies), the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is prepping for its next webinar:... »
Take A Break For Classtime At The NRA Show
The educational programs on tap at the National Restaurant Association Show next month in Chicago are not just targeted at operators and aspiring franchisees and chefs. NRA 2013 is May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
First Impressions From This Year’s Top Dealers
Chris Palmer and I will compile the numbers for this year’s FER Top Dealer Report this week. We want to first thank all those who reported and verified, especially those dealers who verified for the first time this year. We had a... »
In Memoriam: Rep Dean Barringer
Longtime MAFSI member Dean Barringer, founder of Denver-based Barringer Marketing, passed away April 8. He was 94.
The Kansas native began his E&S sales career at Arnholtz Coffee in Wichita, Kan. In 1963, he started... »
McDonald's Names Steve Easterbrook Global Chief Brand Officer
Former McDonald's Corp. executive Steve Easterbrook has returned to the chain as executive v.p. and global chief brand officer.
Easterbrook will have global responsibility for marketing, menu development and consumer and... »
Burger King Announces Management Shifts
Leadership change at Burger King is being fueled by its equity firm parent’s acquisition activity.
Burger King Worldwide CEO Bernardo Hees is leaving the company to become CEO at H.J. Heinz Co., which parent company 3G Capital... »
Qdoba Moves Into Canada, Plans Up To 85 North American Openings
The fast-casual Mexican segment continues to show some of the restaurant industry’s healthiest growth. Qdoba Mexican Grill is keeping up that momentum with plans to add 70 to 85 North American outlets this year. In March, the... »
Rational USA Names New President
Markus Glueck has assumed the management reins at Rational USA. He succeeds Björn Rowland, who will continue to be based at the firm’s Schaumburg, Ill., office as area v.p.-North America.
The German-born Glueck has worked... »
Last Week’s Retail Sales And Wholesale Price Numbers Misleading For Foodservice
If you just saw the top line numbers for retail sales and the Producer Price Index, reported by the Bureau of the Census on April 12, you may have thought sales and wholesale prices fell in March.
In fact, foodservice and... »
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