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Insinger Adds Three Rep Firms - 03/27/2013

Philadelphia-based warewashing equipment maker Insinger Machine Co. has strengthened its representation in the West with the addition of three rep groups: Preferred Marketing Group, Heartland Group, LLC and The Redstone Group.... »

Towards Revising Our E&S Forecast - 03/27/2013

Our forecasting partner John Muldowney, v.p. marketing at Alto-Shaam, and I have been discussing our E&S forecast. You may recall in our November revisions, we revised our 2012 forecast of the E&S market at the... »

2013 Energy Star Honors Announced - 03/20/2013

Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have announced they’ve won Energy Star honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two companies, ITW Food Equipment Group-North America and Manitowoc Foodservice, have received... »

Public E&S Companies Grow 3% In Fourth Quarter But Manage Only 2.2% Gain For Year - 03/20/2013

Combined revenues for seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies grew 3% in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the overall gain for the calendar year was only 2.2%, as flat sales in the second and third... »

New Look For Smashburger - 03/20/2013

Not being the typical burger concept takes work—and redesign. On the eve of its 200th unit opening, Smashburger has introduced a new store design with softer lighting, high-tech digital menu boards, exposed wooden rafters and... »

Mooyah Makes A Move - 03/20/2013

Dallas-based Mooyah has opened its 50th “better burger” unit. The Plano, Texas, store, which opened March 4, is the chain’s 35th outlet in its home state. The fast-growing brand also is aggressively pursuing franchise growth in... »

E&S Personnel Moves: - 03/20/2013

Bon Chef has appointed Jeremy Mottola as its new v.p. of U.S. sales. Prior to his promotion, Mottola was growing market share for the Lafayette, N.J., company as v.p.-eastern regional and international sales. In his new... »

Chain Personnel Moves: - 03/20/2013

El Pollo Loco has appointed Richard Pineda as v.p.-supply chain management and Jeff Little as v.p.-development. Pineda will manage the entire supply chain for the Costa Mesa, Calif., company, including logistics and distribution,... »

SFM Sets Critical Issues Conference For April - 03/20/2013

The future of corporate dining technology gets a closer look next month at the Society for Foodservice Management’s Critical Issues Conference. The one-day meeting, April 26 at TimesCenter in New York, brings together SFM members... »

The Details (And Delays) Add Up In Menu Labeling Law - 03/20/2013

It looks like it’s going to be a while until chain operators have to follow the mandate to post calorie counts on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration says it’s finding the task of writing up menu-labeling regulations to... »

Fallout From The Big Gulp Bill - 03/20/2013

The New York City bill banning supersized sugary drinks might have gone down to judicial defeat last week, but the state court ruling was only the tip of the iceberg in an attempt at reining in government interference in the... »

NRA Launches Pizzeria Industry Council - 03/20/2013

Menu labeling, healthcare regulations and food costs are among the top issues that the National Restaurant Association’s newly launched Pizzeria Industry Council will bring to the discussion table. The group is modeled after the... »

Trio Establishes New England Rep Firm - 03/20/2013

Three well-known industry names have joined forces under one roof as manufacturer’s sales representatives.  GMV Sales, based in Westboro, Mass., represents 16 factories and covers the New England states of Connecticut,... »

Technomic Forecasts 3.9% Nominal, 1.1% Real Growth For Canadian Foodservice in 2013 - 03/20/2013

The foodservice market in Canada outperformed the U.S. market in 2012 and is expected to do so again in 2013, in spite of some slowing, according to the latest forecast from Technomic Inc. The Chicago-based research firm predicts... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fell In February, Operators Raise Menu Prices Cautiously - 03/20/2013

Overall wholesale food prices fell half a point in February, according to the NRA’s calculations on the three stages of wholesale food prices reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Big drops in prices for fresh fruits and... »

IHOP Stacks Up New Unit Deals In Asia Pacific - 03/20/2013

IHOP opened its first store in the Philippines in March and will expand its pancake empire throughout the Asia Pacific region under a franchise agreement with InterDine Corp. IHOP parent DineEquity says 20 units will open in the... »

Global Foodservice Traffic Remains Sluggish Everywhere But China - 03/20/2013

Only two of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group saw traffic increases in the fourth quarter of 2012, though check average increases helped six of the 10 post sales gains. Even in China, traffic growth slowed... »

New Office For Standex - 03/20/2013

The Standex Cooking Solutions Group has recently moved into new offices housing the Standex Culinary Development Center.  The Group now is located at 1307 N. Watters Dr., Ste. 180, Allen, Texas 75013. Phone: 214/421-7366.... »

Time For School - 03/13/2013

The foodservice equipment and supplies business is so complex, you can just never know enough. A true E&S professional needs to know the difference between a Btu and a kW, have some knowledge of airflow dynamics, understand... »

NRA Announces 21 Kitchen Innovations Awards Recipients - 03/06/2013

Advancements in energy efficiency and sustainability, online tools for tracking and monitoring and intelligent controls stand out among the foodservice equipment honored with 2013 Kitchen Innovations Awards from the National... »

Capital Spending Measures In NRA’s Performance Index Reach Highest Levels In More Than Five Years - 03/06/2013

Perhaps it was the avoidance of the fiscal cliff, but something cheered up restaurant operators responding to the January survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. Seven of the eight RPI... »

Reps’ Sales Grew 3.8% In 4Q/’12; Forecast for 1Q/’13 3.6% - 03/06/2013

In spite of the uncertainty of the federal fiscal cliff late last year, manufacturers’ representatives saw sales of like lines grow 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in ’11, according to the latest... »

Schlotzsky's Sets Record Pace With 170-Unit Franchise Deal - 03/06/2013

Schlotzsky's has signed its largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years; the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky's locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties.... »

Personnel Moves: - 03/06/2013

Blendtec has tapped Reed Beus, an experienced technology and private equity executive, as its new chairman and CEO. He succeeds company founder Tom Dickson, who has stepped down from his role as chairman/CEO to focus on... »

European Ops Plan For INTERNORGA - 03/06/2013

More than 1,200 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend for INTERNORGA 2013, Europe’s leading fair for catering and foodservice equipment. The March 8-13 exposition will showcase innovations,... »

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