Halton Group Acquires North Carolina-Based Air Cleaning Company
Halton Group has expanded its reach in the indoor climate solution markets. Last month, the Finnish company acquired the Sandford, N.C., air cleaning company Air Scrubbers, which specializes in commercial kitchen environments.... »
Energy Star Honors For Three Industry Manufacturers
Three foodservice equipment manufacturers have been honored along with more than 100 other businesses and organizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Hoshizaki America, Peachtree... »
INTERNORGA Reports Biggest Show In Its History
Hamburg, Germany, was the place to be in mid-March for European restaurant and hospitality business leaders. INTERNORGA, March 13-18, brought together some 1,300 exhibitors from 25 nations presenting equipment and supplies... »
New Headquarters For FCSI-The Americas
FCSI-The Americas Division has moved offices. The U.S.-based arm of Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. is now located at 3309 Robins Road, Ste. 171, Springfield, IL 62704. The phone number remains 309/808-2165. »
FER’s Annual E&S Market Forecast Meeting Set For July 28
Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting will be held July 28 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. This day-long overview of trends and data, including FER’s annual hard-number... »
Cap-Ex Measures Posted Big Gains In NRA February Performance Index
Tough winter weather dragged down restaurant sales and traffic in February, but both indicators tracking capital spending rose strongly in the latest Restaurant Performance Index from the National Restaurant Association. The... »
U.S. Jobs Growth Slowed In March And the First Quarter
After a year of strong monthly jobs growth, non-farm payrolls grew by just 126,000 in March, leading many economists and other observers to express concern about the strength of the current recovery in the U.S. Of course, in the... »
Economists Cut Forecasts, But Remain Upbeat About 2015 And Beyond
The 50 economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators remain upbeat, in spite of two months of cuts in the consensus forecasts for 2015 in the March and early April surveys; the latter was released... »
Johnny Rockets Plans 100 Outlets In China
Johnny Rockets has struck a deal to open 100 restaurants in China over the next decade, the chain’s largest development deal to date. The agreement—a joint venture between AUM Hospitality, Johnny Rockets’ franchisee in Malaysia... »
Golden State Browns Under Drought
The April 1 announcement by California Governor Jerry Brown was no April Fool’s joke. Two weeks ago, he ordered mandatory water-use reductions for the first time in the state’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had... »
New Cracker Barrel Concept Tweaks Chain’s Image
The full-service operator is shifting from rocking chairs to rocking expectations. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has plans to unveil a new prototype “fusion” unit later this year and is developing a fast-casual concept that... »
Franklin Machine Products Acquires Duraparts
In a move that expands its portfolio of foodservice repair parts and accessories for chain restaurants and their associated franchisees, Franklin Machine Products has acquired Duraparts, the chain-focused distributor of... »
FEDA And China, Top Dealers And TriMark
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me. I attended the first half of FEDA’s annual convention in Phoenix in late March, then headed to Shanghai, China, where I once again helped with the show’s Foodservice in the 21st... »
Victory Taps Keith As New Sales Manager
Rachel Keith has joined Victory Refrigeration as the company’s new Sales Manager. Keith brings more than 15 years’ industry experience to the post, including various posts with a manufacturers’ rep firm and most recently in sales... »
Stak To Helm Stoelting’s Foodservice Sales
Stoelting Foodservice, the Kiel, Wis., maker of frozen dessert equipment, has appointed Greg Stak, CFSP, to lead the company’s foodservice sales operations. Stak spent the past eight years as regional sales manager for The... »
Last-Minute Top Dealer Forms? Send `Em In!
The April 3 deadline has passed to complete and return the survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealers listing. But the magazine is offering dealers a few more days to fill in and return these important... »
Public E&S Companies Growth Slowed In Fourth Quarter, Rose 5.5% For All 2014
Pulled down by a very weak quarter from Manitowoc Foodservice, eight publicly reporting equipment and supplies companies saw combined revenue growth slow to 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014 vs. the same quarter in 2013. It was... »
Eisenbarth Succeeds Farrand At Cini-Little
Two major appointments have been made at Cini-Little Int’l., the foodservice consulting firm.
Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI, has been named President and COO, succeeding Theodore Farrand, FCSI, who assumes a new post as Director of... »
NAFEM Recognizes Jaffee, Angrick And 50 Doctorate Honorees
Two former NAFEM presidents, each boasting a career spanning more than 30 years in the E&S industry, were honored by the association with its top awards during The NAFEM Show in February.
Keith Jaffee, CFSP, President of... »
L.A.’s QSR Ban Falls Flat In Cutting Obesity Rates
A 2008 ban on new QSRs in South Los Angeles not only failed to cut the obesity rate, according to a Rand Corp. report released in March, but the presence of new QSRs continued to grow.
The problem could have originated with the... »
KFC: 14,000+, Super Chix: 2
While cautioning that it remains an “exploratory concept,” Yum! Brands will open its second Super Chix restaurant in Dallas later this month. The new outlet comes a year after the concept debuted in Arlington, Texas, with a... »
G.E.T. Enterprises Completes Merger With Bugambilia International
G.E.T. Enterprises, the Houston-based tabletop company, has completed its merger with servingware maker Bugambilia International. The deal was official March 20.
G.E.T. Enterprises manufactures dinnerware, drinkware and... »
Chick-fil-A To Hit Manhattan
Chick-fil-A is making good on its vow of “urbanization” and will debut its first New York franchise this summer. The privately owned chain will open a 5,000-sq.-ft. store on Sixth Avenue, not far from the Empire State Building.... »
Freshii Eyes Big Growth
The health-focused fast-casual chain Freshii will open three Chicago-area restaurants in the next three months, continuing a fast-paced expansion that could bring to 30 the number of local locations by the end of the year. There... »
Labor Group Claims Chains Are Liable For Worker Safety
A labor group that has been organizing worker protests for higher wages and better workplace conditions is calling for McDonald’s Corp. to be held accountable under federal rules for worker-safety violations at its franchised... »
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