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Fatburger Stays Globally Focused - 06/12/2013

Fatburger is not slimming down. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based chain has agreements for more than 300 new units in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has inked a 25-unit deal to debut in India. Nearly half of the... »

Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks Ground For New Cleveland Facility - 06/12/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking is putting down stronger roots in Cleveland. The company broke ground recently on a new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility there, which the company will complete later this year. The expanded... »

McDonald’s UK Opening Doors To Its Supply Chain - 06/12/2013

McDonald's is giving members of the British public unique access to go behind the scenes of the farms and factories in its supply chain and evaluate and report on what they find there. The “quality scouts” initiative allows... »

Jobs Growth In May Likely To Buoy Rising Consumer Confidence - 06/12/2013

Let’s hope we don’t get fooled again. The U.S. economy, at least as measured by jobs growth and consumer confidence, finally seems to be gaining some traction. Nonfarm payroll employment posted another moderate gain of 175,000... »

Majority Of States Veto Minimum Wage Increases - 06/12/2013

Workers who picketed quick-service operations in hopes of earning a living wage were disappointed across the country when only one state passed a bill to increase the minimum wage. After the president’s State of the Union... »

Starbucks Edict Doesn’t Blow Smoke - 06/12/2013

In the 21st century, the days of wine and roses, coffee and cigarettes are long gone. As of June 1, Starbucks has made it official: The Seattle-based chain now restricts smoking—be it tobacco or electronic cigarettes—within 25... »

AutoQuotes Hires Whitlock As Sales V.P. - 06/12/2013

John Whitlock has joined AutoQuotes as v.p.-sales. A 39-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Dobbs got his start in the family business, Whitlock-Dobbs, as a deliveryman then moved to service and installation. Ultimately... »

QualServ Slates Three For Top Posts - 06/12/2013

Just a month after E.J. Morrow took the reins as president and CEO of QualServ Corp., the manufacturer, distributor and installer of custom wood and metal fixtures and foodservice equipment and supplies has announced three major... »

Pollo Tropical To Enter India - 06/12/2013

Although the Caribbean-menu concept already has 33 international franchise stores, Pollo Tropical’s debut in India is its first opening outside the Western Hemisphere. The new Pollo Tropical in Delhi is the first of a three-year,... »

Dealers, Manufacturers, Service Agents Make A Difference Through Charitable Endeavors - 06/05/2013

Whether pitching in to aid the nation’s men and women in uniform or children and families in need, foodservice E&S companies are making an impact. Among the recent charitable outreach programs we’ve heard about lately: Tony... »

In Memoriam: Three Manufacturers’ Reps - 06/05/2013

Three well-known manufacturers’ representatives—Gary Bowker, Ed McCarthy and Joseph Sabatino—passed away last month. All three died, coincidentally, on May 22. Gary Bowker, 62, served with Denver-based The Redstone Group.... »

Togo’s Plans Arizona Expansion - 06/05/2013

Made-to-order sandwiches bearing the Togo’s label will soon be found across Arizona. The San Jose, Calif., sandwich chain aims to develop 25 new units in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson. New and existing... »

Direct South Appoints Project Manager - 06/05/2013

Steve Austin has been named project manager for Direct South, a restaurant equipment supply company based in Macon, Ga. Direct South has additional locations in Warner Robbins and Gainesville, Ga. Austin, based in Chattanooga,... »

Love Your Reps - 06/05/2013

We note the passing in this issue of three well-known reps: Ed McCarthy, who owned North Star Agency in Minnesota; Joe Sabatino who founded High Sabatino in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and Gary Bowker with Denver-based... »

Last Call To Register For FEDA Sales Webinar - 06/05/2013

There are two weeks left to register for the new webinar from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. “The SELL Process: Your Offense” program is Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. CST. Based on Don Buttrey’s new book,... »

E&S Sales Growth Slowed To 2.4% In First Quarter, Reads MAFSI Barometer - 05/29/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies grew a modest 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013, versus the comparable quarter last year, according to the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »

Technomic Forecasts Moderating Operator Growth For 2013 And ’14 - 05/29/2013

Growth of foodservice operator sales is expected to slow this year and pick up steam only slightly next year, according to new forecasts and revisions from Technomic Inc. The Chicago-based research firm trimmed its new forecast... »

Independents Grew Faster Than Big Chains Last Year, Reports Technomic - 05/29/2013

It’s been a rule of U.S. foodservice for decades that chain restaurant operators grow faster than independents. And big chains—those with more than 500 units, which tend to be big quick-service brands—appear to remain dominant in... »

NRA Honors Five Operators As Top Innovators - 05/29/2013

Among the many handshake deals and contract signings, educational seminars, food tastings, networking and “swag” collecting that kept exhibitors and attendees busy at last week’s NRA Show, was the announcement of winners in the... »

IFMA Presents Gold Plate Award To Independent/Multi-Concept Operator - 05/29/2013

John C. Metz Jr., CEO/executive chef and co-founder of Atlanta-based Sterling Hospitality, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association on May 20. Metz, nominated by The... »

Franke Appoints Tom Campion As President/CEO - 05/29/2013

Thomas Campion has taken the reins as president/CEO of Franke Foodservice Systems. Campion, who succeeds Hans Ott, has 27 years of experience with the Smyrna, Tenn., company; he’s served the last 16 years as president of the KES... »

Personnel News: - 05/29/2013

Alto-Shaam has hired Matthew Cottrell for the newly created position of v.p.-international sales for the European, Middle East and African markets. While currently based in Kentucky, Cottrell eventually will operate out of... »

NRA Show 2013 Sees Strong Post-Recession Gain in Attendee and Exhibitor Numbers - 05/29/2013

Just a glance at the numbers makes it clear: It was a good year to make the trek to Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 94th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and 6th annual International Wine,... »

Brinker To Acquire 11 Canadian Chili's Units - 05/29/2013

Brinker Int’l. is accelerating its growth in Canada. The Dallas company has signed a deal with longtime Canadian franchise partner, Speedy Creek (2011) Ltd. to acquire 11 existing Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, all in the... »

Noodles & Co. Eyes a Big Future, Files For IPO - 05/29/2013

Noodles & Co. has become the first fast-casual concept to file for an initial public offering this year. The Broomfield, Colo.-based chain’s long-anticipated IPO, filed May 23, seeks to raise up to $75 million with the goal... »

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