Myers Restaurant Supply Earns Top SEFA Award
Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance honored 31 members and supplier award winners, including its Member of the Year, Myers Restaurant Supply, at its 29th Annual Partnership Conference Awards Banquet on April 21 in... »
Participation Grows In FEDA Data Interchange
The FEDA Data Interchange initiative continues to gain momentum across the foodservice industry’s various segments. As of press time, FDI has 1,158 dealers, 294 reps and 104 manufacturers involved with the initiative.
FDI and... »
HeritageParts.com Earns BBB Accreditation
Heritage Parts recently announced its accreditation by the Better Business Bureau for its e-commerce site. The endorsement, which includes the highest validation with an A+ rating as a BBB-accredited business, underlines the Fort... »
Unified Brands Taps Business Development Manager For Central U.S.
Unified Brands has added Abby Young as Business Development Manager for the central region. New to the foodservice industry, Young is responsible for increasing business opportunities across Unified’s Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la... »
A Summer To Prosper
As we wrote two weeks ago, we think 2015 will be the best year for equipment and supplies sales in the current economic cycle. Every part of the market—chains, the street business, the spec markets—are humming along. Restaurant... »
Subway Hits Big In C-Stores/Truck-Stop Units
Subway is getting bigger by thinking smaller. Three weeks ago, it hit another developmental milestone with the opening in Lima, Peru, of its 5,000th c-store and truck-stop location. Subway increasingly has focused its expansion... »
Taco Bell To Offer Beer With Its Chalupas
Taco Bell wants to take its “Live Más” motto to a new level and let its customers drink a toast to their tacos.
The 6,500-unit chain has applied for a liquor license for a unit soon to open in Chicago. The store will have a... »
Cini-Little’s Bill Eaton Retires
William Eaton, whose 45-year career at Cini-Little Int’l. spans nearly the history of the foodservice, laundry and waste-management consulting firm, has retired. As a Principal, he will continue to serve as Chairman of the... »
Tim Hortons Shuts U.S. Headquarters
In a shift in its efforts to grow business in the American marketplace, Tim Hortons has closed its U.S. headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, where it had about 30 employees, and will centralize its market strategies in Canada.
Organizers March On McD’s While L.A. Raises Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour
The Los Angeles City Council voted May 19 to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. The action gradually will increase the guaranteed hourly wage from $9 in the country's second-largest city, where more... »
FER Holds 2015 E&S Market Forecast At 4.8%, Prepares Annual Forecast Meeting
After a review of recent industry indicators, Foodservice Equipment Reports is sticking with its current equipment and supplies market estimates and forecasts for 2014 and 2015. Last July, at the magazine’s annual President’s... »
Historical Moment For Foodservice! Restaurant Sales Exceeded Grocery-Store Sales Last December
Little did we know it, but an historic moment occurred last December. According to retail sales data from the U.S. Census Bureau, restaurant sales surpassed sales at grocery stores last December for the first time in history.... »
MAFSI Barometer Rebounds In First Quarter
After a year of moderate gains, the MAFSI Business Barometer surged in the first quarter of 2015, rising 4.7%. It was the largest increase for the indicator since the fourth quarter 2013 and follows a 2.9% gain in the fourth... »
Public E&S Companies Up Only 1.1% First Quarter 2015
While the broad equipment and supplies market, as represented by the MAFSI Business Barometer, saw strong gains in sales, sales of the nine publicly reporting E&S companies were mixed in the first quarter 2015. Combined sales... »
How Many Is Too Many QSRs?
A moratorium on QSR development championed by the mayor of Apopka, Fla., has been rejected by the City Council. The hold, which would have been in effect for the rest of 2015, wouldn’t have affected those already in business,... »
Wholesale Food Prices Fall Again While Menu Prices Keep Rising
Wholesale food prices fell for the sixth consecutive month in April, but restaurant operators pushed menu prices up yet again.
Wholesale food prices dropped 0.9% at the final demand stage last month, according to Producer Price... »
Standex FSEG Taps Al Santos For New Canadian Sales Post
Al Santos has been appointed to the newly created position of Director-Canadian Sales for the Standex Food Service Equipment Group. He will report to Chuck Dullea, President-Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group, but his focus... »
Microscan Adds New Regional Sales Director For EMEA
Microscan, the Renton, Wash.-based maker of barcode, machine-vision and lighting solutions, has appointed Bart Nollet as Regional Sales Director for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Nollet, who will report to... »
New York State Shows A Little Puppy Love
New York State health laws banning dogs from the al fresco dining experience have been bagged.
By a 60-0 vote on May 20, the State Senate approved a bill that lets foodservice establishments welcome dogs—if accompanied by a... »
Scotsman Ice Appoints Kevin Clark To Presidency
Kevin Clark has been named President of Scotsman Ice Systems, the Ali Group company based in Vernon Hills, Ill.
Clark is a veteran of 32 years in the industry, most recently serving as president of Standex Cooking Solutions... »
Excell Meeting Honors Four Manufacturers
Excell Marketing, the Denver-based buying group marking its 20th anniversary this year, held its annual conference April 15-18 in Cancun, Mexico. The group, comprised of 125 dealers in 42 states, honored four companies as Vendors... »
We’re Sticking With Our E&S Market Forecasts
After much debate, our forecasting partner John Muldowney and I are sticking with our current equipment and supplies market estimates and forecasts for 2014 and 2015. Last July, for our annual President’s Preview E&S Market... »
Vollrath Names Eastern Regional Manager
The Vollrath Company has named Jill VanMenxel its eastern regional manager for its foodservice division. She will oversee sales, staffing and market development in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New... »
Sysco, US Foods Antitrust Hearing Extended
Hearings were continued into this week on the federal court proceedings in the government's antitrust challenge to the proposed merger of rivals Sysco Corp. and US Foods.
The Federal Trade Commission, which sued to block the... »
Unified Brands Appoints Warewashing Product Line Director
Unified Brands has added Shawn McElyea as Product Line Director-Warewashing. He will focus on revenue growth for Unified’s Power Soak and warewashing product family through new product development and support of the sales... »
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