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FSTC Webinar Preps NRA Showgoers - 05/06/2015

The energy-efficiency experts at fishnick have a few tips to impart before the kickoff of the NRA Show next month. On Tuesday, May 12, the Food Service Technology Center’s David Zabrowski, Richard Young and Mark Finck will host... »

Amid Market-Share War, FER Top Dealers Report More Balanced Growth In 2014 - 05/06/2015

Two big things stand out when we run the numbers on the 57 dealers that verified their volumes for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer Report, to be published in June. First, in a mature foodservice equipment and... »

FEDA Hosts Inventory Management Seminar This Week - 05/06/2015

This week in Chicago, FEDA is hosting its previously announced two-day session on inventory management for distributors. The May 7-8 seminar, produced by Jason Bader and The Distribution Team, aims to show dealers how to find... »

Parrish Lucas Joins Heartland Reps - 05/06/2015

Parrish Lucas has joined Heartland Reps as an Education and Healthcare Specialist. He brings more than a quarter-century of experience in E&S sales and marketing experience to his new post at the Kearney, Mo., rep firm. Lucas... »

General Parts Group Adds Training Center In Indianapolis - 05/06/2015

General Parts Group, a Minneapolis provider of commercial kitchen equipment repair services, which already has training centers in its hometown and Milwaukee, has opened a third facility. Its new Indianapolis training center will... »

IDPC Fights Interior Design Licensing Bill In Illinois - 05/06/2015

Interior Designer Protection Consulting, a watchdog group that monitors legislative activities that may affect the ability of interior designers, including kitchen designers, to bid on contracts needs input—immediately—on a bill... »

Ali Group Appoints Gehl As EMEA/APAC Group Director - 04/29/2015

Ali Group has named Robert Gehl as Group Commercial Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC), effective immediately. The April 28 announcement was made by Luciano Berti, Ali Group Chairman/CEO, to... »

Yum! Rolls Out $185 Million For KFC, Sees Comeback In China - 04/29/2015

KFC is spiffing up its stores and image in the U.S. with a $100 million investment this year in its kitchens and remodeling programs as well as another $85 million in 2016-17, according to top Yum! Brands executives. The... »

Smashburger To Make A Splash Across The Pond - 04/29/2015

Smashburger, the “better burger” chain, soon will have a footprint in eight countries. The Denver chain has announced its initial foray into the U.K., with 35 restaurants expected to open under a new franchise partner agreement... »

Wholesale Food Prices Go Negative On 12-Month Basis; First Decline Since Late 2009 - 04/29/2015

Wholesale food prices declined for the fifth consecutive month in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and averaging by the National Restaurant Association, leaving the Producer Price Index for food 0.5% lower... »

2015 Foodservice Growth In Canada Forecast To Be As Good Or Better Than 2014 - 04/29/2015

The Canadian foodservice market has been outperforming many other developed foodservice markets around the globe. Two major groups forecasting the market, the national foodservice association Restaurants Canada and U.S.-based... »

Consumer Sentiment And Gas Prices Tick Up Mid-April - 04/29/2015

Consumer sentiment rose in the preliminary April reading, according to the University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The UM Sentiment Index reached 95.9 mid-month, up from a final March... »

In Memoriam: Rep Don Camacho Jr. - 04/29/2015

Donald Camacho Jr., a second-generation manufacturers’ rep, died suddenly April 19 at his home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. He was 64. The Chicago native was self-employed in Zion, Ill., as the owner/operator of Don Camacho &... »

Sysco Argues Local Competition Negates Antitrust Charges In Proposed US Foods Merger - 04/29/2015

Last week, one proposed megamerger fell apart and Comcast walked away from buying Time Warner. Meanwhile, the largest megamerger ever proposed in the foodservice industry is winding its way into court. Sysco Corp. filed a... »

Operators Gather In D.C. For NRA Conference - 04/29/2015

The National Restaurant Association hosted more than 650 operators from 42 states at its Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. They came armed with a full agenda of issues, including healthcare,... »

Bennigan’s Sets Sights On California - 04/29/2015

Dallas-based Bennigan’s has opened the first of what it says will be 100 stores in California. The chain started its Golden State rollout in Santa Clara, and units in Fremont and San Jose are under way. The expansion will include... »

Study Pegs Global Foodservice Equipment And Supplies Market At US$35 Billion - 04/23/2015

A recently released study from the U.S.-based research firm Transparency Market Research estimates the global market for foodservice equipment and supplies was US$35 billion in 2013. The firm forecasts that increasing demand for... »

U.K. Foodservice Posting Healthy Growth - 04/23/2015

As in the U.S., positive employment trends and low inflation in the U.K. are helping foodservice record the strongest growth since before the Great Recession, according to Horizons, a London-based foodservice research... »

FER Exclusive: How TriMark USA Reached $1 Billion In Annual Sales - 04/22/2015

TriMark USA, the South Attleboro, Mass.-based, multidivision dealership, had a big year in 2014. It reported $1.072 billion in sales in 2014 for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual verified Top Dealers Report. And late last... »

Boelter Cos. Buys Direct South - 04/22/2015

The Boelter Cos., the country’s fifth largest equipment and supplies dealer, has acquired Macon, Ga.-based Direct South. The acquisition expands the Milwaukee company’s reach in the Southeast region of the country. Terms of the... »

FEDA Scores With Speakers At 82nd Annual Convention - 04/22/2015

More than 360 foodservice equipment industry professionals convened last month in Phoenix at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa for the 82nd annual FEDA Convention. The association reported rave reviews for the lineup of... »

Pennsylvania-Based Carnegie Debuts Expanded 32,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility - 04/22/2015

Carnegie Foodservice Equipment, which got its start in 1928 by selling smallwares to taverns, is ready to expand nationally with a newly opened showroom and renovated warehouse in Altoona, Pa. The family-owned company held a... »

Hatco Wins ESOP Award - 04/22/2015

Hatco Corp., lauded as a company that does its best to provide a great workplace for its employee owners, has been named ESOP Company of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the ESOP Association, the nation’s largest advocacy and... »

Finishing Top Dealer And Looking At The Forecast - 04/22/2015

If you haven’t sent us your form for our annual Top Dealer listing, to be published in the June issue of FER, this is your absolutely last chance. Just to remind you, any dealer of any size can be listed in either our verified or... »

House Chair Questions EPA On Refrigerant Phaseout Proposal - 04/15/2015

The ongoing discussion over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ban on certain refrigerants and how the rule would hurt small businesses, manufacturers and restaurants has spurred resistance not only in the... »

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