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New Parent For Romano’s Macaroni Grill - 03/18/2015

Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be under new ownership by mid-April. Its parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, has announced a definitive agreement to sell the chain to Redrock Partners, a Phoenix investment group. Houston-based... »

Seven Are Honored With IFMA’s Silver Plate Awards - 03/18/2015

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association unveiled the winners of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards earlier this month during its annual Chain Operator Exchange in Las Vegas. One of the seven Silver Plate winners will be... »

Full-Service Concepts Continue Turnaround - 03/18/2015

One of the realities of the Great Recession and its aftermath were years of negative traffic counts and sluggish sales for full-service restaurants and chains. Traffic counts tracked by The NPD Group were negative or at best flat... »

NRA Announces 2015 Kitchen Innovations Award Honorees - 03/18/2015

The Kitchen Innovations Class of 2015 has been unveiled. The class is comprised of 23 recipients of the National Restaurant Association’s KI Awards, which honor equipment and technologies that increase productivity for... »

SHFM Offers New Conference Dates - 03/18/2015

Time to update your calendars. The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management has shifted the dates for its 2015 National Conference to Oct. 28-30. The conference site remains in New Orleans and will be held at the Hyatt... »

Show Season Includes Hong Kong’s HOFEX 2015 - 03/18/2015

Just a week before buyers and exhibitors descend on Chicago for the annual NRA Show, a younger but growing foodservice and hospitality show will be open for business in Hong Kong. The 16th edition of HOFEX 2015 returns May 6-9... »

AHF Elects New Board - 03/18/2015

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice has elected its 2016 board of directors. Beginning their terms on Aug. 1 are: President-Elect: Julie Jones, director-nutrition services, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center,... »

New CHD Expert Data Details Unit Dominance Of Independents In Full Service - 03/18/2015

Updated restaurant unit data from CHD Expert shows independent operators continue to overwhelmingly dominate the full-service category. Of the 443,000 full-service units tallied by CHD as of February 2015, 90% are defined as... »

Wholesale Food Prices Drop Again, Down 1.7% in February - 03/18/2015

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast in December, wholesale food prices overall are declining, although certain commodities, especially beef, remain at very high levels. Wholesale food prices declined for the fourth... »

NRA Puts Public Affairs On Menu For Upcoming Conference - 03/18/2015

The National Restaurant Association will host its annual Public Affairs Conference April 14-15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and Int’l. Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Last year, more than 700 industry professionals attended.... »

Notes From Vancouver: Waste And Wages - 03/18/2015

Metro Vancouver restaurants are bracing for a July 1 deadline to divert and dispose of food waste that used to go to the landfill. The six-month grace period for new regulations that kicked off Jan. 1 means that come July 1,... »

Alto-Shaam Promotions Include New Sales VPs For U.S, Canada - 03/11/2015

Five employees on Alto-Shaam’s sales and customer-service teams have been promoted to new positions by the Menomonee Falls, Wis., manufacturer. Tito Rodriguez was promoted to v.p. of sales, Claudio Baldinelli was promoted to... »

A.J. Antunes Strengthens Sales Force - 03/11/2015

A.J. Antunes & Co. has elevated Daniel Schmidt to the position of director of key accounts. Schmidt joined the Carol Stream, Ill., company five years ago as an international sales manager, overseeing foodservice equipment and... »

In Memoriam: Vera Jenkins, Pioneering Rep - 03/11/2015

Vera Jenkins, who was given the title “First Lady of Foodservice” through her long and varied career as a dietitian and manufacturers’ rep, passed away Feb. 21 at the age of 95. After receiving her degree in home economics,... »

A Winning NAFEM Show 2015 - 03/11/2015

Last month’s edition of The NAFEM Show in Anaheim, Calif., boasted a strong turnout with more than 20,000 foodservice professionals on the show floor during the Feb. 19-21 exhibition. The NAFEM Show’s attendance totaled 9,940;... »

FEDA Scores With Box Lunch Seminars - 03/11/2015

There were no empty seats at FEDA’s presentations during The NAFEM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Nearly 450 dealer personnel attended “The SELL Process—Your Offense” at FEDA’s Box Lunch sales seminar. The program, led by speaker Don... »

Why You Should Be An FER Top Dealer - 03/11/2015

We sent out the forms for our fifth annual FER Top Dealers Report last week. If you don’t see the form—they can get stuck in spam filters—just click on this link,, download the form,... »

Rep News - 03/11/2015

Winchester, Mass.-based Concept Equipment Corp. has become the rep and stocking distributor for LoLo, the Byram, Miss., division of Unified Brands, in the New England market and upstate New York. Brad Clancy heads up the... »

MAFSI Barometer Growth Slows To 2.9% In Fourth Quarter - 03/04/2015

Sales growth of foodservice equipment and supplies slowed unexpectedly in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data from the newly released Business Barometer fielded by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the... »

NAFEM’s 2014 ‘Size & Shape of the Industry Study’ Available for Public Purchase - 03/04/2015

The 2014 “Size & Shape of the Industry Study,” produced every other year by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, is now available for purchase by the general public. The biennial study reports NAFEM... »

Sales And Traffic Up, Capital Spending Down In January NRA Performance Index - 03/04/2015

Restaurant industry indicators tracked by the National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index were mixed in January, the association reported Feb. 27. Buoyed by dramatically lower prices for gasoline and... »

U.S. Restaurant Counts Fell By 1% In 2014, Reports NPD - 03/04/2015

The flat or falling customer traffic experienced by many restaurant operators since the Great Recession apparently also is having an effect on total unit counts. The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount restaurant census for the year... »

Business Builds At Texas Roadhouse And Its Offshoot, Bubba’s 33 - 03/04/2015

Texas Roadhouse has ambitious plans for 2015. The Louisville chain has opened two more of its new company-owned family sports concept, Bubba’s 33, bringing its total number of locations to three. All are based near existing Texas... »

Facility Expansions - 03/04/2015

Anthony, the Sylmar, Calif., maker of glass doors, lighting systems and display equipment for commercial refrigeration systems, has opened a new manufacturing plant in Conyers, Ga. The new facility adds 130,000 sq. ft. of... »

El Pollo Loco Expands In Utah - 03/04/2015

The Costa Mesa, Calif., fire-grilled chicken chain is getting bigger in the Salt Lake City area. It plans to expand from its two existing sites there to seven by 2018. Three veteran franchisees who currently operate 13 El Pollo... »

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