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The Complexities Of Chain E&S Purchasing - 07/17/2013

You can never know too much about your customers and potential customers. In that light, we want to let you know we’ve just finished an exclusive new research study probing the equipment and supplies purchasing and specification... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/17/2013

The Homer Laughlin China Co. has appointed Deborah Gordon as its first-ever district sales manager for HLC in northern California and Nevada. The tabletop veteran will work closely with the Newell, West Va., company’s regional... »

In Memoriam: Toni Gernsbacher - 07/17/2013

Toni Gernsbacher, the wife of Chain Link Services CEO and FEDA Past-President Harold Gernsbacher and a popular, well-known figure in the E&S industry, died July 9 after a long fight with cancer. She was 53. She is survived by... »

Hatco Makes Room For Growth With Plant Expansion - 07/17/2013

As pictured on our homepage, Hatco Corp.’s Pres./CEO David Rolston dug in at June’s groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s addition to its Sturgeon Bay, Wis., facility. The expansion will provide additional manufacturing,... »

ITW/FEG Acquires Chinese Brand - 07/10/2013

One of the country’s largest foodservice equipment manufacturers has acquired one of its counterparts in China, providing it access to the world’s largest consumer market. Illinois Tool Works announced July 3 that it has... »

All Markers In NRA’s May Performance Index Were Positive For First Time Since 2006 - 07/10/2013

The restaurant business may have finally fully recovered from the Great Foodservice Recession. It took nearly six and a half years. Strong gains in current restaurant same-store sales and traffic in May led to a nearly full point... »

June Jobs Report Bodes Well For Foodservice, As Does Consumer Confidence - 07/10/2013

Few indicators are more central to the foodservice outlook than employment growth. The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for June was again quite positive with the net addition of 195,000... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/10/2013

Alto-Shaam announces two appointments. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., firm has added Jesus Iglesias as regional sales manager for its South Central Region. Iglesias previously served with Tor Rey USA for 14 years where he was most... »

Foodservice Jobs Growth: Goosed By Shift To Part-Time Workers? - 07/10/2013

Foodservice, a subset of the leisure and hospitality employment segment, has been adding workers at a much faster pace this year than last, another possible indication that the industry is finally pulling out of the Great... »

Fresh Ingredients And Choice Key Aspects Of Consumers’ Restaurant Value Perception, Says NPD - 07/10/2013

Price for quality is still the leading value factor when consumers select a restaurant, but fresh ingredients and selection are close runners-up in the value equation, according to new research from the NPD Group’s foodservice... »

Five Guys Debuts In UK - 07/10/2013

Five Guys has crossed the pond. While the United States celebrated its independence last week, the chain opened its first unit in the United Kingdom. The freezer-free burger chain’s debut London unit is in Covent Garden; a second... »

Hooters Celebrates 30 Years With Revamped Look - 07/10/2013

It’s a reinvigorated look for Hooters, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The Atlanta chain has unveiled a new modern prototype in Slidell, La., that it says sets the tone for future locations and renovations. The new... »

Golden State Gaining More Sonic Units - 07/10/2013

Southern California’s car culture will soon have some new outlets. Sonic, America’s Drive-In, is set for further expansion on the West Coast, including franchise deals for 15 new drive-ins in Southern California. The Oklahoma... »

Cold Stone Marks 25th Year By Opening In 25th Country - 07/10/2013

It’s a milestone year for Cold Stone Creamery. The chain is marking its 25th year in business by setting up shop in Turkey—its 25th country of operation. Parent company Kahala has inked a master franchise agreement with Ulker... »

NRA Releases Three New Research Reports - 07/10/2013

Want insights into the future of the restaurant industry? The National Restaurant Association has just released three new forward-looking research reports to help restaurant operators, and their suppliers, scope out the future... »

Landry’s Buys Mastro’s, Upscale Steak And Seafood Chain - 07/10/2013

Landry's Inc. has acquired Mastro’s Restaurants LLC, a high-end steak and seafood chain. The 10-unit chain, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., includes two main concepts: Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club. Mastro’s has... »

NAFEM Unveils Protocol Version 3.0 - 07/10/2013

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has made equipment connectivity easier than ever with the introduction of its NAFEM Data Protocol Version 3.0. The new version identifies the basic data structure and... »

Texas Capital Offers Water Rebate Program - 07/10/2013

Some like to think that everything is bigger in Texas. In the state capital, at least, the rebates for water savings are pretty considerable—up to $100,000 for foodservice equipment and process upgrades that produce water savings... »

ANFP Applauds Safe Food For Seniors Act - 07/10/2013

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is among the organizations and healthcare groups supporting the Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 (H.R. 2181), introduced in Congress in May. The bipartisan bill would... »

Energy Efficiency, Conservation Strategies Top Takeaways at MUFES 2013 - 06/26/2013

More than 80 attendees gathered for FER’s 2013 Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, held at Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, June 10-12. The operator attendees, a mix of equipment specifiers from emerging... »

MAFSI Unveils Expanded Business Barometer Report - 06/26/2013

The quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry has been expanded to detail the sales trends of six new equipment categories, subcategories under the Barometer’s... »

Improving U.S. Economy Should Drive Moderate Foodservice Growth, Says Technomic - 06/26/2013

The domestic economy is looking better than it has since the Great Recession began in 2008, according to economist Arjun Chakravarti, but there remain significant risk factors. And the gradually improving economic situation of... »

Meiko Names New Chief For Export Sales and Marketing - 06/26/2013

Meiko, the Offenburg, Germany, maker of dishwashers and cleaning and disinfection appliances, has strengthened its international business by appointing Klaus Engesser as its new head of export sales and marketing for dishwashing... »

Dunkin’ Donuts Shows Off First Store Redesign In Seven Years - 06/26/2013

Dunkin’ Donuts has scratched the seven-year itch and unveiled its first new store design in that timeframe. The contemporary new look might remind some patrons of Starbucks. It features updated, modern seating areas and multiple... »

New Directions For Cornyn And Fasano - 06/26/2013

John Cornyn and Joyce Fasano, veteran foodservice consultants best known for long careers at The Cornyn Fasano Group designing facilities for the educational sector, B&I, recreational and fine arts sectors, have closed shop... »

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