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Food&HotelAsia Maxes Out Exhibit Space - 02/13/2014

In a sign that the interest in the foodservice market is only growing bigger, Singapore’s most established food and hospitality trade show has become the first event to occupy all 10 exhibition halls and Max Atria at the... »

A New Standard In Pass-Through Dishwashing - 02/13/2014

Winterhalter is setting standards for efficiency with its new trio of PT Series pass-through dishwashers. Innovative functions, intuitive operation and optimum ergonomics guarantee top performance from the PT-M, PT-L and PT-XL... »

Red Or White, Wine Temps Are Perfect On Tap - 02/13/2014

Whether it’s beer, wine or cider by the glass that an operator needs to tap, Perlick’s new Dual-Zone Wine/Refrigeration Center will do the job. The 36-inch (91.4cm) wine dispensing unit is the first of its size to feature two... »

Toast Made Fast And Smart - 02/13/2014

It’s spot-on technology, not to mention speed and versatility, that creates the best toast in town. Hatco’s new Intelligent Toast-Qwik holds up to 18 product settings for everything from bagels to Texas toast to hash browns. The... »

MAFSI Reps Forecast 4.9% Sales Growth For 2014 - 02/12/2014

Manufacturers’ reps expect sales of foodservice equipment and supplies to increase 4.9% this year in the U.S. and Canada compared with 2013, according to a new expanded Market Forecast Report released by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »

DFSI Adds Cleveland Distributor To Its Brands - 02/12/2014

Diversified Foodservice Supply has acquired Mill Hardware & Food Service, a Willoughby, Ohio-based distributor of foodservice parts, supplies and accessories to foodservice chains and their franchisees. Mill Hardware will... »

Deadlines Loom Large For FEDA’s March Convention - 02/12/2014

The groundhog might be promising six more weeks of winter, but dealers planning to attend next month’s FEDA Annual Convention know they’ll enjoy a respite in the sun from this endless winter. But time is running out to register... »

MAFSI Welcomes New President, Says Goodbye To Fraga - 02/12/2014

There are changes afoot at Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. Last month, MAFSI elected Joe Ferri, CPMR, CFSP, as its 58th president. Ferri, a 32-year industry veteran, is COO of Pecinka Ferri... »

Recruiting Talent To Our Industry With Fun - 02/12/2014

Mike Whiteley has goals and a vision. The Hatco executive, a good friend of many of us, was installed as president of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers over the weekend in New Orleans during the... »

SEFA Holds First Shareholders Meeting, Promotes Execs - 02/12/2014

Quite a bit of news coming out of the first-ever shareholders meeting held by Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance. The network of E&S dealers and vendor partners met Jan. 22 in San Antonio, marking the first major... »

On the Move: - 02/12/2014

Johannes (Jan) Vergouwen has joined Premium Supply Co., Deer Park, N.Y., as COO. Vergouwen brings more than 25 years of executive, management, operational and corporate finance experience to the company. He joins Premium from N.... »

Technomic Cuts 2014 Operator Forecast Slightly - 02/05/2014

Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based foodservice research firm, has revised its forecast for 2014 operator sales growth downward slightly. The new forecast calls for current dollar sales to increase 3.6% with real sales 1.1% higher.... »

NRA’s “Plan To Buy Equipment” Marker Hit Post-Recession High In December - 02/05/2014

Inclement weather and a short holiday shopping season battered restaurant operators same-store sales and traffic counts in December, according to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index tracking study.... »

Severity Of California Drought Prompts Mandated Water-Usage Cutbacks - 02/05/2014

While much of the country digs out of the snow, California is facing a severe drought, likely the worst and most prolonged period of dry weather since record-keeping began there more than 100 years ago. The state had no... »

Checker’s Acquired By Huddle House Parent - 02/05/2014

The owner of the 400-unit Huddle House chain is branching out and acquiring Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has inked a deal to purchase Checkers and its stablemate Rally’s... »

Dickey’s Signs 100-Store Development Deal - 02/05/2014

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, already one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, just got a boost to its nationwide expansion plans. The Dallas chain has struck a 100-store development deal in Southern California, the largest... »

Weather-Battered Canadian Operators Saw Sales Soften In 4Q 2013 - 02/05/2014

Tough weather—especially in populous Ontario—and rising labor and food costs have restaurant operators in Canada feeling less optimistic about the sales outlook for the first half of 2014, according to the latest Restaurant... »

Saladworks Expands Footprint Into Four New Countries - 02/05/2014

The healthy-eating focus that underlies Saladworks’ name and concept is moving into new territories overseas. The Conshohocken, Pa., fresh-tossed salad franchise concept has signed four international master franchise agreements... »

In Memoriam: John Bridgins - 02/05/2014

Longtime manufacturer’s rep John Bridgins died suddenly on Jan. 19. He was 62. Bridgins was president and CEO of J.H. Bridgins & Associates, the firm founded by his father, Jim. He spent his entire career there, first in the... »

In Memoriam: Roger Skillman - 02/05/2014

Roger Bowne Skillman, a friendly and familiar face in the E&S industry, died Jan. 11 of a heart attack. He was 57. Skillman went straight into foodservice management after graduating from Florida International University.... »

Halton Opens Office in Singapore - 02/05/2014

The growing market for its ventilation systems for the kitchens in Singapore’s hotels, casinos and sports venues has led Halton Group to open an office there, the 30th country in which it operates. Halton had been handling its... »

Paper, Packaging Distributors Join Forces - 02/05/2014

Two major paper distributors are merging. Unisource Worldwide and xpedx will join forces and create a new publicly traded company. The definitive agreement was signed by xpedx parent International Paper and by UWW Holdings, the... »

On The Move: - 02/05/2014

The Salvajor Co. has named Dennis Easterla as its new national sales manager. Easterla, previously with Carter-Hoffmann, has 18 years of sales experience in the foodservice industry. Easterla, like Salvajor, is a Kansas City,... »

Will Higher Wages Mean Fewer Teen Jobs In Canada? - 02/05/2014

The national dialogue to raise the minimum wage, boosted by legislation in more than a dozen states, continues in the United States. But the conversation and controversy are not confined to the U.S. The Canadian Restaurant and... »

Excell Names Vendor Relations Chief - 01/29/2014

Excell Marketing & Procurement Group’s foodservice equipment dealer network has added Matthew Arthur to its team as director of vendor relations. Arthur comes to Excell with more than 22 years of experience in the... »

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