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Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again In February - 03/19/2014

Wholesale food prices rose again in February at both the final and intermediate demand stages, according to Producer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released March 14. Wholesale food prices at the final... »

MAFSI Names Jedlowski As New Associate Executive Director - 03/12/2014

Marketing executive Tom Jedlowski has been tapped by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry as its new associate executive director.  Jedlowski brings nearly a decade of marketing, public... »

In Memoriam: Frances Gustafson - 03/12/2014

Frances Gustafson, the matriarch of San Antonio’s family-owned Ace Mart Restaurant Supply empire, died Feb. 27. She was 85. She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 58 years, Norm “Gus” Gustafson. Ace Mart was... »

Dealer Personnel Moves: - 03/12/2014

A number of executive moves have been announced at Atlanta Fixture & Sales Co. The E&S dealer has appointed CFO Ron Bruck as its new president. Bruck, a CPA, is a 10-year veteran of Atlanta Fixture. The company also has... »

Winter Has Battered Foodservice Sales, Equipment Sales Probably, Too - 03/12/2014

We knew the brutal winter in most parts of the U.S. was hurting restaurant and other foodservice sales. But we had no idea it was this bad. Technomic launched a new open webinar series last week (more on that in a moment) and the... »

Last Chance To Register For FEDA’s Annual Convention - 03/12/2014

FEDA’s annual convention is in two weeks. It’s time for any procrastinators to register for the March 26-30 meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. Register and learn more at... »

FEDA Plans April Seminar On Inventory Management In Chicago - 03/12/2014

A few weeks after FEDA returns to Chicago after its annual convention, the dealer association will host an inventory-management seminar that it says guarantees attendees will walk away with at least 30 ways to earn a better... »

Carbon-Monoxide Detectors Get New Scrutiny In New York - 03/12/2014

Last month’s fatal carbon-monoxide leak in a Long Island restaurant has prompted a push by city and state lawmakers to make carbon-monoxide detectors mandatory in foodservice operations. A Legal Sea Foods restaurant manager was... »

Easy Ice Inks Partnership With Ecolab - 03/12/2014

Easy Ice LLC has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with Ecolab’s Equipment Care division. Under the terms of this expanded sales and service partnership, Ecolab will offer Easy Ice’s commercial ice machine subscription... »

Slow U.S. Restaurant Unit Growth Continues, NPD Reports - 03/05/2014

The number of restaurant units in the U.S. grew at only a 0.7% pace for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2013, according to data from The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount census, released Feb. 26. The total number of commercial... »

In Spite Of Winter Doldrums, NRA’s Cap-Ex Measures Keep Rising - 03/05/2014

What’s surprising about January’s Restaurant Performance Index from the National Restaurant Association is how little the severe winter weather in much of the country affected sales and traffic. The overall index rose 0.2 point... »

IFMA Announces Eight Silver Plate Winners - 03/05/2014

Eight operators have been named as recipients of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s 2014 Silver Plate Awards. From among the eight winners, each representing their respective segment of foodservice... »

Domino’s Reports Record International Openings In `13 - 03/05/2014

Based on unit-count growth, 2013 was the best year in a long time for Domino’s Pizza. Last year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain opened a record 573 new restaurants in its international division, which also marked its 20th... »

CRFA Rolls Out New Name And Logo - 03/05/2014

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, our northern neighbor’s national organization for owners and operators of restaurants, bars, caterers and other foodservice businesses, has unveiled a new name and... »

AFC Renames Itself Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen - 03/05/2014

After a banner year in which the company celebrated its most new-unit openings—194—in 15 years, AFC Enterprises has officially changed its corporate name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. “The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen name has... »

Middleby Opens Office In Dubai - 03/05/2014

Middleby Middle East opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last month. The grand opening coincided with the Feb. 23-27 Gulfood Show at Za’abeel Hall in Dubai. The new location serves the Middle East with technical support,... »

Consumers Appear To Shrug Off Brutal Winter - 03/05/2014

Maybe the heating bills haven’t shown up yet, but the severe winter weather in many parts of the country and a couple of weak jobs growth reports don’t seem to be dampening consumer confidence very much, if at all. The Thomson... »

Hotelex Shanghai Set For Four-Day Run - 03/05/2014

Globetrotting E&S professionals who make the trek to Hotelex Shanghai, March 31-April 3, will find more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world set up for business at the Shanghai New Int’l. Expo Centre. The first day of... »

California Ops Turn Thumbs Down On New Bare Hands Ban - 03/05/2014

The gloves are off, or they will be if a California legislator has his way. The state’s new law prohibiting bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods is under siege, thanks to a Sacramento assemblyman’s proposed repeal, which... »

Wholesale Food Prices Jump In January, Menu Price Growth Still Moderate - 03/05/2014

Following five months of flat or negative changes, wholesale food prices jumped significantly in January at both the final and intermediate demand stages, according to Producer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics... »

Ontario Gets Serious About Calorie Counts On Menus - 03/05/2014

At least one province in Canada looks likely to follow the path American chains already are treading. Ontario could become the first province in Canada to mandate big chain restaurants, c-stores and grocery stores post calorie... »

Globe Gets A Fresh Look With New Company Logo, Website - 03/05/2014

Globe Food Equipment Co. recently introduced a new company logo. The new logo, originally unveiled to Globe’s sales reps and dealers, is the Dayton, Ohio, firm’s first update since 1991. Along with the new logo, Globe has... »

Hockenbergs Buys Grand Restaurant Equipment - 03/05/2014

Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply, the Omaha, Neb., dealer, has acquired Grand Restaurant Equipment and Design.  Tom Schrack Jr., president of Hockenbergs, stated that his 106-year-old firm is excited to... »

FER Top Dealer Survey Released This Week - 02/26/2014

Survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer listing are being e-mailed this week to past participants and other dealers. The survey data on sales volumes and service offerings once again will be published in... »

Midwest Expo Offers Free On-Site Commercial Training - 02/26/2014

The Energy Center of Wisconsin once again is teaming up with the expertise of the West Coast-based Food Service Technology Center to offer on-site commercial training and advice during the March 10-12 Midwest Foodservice Expo in... »

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