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Upbeat Mood And Numbers Don’t Lie - 05/09/2012

We’re still in the middle of the National Restaurant Association Show as we write this. There is only one way to characterize the mood and attitude of the dealers, buying group execs, manufacturers, operators and others we’ve... »

FEDA 2012 Convention Presentations Available For Purchase - 05/09/2012

Through the wonders of technology, members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association who missed FEDA’s 2012 annual convention in Tucson, Ariz., in March can catch up on what they missed there. Audio and video CDs of... »

Watlow Announces New Operations V.P. - 05/09/2012

Watlow, the St. Louis maker of thermal systems, has hired Jim Rowland as v.p.-operations. Rowland , who began his career in production at General Motors, joins Watlow with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, human... »

Reps, Manufacturers Can Get Free AutoQuotes Training - 05/09/2012

AutoQuotes is offering free, group-specific training webinars this month. A manufacturers-only session is May 17, 11a.m.-noon EDT. A rep-only session will be held at the same time a week later, May 23. Registration is limited to... »

Standex To Acquire Equity Position in Italy-Based Giorik S.p.A - 05/02/2012

Look for Giorik technology in BKI's combi ovens. Standex Int’l. is acquiring a minority stake in the Italian maker of cooking equipment, including a line of combi ovens. In an all-cash transaction, Standex will acquire a 20%... »

Cooper-Atkins Acquires DocuTemp Wireless - 05/02/2012

Cooper-Atkins Corp. is expanding its software presence. The manufacturer of time, temperature and humidity instruments has acquired Bedford, Mass.-based DocuTemp Wireless LLC, providing Cooper-Atkins with another software... »

Starbucks Inks Deal With Mickey Mouse - 05/02/2012

Starbucks will open new outposts on domestic soil—in the wonderful world of Disney. Starbucks and Walt Disney Co. have signed an agreement to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida. The... »

It’s A Sell-Out: This Week’s NRA Show Exhibits Officially Sold Out - 05/02/2012

It will be standing room only at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. The association announced last week that exhibit space is completely sold out for the show, which kicks off Saturday,... »

FCSI Unveils New Slate Of Officers - 05/02/2012

The Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. announced new officers to its board of trustees during its FCSI The Americas’ Conference, April 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo. They are: Chair: James Petersen, FCSI, C.i.i. Food Service... »

Hoelle, Vigeant Take New Posts At Sandstone and Alluserv - 05/02/2012

Sandstone Foodservice Group has added Terry Hoelle as v.p.-sales and promoted Kevin Vigeant to executive v.p. of Alluserv. Terry Hoelle has held sales leadership positions in distribution as a manufacturer’s rep and was director... »

San Francisco Relents On Micromanaging Restaurants And Equipment - 05/02/2012

Psst! Toasters and waffle irons and cone dispensers are in the clear! Foodservice equipment—and the operators who want to use it—is no longer skirting the law in San Francisco. Restaurateurs there whose menus were defined by the... »

Personnel Moves - 05/02/2012

Electrolux Professional has announced that Mark Keller has joined its staff as service director. The Charlotte, N.C., company also announced that Barry Taylor has joined the Celco sales team as an Electrolux sales representative;... »

Texas Deal Paves Expansion For Sunny Street Cafe - 05/02/2012

The breakfast-lunch chain Sunny Street Café is planning a big splash in the Lone Star State. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain has signed a 40-store development agreement for Texas with Café Management Systems. It’s Sunny Street’s... »

NACUFS Has Busy Slate During NRA - 05/02/2012

Involved in educational foodservice? Take a break during this week’s National Restaurant Association Show and stop by the member reception hosted by the National Association of College & University Food Services on May 6... »

E&S Buying Plans Jump In NRA’s March RPI - 05/02/2012

In spite of worries about rapidly rising gasoline prices during the month, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index moved moderately higher and matched its post-recession high of 102.2, according to the... »

Most Major Global Foodservice Markets Grew 4Q/’11 - 05/02/2012

In spite of tepid general economies in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group’s CREST research, all but Spain saw restaurant spending rise at least slightly in the fourth quarter 2011, versus the fourth... »

U.K. Foodservice Market Continues To Struggle - 05/02/2012

We heard last week that the United Kingdom fell into a second recession based on first quarter 2012 gross domestic product numbers. And we saw the weak fourth-quarter restaurant traffic (0.2%) and sales (0.6%) numbers for the... »

Macroeconomic Trends: U.S. GDP Growth Slows, Consumer Confidence Steady, Gas Prices Down - 05/02/2012

As has been clear from much first-quarter foodservice data, the very mild winter and other factors have boosted consumer spending. This was mentioned as the U.S. Commerce Department released its “advance” estimate of growth of... »

NRA Launches Advocacy Program - 05/02/2012

It wasn’t all talk last week at the National Restaurant Association’s 26th annual Public Affairs Conference. In addition to serious conversations with legislators, the April 17-18 conference in Washington saw the unveiling of a... »

Don’t Miss FER’s Kitchen Innovations Dealer Cocktail Reception At NRA - 04/25/2012

If you’re coming to Chicago for the May 5-8 National Restaurant Association Show 2012, don’t forget to drop by the dealer reception co-hosted by Foodservice Equipment Reports. As a special thank-you to equipment and supplies... »

Buying Group Roundup - 04/25/2012

Is every dealer buying group heading into or just finishing its spring meeting? Among those groups whose members have collected or will rack up frequent flier miles during meetings this winter and... »

Emerson Names President Of Refrigeration Business - 04/25/2012

John Rhodes has been appointed president of Emerson Climate Technologies’ refrigeration business. Rhodes moves over from Emerson Appliance Solutions, where he was president of the Therm-O-Disc business. He joined Emerson in 1991... »

FEDA Members Can Access Convention’s Revit Presentation - 04/25/2012

Information on the Revit presentation featured at last month’s Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association 2012 Convention is now available online, exclusively for FEDA members. The presentation by Allan Keck, president of... »

New Digs, Reps For Irinox - 04/25/2012

Irinox USA has moved offices across town. The company is now located at 50 Oliver St., Ste. W1, North Easton, MA 02356.  Irinox also announced new sales reps for its line of rapid chilling equipment: New England will be... »

Dates Announced For Western Show - 04/25/2012

You’re back from the FEDA Convention, finished shuttling to buying group meetings, and perhaps heading to Chicago next month for the NRA Show. Add one more event to your calendar: The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo... »

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