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AHF’s Annual Meeting In June Includes Honors For Six Members - 05/13/2015

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice will honor six operator members with awards on June 5 during its 2015 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. Deedra Hoffart, Director-Nutrition at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville,... »

House Bill Advocates Curbing Calorie-Count Provisions On Menus - 05/13/2015

It isn’t just the cheese that stands alone. The pizza industry says it deserves an exemption to the menu-labeling regulations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Affordable Care Act. And the pizza chains,... »

NRA’s Performance Indicators Were Mixed In March - 05/13/2015

Four of the eight components of the Restaurant Performance Index fielded monthly by the National Restaurant Association were up in March, but the other four were down. The same mixed result was true of the Current Situation Index... »

NRA To Hold Finance Summit Next Week - 05/13/2015

Growth, liquidity, investment. Major topics that might seem a tad distant for operators busy in the kitchen will be canvassed in depth by the foodservice industry’s finance leaders during the National Restaurant Association’s... »

Toronto City Council Relaxes Food Truck Restrictions - 05/13/2015

The food-truck business is not big in Toronto, but it could be a matter of measurement. Last week, the city council voted 43-1 to reduce the distance that food trucks must stay away from restaurants, from 50 m. (about 55 yd.)... »

Dunkin’ Vet Takes Government Affairs Post At NRA - 05/13/2015

Cicely Simpson, who has served as v.p.-government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands Group for the past seven years, has joined the National Restaurant Association as Executive V.P.-Government Affairs & Policy. At the NRA, Simpson... »

Standex Names Scott Jordan President Of Cooking Solutions Group - 05/06/2015

Standex Int’l. Corp. has promoted Scott Jordan to the office of President-Standex Cooking Solutions Group; he’ll take the reins July 1. Jordan has spent the past 3 1/2 years as president of Master-Bilt in Standex’ Refrigeration... »

Hendrix Opens Tenth Canadian Location - 05/06/2015

Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies has opened a flagship location in Toronto. The 10,000-sq.-ft. store—the dealer’s 10th location in Canada—includes a showroom displaying supplies and equipment, a tableware gallery and a... »

April Brought Shower Of Buying-Group Meetings - 05/06/2015

April was a month full of association and buying-group meetings for the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. We hope to have details in our next Dealer Report on a few that just concluded, including Allied Buying Corp.’s... »

FSTC Webinar Preps NRA Showgoers - 05/06/2015

The energy-efficiency experts at fishnick have a few tips to impart before the kickoff of the NRA Show next month. On Tuesday, May 12, the Food Service Technology Center’s David Zabrowski, Richard Young and Mark Finck will host... »

Amid Market-Share War, FER Top Dealers Report More Balanced Growth In 2014 - 05/06/2015

Two big things stand out when we run the numbers on the 57 dealers that verified their volumes for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer Report, to be published in June. First, in a mature foodservice equipment and... »

FEDA Hosts Inventory Management Seminar This Week - 05/06/2015

This week in Chicago, FEDA is hosting its previously announced two-day session on inventory management for distributors. The May 7-8 seminar, produced by Jason Bader and The Distribution Team, aims to show dealers how to find... »

Parrish Lucas Joins Heartland Reps - 05/06/2015

Parrish Lucas has joined Heartland Reps as an Education and Healthcare Specialist. He brings more than a quarter-century of experience in E&S sales and marketing experience to his new post at the Kearney, Mo., rep firm. Lucas... »

General Parts Group Adds Training Center In Indianapolis - 05/06/2015

General Parts Group, a Minneapolis provider of commercial kitchen equipment repair services, which already has training centers in its hometown and Milwaukee, has opened a third facility. Its new Indianapolis training center will... »

IDPC Fights Interior Design Licensing Bill In Illinois - 05/06/2015

Interior Designer Protection Consulting, a watchdog group that monitors legislative activities that may affect the ability of interior designers, including kitchen designers, to bid on contracts needs input—immediately—on a bill... »

Ali Group Appoints Gehl As EMEA/APAC Group Director - 04/29/2015

Ali Group has named Robert Gehl as Group Commercial Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC), effective immediately. The April 28 announcement was made by Luciano Berti, Ali Group Chairman/CEO, to... »

Yum! Rolls Out $185 Million For KFC, Sees Comeback In China - 04/29/2015

KFC is spiffing up its stores and image in the U.S. with a $100 million investment this year in its kitchens and remodeling programs as well as another $85 million in 2016-17, according to top Yum! Brands executives. The... »

Smashburger To Make A Splash Across The Pond - 04/29/2015

Smashburger, the “better burger” chain, soon will have a footprint in eight countries. The Denver chain has announced its initial foray into the U.K., with 35 restaurants expected to open under a new franchise partner agreement... »

Wholesale Food Prices Go Negative On 12-Month Basis; First Decline Since Late 2009 - 04/29/2015

Wholesale food prices declined for the fifth consecutive month in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and averaging by the National Restaurant Association, leaving the Producer Price Index for food 0.5% lower... »

2015 Foodservice Growth In Canada Forecast To Be As Good Or Better Than 2014 - 04/29/2015

The Canadian foodservice market has been outperforming many other developed foodservice markets around the globe. Two major groups forecasting the market, the national foodservice association Restaurants Canada and U.S.-based... »

Consumer Sentiment And Gas Prices Tick Up Mid-April - 04/29/2015

Consumer sentiment rose in the preliminary April reading, according to the University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The UM Sentiment Index reached 95.9 mid-month, up from a final March... »

In Memoriam: Rep Don Camacho Jr. - 04/29/2015

Donald Camacho Jr., a second-generation manufacturers’ rep, died suddenly April 19 at his home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. He was 64. The Chicago native was self-employed in Zion, Ill., as the owner/operator of Don Camacho &... »

Sysco Argues Local Competition Negates Antitrust Charges In Proposed US Foods Merger - 04/29/2015

Last week, one proposed megamerger fell apart and Comcast walked away from buying Time Warner. Meanwhile, the largest megamerger ever proposed in the foodservice industry is winding its way into court. Sysco Corp. filed a... »

Operators Gather In D.C. For NRA Conference - 04/29/2015

The National Restaurant Association hosted more than 650 operators from 42 states at its Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. They came armed with a full agenda of issues, including healthcare,... »

Bennigan’s Sets Sights On California - 04/29/2015

Dallas-based Bennigan’s has opened the first of what it says will be 100 stores in California. The chain started its Golden State rollout in Santa Clara, and units in Fremont and San Jose are under way. The expansion will include... »

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