Potbelly Revs Up For 2014
After a successful IPO in October, the Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain continued humming along in its fiscal third quarter when nine new shops opened, including eight company-operated units and one franchised store.... »
NRA Releases Operations Report Focused On Optimizing Efficiency, Profitability
The National Restaurant Association has released the 2013-14 edition of its Restaurant Operations Report. The report, produced in collaboration with Deloitte & Touche LLP, offers restaurateurs operational comparisons to... »
Cleveland Gives Thumbs Down To McDonald’s Store
Dozens of Cleveland residents and business owners voiced their opposition to a proposed McDonald’s outlet abutting a residential area that they say would dangerously increase traffic with a double-lane drive-through.
But it... »
MAFSI Barometer Records 4.5% Gain In Third Quarter
The foodservice equipment and supplies industry continued to chug along in the third quarter of 2014, according to the MAFSI Barometer, posting a 4.5% increase. The Barometer, which tracks manufacturers’ reps’ quarterly sales... »
Bargreen Ellingson Re-Opens In New Honolulu Location
The Honolulu offices of Bargreen Ellingson now are open for business. The company recently relocated its distribution center and branch in Aiea to a newly renovated, more efficient location in the capital city. The new centrally... »
Despite Government Shutdown, NRA’s RPI Rose In October
Go figure. In spite of the partial shutdown of the federal government for half of October and the threat of a debt-ceiling default, consumers apparently thumbed their noses and went out to eat anyway. Strong gains in current... »
Zink Expands Coverage In Illinois and Wisconsin
It’s homecoming week at Zink Foodservice Group. On Dec. 1, Zink Marketing officially became the Manitowoc Foodservice representatives in Illinois and Wisconsin, and it welcomed back R&B Marketing to cover those states.
Restaurant Operator Innovations Awards Nominations Now Open
Foodservice professionals celebrate ingenuity on the plate or in the kitchen. Take a moment to nominate an operator customer for the awards recognizing innovation and excellence in driving operational success. The National... »
What’s The Outlook For Operators In 2014?
We’re in the middle of writing our operator and equipment and supplies forecast articles for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual January Forecast issue. As usual we asked the leading foodservice operator forecasting and... »
Roark Capital Group To Acquire CKE Restaurants
Roark Capital Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in CKE Inc. Senior management at the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains will retain a minority stake. Currently, CKE is... »
Register Now For MUFES 2014 And Get A Peek At The Future Of E&S
Today is the day. Register now for the Early Bird Discount for MUFES 2014, the foodservice equipment and supplies industry’s most incisive look at future trends and technological changes and how they will affect operators.FER... »
McD’s Plans 1,000 Revamps And A Third Drive-Through Window
McDonald’s Corp. has told investors that it plans to spend $3 billion opening as many as 1,600 new restaurants in the next year while revamping 1,000 locations.
Also on deck for new and rebuilt restaurants, the world’s biggest... »
KI Awards Entries Due By December 6
Just a week remains for foodservice equipment manufacturers to submit entries for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Award applications for the decade-old awards program are accepted through Dec. 6 by the National Restaurant... »
ITW-FEG Names Business Development Manager For Chain & Retail Division
ITW Food Equipment Group has named Richard Manson as business development manager for its Cooking-Chain and Retail Division. He’ll be responsible for business development and supporting growth initiatives for the fryer and... »
In Memoriam: Lew Burns
Lewis Burns, whose career with Dover Corp. spanned more than 40 years, died Nov. 17. He was 75. Burns joined the Downers Grove, Ill., company as a staff accountant and served as president and CEO of Dover Industries. He retired... »
Yum! Brands Realigns Business Divisions to Propel Global Growth
Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is reorganizing its business into separate reporting divisions by brand, with China and India remaining as individual divisions.
On Jan. 1, 2014, Yum!’s three major restaurant... »
Eating- And Drinking-Place Sales Hit New Record In October
The partial shutdown of the federal government and the debt-ceiling standoff apparently had little impact on restaurant sales. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau, eating- and drinking-place sales hit a... »
Taylor Precision Products Acquires Barware Company
Taylor Precision Products, the Chicago-based company maker of thermometers, timer and scales, has added Metrokane Inc., a maker of barware and wine accessories, to its brand portfolio.
Metrokane, which manufactures wine... »
Macro Forecasts Hold Steady, Gas Prices Rise, Consumer Sentiment Falls
Among other economic recent data pertinent to foodservice and foodservice equipment and supplies:
Blue Chip Economic Indicators consensus forecasts, released late this month because of the delay in government data, showed little... »
QSCC, Wendy’s Honor Metro
Metro was one of eleven companies honored by Quality Supply Chain Co-op, the independent purchasing cooperative for restaurants owned by The Wendy’s Co. and its franchisees, at the 2013 Wendy’s Convention in Las Vegas.
New FDA Food Code Updates And Clarifies Food Safety Rules
Take note: The Food and Drug Administration has released its 2013 Food Code, which provides updated guidance for states and localities on regulating food safety and sanitation in restaurants and other retail businesses.
NRA Previews Expanded Zero Waste Zones
The National Restaurant Association re-introduced an expanded Zero Waste Zones program in Atlanta on Oct. 23. The program, acquired by the NRA last year, is aimed at helping the city’s restaurateurs, foodservice businesses and... »
Streamlining In Seattle
A member of the Seattle City Council is pushing regulatory reform to facilitate a restaurant opening. Complaints from the local small-business community about the necessity of going to multiple departments at the city, county and... »
Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again While Menu Prices Rise Slightly
Food prices at the wholesale level rose for the fifth month in the last six, according to October data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week. The combined wholesale increase, as computed by the National... »
Dunkin' Brands Expands Roles of U.S. Chiefs To Include International Regions
The global donut market is about to get a little more attention from Dunkin’ Donuts.
Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins is expanding the roles of Paul Twohig, president-Dunkin' Donuts... »
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