Rising Water Costs Hit Home In Nova Scotia
Are foodservice operators being asked to foot the bill for years of municipal neglect? That’s what Halifax, New Scotia, restaurateurs, and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association are claiming.
The CRFA is appealing... »
Minimum Wage Protests Rock NYC
Hundreds of foodservice workers and supporters protested in New York City and other cities on April 4 outside restaurants to demand higher wages.
Demonstrators, chanting “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Minimum wage has got to go,” voiced... »
Ethanol Bill Reform To Lower Wholesale Food Costs
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress April 10 would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires that large quantities of corn be diverted for use in the production of corn-based ethanol.Opponents of the standard argue... »
FEDA Marks Its 80th Anniversary With Stimulating Annual Convention
It wasn’t quite business as usual as the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association celebrated its 80th anniversary during the group’s annual convention April 3-7 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in Texas.... »
Special Report: FER Revises 2012 and '13 E&S Market Forecasts
Better than expected fourth-quarter 2012 results and a distinct softening of foodservice operator sales in the first quarter of 2013 has prompted Foodservice Equipment Reports to revise its forecasts of the foodservice equipment... »
TriMark Buys Texas-Based Strategic Equipment
In an acquisition that reorders the shape of the E&S distribution field, TriMark USA, LLC has acquired Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., headquartered in Coppell, Texas. The acquisition positions TriMark as the nation’s... »
What We All Owe FEDA’s Ray Herrick
We just returned from San Antonio, Texas, and FEDA’s 2013 Annual Convention. From the sight of FEDA and Wasserstrom Co. Pres. Brad Wasserstrom riding into the opening reception on a long-horn steer, to the savory taste of chicken... »
April 12: The Drop-Dead Deadline For Top Dealer Surveys
Okay, so the original deadline was April Fool’s Day and at least some of you were busy getting ready for FEDA’s Annual Convention. Well, like us, you’re back at work. So if you haven’t already submitted your paperwork and data... »
Sales And Traffic Tank In February RPI, But Cap-Ex Measures Hold Up
Same-store sales and traffic took a beating in February, according to the latest tracking data from The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, released Mar. 29. The overall index fell 0.8 point to 99.9,... »
Top 500 Chains Grew 4.9% In 2012, Reports Technomic, While Noncommercial Segments Show Signs of Life
Restaurant chains’ sales rebounded in 2012, according to preliminary data from Technomic Inc.’s annual “Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report,” released March 21. Combined system-wide sales for the 500 concepts rose 4.9%. The year was... »
Market Forge has announced two key personnel appointments as part of a management restructuring. Fifteen-year company veteran Jeff Leckel has been promoted from operations manager to interim president and CEO, succeeding Dave... »
DoughPro Revamps As ProLuxe
DoughPro has a new name, new logo and new look. The maker of pizza and presses, grills, ovens and accessories has changed its name to ProLuxe.
“Our new name reflects our ongoing growth and expansion, and better identifies the... »
Homer Laughlin Names Elizabeth McIlvain To Succeed Brother As President
For the first time in the 142-year history of The Homer Laughlin China Co., the mantle of leadership is being handed down, not to a successive generation, but from brother to sister. The privately held Newell, W.Va., company has... »
KFC Makes Big Plans Across The Pond
The British press reports that KFC Corp. will open more than 40 new restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year, which would take the chain to nearly 900 restaurants in those countries by year’s end.
The expansion... »
Dairy Queen Opens Doors In 20th Country
Dairy Queen has opened a new store in Trinidad, making it the 20th country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ presence. Dairy Queen’s partner in Trinidad, Pelinja Holdings, is scheduled to open three new locations during the... »
NRA Announces 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards
Bragging rights and recognition as drivers of industrywide advancement belong to the 15 foodservice operators selected by their peers as finalists for the 2013 Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five... »
Blue Chip Long-Range Forecasts Hold Steady
According to the 50 econometric groups surveyed by Blue Chip Economic Indicators each month, better times are indeed ahead. While in the March survey the group kept their 2013 consensus forecast at 1.9% growth of real gross... »
Nevada Debates Expanded Menu Labeling Bill
More comprehensive menu labeling is on the legislative docket in Nevada.
A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would require eateries with 10 or more locations to post nutritional information in a conspicuous... »
It’s Healthcare 201 For California Ops
Operators in the country’s most populous state can get a close-up look this month at implementing the nation’s ongoing healthcare reform.
“Health Care 201: Implementing the Affordable Care Act,” is going on the road this month,... »
NRA Announces Speakers For This Month’s Public Affairs Conference
Speakers of a distinctly political hue are in the spotlight at the National Restaurant Association’s 27th annual Public Affairs Conference in two weeks. The April 17-18 conference in Washington, D.C., will see more than 500... »
In Memoriam: Rep Carl Kaufmann
Longtime MAFSI member Carl M. Kaufmann passed away March 17 at age 77. He was the founder of the New York-based rep firm, Kaufmann & Associates.
The Pittsburgh native got his start in the foodservice industry in 1961, when... »
In Memoriam: Robert Lynn
Robert Lynn, the founder of Tampa, Fla.-based Arco Food Service Supply, died Feb. 11. He was 74.
Trained as a mechanical engineer, Lynn served in myriad positions—manufacturing, design and sales--throughout a long career in the... »
Bargreen Ellingson Grows To Eight-State Operation With New Alaska Facility
Bargreen Ellingson is expanding its presence in the 49th state by opening a full-service operation, including a showroom and warehouse in Anchorage. The new facility also will serve Canada’s British Columbia territory. Alaska is... »
Attendance Up 3% At NAFEM ‘13
The numbers for NAFEM ’13 are in, and they back up what observers noted at last month’s busy show: Attendance at the E&S industry’s biggest show was up nearly 3% over NAFEM ’11. Overall, more than 19,000 industry members... »
Ace Mart Promotes Two In The Houston Market
San Antonio-based Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has made two personnel changes in its Houston market operations. Eddie Sigh has been promoted to regional manager there; Sigh had been store manager of Ace Mart’s Gulf Freeway store... »
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