Restaurants And Bars Added 30,000 Jobs In June, Following Mixed Gains Earlier In Year
The foodservice jobs engine went into idle mode several months this year, thanks in part to a tough winter. But with eating and drinking places adding 29,900 net new jobs in June, the rebound in growth has the industry poised for... »
The Greene Turtle Steps Up Expansion Pace
Who says turtles are slow? On the heels of celebrating the opening of its 40th unit, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has inked a development agreement to open 10 locations in the counties surrounding the city of... »
Chain Personnel News:
Subway has named Suzanne Greco President while her brother, Founder and CEO Fred DeLuca, battles leukemia. She now will share day-to-day operations with DeLuca, who continues to set the overall strategic direction for the... »
Naf Naf Grill Plans To Spread Out
Chicago-based Naf Naf Grill, now backed with investment from Roark Capital Group, plans to expand from its current 13 units to 150 restaurants within five years. While terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, Roark has taken a... »
Sysco-US Foods Deal Kaput
Days after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed $3.5 billion Sysco Corp.-US Foods merger, Sysco terminated the... »
Materials Pricing Expert To Join FER’s President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast Meeting Agenda
Pricing trends for materials and equipment and supplies are key components of Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast. This year’s meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at the Westin... »
The Montague Co. has added industry veteran Dennis DeMatos to its team as National Accounts Manager. DeMatos joins the Hayward, Calif., firm with more than quarter-century of foodservice sales experience as a rep and factory... »
New York’s Bradco Horizon Buys S.C. Dealer
Horizon Bradco of Schenectady, N.Y., has acquired Burke Food Equipment, which covers the Southeast from its base in Spartanburg, S.C.
Burke founder J.D. Burke brings complementary experience as an equipment distributor and... »
Freight Rate Update: Warewasher Proposal Is Withdrawn
Back in February, we reported on the classification upgrades under consideration by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Commodity Classification Standards Board to change shipping rates for warewashers and air... »
Henry and Jim, Paul and Wayne: Thank You
Sometimes, my job as unofficial historian of the foodservice equipment and supplies business really, really sucks. In the past two weeks, we’ve heard about the passing of four men, all of whom were major industry figures: Henry... »
In Memoriam: Henry Coletti
Henry Coletti, a long-serving and much honored veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, died June 13 in Sandwich, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons and a daughter; and five grandchildren.... »
In Memoriam: Consultant James Little
James H. Little, one of the founders of Cini-Little International, died June 13 after a brief battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and their families.
“Jim was a visionary consultant to the industry,... »
AHF’s Annual Meeting Honors Eight Members
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice honored operator members with awards on June 5 during its 2015 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.
The Louisville, Ky., association presented Beth Yesford, Senior Director-Support... »
Restaurants To Add More Than Half A Million Summer Seasonal Jobs For Third Straight Year
Low-wage restaurant jobs may be a current focus of the drive to raise the minimum wage in the U.S., but the summer vacation season has long been a source of seasonal employment for millions. Case in point: the National Restaurant... »
After Six Months Of Declines, Wholesale Food Prices Jumped 1.4% In May; Menu Prices Up Again
The six months through April brought operators a welcome respite from rising food costs, but the California drought and avian bird flu finally caught up with the supply chain. Wholesale food prices dropped 5.4% from November 2014... »
Blue Chip Forecasters Still Expect Rest Of 2015 To See 3%+ Real GDP Growth
Yes, the first quarter of 2015 turned out much worse than anyone expected, thanks to the strike that affected West Coast ports, another harsh winter and problems with federal Bureau of Economic Analysis seasonal adjustments. But... »
Starbucks Will Close All La Boulange Bakery-Cafés
Stating that the stores were not sustainable for its long-term growth, Starbucks Corp. plans to close all 23 La Boulange bakery-café units by the end of September. The brand’s food will still be served at Starbucks coffeehouse... »
Saladworks Gets New Owners
Saladworks has been acquired out of bankruptcy by Centre Lane Partners, a New York-based private-equity firm.
It was announced June 15 that Centre Lane will pay $16.9 million for the 108-unit fast-casual chain, including $15... »
FDA Bans Trans Fats
Unsafe in any way. That’s the conclusion drawn by the Food and Drug Administration, which last week imposed restrictions on the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a primary source of trans fats in processed foods.
NYC Wants QSRs To Post Sodium Warnings
New decade, new mayor, but the battle for menu transparency and healthier food products continues in New York.
The city could become the first in the country to require chain restaurants to place warnings on their menus next to... »
Nerbonne Joins Cooper-Atkins
Robert Nerbonne has been named Executive Vice President of Cooper-Atkins Corp., the Middlefield, Conn., maker of temperature-monitoring solutions. He also has been elected to serve on the board of directors, and been named to the... »
ACF Names Seven New Officers
The American Culinary Federation has elected new national officers. They will begin serving their two-year terms in August.
President: Thomas Macrina, Product Specialist Manager- US Foods, Philadelphia
Secretary: Kyle... »
Unified Brands Selects Heritage Parts For “Unified Circle”
Unified Brands has added Heritage Parts as a preferred parts provider for Unified Circle, its new program designed to increase support and productivity for service companies. Unified Circle aligns leading parts distributors with... »
ABC Honors Members And Suppliers
Allied Buying Corp.’s Spring Conference at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis included recognition for a dozen members and suppliers for their extraordinary volume growth and support.
Six suppliers were honored.
Total Dollar Volume... »
Top Dealers And Top Broadliners
The June issue of FER with our annual Top Dealer Report is on the street. (If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out our digital edition at http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=260719.) I call your attention to our listing this... »
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