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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... »

The Young (Old) Guard, And Thanks - 04/25/2012

Something that really struck me at last month’s Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association Annual Convention was how many young people were not only in attendance, but also how the young guard have stepped up and taken over... »

Ruby Tuesday Will Purchase Lime Fresh - 04/18/2012

Ruby Tuesday is formalizing its ownership of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and will purchase the 16-unit chain for $24 million. Ruby Tuesday will gain 15 Lime Fresh stores; the Miami chain’s founder John Kunkel, will step down as Lime... »

Golden Arches To Franchise In Russia - 04/18/2012

McDonald's Corp. is taking its American franchise model to Russia. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain, which relies heavily on franchises in more mature markets, has been expanding in Russia through self-operated stores only. Now, under... »

Supplier Personnel Moves: - 04/18/2012

Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Denis Griesmer as v.p.-sales and marketing and Tony Quesenberry as director-service and customer support. Griesmer brings more than 20 years’ experience in foodservice sales management and... »

Chain Personnel Moves: - 04/18/2012

OSI Restaurant Partners has welcomed Chris Buehler as manager-international sourcing in Tampa, Fla. Buehler will oversee the logistics and supply chain for the company’s five brands, including Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish... »

NRA Unveils 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards - 04/18/2012

An independent panel of judges has selected the finalists for the National Restaurant Association's inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists have been selected in each of five categories: Sustainability Evelyn... »

Court Says Lunch Breaks Are Mandatory, But Employers Can’t Enforce Them - 04/18/2012

You can lead a server to the break table, but…oh, never mind. The California Supreme Court ruled April 12 that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks. The unanimous... »

Vancouver: Fixing Grease Clogs Is A Budget Drain - 04/18/2012

City drains and sewers clogged by grease and oil buildup from restaurant fryers are not just an American problem. Our Canadian friends are getting fed up too. The city of Vancouver, B.C., says it spends millions annually on heavy... »

NRA Launches New ServSafe 6th Edition Food-Safety Program - 04/18/2012

The National Restaurant Association is rolling out the next generation of its ServSafe food safety manager program in print and online. The new “ServSafe Manager Book, 6th Edition” (formerly “ServSafe Essentials”) training... »

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