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NACUFS Renames Lifetime Award To Honor Longtime Member - 07/11/2012

The National Association of College and University Food Services has renamed its Distinguished Lifetime Member Award to honor longtime member and volunteer David Prentkowski, director of foodservice at the University of Notre... »

Industry Reels From Supreme Court Ruling On Healthcare - 07/11/2012

The foodservice industry is bemoaning the Supreme Court's June 28 ruling upholding the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Financial implications are of topmost concern. Industry leaders fear that employee requirements on the healthcare... »

BLS Reports Another Month Of Weak Jobs Growth - 07/11/2012

Nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. continued to grow in June, with a net 80,000 new jobs added, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the number fell short of modest expectations of a 90,000 increase. For the third month in... »

Restaurant Jobs Growth Double Overall Growth - 07/11/2012

Restaurant industry jobs grew twice as fast as general employment in the 12 months ending June, according to an analysis by the National Restaurant Association released July 6.  Eating and drinking place employment grew by... »

Wealthier Households Lead Decline In Consumer Confidence - 07/11/2012

Last issue, we wrote about concerns from Technomic Inc. Consulting Economist Arjun Chakravarti that declines in equities and other asset-based wealth could lead to cutbacks in spending by more well-off Americans and have a... »

New Ownership Official For P.F. Chang's - 07/11/2012

Investment firm Centerbridge Partners and its Wok Parent acquisition arm has successfully completed its tender offer for the outstanding shares of P.F. Chang's. The company now owns more than 83% of the Scottsdale, Ariz., chain,... »

BK Plans 1,000 Stores In China Within Seven Years - 06/27/2012

Burger King is setting its sights, and its crown, on China. On June 15, the burger chain announced that it will open 1,000 restaurants in the world’s most populous country during the next five to seven years. There are currently... »

NRA, CRFA Partner Up, Launch Conserve Initiative In Canada - 06/27/2012

Top restaurant business associations in the U.S. and Canada are partnering up. The National Restaurant Association and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association have signed an agreement to launch a Canadian version of... »

In Memoriam: Mitch Schechter - 06/27/2012

Mitchell Schechter, president, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Schechter Report and Newz-Zoom newsletter, died of heart failure on June 20. He was 60 years old. Schechter spent the past 29 years covering the foodservice... »

Domino’s Hits 5,000 Overseas - 06/27/2012

Twenty-seven years after opening its first international store, Domino's Pizza has opened its 5,000th store outside of the U.S. Technically, the Ann Arbor, Mich., chain held grand-opening celebrations at three new stores and... »

Winston Adds Top National Account Execs - 06/27/2012

Winston Industries is strengthening its sales force. The Louisville, Ky., company has appointed Bill Wright and Justin Fox as national account executives for the West and East Coasts, respectively. Both men will oversee sales and... »

Pizza Chains Argue Practicality Of Federal Menu Labeling Regulations - 06/27/2012

There might be more than 30 million ways to make a pizza, but the joys of customization are colliding with the realities of regulation. Last week, the nation’s largest pizza chains went to Capitol Hill to push for changes to a... »

New AHF Board Takes Seats - 06/27/2012

New board members and nominating committee members elected in March will take their seats in August on the Association for Healthcare Foodservice’s board. New board members beginning their two-year terms are: President-Elect:... »

Honors For Two At Nor-Lake - 06/27/2012

Two personal notes on Nor-Lake Inc. personnel. The Hudson, Wis., manufacturer has honored Barb Belongia, v.p.-foodservice sales and marketing, with its President’s Award for Excellence. The award recognizes Belongia’s leadership... »

Chains Rejoice: Utah Adds 90 Liquor Licenses - 06/27/2012

Just weeks after FER Fortnightly reported on the expansion problems chains are experiencing with Utah’s restricted number of liquor licenses, the business-minded state has jumped off the wagon to address the problem. Last week,... »

Chicago Reforms Restaurant Inspection Laws - 06/27/2012

The failure rate for Chicago restaurants—both in inspections and in business success—should be shrinking, thanks to long-awaited reforms in city inspection laws. Not only do a third of all new restaurants close within their... »

National Retail And Chain Groups Join To Address Healthcare Act - 06/27/2012

By the time you read this, the Supreme Court will have ruled on the fate of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (The court is scheduled to release its ruling Thursday, June 28.) In an effort to consolidate and communicate their... »

Don’t Miss FER Forecast Meeting Early Bird Discount - 06/27/2012

Just a reminder: The early bird discount deadline for next month’s Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview is Friday, June 29. After this Friday, the meeting will cost $100 more. This annual... »

Lester Nowosad To Head North American Sales For Middleby Marshall - 06/27/2012

Middleby Marshall/CTX has promoted Lester Nowosad to v.p.-North American sales. In his new position, Nowosad will be responsible for building and managing U.S. and Canadian sales efforts through the company’s distribution... »

Global Risks Cloud Outlook For U.S. Foodservice, Says Technomic Economist - 06/27/2012

Technomic Inc. held its annual Restaurant Trends & Directions Conference in Rosemont, Ill., on June 20. Among the highlights of this wide-ranging look at the trends driving the foodservice business was a presentation by Dr.... »

Technomic Sticks With Upwardly Revised Forecast - 06/27/2012

Given the economic uncertainties in Europe and Asia, and their possible impact on domestic foodservice (see related article this issue), FER Fortnightly asked Technomic V.P. Joe Pawlak if the research firm announced any revision... »

Warning! Menu Prices Rise Faster Than Grocery Prices - 06/27/2012

Menu prices rose 0.3% in May, as foodservice operators continued to raise prices more than competitors in food-retail outlets including grocery stores. For the last 12 months, menu- price increases now outpace grocery-store price... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fall 0.5% In May - 06/27/2012

Prices for food at the wholesale level fell in May after rising in March and April, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, released June 13. At the finished goods level, prices were down... »

FEDA’s June Teleconference/Webinar Focuses On Customer Service - 06/20/2012

Creating practical improvement in customer service is the crucial focus of the next educational seminar hosted by the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. The June 27 event marks the first-ever teleconference that FEDA... »

Personnel/Industry Moves - 06/20/2012

ACP has announced that effective July 1, Mark Sullivan will move from his role as director-international sales to the new position of director-Xpress Oven sales. Stan Hopkins, a sales and culinary veteran, will report to... »

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