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Top Dealers Had A Very Good 2012 - 05/08/2013

We’ve now toted up the results from our third annual Foodservice Equipment Reports Top Dealer Report. The 46 companies that verified their volumes this year had a very good year in 2012, at least on the top line as a group. The... »

SEFA Transitioning To Member-Owned Group - 05/08/2013

As part of a long-term strategy to maintain its presence as one of the industry’s major buying groups, Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance has announced plans to become member-owned. As the new multiyear plan is carried... »

Myers Opens Southern California Branch - 05/08/2013

Myers Restaurant Supply is expanding outside of its northern California base. The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based dealer has opened a sales office in Costa Mesa to service the company’s growing Southern California business. Twenty-year... »

Kitchen Brains Names New CEO - 05/08/2013

Kitchen Brains has tapped Timothy Lane, a longstanding board member, to take the firm’s reins as CEO. Lane most recently served as president/CEO of Holiday Inn Worldwide. Prior to that post, he was CEO of PepsiCo Restaurants... »

Alto-Shaam Taps Retail V.P. - 05/08/2013

Alto-Shaam has added Brian Zornes as its new v.p. of national accounts-retail. Zornes joins the Menomonee Falls, Wis., manufacturer after 17 years with CSC Worldwide, formerly Columbus Show Case, most recently as v.p.-supermarket... »

New National Sales Manager For EnviroPure - 05/08/2013

EnviroPure Systems, a maker of self-contained organic food-waste disposal systems, has hired Stefan Kahl as its new national sales manager. Kahl comes from the Atlanta division of U.S. Foods, where he spent nine years as... »

NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center - 05/08/2013

Dealers and their employees with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association... »

NRA’s Performance Index Pops Back Into The Black - 05/01/2013

Buoyed by strong improvements in same-store sales and traffic in March, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index moved back in positive territory in the March report, released April 30. The overall Index... »

Personnel Moves: - 05/01/2013

Blodgett has named Tim Thaler as its new v.p.-sales and marketing. The 27-year company veteran, most recently director of sales and national accounts, will oversee all sales, marketing and training programs for the Burlington,... »

New Moniker For SFM - 05/01/2013

Come Oct. 1, the Society for Foodservice Management will have a new name and acronym: the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The new moniker and logo for SHFM, which the organization calls a “strategic brand... »

Steak `n Shake Eyes California - 05/01/2013

Indianapolis-based Steak ‘n Shake is continuing to focus on westward expansion. The full-service and drive-through chain, already prepping for its first international opening in Dubai this year, will enter the California market.... »

In Memoriam: Der Weinerschnitzel Founder John Galardi - 05/01/2013

John Galardi, who got his start working with Taco Bell founder Glen Bell at his Taco Tia store and went on to found the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died earlier this month at age 75. Galardi opened his first unit in 1961... »

New Exec Will Spearhead Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical Development - 05/01/2013

Fiesta Restaurant Group has hired Ed Carnevale as v.p.-construction services to support growth of its Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands. Fiesta has 255 company-owned and operated restaurants and 44 franchised restaurants in... »

Kitchen Brains Opens Singapore Office - 05/01/2013

Kitchen Brains has expanded into Singapore. Kitchen Brains Pte. Ltd. will be headed by River Zhang, who has been promoted to v.p. of business development-Asia Pacific. Rathna Kumar joins Zhang in Singapore as director of SaaS... »

State Tax Revenue Surge In Fourth Quarter Was A One-Off, Rockefeller Institute Warns - 05/01/2013

Overall state tax revenues increased by 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government reported April 24. But the Institute’s researchers warned that the surge, which drove personal income... »

Menu Price Increases Continue To Outpace Grocery Prices - 05/01/2013

The disparity between price gains at grocery stores and restaurants continued to increase in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, released April 16. Prices for food-at-home fell 0.1... »

Consumer Sentiment Stabilized In Late April, 1Q GDP Comes In Below Expectations - 05/01/2013

“Consumer confidence was not negatively affected by the Boston Marathon bombing,” said Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers’ Chief Economist Richard Curtin, in releasing final statistics on consumer... »

Unemployment Undercut 2012 Restaurant Visits By Hispanics, Reports NPD - 05/01/2013

Restaurant traffic fell 1% for U.S. Hispanics last year, as higher than average unemployment as well as demographic differences among the ethnic group led to a loss of 86 million visits, according to data from The NPD Group’s... »

Baskin-Robbins Lands 50-Unit Deal For The Philippines - 05/01/2013

Baskin-Robbins plans to develop up to 50 locations across the Philippines during the next five years. The chain has signed a master licensing agreement with IceDream Inc. to develop Baskin-Robbins shops in urban areas; the... »

The Government Is Calling: Turn In Your Economic Census - 05/01/2013

Did you forget to fill out and return the 2012 Economic Census? If you haven’t responded to the mandatory survey, you can anticipate receiving a letter or phone call from the U.S. Census Bureau in the weeks ahead. You can head... »

New Momentum For Composting - 05/01/2013

Chicago officials are moving to make all restaurants at its two airports recycle waste, use eco-friendly materials and include sustainable ingredients in at least 20% of its menu items. The city aviation department’s new... »

NRA Talks Immigration Reform While Chipotle’s Staffing Gets More Federal Scrutiny - 05/01/2013

Immigration fuels the American workforce and the political dialogue. It’s also a major headache for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has been juggling a three-month federal investigation into its hiring practices. The government... »

NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center - 05/01/2013

Operators with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel... »

Boston Showcase To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Next Month - 04/24/2013

It’s been quite a century for Boston Showcase: 100 years of doing business under four generations of one family. The founding family and their employees plan to celebrate the company’s first 100 years next month. In 1913,... »

FEDA Plans Sales Webinar - 04/24/2013

Fresh off of its annual convention earlier this month (attended by 344 representatives from E&S dealerships and manufacturing companies), the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is prepping for its next webinar:... »

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