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Dealers, Manufacturers, Service Agents Make A Difference Through Charitable Endeavors - 06/05/2013

Whether pitching in to aid the nation’s men and women in uniform or children and families in need, foodservice E&S companies are making an impact. Among the recent charitable outreach programs we’ve heard about lately: Tony... »

In Memoriam: Three Manufacturers’ Reps - 06/05/2013

Three well-known manufacturers’ representatives—Gary Bowker, Ed McCarthy and Joseph Sabatino—passed away last month. All three died, coincidentally, on May 22. Gary Bowker, 62, served with Denver-based The Redstone Group.... »

Togo’s Plans Arizona Expansion - 06/05/2013

Made-to-order sandwiches bearing the Togo’s label will soon be found across Arizona. The San Jose, Calif., sandwich chain aims to develop 25 new units in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson. New and existing... »

Direct South Appoints Project Manager - 06/05/2013

Steve Austin has been named project manager for Direct South, a restaurant equipment supply company based in Macon, Ga. Direct South has additional locations in Warner Robbins and Gainesville, Ga. Austin, based in Chattanooga,... »

Love Your Reps - 06/05/2013

We note the passing in this issue of three well-known reps: Ed McCarthy, who owned North Star Agency in Minnesota; Joe Sabatino who founded High Sabatino in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and Gary Bowker with Denver-based... »

Last Call To Register For FEDA Sales Webinar - 06/05/2013

There are two weeks left to register for the new webinar from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. “The SELL Process: Your Offense” program is Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. CST. Based on Don Buttrey’s new book,... »

E&S Sales Growth Slowed To 2.4% In First Quarter, Reads MAFSI Barometer - 05/29/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies grew a modest 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013, versus the comparable quarter last year, according to the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »

Technomic Forecasts Moderating Operator Growth For 2013 And ’14 - 05/29/2013

Growth of foodservice operator sales is expected to slow this year and pick up steam only slightly next year, according to new forecasts and revisions from Technomic Inc. The Chicago-based research firm trimmed its new forecast... »

Independents Grew Faster Than Big Chains Last Year, Reports Technomic - 05/29/2013

It’s been a rule of U.S. foodservice for decades that chain restaurant operators grow faster than independents. And big chains—those with more than 500 units, which tend to be big quick-service brands—appear to remain dominant in... »

NRA Honors Five Operators As Top Innovators - 05/29/2013

Among the many handshake deals and contract signings, educational seminars, food tastings, networking and “swag” collecting that kept exhibitors and attendees busy at last week’s NRA Show, was the announcement of winners in the... »

IFMA Presents Gold Plate Award To Independent/Multi-Concept Operator - 05/29/2013

John C. Metz Jr., CEO/executive chef and co-founder of Atlanta-based Sterling Hospitality, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association on May 20. Metz, nominated by The... »

Franke Appoints Tom Campion As President/CEO - 05/29/2013

Thomas Campion has taken the reins as president/CEO of Franke Foodservice Systems. Campion, who succeeds Hans Ott, has 27 years of experience with the Smyrna, Tenn., company; he’s served the last 16 years as president of the KES... »

Personnel News: - 05/29/2013

Alto-Shaam has hired Matthew Cottrell for the newly created position of v.p.-international sales for the European, Middle East and African markets. While currently based in Kentucky, Cottrell eventually will operate out of... »

NRA Show 2013 Sees Strong Post-Recession Gain in Attendee and Exhibitor Numbers - 05/29/2013

Just a glance at the numbers makes it clear: It was a good year to make the trek to Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 94th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and 6th annual International Wine,... »

Brinker To Acquire 11 Canadian Chili's Units - 05/29/2013

Brinker Int’l. is accelerating its growth in Canada. The Dallas company has signed a deal with longtime Canadian franchise partner, Speedy Creek (2011) Ltd. to acquire 11 existing Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, all in the... »

Noodles & Co. Eyes a Big Future, Files For IPO - 05/29/2013

Noodles & Co. has become the first fast-casual concept to file for an initial public offering this year. The Broomfield, Colo.-based chain’s long-anticipated IPO, filed May 23, seeks to raise up to $75 million with the goal... »

Heard In the Aisles At NRA: Operator Sales, E&S Market Looking Stronger - 05/29/2013

Generally, the mood and attitude of nearly everyone—operators, dealers, consultants and manufacturers—we spoke to at the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago May 18-21, was good. Most reported a slow, but not... »

Chains Getting Shown The Exit Door In Many Communities - 05/29/2013

Are quick-service and fast-casual restaurants becoming as frightening and onerous to vacation communities as the shark in “Jaws” was to Amityville’s image? In March, the Town of Eastchester, N.Y., amended its zoning regulations... »

EU Drops Plan To Ban Tabletop Olive Oil Dipping Bowls - 05/29/2013

The controversial decision by the European Union to ban restaurants from using refillable jugs and bowls of olive oil has been dropped. After a deluge of criticism from the foodservice industry and consumers, bureaucrats in... »

NRA Continues Focus On Healthcare Resources - 05/29/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s Health Care Knowledge Center was kept busy during the 2013 NRA Show. Owners, operators and other show attendees brought questions to the center about implementing the 2010 Affordable Care... »

The Legacy Companies Acquires Kold-Draft - 05/22/2013

The Legacy Companies announced May 14 that it had completed the acquisition of controlling interest in Kold-Draft, the Erie, Pa., manufacturer of ice machines. “The acquisition of Kold-Draft is an important day at our company,”... »

Personnel News: - 05/22/2013

Alto-Shaam has promoted Todd Griffith to v.p. of sales and marketing. A 15-year Alto-Shaam veteran who most recently was v.p. of sales, Griffith now will assume leadership responsibility for the company’s marketing, culinary and... »

E&S Public Companies Squeak Out First-Quarter Gain - 05/22/2013

It was clearly a slow first quarter for many foodservice equipment and supplies companies. The seven publicly reporting E&S companies managed to increase combined sales only 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013 versus the first... »

Will E&S Market Growth Improve? - 05/22/2013

One of the reasons I like going to the NRA Show, other than it’s a show at which I get to sleep in my own bed, is it gives me a chance to talk to a lot of folks at all levels of the industry. This is especially important as it’s... »

Action Sales Crowned SEFA’s Member of the Year - 05/22/2013

During its 27th annual Partnership Conference last month in Bonita Springs, Fla., Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance honored nearly three dozen companies and individuals at its awards banquet. The top honor of the night,... »

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