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FEDA Sets Agenda For 80th Anniversary Convention - 11/21/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has put together a full lineup of speakers and programs for its 80th annual convention next year. FEDA members will convene April 3-7, 2013 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill... »

ABC Honors Suppliers, Top Sales Exec Of The Year - 11/21/2012

During its recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill., Allied Buying Corp. recognized nine manufacturers with Supplier of the Year awards. The multiple criteria employed by the Lombard, Ill., buying group were tied to quality in... »

Globe Hires Woods As EVP-Sales & Marketing - 11/21/2012

Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Kevin Woods, CFSP, as v.p.-sales and marketing. Woods joins the Dayton, Ohio, company from Unified Brands, where he was central region sales director. In his four-year tenure there he also... »

Mitch Cohen Joins Unified Brands - 11/21/2012

Unified Brands has hired industry veteran Mitch Cohen as central regional sales director. He’ll be responsible for managing representative partners and domestic sales growth in the central region for the company’s Groen, Randell,... »

After Sales Drop, McDonald’s USA Turns To New Leadership - 11/21/2012

A week after the chain reported its first monthly same-store sales decrease in nine years, McDonald’s Corp. has replaced Jan Fields as president of McDonald’s USA. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain has named Jeff Stratton, currently... »

Ali Group Cuts Ribbon On Training Center - 11/21/2012

Ali Group North America has opened a new, state-of-the-art training center. The building, part of Ali’s headquarters complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., houses separate warewashing and cooking training facilities. The official... »

FEDA Education Foundation Awards CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships - 11/21/2012

The FEDA Education Foundation recently awarded four CFSP and ServSafe scholarships to employees of its dealer members. Mohamed Orra of Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies has been awarded a 2012 ServSafe Scholarship to... »

Reasons To Be Thankful - 11/21/2012

I was going to write another bit on our evolving forecast—we reported on the third-quarter public company numbers last week in FER Fortnightly if you missed it (click here)—and John Muldowney and I have had several... »

Ali Group Acquires Scotsman Industries - 11/14/2012

Scotsman Industries is joining The Ali Group, the Italian-based foodservice equipment conglomerate. Ali will acquire Scotsman and all of its brands, including Ice-O-Matic, in a deal announced Nov. 6. The companies did not... »

Tim Hortons Opens 20th Middle East Store, Sets Full Panini Rollout In Canada - 11/14/2012

The American market has proved to be competitive ground for Canada’s largest quick-service chain, Tim Hortons, but its third quarter proved promising on either side of the border—and in the Middle East. On Nov. 12, the chain... »

Jamba Juice Plans Revamp - 11/14/2012

A makeover is in store for all 301 corporate Jamba Juice units in the U.S. next year. The Emeryville, Calif., chain is launching a four-year capital expenditure program to refresh and redesign its company-owned stores; it also... »

Public E&S Companies Growth Stalls In 3Q - 11/14/2012

While chain equipment and supplies purchases in the U.S. remained healthy in the third quarter, the recession in Europe once again pulled down sales at both ITW’s Food Equipment Group and Manitowoc Foodservice. As a result,... »

Brinker Slates Wyman Roberts For CEO - 11/14/2012

Wyman Roberts, president of Chili’s Grill & Bar, will add the title of CEO and president of Brinker Int’l. on Jan. 1. He’ll succeed Doug Brooks, who joined Brinker two years after its 1975 founding and will continue to serve... »

Unified Brands Appoints National Chain Accounts Director - 11/14/2012

Unified Brands has appointed Steve Carlson as director of national chain accounts; he’ll be responsible for strategic growth in the chain market segment in addition to leading the chain account management team for the company’s... »

NRA’s Performance Index Edged Down In September, But Cap Ex Indicators Rose - 11/14/2012

A pronounced slowdown in restaurant operator traffic and sales in September pulled down the Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association. On the other hand, operators are a bit more optimistic... »

TableCraft Enters Buffet Market With Purchase Of Professional Bakeware - 11/14/2012

TableCraft Products Co. has acquired Professional Bakeware Co., a maker of cast aluminum and coated buffetware. All of Professional’s products are now available under TableCraft’s protective product line. Its cast aluminum... »

In Memoriam: Consultant Jim Webb - 11/14/2012

Jim Webb, the founder of Webb Design, died Oct. 24 from cancer. He was 58. Webb started the Tustin, Calif., firm in 1989 and became known as a top designer across the foodservice spectrum. His projects included schools,... »

New Digs For Strategic Equipment - 11/14/2012

Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp. has relocated its corporate headquarters and its ISI Commercial Refrigeration division to a new distribution center. The new location is at 1461 S. Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Coppell,... »

Registration Begins For NACUFS Meeting - 11/14/2012

Registration opens this week for a double dose of professional development programs sponsored by the National Association of College & University Food Services. The Foodservice Directors Symposium and Purchasing Seminar will... »

Full-Service Restaurants Continued To Lose Traffic In Second Quarter, Reports NPD - 11/14/2012

Midscale and casual dining restaurants continued to see traffic declines in the second quarter of 2012, according to The NPD Group’s CREST data. Both segments have now seen four consecutive years of quarterly traffic declines,... »

ANFP Seeks New Chief Executive - 11/14/2012

The board of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is encouraging its members to help it find its next leader. ANFP has engaged an executive search firm, JDG Associates, to assist it in the search for the... »

Insurance Tips For Operators Hit By Sandy - 11/14/2012

In the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, the National Restaurant Association has posted tips for restaurant insurance. East Coast operators affected by the recent hurricane and snowstorms can follow a few basic steps to make the... »

Things To Know, Who To Reach When Re-Opening - 11/14/2012

The New York State Restaurant Association is providing its members with phone numbers and official information from New York’s city health commissioner on dealing with the storm’s aftermath. Everything from the how-to’s of... »

U.S. Macroeconomic Forecasts Remain Weak - 11/14/2012

The forecasts for key economic drivers of foodservice remained weak in the early November survey of 50 leading economic forecast groups, according to Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The forecast for real gross domestic product in... »

Dealers Tackle Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy - 11/07/2012

The vibrant East Coast foodservice industry took a terrible hit last week with Hurricane Sandy. Operators, dealers, service agents and manufacturers are pulling together and responding energetically to the devastation. Dealers,... »

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