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Mooyah Moves Into The Middle East - 09/25/2013

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes'  grand opening in Dubai last month leads off the Dallas chain’s big plans for the Middle East. The “better-burger” concept has targeted Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar as key development areas;... »

Johnson-Lancaster Expands to New Corporate Facility - 09/25/2013

Johnson-Lancaster and Associates has relocated its corporate headquarters to 13031 U.S. Hwy. 19N, Clearwater, FL 33764. Johnson-Lancaster’s contact information, including phone, fax and email has not changed. The move to the... »

Personnel Shifts At Champion And Ali - 09/25/2013

Some new titles for four employees at Champion Industries: Anthony Patella has assumed the post of regional sales manager-South and Nathan Marshall now has the title of product manager. Patella previously held the position of... »

Homer Laughlin Welcomes Back Drake To Head Western Regional Sales - 09/25/2013

Mary Ellen Drake has returned to the Homer Laughlin China Co. as the Newell, W.Va., firm’s western regional sales manager. Drake had served in the same capacity from 1993-2005, when she left to become a tabletop brand manager at... »

Playing With My Friends - 09/25/2013

I got up very early today to write my FER Dealer Report editorial, because I have to catch a plane this morning from Chicago to Birmingham, Ala., on my way to West Point, Miss. I fully intended to discuss the slow revival of the... »

Middleby Marshall Marks 125 Years Of Oven Manufacturing - 09/18/2013

Middleby Marshall is celebrating a landmark year in the foodservice E&S business: 125 years as an oven manufacturer. Among the honors the company has received on its anniversary is an honorary street sign, “Middleby Way,”... »

Applications Now Being Accepted For 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards - 09/18/2013

Fall isn’t just time for college applications, it’s time for foodservice equipment manufacturers to apply for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Award applications are accepted through Dec. 6 by the National Restaurant... »

Will Strong 2Q E&S Sales Lead To 2013 FER Forecast Revision? - 09/18/2013

As we reported two weeks ago in FER Fortnightly, sales of equipment and supplies surged in the second quarter of this year, catching us very much by surprise. The MAFSI Barometer, a reflection of manufacturers’ rep sales trends,... »

Equity Firms Buy Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - 09/18/2013

A group of private-equity investors, including firms from Taiwan and South Korea, has acquired Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Terms were not disclosed for the transaction, which was completed Sept. 12.The... »

CaliBurger Grows Its Base In China - 09/18/2013

The California-style burger chain that isn’t based in California continues its global expansion. Shanghai-based CaliBurger has signed a franchise deal with shopping mall operator Dashang Group to open 50 CaliBurger and Cali... »

Russia To Get Glazed With Krispy Kreme Stores - 09/18/2013

The Winston-Salem, N.C., chain has partnered with LLC Doughnuts Café to bring its baked goods to Moscow. The Russian operator opened the first of 40 planned Krispy Kreme stores last month in the heavily trafficked area behind Red... »

New Leaders Take Their Seats On ANFP’s Board - 09/18/2013

New officers and directors have been installed on the board of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The 2013-14 board, as elected by the membership, took office during ANFP’s recent National Leadership... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/18/2013

Through Nov. 15, the National Restaurant Association is offering discount pricing for the NRA Show 2014, May 17-20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Early-bird registrants can save 60% off the regular admission price. Registration... »

Del Taco Strengthens Leadership Team - 09/18/2013

Del Taco has made four executive appointments. Two company veterans have been promoted: John Druse, named as v.p.-design and construction, and Mike Lucero, appointed v.p.-franchise development and real estate. Eric Grundmeier... »

The Balance Of Power Between Limited And Full Service Shifts Yet Again - 09/18/2013

Our good friend Scott Hume ran a very interesting item in the Sept. 5 issue of his Burger Business e-newsletter. He reported that customer satisfaction with limited-service restaurants in the United Kingdom reached parity for the... »

California Raises Minimum Wage - 09/18/2013

In a move strongly opposed by the California Restaurant Association and other business lobbying groups, California lawmakers have approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour by 2016. The bill was... »

Oct. 1 Healthcare Deadline Nears, But Government Fines Are Not Looming - 09/18/2013

In what will likely come as a relief to many small businesses, employers will not face a penalty if they fail to inform their workers by Oct. 1 about changes under the 2010 healthcare law, the Obama administration said last... »

NRA Launches 14-Member Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council - 09/18/2013

The National Restaurant Association has named 14 members of the foodservice and allied industries, all sustainability experts in their own fields, to its Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council. The council is part of the... »

Four-Month Steak ‘n Shake Saga Ends - 09/18/2013

Two Denver-area Steak `n Shake stores at the center of a menu-pricing battle between corporate headquarters and three franchisees seems to have concluded. The stores are now closed, but the Indianapolis chain plans to re-open... »

Wholesale Food Prices Drop Again, Menu Prices Up Slightly - 09/18/2013

Overall food prices at the wholesale level fell for the second month in a row, according the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, released Sept. 13. While the index for so-called finished foods... »

Consumer Sentiment Falls, Retail Sales Growth Sluggish And Other Economic News Of Note - 09/18/2013

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading of consumer sentiment in September, released Sept. 13, fell to 76.8, the lowest reading since April. The final August Sentiment Index stood at 82.1, down... »

FER’s Complete 2014 E&S Forecast Available To Help With Your Budget And Strategic Planning - 09/18/2013

If you missed the President’s Preview last month, you can still purchase the entire forecast for $1,295. It includes eight PowerPoint decks covering data and analysis of macro-economic, operator and materials-price trends as they... »

ACP Names Aguirre As V.P. Sales-Americas - 09/11/2013

Michael Aguirre has joined Accelerated Commercial Products as vice president of sales-Americas. The industry veteran will report to Mary Nedved Potter, senior v.p.-sales and marketing, and lead ACP sales activities for North and... »

Better Times Behind And Ahead - 09/11/2013

In case you missed FER Fortnightly last week, E&S sales surprisingly surged in the second quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer and reports from the seven publicly reporting E&S companies that we follow. We... »

Personnel News: - 09/11/2013

Tondelli Joins FMP: Industry veteran Phil Tondelli has been appointed director business development at Franklin Machine Products. Tondelli’s resume in the foodservice E&S industry spans more than 25 years and includes sales,... »

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