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Smashburger To Make A Splash Across The Pond - 04/29/2015

Smashburger, the “better burger” chain, soon will have a footprint in eight countries. The Denver chain has announced its initial foray into the U.K., with 35 restaurants expected to open under a new franchise partner agreement... »

Wholesale Food Prices Go Negative On 12-Month Basis; First Decline Since Late 2009 - 04/29/2015

Wholesale food prices declined for the fifth consecutive month in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and averaging by the National Restaurant Association, leaving the Producer Price Index for food 0.5% lower... »

2015 Foodservice Growth In Canada Forecast To Be As Good Or Better Than 2014 - 04/29/2015

The Canadian foodservice market has been outperforming many other developed foodservice markets around the globe. Two major groups forecasting the market, the national foodservice association Restaurants Canada and U.S.-based... »

Consumer Sentiment And Gas Prices Tick Up Mid-April - 04/29/2015

Consumer sentiment rose in the preliminary April reading, according to the University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers, exceeding analysts’ expectations. The UM Sentiment Index reached 95.9 mid-month, up from a final March... »

In Memoriam: Rep Don Camacho Jr. - 04/29/2015

Donald Camacho Jr., a second-generation manufacturers’ rep, died suddenly April 19 at his home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. He was 64. The Chicago native was self-employed in Zion, Ill., as the owner/operator of Don Camacho &... »

Sysco Argues Local Competition Negates Antitrust Charges In Proposed US Foods Merger - 04/29/2015

Last week, one proposed megamerger fell apart and Comcast walked away from buying Time Warner. Meanwhile, the largest megamerger ever proposed in the foodservice industry is winding its way into court. Sysco Corp. filed a... »

Operators Gather In D.C. For NRA Conference - 04/29/2015

The National Restaurant Association hosted more than 650 operators from 42 states at its Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. They came armed with a full agenda of issues, including healthcare,... »

Bennigan’s Sets Sights On California - 04/29/2015

Dallas-based Bennigan’s has opened the first of what it says will be 100 stores in California. The chain started its Golden State rollout in Santa Clara, and units in Fremont and San Jose are under way. The expansion will include... »

Study Pegs Global Foodservice Equipment And Supplies Market At US$35 Billion - 04/23/2015

A recently released study from the U.S.-based research firm Transparency Market Research estimates the global market for foodservice equipment and supplies was US$35 billion in 2013. The firm forecasts that increasing demand for... »

U.K. Foodservice Posting Healthy Growth - 04/23/2015

As in the U.S., positive employment trends and low inflation in the U.K. are helping foodservice record the strongest growth since before the Great Recession, according to Horizons, a London-based foodservice research... »

FER Exclusive: How TriMark USA Reached $1 Billion In Annual Sales - 04/22/2015

TriMark USA, the South Attleboro, Mass.-based, multidivision dealership, had a big year in 2014. It reported $1.072 billion in sales in 2014 for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual verified Top Dealers Report. And late last... »

Boelter Cos. Buys Direct South - 04/22/2015

The Boelter Cos., the country’s fifth largest equipment and supplies dealer, has acquired Macon, Ga.-based Direct South. The acquisition expands the Milwaukee company’s reach in the Southeast region of the country. Terms of the... »

FEDA Scores With Speakers At 82nd Annual Convention - 04/22/2015

More than 360 foodservice equipment industry professionals convened last month in Phoenix at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa for the 82nd annual FEDA Convention. The association reported rave reviews for the lineup of... »

Pennsylvania-Based Carnegie Debuts Expanded 32,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility - 04/22/2015

Carnegie Foodservice Equipment, which got its start in 1928 by selling smallwares to taverns, is ready to expand nationally with a newly opened showroom and renovated warehouse in Altoona, Pa. The family-owned company held a... »

Hatco Wins ESOP Award - 04/22/2015

Hatco Corp., lauded as a company that does its best to provide a great workplace for its employee owners, has been named ESOP Company of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the ESOP Association, the nation’s largest advocacy and... »

Finishing Top Dealer And Looking At The Forecast - 04/22/2015

If you haven’t sent us your form for our annual Top Dealer listing, to be published in the June issue of FER, this is your absolutely last chance. Just to remind you, any dealer of any size can be listed in either our verified or... »

House Chair Questions EPA On Refrigerant Phaseout Proposal - 04/15/2015

The ongoing discussion over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ban on certain refrigerants and how the rule would hurt small businesses, manufacturers and restaurants has spurred resistance not only in the... »

Halton Group Acquires North Carolina-Based Air Cleaning Company - 04/15/2015

Halton Group has expanded its reach in the indoor climate solution markets. Last month, the Finnish company acquired the Sandford, N.C., air cleaning company Air Scrubbers, which specializes in commercial kitchen environments.... »

Energy Star Honors For Three Industry Manufacturers - 04/15/2015

Three foodservice equipment manufacturers have been honored along with more than 100 other businesses and organizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Hoshizaki America, Peachtree... »

INTERNORGA Reports Biggest Show In Its History - 04/15/2015

Hamburg, Germany, was the place to be in mid-March for European restaurant and hospitality business leaders. INTERNORGA, March 13-18, brought together some 1,300 exhibitors from 25 nations presenting equipment and supplies... »

New Headquarters For FCSI-The Americas - 04/15/2015

FCSI-The Americas Division has moved offices. The U.S.-based arm of Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. is now located at 3309 Robins Road, Ste. 171, Springfield, IL 62704. The phone number remains 309/808-2165. »

FER’s Annual E&S Market Forecast Meeting Set For July 28 - 04/15/2015

Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting will be held July 28 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. This day-long overview of trends and data, including FER’s annual hard-number... »

Cap-Ex Measures Posted Big Gains In NRA February Performance Index - 04/15/2015

Tough winter weather dragged down restaurant sales and traffic in February, but both indicators tracking capital spending rose strongly in the latest Restaurant Performance Index from the National Restaurant Association. The... »

U.S. Jobs Growth Slowed In March And the First Quarter - 04/15/2015

After a year of strong monthly jobs growth, non-farm payrolls grew by just 126,000 in March, leading many economists and other observers to express concern about the strength of the current recovery in the U.S. Of course, in the... »

Economists Cut Forecasts, But Remain Upbeat About 2015 And Beyond - 04/15/2015

The 50 economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators remain upbeat, in spite of two months of cuts in the consensus forecasts for 2015 in the March and early April surveys; the latter was released... »

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