In Memoriam: Tom Ward
Tom Ward, who spent 33 years in sales with Wells Mfg. Co., died Dec. 21, 2012 of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 72.
George Thomas Ward spent his youth on his family’s Wiley City, Wash., hop and cattle ranch. In 1972,... »
New Face To Lead NRA Advocacy
Matt Walker will lead the National Restaurant Association’s advocacy strategy and lobbying efforts in the Congress as the NRA’s new v.p.-government affairs.
Before joining the NRA, Walker worked as deputy staff director and... »
What’s Behind All The M&A Deals In E&S
The brokers and investment bankers that help equipment and supplies companies buy and sell other companies had a very busy 2012. Foodservice Equipment Reports and our forecasting partner John Muldowney, v.p.-marketing at... »
Family-Owned New England Dealers Merge
Kittredge Equipment Co., the Agawam, Mass., dealer, has purchased Northeast Food Service Equipment and Supply, a Bow, N.H.-based dealer. Both companies are family-owned businesses with a strong commitment to exceptional customer... »
I’ve had two really interesting interviews in the past couple weeks. One was with Phil Dei Dolori and Dean Landeche at Manitowoc Foodservice and another with Selim Bassoul at Middleby. While the original topics were totally... »
Eagle Group: Shari Kaplan has joined the Clayton, Del., company as v.p.- eastern regional sales. Kaplan, who has experience on the dealer and manufacturing sides of the industry, will represent Eagle’s line of foodservice... »
FEDA Plans Box Lunch Seminar At NAFEM `13
The NAFEM Show is only weeks away. Among the associations planning concurrent seminars and meetings is the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, which will host a box lunch seminar on Friday, Feb. 8.
In “Good and... »
Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Equipment Tax Breaks, Extension Of Tax Depreciation
A fall off the so-called fiscal cliff was skirted by Congress's New Year’s passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which included a number of tax breaks for small-business owners and foodservice operators. The legislation... »
Middleby Corp. Acquires Viking Range For $380 Million
The waning hours of 2012 brought one last major story in the foodservice equipment business: Middleby Corp. has acquired Viking Range Corp for $380 million in cash. The deal was announced Dec. 31.
Viking, a leading maker of... »
Unified Brands Acquires Power Soak Systems
Unified Brands announced Dec. 20 that it has acquired Power Soak Systems, a privately held manufacturer of continuous-motion warewashing systems.
Power Soak is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has a manufacturing facility... »
In Memoriam: John Birchfield Sr.
John Birchfield, FCSI, the founder and principal of Birchfield Foodsystems, a foodservice consulting and design firm, died Dec. 29. He was 82 years old.
Birchfield had a long and multifaceted career in the foodservice industry.... »
No Cliff Dive But Plenty Of Dangers Remain For Foodservice And The American Economy
Unless you spent the holidays on another planet or at least on a remote island paradise with no media access, you are aware that Congress and the Obama Administration cobbled together in early January a package that made... »
In Memoriam: Erwin Shakin
Erwin Shakin, a man who loved the foodservice industry and said he had to have at least one meal a day in a restaurant, died on Dec. 24. He was 83 years old.
Shakin was the founder of Consolidated Restaurant Services,... »
Caribou Coffee Goes Private
A private-equity firm that already holds a majority stake in Peet’s Coffee & Tea has acquired Caribou Coffee Co., the nation’s second-largest company-owned coffeehouse chain.
The Joh. A. Benckiser Group (JAB) announced a... »
Ali Group Completes Scotsman Acquisition
It’s a done deal: The Italian foodservice equipment conglomerate The Ali Group has successfully closed on its previously announced definitive agreement to acquire Scotsman Industries, the world’s largest commercial ice-machine... »
Cap Spending Measures Fell Sharply In NRA’s December Performance Index
The two indicators in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index that track recent and future capital spending by restaurant operators took big hits in December, even as other measures in the index rose,... »
Vollrath Acquires A Second Plastics Maker, Acryfab Inc.
The Vollrath Co. will be expanding its brand into acrylic dispensing, display and fabrication products with its latest acquisition, fellow Wisconsin manufacturer Acry Fab Inc. The Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company is... »
Nominations Due This Month For NACUFS’ National Awards
The National Association of College & University Food Services is seeking nominations for its national recognition awards honoring individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to the association and its... »
NRA Hosts Health Care, Commodities Webinars This Month
The National Restaurant Association has slated two webinars in January for its members. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the association will host “Health Care Law: Next Steps for Restaurateurs.”
Operators large and small will feel the... »
NYC Resumes Inspections In Operations Hit By Hurricane Sandy
Hundreds of New York area restaurants estimated to have been damaged by late October’s Hurricane Sandy were granted a two-month respite from the city’s letter-grade inspections. But on Jan. 2, the New York City Department of... »
Blanco CS Rebrands As Blanco Professional
Blanco CS has been renamed Blanco Professional. The family-owned company headquartered in Oberderdingen, Germany, says it is revising its name to make its objective clear: professionals producing for professionals.
Texas-Based Mission Buys Fellow Lone State Dealer
San Antonio-based Mission Restaurant Supply has acquired Metroplex Restaurant Equipment, a Fort Worth, Texas-based E&S dealership. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Metroplex’s previous owners, Danny Terrell and Ed... »
Restaurant Equipment World Opens An Office In Dubai
It isn’t just chains making footprints in the Middle East.
Restaurant Equipment World has opened a location in Dubai, UAE. The office will support the Orlando, Fla., firm's clients in the Middle East/North Africa region, and... »
Chefs’ Toys Acquires Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply
Chefs’ Toys has acquired the assets of Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply of Van Nuys, Calif.
Through the deal, which was official Dec. 3, Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Chefs’ Toys will operate Star as a fourth branch of... »
In Memoriam: Hiawatha Founder Lois Thompson
Lois Thompson, 85, the founder of Hiawatha Chef Supply, passed away Nov. 27 after a long battle with emphysema.
The former Lois Murker started the Escanaba, Mich., dealership in 1955, in partnership with Doug Wescott.... »
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