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Tellock Takes Reins, Temporarily, At Manitowoc Foodservice - 04/17/2013

In a management transition announced last week, Manitowoc Co. Chairman/CEO Glen Tellock has taken the reins at the company’s Foodservice segment. He will lead it on an interim basis while the company searches for a successor for... »

Design, Distribution Vets Join El Pollo Loco - 04/17/2013

El Pollo Loco has hired Jeff Little as v.p.-development and Richard Pineda as v.p.-supply chain management. Little, formerly national director of Yum! Brands construction and most recently national director-Taco Bell development,... »

Restaurant Visits With Kids Remain Flat, Says NPD - 04/17/2013

While restaurant traffic involving adults rose 1% in 2012, thanks mostly to a gain in breakfast occasions, visits by parties with children remained flat last year, according to The NPD Group. Visits by parties with kids have been... »

Moe’s Preps Plans For Eight Las Vegas Units - 04/17/2013

Moe’s Southwest Grill is rolling the dice on a multiunit development deal that will bring eight outlets to Las Vegas within the next five years. The units will be Moe’s first freestanding locations in Nevada; the franchise... »

Dixon To Helm National Accounts At Alto-Shaam - 04/17/2013

Alto-Shaam Inc. has promoted Adam Dixon to v.p.-national accounts. Dixon, a 20-year industry veteran, had been the Menomonee Falls, Wis., company’s v.p.-sales for the southwestern U.S. In his new post, he’ll oversee strategic... »

Sentiment Falls As Consumers Worry About Long-Term Outlook - 04/17/2013

Consumer sentiment fell sharply in the preliminary April reading by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, surprising many economists. Combined with the decline in overall retail sales, the decline had... »

Disposable Income Growth Forecast To Improve - 04/17/2013

Behind the latest round of forecasts from the 50 economic groups surveyed each month by Blue Chip Economic Indicators is a bit of good news for foodservice operators: Disposable personal income growth should begin to improve,... »

Rising Water Costs Hit Home In Nova Scotia - 04/17/2013

Are foodservice operators being asked to foot the bill for years of municipal neglect? That’s what Halifax, New Scotia, restaurateurs, and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association are claiming. The CRFA is appealing... »

Minimum Wage Protests Rock NYC - 04/17/2013

Hundreds of foodservice workers and supporters protested in New York City and other cities on April 4 outside restaurants to demand higher wages. Demonstrators, chanting “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Minimum wage has got to go,” voiced... »

Ethanol Bill Reform To Lower Wholesale Food Costs - 04/17/2013

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress April 10 would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires that large quantities of corn be diverted for use in the production of corn-based ethanol.Opponents of the standard argue... »

FEDA Marks Its 80th Anniversary With Stimulating Annual Convention - 04/10/2013

It wasn’t quite business as usual as the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association celebrated its 80th anniversary during the group’s annual convention April 3-7 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in Texas.... »

Special Report: FER Revises 2012 and '13 E&S Market Forecasts - 04/10/2013

Better than expected fourth-quarter 2012 results and a distinct softening of foodservice operator sales in the first quarter of 2013 has prompted Foodservice Equipment Reports to revise its forecasts of the foodservice equipment... »

TriMark Buys Texas-Based Strategic Equipment - 04/10/2013

In an acquisition that reorders the shape of the E&S distribution field, TriMark USA, LLC has acquired Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., headquartered in Coppell, Texas. The acquisition positions TriMark as the nation’s... »

What We All Owe FEDA’s Ray Herrick - 04/10/2013

We just returned from San Antonio, Texas, and FEDA’s 2013 Annual Convention. From the sight of FEDA and Wasserstrom Co. Pres. Brad Wasserstrom riding into the opening reception on a long-horn steer, to the savory taste of chicken... »

April 12: The Drop-Dead Deadline For Top Dealer Surveys - 04/10/2013

Okay, so the original deadline was April Fool’s Day and at least some of you were busy getting ready for FEDA’s Annual Convention. Well, like us, you’re back at work. So if you haven’t already submitted your paperwork and data... »

Sales And Traffic Tank In February RPI, But Cap-Ex Measures Hold Up - 04/03/2013

Same-store sales and traffic took a beating in February, according to the latest tracking data from The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, released Mar. 29. The overall index fell 0.8 point to 99.9,... »

Top 500 Chains Grew 4.9% In 2012, Reports Technomic, While Noncommercial Segments Show Signs of Life - 04/03/2013

Restaurant chains’ sales rebounded in 2012, according to preliminary data from Technomic Inc.’s annual “Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report,” released March 21. Combined system-wide sales for the 500 concepts rose 4.9%. The year was... »

Personnel Moves: - 04/03/2013

Market Forge has announced two key personnel appointments as part of a management restructuring. Fifteen-year company veteran Jeff Leckel has been promoted from operations manager to interim president and CEO, succeeding Dave... »

DoughPro Revamps As ProLuxe - 04/03/2013

DoughPro has a new name, new logo and new look. The maker of pizza and presses, grills, ovens and accessories has changed its name to ProLuxe. “Our new name refl­ects our ongoing growth and expansion, and better identifies the... »

Homer Laughlin Names Elizabeth McIlvain To Succeed Brother As President - 04/03/2013

For the first time in the 142-year history of The Homer Laughlin China Co., the mantle of leadership is being handed down, not to a successive generation, but from brother to sister. The privately held Newell, W.Va., company has... »

KFC Makes Big Plans Across The Pond - 04/03/2013

The British press reports that KFC Corp. will open more than 40 new restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year, which would take the chain to nearly 900 restaurants in those countries by year’s end. The expansion... »

Dairy Queen Opens Doors In 20th Country - 04/03/2013

Dairy Queen has opened a new store in Trinidad, making it the 20th country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ presence. Dairy Queen’s partner in Trinidad, Pelinja Holdings, is scheduled to open three new locations during the... »

NRA Announces 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards - 04/03/2013

Bragging rights and recognition as drivers of industrywide advancement belong to the 15 foodservice operators selected by their peers as finalists for the 2013 Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five... »

Blue Chip Long-Range Forecasts Hold Steady - 04/03/2013

According to the 50 econometric groups surveyed by Blue Chip Economic Indicators each month, better times are indeed ahead. While in the March survey the group kept their 2013 consensus forecast at 1.9% growth of real gross... »

Nevada Debates Expanded Menu Labeling Bill - 04/03/2013

More comprehensive menu labeling is on the legislative docket in Nevada. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would require eateries with 10 or more locations to post nutritional information in a conspicuous... »

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