Tim Hortons Opens 20th Middle East Store, Sets Full Panini Rollout In Canada
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,... »
Full Steam Ahead For This Weekend’s New York Show
No matter the weather, it's showtime. Organizers of the Nov. 10-12 International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show are forging ahead as the New York/New Jersey area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and there is lot to look... »
Dealing With Disaster
As we all now know, Sandy wasn’t just a storm or even a hurricane; it was a “superstorm.” Calling around to our friends to see how everyone fared, it’s clear the storm and its aftermath created severe challenges for those who... »
Nieco Gets New Parent: Middleby
The Middleby Corp. has added another foodservice equipment maker to its wide-ranging stable of brands. Middleby announced Oct. 31 that it has acquired Nieco Corp., a West Coast maker of automatic broilers for a broad range of... »
Candle Lamp Acquires Sterno
Candle Lamp has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of The Sterno Group. The combined companies, led by Candle Lamp’s current executive team, will be known as SternoCandleLamp.
Sterno, founded in 1893 as... »
Veteran’s Day Reminder
Veteran’s Day is Monday, Nov. 12. We received a note from SC Equipment Funding noting that it will close its offices in Placentia, Calif., that day in observance of it. The editors here at FER thought we’d pass it along.
NAFEM `13 Countdown…
There are fewer than 100 days until NAFEM `13. Booked your rooms and tickets yet? Found a seat for the closing night banquet’s headliner, Jimmy Buffett? If not, hop to it. The show, Feb. 7-9, 2013, is just around the corner. And... »
Reconsidering Our E&S Forecast, Again
In case you didn’t see it, we wrote the following analysis of the foodservice equipment and supplies market, and how it is developing compared with our July forecasts, for last week’s FER Dealer Report. Since then, our... »
Starbucks Opens First Store In India
India is no longer an untapped market for Starbucks. Earlier this month, the coffee chain debuted in Mumbai, its first outlet in the world’s second most populous country. The flagship Mumbai store was the first of three grand... »
Chipotle Slates L.A. For Next ShopHouse
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is going bicoastal. The concept, which parent Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted in Washington, D.C., in 2011, will open its first unit in Los Angeles early next year. The West Coast store will be... »
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