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Dickey’s Maintains Smokin’ Hot Growth Rate - 08/07/2013

The rapid growth pace for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants continues unabated. The Dallas-based company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, will open nine new sites in central California. Franchise partners and KFC... »

Hot Topics Simmer In State Legislatures - 08/07/2013

Summer is here, legislation is pending and most state governments are in adjournment. Here’s what’s on the docket during these dog days of August: Meal Taxes: Minneapolis is one of a growing number of cities seeking to shore up... »

Restaurant Unit Numbers Grew 0.5% Over Past Year, Traffic Was Flat, NPD Reports - 08/07/2013

The total number of restaurants in the U.S. market grew moderately the past year, according to spring data from The NPD’s Group twice-a-year restaurant census, ReCount. The number of total net units grew 0.5%, or an addition of... »

Restaurant Sales In Canada A Bit Better, But Optimism A Bit Worse - 08/07/2013

The percentage of Canadian restaurant operators reporting higher same-store sales in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter in 2012, rose slightly, while those reporting lower sales dropped somewhat,... »

Court Upholds Ruling Against NYC Supersized Drink Ban - 08/07/2013

Last week saw a state appellate court uphold the New York Supreme Court’s ruling striking down New York City’s ban on restaurants selling sugar-sweetened beverages of more than 16 ounces. The decision that the New York Board of... »

Other Economic News Of Note: - 08/07/2013

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the U.S. economy created 162,000 net new jobs in July, lower than the past few months and 20,000 to 25,000 lower than most economists expected. In the perverse... »

Eggers Takes Marketing Reins For Cooper-Atkins - 08/07/2013

Bill Eggers has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corp. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices,... »

Tossed Inks 30-Store Franchise Deal For Middle East, North Africa - 08/07/2013

Tossed, the fast-casual soup and salad chain, has signed its first international expansion deal. The 30-unit master development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Co., a multi-national conglomerate based in the United Arab... »

KFC Enters The Fast Casual Market With “Eleven” Store - 07/31/2013

KFC is putting its 11 herbs and spices in the forefront—and in its name—at a prototype fast-casual store opening August 5. The white-bearded, bespectacled image of chain founder Colonel Harland Sanders has no presence in the... »

Tidbits From FER’s 2014 E&S Forecast - 07/31/2013

We’re finishing up the eight PowerPoints we present next week at our annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, being held Aug. 7 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. We thought we’d share a few of the... »

Members, Suppliers Honored By ABC - 07/31/2013

During its recent spring conference, Allied Buying Corp. recognized more than a dozen member/dealers and suppliers for their outstanding volume growth and supplier support. Seven ABC suppliers were honored: Outstanding Sales... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/31/2013

Micro Matic USA has announced seven hires to support its expansion in the foodservice market. The Northridge, Calif., company makes dispensing equipment, including underbar refrigeration and back bar equipment. John Hickey, the... »

Tomorrow’s The Deadline for FEDA Profit Survey - 07/31/2013

The deadline for Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association members to return the questionnaire for the group’s Annual Profit Survey is Thursday, August 1. The survey delivers a wealth of financial and operating guidelines... »

Ace Mart Hosts Rep Awards - 07/31/2013

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply hosted its annual Rep of the Year Awards at its new downtown Dallas Superstore during the Southwest Foodservice Expo in Dallas in June. Employees in the company’s 15 Ace Mart Superstores, web store,... »

CFESA Changes Mailing Address - 07/31/2013

Headquarters for the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has a new mailing address. CFESA can now be reached at P.O. Box 77139, Greensboro, NC 27417. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. The... »

Roark Adds Another Brand, Acquires Miller’s Ale House - 07/24/2013

Miller’s Ale House, a 65-unit casual-dining chain, has been acquired by Atlanta-based private-equity firm Roark Capital Group. The Jupiter, Fla., chain had been owned by KarpReilly LLC. Financial details of the deal were not... »

McDonald’s To Debut In Vietnam - 07/24/2013

Yes, there are still a few countries where you can’t order a Big Mac or a Happy Meal. McDonald’s Corp. will check off Vietnam from that list sometime next year, adding it as the 38th Asian country in the company’s portfolio. The... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/24/2013

Americold has named Keith Goldsmith as its new executive v.p. and chief commercial officer. He’ll report to Jeffrey Gault, president/CEO of the Atlanta-based temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company. Goldsmith had... »

India Adds Three Pinkberry Units In 24 Hours - 07/24/2013

Frozen yogurt retailer Pinkberry has expanded into India and opened three stores— in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai—in one day. The Santa Monica, Calif., chain has regionalized the menu for India, its 19th global market. It’s... »

Register Now For FER’s E&S Forecast Seminar Next Month. Time’s Running Out! - 07/24/2013

Time is running short to register for the industry’s only annual hard-numbers forecast overviewof the foodservice equipment and supplies market. Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2014 President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast is... »

NRA To Host First-Ever Restaurant Innovation Summit - 07/24/2013

The National Restaurant Association will host a two-day seminar this fall as a way to offer operators ideas to better engage guests through emerging technology. “Restaurant Innovation Summit: Emerging Technology and the... »

General Economic Forecasts Continue To Show Slow But Improving Growth - 07/24/2013

Since we’re in the middle of preparing our annual equipment and supplies market forecast, we thought we’d share the latest key macro-economic forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. In the latest survey of the 50 economic... »

Technomic Releases New College Foodservice And Fast Casual Reports - 07/24/2013

Two new reports, one on consumer trends in college and university foodservice and another tracking the Top 150 fast-casual chain brands, are now available from Technomic Inc. Student patronage levels have almost returned to... »

CFSP Online Course Package Available - 07/24/2013

NAFEM is offering a new streamlined approach to the certification process which allows prospective Certified Foodservice Professionals to take the course at their own pace, at home or in the office. The CFSP Online Course... »

Retail Outlets Will Take Traffic Share From Restaurants Over The Next Decade, NPD Forecasts - 07/24/2013

Among the predictions in The NPD Group’s recently released “A Look into the Future of Foodservice” study is this one: Prepared foods provided by retailers such as supermarkets and drug stores will continue to capture share of the... »

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