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Four-Month Steak ‘n Shake Saga Ends - 09/18/2013

Two Denver-area Steak `n Shake stores at the center of a menu-pricing battle between corporate headquarters and three franchisees seems to have concluded. The stores are now closed, but the Indianapolis chain plans to re-open... »

Wholesale Food Prices Drop Again, Menu Prices Up Slightly - 09/18/2013

Overall food prices at the wholesale level fell for the second month in a row, according the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, released Sept. 13. While the index for so-called finished foods... »

Consumer Sentiment Falls, Retail Sales Growth Sluggish And Other Economic News Of Note - 09/18/2013

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading of consumer sentiment in September, released Sept. 13, fell to 76.8, the lowest reading since April. The final August Sentiment Index stood at 82.1, down... »

FER’s Complete 2014 E&S Forecast Available To Help With Your Budget And Strategic Planning - 09/18/2013

If you missed the President’s Preview last month, you can still purchase the entire forecast for $1,295. It includes eight PowerPoint decks covering data and analysis of macro-economic, operator and materials-price trends as they... »

ACP Names Aguirre As V.P. Sales-Americas - 09/11/2013

Michael Aguirre has joined Accelerated Commercial Products as vice president of sales-Americas. The industry veteran will report to Mary Nedved Potter, senior v.p.-sales and marketing, and lead ACP sales activities for North and... »

Better Times Behind And Ahead - 09/11/2013

In case you missed FER Fortnightly last week, E&S sales surprisingly surged in the second quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer and reports from the seven publicly reporting E&S companies that we follow. We... »

Personnel News: - 09/11/2013

Tondelli Joins FMP: Industry veteran Phil Tondelli has been appointed director business development at Franklin Machine Products. Tondelli’s resume in the foodservice E&S industry spans more than 25 years and includes sales,... »

FEDA Slates Pricing Issues As Next Webinar Topic - 09/11/2013

How does a dealer protect his margins and hold the line on pricing when faced with the challenge of selling value to price-sensitive customers? It’s a question that the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has been... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/11/2013

Thinking ahead? If you already know you and your colleagues will be heading to Chicago next May to attend the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, you... »

Manitowoc Names Chris Karssiens As EVP For Asia Pacific - 09/04/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed Chris Karssiens to the role of executive vice president-Foodservice Asia Pacific (APAC). In his new post, effective immediately, Karssiens is responsible for fulfilling the New Port Richey,... »

Expanded MAFSI Barometer Measures Record Gain In 2Q - 09/04/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies posted surprisingly strong gains in the second quarter of 2013 versus the year-prior quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for... »

FER Honors Eleven Winners In Smallwares & Tabletop Contest - 09/04/2013

Eleven tabletop, servingware and smallwares products have been honored with awards in Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine’s 12th annual Smallwares & Tabletop Awards. Five judges—two operators and three dealer... »

Stuart Sharp Joins R.W. Smith As COO - 09/04/2013

R.W. Smith & Co. has appointed Stuart Sharp, the former v.p.-division sales at Carlisle Foodservice Products, as chief operating officer, a new position within the company’s leadership team. Sharp will report to Allan Keck,... »

Public E&S Companies Post Best Results Since 1Q/12 - 09/04/2013

While the results were mixed from company to company, seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies reported a combined second quarter revenue gain of 4.1%, compared with 2Q/2012, the strongest increase... »

New York Hotel Show To Unveil Winning Foodservice Concept - 09/04/2013

When the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show asked consultants to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to create “The Next Great Foodservice Concept,” the IHMRS staff set no limits. The competition for the design... »

Long John Silver’s Dumps Trans-Fat Cooking Oil - 09/04/2013

Long John Silver’s is switching to trans-fat-free cooking oil in its domestic restaurants. By the end of the year, the company says that all of its U.S. locations will use trans-fat-free cooking oil for all fried products. The... »

Yogen Früz Owners Buy Kahala Corp. - 09/04/2013

Kahala Corp., the privately owned franchisor of more than a dozen quick-service brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Taco Time, and The Great Steak &... »

Industry Personnel News: - 09/04/2013

Ryne Stover has been appointed national accounts sales specialist at floor-mat manufacturer The Andersen Co. Sales veteran Alan Brown will fill the post as regional manager for the Dalton, Ga., firm’s safety/industrial sales... »

Starbucks To Open Stores in Colombia - 09/04/2013

While it’s not quite the same as selling ice to the Eskimos, Starbucks Coffee has announced plans to open its first café in a renowned home of the coffee bean: Colombia. After 42 years of buying coffee beans from the country with... »

Minimum Wage Strikes Continue - 09/04/2013

Scattered protests and employee walkouts hit quick-service chains in 60 cities last week in an effort to ramp up pressure for increased wages. While spokesmen for the protests’ organizers estimated that they involved 1,000... »

Steak ‘n Shake Menu Pricing Battle Awaits Court Decision - 09/04/2013

A federal judge is expected to rule this week in the battle between activist shareholder and restaurant chief Sardar Biglari and three Steak ‘n Shake franchisees in Colorado over who controls menu pricing. The operators are suing... »

Texas Pizzeria Wins Court Battle With Umami Burger - 09/04/2013

Umami Burger has lost the trademark infringement case it filed in June against Texas-based Umami Mia Pizzeria. In the case, Los Angeles-based Umami Burger asked that the three-month-old Austin restaurant “immediately change their... »

NRA’s Performance Index Fell In July, But Hangs Above Expansion Line - 09/04/2013

Declines in six of the eight components of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index pushed the overall index down for the second consecutive month in July. The RPI fell 0.6 point to 100.7. But the index... »

Alto-Shaam Hits Fundraising Goal At Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing - 09/04/2013

Alto-Shaam welcomed more than 170 golfers to the fifth annual Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing on August 10. The charitable event, held at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis., surpassed previous outings as participants raised a... »

Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD - 09/04/2013

Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate visits... »

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