NRA Capital Spending Indicator Set Record In July
An important measure of restaurant operators’ capital spending activity hit a record in July, according to the National Restaurant Association. And the record was set not by a little, but by a lot. The percentage of operators... »
Labor Costs Are The New Operator Worry
The announcement last week of a plan to raise the minimum wage for chain restaurant workers in New York to $15 over the next six years is the latest thrust in an ongoing campaign to raise the minimum wage for low-wage workers in... »
In Memoriam: Subway Founder Fred DeLuca
Fred DeLuca, who was 17 when he founded a small sandwich shop that grew into Subway, the world’s largest restaurant chain, has died just weeks after celebrating his company’s 50th anniversary. He was 67.
DeLuca fell ill in 2013,... »
CCSB Considers Freight Class Changes For Ovens, Grease Traps, Ice-Cream Makers/Freezers
Three major equipment categories—ovens, ice cream makers/freezers and grease traps—are under consideration for freight-class changes by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Community Classification Standards Board.... »
Moves and Promotions:
Carpigiani/Ali Group has tapped Penny Klingler as Senior V.P.-Key Accounts for its North America division. Klingler has an extensive background in the commercial foodservice equipment industry, including four years with Alco... »
Nemco Elevates Carcione To Sales Director
This summer, Nemco Food Equipment named Michelle Wibel as its new president. Now, as autumn begins, the Hicksville, Ohio, company has promoted Joe Carcione, CFSP, to Director-Sales.
Carcione moves to the role after eight years... »
McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Takes Kitchen To Its Limits
The rollout of McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu has a catch: Customers’ menu choices are limited because the chain’s kitchens aren’t equipped to handle breakfast and burgers at the same time.
McDonald’s stores will serve... »
Krispy Kreme Crosses The Andes
Two dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts locations will be sprinkled around Peru during the next five years under a new development agreement with Agape Coral. The Winston-Salem, N.C., chain debuted in South America in 2013, when it... »
India Gets Its First Carl’s Jr.
With August’s grand opening in Delhi, Carl’s Jr. became the third major U.S. burger chain to enter India. The California chain’s menu, customized for Indian palates and with an extensive vegetarian selection, will compete with... »
The City That Never Sleeps Takes On Salt
New York State just announced it will set a $15 minimum for all industries—not just for QSR workers—and now comes word that New York City is going after salt.
The city’s Board of Health is requiring chain restaurants to add... »
Utah Town Repeals Ban On Chain Restaurants
After a decade of legal battles, a small Utah town outside Zion National Park has repealed a ban on chain restaurants, clearing the way for one of the country’s restaurant chains to open its doors.
A franchisee group has been... »
Taco Bueno Stakes A Claim In Colorado
The Mexican QSR chain’s new location in Colorado Springs is the first of three slated to open this year in the Centennial State. Taco Bueno also has four new locations in Oklahoma and another two ready to open in Texas this year,... »
Wholesale Food Prices Flat Again In August
Average wholesale food prices increased only slightly again in August, according to Producer Price Index data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Sept. 11. A surge in egg prices helped move the index for foods at... »
Macroeconomic Forecasts Remain Positive For U.S., Fall In Canada And Mexico
Consensus forecasts for macroeconomic indicators that drive foodservice remain positive for the rest of 2015 and 2016, according to the September tallies in Blue Chip Economic Indicators. But 2015 forecasts of real gross domestic... »
Wasserstrom Enters Mobile Technology Market
The nearly server-free restaurant of the future just got a little more real with some news from The Wasserstrom Co., the country’s third-largest foodservice E&S dealer.
The century-old dealer, which reported 2014 sales of... »
Lone Star Taps Top Executives
The board at Lone Star Restaurant Supply has appointed Darren Anderson as President and Chief Operating Officer. Anderson, who previously held the same posts at Dallas-based PrimeSource FoodService Equipment, will take over the... »
FER Is Best In Class, Wins Top National Editorial Award
FER once again was a winner at the Azbee Awards, the journalism honors presented annually by the American Society of Business Publications Editors. Not only did the magazine win four regional awards, Publisher/Research Editor... »
Pecinka Ferri Opens New Facility
Tristate reps Pecinka Ferri Associates have moved to a new, expanded facility in Fairfield, N.J.
The new building at 3 Spielman Road offers a “Gastro-Lab,” an enhanced version of the test kitchen operated by the firm for the... »
Labor Day, Jobs, The Markets And A Record
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly employment report last Friday, Sept. 4. The U.S. economy created another 173,000 jobs in August. It was a bit below the average of the last year, but still decent. And... »
Irinox Founder Kaplan Steps Down
Ira Kaplan, president of Irinox USA, stepped down from the company he founded in 2005 on Sept. 1. The former president of Servolift Eastern and past NAFEM president will continue to serve Irinox as a consultant. New leadership of... »
Technomic Acquired By Media Company
Winsight, the business-to-business media company, has bought Technomic, the Chicago-based research and advisory services firm. Technomic was acquired from its founder, President and CEO Ron Paul, who is leaving the company to... »
In Memoriam: Perfection Equipment’s Sandy Hahn
Sanford “Sandy” Hahn, CEO of Perfection Equipment, died August 25 in Evanston, Ill. He was 78.
Hahn helmed the Gurnee, Ill., maker of beverage and condiment dispensers for more than 47 years. He was a longtime board member of... »
Dispensing Equipment Makers Blend: Micro Matic Acquires Valpar
In an acquisition that greatly expands its presence in the global beverage business, Micro Matic A/S has acquired Valpar Industrial Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of beverage tubes and pythons to breweries and soft-drink... »
July RPI Boosted By Stronger Sales, Heavier Traffic
Driven by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index posted solid improvement in July.
Showing its first gain in three months, the... »
Despite Mixed Results, Public E&S Companies Grew 3.6% In 2Q
The nine publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies posted combined revenue growth of 3.6% in the second quarter 2015 versus the same quarter last year. While overall growth was moderate, it was the best... »
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