Singer Adds To Its Sales Team
Singer Equipment Co. has added Joe Turner as its newest contract salesperson. A 27-year veteran of the foodservice equipment industry, Turner joins the Elverson, Pa., dealer from C&T Design and Equipment Co., Valparaiso, Ind.... »
Middleby Acquires Chinese Induction Equipment Maker
The Middleby Corp. has expanded globally again, acquiring the assets of Induc Commercial Electronics, a Qingdoa, China, manufacturer of commercial induction-cooking equipment. Induc, an established brand in China with a growing... »
Alto-Shaam Makes Changes To Global Leadership Team
A transition has taken place in Alto-Shaam’s international business team. Mark Kreple, Senior V.P. of International Sales, has moved into a consulting role at the Menomonee Falls, Wis., company. Kreple spent 11 years leading the... »
NRA’s Performance Index Rose In April
Strong gains in same-store sales and traffic pushed up the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index in April. One indicator of capital spending was flat while the other rose sharply.
The overall RPI rose... »
Entries Due June 15 For IHMRS' Pioneering Concept Design Contest
Monday is the deadline for entries in this year's Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition. Entries are due June 15 for the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show's cutting-edge concept design contest; the winner... »
Pitco Elevates Spittle To Presidency
Steve Spittle, CFSP, has been appointed President of Pitco. Prior to his promotion, Spittle was v.p.-sales at the Manchester, N.H., company, where he oversaw seven regional sales managers and 24 rep firms, and developed and... »
Kahala’s New Acquisition Grows Its Share Of The Smoothie Market
Kahala Brands has purchased the Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite franchise brands. The acquisition expands Kahala Brands’ smoothie concept portfolio to three brands and more than 400 locations.
Brentwood, Tenn.-based Planet... »
Standex Refrigerated Solutions Promotes McDonald To Head Marketing Efforts
Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group has advanced Jack McDonald to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. He’ll be responsible for driving marketing and business development initiatives for Nor-Lake and... »
Wendy’s Plans To Add 1,000 New Locations
Wendy’s, already planning to hit a nine-year high in new-store openings this year with 80 new outlets, is going even bigger. The 6,500-unit chain has unveiled plans to boost its store count by adding 1,000 new locations by the... »
Traffic Remained Flat for Year Ending April, Says NPD
While restaurant traffic finally picked up in the last quarter of 2014, it remained flat for the year ending in April, according to The NPD Group. Spending rose 3% during the period, thanks mostly to menu-price increases, the... »
Oops! Wrong on Unified Brands 1Q/15 Number
Sometimes we make mistakes. When we do, we fix them. Our estimate of Unified Brands first quarter 2015 revenue was incorrect. This affects not only the Unified numbers, but also our overall numbers for the publicly reporting... »
Register Now For FER’s 2015 President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast Meeting
Registration is now open for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast. The meeting is scheduled for July 28 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.
This annual one-day event for... »
Foodservice Economic Update: Jobs, Gas And Consumer Confidence
Much of the recent macroeconomic news that affects foodservice and foodservice equipment and supplies has been positive.
After a lull in March and April, jobs growth picked up again in May, according to figures released June 5... »
Portland Says Sidewalks Are For Eating On, Not Eating Up Space
Complaints about outdoor dining areas encroaching on pedestrians’ space has prompted Portland, Ore., to spell out specific rules for restaurants with outdoor dining, including how much sidewalk space they can encompass and the... »
Muscle Maker Grill Joins American Restaurant Holdings’ Stable
Fast-casual restaurant chain Muscle Maker Grill has been acquired by American Restaurant Holdings. The Irvine, Calif.-based restaurant company also owns and operates chains, including Fronteras Mexican Grill and JoJo’s Pizza... »
ServSafe Program Offers eCertificates For Instant Access
Instant access to ServSafe certifications earned through the National Restaurant Association’s suite of training products, including ServSafe Manager, Food Handler, Allergens and Alcohol, are now available as complimentary... »
Wasted Food, Eating Up Money And Natural Resources, Spurs France To New Supermarket Rules
A report by the National Resources Defense Council, “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill,” estimates that the amount of food thrown away in the U.S. is equivalent to $165... »
Myers Restaurant Supply Earns Top SEFA Award
Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance honored 31 members and supplier award winners, including its Member of the Year, Myers Restaurant Supply, at its 29th Annual Partnership Conference Awards Banquet on April 21 in... »
Participation Grows In FEDA Data Interchange
The FEDA Data Interchange initiative continues to gain momentum across the foodservice industry’s various segments. As of press time, FDI has 1,158 dealers, 294 reps and 104 manufacturers involved with the initiative.
FDI and... »
HeritageParts.com Earns BBB Accreditation
Heritage Parts recently announced its accreditation by the Better Business Bureau for its e-commerce site. The endorsement, which includes the highest validation with an A+ rating as a BBB-accredited business, underlines the Fort... »
Unified Brands Taps Business Development Manager For Central U.S.
Unified Brands has added Abby Young as Business Development Manager for the central region. New to the foodservice industry, Young is responsible for increasing business opportunities across Unified’s Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la... »
A Summer To Prosper
As we wrote two weeks ago, we think 2015 will be the best year for equipment and supplies sales in the current economic cycle. Every part of the market—chains, the street business, the spec markets—are humming along. Restaurant... »
Subway Hits Big In C-Stores/Truck-Stop Units
Subway is getting bigger by thinking smaller. Three weeks ago, it hit another developmental milestone with the opening in Lima, Peru, of its 5,000th c-store and truck-stop location. Subway increasingly has focused its expansion... »
Taco Bell To Offer Beer With Its Chalupas
Taco Bell wants to take its “Live Más” motto to a new level and let its customers drink a toast to their tacos.
The 6,500-unit chain has applied for a liquor license for a unit soon to open in Chicago. The store will have a... »
Cini-Little’s Bill Eaton Retires
William Eaton, whose 45-year career at Cini-Little Int’l. spans nearly the history of the foodservice, laundry and waste-management consulting firm, has retired. As a Principal, he will continue to serve as Chairman of the... »
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