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More Good Market News, But Another Friend Passes - 11/20/2013

When it comes to the outlook for the equipment and supplies market, the good news keeps piling up. But we also had a shock over the weekend, when we learned our good friend Lew Burns, who formerly ran Groen and then several... »

Dexter-Russell Acquires Chef Revival Brand From San Jamar - 11/20/2013

Dexter-Russell has acquired the Chef Revival apparel brand from San Jamar. The deal, effective Nov. 1, includes the complete Chef Revival product line of chef apparel, aprons, crew uniforms, towels, hats and hair nets. The... »

NESA Sets Spring Meeting - 11/20/2013

National Equipment & Supply Association has announced the dates for its Spring Conference. NESA will meet March 13-15, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. »

Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed In August; Gas Prices May Rise On Syria Fears - 11/15/2013

The two major indicators of consumer confidence reported mixed results in their final August indexes, though both remain at levels not seen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are expected to... »

Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD - 11/15/2013

Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter of 2013 in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate... »

E&S Public Companies Grow 3Q Sales 3.2% - 11/13/2013

Third-quarter revenue growth by the seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies were a very mixed bag, according to data compiled by John Muldowney, principal at Clarity Marketing and a marketing... »

Middleby Adds Group President-India And Sales Director For Star Group - 11/13/2013

Weeks after announcing its acquisition of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a Gurgaon, India-based firm with $20 million in annual sales of commercial refrigerators, ice machines, freezers and walk-ins, Middleby Corp. has appointed... »

A Generational Change In Leadership At Chick-fil-A - 11/13/2013

Dan Cathy has been promoted to chair and CEO of Chick-fil-A, succeeding his father, who remains as chair emeritus. S. Truett Cathy, 92, who founded the Atlanta-based quick-service chain in 1946, will turn his attention more fully... »

Buffets Inc. Relaunches As Ovation Brands - 11/13/2013

Buffets Inc. is marking its 30th anniversary with a name change. The Greer, S.C., company—parent to Country Buffet, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s and Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse—has changed its... »

NRA’s Performance Index Ticks Downward, But Cap-Ex Indicators Jump - 11/13/2013

Given that the September survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index was conducted during the partial federal-government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, the slight decline of the overall RPI is... »

FDA Mulls Trans Fat Ban - 11/13/2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fat from the food supply. Under the proposal, the agency would declare that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of... »

Austin Considers Ban On New QSRs - 11/13/2013

Austin, Texas—home to great music, great food and FER’s own MUFES program—is considering a ban on the building of new quick-service restaurants. The Austin city council is considering a resolution that, if passed, would... »

U.S. Employment Growth Accelerates in October - 11/13/2013

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics surprised nearly everyone Nov. 8, citing an addition of 204,000 jobs in October. The BLS also revised jobs growth for August and September, adding another 60,000 to the... »

Restaurant Industry Urges Senate Action On Patent Reform - 11/13/2013

The National Restaurant Association and 36 state restaurant associations have called on Senate leaders to support reforms that will provide restaurateurs and other technology end-users with relief from what it calls “abusive... »

Wholesale Food Prices And Retail Gas Prices Trend Lower - 11/13/2013

Wholesale food prices fell 0.5% in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while gasoline prices at the consumer level continued to fall. Both trends typically are positive for foodservice. In other... »

McNulty Joins Singer’s National Accounts Contract Division - 11/13/2013

Singer Equipment Co. has hired Susan McNulty as director of sales-national accounts contract division.  She’ll report to division v.p. Brian Morehead, and be based in New York City. Before joining Singer, McNulty worked for... »

Fazoli’s Steps Onto Growth Track - 11/13/2013

Fazoli's total unit count is growing for the first time in a decade. The Lexington, Ky., chain has inked agreements with new and existing franchisees for at least nine new locations, including multiples sites in its home state,... »

QualServ Creates New Business Subsidiary - 11/13/2013

A busy business portfolio for QualServ Corp. has led to its restructuring and the creation of a new subsidiary, QualServ Solutions LLC, as its new operating entity. “We are growing, which means we have to evaluate our business... »

Cornelius Gets New Parent: Berkshire Hathaway's Marmon Group - 11/06/2013

IMI is selling its beverage dispensing and merchandising businesses, including 82-year-old Cornelius, to the Berkshire Hathaway-owned Marmon Group. The Glendale Heights, Ill.-based Cornelius, which makes valves and dispensers... »

ABC Celebrates Suppliers Of The Year - 11/06/2013

Top awards for excellence in people, products and service levels were presented during Allied Buying Corp.’s recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill. Winning Suppliers of the Year (and runners-up) are: Smallwares: Spill Stop... »

FEDA’s 2014 Convention To Focus On Boosting Bottom Lines - 11/06/2013

Money. It pays salaries and invoices and allows companies to reinvest in their businesses. The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has designed next year’s annual convention to provide attendees with strategies that... »

Great Lakes To Unveil New HQ, Test Kitchen - 11/06/2013

Great Lakes Hotel Supply will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters and culinary center on Nov. 12. The daylong event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will be held at the company’s new headquarters: 24101 W. Nine Mile Rd.,... »

American Metalcraft Expands - 11/06/2013

American Metalcraft has moved to a larger, all-new office, warehouse and manufacturing facility in Franklin Park, Ill. The new building includes three times the warehouse capacity of the firm’s former location. American... »

Rethinking The Forecast - 11/06/2013

Maybe I was wrong. A few weeks ago, in the middle of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, I wrote that I thought the confrontation might cost the E&S market half a point of growth this year and as much as a point... »

McDonald’s Scales Back Openings, Cap-Ex For 2014 - 10/30/2013

Every penny counts: While McDonald’s Corp. managed to beat third-quarter earnings estimates by a penny—profits were up despite weak sales—the company is re-thinking its 2014 plans. The chain will be pushing back on opening new... »

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