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Dealers Mark Major Anniversaries - 10/23/2013

Two dealers are celebrating notable anniversaries in the E&S business this year. Gold Star Products, a full-service restaurant supplier in Oak Park, Mich., is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Gold Star has been family-owned... »

Meiko USA Enhances Sales Force - 10/23/2013

Meiko USA has added Susan Prusack as segment specialist for the Northeast market. Prusack joins Meiko from U.S. Foods, where she was the equipment and supply specialist for southern New England. She also served as a re-therm... »

Deadline Is Here For Spring 2014 UID Program Scholarships - 10/23/2013

There are a few days left to apply for scholarships to next spring’s University of Industrial Distribution program. The 10 scholarships, valued at $995, are funded by the FEDA Educational Foundation for dealer middle managers... »

Caddy Promotes Bailis, Carter To Top Posts - 10/23/2013

Caddy Corp., the Bridgeport, N.J., ventilation and conveyor manufacturer, has announced a number of strategic appointments. Seasoned salesman Phil Bailis has been named v.p.-sales, where he will oversee all sales and marketing... »

FEDA Webinar Zeroes In On Price - 10/23/2013

Next week is the time to tune in for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association members-only webinar. “Crush Price Objections,” slated for Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. CST, focuses on how dealers can protect their margins and... »

New York Show Offers Free Registration - 10/23/2013

New Yorkers like to think their city is the center of the universe, and it will indeed achieve that title next month with the kickoff of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, running Nov. 9-12 at the Jacob... »

Don’t Let It Bring You Down: Go Sell Something - 10/23/2013

Well, the clowns in Washington did it again. Yes, they avoided pushing us all completely off the cliff, but they didn’t avoid screwing up the economy and undermining the faith the rest of the world places in the American economy,... »

NRAEF Seeking Nominations For Community Service Awards - 10/23/2013

It’s payback time for good deeds and industriousness. Go ahead and nominate a hardworking operator for the Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards, presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational... »

Middleby Acquires India-Based Cold Equipment Company - 10/16/2013

The Middleby Corp. has acquired the commercial refrigeration and foodservice products business of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd.  Celfrost, based in Gurgaon, India, has annual sales of approximately $20 million.  The... »

What Impact Will The Debt-Ceiling Debacle Have On E&S? - 10/16/2013

As we write this, it looks increasingly possible that Congress will fail to pass legislation to increase the U.S. federal debt ceiling or restart the federal government, which has been in a partial shutdown since Oct. 1. We said... »

Vulcan, ITW Bolster Leadership Posts - 10/16/2013

Vulcan and its parent company, ITW Food Equipment Group, have made official a number of new leadership appointments. Tim Farno and Tim Murray have been named to top posts at ITW FEG Cooking. Farno takes the reins as v.p./g.m. of... »

SFM Rebrands Officially As SHFM, Presents Awards - 10/16/2013

In with the new this month as the 35-year-old Society for Foodservice Management has become the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The strategic brand enhancement was unveiled in October at the association’s... »

T&S Appoints G.M. For Shanghai Operation - 10/16/2013

T&S Brass and Bronze Works has hired Pat Cotter as general manager of its facility in Shanghai, China. Cotter has a long career in industrial leadership and development experience in China, India, Mexico and South America.... »

What Key Government Data Are We Missing? - 10/16/2013

Writing FER Fortnightly Economic Report is more challenging this week in part because we are missing a number of key government reports. Among them are the monthly report on U.S. employment, the Producer Price Index and the... »

Blue Chip Forecasts For 2013 And ’14 Hold Steady - 10/16/2013

Forecasts for growth of real GDP in the U.S. held steady in the latest consensus forecasts of economists polled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The forecast of growth of disposable personal income and consumer spending next... »

Long-Term U.S. Economic Forecasts Decline Slightly - 10/16/2013

Because the short-term economic outlook is so dicey, what with the federal government partial shutdown and the looming debt-ceiling deadline, we might want to focus on the longer term. Blue Chip Economic Indicators released its... »

NRA Pleads With Congress To End Shutdown, Maintain Economic Confidence - 10/16/2013

The National Restaurant Association has launched a broad-based grassroots effort among its members urging Congress to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling to maintain economic stability and consumer confidence.... »

Shutdown Creating Risks To Food Safety - 10/16/2013

The government shutdown is endangering what America eats, according to food-safety experts. Offices are dark across the federal agencies charged with making sure that fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other domestically... »

Piada Gets Cash Infusion For Expansion - 10/16/2013

Piada Italian Street Food, a 14-unit fast-casual chain, often called the Italian version of Chipotle Mexican Grill, has received a “significant investment” from private-equity firm Catterton Partners earmarked for continued... »

Hardee’s Plans 35 Stores in Chicago Area - 10/16/2013

On the heels of announcing its return to the Northeast, Hardee's is adding restaurants in the Windy City. The St. Louis chain will open 35 new units in the Chicago area during the next seven years; two have opened in the last... »

Composting Needs More Than Lip Service - 10/16/2013

Composters, manufacturers and restaurant executives have more work to do before compostable plastic products get wider use in the food industry, according to Jeff Clark, director of the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve... »

Dealers Keep Bags Packed For October Group Meetings - 10/09/2013

October is the month of meetings for the E&S industry’s buying groups. Eight of the industry’s dozen or so dealer groups and associations are holding seminars and conferences this month. They... »

Ali Group Acquires Rancilio Group, Italian Coffee Equipment Maker - 10/09/2013

Ali Group has purchased Rancilio Group, a family-owned coffee-equipment manufacturer. Giorgio Rancilio will continue as the 86-year-old company’s CEO. The Milan-based company manufactures both semi- and fully-automatic machines;... »

Spec Markets Begin To Recover, Finally - 10/09/2013

While the foodservice equipment and supplies market’s recovery from the Great Recession has been remarkable in many ways, one very significant part of that market has remained mired in recession. Publicly funded noncommercial... »

Manitowoc Launches New Cuber Brand, Acquires Induction Component Maker - 10/09/2013

New brands and new acquisitions: It's a busy month for Manitowoc Foodservice. The company announced Oct. 1 that it would launch a new line of cube-ice machines marketed and sold under the Koolaire brand name. The New... »

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