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NRA Show Reminder: FER Is In Booth #5223 - 05/15/2013

Don’t forget to stop by and see us this weekend at NRA Booth #5223. Whether you’re passing along company or personnel news or some new product information, or if you just want to say hello and ask us to come see something new at... »

Equity Firm Takes Majority Stake In Tokyo Joe’s - 05/15/2013

In partnership with former Quiznos Chief Executive Greg MacDonald, private-equity firm Gridiron Capital LLC has acquired a majority stake in the Asian fast-casual chain Tokyo Joe’s. MacDonald was named CEO of the 17-year-old... »

NRA, LED Lighting Supplier Team Up - 05/15/2013

Call it a light bulb of an idea. The National Restaurant Association has allied itself with North American LED to offer light emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions, to its members at discounted prices. Through the partnership,... »

Tough U.K Foodservice Market Shows Signs Of Life - 05/15/2013

The foodservice market in the United Kingdom is beginning to improve, according to Peter Backman, managing director at Horizons, the London-based foodservice research firm, which held its annual briefing on May 1.While the nadir... »

Canadian Operators Report Sluggish First Quarter - 05/15/2013

A soft economy, gas price increases and inclement weather clipped restaurant operator sales in Canada in the first quarter, according to the latest Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association Restaurant Outlook Survey.... »

Dealers, IDPC Continue Battling Interior Design Legislation - 05/15/2013

The fight continues against legislation that could limit a foodservice distributor’s ability to bid on or perform interior-design work. FEDA reports that in April it notified its South Carolina members about a hearing regarding... »

New Controversies Stall Food Trucks - 05/15/2013

While the West Coast food-truck business continues to boom, other major cities continue to wrestle with the politics of curb-side foodservice. The city council in Washington, D.C., plans a yes or no vote on newly proposed... »

Brazil Fines McDonald's For Happy Meals - 05/15/2013

The Hamburgler, not to mention Ronald McDonald, has taken a legal hit in Brazil. A consumer protection agency in the state of Sao Paolo has taken aim at the Happy Meal, fining McDonald's Corp. $1.6 million for targeting children... »

Restaurant Equippers To Expand Into Greater Philadelphia Market - 05/08/2013

Restaurant Equippers plans to open its third warehouse store this summer to serve the Northeast region of the country. The Columbus, Ohio-based company expects a July opening for its 40,000-sq.-ft. store in Pennsauken, N.J. It... »

Top Dealers Had A Very Good 2012 - 05/08/2013

We’ve now toted up the results from our third annual Foodservice Equipment Reports Top Dealer Report. The 46 companies that verified their volumes this year had a very good year in 2012, at least on the top line as a group. The... »

SEFA Transitioning To Member-Owned Group - 05/08/2013

As part of a long-term strategy to maintain its presence as one of the industry’s major buying groups, Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance has announced plans to become member-owned. As the new multiyear plan is carried... »

Myers Opens Southern California Branch - 05/08/2013

Myers Restaurant Supply is expanding outside of its northern California base. The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based dealer has opened a sales office in Costa Mesa to service the company’s growing Southern California business. Twenty-year... »

Kitchen Brains Names New CEO - 05/08/2013

Kitchen Brains has tapped Timothy Lane, a longstanding board member, to take the firm’s reins as CEO. Lane most recently served as president/CEO of Holiday Inn Worldwide. Prior to that post, he was CEO of PepsiCo Restaurants... »

Alto-Shaam Taps Retail V.P. - 05/08/2013

Alto-Shaam has added Brian Zornes as its new v.p. of national accounts-retail. Zornes joins the Menomonee Falls, Wis., manufacturer after 17 years with CSC Worldwide, formerly Columbus Show Case, most recently as v.p.-supermarket... »

New National Sales Manager For EnviroPure - 05/08/2013

EnviroPure Systems, a maker of self-contained organic food-waste disposal systems, has hired Stefan Kahl as its new national sales manager. Kahl comes from the Atlanta division of U.S. Foods, where he spent nine years as... »

NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center - 05/08/2013

Dealers and their employees with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association... »

NRA’s Performance Index Pops Back Into The Black - 05/01/2013

Buoyed by strong improvements in same-store sales and traffic in March, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index moved back in positive territory in the March report, released April 30. The overall Index... »

Personnel Moves: - 05/01/2013

Blodgett has named Tim Thaler as its new v.p.-sales and marketing. The 27-year company veteran, most recently director of sales and national accounts, will oversee all sales, marketing and training programs for the Burlington,... »

New Moniker For SFM - 05/01/2013

Come Oct. 1, the Society for Foodservice Management will have a new name and acronym: the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The new moniker and logo for SHFM, which the organization calls a “strategic brand... »

Steak `n Shake Eyes California - 05/01/2013

Indianapolis-based Steak ‘n Shake is continuing to focus on westward expansion. The full-service and drive-through chain, already prepping for its first international opening in Dubai this year, will enter the California market.... »

In Memoriam: Der Weinerschnitzel Founder John Galardi - 05/01/2013

John Galardi, who got his start working with Taco Bell founder Glen Bell at his Taco Tia store and went on to found the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died earlier this month at age 75. Galardi opened his first unit in 1961... »

New Exec Will Spearhead Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical Development - 05/01/2013

Fiesta Restaurant Group has hired Ed Carnevale as v.p.-construction services to support growth of its Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands. Fiesta has 255 company-owned and operated restaurants and 44 franchised restaurants in... »

Kitchen Brains Opens Singapore Office - 05/01/2013

Kitchen Brains has expanded into Singapore. Kitchen Brains Pte. Ltd. will be headed by River Zhang, who has been promoted to v.p. of business development-Asia Pacific. Rathna Kumar joins Zhang in Singapore as director of SaaS... »

State Tax Revenue Surge In Fourth Quarter Was A One-Off, Rockefeller Institute Warns - 05/01/2013

Overall state tax revenues increased by 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government reported April 24. But the Institute’s researchers warned that the surge, which drove personal income... »

Menu Price Increases Continue To Outpace Grocery Prices - 05/01/2013

The disparity between price gains at grocery stores and restaurants continued to increase in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, released April 16. Prices for food-at-home fell 0.1... »

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