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FEDA Scholarships Available For CFSP, ServSafe Training - 06/19/2013

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s Education Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships for Certified Foodservice Professional and ServSafe certifications. The widely recognized designations are... »

Americold Appoints New EVP - 06/19/2013

Americold has appointed Todd Sheldon to a multi-hyphenated role at the company. Shelton has been named executive v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary. He reports to Pres./CEO Jeffrey Gault.Prior to joining Americold,... »

Rep Firm Adds Chef - 06/19/2013

Pecinka Ferri Associates has added Dave Noel to its sales team in the newly created position of corporate chef. Noel will be focused on specialty foodservice equipment sales for the Little Falls, N.J., manufacturer’s rep firm. »

CFESA Announces New Executive Director - 06/12/2013

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has appointed Heather Price as its new executive director. Price assumes the association’s first in-house position, created last month when CFESA’s board of directors elected... »

AHF Honors Cate And Parker At Annual Conference - 06/12/2013

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice bestowed its highest honors on past-president Denisa Cate and long-time Industry Advisory Board member and committee activist Cindy Parker June 8 at the awards banquet that concluded the... »

NRA’s Performance Index Rose Again In April - 06/12/2013

Restaurant operators are apparently getting over the jitters many had in the first quarter. Fueled by gains in all four components of the Expectations Index, as well as improved current same-store sales and traffic, the National... »

Biel To Helm Marketing At Scotsman Ice - 06/12/2013

Scotsman Ice Systems has appointed Jeff Biel as director of marketing. Biel had been product manager for the company for more than seven years; prior to joining the Vernon Hills, Ill., firm, he served as product manager for seven... »

Blendtec Taps Hinckley For Sales Post - 06/12/2013

Blendtec has tapped Scott Hinckley as its new commercial sales director. Hinckley has worked with Blendtec as a consultant for the past six months and will transition into leading efforts in sales force development, sales rep... »

NPD Forecasts Flat Restaurant Traffic For 2013; Traffic Steady In First Quarter - 06/12/2013

In spite of inclement weather and an atypical surge in gasoline prices in the first quarter this year, restaurant traffic was even with the first quarter 2012, according the latest data from The NPD Group. The research firm... »

Chipotle’s ShopHouse Getting Bigger In L.A., D.C. - 06/12/2013

It’s a four-unit rollout for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept in the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles markets. Two units are under construction in Hollywood and Santa Monica; two more should... »

Fatburger Stays Globally Focused - 06/12/2013

Fatburger is not slimming down. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based chain has agreements for more than 300 new units in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has inked a 25-unit deal to debut in India. Nearly half of the... »

Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks Ground For New Cleveland Facility - 06/12/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking is putting down stronger roots in Cleveland. The company broke ground recently on a new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility there, which the company will complete later this year. The expanded... »

McDonald’s UK Opening Doors To Its Supply Chain - 06/12/2013

McDonald's is giving members of the British public unique access to go behind the scenes of the farms and factories in its supply chain and evaluate and report on what they find there. The “quality scouts” initiative allows... »

Jobs Growth In May Likely To Buoy Rising Consumer Confidence - 06/12/2013

Let’s hope we don’t get fooled again. The U.S. economy, at least as measured by jobs growth and consumer confidence, finally seems to be gaining some traction. Nonfarm payroll employment posted another moderate gain of 175,000... »

Majority Of States Veto Minimum Wage Increases - 06/12/2013

Workers who picketed quick-service operations in hopes of earning a living wage were disappointed across the country when only one state passed a bill to increase the minimum wage. After the president’s State of the Union... »

Starbucks Edict Doesn’t Blow Smoke - 06/12/2013

In the 21st century, the days of wine and roses, coffee and cigarettes are long gone. As of June 1, Starbucks has made it official: The Seattle-based chain now restricts smoking—be it tobacco or electronic cigarettes—within 25... »

AutoQuotes Hires Whitlock As Sales V.P. - 06/12/2013

John Whitlock has joined AutoQuotes as v.p.-sales. A 39-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Dobbs got his start in the family business, Whitlock-Dobbs, as a deliveryman then moved to service and installation. Ultimately... »

QualServ Slates Three For Top Posts - 06/12/2013

Just a month after E.J. Morrow took the reins as president and CEO of QualServ Corp., the manufacturer, distributor and installer of custom wood and metal fixtures and foodservice equipment and supplies has announced three major... »

Pollo Tropical To Enter India - 06/12/2013

Although the Caribbean-menu concept already has 33 international franchise stores, Pollo Tropical’s debut in India is its first opening outside the Western Hemisphere. The new Pollo Tropical in Delhi is the first of a three-year,... »

Dealers, Manufacturers, Service Agents Make A Difference Through Charitable Endeavors - 06/05/2013

Whether pitching in to aid the nation’s men and women in uniform or children and families in need, foodservice E&S companies are making an impact. Among the recent charitable outreach programs we’ve heard about lately: Tony... »

In Memoriam: Three Manufacturers’ Reps - 06/05/2013

Three well-known manufacturers’ representatives—Gary Bowker, Ed McCarthy and Joseph Sabatino—passed away last month. All three died, coincidentally, on May 22. Gary Bowker, 62, served with Denver-based The Redstone Group.... »

Togo’s Plans Arizona Expansion - 06/05/2013

Made-to-order sandwiches bearing the Togo’s label will soon be found across Arizona. The San Jose, Calif., sandwich chain aims to develop 25 new units in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson. New and existing... »

Direct South Appoints Project Manager - 06/05/2013

Steve Austin has been named project manager for Direct South, a restaurant equipment supply company based in Macon, Ga. Direct South has additional locations in Warner Robbins and Gainesville, Ga. Austin, based in Chattanooga,... »

Love Your Reps - 06/05/2013

We note the passing in this issue of three well-known reps: Ed McCarthy, who owned North Star Agency in Minnesota; Joe Sabatino who founded High Sabatino in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and Gary Bowker with Denver-based... »

Last Call To Register For FEDA Sales Webinar - 06/05/2013

There are two weeks left to register for the new webinar from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. “The SELL Process: Your Offense” program is Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. CST. Based on Don Buttrey’s new book,... »

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