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The Legacy Companies Buys Bevles From Standex - 07/08/2015

The Legacy Companies, the owner of brands including Blakeslee and Kold-Draft, has acquired Bevles, the Allen, Texas-based maker of proofers, cabinets and racks, from Standex Intíl. The sale was effective June 30. Bevles... »

E&S Personnel News: - 07/08/2015

Veteran foodservice industry executive Ken Goodwin has been named President of Oliver Packaging & Equipment. He has overall responsibility for the company, which manufactures bakery equipment for supermarkets, retail... »

NYC Zeroes In On Zero Waste - 07/08/2015

In what would be a huge expansion of its composting program, New York City is moving to require arenas, large hotel restaurants and food wholesalers to compost all of their food scraps. The program would be mandatory for some New... »

Top-Line Jobs Growth Muddied By Flat Wages And Participation Drop In June - 07/08/2015

Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3%, but the average workweek and hourly earnings were flat, dampening many analystsí enthusiasm about the report. A drop in the... »

In Memoriam: Paul DeLorenzo, Founder of Delfield And Randell - 07/08/2015

Foodservice industry entrepreneur Paul DeLorenzo passed away June 7 at the age of 87. Born in Lorenzago, Italy, DeLorenzo moved to Detroit at age 18. Seven years later, in 1953, he founded The Delfield Company. After selling... »

In Memoriam: Wayne Martin - 07/08/2015

Wayne Martin, whose career in sales spanned half a dozen prominent E&S manufacturers, died June 22. He was 66. Martinís 43-year foodservice career began at General Electric Commercial Food Service, and spanned Hobart,... »

NRAís Performance Index Slips In May But Stays Positive For 27th Month - 07/08/2015

The National Restaurant Associationís Restaurant Performance Index was off slightly in May, with five of the indexís eight components softening. Current same-store sales and traffic fell 0.9 and 0.8 point respectively in May.... »

Michigan Looks To Reverse Course On Prison Kitchen Inspections - 07/08/2015

Michiganís legislature is mulling a bipartisan bill that would require prison kitchen facilities to have food-safety inspections performed when a contractor is managing the kitchen. Currently, under the Michigan Food Law, state... »

Restaurants And Bars Added 30,000 Jobs In June, Following Mixed Gains Earlier In Year - 07/08/2015

The foodservice jobs engine went into idle mode several months this year, thanks in part to a tough winter. But with eating and drinking places adding 29,900 net new jobs in June, the rebound in growth has the industry poised for... »

The Greene Turtle Steps Up Expansion Pace - 07/08/2015

Who says turtles are slow? On the heels of celebrating the opening of its 40th unit, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has inked a development agreement to open 10 locations in the counties surrounding the city of... »

Chain Personnel News: - 07/08/2015

Subway has named Suzanne Greco President while her brother, Founder and CEO Fred DeLuca, battles leukemia. She now will share day-to-day operations with DeLuca, who continues to set the overall strategic direction for the... »

Naf Naf Grill Plans To Spread Out - 07/08/2015

Chicago-based Naf Naf Grill, now backed with investment from Roark Capital Group, plans to expand from its current 13 units to 150 restaurants within five years. While terms of the deal havenít been disclosed, Roark has taken a... »

Sysco-US Foods Deal Kaput - 07/08/2015

Days after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Federal Trade Commissionís request for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed $3.5 billion Sysco Corp.-US Foods merger, Sysco terminated the... »

Materials Pricing Expert To Join FERís Presidentís Preview E&S Market Forecast Meeting Agenda - 07/01/2015

Pricing trends for materials and equipment and supplies are key components of Foodservice Equipment Reportsí annual Presidentís Preview E&S Market Forecast. This yearís meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at the Westin... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/01/2015

The Montague Co. has added industry veteran Dennis DeMatos to its team as National Accounts Manager. DeMatos joins the Hayward, Calif., firm with more than quarter-century of foodservice sales experience as a rep and factory... »

New Yorkís Bradco Horizon Buys S.C. Dealer - 07/01/2015

Horizon Bradco of Schenectady, N.Y., has acquired Burke Food Equipment, which covers the Southeast from its base in Spartanburg, S.C. Burke founder J.D. Burke brings complementary experience as an equipment distributor and... »

Freight Rate Update: Warewasher Proposal Is Withdrawn - 07/01/2015

Back in February, we reported on the classification upgrades under consideration by the National Motor Freight Traffic Associationís Commodity Classification Standards Board to change shipping rates for warewashers and air... »

Henry and Jim, Paul and Wayne: Thank You - 07/01/2015

Sometimes, my job as unofficial historian of the foodservice equipment and supplies business really, really sucks. In the past two weeks, weíve heard about the passing of four men, all of whom were major industry figures: Henry... »

In Memoriam: Henry Coletti - 06/24/2015

Henry Coletti, a long-serving and much honored veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, died June 13 in Sandwich, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons and a daughter; and five grandchildren.... »

In Memoriam: Consultant James Little - 06/24/2015

James H. Little, one of the founders of Cini-Little International, died June 13 after a brief battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and their families. ďJim was a visionary consultant to the industry,... »

AHFís Annual Meeting Honors Eight Members - 06/24/2015

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice honored operator members with awards on June 5 during its 2015 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The Louisville, Ky., association presented Beth Yesford, Senior Director-Support... »

Restaurants To Add More Than Half A Million Summer Seasonal Jobs For Third Straight Year - 06/24/2015

Low-wage restaurant jobs may be a current focus of the drive to raise the minimum wage in the U.S., but the summer vacation season has long been a source of seasonal employment for millions. Case in point: the National Restaurant... »

After Six Months Of Declines, Wholesale Food Prices Jumped 1.4% In May; Menu Prices Up Again - 06/24/2015

The six months through April brought operators a welcome respite from rising food costs, but the California drought and avian bird flu finally caught up with the supply chain. Wholesale food prices dropped 5.4% from November 2014... »

Blue Chip Forecasters Still Expect Rest Of 2015 To See 3%+ Real GDP Growth - 06/24/2015

Yes, the first quarter of 2015 turned out much worse than anyone expected, thanks to the strike that affected West Coast ports, another harsh winter and problems with federal Bureau of Economic Analysis seasonal adjustments. But... »

Starbucks Will Close All La Boulange Bakery-Cafťs - 06/24/2015

Stating that the stores were not sustainable for its long-term growth, Starbucks Corp. plans to close all 23 La Boulange bakery-cafť units by the end of September. The brandís food will still be served at Starbucks coffeehouse... »

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