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Hoshizaki Buys Jackson From Manitowoc - 02/06/2013

The Manitowoc Co. announced on Jan. 28 that it has sold its Jackson MSC warewashing business to Hoshizaki USA Holdings. Specific terms of the asset sale were not disclosed. Jackson, based in Barbourville, Ky., manufactures a... »

Kitchen Brains Acquires Refrigeration Monitoring Company - 02/06/2013

Kitchen Brains, the Stratford, Conn., maker of integrated wireless networking solutions and SaaS applications, has acquired the assets of Modularm Corp., a Commack, N.Y., maker of refrigeration monitoring and control systems.... »

T&S Brass Adds EnviroPure Systems To Its Portfolio - 02/06/2013

T&S Brass and Bronze Works has acquired Chicago-based EnviroPure Systems, a developer of alternative environmentally friendly technologies for organic food waste disposal. The plumbing and foodservice equipment maker has... »

Chicago Metallic Buys Lockwood Mfg. - 02/06/2013

Chicago Metallic Bakeware has acquired Lockwood Mfg. and has assumed management of the Brantford, Ontario, company’s stock pan business. Both the Chicago Metallic and PanGlo operations will be overseen by Robert Bundy, who has... »

Bob Evans Finds French Buyer For French-Themed Mimi’s Café - 02/06/2013

Mimi’s Café, the French-inspired casual-dining chain founded in 1978 and currently owned by Bob Evans Farms, will soon have a new French parent. Bob Evans has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the 145-unit chain for $50... »

Cue The Toasters: Quiznos Plans 150 Stores In Mexico - 02/06/2013

Quiznos has announced an aggressive expansion into Mexico. The toasted sandwich chain will compete with Subway, which already has about 600 stores there. On Jan. 28, the Denver-based chain said it had signed a master franchise... »

Air Force Cancels Hennessey Travelers Program - 02/06/2013

The SFM Hennessey Travelers Program was unexpectedly cancelled just days before newly named SFM Traveler Tony Kaszuba was set to depart. The U.S. Air Force has cancelled all NRA Hennessy Traveler Evaluations due to “significant... »

NRA’s RPI Fell Again In December, But Cap-Ex Measures Jumped - 02/06/2013

Steep declines in the indicators for current same-store sales and traffic pushed the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index lower in December. But the two markers that track operator capital spending... »

NPD Reports Both Chains And Independents Added Units In 2012, While Traffic Rose 1% - 02/06/2013

The net numbers of both chain and independent restaurant units in the U.S. were up 0.7%, an increase of 4.442 restaurants, in the year ended September 2012, according to the latest data from NPD Group’s twice-a-year ReCount... »

Older Americans Increase Restaurant Visits, While Younger Consumers Cut Back, Says NPD - 02/06/2013

It really just comes down to money. A new report from The NPD Group details how older Americans, those 55 and older, have increased their visits to restaurants of all kinds since 2008, while younger Americans have rather... »

Traffic Fell In Six Of 10 Major Foodservice Markets In Third Quarter 2012 - 02/06/2013

Only China and Canada recorded significant increases in restaurant visits in the third quarter of last year, according to data from the NPD Group. Six of the 10 markets in which NPD charts foodservice activity—Australia, France,... »

Moderate Jobs Growth Continues, Consumer Confidence Stabilizes - 02/06/2013

Employment grew by 157,000 jobs in January, pretty much in line with economists’ expectations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, Feb. 1. Also on Friday, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of... »

2013 Brings Spec Revisions For Energy Star Foodservice Equipment - 02/06/2013

Revisions and updates continue for Energy Star commercial foodservice equipment specifications. By the end of 2013, all nine categories of equipment currently carrying Energy Star certification will have undergone revisions,... »

States Face Environmental, Wage and Healthcare Issues - 02/06/2013

Only a month into 2013, and state legislatures and state restaurant associations are wrestling with some major issues. Minimum-wage increases, paid sick leave and environmental issues are just a few of the legislative issues... »

Let’s Get This Party Started: FER Honors Industry Service At NAFEM ‘13 - 01/30/2013

The biggest E&S show of the year opens next week. We hope to see a lot of you at NAFEM ’13, Feb. 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. If we don’t see you in aisles or at your booth, please stop by FER... »

NAFEM ’13: Time To Network - 01/30/2013

Pack up your plane tickets, comfortable shoes, Parrothead gear, FER Exhibitor Pocket Guide, and notes on who to see and what to see at The NAFEM Show.  It’s only a week away. The North American Association of Food Equipment... »

Ron Snyder Joins Robot Coupe - 01/30/2013

Ronald Snyder has joined Robot Coupe U.S.A as the Jackson, Miss., company’s market solutions adviser. Snyder, a degreed culinary chef, has spent the last 11 years working as a regional sales manager or manufacturer sales... »

Minneapolis-Based Premier Gains Equity Partner - 01/30/2013

Hillcrest Capital Partners, a Minneapolis-based private investment group, is pleased to announce it has made an investment in Premier Restaurant Equipment. Minneapolis-based Premier is a full-service foodservice design and... »

Ace Mart Announces 2012 Gus Award Honoree - 01/30/2013

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has named employee Bud Herrmann as recipient of its second annual Gus Award. Hermann received the award at a presentation ceremony during the annual Kitchen Equipment & New Technology Expo in Flower... »

Make The Deadline For FEDA Dues - 01/30/2013

Time is running out to pay membership dues to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Dues payments should be in to FEDA by Thursday, Jan. 31.  Questions can go to Ray Herrick at 800/677-9605. »

What The NAFEM Show Does - 01/30/2013

We’ve been very busy the past three months getting ready for The NAFEM Show Feb. 7-9. We produced three big issues for December, January and February, featuring our redesign of the magazine. We re-launched our new digital... »

Check Those Boxes, It’s Economic Census Time - 01/30/2013

Multiunit operators, E&S dealers, consultants and service agents are among the nearly four million businesses which have received forms for the 2012 Economic Census, the federal government’s official five-year measure of... »

FER News Exclusive: How Customers Are Driving Manitowoc’s Factory Consolidation - 01/23/2013

Without much fanfare, Manitowoc Foodservice has undertaken a series consolidations and expansions of its cooking equipment manufacturing facilities in the past three years. The New Port Richey, Fla.-based foodservice equipment... »

Ali Group Will Integrate Scotsman, McCulloch Passes CEO Reins - 01/23/2013

Scotsman Industries, recently acquired by the Ali Group, will remain a U.S.-based global group reporting to Ali Group North America. The Milan, Italy-based conglomerate has announced several updates to Scotsman’s management... »

Technomic Lowers 2013 Operator Sales Forecast - 01/23/2013

Technomic Inc. has revised downwards its estimates and forecasts for foodservice operator sales in 2012 and ’13. Real growth for this year is now forecast at 1%, down from the Chicago-based research firm’s forecast last August of... »

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