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European Ops Plan For INTERNORGA - 03/06/2013

More than 1,200 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend for INTERNORGA 2013, Europe’s leading fair for catering and foodservice equipment. The March 8-13 exposition will showcase innovations,... »

IFMA Unveils Silver Plate Award Winners - 03/06/2013

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association has announced the recipients of the 2013 Silver Plate Awards, which recognize individual excellence in eight segments of foodservice operations. From among these recipients,... »

SoCal Gas Readies Fryer Challenge - 03/06/2013

SoCalGas’ Food Service Equipment Center is hosting a fry-off next week.  Registrants for the hands-on seminar can learn how to save money and produce higher-quality fried food with Energy Star high-efficiency fryers. The... »

NRA And Its Educational Foundation Elect New Officers, Board Members - 03/06/2013

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation have elected officers to their boards of directors and trustees, respectively. Both organizations have named several industry... »

What? Us Worry? Consumer Confidence Gained In February - 03/06/2013

Just like stock market investors, who have driven most equities indices to near record levels, consumers seem to be shrugging off the federal government dysfunction. Both major indexes of consumer confidence rose in February, as... »

Chicago Food Trucks Finally Start Cooking, But D.C. Ops Await New Regs - 03/06/2013

On the last day of January, six months after the Chicago City Council legalized cooking onboard food trucks, the city issued its first license for on-site food prep and cooking. The city has been under fire from food truck... »

ADA Doesn't Require Restaurants To Serve Allergen-Free Foods - 03/06/2013

Accommodation without major alteration to a foodservice operation appears to be the stance taken by the U.S. Department of Justice with regard to how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to food-allergic customers. The... »

NRA Readies For 27th Annual Public Affairs Conference In April - 03/06/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Public Affairs Conference is set for April 17-18 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme, “Carry the Message—America Works Here,” is part of the NRA’s ongoing campaign to communicate to... »

CFESA Adds New Directors, Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration - 03/06/2013

It’s a big year for service agents in the foodservice equipment industry. The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association is celebrating a half-century since it was incorporated in 1963 by founders and charter members. CFESA... »

Wholesale Food Prices Rose Slightly In January, Menu Prices Were Flat - 03/06/2013

After a sharp drop in December, overall wholesale food prices crept up only 0.1% in January, according to calculations on the three stages of wholesale food prices reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Declines in prices... »

Ground Round Debuts Prototype - 03/06/2013

Nearly a decade after its franchisees bought the chain out of Chapter 11, casual-dining chain Ground Round is making a comeback. The 27-unit chain has rolled out a new family-dining/sports-lounge prototype in Waconia, Minn., and... »

Heritage Acquires Toronto-Based R.G. Henderson - 02/27/2013

Heritage Food Service Group has acquired Toronto-based R.G. Henderson & Sons Ltd., one of Canada’s largest foodservice equipment repair and OEM parts distributors. Heritage, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., is the foodservice... »

Time For FER's Top Dealer Survey - 02/27/2013

You should be done or close to done with your dealership’s taxes by now. Which means that it’s time for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual “Top Dealer Report” survey. Those responsible for submitting the data should receive... »

FEDA Registration Deadline Passes, Roundtable Topics Detailed - 02/27/2013

The registration deadline for FEDA’s 2013 Annual Convention was Feb. 25. Did you make it on time? The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s convention, April 3-7, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort... »

Pitco Appoints Spittle to Helm Sales And Marketing - 02/27/2013

Steve Spittle, CFSP, has been named v.p.-sales and marketing at Pitco Frialator, home to the Pitco, MagiKitch’n, Anets and Perfect Fry brands. Spittle most recently served as regional v.p. of sales with Pitco and Blodgett Ovens.... »

NAFEM Honors Steve Cobb, David Ek With Top Awards - 02/20/2013

NAFEM 2013 in Orlando, Fla., included a slew of awards and special recognition for more than four dozen industry professionals. Industry veterans Steven Cobb and David Ek received NAFEM’s highest honors. Steve Cobb, CFSP,... »

Edward Don Opens Doors On New Corporate Offices - 02/20/2013

Edward Don & Co. has new digs. The nation’s largest E&S distributor has moved its national headquarters and distribution center to a new 362,500-sq.-ft. facility in Woodridge, Ill. The move from the former location in... »

Joe’s Crab Shack Parent Buys Romano’s Macaroni Grill - 02/20/2013

Ignite Restaurant Group, which operates 129 Joe’s Crab Shack and 15 Brick House Tavern+Tap restaurants, is adding Romano’s Macaroni Grill to its casual-dining stable. Ignite is purchasing the 210-unit chain from Golden Gate... »

McDonald’s Sets $3.2 Billion Cap-Ex Budget For New And Existing Stores - 02/20/2013

The world’s largest restaurant brand will be more aggressive this year in its pursuit of sales and customers. The pledge from McDonald’s Corp. CEO Don Thompson comes as the company announced global same-store sales were up 3.1%... »

BK Is On A Roll, Literally - 02/20/2013

Burger King Worldwide just reported a strong finish to 2012 and progress on key strategic initiatives. The Miami-based chain’s fourth-quarter results include full-year data, and revealed that in 2012, BKW grew comparable sales... »

Follett Adds Striano To Sales Team - 02/20/2013

Follett Corp. has appointed Pasquale Striano as regional sales manager for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. He’ll be responsible for implementing foodservice sales programs and plans for those regions, including India... »

Indy-Based Design Group Rebrands Itself - 02/20/2013

Reitano Design Group is the new and more memorable moniker for Foodservice Solution Group. The foodservice design and consulting firm is helmed by Scott Reitano, along with Jim Kessenich and Julie Sullivan. The address and phone... »

New Logo For Electro Freeze - 02/20/2013

It’s a new look, logo-wise, for Electro Freeze. In what it calls the most dramatic change to its visual identity since 1969, the East Moline, Ill., soft-serve maker has debuted a new logo and website. The new logo incorporates... »

Correctional Association Seeks Award Noms, Plans August Convention - 02/20/2013

The world of correctional foodservice is never dull. The Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates has a lot on its plate these days. In addition to planning for its upcoming annual convention in August, there are only... »

Canadian Restaurant Sales Slowed In 4Q, Says CRFA - 02/20/2013

The number of Canadian restaurant operators reporting increased same-store sales in fourth quarter 2012 fell to 33% from a robust 44% in the third quarter, according to data from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices... »

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