Johnny Rockets Plans 100 Outlets In China
Johnny Rockets has struck a deal to open 100 restaurants in China over the next decade, the chain’s largest development deal to date. The agreement—a joint venture between AUM Hospitality, Johnny Rockets’ franchisee in Malaysia... »
Golden State Browns Under Drought
The April 1 announcement by California Governor Jerry Brown was no April Fool’s joke. Two weeks ago, he ordered mandatory water-use reductions for the first time in the state’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had... »
New Cracker Barrel Concept Tweaks Chain’s Image
The full-service operator is shifting from rocking chairs to rocking expectations. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has plans to unveil a new prototype “fusion” unit later this year and is developing a fast-casual concept that... »
Franklin Machine Products Acquires Duraparts
In a move that expands its portfolio of foodservice repair parts and accessories for chain restaurants and their associated franchisees, Franklin Machine Products has acquired Duraparts, the chain-focused distributor of... »
FEDA And China, Top Dealers And TriMark
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me. I attended the first half of FEDA’s annual convention in Phoenix in late March, then headed to Shanghai, China, where I once again helped with the show’s Foodservice in the 21st... »
Victory Taps Keith As New Sales Manager
Rachel Keith has joined Victory Refrigeration as the company’s new Sales Manager. Keith brings more than 15 years’ industry experience to the post, including various posts with a manufacturers’ rep firm and most recently in sales... »
Stak To Helm Stoelting’s Foodservice Sales
Stoelting Foodservice, the Kiel, Wis., maker of frozen dessert equipment, has appointed Greg Stak, CFSP, to lead the company’s foodservice sales operations. Stak spent the past eight years as regional sales manager for The... »
Last-Minute Top Dealer Forms? Send `Em In!
The April 3 deadline has passed to complete and return the survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealers listing. But the magazine is offering dealers a few more days to fill in and return these important... »
Public E&S Companies Growth Slowed In Fourth Quarter, Rose 5.5% For All 2014
Pulled down by a very weak quarter from Manitowoc Foodservice, eight publicly reporting equipment and supplies companies saw combined revenue growth slow to 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014 vs. the same quarter in 2013. It was... »
Eisenbarth Succeeds Farrand At Cini-Little
Two major appointments have been made at Cini-Little Int’l., the foodservice consulting firm.
Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI, has been named President and COO, succeeding Theodore Farrand, FCSI, who assumes a new post as Director of... »
NAFEM Recognizes Jaffee, Angrick And 50 Doctorate Honorees
Two former NAFEM presidents, each boasting a career spanning more than 30 years in the E&S industry, were honored by the association with its top awards during The NAFEM Show in February.
Keith Jaffee, CFSP, President of... »
L.A.’s QSR Ban Falls Flat In Cutting Obesity Rates
A 2008 ban on new QSRs in South Los Angeles not only failed to cut the obesity rate, according to a Rand Corp. report released in March, but the presence of new QSRs continued to grow.
The problem could have originated with the... »
KFC: 14,000+, Super Chix: 2
While cautioning that it remains an “exploratory concept,” Yum! Brands will open its second Super Chix restaurant in Dallas later this month. The new outlet comes a year after the concept debuted in Arlington, Texas, with a... »
G.E.T. Enterprises Completes Merger With Bugambilia International
G.E.T. Enterprises, the Houston-based tabletop company, has completed its merger with servingware maker Bugambilia International. The deal was official March 20.
G.E.T. Enterprises manufactures dinnerware, drinkware and... »
Chick-fil-A To Hit Manhattan
Chick-fil-A is making good on its vow of “urbanization” and will debut its first New York franchise this summer. The privately owned chain will open a 5,000-sq.-ft. store on Sixth Avenue, not far from the Empire State Building.... »
Freshii Eyes Big Growth
The health-focused fast-casual chain Freshii will open three Chicago-area restaurants in the next three months, continuing a fast-paced expansion that could bring to 30 the number of local locations by the end of the year. There... »
Labor Group Claims Chains Are Liable For Worker Safety
A labor group that has been organizing worker protests for higher wages and better workplace conditions is calling for McDonald’s Corp. to be held accountable under federal rules for worker-safety violations at its franchised... »
Utah Bans Bikes In Drive-Thrus
While bike-riding McDonald’s customers in Denmark are enjoying a test run of “cycle-thru” lanes for patrons on two wheels, burger-loving cyclists in Utah now are banned from drive-thru lanes.
On March 25, Governor Gary Herbert... »
Chuck Quinn has been appointed director of broadliner and redistribution sales at EveryWare Global. His purview at the Lancaster, Ohio, company includes the Anchor and Oneida brands. Quinn’s resume includes sales and... »
Hestan Commercial Makes West Coast Launch
Hestan Commercial debuted last month in Anaheim, Calif., opening its new state-of-the-art 70,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant.
The company’s “purpose-built” stainless cooking lines include freestanding ranges, island suites,... »
Slumping Crude Pushes Gas Prices Lower Again; Menu Prices Continue to Rise
Just when it seemed the drop in gasoline prices had reversed itself, another drop in prices for crude oil has pushed gas prices down again. Crude oil prices reached a 6-year low in mid-March and have remained flat or lower since.... »
Consumer Confidence Remained Strong In March
In spite of a small retreat in March, attributable mostly to harsh winter weather, consumer confidence for the first quarter of 2015 averaged 95.5, its strongest reading since 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys... »
FER Top Dealers Survey Forms Due By April 3
Don't forget April 3. That's the deadline to complete and return the survey forms emailed to past participants and other dealers for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealers listing. The survey data on sales volumes and... »
Premier Adds Industry Veteran Jim Palm To Helm West Coast Office
Premier Restaurant Equipment, the Minneapolis-based foodservice design and equipment firm, has added industry veteran Jim Palm to its team as director of sales for its new West Coast division. Palm began his career in the... »
EveryWare Global Taps Quinn To Lead Broadline Sales
Chuck Quinn has been appointed director of broadliner and redistribution sales at EveryWare Global. His purview at the Lancaster, Ohio, company includes the Anchor and Oneida brands. Quinn’s resume includes sales and national... »
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