Plymold Parent To Acquire Waymar Cos.
Foldcraft Co., the parent company for the Plymold brand furniture, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Waymar Cos., a maker of the Waymar and JH Carr furniture lines. Plymold products are commonly spec’d in quick-service... »
Corner Bakery Cafe Expanding To The Pacific Northwest
Corner Bakery Café is working full steam ahead on its plan to more than double its footprint over the next four years. The Dallas chain, which has signed 22 franchise agreements for more than 279 new restaurants, just announced a... »
Papa Murphy's Plans 100 Units In The Gulf Region
Papa Murphy's Int’l. is making a giant expansion leap out of North America. The Vancouver, Wash., chain has inked a master franchise agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout... »
SFM Presents Its Top Awards
The Society for Foodservice Management held its national conference in Las Vegas last week. Among the highlights were the annual awards recognizing special honorees who have gone "above and beyond" to serve the... »
First Call For Kitchen Innovations Awards
This past year, 21 trailblazing machines, technologies and equipment were honored with the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchens Innovations Awards.
While next year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel... »
Manitowoc Focuses Americas Ovens Operations In Cleveland
Manitowoc Foodservice is consolidating its manufacturing and operating functions for its Americas Ovens division in a new, expanded facility in Cleveland. When the transition is completed later this year, the Ohio facility will... »
AHF To Mark Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week
September is National Food Safety Month. October brings another commemoration of the foodservice industry. From Oct. 1-7, the Association for Healthcare Foodservice will celebrate Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week.
McDonald’s Unveils Calorie Count Info
McDonald’s big announcement last week that it would begin posting calorie-count information made headlines, but it isn’t the first chain to get a jumpstart on new federal menu-labeling regulations. It’s just the biggest.
For the... »
NYC Says No To Supersized Sodas…
The city that banned trans fats and public smoking has made it official: The New York City Board of Health has approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and other venues. The... »
…And Yes To Fewer Restrooms
Another fluid issue for New York foodservice operators is restrooms. Under recent changes to a city code, small restaurants and coffee shops with an occupancy of 30 or fewer people are now allowed to provide patrons with a single... »
Food And Gas Price Spikes Push Inflation Indexes Higher
The huge unexpected jump in gasoline prices combined with an anticipated increase in food prices to push the Consumer and Producer Price Indices sharply higher in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The PPI rose... »
Gasoline And Diesel Prices Still Rising
Fuel prices generally start falling after Labor Day as the demands of summer-vacation driving recede. Having seen the big jumps in August’s Consumer and Producer Price Energy Indices, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics... »
Consumer Sentiment Jumped In First September Reading
We guess you could call it irrational exuberance. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index took an unexpected jump in the preliminary September reading, released Sept. 14. The index rose nearly five... »
What’s The Impact If We Fall Off The Fiscal Cliff?
There is a very interesting discussion in the September issue of Blue Chip Economic Indicators of the potential impact on growth of gross domestic product in the U.S. if Congress and the President don’t somehow avoid the... »
Mike McNeel Named New IFED Chief
Industry veteran Mike McNeel has joined International Foodservice Equipment Distributors as the buying group’s new executive director. McNeel reports to IFED Pres. Paul Gustafson and will work closely with the IFED board to... »
This Thursday, we’ll be judging our first FER Management Excellence Awards for dealers (and chains, noncommercial operators and consultancies). One of the things we want to do with these new awards is be more transparent about... »
FEDA’s October Webinar Focuses On Negotiations
Defend your turf, defend your price. Dealers who are members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association can pick up some hints to do both next month when FEDA hosts a teleconference/webinar titled “Negotiations:... »
Europe’s Slowdown A Drag On E&S Public Companies In Second Quarter
Weak results from Europe undercut overall sales growth for the big public foodservice equipment companies, leading to the slowest overall revenue growth for the publics since their combined sales went positive in the second... »
NAFEM `13 Countdown Begins
Are your calendars—paper and electronic—marked with the dates for next year’s NAFEM Show? Got your flight and room reservations? The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers is gearing up for the Feb. 7-9, 2013,... »
Wash Your Hands! It’s National Food Safety Month
September brings us National Food Safety Month. Now in its 18th year, NFSM creates a heightened awareness of, and for some newer industry members, an introduction to food safety.
The National Restaurant Association is sharing... »
FCSI Moves Headquarters, Offers Free Services At New York Show
Big news from Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l: The association has relocated its world headquarters to Louisville, Ky., and for the first time, its Americas Division will be offering free design and management advisory... »
Oneida, Anchor Hocking Merge Under EveryWare Global
Some things will change, but the iconic names, Oneida and Anchor Hocking, will remain as the two brands merge under the umbrella of the newly unified company, EveryWare Global. Brand identities will remain distinct.
New Rules In North Carolina Might Spur Refrigeration Sales
Stricter food safety guidelines that went into effect Sept. 1 in North Carolina will be a boon for safer food handling, not to mention sales of gloves and refrigeration equipment.
The new rules issued by the state’s public... »
NRA Performance Index Slowed Sharply In July
Pushed lower by strong declines in same-store sales and traffic, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance fell 1.1 points in July, which left the index just barely in expansion territory at 100.2. All eight of... »
Consumer Confidence Measures Mostly Lower Again
The two leading measures of consumer confidence moved in opposite directions again in August, as consumer expectations and spending plans remain quite negative. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index... »
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