In Memoriam: John Bridgins
Longtime manufacturer’s rep John Bridgins died suddenly on Jan. 19. He was 62. Bridgins was president and CEO of J.H. Bridgins & Associates, the firm founded by his father, Jim. He spent his entire career there, first in the... »
In Memoriam: Roger Skillman
Roger Bowne Skillman, a friendly and familiar face in the E&S industry, died Jan. 11 of a heart attack. He was 57. Skillman went straight into foodservice management after graduating from Florida International University.... »
Halton Opens Office in Singapore
The growing market for its ventilation systems for the kitchens in Singapore’s hotels, casinos and sports venues has led Halton Group to open an office there, the 30th country in which it operates.
Halton had been handling its... »
Paper, Packaging Distributors Join Forces
Two major paper distributors are merging. Unisource Worldwide and xpedx will join forces and create a new publicly traded company. The definitive agreement was signed by xpedx parent International Paper and by UWW Holdings, the... »
On The Move:
The Salvajor Co. has named Dennis Easterla as its new national sales manager. Easterla, previously with Carter-Hoffmann, has 18 years of sales experience in the foodservice industry. Easterla, like Salvajor, is a Kansas City,... »
Will Higher Wages Mean Fewer Teen Jobs In Canada?
The national dialogue to raise the minimum wage, boosted by legislation in more than a dozen states, continues in the United States. But the conversation and controversy are not confined to the U.S. The Canadian Restaurant and... »
Excell Names Vendor Relations Chief
Excell Marketing & Procurement Group’s foodservice equipment dealer network has added Matthew Arthur to its team as director of vendor relations. Arthur comes to Excell with more than 22 years of experience in the... »
Beverage-Air Celebrates 70 Years
Beverage-Air, founded in 1944 by John Buffington in Punxsutawney, Pa., is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The refrigeration maker then was known as The Punxsutawney Co. It carried the trade name “Beverage-Air” and... »
Reinhart Pitches In For Nutrition & Education Foundation
Major funding for research and education by the Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation has been taken up by Reinhart Foodservice. The company is the first participant and thus a founding member in the association’s... »
Parts Town Eyes Future Growth, Partners With Equity Firm
Parts Town LLC has strengthened its position as one of the leading national distributors of OEM restaurant repair and maintenance parts for the foodservice industry.
Growth equity investor Summit Partners has made a... »
FEDA Convention Promises Warm Temps and Popular Dealer Roundtables
We’re nearing the end of January, and it’s cold and snowy across three-quarters of the U.S. But there are a few warm places in the lower 48, and one of them is hosting an event just for dealers.
The Foodservice Equipment... »
E&S Price Changes Remain Restrained, AutoQuotes Data Shows
Foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers continue to raise prices very moderately, according to the latest data from AutoQuotes Inc. List-price changes for AQ’s more than 500 manufacturers and more than 430,000 SKUs from... »
MUFES And 2014 Top Dealer Survey
We just finished our seventh biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, held in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. More than 150 attendees, including 68 chain and multiunit operators, leading manufacturer and dealer... »
NRA Forecasts 3.6% Foodservice Growth In 2014
The foodservice industry is expected to grow 3.6% in 2014—1.2% in real terms—according to the National Restaurant Association, which released its annual forecast Jan. 16. The forecast compares with a revised estimate for 2013 of... »
GTI Acquires Fisher-Nickel Inc.
Fisher-Nickel Inc. (FNI), the San Ramon, Calif.-based commercial-foodservice energy-efficiency testing firm, has been acquired by GTI Int’l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas Technology Institute.
FNI, owned and operated by Don... »
Only the U.K And China Post Third-Quarter Traffic Gains, Reports NPD
“Glorious” fall weather helped drive a 2% gain in restaurant traffic in the third quarter in the United Kingdom vs. the year earlier third quarter, but traffic was flat or negative in nearly all of the other markets tracked by... »
Baker Hands Nieco Reins To Kohl
After four decades under Ed Baker as president, Nieco has a new name at the top. Korey Kohl has moved up from his post as v.p./g.m., and has been named president of the Windsor, Calif., company. He’s assumed day-to-day... »
Wendy’s Rolls The Dice For 2014
The Wendy’s Co. is feeling bullish on 2014. Not only does it plan to boost same-store sales, the Dublin, Ohio, chain says it will accelerate its Image Activation remodeling program and complete its refranchising initiative.
In a... »
New Owners For Chuck E. Cheese (Maybe)
Private-equity firm Apollo Global Management wants to buy CEC Entertainment, parent of the Chuck E. Cheese’s brand, in a deal worth about $1.3 billion, including debt assumption. CEC owns and franchises 577 Chuck. E. Cheese units... »
Most Blue Chip General Economic Forecasts Rise
Much stronger than expected third-quarter growth in U.S. gross domestic product and better than expected consumer spending helped lift most 2014 forecasts of the macroeconomic indicators that drive foodservice, according to the... »
On The Move:
Bettcher Industries has hired Russel Stroner as v.p.-sales, responsible for directing both national and international sales and service activities for the Birmingham, Ohio, company’s food processing and foodservice products.... »
Culver’s Expands Plans For Florida Footprint
Winter is a very good time for a Midwest chain to think about Florida. Wisconsin-based Culver's Restaurants, which has nearly 500 fast-casual independently owned and operated units in 21 states, already has three stores in... »
NYC Issues Foodservice Operating Manual
It just got a little easier to navigate the rules, regulations and red tape of the New York restaurant scene for the city’s diverse operators. An updated version of the Restaurant Owner Manual provides user-friendly guidance to... »
FDA Allows More Time To Chew The Fat On Trans Fat
Apparently, a lot of voices want to be heard on regulating trans fat. Because of a larger-than-anticipated number of stakeholder requests for speaking time, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration is adding another 60 days to the... »
Wholesale Food Prices Fall Again, Menu Prices Tick Up Slightly
Food prices at the wholesale level fell in two of the three stages of processing again in December, while menu prices rose only 0.1%, according to the latest data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price and Consumer Price... »
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