McNulty Joins Singer’s National Accounts Contract Division
Singer Equipment Co. has hired Susan McNulty as director of sales-national accounts contract division. She’ll report to division v.p. Brian Morehead, and be based in New York City. Before joining Singer, McNulty worked for... »
Fazoli’s Steps Onto Growth Track
Fazoli's total unit count is growing for the first time in a decade. The Lexington, Ky., chain has inked agreements with new and existing franchisees for at least nine new locations, including multiples sites in its home state,... »
QualServ Creates New Business Subsidiary
A busy business portfolio for QualServ Corp. has led to its restructuring and the creation of a new subsidiary, QualServ Solutions LLC, as its new operating entity.
“We are growing, which means we have to evaluate our business... »
Cornelius Gets New Parent: Berkshire Hathaway's Marmon Group
IMI is selling its beverage dispensing and merchandising businesses, including 82-year-old Cornelius, to the Berkshire Hathaway-owned Marmon Group.
The Glendale Heights, Ill.-based Cornelius, which makes valves and dispensers... »
ABC Celebrates Suppliers Of The Year
Top awards for excellence in people, products and service levels were presented during Allied Buying Corp.’s recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill. Winning Suppliers of the Year (and runners-up) are:
Smallwares: Spill Stop... »
FEDA’s 2014 Convention To Focus On Boosting Bottom Lines
Money. It pays salaries and invoices and allows companies to reinvest in their businesses. The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has designed next year’s annual convention to provide attendees with strategies that... »
Great Lakes To Unveil New HQ, Test Kitchen
Great Lakes Hotel Supply will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters and culinary center on Nov. 12. The daylong event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will be held at the company’s new headquarters: 24101 W. Nine Mile Rd.,... »
American Metalcraft Expands
American Metalcraft has moved to a larger, all-new office, warehouse and manufacturing facility in Franklin Park, Ill. The new building includes three times the warehouse capacity of the firm’s former location. American... »
Rethinking The Forecast
Maybe I was wrong. A few weeks ago, in the middle of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, I wrote that I thought the confrontation might cost the E&S market half a point of growth this year and as much as a point... »
McDonald’s Scales Back Openings, Cap-Ex For 2014
Every penny counts: While McDonald’s Corp. managed to beat third-quarter earnings estimates by a penny—profits were up despite weak sales—the company is re-thinking its 2014 plans.
The chain will be pushing back on opening new... »
McCulloch, Wrench Invest In U.K. Equipment Distributor
Two familiar names, former Enodis and Scotsman Industries executives Dave McCulloch and Dave Wrench, have stepped back in the E&S world with their investment in HTG Trading Ltd.
The newly renamed HTG Investment Ltd., which... »
Somat/Stero Launches TragenFlex
Somat Waste Reduction Technology and Stero Warewashing Systems have inked an exclusive supply source agreement with Aerowerks to help launch a new line of TragenFlex conveyors and handlers.
The agreement with Aerowerks boosts... »
In Memoriam: Bill Spake, Longtime Comstock-Castle President
William T. Spake, 85, who helmed Comstock-Castle Stove Co. for three decades, died Oct. 17 at his Quincy, Ill., home overlooking his family’s seven-generation company.
Spake was president of the Quincy, Ill., cooking equipment... »
New Owners For Resurgent Captain D’s
After two years of solid growth and a revamped restaurant design, business is good at Captain D’s Seafood Restaurants. Now the Nashville, Tenn., chain soon will have new ownership.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based private-equity firm Sun... »
EPA Releases Update On Lead Reduction Act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released updated information and an FAQ document on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which takes effect in January 2014, and may impact a variety of commercial foodservice... »
Consumer Confidence Measures Plunge Post-Shutdown
Just as nearly everyone expected, the federal government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinkmanship undercut consumer confidence. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index fell more than four points or 5.5%... »
Meiko USA Enhances Sales Force: Meiko USA has added Susan Prusack as segment specialist for the Northeast market. Prusack joins Meiko from U.S. Foods, where she was the equipment and supply specialist for southern New England.... »
Awards And Honors:
Nor-Lake was honored recently with an award recognizing its 45 years of association with the Dairy Queen System. Nor-Lake has supplied walk-in and cabinet equipment to Dairy Queen since 1968. The Hudson, Wis., company received... »
Starbucks’ First Teavana Store Debuts
Starbucks Corp. has opened its first Teavana tea store and bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The inaugural store has a tea bar serving hot and cold drinks; the food menu includes baked goods, salads and flat breads.
GE Capital Expanding Inventory Financing in E&S Industry
GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance business has expanded its inventory financing capabilities and coverage of the commercial foodservice and refrigeration industries across the U.S. and Canada. CDF, which has been... »
Jobs Growth Mediocre In September As Foodservice Jobs Shrink
Nonfarm payrolls grew by a sluggish 148,000 jobs in September, according to the delayed federal employment report, released Oct. 22. Private-sector jobs growth was 126,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which produces the... »
Maybe There’s Hope: Wealthy Feeling Flush And Will Spend More
It’s a fact of foodservice life that wealthier households spend more eating out than others. The rule of thumb is half of foodservice spending is done by the top quartile of households, those with $75,000 or more in annual... »
NRA’s Inaugural Restaurant Innovation Summit Spurs New Industry Technology Research
The National Restaurant Association’s first-ever Restaurant Innovation Summit in Denver last week brought together restaurant and foodservice professionals, as well as leaders from Google, Square, Wendy’s, Bloomin’ Brands and... »
Hawaii Weighs New Food Safety Rules
The Hawaii State Department of Health plans statewide public hearings Dec. 2-6 to introduce new food-safety regulations affecting all restaurants and food establishments in the state. The new regulations, the first substantial... »
Traffic Flat In Canada Past Year, Says NPD, But CRFA Forecast For 2014 Improves
The Canadian economy and its foodservice market have been stagnant the past couple of years. Growth of real gross domestic product is forecast at 1.7% this year, after growing only 1.8% in 2012, according to Blue Chip Economic... »
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