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EQT Invests In The Franchise Operator Of Dairy Queen And Papa John’s Pizza In China - 02/13/2014

EQT, a leading private equity group in Northern Europe, has acquired a majority stake in China F&B Group, to accelerate the latter’s expansion plans. China F&B, founded in 2003, has more than 500 foodservice outlets in... »

Focus On Food Safety - 02/13/2014

As supply chains expand into global markets, food businesses need to find new ways to stay on top of the latest food regulations and industry requirements. Globalization is leading to heightened awareness of food safety... »

American Fast-Food Chains See Great Promise In India - 02/13/2014

Is India—where the fast-food market is expected to double in size to $1.1 billion over the next three years—the final frontier for burgers, coffee and doughnuts? Chains such as Burger King, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme... »

Global Exhibition Calendar - 02/13/2014

Feb. 18-21: Hoteres/Caterex/Japan Foodservice Equipment Show-Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo. Contact: Japan Management Association;; Feb. 19-22: Hotel & Gastroteh Int’l. Gastronomy, Hotel... »

Market Focus: India - 02/13/2014

Global Chains Target India As Growth Picks Up The foodservice market in India is growing rapidly, thanks to many of the same demographic and economic factors that have driven foodservice growth in other markets: a growing middle... »

Britain’s Foodservice Market Improving, Says Horizons - 02/13/2014

Foodservice traffic and sales in the United Kingdom were stronger than anticipated during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to research and analysis from Horizons FS Ltd., a London-based foodservice research firm. And with... »

Most Major Markets Saw Flat Or Falling Third Quarter 2013 Traffic, Reports NPD - 02/13/2014

“Glorious” fall weather helped drive a 2% gain in restaurant traffic in the third quarter in the United Kingdom, versus the year-earlier third quarter, but traffic was flat or negative in nearly all the other markets tracked by... »

Internorga Keys Up Conference Programs - 02/13/2014

The days leading up to next month’s Internorga 2014 will provide attendees with a high-quality conference program with the 33rd International Food Service Forum: “Moving Forward with Passion.” The forum at Europe’s biggest... »

Food&HotelAsia Maxes Out Exhibit Space - 02/13/2014

In a sign that the interest in the foodservice market is only growing bigger, Singapore’s most established food and hospitality trade show has become the first event to occupy all 10 exhibition halls and Max Atria at the... »

A New Standard In Pass-Through Dishwashing - 02/13/2014

Winterhalter is setting standards for efficiency with its new trio of PT Series pass-through dishwashers. Innovative functions, intuitive operation and optimum ergonomics guarantee top performance from the PT-M, PT-L and PT-XL... »

Red Or White, Wine Temps Are Perfect On Tap - 02/13/2014

Whether it’s beer, wine or cider by the glass that an operator needs to tap, Perlick’s new Dual-Zone Wine/Refrigeration Center will do the job. The 36-inch (91.4cm) wine dispensing unit is the first of its size to feature two... »

Toast Made Fast And Smart - 02/13/2014

It’s spot-on technology, not to mention speed and versatility, that creates the best toast in town. Hatco’s new Intelligent Toast-Qwik holds up to 18 product settings for everything from bagels to Texas toast to hash browns. The... »

MAFSI Reps Forecast 4.9% Sales Growth For 2014 - 02/12/2014

Manufacturers’ reps expect sales of foodservice equipment and supplies to increase 4.9% this year in the U.S. and Canada compared with 2013, according to a new expanded Market Forecast Report released by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »

DFSI Adds Cleveland Distributor To Its Brands - 02/12/2014

Diversified Foodservice Supply has acquired Mill Hardware & Food Service, a Willoughby, Ohio-based distributor of foodservice parts, supplies and accessories to foodservice chains and their franchisees. Mill Hardware will... »

Deadlines Loom Large For FEDA’s March Convention - 02/12/2014

The groundhog might be promising six more weeks of winter, but dealers planning to attend next month’s FEDA Annual Convention know they’ll enjoy a respite in the sun from this endless winter. But time is running out to register... »

MAFSI Welcomes New President, Says Goodbye To Fraga - 02/12/2014

There are changes afoot at Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. Last month, MAFSI elected Joe Ferri, CPMR, CFSP, as its 58th president. Ferri, a 32-year industry veteran, is COO of Pecinka Ferri... »

Recruiting Talent To Our Industry With Fun - 02/12/2014

Mike Whiteley has goals and a vision. The Hatco executive, a good friend of many of us, was installed as president of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers over the weekend in New Orleans during the... »

SEFA Holds First Shareholders Meeting, Promotes Execs - 02/12/2014

Quite a bit of news coming out of the first-ever shareholders meeting held by Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance. The network of E&S dealers and vendor partners met Jan. 22 in San Antonio, marking the first major... »

On the Move: - 02/12/2014

Johannes (Jan) Vergouwen has joined Premium Supply Co., Deer Park, N.Y., as COO. Vergouwen brings more than 25 years of executive, management, operational and corporate finance experience to the company. He joins Premium from N.... »

Technomic Cuts 2014 Operator Forecast Slightly - 02/05/2014

Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based foodservice research firm, has revised its forecast for 2014 operator sales growth downward slightly. The new forecast calls for current dollar sales to increase 3.6% with real sales 1.1% higher.... »

NRA’s “Plan To Buy Equipment” Marker Hit Post-Recession High In December - 02/05/2014

Inclement weather and a short holiday shopping season battered restaurant operators same-store sales and traffic counts in December, according to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index tracking study.... »

Severity Of California Drought Prompts Mandated Water-Usage Cutbacks - 02/05/2014

While much of the country digs out of the snow, California is facing a severe drought, likely the worst and most prolonged period of dry weather since record-keeping began there more than 100 years ago. The state had no... »

Checker’s Acquired By Huddle House Parent - 02/05/2014

The owner of the 400-unit Huddle House chain is branching out and acquiring Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has inked a deal to purchase Checkers and its stablemate Rally’s... »

Dickey’s Signs 100-Store Development Deal - 02/05/2014

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, already one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, just got a boost to its nationwide expansion plans. The Dallas chain has struck a 100-store development deal in Southern California, the largest... »

Weather-Battered Canadian Operators Saw Sales Soften In 4Q 2013 - 02/05/2014

Tough weather—especially in populous Ontario—and rising labor and food costs have restaurant operators in Canada feeling less optimistic about the sales outlook for the first half of 2014, according to the latest Restaurant... »

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