SEFA Holds First Shareholders Meeting, Promotes Execs
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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... »
Saladworks Expands Footprint Into Four New Countries
The healthy-eating focus that underlies Saladworks’ name and concept is moving into new territories overseas. The Conshohocken, Pa., fresh-tossed salad franchise concept has signed four international master franchise agreements... »
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... »
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