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CaliBurger Grows Its Base In China - 09/18/2013

The California-style burger chain that isn’t based in California continues its global expansion. Shanghai-based CaliBurger has signed a franchise deal with shopping mall operator Dashang Group to open 50 CaliBurger and Cali... »

Russia To Get Glazed With Krispy Kreme Stores - 09/18/2013

The Winston-Salem, N.C., chain has partnered with LLC Doughnuts Café to bring its baked goods to Moscow. The Russian operator opened the first of 40 planned Krispy Kreme stores last month in the heavily trafficked area behind Red... »

New Leaders Take Their Seats On ANFP’s Board - 09/18/2013

New officers and directors have been installed on the board of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The 2013-14 board, as elected by the membership, took office during ANFP’s recent National Leadership... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/18/2013

Through Nov. 15, the National Restaurant Association is offering discount pricing for the NRA Show 2014, May 17-20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Early-bird registrants can save 60% off the regular admission price. Registration... »

Del Taco Strengthens Leadership Team - 09/18/2013

Del Taco has made four executive appointments. Two company veterans have been promoted: John Druse, named as v.p.-design and construction, and Mike Lucero, appointed v.p.-franchise development and real estate. Eric Grundmeier... »

The Balance Of Power Between Limited And Full Service Shifts Yet Again - 09/18/2013

Our good friend Scott Hume ran a very interesting item in the Sept. 5 issue of his Burger Business e-newsletter. He reported that customer satisfaction with limited-service restaurants in the United Kingdom reached parity for the... »

California Raises Minimum Wage - 09/18/2013

In a move strongly opposed by the California Restaurant Association and other business lobbying groups, California lawmakers have approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour by 2016. The bill was... »

Oct. 1 Healthcare Deadline Nears, But Government Fines Are Not Looming - 09/18/2013

In what will likely come as a relief to many small businesses, employers will not face a penalty if they fail to inform their workers by Oct. 1 about changes under the 2010 healthcare law, the Obama administration said last... »

NRA Launches 14-Member Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council - 09/18/2013

The National Restaurant Association has named 14 members of the foodservice and allied industries, all sustainability experts in their own fields, to its Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council. The council is part of the... »

Four-Month Steak ‘n Shake Saga Ends - 09/18/2013

Two Denver-area Steak `n Shake stores at the center of a menu-pricing battle between corporate headquarters and three franchisees seems to have concluded. The stores are now closed, but the Indianapolis chain plans to re-open... »

Wholesale Food Prices Drop Again, Menu Prices Up Slightly - 09/18/2013

Overall food prices at the wholesale level fell for the second month in a row, according the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, released Sept. 13. While the index for so-called finished foods... »

Consumer Sentiment Falls, Retail Sales Growth Sluggish And Other Economic News Of Note - 09/18/2013

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading of consumer sentiment in September, released Sept. 13, fell to 76.8, the lowest reading since April. The final August Sentiment Index stood at 82.1, down... »

FER’s Complete 2014 E&S Forecast Available To Help With Your Budget And Strategic Planning - 09/18/2013

If you missed the President’s Preview last month, you can still purchase the entire forecast for $1,295. It includes eight PowerPoint decks covering data and analysis of macro-economic, operator and materials-price trends as they... »

ACP Names Aguirre As V.P. Sales-Americas - 09/11/2013

Michael Aguirre has joined Accelerated Commercial Products as vice president of sales-Americas. The industry veteran will report to Mary Nedved Potter, senior v.p.-sales and marketing, and lead ACP sales activities for North and... »

Better Times Behind And Ahead - 09/11/2013

In case you missed FER Fortnightly last week, E&S sales surprisingly surged in the second quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer and reports from the seven publicly reporting E&S companies that we follow. We... »

Personnel News: - 09/11/2013

Tondelli Joins FMP: Industry veteran Phil Tondelli has been appointed director business development at Franklin Machine Products. Tondelli’s resume in the foodservice E&S industry spans more than 25 years and includes sales,... »

FEDA Slates Pricing Issues As Next Webinar Topic - 09/11/2013

How does a dealer protect his margins and hold the line on pricing when faced with the challenge of selling value to price-sensitive customers? It’s a question that the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has been... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/11/2013

Thinking ahead? If you already know you and your colleagues will be heading to Chicago next May to attend the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, you... »

Manitowoc Names Chris Karssiens As EVP For Asia Pacific - 09/04/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed Chris Karssiens to the role of executive vice president-Foodservice Asia Pacific (APAC). In his new post, effective immediately, Karssiens is responsible for fulfilling the New Port Richey,... »

Expanded MAFSI Barometer Measures Record Gain In 2Q - 09/04/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies posted surprisingly strong gains in the second quarter of 2013 versus the year-prior quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for... »

FER Honors Eleven Winners In Smallwares & Tabletop Contest - 09/04/2013

Eleven tabletop, servingware and smallwares products have been honored with awards in Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine’s 12th annual Smallwares & Tabletop Awards. Five judges—two operators and three dealer... »

Stuart Sharp Joins R.W. Smith As COO - 09/04/2013

R.W. Smith & Co. has appointed Stuart Sharp, the former v.p.-division sales at Carlisle Foodservice Products, as chief operating officer, a new position within the company’s leadership team. Sharp will report to Allan Keck,... »

Public E&S Companies Post Best Results Since 1Q/12 - 09/04/2013

While the results were mixed from company to company, seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies reported a combined second quarter revenue gain of 4.1%, compared with 2Q/2012, the strongest increase... »

New York Hotel Show To Unveil Winning Foodservice Concept - 09/04/2013

When the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show asked consultants to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to create “The Next Great Foodservice Concept,” the IHMRS staff set no limits. The competition for the design... »

Long John Silver’s Dumps Trans-Fat Cooking Oil - 09/04/2013

Long John Silver’s is switching to trans-fat-free cooking oil in its domestic restaurants. By the end of the year, the company says that all of its U.S. locations will use trans-fat-free cooking oil for all fried products. The... »

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