Chains Welcome Delay In Health Care Mandate
While menu labeling remains on track—albeit still a bit confusing for many chains—another component of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act has been delayed. On July 2, the Treasury Dept. announce a yearlong delay for the law’s... »
Thirty-Five Sbarro Stores For India
Sbarro will spread its footprint in southern India under a new 35-unit master franchisee deal. White Planet Restaurants, which currently operates five Sbarro eateries there, will open three outlets this year and grow the brand to... »
Massachusetts City Sets Country’s Toughest Trans Fat Ban
Not even trace amounts of trans fat will be allowed in restaurant food served in Chelsea, Mass. The city just next door to Boston voted July 16 to enact the harshest trans fat ban in the country; while other cities that have... »
California Restaurants Address Stormwater Pollution
It’s a clean slate for hundreds of restaurants which have been certified, or re-certified, under the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program.
Stormwater runoff is a major source of... »
Wholesale And Consumer Food Prices Moved Higher In June
Wholesale food prices rose in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 12 in its monthly Producer Price Index release. Food prices at the so-called finished level were up 0.2%, while the increase at the intermediate... »
Myers Restaurant Supply Goes Bicoastal
Northern California-based Myers Restaurant Supply LLC has positioned itself as a national force in E&S with its new division: Myers Restaurant Supply—East. The new branch, based in Marlton, N.J., will service the entire... »
Manitowoc Names Company Vet Robert Hund To Helm Foodservice
Robert Hund has been named president of Manitowoc Foodservice, effective August 1. He will report to Glen Tellock, chairman and CEO of The Manitowoc Co.
Hund is a veteran of Manitowoc’s Crane division. He most recently... »
Hatco Acquires Ovention Inc.
Hatco Corp. has acquired Ovention Inc., the Dallas-based oven technology company. Ovention owns the rights to the Matchbox Oven, recognized earlier this year by the National Restaurant Association with a Kitchen Innovations... »
Globe Equipment Hits Milestone
Globe Equipment Co. is marking its 75th year in business.
The Bridgeport, Conn., family-owned dealership has been a regional supplier of foodservice equipment and supplies to restaurants and institutions since 1938, and more... »
The Complexities Of Chain E&S Purchasing
You can never know too much about your customers and potential customers. In that light, we want to let you know we’ve just finished an exclusive new research study probing the equipment and supplies purchasing and specification... »
The Homer Laughlin China Co. has appointed Deborah Gordon as its first-ever district sales manager for HLC in northern California and Nevada.
The tabletop veteran will work closely with the Newell, West Va., company’s regional... »
In Memoriam: Toni Gernsbacher
Toni Gernsbacher, the wife of Chain Link Services CEO and FEDA Past-President Harold Gernsbacher and a popular, well-known figure in the E&S industry, died July 9 after a long fight with cancer. She was 53. She is survived by... »
Hatco Makes Room For Growth With Plant Expansion
As pictured on our homepage, Hatco Corp.’s Pres./CEO David Rolston dug in at June’s groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s addition to its Sturgeon Bay, Wis., facility. The expansion will provide additional manufacturing,... »
ITW/FEG Acquires Chinese Brand
One of the country’s largest foodservice equipment manufacturers has acquired one of its counterparts in China, providing it access to the world’s largest consumer market.
Illinois Tool Works announced July 3 that it has... »
All Markers In NRA’s May Performance Index Were Positive For First Time Since 2006
The restaurant business may have finally fully recovered from the Great Foodservice Recession. It took nearly six and a half years. Strong gains in current restaurant same-store sales and traffic in May led to a nearly full point... »
June Jobs Report Bodes Well For Foodservice, As Does Consumer Confidence
Few indicators are more central to the foodservice outlook than employment growth. The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for June was again quite positive with the net addition of 195,000... »
Alto-Shaam announces two appointments. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., firm has added Jesus Iglesias as regional sales manager for its South Central Region. Iglesias previously served with Tor Rey USA for 14 years where he was most... »
Foodservice Jobs Growth: Goosed By Shift To Part-Time Workers?
Foodservice, a subset of the leisure and hospitality employment segment, has been adding workers at a much faster pace this year than last, another possible indication that the industry is finally pulling out of the Great... »
Fresh Ingredients And Choice Key Aspects Of Consumers’ Restaurant Value Perception, Says NPD
Price for quality is still the leading value factor when consumers select a restaurant, but fresh ingredients and selection are close runners-up in the value equation, according to new research from the NPD Group’s foodservice... »
Five Guys Debuts In UK
Five Guys has crossed the pond. While the United States celebrated its independence last week, the chain opened its first unit in the United Kingdom. The freezer-free burger chain’s debut London unit is in Covent Garden; a second... »
Hooters Celebrates 30 Years With Revamped Look
It’s a reinvigorated look for Hooters, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The Atlanta chain has unveiled a new modern prototype in Slidell, La., that it says sets the tone for future locations and renovations. The new... »
Golden State Gaining More Sonic Units
Southern California’s car culture will soon have some new outlets. Sonic, America’s Drive-In, is set for further expansion on the West Coast, including franchise deals for 15 new drive-ins in Southern California. The Oklahoma... »
Cold Stone Marks 25th Year By Opening In 25th Country
It’s a milestone year for Cold Stone Creamery. The chain is marking its 25th year in business by setting up shop in Turkey—its 25th country of operation. Parent company Kahala has inked a master franchise agreement with Ulker... »
NRA Releases Three New Research Reports
Want insights into the future of the restaurant industry? The National Restaurant Association has just released three new forward-looking research reports to help restaurant operators, and their suppliers, scope out the future... »
Landry’s Buys Mastro’s, Upscale Steak And Seafood Chain
Landry's Inc. has acquired Mastro’s Restaurants LLC, a high-end steak and seafood chain. The 10-unit chain, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., includes two main concepts: Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club.
Mastro’s has... »
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