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Burger King Makes Global Inroads - 12/12/2012

The Home of the Whopper is growing its global empire. After debuting last year in Brazil, China and Russia—and inking an agreement to open its first store in South Africa this year—Burger King Worldwide is returning to France.... »

Luby’s Adds Cheeseburger in Paradise To Burger Portfolio - 12/12/2012

It’s another bite of the burger market for Luby’s Inc. The Houston chain, which purchased 59 company-owned Fuddruckers two years ago, is acquiring the 23-unit Cheeseburger in Paradise chain for about $11 million. Co-branding is... »

Neil Kirven Joins Unified Brands - 12/12/2012

Unified Brands has hired Neil Kirven as healthcare segment manager. His responsibilities include creating and executing strategic product management. Kirven was previously president of Burlodge USA, an Ali Group company. In... »

Diversified Foodservice Acquires Franklin Machine Products - 12/12/2012

Diversified Foodservice Supply, the parent company of AllPoints Foodservice Parts and Supplies, Tundra Specialties, and other brands in the parts, supplies, equipment and accessories distribution industry, has acquired Franklin... »

Libbey Gains U.S. Distribution Rights For Spiegelau-Nachtmann - 12/12/2012

Libbey Inc. has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for two longtime German glass and servingware manufacturers. Libbey will distribute Spiegelau and Nachtmann products. Spiegelau, founded in 1521, makes fine stemware and... »

Tony Kaszuba Recognized as 2013 SFM Hennessy Traveler - 12/12/2012

Tony Kaszuba, president of RMA Hospitality Management, has been nominated as this year’s Society for Foodservice Management’s 2013 Hennessy Traveler. The Hennessy Traveler program promotes educational opportunities for members... »

Consumers Figure Out Falling From The Fiscal Cliff Could Hurt - 12/12/2012

Two economic reports released last Friday, Dec. 7, obscured even more the short-term outlook for U.S. consumer spending. On the one side, the top-line numbers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report came in better... »

Operator Worries Apparent In NRA’s November RPI - 12/12/2012

For the first time in 14 months, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index fell below the 100 level that separates industry expansion from contraction in the October survey.  Worries about the... »

In Louisiana, Inspections Don't Ensure Safety - 12/12/2012

According to a new report, there’s a huge gap between the number of food-safety violations in Louisiana’s restaurants and the number of penalties actually levied in the state. A new legislative audit shows that Louisiana's... »

California Creates Site To Help Operators With Tax Issues - 12/12/2012

The California State Board of Equalization has launched a new online sales and use tax guide for restaurant owners to assist operators in navigating the state’s maze of tax issues. The interactive website provides both general... »

NRA Expands Government Affairs Bureau - 12/12/2012

The National Restaurant Association has added two former Capitol Hill staffers to its policy and government affairs department. Laura Abshire has been named director of sustainability policy and government affairs. She’ll lead... »

TriMark USA Grows To 12 Divisions With Purchase Of Federighi Design - 12/12/2012

Two months after it strengthened its presence in the South by acquiring Georgia-based Century Concepts, distribution giant TriMark USA has purchased San Francisco Bay-based Federighi Design. The design house, headquartered in... »

NRA’s Performance Index Signals Operator Pessimism - 12/05/2012

The looming fiscal cliff appears to have given restaurant operators a case of vertigo. The prospect of rapidly rising prices for key proteins may be adding to the swoon. For the first time in 14 months, the National Restaurant... »

Surprisingly, MAFSI Barometer Rose In Third Quarter - 12/05/2012

The MAFSI Business Barometer unexpectedly improved in the third quarter, as overall sales for manufacturers’ reps climbed to 4.3% in the quarter versus sales in the same quarter last year. The number beat advances of 4% in the... »

Dec. 7 Deadline Is Last Call For Kitchen Innovations Awards - 12/05/2012

There are a few days left to submit products, technologies and equipment for the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards. While next year’s NRA Show is still months away (May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick... »

NRA Seeks Nominations For Operator Innovations - 12/05/2012

Worked with a customer you think is doing something really special with his or her operation? The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Operator Innovations Awards, which celebrate “operators who... »

FEDA Education Foundation Awards 33 UID Scholarships - 12/05/2012

Seventeen dealers can boast about hardworking employees who have earned scholarships from the FEDA Education Foundation. The foundation recently awarded 33 scholarships to help cover some of the costs associated with attending... »

Burkett Wins Business Award - 12/05/2012

Burkett Restaurant Equipment recently received a top honor at the University of Toledo. At the school’s annual Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame ceremony on Nov. 8, Burkett received the Business Excellence... »

It’ll Be A Bumpy Few Months - 12/05/2012

We now have seen all the third-quarter equipment and supplies market data, as well as the October Restaurant Performance Index, the November consumer confidence measures, and the like. The pols are in full strutting posture as... »

FER Revises E&S Market Forecast Downward - 11/28/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports has trimmed its forecasts of foodservice equipment and supplies sales growth for 2012 and ’13. A clear trend of slowing growth in 2012, as charted by publicly reporting E&S companies and the... »

NAFEM Releases Detailed 2012 "Size & Shape” Study - 11/28/2012

The 2012 version of “Size & Shape of the Industry,” which details dollar sales for more than 350 categories of foodservice equipment, supplies, tabletop and furnishings, has been released by the North American Association of... »

Consumers Buying, But Worry Sets In About Fiscal Cliff - 11/28/2012

American consumers have seemed oblivious to the potential negative impact on them of the  so-called “fiscal cliff,” the combination of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress... »

San Jamar Reasserts One Brand Identity - 11/28/2012

It’s back to the future for San Jamar. The maker of foodservice, janitorial and sanitation products, supplies and clothing is now carrying all of its brands and products under its original name: San Jamar. The company had been... »

Bob Evans Ramps Up Remodel Schedule, Puts Mimi’s Under Review - 11/28/2012

The to-do menu at Bob Evans Restaurants is on overdrive. The company is speeding up its Bob Evans’ store-remodeling program, known as “Farm Fresh Refresh” and will complete re-dos of all 565 units by the first half of 2014.... »

Arby’s Sells 42 Northwest Stores - 11/28/2012

Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group has sold 42 company-owned locations and development rights in Seattle and Portland, Ore. The buyer, operator Tony Lutfi, will remodel at least 17 restaurants and has committed to building... »

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