Full Steam Ahead For This Weekend’s New York Show
No matter the weather, it's showtime. Organizers of the Nov. 10-12 International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show are forging ahead as the New York/New Jersey area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and there is lot to look... »
Dealing With Disaster
As we all now know, Sandy wasn’t just a storm or even a hurricane; it was a “superstorm.” Calling around to our friends to see how everyone fared, it’s clear the storm and its aftermath created severe challenges for those who... »
Nieco Gets New Parent: Middleby
The Middleby Corp. has added another foodservice equipment maker to its wide-ranging stable of brands. Middleby announced Oct. 31 that it has acquired Nieco Corp., a West Coast maker of automatic broilers for a broad range of... »
Candle Lamp Acquires Sterno
Candle Lamp has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of The Sterno Group. The combined companies, led by Candle Lamp’s current executive team, will be known as SternoCandleLamp.
Sterno, founded in 1893 as... »
Veteran’s Day Reminder
Veteran’s Day is Monday, Nov. 12. We received a note from SC Equipment Funding noting that it will close its offices in Placentia, Calif., that day in observance of it. The editors here at FER thought we’d pass it along.
NAFEM `13 Countdown…
There are fewer than 100 days until NAFEM `13. Booked your rooms and tickets yet? Found a seat for the closing night banquet’s headliner, Jimmy Buffett? If not, hop to it. The show, Feb. 7-9, 2013, is just around the corner. And... »
Reconsidering Our E&S Forecast, Again
In case you didn’t see it, we wrote the following analysis of the foodservice equipment and supplies market, and how it is developing compared with our July forecasts, for last week’s FER Dealer Report. Since then, our... »
Starbucks Opens First Store In India
India is no longer an untapped market for Starbucks. Earlier this month, the coffee chain debuted in Mumbai, its first outlet in the world’s second most populous country. The flagship Mumbai store was the first of three grand... »
Chipotle Slates L.A. For Next ShopHouse
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is going bicoastal. The concept, which parent Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted in Washington, D.C., in 2011, will open its first unit in Los Angeles early next year. The West Coast store will be... »
Burger King Expands In Colombia, Enters Siberia
Burger King Worldwide has plans to get bigger in Colombia and expand into Siberia.
The chain has inked an exclusive development deal with Fondo Escala Capital and Promotora to further its brand in Colombia by more than 100 new... »
Consumer Sentiment Held At Five-Year High In October
It doesn’t make much sense to most informed observers, but consumer sentiment held at a five-year high in the final October reading of the Thomson/Reuters University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index. The final reading was... »
NRA Promotes Flanagan To Oversee State And Local Affairs
The political and legislative advocacy team at the National Restaurant Association has gotten stronger. The association has promoted Brendan Flanagan to v.p.-state and local affairs, a new position in the association’s expanded... »
U.S. GDP Grows 2% In Third Quarter, Ahead Of Estimates
It can hardly be termed robust, but real growth of gross domestic product in the U.S. came in at 2% in the third quarter on an annualized basis, according to the advanced estimate released Oct. 26 by the Department of Commerce’s... »
Gas Prices Plummet, Consumer Food and Menu Price Increases Are Restrained
The expected seasonal decline in gasoline prices has finally kicked in, following the unexpected run-up of prices this late summer. The average national price for a gallon of regular gas has plummeted nearly 13 cents in the last... »
NRA To Celebrate "Faces Of Diversity" Achievers
Made good? Achieved your goals? It’s a good time to tell your story, or share the details of someone else’s accomplishment. The National Restaurant Association is looking for operators across the country to apply or nominate a... »
Baltimore Weighs Letter Grade System
A letter-grade system, like those used for health inspections in New York and North Carolina, is under debate for restaurant and bar owners in Baltimore.
Legislation mandating that the city health department implement a grading... »
Maryland County Looks At Stronger Food Truck Rules
We usually define restaurant locations as strip sites or stand-alone or mall placements. Now a county in Maryland is looking at putting parked food trucks in their own business category as semi-permanent foodservice... »
In Memoriam: Tom Redditt Sr.
Thomas L. Redditt Sr., a manufacturers’ rep and past-president of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, died Oct. 20. He was 96.
Redditt founded the Tom Redditt Sales Agency, based in Littleton,... »
Bon Chef Fills National Accounts Post: Industry veteran Kaya Gross has joined Bon Chef to head up national accounts. She will lead national account sales under Bon Chef Pres. Sal Torre. The Lafayette, N.J., manufacturer offers a... »
California-Based Myers Acquires Design Firm
Myers Restaurant Supply, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based dealership, has acquired J.M. Design and Associates, a Manteca, Calif., commercial kitchen design and consulting firm. Jeff Melton, the sole proprietor of J.M. Design, has... »
Curtis Restaurant Equipment Wins Home State Honors
Curtis Restaurant Equipment, Oregon’s largest foodservice equipment dealer, has won 2012 Vendor of the Year honors from the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.
“This award recognizes the exemplary service and... »
FEDA Extends Deadline for UID Scholarships
If you’ve been too busy to fill out the paperwork, there is a little more time to apply for one of the 20 FEDA Education Foundation scholarships for the University of Industrial Distribution. The association has extended the... »
New Meeting Dates For NexGen
NexGen Procurement Group has updated its meeting schedule. The Greenville, S.C.-based buying group will hold NexGen Leadership Meetings Oct. 14-17, 2013, in Chicago and Feb. 3-7, 2014, in Dallas. »
FER Honors Industry Service Award Winners
Foodservice Equipment Reports has named five individuals to receive the magazine’s prestigious Industry Service Awards. The awards, first given in 2005, honor those who have made substantial contributions not just to their firms... »
Steak `n Shake Goes Global With UAE Deal
Expansion seems to be in the cards for Steak n’ Shake, which will debut its first units outside the U.S. next year. The diner-style burger chain founded in Normal, Ill., in 1934 opened its first New York City outpost last January... »
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