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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... »

Houston A Hot Market For TCBY - 11/28/2012

TCBY has set its sights on the Houston area as a key market for growing its brand of frozen yogurt. The chain looks to grow there by 15 to 20 stores in the next three to five years. TCBY already has eight traditional stores in... »

NRA Seeks Nominations For Operator Innovations - 11/28/2012

The time has come again to recognize commercial and noncommercial operators who drive innovation and excellence in the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Operator... »

Personnel Moves: - 11/28/2012

Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Kevin Woods, CFSP, as v.p.-sales and marketing. Woods joins the Dayton, Ohio, company from Unified Brands, where he was central region sales director. In his four-year tenure there he also... »

CFESA Rings In 50th Anniversary At February Conference - 11/28/2012

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association kicks off its 50th anniversary year with its Spring 2013 Conference, Feb. 4-6, in conjunction with NAFEM ‘13. The conference will be held at the Peabody Orlando hotel in Florida.... »

Chicago Food Truck Ops Sue The City Over Restrictions - 11/28/2012

Three food truck operators and a public-interest law firm filed a lawsuit against Chicago on Nov. 14 in an effort to force city officials to loosen restrictions on mobile food trucks. The suit targets the requirement that food... »

Montreal Debates Food Trucks, Too - 11/28/2012

Food trucks, and where they roam, are still under debate north of the border. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has announced its support of food trucks in Montreal, provided they follow the same rules and... »

Gear Up For The2012 Economic Census - 11/28/2012

Get out your pencils. It’s time for the 2012 Economic Census. Every five years, the U.S. government conducts this survey mapping the American business landscape. The data collected can help business owners compare their business... »

Minimum Wages Headed Up In Eight States - 11/28/2012

Eight of the 10 states that tie annual wage increases to inflation have announced minimum wage increases this year. Arizona, Missouri and Vermont will increase their minimum wages on Jan. 1. In Arizona, wages will climb to... »

Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again In October - 11/28/2012

Nearly everyone expects big jumps in food prices, especially for proteins, over the next year or so, thanks to the ongoing drought in the United States. October’s wholesale food-price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’... »

FEDA Sets Agenda For 80th Anniversary Convention - 11/21/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has put together a full lineup of speakers and programs for its 80th annual convention next year. FEDA members will convene April 3-7, 2013 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill... »

ABC Honors Suppliers, Top Sales Exec Of The Year - 11/21/2012

During its recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill., Allied Buying Corp. recognized nine manufacturers with Supplier of the Year awards. The multiple criteria employed by the Lombard, Ill., buying group were tied to quality in... »

Globe Hires Woods As EVP-Sales & Marketing - 11/21/2012

Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Kevin Woods, CFSP, as v.p.-sales and marketing. Woods joins the Dayton, Ohio, company from Unified Brands, where he was central region sales director. In his four-year tenure there he also... »

Mitch Cohen Joins Unified Brands - 11/21/2012

Unified Brands has hired industry veteran Mitch Cohen as central regional sales director. He’ll be responsible for managing representative partners and domestic sales growth in the central region for the company’s Groen, Randell,... »

After Sales Drop, McDonald’s USA Turns To New Leadership - 11/21/2012

A week after the chain reported its first monthly same-store sales decrease in nine years, McDonald’s Corp. has replaced Jan Fields as president of McDonald’s USA. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain has named Jeff Stratton, currently... »

Ali Group Cuts Ribbon On Training Center - 11/21/2012

Ali Group North America has opened a new, state-of-the-art training center. The building, part of Ali’s headquarters complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., houses separate warewashing and cooking training facilities. The official... »

FEDA Education Foundation Awards CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships - 11/21/2012

The FEDA Education Foundation recently awarded four CFSP and ServSafe scholarships to employees of its dealer members. Mohamed Orra of Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies has been awarded a 2012 ServSafe Scholarship to... »

Reasons To Be Thankful - 11/21/2012

I was going to write another bit on our evolving forecast—we reported on the third-quarter public company numbers last week in FER Fortnightly if you missed it (click here)—and John Muldowney and I have had several... »

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