Lots To Do In The New Year
I hope you all had a fulfilling and restful holidays with friends and family. We did. Jan, the kids and I even got out of the Chicago cold and snow and spent nearly a week in Phoenix—where we saw more cold and snow!—and Tucson,... »
Motor Freight Carriers Target Warewashers And Air Curtains For Classification Changes
Last year it was commercial refrigeration that saw a significant boost in shipping charges, as the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Commodity Classification Standards Board changed the way it classifies such products.... »
Middleby Acquires Australian, Italian Equipment Makers
The Middleby Corp. closed 2014 with a bang, acquiring two globally known companies.
On Dec. 22, Middleby announced its acquisition of Desmon Food Service Equipment Co., a Nusco, Italy-based manufacturer of chilling and freezing... »
NRA’s Performance Index Fell Back In November From 10-Year High In October
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained at a very high post-recession level in November, despite falling from a mark in October not seen since December 2004. The overall index fell 0.7 point to... »
New England FCSI Chapter Donates $15,000 To Veterans Center
Good works live on as annual events for the New England Chapter of Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. Last month, the chapter celebrated its 11th annual Holiday Social, donating $15,000 to the foodservice program at the New... »
Restaurant Traffic May Finally Rise In 2015, Says The NPD Group
Customer traffic has been the problem for restaurant operators during and since the Great Recession. Consumers just are not eating out as often as they did in the late 1990s and mid-2000s. The NPD Group, which tracks consumer... »
Bardeau Joins Unified Brands’ Global Team
Unified Brands has added John Bardeau to its international management team, naming him business development manager for the Canadian market. Bardeau is currently responsible for developing markets for Unified’s cook-chill systems... »
Wendy’s Tweaks Leadership For Digital, Global Growth
The Wendy’s Co. is intensifying its commitment to international restaurant development and digital technology and has made a number of executive shifts and title changes to address its new focus.
The 6,500-unit chain has... »
Foodservice Industry Awaits New Congress For More Permanent Tax Relief And Legislation
The year ended as it had progressed in Congress: Little was accomplished and little that was done was left certain. Before the 113th Congress left town for the holidays, it managed to pass a bill to renew four tax provisions... »
CPK Shows Off New Look
It’s got California in its name, but California Pizza Kitchen has a new look and reimagined menu in a dozen stores around the country. The latest store, in Wellington, Fla., joins four other remodeled units in that state.
The 12... »
DQ Returns To Kuwait
Dairy Queen is returning to Kuwait a decade after the ice-cream chain left the Middle East country.
The chain, which did business there under a franchisee from 1979-2003, has announced plans to open 20 DQs in Kuwait over the... »
Taylor Parent Adds Consumer Housewares Firm
Taylor Precision Products, parent company of foodservice thermometer maker Taylor and brands in four other industries, has acquired The Chef’n Corp., a housewares products business offering kitchen gadgets and tools, measuring... »
Proactive Program Seeks To Train Operators On Foodborne Illness
A new initiative sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association could give foodservice operators more tools to keep their restaurants safe and clear of foodborne illnesses. The group has begun hosting free workshops... »
Dramatic Fast-Casual Chain Growth Continued In 3Q, Reports Technomic
The Chicago-based foodservice research firm Technomic Inc. reported that fast-casual chains grew year-on-year sales nearly 8% in the third quarter, well outpacing an overall chain same-store sales increase of 2%. The overall... »
General Economic Indicators Remain Very Positive
Consumer confidence surged to an eight-year high in December as gasoline and food prices continued to decline in November and December, according to the latest data on general economic factors that impact foodservice.
• The... »
In Memoriam: Robert Perlick
Robert Perlick, the former president of Perlick Corp., died Nov. 29 at age 92.
After serving in U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS New York, Perlick joined his father and two uncles at the family business established... »
Buffalo Hotel Supply Acquired By Investment Firm
Private-equity firm Lorraine Capital has acquired all of the stock in Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., the Amherst, N.Y., family-owned dealership with its fourth generation at the helm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
FEDA Education Foundation Names UID Scholarship Recipients
The FEDA Education Foundation has awarded 12 scholarships for the University of Innovative
Distribution program next year. This year’s recipients are:
Ray Garcia, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, San Antonio.Kevin Wilkinson,... »
In Memoriam: Joel Kulwin
Joel Kulwin passed away Nov. 10 after a short battle with acute leukemia. He was 61. Kulwin had a long and varied sales career in the E&S and hospitality industries. Most recently, he served as South Florida district manager... »
FEDA Lets Members Pay It Forward To Fight Interior Design Legislation
Check it out, check it off: Membership dues invoices recently sent to FEDA members include a line item to donate $250 to help combat interior design legislation. Over the past few years, a number of bills that would significantly... »
I’m fond of saying the foodservice equipment and industry is a very big business and a very small town. When I asked my friend Ken Gill nearly 20 years ago if we could borrow a couple million dollars to start Foodservice... »
’Tis The Season To Do Good Works
The foodservice industry has a big heart year-round, and with this end-of-year issue, here’s a small spotlight on just a few companies stepping up in 2014 to serve the greater good. Please send your company’s stories to... »
Last Week To Apply For 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards
Friday marks the deadline to apply for the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Now in their 11th year, the National Restaurant Association's KI Awards honor meaningful advancements in foodservice equipment and technology and... »
Mulling FER’s 2015 E&S Market Forecast
As we wrote after our annual FER President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting in late July, we are quite optimistic about growth of the foodservice equipment and supplies market next year. John Muldowney (our forecasting... »
Taco Bell Taps New Leaders, Here And Abroad
Taco Bell is making no small plans. Or rather, its parent company, Yum! Brands, is not. The Louisville, Ky., company has announced several strategic leadership changes to support domestic and international expansion. With about... »
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