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Ruby’s Diner Plans Big To Go Small - 02/18/2015

Ruby Restaurant Group is hoping to make a splash in the fast-casual market and add 20 franchises of its smaller “dinette-style” stores this year. The smaller units have half the footprint and half the startup costs of a standard... »

Habit Burger Grill Heads Overseas - 02/18/2015

Habit Restaurants hopes to make its fast-casual outlets a habit in the Middle East. The chain’s first-ever international franchise agreement is with Food Quest Restaurant Management, which will develop up to 50 new Habit Burger... »

Sysco/US Foods Acquisition Remains A Question Mark - 02/11/2015

Despite moves to create a more even playing field, Sysco Corp.’s planned acquisition of US Foods has hit an impasse. The country’s largest foodservice distributor says its year-long negotiations with antitrust regulators over... »

Stiefel Distributing Expands Into Ventilation - 02/11/2015

Stiefel Associates, the 30-year-old Lansing, Mich.-based manufacturers’ rep firm, has expanded into the ventilation business with its purchase of Vent Tech. The acquisition, announced Jan.1, was made under a newly formed sister... »

Familiar Faces Open New Rep Firm - 02/11/2015

PB&J is not just a sandwich, it’s the moniker for a newly formed independent manufacturers’ rep firm. A couple of industry veterans have combined forces as principals in PB&J Commercial Agents: PJ Lamb, formerly of... »

The Year In Mergers & Sales - 02/11/2015

We’ve been so busy with getting ready for The NAFEM Show and our biennial FER Industry Excellence Awards program that we haven’t had a chance to do our annual round-up of the year in mergers and sales. It was an active year again... »

Rep News - 02/11/2015

Easton, Pa.-based Follett Corp. has hired CR Peterson + Associates as its sales representative for the New England market, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Avon,... »

Time To Reserve A Spot For FEDA Convention - 02/11/2015

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is encouraging its members and industry colleagues to make convention hotel-room reservations and convention registrations before the Feb. 13 deadline. Reservations for the J.W.... »

Server Wins Customer-Service Award - 02/11/2015

The customer-service team at Server Products won kudos last month, helping the Richfield, Wis., company win the Extreme Customer Service award at the Diversified Foodservice Supply Summit. “Meeting Diversified’s standard for... »

NRA Forecasts Stronger Though Still Moderate Growth In 2015 - 02/04/2015

Restaurant and foodservice sales will rise 3.8% in current dollars and 1.5% in real terms, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant Industry Forecast, released Jan. 27. The forecast projects stronger... »

FER Exclusive: Oneida/EveryWare Global Works To Re-Establish Position - 02/04/2015

Oneida, one of the truly iconic brands in American tabletop products and foodservice supply, had a really difficult 2014, by almost any measure. Newly public in an arranged marriage with Anchor Hocking, Oneida’s parent EveryWare... »

Freight Rate Update: No Change For Air Curtains, Warewasher Debate Continues - 02/04/2015

We’ve been keeping you updated on proposals to change shipping rates for warewashers and air curtains and doors. Both kinds of equipment have been targeted for shipping classification upgrades by the National Motor Freight... »

Patrick Hynes Joins Middleby As Senior V.P. For Global Supply Chain - 02/04/2015

Patrick Hynes, an equipment specification veteran at both Darden Restaurants and McDonald’s Corp., has joined The Middleby Corp. as senior v.p.-global supply chain. Hynes will be responsible for corporate-level management of... »

Personnel Moves: - 02/04/2015

Baron Takes Reins At Crown Brands: Chris Baron has been tapped as CEO of Crown Brands LLC and the recently acquired Update Int’l. and Johnson-Rose. He will be responsible for the performance of the consolidated organization,... »

Middleby Launches Centralized Parts Program With New Website - 02/04/2015

Middleby Corp. has launched a new centralized parts program, the Middleby Advantage. The new program offers genuine OEM parts from all Middleby commercial foodservice manufacturers and Viking residential all in one place, at... »

Restaurant Traffic Spiked In Last Quarter, NPD Says; Full-Service Visits Finally Rose - 02/04/2015

Whether they were driven by reports of strong job gains, the dizzying drop in gasoline prices and/or consumer confidence returning to pre-recession levels, Americans decided to visit restaurants more often in the last four months... »

Standex Food Service Gets New President - 02/04/2015

Standex International Corp. announced on Jan. 26 that it had appointed Anne De Greef-Safft as group president-Standex Food Service Equipment Group. She joins Standex from Danaher Corp., where she served most recently as vice... »

NAFEM Show 15 Promises Hot, Cool Exhibits - 02/04/2015

There’s still time to download the app and plan ahead for all of the events at this month’s The NAFEM Show. The Feb. 19-21 show in Anaheim, Calif., has a full slate of events, seminars and industry association meetings. And... »

Del Taco Inks Deals To Enter Northeastern U.S. - 02/04/2015

Del Taco, the Mexican “made-to-order” quick-serve chain, is planting its flag on the East Coast. The Lake Forest, Calif., chain plans to open several stores in New Jersey starting next year. Although it hasn't determined where... »

Pie Five Pizza Carves Out New Markets - 02/04/2015

The 4-year-old chain opened “individually handcrafted pizza” stores in Chicago, Houston and Minneapolis in the past few months, and now Denver and Lexington, Ky., will be seeing Pie Five Pizza outlets. The first of up to 10... »

Strong Gains In Capital Spending Markers, Current Sales And Traffic Drive NRA’s RPI Higher - 02/04/2015

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index jumped back to its highest level since 2004, reaching 102.9 in the December 2014 survey. The RPI hit 102.8 in October, its highest level since December 2004 and... »

Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Point In Decade, Gas Prices Finally Stop Dropping - 02/04/2015

On the consumer-confidence and gasoline-price watch: The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index jumped another four and a half points in the final January reading to 98.1 from 93.6 in the final December... »

Fines For Not Freezing Fish? New York Debates New Rules (And Fines) - 02/04/2015

New York City’s health department is holding hearings on a few issues that could affect the E&S industry, and which restaurant operators suspect are simply a way for the city to issue more fines. One proposal being... »

Join FER Feb. 20 For The 2015 Industry Excellence Awards - 02/04/2015

Chains Chick-fil-A and Smashburger, dealers Hockenbergs and Rapids Wholesale Equipment, and 13 other organizations and individuals will be honored Friday, Feb. 20 during Foodservice Equipment Reports biennial Industry Excellence... »

NRA, NRAEF Elect New Officers And Board Members - 02/04/2015

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation have unveiled the roster of new officers elected to one-year terms on their board of directors and board of trustees,... »

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