McDonald’s Entering Kazakhstan, Reopens Moscow Stores
McDonald’s will enter its 120th global market next year when it opens restaurants in Kazakhstan. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain is working with a local developmental licensee, Kairat Boranbayev, a Kazakh businessman with what the... »
Unit Growth Picking Up Among Top 500 Chains, Technomic Says
Technomic Inc. says unit growth is picking up somewhat among the largest U.S. chains. The Chicago-based foodservice research firm forecasts that the 500 largest chain brands will grow net units 2.3% in 2014. The rate is slightly... »
Landry’s To Acquire Mitchell’s Restaurants In $10M Deal
Ruth’s Hospitality Group will focus on its core steakhouse concept after reaching an agreement to sell its Mitchell’s Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse restaurants to Landry’s Inc. for $10 million.
The deal,... »
Consumers Remain Cautious About Spending, NRA Study Finds
Despite an improving jobs picture, falling gasoline prices and rising consumer confidence, consumers remain cautious about spending, a new study from the National Restaurant Association reveals. The research found that nearly six... »
NACUFS Looking For Officer Nominations
The National Association of College & University Food Services needs a few good men and women. The Okemos, Mich., association is looking for board nominations to lead its membership of about 550 institutions of higher... »
Franke Appoints Hoelle To Lead New Business Development
Franke Foodservice Systems has named Terry Hoelle, CFSP, as its new v.p-sales and marketing.
Hoelle, a 20-year industry veteran, will focus on extending the Smyrna, Tenn.-based firm’s portfolio of specialized foodservice and... »
Sandstone Group Adds Visual-Merchandising Expert
Nancy Lane has joined the Sandstone Group Food Service Division as senior designer-visual merchandising and product concepts. She previously worked on the distribution side of the E&S business as an education-development... »
IHMRS Honors Editors’ Choice Products
Five exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during opening ceremonies of the 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, Nov. 9-11 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Editors from leading... »
Alto-Shaam Hires New V.P., Makes Corporate Organization Changes
Alto-Shaam has announced a few changes to its sales and marketing team.
Todd Griffith, who has spent the last 18 months leading the functional development and integration of Alto-Shaam’s marketing support resources group, has... »
In Memoriam: Top O’ The Table’s Tom Greenwald
Tom Greenwald, of Top O’ The Table/Zink Foodservice Group, in Columbus, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Nov. 8, while cheering on his favorite football team, Notre Dame. He was 68.
The Cleveland native and U.S. Navy veteran got his... »
Five SEFA Members Earn Top Status
SEFA, the South Barrington, Ill., buying group, has announced five more members have achieved top status in the SEFAPro program. They join four of their SEFA colleagues in attaining Level 7 status in the program aimed at... »
Acosta Expands Foodservice Division, Acquires Texas Rep Firm
Acosta Sales & Marketing, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based outsourcer of sales, marketing and retail merchandising services, has acquired Howard and Associates. Acosta will integrate the Carrollton, Texas, manufacturer’s rep firm... »
Sysco, US Foods Deal Delayed Again
Citing lengthier than expected talks with antitrust regulators, the megamerger between the nation’s two largest broadline distributors is taking a bit longer than anticipated.
When Sysco Corp. announced its planned acquisition... »
Browne Foodservice Taps Girolamo As U.S. Sales Director
Browne Foodservice has appointed Jim Girolamo as its new director of sales foodservice-U.S. Girolamo has been with the smallwares supplier for the past three years with responsibilities in chain account sales and most recently as... »
Champion Taps Richelieu For Post
Champion Industries has appointed Chris Richelieu as the western regional manager for Champion and Bi-Line Conveyor Systems. Richelieu, based in Boise, Idaho, brings more than a quarter century of warewashing experience to the... »
Technomic Webinar Series Rolls On
Technomic is continuing its “Technomic Talks” webinar series, launched last year in cooperation with the Int'l. Foodservice Distributors Association. Each 20-minute webinar covers a major trend of interest to foodservice industry... »
SHFM Announces Directors’ Award Winners
Eight venerated members of foodservice industry were honored with awards from the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management during the association’s national conference Nov. 4-6 in Uncasville, Conn.
SHFM President... »
Ali Group Names Nicho As Sales Chief For Latin America
Ing. José Luis Nicho, CFSP, has been named by Ali Group North America as v.p.-sales for Latin America. In his new role, Nicho will be responsible for developing and cultivating relationships within Latin America on behalf of Ali... »
Bloomin’ Brands To Focus On Four Core Concepts
Bloomin’ Brands has announced plans to sell its 28-unit upscale concept Roy’s after deciding the brand would get more attention under new owners.“The brand is a small part of our portfolio,” according to CEO Elizabeth Smith.... »
Unified Brands Brings In David Herring As President
David Herring has been named president of Unified Brands. The appointment, effective Nov. 17, was made by Bill Johnson, president/CEO of UB’s parent company, Dover Corp., to whom Herring will directly report.
Herring joins the... »
Per Capita Restaurant Visits Continue To Decline
American consumers are sourcing more meals at home rather than at restaurants, according to new data released by The NPD Group as part of its annual “Eating Patterns in America” report. The report finds that a decline in... »
Operator Optimism Dropped Sharply In September, Says NRA
Restaurant operators can’t seem to figure whether they are happy or sad these days. After a strong full-point gain in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index in August, the index fell back 0.9 point in... »
Sales Continue To Improve In Canada, Reports Restaurants Canada
Restaurant sales continued to show strength in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest Restaurant Outlook Survey from Restaurants Canada, the Canadian foodservice association. Nearly four of 10 operators, 39%, reported... »
Consumer Confidence Hits Another Post-Recession High As Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall
Consumer sentiment, as tracked by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan, posted another post-recession high in the final October reading, reaching 86.9. The result bested economists’ expectations and was up from the 86.4 reading... »
Changes For Two European Firms:
Versele Global Marketing, the Harelbeke, Belgium, sales agent for American manufacturers in Europe, has changed management while maintaining continuity. After 20 years, company founder Jean-Francois Versele has ceded control of... »
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