The Wilbur Curtis Co., the family-owned maker of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems, has promoted two key executives. Kevin Curtis is the Montebello, Calif., firm’s new president and CEO; his brother, Michael Curtis, is... »
Last month, Middleby Corp. acquired the assets of Marsal & Sons Inc., a Lindenhurst, N.Y., manufacturer of deck ovens. Founded in 1969, the company has annual revenues of approximately $5 million.
“Marsal has an outstanding... »
Electrolux announced an agreement Feb. 5 to acquire Shanghai Veetsan Commercial Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of professional dishwashers in China.
The acquisition further strengthens Electrolux... »
The Federal Trade Commission has blinked. Last Wednesday night, the regulator was close to voting to block Sysco Corp.’s $3.5 billion purchase of rival US Foods, but postponed the decision after an intense day of meetings with... »
Determining that its two divisions will be stronger as separate, autonomous companies, The Manitowoc Co. has announced it is splitting its Cranes and Foodservice businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies.
Carlos “Charlie” Rodriguez, a veteran of the foodservice service industry, has been hired by Heritage Foodservice Group as v.p.-U.S. service operations. Rodriguez will oversee the Fort Wayne, Ind., firm’s service operations in... »
Automated Equipment LLC, a Red Wing, Minn.-based maker of foodservice equipment such as automated French-fry makers and ice-cream-topping dispensers acquired neighboring Acrotech in January.
“We are very excited by the addition... »
James Walker, chief development officer at Johnny Rockets, has been promoted to president-operations and development at the Aliso Viejo, Calif., company. Walker, who joined the 330-unit chain in December 2013, will oversee... »
Alto-Shaam will receive the 2015 Gas Foodservice Equipment Network Blue Flame Product of the Year Award for its CT PROformance 7-20 Combitherm oven during this week’s The NAFEM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
The Menomonee Falls, Wis.,... »
TriMark USA has consolidated two of its divisions, Atlanta-based TriMark Century Concepts and TriMark Strategic, into one newly combined unit.
The new entity, known as TriMark Strategic and based in Coppell, Texas, should enable... »
It was an active year again in 2014 as business life-cycle factors and a healthy E&S market kept the pace of merger and acquisition activity relatively high. As has been typical lately, The Middleby Corp. was particularly... »
If you live in the Northeast, it may not seem like this winter is milder than last year’s. But it is for much of the country and that is helping restaurant sales trend higher, according to Black Box Intelligence, as reported in... »
Nearly 80% of restaurant operators polled for Restaurants Canada’s Restaurant Outlook Survey reported increased or equal same-store sales in the fourth quarter of last year. The percentage reporting lower sales fell to only 23%,... »
The party had to end sometime. The run-up in consumer confidence took a pause during the first half of February, according to the preliminary reading from the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index, released Feb. 13.... »
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 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... »
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 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... »
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... »
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... »
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,... »
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.... »
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... »
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... »
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... »
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, 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... »
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 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... »
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... »
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.
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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »
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,... »
Citing the United Kingdom’s increasingly adventurous palates and growing appetite for Latin American food, Bristol-based Las Iguanas has ambitions to open 100 units across the country. The chain serves a Latin American menu with... »
Pokka Café HK will be expanding its coffee and Western-style casual-dining businesses into China. The Hong Kong-based chain operates 34 restaurants under 12 brands in Hong Kong and Macau, offering specialty coffee and casual... »
CaliBurger, the Southern California-style burger chain that isn’t based in California, continues its global expansion. The Shanghai-based chain will open the first of three units in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this year;... »
Dubai-based Al Ahli Holding Group will open no fewer than 20 Philippine-themed food and beverage outlets called “Little Manila” across the Middle East and beyond over the next five years. Six Filipino brands will be grouped into... »
The Middleby Corp. closed 2014 with a bang, acquiring companies on two continents.
On Dec. 22, the U.S.-based Middleby announced its acquisition of Desmon Food Service Equipment Co., a Nusco, Italy, manufacturer of chilling... »
Grupo Nutresa SA, the Colombian food industry conglomerate that has made at least 18 acquisitions since 2000, has paid US$384 million to buy the country’s largest quick-serve chain, El Corral. The Bogota-based burger chain,... »
Kevin Fink has been named executive v.p. of the Ali Group. He will relocate from Denver, where he has been president of Ice-O-Matic, to join Ali’s corporate team in Milan. Beginning March 2, Fink will report to Massimo... »
Just Falafel is going for a new look and back-to-basics menu to match its new identity as JF Street Food. The UAE-based quick-serve chain announced at the end of 2014 that it would rebrand itself in an effort to boost its sales... »
In the latest private equity buyout in Britain’s restaurant sector, the casual-dining chain TGI Fridays has sold its U.K. franchise business to Electra Partners. Texas-based TGI Fridays, itself sold last year to investment firms... »
Strong jobs growth and falling gasoline prices are among the factors driving sales and customer traffic growth in the U.S. restaurant market during the last four months of 2014. And the improved consumer environment also... »
With futures prices for Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil well below $50 a barrel on Jan. 27, and U.S. prices for regular gasoline/petrol approaching $2.00 a gallon, the plunge in petroleum prices has become a major... »
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