Ali Group Names New President At Champion Group
Lin Sensenig has been appointed president of the Champion Group, a division of Ali Group North America. He’ll oversee day-to-day management of the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based companies, which includes Champion, Moyer Diebel,... »
ENERGY STAR Honors For Four Equipment Manufacturers
Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been named 2014 ENERGY STAR award winners by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The awards honor businesses and organizations for outstanding... »
Heritage Buys Key Food Equipment Services
Heritage Food Service Group announced April 7 that it has acquired Key Food Equipment Services Ltd. (KFES) of Vancouver, British Columbia for an undisclosed amount.
KFES, founded in 1982, is the largest food equipment repair and... »
March Jobs Report Signals Return To Modest Gains
The March report on the employment situation in the U.S. from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cheered up nearly everyone. A 192,000 increase in non-farm payroll jobs for March and a 37,000 upward revision of job gains in January... »
Unified Brands Aligns With New Dover Division
Unified Brands has become part of parent company Dover Corp.’s newly created Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment. It joins five other companies, all focused on the supermarket, food processing and packaging industries.
Food&HotelAsia2014 Hits A High Note
The 19th edition of Food&HotelAsia2014, Asia’s largest biennial food and hospitality tradeshow, set a few records earlier this month. The April 8-11 show, the first to fully occupy Singapore’s biggest exhibition venue,... »
USDA Serves Notice: Reviews Are Nearly In For Menu Labeling
It’s the final review process, finally, for the menu labeling requirement already pro forma in many foodservice chains. After several postponements and delays, the federal government has moved that piece of the 2010 Patient... »
Yum! Opens Up Sandwich Store in Texas
Yum! Brands has opened Super Chix, a one-off test unit in Arlington, Texas, that bears more resemblance to a Chick-fil-A than a KFC outlet. Not only does it look different from any KFC store, there is no reference in the signage... »
Consumer Confidence Holds Up In Spite Of Tough Winter
With the hit to the economy from the severe winter, many economists feared American consumers would pull back their spending this year. But judging by the latest numbers on consumer confidence, the decline in growth in the first... »
Legal Sea Foods Spreads Out
The 32-unit Boston-based chain, best known for its mall and airport locations in seven Eastern Seaboard states, has debuted two smaller, neighborhood concepts: Legal Crossing, sporting an edgier, more adult look; and Legal... »
Wendy’s Completes System Slimdown
Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s has wrapped up its System Optimization initiative, launched in July 2013, with the sale of 104 restaurants to franchisees in Albuquerque, Los Angeles/Palm Springs, Phoenix and Hawaii. In total, Wendy's... »
Blue Chip Macro Forecasts Hold Up Despite Weak First Quarter
While economists do expect the severe winter weather and the drought in the West to have taken a toll on economic growth in the first quarter of 2014, they remain quite upbeat about the remainder of the year and 2015, according... »
State Tax Revenue Growth Slowed In Fourth Quarter
As expected, the growth of state tax revenues slowed in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to preliminary data from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, based at the State University of New York-Albany. The research group... »
I Am A Camera: NYC Considers Video For Kitchen Inspections
In the age of Instagram and YouTube and instant video upload, it’s no surprise that a bill has been introduced in New York’s City Council which would require foodservice health inspectors to wear a camera on their chests or... »
Bargreen Ellingson Acquires Wyoming Dealer
Bargreen Ellingson, one of the country’s biggest E&S distributors, has acquired Knapp Supply & Equipment Co., a restaurant and janitorial supplier based in Casper, Wyo. The acquisition gives the Tacoma, Wash., firm its... »
Deadline Extended Until April 11 For FER Top Dealer Surveys
With the magazine’s research editor still traveling through Asia and, thus, unable to begin sifting through data, dealers who haven’t yet sent in their survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer... »
FEDA Convention Reports Great Turnout, New Board Members Take Seats
Close to 400 E&S dealers and manufacturers convened last week in Indian Wells, Calif., for FEDA’s annual convention. In addition to well-received speakers, seminars and workshops, the convention included the election of new... »
FEDA Recognizes Supportive Manufacturers
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has unveiled a list of manufacturers it recognizes as especially supportive of dealer-based distribution.
FEDA cited 17 companies for exceptional support:
Advance TabcoAli... »
Northwest Foodservice Show Opens Sunday
The largest food and beverage expo in the Pacific Northwest opens this weekend in Seattle. The Northwest Foodservice Show, April 13-14 at the Washington State Convention Center, includes a new interactive kitchen, a new... »
Strong Fourth Quarter Boosts Annual Gains For Public E&S Companies
Revenues jumped significantly for most of the publicly reporting equipment and supplies companies in the fourth quarter 2013, pushing annual sales higher for the full year. The numbers are compiled by John Muldowney, a marketing... »
Well Played, FEDA
My only regret about last week’s FEDA Annual Convention, other than that Jan couldn’t make it, was that I had to leave early to head to Shanghai and Singapore. (I’m writing this from Singapore.) I thought the two days I spent at... »
Despite The Weather, February’s Restaurant Performance Index Stays Above 100
Although challenging weather conditions continued to negatively impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month.... »
Yum! Plans KFC Makeover In China
Yum! Brands is revamping its image and menu at its KFC stores in China. On March 25, the chain launched a new menu and marketing campaign there and announced plans to rethink its store design. The Louisville, Ky., chain also... »
Tom Szafranski To Retire From ITW FEG
Tom Szafranski, a 30-year veteran of Hobart and ITW Food Equipment Group, will retire June 30 from his post as president-sales for ITW FEG North America.
In the March 24 announcement, ITW FEG Exec. V.P. Chris O’Herlihy stated:... »
Panera 2.0 Upgrades Include Enclosed, Upgraded Kitchens, Smaller Stores
It’s a new look and long-term strategy for St. Louis-based Panera Bread Co. Chain execs convened last week in Charlotte, N.C., a 10-unit test market for the chain’s new bakery-café format, to formally unveil “Panera 2.0,” which... »
Sales Growth Slowed in 2013 For Top 500 Chains, Reports Technomic
Sluggish growth from several of the largest U.S. restaurant chains helped push combined growth for the 500 largest chain brands lower last year, according to Technomic Inc.’s preliminary results from its annual Top 500 Chain... »
Fazoli’s Opens Fast-Casual Concept
The influence of Panera and Chipotle on the fast-casual market continued last week in Baltimore when Fazoli’s debuted its entry into the competitive market segment. Its new Venti Tre Modern Italian offers an ordering format... »
Foodservice Traffic Surged In Russia In Q4, While Visits In China Fell 4%, Says NPD
Ironically now—in view of recent events—traffic in the still-developing Russian restaurant market jumped 7% in the fourth quarter compared with the prior year quarter, according to the latest global consumer CREST data from The... »
Sentinel Adds Newk’s Eatery To Its Chain Holdings
Sentinel Capital Partners, the private equity group which purchased Checker’s/Rally’s earlier this year, has closed on its acquisition of Newk’s Holding Co. LLC, the owner and operator of the Newk’s Eatery franchise. Terms of the... »
Americold Appoints Fred Boehler As President
Americold, the Atlanta-based maker of temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics, has named COO Fred Boehler as its new president. Boehler will hold both titles as he assumes the senior executive leadership role at... »
El Pollo Loco Plans IPO
The private-equity owners of El Pollo Loco Holdings are planning an initial public offering of shares in the quick-service chicken chain. Details of the El Pollo Loco offering, including timing, have yet to be announced. The... »
To Grade Or Not To Grade, That's Milwaukee's Question
Milwaukee is weighing whether to become Wisconsin’s first city to institute a restaurant grading system. If the proposed ordinance—which directs the city's health department to set up a grading system—passes, Milwaukee would join... »
Calorie-Counting Bill Advances In Louisiana Senate
Louisiana, considered in many studies as the most obese state in the nation, is considering legislation that takes menu-labeling requirements a step further than those required under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
The ACA... »
Ali Group North America Taps Geile To Head Consultant Services
Industry veteran Rob Geile has been appointed vice president of consultant services for Ali Group North America.
Geile has already assumed the office, where he is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships... »
Star Hires Kearins As V.P./G.M.
Brian Kearins has joined Star Mfg. as vice president and general manager. Kearins will be working with David Brewer, chief operation officer-Middleby Foodservice Group, on sales and operational initiatives related to the six... »
Industry Members Earn Honors:
Two members of Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance have earned top status in the buying group’s SEFAPro Program. Jeff Dellon, director of sales and marketing at H. Weiss in Armonk, N.Y., and Cheryl Fichera, equipment... »
Restaurant Sales Appeared To Stabilize In February
While winter’s negative impact on restaurant and tavern sales also is apparent in the U.S. Census Bureau’s retail sales numbers, the latest advance estimate, released March 13, shows a return to slight month-over-month growth... »
Selling Dealer Value To Big E&S Buyers
I spent the weekend working on a presentation our Editor-in-Chief Beth Lorenzini and I will present in Shanghai next week. It details and analyzes how big U.S. chain and institutional buyers evaluate, spec and buy E&S... »
GMCW Names New Northeast Sales Director
GMCW has tapped Rick Burr as its new sales director for the Northeast area. From his base in Solebury, Pa., Burr will be responsible for managing the Louisville company’s sales activities in the Northeastern portion of the U.S.... »
FER Top Dealer Survey Forms Due April 1
No fooling around with the date: Survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer listing, e-mailed earlier this month to past participants and other dealers, are due April 1.
FER’s unique survey... »
FEDA Convention Kicks Off Today
Although the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association staff has decamped to California this week for its annual convention, the association is assuring members that its phones will be answered and messages relayed until the... »
Brutal Winter Whacks Foodservice Sales; Technomic Cuts 2014 Forecast
The severe winter weather in as much as two-thirds of the U.S. has cut dramatically into restaurant and other foodservice sales, according to new research released by Technomic Inc. on March 4. As a result, Technomic is cutting... »
AHF Unveils 2015 Board
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice has elected members to serve on its 2015 board of directors. They’ll begin their terms on Aug. 1 of this year.
President-Elect: Randy Sparrow, system director-food and nutrition... »
Tim Hortons Refocuses, Plans 800 New Stores By 2018
Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, is in “reset mode” in 2014 but will open at least 800 new restaurants through 2018 under a strategic plan to secure its dominance in Canada and boost its presence in the U.S.... »
Culver's Opens 500th Store
Culver's, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, has hit the big 5-0-0. The Prairie du Sac, Wis., chain opened two units on the same day last month to reach the 500-unit milestone. Last year, the family-owned chain... »
Hy-Vee Plans Major Entry into Twin Cities Market
Hy-Vee Inc., a grocery retailer with 235 stores in eight states, plans to expand its Minnesota operations—including foodservice—into the Twin Cities market. Hy-Vee, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, has been a fixture in Minnesota... »
Finalists Announced For 2014 Operator Innovations Awards
Fifteen finalists have been selected for the NRA’s Third Annual Operator Innovations Awards, which recognize and celebrate operational excellence and ingenuity in health and nutrition, marketing, menu development, sustainability... »
NRA Beefs Up Focus on Safety, Members With New Appointments
The National Restaurant Association has added two executives. Sherman Brown is now senior v.p.-business and financial strategy for the association’s ServSafe Food Safety Program, and Thomas Wojno has been hired as president of... »
Maryland Considers Regulations Emphasizing Allergy Awareness
Maryland has gotten a little more focused on keeping restaurant customers with food allergies safe. A bill now pending approval in the state senate mandates that all commercial kitchens have allergy awareness training, and that... »
A Colorful Debate In Orange County
Sixteen years after neighboring Los Angeles County began posting letter grades to indicate the outcome of restaurants’ health inspections, Orange County is considering whether it should update how it publicizes a restaurant’s... »
NRA Lines Up Agenda For 2014 Public Affairs Conference
The National Restaurant Association wants operators to go to Washington next month and “Tell Congress That America Works Here.” That’s the theme for the NRA’s 2014 Public Affairs Conference, April 29-30, in Washington, D.C.
Breakfast Restaurant Visits Rose 3% In 2013 As Lunch And Supper Traffic Fell
Visits to restaurants during breakfast now account for 21% of all restaurant occasions, according to CREST data from The NPD Group, which released meal-period traffic breakdowns for 2013 on March 11.
Breakfast visits jumped 3%... »
Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again In February
Wholesale food prices rose again in February at both the final and intermediate demand stages, according to Producer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released March 14. Wholesale food prices at the final... »
MAFSI Names Jedlowski As New Associate Executive Director
Marketing executive Tom Jedlowski has been tapped by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry as its new associate executive director. Jedlowski brings nearly a decade of marketing, public... »
In Memoriam: Frances Gustafson
Frances Gustafson, the matriarch of San Antonio’s family-owned Ace Mart Restaurant Supply empire, died Feb. 27. She was 85. She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 58 years, Norm “Gus” Gustafson. Ace Mart was... »
Dealer Personnel Moves:
A number of executive moves have been announced at Atlanta Fixture & Sales Co. The E&S dealer has appointed CFO Ron Bruck as its new president. Bruck, a CPA, is a 10-year veteran of Atlanta Fixture. The company also has... »
Winter Has Battered Foodservice Sales, Equipment Sales Probably, Too
We knew the brutal winter in most parts of the U.S. was hurting restaurant and other foodservice sales. But we had no idea it was this bad. Technomic launched a new open webinar series last week (more on that in a moment) and the... »
Last Chance To Register For FEDA’s Annual Convention
FEDA’s annual convention is in two weeks. It’s time for any procrastinators to register for the March 26-30 meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. Register and learn more at... »
FEDA Plans April Seminar On Inventory Management In Chicago
A few weeks after FEDA returns to Chicago after its annual convention, the dealer association will host an inventory-management seminar that it says guarantees attendees will walk away with at least 30 ways to earn a better... »
Carbon-Monoxide Detectors Get New Scrutiny In New York
Last month’s fatal carbon-monoxide leak in a Long Island restaurant has prompted a push by city and state lawmakers to make carbon-monoxide detectors mandatory in foodservice operations.
A Legal Sea Foods restaurant manager was... »
Easy Ice Inks Partnership With Ecolab
Easy Ice LLC has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with Ecolab’s Equipment Care division. Under the terms of this expanded sales and service partnership, Ecolab will offer Easy Ice’s commercial ice machine subscription... »
Slow U.S. Restaurant Unit Growth Continues, NPD Reports
The number of restaurant units in the U.S. grew at only a 0.7% pace for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2013, according to data from The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount census, released Feb. 26. The total number of commercial... »
In Spite Of Winter Doldrums, NRA’s Cap-Ex Measures Keep Rising
What’s surprising about January’s Restaurant Performance Index from the National Restaurant Association is how little the severe winter weather in much of the country affected sales and traffic. The overall index rose 0.2 point... »
IFMA Announces Eight Silver Plate Winners
Eight operators have been named as recipients of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s 2014 Silver Plate Awards. From among the eight winners, each representing their respective segment of foodservice... »
Domino’s Reports Record International Openings In `13
Based on unit-count growth, 2013 was the best year in a long time for Domino’s Pizza. Last year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain opened a record 573 new restaurants in its international division, which also marked its 20th... »
CRFA Rolls Out New Name And Logo
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, our northern neighbor’s national organization for owners and operators of restaurants, bars, caterers and other foodservice businesses, has unveiled a new name and... »
AFC Renames Itself Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
After a banner year in which the company celebrated its most new-unit openings—194—in 15 years, AFC Enterprises has officially changed its corporate name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
“The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen name has... »
Middleby Opens Office In Dubai
Middleby Middle East opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last month. The grand opening coincided with the Feb. 23-27 Gulfood Show at Za’abeel Hall in Dubai. The new location serves the Middle East with technical support,... »
Consumers Appear To Shrug Off Brutal Winter
Maybe the heating bills haven’t shown up yet, but the severe winter weather in many parts of the country and a couple of weak jobs growth reports don’t seem to be dampening consumer confidence very much, if at all. The Thomson... »
Hotelex Shanghai Set For Four-Day Run
Globetrotting E&S professionals who make the trek to Hotelex Shanghai, March 31-April 3, will find more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world set up for business at the Shanghai New Int’l. Expo Centre.
The first day of... »
California Ops Turn Thumbs Down On New Bare Hands Ban
The gloves are off, or they will be if a California legislator has his way. The state’s new law prohibiting bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods is under siege, thanks to a Sacramento assemblyman’s proposed repeal, which... »
Wholesale Food Prices Jump In January, Menu Price Growth Still Moderate
Following five months of flat or negative changes, wholesale food prices jumped significantly in January at both the final and intermediate demand stages, according to Producer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics... »
Ontario Gets Serious About Calorie Counts On Menus
At least one province in Canada looks likely to follow the path American chains already are treading. Ontario could become the first province in Canada to mandate big chain restaurants, c-stores and grocery stores post calorie... »
Globe Gets A Fresh Look With New Company Logo, Website
Globe Food Equipment Co. recently introduced a new company logo. The new logo, originally unveiled to Globe’s sales reps and dealers, is the Dayton, Ohio, firm’s first update since 1991. Along with the new logo, Globe has... »
Hockenbergs Buys Grand Restaurant Equipment
Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment & Supply, the Omaha, Neb., dealer, has acquired Grand Restaurant Equipment and Design. Tom Schrack Jr., president of Hockenbergs, stated that his 106-year-old firm is excited to... »
FER Top Dealer Survey Released This Week
Survey forms for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer listing are being e-mailed this week to past participants and other dealers. The survey data on sales volumes and service offerings once again will be published in... »
Midwest Expo Offers Free On-Site Commercial Training
The Energy Center of Wisconsin once again is teaming up with the expertise of the West Coast-based Food Service Technology Center to offer on-site commercial training and advice during the March 10-12 Midwest Foodservice Expo in... »
NAFEM Votes In New Officers
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers elected a new slate of officers and enhanced its board of directors during the group’s annual Meeting and Management Workshop Feb. 7-10 in New Orleans.... »
MAFSI Elects New Officers, Honors Its Members
A new executive board emerged from a record-breaking winter meeting of the Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. More than 530 attendees were at the group’s 47th Business Development Conference and Sales... »
FEDA Education Foundation Offers CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships
Just weeks away from its annual convention—March 26-30 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.—the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is reminding the industry of its commitment to... »
NRA Announces 2014 KI Award Recipients
The National Restaurant Association announced on Feb. 12 the recipients of the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards, which honor equipment and technology that specifically improve back-of- the-house operations to benefit restaurant... »
LoLo Honors Its Top Distributors
LoLo, the Byram, Miss., maker of steamers, tilting skillets, kettles, refrigerated equipment stands and countertop cooking equipment, has recognized two of its distributors for outstanding performance.
SESCO has been honored as... »
How Being An FER Top Dealer Helps You
As we note above, forms for this year’s Foodservice Equipment Reports Top Dealer survey will be sent out this week. While we e-mail the forms and reminders to many of you, we want to emphasize that any dealer can participate in... »
McD’s Vet Ed Rensi Steps In As Interim CEO At Famous Dave’s
Famous Dave’s of America has appointed Ed Rensi, the former president/CEO of McDonald’s U.S.A., as its interim CEO. He succeeds John Gilbert, who resigned after 16 months at the Minneapolis barbecue chain.
Rensi, who joined the... »
Growth Of Fast Casual Far Outpaced Industry Last Year, NPD Data Shows
The growth trajectory of the fast-casual segment is truly quite remarkable, especially given an era of slow or flat growth in traffic and sales for most of the industry. New data from The NPD Group’s CREST studies released Feb. 5... »
Many Housing-Battered States To See Restaurant Sales Improve, NRA Forecasts
Several states whose economies and restaurant sales were most affected by the housing crash during the Great Recession are forecast to post some of the strongest growth in restaurant sales this year, according to the National... »
Buffalo Wild Wings’ Store Count Hits 1,000
The Minneapolis chain celebrated a milestone in late January. Over the span of four days, Buffalo Wild Wings opened new units in Mexico, California, Illinois and West Virginia to take its store count to 1,001 restaurants. The... »
Fuddruckers Heads South
One of the first fast-casual better-burger operations is growing its Caribbean footprint. Fuddruckers opened its first unit in the Dominican Republic in January. The Santo Domingo restaurant, sited in one of the capital city’s... »
Unified Brands Expands Chain Account Management Team
Unified Brands has appointed Scott Turbeville as its new chain account manager-southeastern territory. In his new post, Turbeville is responsible for cultivating relationships with Unified’s channel partners while focusing on... »
Two Weeks Left To Apply For Hobart Sustainability Award
Rob Geile, director of consultant services and education for Hobart, is joining the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability. Geile will assist in judging applications for the 2014 HCFS grant.
HCFS, a nonprofit,... »
Middleby Marshall Honored For Eighth Year By Domino’s Pizza India
For the eighth year in a row, Middleby Marshall has received the 2013 Business Partners Award from Domino’s Pizza India Ltd.
“We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Middleby Marshall, who provides excellent... »
California Bill Targets Grease Burglars
California lawmakers want to turn up the heat on thieves who steal restaurants’ used kitchen grease, a hot commodity in the biofuel industry. Assembly Bill 1566—aimed at curbing the rise in kitchen-grease theft by giving law... »
Who Knew? Dept.: NYC Makes It Legal For Restaurants To Fill Water Glasses
Late-night comedians like to dig up and mock antiquated rules and laws that local governments never knew about. They, and everyone else, missed this one in New York, where a local regulation that bans the serving of drinking... »
Consumer Confidence Holds Up, But Analysts Worry About Brutal Winter
The January and mid-February readings on consumer confidence from Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan and The Conference Board indicated that consumers remain reasonably optimistic about the economy and their financial... »
DeSutter Takes Reins At Focus Brands
Former Stripes executive Steve DeSutter has been named president and CEO of the multi-concept franchisor Focus Brands, effective March 17. DeSutter will replace Russ Umphenour, who has served as CEO for five years and will... »
Jobs Growth Remains Sluggish In January, But 2013 Stats Revised Up
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy created only 113,000 net new non-farm payroll jobs in January, the second straight month of slow gains, following December’s revised figure of 75,000.... »
NRA Seeks Help On Food Donation & Food Waste Survey
Where does the U.S.’ uneaten food go? Every year the country’s 312.7 million people are disposing of approximately 80 billion lb. of food waste—that’s more than 250 lb. of food per person being thrown out and buried in landfills... »
Dubai’s Just Falafel Eyes Three Continents For Expansion
Just a month after announcing plans for 160 new restaurants in the United States and Canada over the next five years, Dubai-based Just Falafel is looking at expanding into Asian and European markets.
“We will be looking at... »
Brazil's Vivenda do Camarão Chain Debuts In U.S.
American chains have been expanding south and north of the border for years. In December, Brazil’s 161-unit Vivenda do Camarão restaurant chain made its American debut in South Florida. Its most notable adaptation to the U.S.... »
Halton Opens Office in Singapore
The growing market for its ventilation systems for the kitchens in Singapore’s hotels, casinos and sports venues has led Halton Group to open an office there, the 30th country in which it operates.
Halton had been handling its... »
Jollibee Getting Bigger In U.S.
Philippines-based quick-service giant Jollibee has expanded into Texas and Virginia, the seventh and eighth states in its American footprint.
The Houston store offers the typical Jollibee menu of burgers and fried chicken, as... »
South African Quick-Service Market Heats Up
Taste Holdings, the South African-based holding group, expanded its quick-service portfolio in late January when it acquired Cape Town-based Zebro’s Chicken. The 15-year-old chain has 40 outlets, mainly situated in the Western... »
EQT Invests In The Franchise Operator Of Dairy Queen And Papa John’s Pizza In China
EQT, a leading private equity group in Northern Europe, has acquired a majority stake in China F&B Group, to accelerate the latter’s expansion plans. China F&B, founded in 2003, has more than 500 foodservice outlets in... »
Focus On Food Safety
As supply chains expand into global markets, food businesses need to find new ways to stay on top of the latest food regulations and industry requirements. Globalization is leading to heightened awareness of food safety... »
American Fast-Food Chains See Great Promise In India
Is India—where the fast-food market is expected to double in size to $1.1 billion over the next three years—the final frontier for burgers, coffee and doughnuts?
Chains such as Burger King, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme... »
Global Exhibition Calendar
Feb. 18-21: Hoteres/Caterex/Japan Foodservice Equipment Show-Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo. Contact: Japan Management Association; firstname.lastname@example.org; jma.or.jp/hcj
Feb. 19-22: Hotel & Gastroteh Int’l. Gastronomy, Hotel... »
Market Focus: India
Global Chains Target India As Growth Picks Up
The foodservice market in India is growing rapidly, thanks to many of the same demographic and economic factors that have driven foodservice growth in other markets: a growing middle... »
Britain’s Foodservice Market Improving, Says Horizons
Foodservice traffic and sales in the United Kingdom were stronger than anticipated during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to research and analysis from Horizons FS Ltd., a London-based foodservice research firm. And with... »
Most Major Markets Saw Flat Or Falling Third Quarter 2013 Traffic, Reports NPD
“Glorious” fall weather helped drive a 2% gain in restaurant traffic in the third quarter in the United Kingdom, versus the year-earlier third quarter, but traffic was flat or negative in nearly all the other markets tracked by... »
Internorga Keys Up Conference Programs
The days leading up to next month’s Internorga 2014 will provide attendees with a high-quality conference program with the 33rd International Food Service Forum: “Moving Forward with Passion.”
The forum at Europe’s biggest... »
Food&HotelAsia Maxes Out Exhibit Space
In a sign that the interest in the foodservice market is only growing bigger, Singapore’s most established food and hospitality trade show has become the first event to occupy all 10 exhibition halls and Max Atria at the... »
A New Standard In Pass-Through Dishwashing
Winterhalter is setting standards for efficiency with its new trio of PT Series pass-through dishwashers. Innovative functions, intuitive operation and optimum ergonomics guarantee top performance from the PT-M, PT-L and PT-XL... »
Red Or White, Wine Temps Are Perfect On Tap
Whether it’s beer, wine or cider by the glass that an operator needs to tap, Perlick’s new Dual-Zone Wine/Refrigeration Center will do the job. The 36-inch (91.4cm) wine dispensing unit is the first of its size to feature two... »
Toast Made Fast And Smart
It’s spot-on technology, not to mention speed and versatility, that creates the best toast in town. Hatco’s new Intelligent Toast-Qwik holds up to 18 product settings for everything from bagels to Texas toast to hash browns. The... »
MAFSI Reps Forecast 4.9% Sales Growth For 2014
Manufacturers’ reps expect sales of foodservice equipment and supplies to increase 4.9% this year in the U.S. and Canada compared with 2013, according to a new expanded Market Forecast Report released by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »
DFSI Adds Cleveland Distributor To Its Brands
Diversified Foodservice Supply has acquired Mill Hardware & Food Service, a Willoughby, Ohio-based distributor of foodservice parts, supplies and accessories to foodservice chains and their franchisees.
Mill Hardware will... »
Deadlines Loom Large For FEDA’s March Convention
The groundhog might be promising six more weeks of winter, but dealers planning to attend next month’s FEDA Annual Convention know they’ll enjoy a respite in the sun from this endless winter. But time is running out to register... »
MAFSI Welcomes New President, Says Goodbye To Fraga
There are changes afoot at Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. Last month, MAFSI elected Joe Ferri, CPMR, CFSP, as its 58th president. Ferri, a 32-year industry veteran, is COO of Pecinka Ferri... »
Recruiting Talent To Our Industry With Fun
Mike Whiteley has goals and a vision. The Hatco executive, a good friend of many of us, was installed as president of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers over the weekend in New Orleans during the... »
SEFA Holds First Shareholders Meeting, Promotes Execs
Quite a bit of news coming out of the first-ever shareholders meeting held by Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance. The network of E&S dealers and vendor partners met Jan. 22 in San Antonio, marking the first major... »
On the Move:
Johannes (Jan) Vergouwen has joined Premium Supply Co., Deer Park, N.Y., as COO. Vergouwen brings more than 25 years of executive, management, operational and corporate finance experience to the company. He joins Premium from N.... »
Technomic Cuts 2014 Operator Forecast Slightly
Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based foodservice research firm, has revised its forecast for 2014 operator sales growth downward slightly. The new forecast calls for current dollar sales to increase 3.6% with real sales 1.1% higher.... »
NRA’s “Plan To Buy Equipment” Marker Hit Post-Recession High In December
Inclement weather and a short holiday shopping season battered restaurant operators same-store sales and traffic counts in December, according to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index tracking study.... »
Severity Of California Drought Prompts Mandated Water-Usage Cutbacks
While much of the country digs out of the snow, California is facing a severe drought, likely the worst and most prolonged period of dry weather since record-keeping began there more than 100 years ago. The state had no... »
Checker’s Acquired By Huddle House Parent
The owner of the 400-unit Huddle House chain is branching out and acquiring Checkers Drive-In Restaurants.
Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has inked a deal to purchase Checkers and its stablemate Rally’s... »
Dickey’s Signs 100-Store Development Deal
Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, already one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, just got a boost to its nationwide expansion plans. The Dallas chain has struck a 100-store development deal in Southern California, the largest... »
Weather-Battered Canadian Operators Saw Sales Soften In 4Q 2013
Tough weather—especially in populous Ontario—and rising labor and food costs have restaurant operators in Canada feeling less optimistic about the sales outlook for the first half of 2014, according to the latest Restaurant... »
Saladworks Expands Footprint Into Four New Countries
The healthy-eating focus that underlies Saladworks’ name and concept is moving into new territories overseas. The Conshohocken, Pa., fresh-tossed salad franchise concept has signed four international master franchise agreements... »
In Memoriam: John Bridgins
Longtime manufacturer’s rep John Bridgins died suddenly on Jan. 19. He was 62. Bridgins was president and CEO of J.H. Bridgins & Associates, the firm founded by his father, Jim. He spent his entire career there, first in the... »
In Memoriam: Roger Skillman
Roger Bowne Skillman, a friendly and familiar face in the E&S industry, died Jan. 11 of a heart attack. He was 57. Skillman went straight into foodservice management after graduating from Florida International University.... »
Halton Opens Office in Singapore
The growing market for its ventilation systems for the kitchens in Singapore’s hotels, casinos and sports venues has led Halton Group to open an office there, the 30th country in which it operates.
Halton had been handling its... »
Paper, Packaging Distributors Join Forces
Two major paper distributors are merging. Unisource Worldwide and xpedx will join forces and create a new publicly traded company. The definitive agreement was signed by xpedx parent International Paper and by UWW Holdings, the... »
On The Move:
The Salvajor Co. has named Dennis Easterla as its new national sales manager. Easterla, previously with Carter-Hoffmann, has 18 years of sales experience in the foodservice industry. Easterla, like Salvajor, is a Kansas City,... »
Will Higher Wages Mean Fewer Teen Jobs In Canada?
The national dialogue to raise the minimum wage, boosted by legislation in more than a dozen states, continues in the United States. But the conversation and controversy are not confined to the U.S. The Canadian Restaurant and... »
Excell Names Vendor Relations Chief
Excell Marketing & Procurement Group’s foodservice equipment dealer network has added Matthew Arthur to its team as director of vendor relations. Arthur comes to Excell with more than 22 years of experience in the... »
Beverage-Air Celebrates 70 Years
Beverage-Air, founded in 1944 by John Buffington in Punxsutawney, Pa., is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The refrigeration maker then was known as The Punxsutawney Co. It carried the trade name “Beverage-Air” and... »
Reinhart Pitches In For Nutrition & Education Foundation
Major funding for research and education by the Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation has been taken up by Reinhart Foodservice. The company is the first participant and thus a founding member in the association’s... »
Parts Town Eyes Future Growth, Partners With Equity Firm
Parts Town LLC has strengthened its position as one of the leading national distributors of OEM restaurant repair and maintenance parts for the foodservice industry.
Growth equity investor Summit Partners has made a... »
FEDA Convention Promises Warm Temps and Popular Dealer Roundtables
We’re nearing the end of January, and it’s cold and snowy across three-quarters of the U.S. But there are a few warm places in the lower 48, and one of them is hosting an event just for dealers.
The Foodservice Equipment... »
E&S Price Changes Remain Restrained, AutoQuotes Data Shows
Foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers continue to raise prices very moderately, according to the latest data from AutoQuotes Inc. List-price changes for AQ’s more than 500 manufacturers and more than 430,000 SKUs from... »
MUFES And 2014 Top Dealer Survey
We just finished our seventh biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, held in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. More than 150 attendees, including 68 chain and multiunit operators, leading manufacturer and dealer... »
NRA Forecasts 3.6% Foodservice Growth In 2014
The foodservice industry is expected to grow 3.6% in 2014—1.2% in real terms—according to the National Restaurant Association, which released its annual forecast Jan. 16. The forecast compares with a revised estimate for 2013 of... »
GTI Acquires Fisher-Nickel Inc.
Fisher-Nickel Inc. (FNI), the San Ramon, Calif.-based commercial-foodservice energy-efficiency testing firm, has been acquired by GTI Int’l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas Technology Institute.
FNI, owned and operated by Don... »
Only the U.K And China Post Third-Quarter Traffic Gains, Reports NPD
“Glorious” fall weather helped drive a 2% gain in restaurant traffic in the third quarter in the United Kingdom vs. the year earlier third quarter, but traffic was flat or negative in nearly all of the other markets tracked by... »
Baker Hands Nieco Reins To Kohl
After four decades under Ed Baker as president, Nieco has a new name at the top. Korey Kohl has moved up from his post as v.p./g.m., and has been named president of the Windsor, Calif., company. He’s assumed day-to-day... »
Wendy’s Rolls The Dice For 2014
The Wendy’s Co. is feeling bullish on 2014. Not only does it plan to boost same-store sales, the Dublin, Ohio, chain says it will accelerate its Image Activation remodeling program and complete its refranchising initiative.
In a... »
New Owners For Chuck E. Cheese (Maybe)
Private-equity firm Apollo Global Management wants to buy CEC Entertainment, parent of the Chuck E. Cheese’s brand, in a deal worth about $1.3 billion, including debt assumption. CEC owns and franchises 577 Chuck. E. Cheese units... »
Most Blue Chip General Economic Forecasts Rise
Much stronger than expected third-quarter growth in U.S. gross domestic product and better than expected consumer spending helped lift most 2014 forecasts of the macroeconomic indicators that drive foodservice, according to the... »
On The Move:
Bettcher Industries has hired Russel Stroner as v.p.-sales, responsible for directing both national and international sales and service activities for the Birmingham, Ohio, company’s food processing and foodservice products.... »
Culver’s Expands Plans For Florida Footprint
Winter is a very good time for a Midwest chain to think about Florida. Wisconsin-based Culver's Restaurants, which has nearly 500 fast-casual independently owned and operated units in 21 states, already has three stores in... »
NYC Issues Foodservice Operating Manual
It just got a little easier to navigate the rules, regulations and red tape of the New York restaurant scene for the city’s diverse operators. An updated version of the Restaurant Owner Manual provides user-friendly guidance to... »
FDA Allows More Time To Chew The Fat On Trans Fat
Apparently, a lot of voices want to be heard on regulating trans fat. Because of a larger-than-anticipated number of stakeholder requests for speaking time, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration is adding another 60 days to the... »
Wholesale Food Prices Fall Again, Menu Prices Tick Up Slightly
Food prices at the wholesale level fell in two of the three stages of processing again in December, while menu prices rose only 0.1%, according to the latest data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price and Consumer Price... »
Middleby Acquires Market Forge
The Middleby Corp. announced Jan. 7 that it has acquired the assets of Market Forge Industries, the 118-year-old manufacturer of steam cooking equipment, including countertop steamers, kettles and braising pans. Everett,... »
In Memoriam: Mark Ottenheimer
Mark Ottenheimer, president of Baltimore-based Ottenheimer Equipment, died Dec. 12, 2013, after a long illness. He was the fifth generation of Ottenheimers on the Baltimore foodservice scene; the family began in the 1880s as... »
Carter-Hoffmann Promotes Erber, Adds Gustafson To Sales Team
Carter-Hoffmann has enhanced its sales team. The Mundelein, Ill., company has promoted Jeff Erber to global v.p.-sales and hired Jacqui Gustafson as area v.p.-sales.
Erber will expand his sales management responsibilities... »
How To Sell Efficiency As Value
I tell you, you can make money selling energy- and water-efficient equipment. I can prove it.
I spent last week in California, presenting our latest market forecast update at Pacific Gas & Electric’s Food Service Technology... »
On The Move:
The Andersen Co., a Dalton, Ga., maker of floormats, has promoted three-year company veteran Mark Roberts to the position of region manager with responsibilities over the Southeast and Midwest territories.
CMA Dishmachines is... »
FEDA Education Foundation Awards A Dozen UID Scholarships
Twelve member management professionals recently were awarded full scholarships to the 2014 University of Industrial Distribution Program. The scholarships, awarded by the Foodservice Equipment Distributor’s Association’s... »
Just Announced: Middleby Acquires Market Forge
The Middleby Corp. announced Jan. 7 that it has acquired the assets of Market Forge Industries, the 118-year-old manufacturer of steam cooking equipment, including countertop steamers, kettles and braising pans. Everett,... »
Pitco Appoints New VP International Sales
Pitco Frialator has added Eric Anderson, CFSP, as v.p.-international sales. Anderson joins Bow, N.H.-based Pitco from Australia, where he had been a regional director for Manitowoc Foodservice. He’s spent two decades in... »
2014 Ushers In Minimum Wage Hikes In 13 States
New Year’s Day brought good tidings and higher hourly wages for workers in the 13 states that increased their minimum wage on Jan. 1.
Of the 2.56 million workers estimated to benefit from the increase, 1.4 million will... »
Middleby Corp. Acquires Wunder-Bar
The Middleby Corp., best known for its broad presence in the cooking equipment market, acquired Automatic Bar Controls in December. Also known under its brand name, Wunder-Bar, the Vacaville, Calif., company manufactures beverage... »
Rethinking The FER Forecast As We Enter 2014
It’s been almost a month since our last FER Fortnightly and a great deal of new economic data has been released. All of it’s good. It turns out third-quarter U.S. real gross domestic product grew 4.1% in the final quarterly... »
NRA’s Performance Index Rose In November
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose again in November, hitting a five-month high at 101.2. The Index declined over the summer, prompted in part by worries about the impending federal-government... »
Restaurant Traffic Flat In 2013, Reports NPD; 1% Growth Forecast For ’14
The NPD Group’s foodservice practice said in a release Dec. 17 that it expects restaurant visits will come in flat for all of 2013, though spending will rise 2%. The firm also said it expects traffic will grow by 1% in 2014 with... »
Yum!’s Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op Adopts New Name
Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC has changed its name to Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions LLC.
The Yum! Brands purchasing organization manages more than $5.8 billion in food, packaging, non-food items and equipment... »
Sustainability Grants Made Available By Hobart
The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability is now accepting applications for its seventh annual $5,000 sustainability grant. HCFS, a nonprofit, industry-wide forum supporting the foodservice industry’s drive for sustainable... »
On The Move:
Electrolux Professional has added Tom Schiller as director of customer care for North America, overseeing service directors and customer-service accounts. Schiller joins the Charlotte, N.C., office after 17 years at Hobart and a... »
IHOP Opens First Site In Saudi Arabia
IHOP, which already has four locations in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, has opened its first store in Saudi Arabia. The mall-based restaurant, which opened Dec. 14, is part of a seven-brand restaurant destination in the... »
Darden To Part With Red Lobster, Cuts Cap-Ex By $100 Million
Darden Restaurants, which announced plans last month to sell or spin off its Red Lobster chain, is suspending the opening of new Olive Garden locations and cutting back on the number of new LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants.
Second Quarter 2013 State Tax Revenues Exceed 2008 Peak, But Growth Expected To Slow
Thanks in part to tax-law changes that accelerated capital-gains taxes, overall state tax revenues in the second quarter 2013 surpassed previous peak collections in real terms from before the Great Recession, according to data... »
California Shows Its Hand On New Food-Handling Law
California is taking it slow on the state’s new law banning bare-hand contact with prepared food.
At the urging of the California Restaurant Association, the two agencies in charge of enforcing the new law (the California... »
Illinois Operators Get A Boost From ServSafe On Food Safety Legislation Changes
Thousands of restaurant and foodservice managers across Illinois who are just starting to navigate changes to the state’s Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act are getting some help from a partnership between the Illinois... »
Consumer Confidence Rebounds, Wholesale Food Prices Sag, And Other News Of Note
Among other economic news of significance to foodservice and foodservice equipment and supplies:
Both major indexes of consumer confidence and expectations recovered sharply in December from the declines prompted by the... »
Big News At Year’s End: Henny Penny To Acquire Wood Stone
In a deal which shows the wide arc and manufacturing diversity of the foodservice equipment industry, Henny Penny—which produces thousands of pieces of foodservice equipment for a handful of global foodservice chains—is acquiring... »
In Memoriam: Gordon Oates Jr.
Gordon Oates Jr., a second-generation member of the foodservice equipment industry, died Dec. 5, following an illness. He was 62 years old.
The Kentucky native spent his first decade in business working for IBM in Louisville,... »
Sysco To Buy US Foods For $3.5 Billion
Two of the largest broadline distributors in the country will be joining forces. On Dec. 9, Sysco agreed to buy rival US Foods for about $3.5 billion in stock and cash.
Under the terms of the agreement announced Monday,... »
What We Learned From Gordon Oates Jr.
We received more bad news last week when we learned of the passing of Gordon Oates Jr. on Dec. 5 after a long illness. He was only 62, but he left a significant mark on me and on the foodservice equipment business.
In a business... »
Great Lakes Expands Reach With New Culinary Center
Great Lakes Hotel Supply has opened a state-of-the-art test kitchen and special-events venue in Southfield, Mich. The Great Lakes Culinary Center is described as a kitchen stadium, resource hub, entrepreneurial launching pad and... »
Rapids Wholesale Opens Twin Cities Cash & Carry Store
Rapids Wholesale Equipment Co. has opened a new cash-and-carry retail store in St. Paul, Minn.
Joe Schmitt, co-owner of the Marion, Iowa-based dealer, stated that Rapids has listened to its customers and plans to make its online... »
FEDA Sets Next Webinar: “Run Your Territory Before It Runs You”
Time management can be an issue for sales professionals, and the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is making that issue the focus for its next webinar.
FEDA’s first webinar in 2014 will focus on keeping salespeople... »
MEIKO’s Equipment Honored By International Travel Group
Last month, MEIKO Inc. received the Mercury Award from the International Travel Catering Association.
The biennial awards honor the association’s strongest partners in the travel catering industry. Meiko received the prize in... »
In Memoriam: Scotsman’s Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson, who spent nearly 30 years in the foodservice equipment industry, passed away suddenly on Dec. 2. He was 68. Johnson joined the E&S industry in 1985 and spent more than 20 years at ITW as a channel manager. In... »
MAFSI Barometer Up 4.5% In Third Quarter
The MAFSI Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry rose 4.5% in the third quarter from the same quarter in 2012. The gain compares with a record 6.1% jump in the second... »
NRA’s Performance Index Rose In October
Strong gains in current same-store sales and traffic propelled the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index to 100.9, up from 100.2 in September. It was the highest level for the overall index in the past... »
Unified Brands Taps Sales Chiefs For Eastern U.S.
Two regional posts have been filled at Unified Brands. The Jackson, Miss., company has promoted Dan Monfort to regional sales manager-northeast, and hired Bryan Spencer for the same post, overseeing the southeast.
Both Monfort... »
Moffat Adds Western Regional Sales Chief
Moffat US Convection Ovens has appointed Danielle Brach as its westernregional sales manager. She joins the company after serving as a senior marketing and communications coordinator for Ice-O-Matic. Moffat US is a division... »
Der Wienerschnitzel Makes Cultural History In L.A.
Los Angeles has many architectural and historical landmarks but few hold the kind of memories created in the original Der Wienerschnitzel outlet. Last month, the L.A. City Council added the nondescript, flat-roofed drive-through,... »
Canada Foodservice Sales Jump In Third Quarter
A strong quarter at full-service restaurants helped drive overall same-store sales gains in Canada during the third quarter, according to the latest Restaurant Outlook Survey from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices... »
Jobs Report, Other Macro Data Positive, But…
The U.S. economy added another 203,000 non-farm payroll jobs in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported Dec. 6. Gains now have averaged more than 200,000 a month for the past four months. The gains were broad-based... »
New York Debates Ban On Foam Takeout Containers
After victories in his battles against tobacco, trans fats and soda, outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is waging one last battle with his city’s restaurant industry. His administration is pressuring the City Council... »
NSF Int’l. Acquires Brazilian Lab Operation
NSF Int’l. has expanded its global role in public health and water and food safety across Latin America. The Ann Arbor, Mich., firm has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto... »
Potbelly Revs Up For 2014
After a successful IPO in October, the Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain continued humming along in its fiscal third quarter when nine new shops opened, including eight company-operated units and one franchised store.... »
NRA Releases Operations Report Focused On Optimizing Efficiency, Profitability
The National Restaurant Association has released the 2013-14 edition of its Restaurant Operations Report. The report, produced in collaboration with Deloitte & Touche LLP, offers restaurateurs operational comparisons to... »
Cleveland Gives Thumbs Down To McDonald’s Store
Dozens of Cleveland residents and business owners voiced their opposition to a proposed McDonald’s outlet abutting a residential area that they say would dangerously increase traffic with a double-lane drive-through.
But it... »
MAFSI Barometer Records 4.5% Gain In Third Quarter
The foodservice equipment and supplies industry continued to chug along in the third quarter of 2014, according to the MAFSI Barometer, posting a 4.5% increase. The Barometer, which tracks manufacturers’ reps’ quarterly sales... »
Bargreen Ellingson Re-Opens In New Honolulu Location
The Honolulu offices of Bargreen Ellingson now are open for business. The company recently relocated its distribution center and branch in Aiea to a newly renovated, more efficient location in the capital city. The new centrally... »
Despite Government Shutdown, NRA’s RPI Rose In October
Go figure. In spite of the partial shutdown of the federal government for half of October and the threat of a debt-ceiling default, consumers apparently thumbed their noses and went out to eat anyway. Strong gains in current... »
Zink Expands Coverage In Illinois and Wisconsin
It’s homecoming week at Zink Foodservice Group. On Dec. 1, Zink Marketing officially became the Manitowoc Foodservice representatives in Illinois and Wisconsin, and it welcomed back R&B Marketing to cover those states.
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