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Hoshizaki Buys Brazilian Foodservice Equipment Maker - 08/07/2013

In a move to broaden its reach as a global supplier, Hoshizaki America has announced its acquisition of a Brazilian foodservice equipment manufacturer. The Peachtree City, Ga., company has purchased Acos Macom Industria E... »

Middleby Adds Liaison Between Its Brands And Consultant Community - 08/07/2013

The Middleby Corp. has hired Peter Cooper, formerly of Johnson & Wales University, as its new v.p.-business development, consultant and design services. Cooper is acting as a liaison between all of the Middleby brands and the... »

NRA’s Performance Dips Slightly But Remains Positive - 08/07/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained quite positive in the June survey, details of which were released July 31. The overall index fell half a point to 101.3, mostly on declines in current... »

Gleitsmann Shifts From Scotsman To Exec Role At Ali Group - 08/07/2013

Rich Gleitsmann, the president of Scotsman Ice Systems, has been appointed executive vice president of Ali Group North America, effective September 1. He will transition from his role at Scotsman, a division of the Ali Group. In... »

Welcome To L.A.: Dunkin' Donuts Set For 45-Unit Debut - 08/07/2013

Los Angeles residents will be waking up to Dunkin’ Donuts by the end of the year. The Canton, Mass., chain signed its first Southern California multi-unit development agreements late in July with four franchise groups committing... »

New Post For Kitchen Brains’ Koether - 08/07/2013

Kitchen Brains has appointed company veteran George Koether as chief strategy officer to bring additional focus to its external development agenda, including strategic alliances, partnerships and acquisitions. “In his new... »

Forty-Hour Workweek Bills Introduced In Congress - 08/07/2013

Congress has adjourned for the next month, but left behind in both houses are bills that seek to establish the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time as 40 hours per week. The ACA currently establishes that businesses... »

Dickey’s Maintains Smokin’ Hot Growth Rate - 08/07/2013

The rapid growth pace for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants continues unabated. The Dallas-based company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, will open nine new sites in central California. Franchise partners and KFC... »

Hot Topics Simmer In State Legislatures - 08/07/2013

Summer is here, legislation is pending and most state governments are in adjournment. Here’s what’s on the docket during these dog days of August: Meal Taxes: Minneapolis is one of a growing number of cities seeking to shore up... »

Restaurant Unit Numbers Grew 0.5% Over Past Year, Traffic Was Flat, NPD Reports - 08/07/2013

The total number of restaurants in the U.S. market grew moderately the past year, according to spring data from The NPD’s Group twice-a-year restaurant census, ReCount. The number of total net units grew 0.5%, or an addition of... »

Restaurant Sales In Canada A Bit Better, But Optimism A Bit Worse - 08/07/2013

The percentage of Canadian restaurant operators reporting higher same-store sales in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter in 2012, rose slightly, while those reporting lower sales dropped somewhat,... »

Court Upholds Ruling Against NYC Supersized Drink Ban - 08/07/2013

Last week saw a state appellate court uphold the New York Supreme Court’s ruling striking down New York City’s ban on restaurants selling sugar-sweetened beverages of more than 16 ounces. The decision that the New York Board of... »

Other Economic News Of Note: - 08/07/2013

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the U.S. economy created 162,000 net new jobs in July, lower than the past few months and 20,000 to 25,000 lower than most economists expected. In the perverse... »

Eggers Takes Marketing Reins For Cooper-Atkins - 08/07/2013

Bill Eggers has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corp. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices,... »

Tossed Inks 30-Store Franchise Deal For Middle East, North Africa - 08/07/2013

Tossed, the fast-casual soup and salad chain, has signed its first international expansion deal. The 30-unit master development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Co., a multi-national conglomerate based in the United Arab... »

KFC Enters The Fast Casual Market With “Eleven” Store - 07/31/2013

KFC is putting its 11 herbs and spices in the forefront—and in its name—at a prototype fast-casual store opening August 5. The white-bearded, bespectacled image of chain founder Colonel Harland Sanders has no presence in the... »

Tidbits From FER’s 2014 E&S Forecast - 07/31/2013

We’re finishing up the eight PowerPoints we present next week at our annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, being held Aug. 7 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. We thought we’d share a few of the... »

Members, Suppliers Honored By ABC - 07/31/2013

During its recent spring conference, Allied Buying Corp. recognized more than a dozen member/dealers and suppliers for their outstanding volume growth and supplier support. Seven ABC suppliers were honored: Outstanding Sales... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/31/2013

Micro Matic USA has announced seven hires to support its expansion in the foodservice market. The Northridge, Calif., company makes dispensing equipment, including underbar refrigeration and back bar equipment. John Hickey, the... »

Tomorrow’s The Deadline for FEDA Profit Survey - 07/31/2013

The deadline for Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association members to return the questionnaire for the group’s Annual Profit Survey is Thursday, August 1. The survey delivers a wealth of financial and operating guidelines... »

Ace Mart Hosts Rep Awards - 07/31/2013

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply hosted its annual Rep of the Year Awards at its new downtown Dallas Superstore during the Southwest Foodservice Expo in Dallas in June. Employees in the company’s 15 Ace Mart Superstores, web store,... »

CFESA Changes Mailing Address - 07/31/2013

Headquarters for the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has a new mailing address. CFESA can now be reached at P.O. Box 77139, Greensboro, NC 27417. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. The... »

Roark Adds Another Brand, Acquires Miller’s Ale House - 07/24/2013

Miller’s Ale House, a 65-unit casual-dining chain, has been acquired by Atlanta-based private-equity firm Roark Capital Group. The Jupiter, Fla., chain had been owned by KarpReilly LLC. Financial details of the deal were not... »

McDonald’s To Debut In Vietnam - 07/24/2013

Yes, there are still a few countries where you can’t order a Big Mac or a Happy Meal. McDonald’s Corp. will check off Vietnam from that list sometime next year, adding it as the 38th Asian country in the company’s portfolio. The... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/24/2013

Americold has named Keith Goldsmith as its new executive v.p. and chief commercial officer. He’ll report to Jeffrey Gault, president/CEO of the Atlanta-based temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company. Goldsmith had... »

India Adds Three Pinkberry Units In 24 Hours - 07/24/2013

Frozen yogurt retailer Pinkberry has expanded into India and opened three stores— in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai—in one day. The Santa Monica, Calif., chain has regionalized the menu for India, its 19th global market. It’s... »

Register Now For FER’s E&S Forecast Seminar Next Month. Time’s Running Out! - 07/24/2013

Time is running short to register for the industry’s only annual hard-numbers forecast overviewof the foodservice equipment and supplies market. Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2014 President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast is... »

NRA To Host First-Ever Restaurant Innovation Summit - 07/24/2013

The National Restaurant Association will host a two-day seminar this fall as a way to offer operators ideas to better engage guests through emerging technology. “Restaurant Innovation Summit: Emerging Technology and the... »

General Economic Forecasts Continue To Show Slow But Improving Growth - 07/24/2013

Since we’re in the middle of preparing our annual equipment and supplies market forecast, we thought we’d share the latest key macro-economic forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. In the latest survey of the 50 economic... »

Technomic Releases New College Foodservice And Fast Casual Reports - 07/24/2013

Two new reports, one on consumer trends in college and university foodservice and another tracking the Top 150 fast-casual chain brands, are now available from Technomic Inc. Student patronage levels have almost returned to... »

CFSP Online Course Package Available - 07/24/2013

NAFEM is offering a new streamlined approach to the certification process which allows prospective Certified Foodservice Professionals to take the course at their own pace, at home or in the office. The CFSP Online Course... »

Retail Outlets Will Take Traffic Share From Restaurants Over The Next Decade, NPD Forecasts - 07/24/2013

Among the predictions in The NPD Group’s recently released “A Look into the Future of Foodservice” study is this one: Prepared foods provided by retailers such as supermarkets and drug stores will continue to capture share of the... »

Chains Welcome Delay In Health Care Mandate - 07/24/2013

While menu labeling remains on track—albeit still a bit confusing for many chains—another component of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act has been delayed. On July 2, the Treasury Dept. announce a yearlong delay for the law’s... »

Thirty-Five Sbarro Stores For India - 07/24/2013

Sbarro will spread its footprint in southern India under a new 35-unit master franchisee deal. White Planet Restaurants, which currently operates five Sbarro eateries there, will open three outlets this year and grow the brand to... »

Massachusetts City Sets Country’s Toughest Trans Fat Ban - 07/24/2013

Not even trace amounts of trans fat will be allowed in restaurant food served in Chelsea, Mass. The city just next door to Boston voted July 16 to enact the harshest trans fat ban in the country; while other cities that have... »

California Restaurants Address Stormwater Pollution - 07/24/2013

It’s a clean slate for hundreds of restaurants which have been certified, or re-certified, under the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program. Stormwater runoff is a major source of... »

Wholesale And Consumer Food Prices Moved Higher In June - 07/24/2013

Wholesale food prices rose in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 12 in its monthly Producer Price Index release. Food prices at the so-called finished level were up 0.2%, while the increase at the intermediate... »

Myers Restaurant Supply Goes Bicoastal - 07/17/2013

Northern California-based Myers Restaurant Supply LLC has positioned itself as a national force in E&S with its new division:  Myers Restaurant Supply—East. The new branch, based in Marlton, N.J., will service the entire... »

Manitowoc Names Company Vet Robert Hund To Helm Foodservice - 07/17/2013

Robert Hund has been named president of Manitowoc Foodservice, effective August 1.  He will report to Glen Tellock, chairman and CEO of The Manitowoc Co. Hund is a veteran of Manitowoc’s Crane division. He most recently... »

Hatco Acquires Ovention Inc. - 07/17/2013

Hatco Corp. has acquired Ovention Inc., the Dallas-based oven technology company. Ovention owns the rights to the Matchbox Oven, recognized earlier this year by the National Restaurant Association with a Kitchen Innovations... »

Globe Equipment Hits Milestone - 07/17/2013

Globe Equipment Co. is marking its 75th year in business. The Bridgeport, Conn., family-owned dealership has been a regional supplier of foodservice equipment and supplies to restaurants and institutions since 1938, and more... »

The Complexities Of Chain E&S Purchasing - 07/17/2013

You can never know too much about your customers and potential customers. In that light, we want to let you know we’ve just finished an exclusive new research study probing the equipment and supplies purchasing and specification... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/17/2013

The Homer Laughlin China Co. has appointed Deborah Gordon as its first-ever district sales manager for HLC in northern California and Nevada. The tabletop veteran will work closely with the Newell, West Va., company’s regional... »

In Memoriam: Toni Gernsbacher - 07/17/2013

Toni Gernsbacher, the wife of Chain Link Services CEO and FEDA Past-President Harold Gernsbacher and a popular, well-known figure in the E&S industry, died July 9 after a long fight with cancer. She was 53. She is survived by... »

Hatco Makes Room For Growth With Plant Expansion - 07/17/2013

As pictured on our homepage, Hatco Corp.’s Pres./CEO David Rolston dug in at June’s groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s addition to its Sturgeon Bay, Wis., facility. The expansion will provide additional manufacturing,... »

ITW/FEG Acquires Chinese Brand - 07/10/2013

One of the country’s largest foodservice equipment manufacturers has acquired one of its counterparts in China, providing it access to the world’s largest consumer market. Illinois Tool Works announced July 3 that it has... »

All Markers In NRA’s May Performance Index Were Positive For First Time Since 2006 - 07/10/2013

The restaurant business may have finally fully recovered from the Great Foodservice Recession. It took nearly six and a half years. Strong gains in current restaurant same-store sales and traffic in May led to a nearly full point... »

June Jobs Report Bodes Well For Foodservice, As Does Consumer Confidence - 07/10/2013

Few indicators are more central to the foodservice outlook than employment growth. The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for June was again quite positive with the net addition of 195,000... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/10/2013

Alto-Shaam announces two appointments. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., firm has added Jesus Iglesias as regional sales manager for its South Central Region. Iglesias previously served with Tor Rey USA for 14 years where he was most... »

Foodservice Jobs Growth: Goosed By Shift To Part-Time Workers? - 07/10/2013

Foodservice, a subset of the leisure and hospitality employment segment, has been adding workers at a much faster pace this year than last, another possible indication that the industry is finally pulling out of the Great... »

Fresh Ingredients And Choice Key Aspects Of Consumers’ Restaurant Value Perception, Says NPD - 07/10/2013

Price for quality is still the leading value factor when consumers select a restaurant, but fresh ingredients and selection are close runners-up in the value equation, according to new research from the NPD Group’s foodservice... »

Five Guys Debuts In UK - 07/10/2013

Five Guys has crossed the pond. While the United States celebrated its independence last week, the chain opened its first unit in the United Kingdom. The freezer-free burger chain’s debut London unit is in Covent Garden; a second... »

Hooters Celebrates 30 Years With Revamped Look - 07/10/2013

It’s a reinvigorated look for Hooters, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The Atlanta chain has unveiled a new modern prototype in Slidell, La., that it says sets the tone for future locations and renovations. The new... »

Golden State Gaining More Sonic Units - 07/10/2013

Southern California’s car culture will soon have some new outlets. Sonic, America’s Drive-In, is set for further expansion on the West Coast, including franchise deals for 15 new drive-ins in Southern California. The Oklahoma... »

Cold Stone Marks 25th Year By Opening In 25th Country - 07/10/2013

It’s a milestone year for Cold Stone Creamery. The chain is marking its 25th year in business by setting up shop in Turkey—its 25th country of operation. Parent company Kahala has inked a master franchise agreement with Ulker... »

NRA Releases Three New Research Reports - 07/10/2013

Want insights into the future of the restaurant industry? The National Restaurant Association has just released three new forward-looking research reports to help restaurant operators, and their suppliers, scope out the future... »

Landry’s Buys Mastro’s, Upscale Steak And Seafood Chain - 07/10/2013

Landry's Inc. has acquired Mastro’s Restaurants LLC, a high-end steak and seafood chain. The 10-unit chain, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., includes two main concepts: Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club. Mastro’s has... »

NAFEM Unveils Protocol Version 3.0 - 07/10/2013

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has made equipment connectivity easier than ever with the introduction of its NAFEM Data Protocol Version 3.0. The new version identifies the basic data structure and... »

Texas Capital Offers Water Rebate Program - 07/10/2013

Some like to think that everything is bigger in Texas. In the state capital, at least, the rebates for water savings are pretty considerable—up to $100,000 for foodservice equipment and process upgrades that produce water savings... »

ANFP Applauds Safe Food For Seniors Act - 07/10/2013

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is among the organizations and healthcare groups supporting the Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 (H.R. 2181), introduced in Congress in May. The bipartisan bill would... »

Energy Efficiency, Conservation Strategies Top Takeaways at MUFES 2013 - 06/26/2013

More than 80 attendees gathered for FER’s 2013 Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, held at Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, June 10-12. The operator attendees, a mix of equipment specifiers from emerging... »

MAFSI Unveils Expanded Business Barometer Report - 06/26/2013

The quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry has been expanded to detail the sales trends of six new equipment categories, subcategories under the Barometer’s... »

Improving U.S. Economy Should Drive Moderate Foodservice Growth, Says Technomic - 06/26/2013

The domestic economy is looking better than it has since the Great Recession began in 2008, according to economist Arjun Chakravarti, but there remain significant risk factors. And the gradually improving economic situation of... »

Meiko Names New Chief For Export Sales and Marketing - 06/26/2013

Meiko, the Offenburg, Germany, maker of dishwashers and cleaning and disinfection appliances, has strengthened its international business by appointing Klaus Engesser as its new head of export sales and marketing for dishwashing... »

Dunkin’ Donuts Shows Off First Store Redesign In Seven Years - 06/26/2013

Dunkin’ Donuts has scratched the seven-year itch and unveiled its first new store design in that timeframe. The contemporary new look might remind some patrons of Starbucks. It features updated, modern seating areas and multiple... »

New Directions For Cornyn And Fasano - 06/26/2013

John Cornyn and Joyce Fasano, veteran foodservice consultants best known for long careers at The Cornyn Fasano Group designing facilities for the educational sector, B&I, recreational and fine arts sectors, have closed shop... »

First Quarter Traffic Was Weak In Most Of The World, Reports NPD - 06/26/2013

Only three of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group’s CREST studies managed traffic growth in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the first quarter last year, the research firm reports, as recessionary... »

Don Opens New Illinois Headquarters - 06/26/2013

Edward Don & Co. held an open house, catered lunch, tours and ribbon cutting on June 10 to celebrate the grand opening of its new corporate headquarters and distribution center on Adam Don Parkway in Woodridge, Ill.... »

Tom Venetis Hired As Executive Director At ABC - 06/26/2013

There’s been a management change at Allied Buying Corp. Tom Venetis, a 24-year veteran of Edward Don & Co., has joined the buying group as its incoming executive director. He will succeed Tom Wilhelm, who will retire at the... »

Greg Wait, Salvajor Sales Chief, Passes Reins To Huston - 06/26/2013

Greg Wait, who spent 30 years as v.p.-sales and marketing at The Salvajor Co., is moving on. Amy Huston, director of sales, now will be leading the Kansas City, Mo., company’s sales team. Huston has been focused on dealer sales,... »

In Memoriam: Roy Hake - 06/26/2013

Roy Hake, a veteran of 36 years with Duke Mfg. Co., died May 28 at age 93. He joined the St. Louis manufacturer in 1948, after serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. Across five decades with the company, “Ask Roy!” became a... »

Wholesale Food Prices Jumped 1% In May; Menu Prices Continue To Rise - 06/26/2013

Maybe the much expected increases in food prices have finally arrived. Overall food prices at the wholesale level jumped 1% in May, according to calculations by the National Restaurant Association, the largest monthly gain since... »

Retrofitting Pays Off At Huddle House - 06/26/2013

Huddle House kitchens are still plating burgers and waffles, but refreshed dining rooms and exteriors are bringing in new business for the 400-unit, family-dining chain. The redesigned stores, sporting a more modern look and... »

Sun Capital Buys Johnny Rockets, May Be Selling Captain D’s - 06/26/2013

Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner. Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen might soon, too. Sun Capital Partners, the parent company of Captain D’s, has acquired the 300-outlet Johnny Rockets; in the meantime,... »

NAFEM HQ To Hold CFSP Overview & Exam - 06/26/2013

With the Certified Foodservice Professional exam no longer being offered at the NAFEM or NRA shows, industry personnel should take advantage of an opportunity next month in Chicago. Each August, NAFEM headquarters in Chicago... »

NYC Restaurants Sue Over City’s Health Inspections - 06/26/2013

Forty restaurant owners in the Bronx have sued the city, calling the New York Health Department’s grading system unconstitutional and an unfair tax on small businesses. In a $150 million lawsuit, the operators accuse health... »

Los Angeles County To Take Inspections Online - 06/26/2013

And the biggest county on the West Coast has some news about restaurant inspections as well. Beginning July 1, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department will go paperless and move to an all-electronic inspection... »

Fast-Casual Chains Add Table Service To Adapt To Zoning - 06/26/2013

It took an upgrade to table service for two Florida-based quick-service chains to get the thumbs-up to open their doors in Winter Park, Fla. The city, near Orlando, agreed to zone in fast-casual concepts Firehouse Subs and... »

Ace Mart Opens Its 15th Superstore - 06/19/2013

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply opened its third Dallas location this week. Paul Gustafson, president/owner of the family-owned dealership, said, “We hope this location will add convenience for our many existing customers in the... »

MUFES Theme: Capital Cost Vs. Life-Cycle Cost - 06/19/2013

What do you do when your customer really wants a high-end, high-efficiency piece of equipment—it’s the very best product for their needs—but they can’t afford it? Or, at least, don’t think they can. The topic of initial capital... »

Expanded Texas Plant For Win-Holt Fabrication - 06/19/2013

Syosset, N.Y.-based Win-Holt Equipment Group is centralizing all of its U.S. custom stainless fabrication into an expanded facility in Dallas. Win-Fab production has been transferred to the Texas plant to allow the company better... »

FEDA Scholarships Available For CFSP, ServSafe Training - 06/19/2013

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s Education Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships for Certified Foodservice Professional and ServSafe certifications. The widely recognized designations are... »

Americold Appoints New EVP - 06/19/2013

Americold has appointed Todd Sheldon to a multi-hyphenated role at the company. Shelton has been named executive v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary. He reports to Pres./CEO Jeffrey Gault.Prior to joining Americold,... »

Rep Firm Adds Chef - 06/19/2013

Pecinka Ferri Associates has added Dave Noel to its sales team in the newly created position of corporate chef. Noel will be focused on specialty foodservice equipment sales for the Little Falls, N.J., manufacturer’s rep firm. »

CFESA Announces New Executive Director - 06/12/2013

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has appointed Heather Price as its new executive director. Price assumes the association’s first in-house position, created last month when CFESA’s board of directors elected... »

AHF Honors Cate And Parker At Annual Conference - 06/12/2013

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice bestowed its highest honors on past-president Denisa Cate and long-time Industry Advisory Board member and committee activist Cindy Parker June 8 at the awards banquet that concluded the... »

NRA’s Performance Index Rose Again In April - 06/12/2013

Restaurant operators are apparently getting over the jitters many had in the first quarter. Fueled by gains in all four components of the Expectations Index, as well as improved current same-store sales and traffic, the National... »

Biel To Helm Marketing At Scotsman Ice - 06/12/2013

Scotsman Ice Systems has appointed Jeff Biel as director of marketing. Biel had been product manager for the company for more than seven years; prior to joining the Vernon Hills, Ill., firm, he served as product manager for seven... »

Blendtec Taps Hinckley For Sales Post - 06/12/2013

Blendtec has tapped Scott Hinckley as its new commercial sales director. Hinckley has worked with Blendtec as a consultant for the past six months and will transition into leading efforts in sales force development, sales rep... »

NPD Forecasts Flat Restaurant Traffic For 2013; Traffic Steady In First Quarter - 06/12/2013

In spite of inclement weather and an atypical surge in gasoline prices in the first quarter this year, restaurant traffic was even with the first quarter 2012, according the latest data from The NPD Group. The research firm... »

Chipotle’s ShopHouse Getting Bigger In L.A., D.C. - 06/12/2013

It’s a four-unit rollout for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept in the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles markets. Two units are under construction in Hollywood and Santa Monica; two more should... »

Fatburger Stays Globally Focused - 06/12/2013

Fatburger is not slimming down. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based chain has agreements for more than 300 new units in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has inked a 25-unit deal to debut in India. Nearly half of the... »

Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks Ground For New Cleveland Facility - 06/12/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking is putting down stronger roots in Cleveland. The company broke ground recently on a new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility there, which the company will complete later this year. The expanded... »

McDonald’s UK Opening Doors To Its Supply Chain - 06/12/2013

McDonald's is giving members of the British public unique access to go behind the scenes of the farms and factories in its supply chain and evaluate and report on what they find there. The “quality scouts” initiative allows... »

Jobs Growth In May Likely To Buoy Rising Consumer Confidence - 06/12/2013

Let’s hope we don’t get fooled again. The U.S. economy, at least as measured by jobs growth and consumer confidence, finally seems to be gaining some traction. Nonfarm payroll employment posted another moderate gain of 175,000... »

Majority Of States Veto Minimum Wage Increases - 06/12/2013

Workers who picketed quick-service operations in hopes of earning a living wage were disappointed across the country when only one state passed a bill to increase the minimum wage. After the president’s State of the Union... »

Starbucks Edict Doesn’t Blow Smoke - 06/12/2013

In the 21st century, the days of wine and roses, coffee and cigarettes are long gone. As of June 1, Starbucks has made it official: The Seattle-based chain now restricts smoking—be it tobacco or electronic cigarettes—within 25... »

AutoQuotes Hires Whitlock As Sales V.P. - 06/12/2013

John Whitlock has joined AutoQuotes as v.p.-sales. A 39-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Dobbs got his start in the family business, Whitlock-Dobbs, as a deliveryman then moved to service and installation. Ultimately... »

QualServ Slates Three For Top Posts - 06/12/2013

Just a month after E.J. Morrow took the reins as president and CEO of QualServ Corp., the manufacturer, distributor and installer of custom wood and metal fixtures and foodservice equipment and supplies has announced three major... »

Pollo Tropical To Enter India - 06/12/2013

Although the Caribbean-menu concept already has 33 international franchise stores, Pollo Tropical’s debut in India is its first opening outside the Western Hemisphere. The new Pollo Tropical in Delhi is the first of a three-year,... »

Dealers, Manufacturers, Service Agents Make A Difference Through Charitable Endeavors - 06/05/2013

Whether pitching in to aid the nation’s men and women in uniform or children and families in need, foodservice E&S companies are making an impact. Among the recent charitable outreach programs we’ve heard about lately: Tony... »

In Memoriam: Three Manufacturers’ Reps - 06/05/2013

Three well-known manufacturers’ representatives—Gary Bowker, Ed McCarthy and Joseph Sabatino—passed away last month. All three died, coincidentally, on May 22. Gary Bowker, 62, served with Denver-based The Redstone Group.... »

Togo’s Plans Arizona Expansion - 06/05/2013

Made-to-order sandwiches bearing the Togo’s label will soon be found across Arizona. The San Jose, Calif., sandwich chain aims to develop 25 new units in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson. New and existing... »

Direct South Appoints Project Manager - 06/05/2013

Steve Austin has been named project manager for Direct South, a restaurant equipment supply company based in Macon, Ga. Direct South has additional locations in Warner Robbins and Gainesville, Ga. Austin, based in Chattanooga,... »

Love Your Reps - 06/05/2013

We note the passing in this issue of three well-known reps: Ed McCarthy, who owned North Star Agency in Minnesota; Joe Sabatino who founded High Sabatino in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and Gary Bowker with Denver-based... »

Last Call To Register For FEDA Sales Webinar - 06/05/2013

There are two weeks left to register for the new webinar from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. “The SELL Process: Your Offense” program is Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. CST. Based on Don Buttrey’s new book,... »

E&S Sales Growth Slowed To 2.4% In First Quarter, Reads MAFSI Barometer - 05/29/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies grew a modest 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013, versus the comparable quarter last year, according to the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents... »

Technomic Forecasts Moderating Operator Growth For 2013 And ’14 - 05/29/2013

Growth of foodservice operator sales is expected to slow this year and pick up steam only slightly next year, according to new forecasts and revisions from Technomic Inc. The Chicago-based research firm trimmed its new forecast... »

Independents Grew Faster Than Big Chains Last Year, Reports Technomic - 05/29/2013

It’s been a rule of U.S. foodservice for decades that chain restaurant operators grow faster than independents. And big chains—those with more than 500 units, which tend to be big quick-service brands—appear to remain dominant in... »

NRA Honors Five Operators As Top Innovators - 05/29/2013

Among the many handshake deals and contract signings, educational seminars, food tastings, networking and “swag” collecting that kept exhibitors and attendees busy at last week’s NRA Show, was the announcement of winners in the... »

IFMA Presents Gold Plate Award To Independent/Multi-Concept Operator - 05/29/2013

John C. Metz Jr., CEO/executive chef and co-founder of Atlanta-based Sterling Hospitality, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association on May 20. Metz, nominated by The... »

Franke Appoints Tom Campion As President/CEO - 05/29/2013

Thomas Campion has taken the reins as president/CEO of Franke Foodservice Systems. Campion, who succeeds Hans Ott, has 27 years of experience with the Smyrna, Tenn., company; he’s served the last 16 years as president of the KES... »

Personnel News: - 05/29/2013

Alto-Shaam has hired Matthew Cottrell for the newly created position of v.p.-international sales for the European, Middle East and African markets. While currently based in Kentucky, Cottrell eventually will operate out of... »

NRA Show 2013 Sees Strong Post-Recession Gain in Attendee and Exhibitor Numbers - 05/29/2013

Just a glance at the numbers makes it clear: It was a good year to make the trek to Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 94th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and 6th annual International Wine,... »

Brinker To Acquire 11 Canadian Chili's Units - 05/29/2013

Brinker Int’l. is accelerating its growth in Canada. The Dallas company has signed a deal with longtime Canadian franchise partner, Speedy Creek (2011) Ltd. to acquire 11 existing Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, all in the... »

Noodles & Co. Eyes a Big Future, Files For IPO - 05/29/2013

Noodles & Co. has become the first fast-casual concept to file for an initial public offering this year. The Broomfield, Colo.-based chain’s long-anticipated IPO, filed May 23, seeks to raise up to $75 million with the goal... »

Heard In the Aisles At NRA: Operator Sales, E&S Market Looking Stronger - 05/29/2013

Generally, the mood and attitude of nearly everyone—operators, dealers, consultants and manufacturers—we spoke to at the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago May 18-21, was good. Most reported a slow, but not... »

Chains Getting Shown The Exit Door In Many Communities - 05/29/2013

Are quick-service and fast-casual restaurants becoming as frightening and onerous to vacation communities as the shark in “Jaws” was to Amityville’s image? In March, the Town of Eastchester, N.Y., amended its zoning regulations... »

EU Drops Plan To Ban Tabletop Olive Oil Dipping Bowls - 05/29/2013

The controversial decision by the European Union to ban restaurants from using refillable jugs and bowls of olive oil has been dropped. After a deluge of criticism from the foodservice industry and consumers, bureaucrats in... »

NRA Continues Focus On Healthcare Resources - 05/29/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s Health Care Knowledge Center was kept busy during the 2013 NRA Show. Owners, operators and other show attendees brought questions to the center about implementing the 2010 Affordable Care... »

The Legacy Companies Acquires Kold-Draft - 05/22/2013

The Legacy Companies announced May 14 that it had completed the acquisition of controlling interest in Kold-Draft, the Erie, Pa., manufacturer of ice machines. “The acquisition of Kold-Draft is an important day at our company,”... »

Personnel News: - 05/22/2013

Alto-Shaam has promoted Todd Griffith to v.p. of sales and marketing. A 15-year Alto-Shaam veteran who most recently was v.p. of sales, Griffith now will assume leadership responsibility for the company’s marketing, culinary and... »

E&S Public Companies Squeak Out First-Quarter Gain - 05/22/2013

It was clearly a slow first quarter for many foodservice equipment and supplies companies. The seven publicly reporting E&S companies managed to increase combined sales only 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013 versus the first... »

Will E&S Market Growth Improve? - 05/22/2013

One of the reasons I like going to the NRA Show, other than it’s a show at which I get to sleep in my own bed, is it gives me a chance to talk to a lot of folks at all levels of the industry. This is especially important as it’s... »

Action Sales Crowned SEFA’s Member of the Year - 05/22/2013

During its 27th annual Partnership Conference last month in Bonita Springs, Fla., Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance honored nearly three dozen companies and individuals at its awards banquet. The top honor of the night,... »

FEDA Releases 2013/14 Membership Directory - 05/22/2013

It’s time for members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association to make a little room on their hard drives for the new 2013/14 FEDA Membership Directory. The directory, an invaluable networking resource, is no longer... »

Prime Advantage’s O’Sullivan Earns Annual Honor - 05/22/2013

Louise O' Sullivan, a name long familiar to the E&S industry, is the cover story and honoree in Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. O’Sullivan, the founder, president and CEO of Chicago-based Prime Advantage Corp.... »

Grilled Menu, Unit Redesign Power Captain D’s Sales - 05/15/2013

Same-store sales continue to rise at Nashville-based Captain D’s, but very little else has stayed static. Sales were up better than 9% in fiscal 2012 at company-owned restaurants and 7.5% at franchised locations—both records for... »

In Memoriam: Former Hatco Chairman Rod Chaudoir - 05/15/2013

Rod Chaudoir, former president and chairman of the board of Hatco Corp., died April 28. Chaudoir, a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., joined Hatco in 1952 as assistant to Hatco founder Gordon Hatch, who recognized Chaudoir’s talent... »

Chain Same-Store Sales Trending Flat In First Quarter, Reports Technomic - 05/15/2013

With about two-thirds of chains having reported, same-store sales in the first quarter this year are barely above even, according to preliminary data compiled by Technomic Inc. With 46 of the approximately 70 chains reporting,... »

Personnel Moves: - 05/15/2013

Alto-Shaam has promoted Todd Griffith to v.p. of sales and marketing. A 15-year Alto-Shaam veteran who most recently was v.p. of sales, Griffith now will assume leadership responsibility for the company’s marketing, culinary and... »

Busy Days At Food&Hotel Vietnam - 05/15/2013

This spring’s seventh biennial Food&Hotel Vietnam drew strong crowds from across Southeast Asia. Organizers of the April 24-26 show at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City counted a total of... »

NRA Show Reminder: FER Is In Booth #5223 - 05/15/2013

Don’t forget to stop by and see us this weekend at NRA Booth #5223. Whether you’re passing along company or personnel news or some new product information, or if you just want to say hello and ask us to come see something new at... »

Equity Firm Takes Majority Stake In Tokyo Joe’s - 05/15/2013

In partnership with former Quiznos Chief Executive Greg MacDonald, private-equity firm Gridiron Capital LLC has acquired a majority stake in the Asian fast-casual chain Tokyo Joe’s. MacDonald was named CEO of the 17-year-old... »

NRA, LED Lighting Supplier Team Up - 05/15/2013

Call it a light bulb of an idea. The National Restaurant Association has allied itself with North American LED to offer light emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions, to its members at discounted prices. Through the partnership,... »

Tough U.K Foodservice Market Shows Signs Of Life - 05/15/2013

The foodservice market in the United Kingdom is beginning to improve, according to Peter Backman, managing director at Horizons, the London-based foodservice research firm, which held its annual briefing on May 1.While the nadir... »

Canadian Operators Report Sluggish First Quarter - 05/15/2013

A soft economy, gas price increases and inclement weather clipped restaurant operator sales in Canada in the first quarter, according to the latest Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association Restaurant Outlook Survey.... »

Dealers, IDPC Continue Battling Interior Design Legislation - 05/15/2013

The fight continues against legislation that could limit a foodservice distributor’s ability to bid on or perform interior-design work. FEDA reports that in April it notified its South Carolina members about a hearing regarding... »

New Controversies Stall Food Trucks - 05/15/2013

While the West Coast food-truck business continues to boom, other major cities continue to wrestle with the politics of curb-side foodservice. The city council in Washington, D.C., plans a yes or no vote on newly proposed... »

Brazil Fines McDonald's For Happy Meals - 05/15/2013

The Hamburgler, not to mention Ronald McDonald, has taken a legal hit in Brazil. A consumer protection agency in the state of Sao Paolo has taken aim at the Happy Meal, fining McDonald's Corp. $1.6 million for targeting children... »

Restaurant Equippers To Expand Into Greater Philadelphia Market - 05/08/2013

Restaurant Equippers plans to open its third warehouse store this summer to serve the Northeast region of the country. The Columbus, Ohio-based company expects a July opening for its 40,000-sq.-ft. store in Pennsauken, N.J. It... »

Top Dealers Had A Very Good 2012 - 05/08/2013

We’ve now toted up the results from our third annual Foodservice Equipment Reports Top Dealer Report. The 46 companies that verified their volumes this year had a very good year in 2012, at least on the top line as a group. The... »

SEFA Transitioning To Member-Owned Group - 05/08/2013

As part of a long-term strategy to maintain its presence as one of the industry’s major buying groups, Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance has announced plans to become member-owned. As the new multiyear plan is carried... »

Myers Opens Southern California Branch - 05/08/2013

Myers Restaurant Supply is expanding outside of its northern California base. The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based dealer has opened a sales office in Costa Mesa to service the company’s growing Southern California business. Twenty-year... »

Kitchen Brains Names New CEO - 05/08/2013

Kitchen Brains has tapped Timothy Lane, a longstanding board member, to take the firm’s reins as CEO. Lane most recently served as president/CEO of Holiday Inn Worldwide. Prior to that post, he was CEO of PepsiCo Restaurants... »

Alto-Shaam Taps Retail V.P. - 05/08/2013

Alto-Shaam has added Brian Zornes as its new v.p. of national accounts-retail. Zornes joins the Menomonee Falls, Wis., manufacturer after 17 years with CSC Worldwide, formerly Columbus Show Case, most recently as v.p.-supermarket... »

New National Sales Manager For EnviroPure - 05/08/2013

EnviroPure Systems, a maker of self-contained organic food-waste disposal systems, has hired Stefan Kahl as its new national sales manager. Kahl comes from the Atlanta division of U.S. Foods, where he spent nine years as... »

NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center - 05/08/2013

Dealers and their employees with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association... »

NRA’s Performance Index Pops Back Into The Black - 05/01/2013

Buoyed by strong improvements in same-store sales and traffic in March, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index moved back in positive territory in the March report, released April 30. The overall Index... »

Personnel Moves: - 05/01/2013

Blodgett has named Tim Thaler as its new v.p.-sales and marketing. The 27-year company veteran, most recently director of sales and national accounts, will oversee all sales, marketing and training programs for the Burlington,... »

New Moniker For SFM - 05/01/2013

Come Oct. 1, the Society for Foodservice Management will have a new name and acronym: the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The new moniker and logo for SHFM, which the organization calls a “strategic brand... »

Steak `n Shake Eyes California - 05/01/2013

Indianapolis-based Steak ‘n Shake is continuing to focus on westward expansion. The full-service and drive-through chain, already prepping for its first international opening in Dubai this year, will enter the California market.... »

In Memoriam: Der Weinerschnitzel Founder John Galardi - 05/01/2013

John Galardi, who got his start working with Taco Bell founder Glen Bell at his Taco Tia store and went on to found the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died earlier this month at age 75. Galardi opened his first unit in 1961... »

New Exec Will Spearhead Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical Development - 05/01/2013

Fiesta Restaurant Group has hired Ed Carnevale as v.p.-construction services to support growth of its Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands. Fiesta has 255 company-owned and operated restaurants and 44 franchised restaurants in... »

Kitchen Brains Opens Singapore Office - 05/01/2013

Kitchen Brains has expanded into Singapore. Kitchen Brains Pte. Ltd. will be headed by River Zhang, who has been promoted to v.p. of business development-Asia Pacific. Rathna Kumar joins Zhang in Singapore as director of SaaS... »

State Tax Revenue Surge In Fourth Quarter Was A One-Off, Rockefeller Institute Warns - 05/01/2013

Overall state tax revenues increased by 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government reported April 24. But the Institute’s researchers warned that the surge, which drove personal income... »

Menu Price Increases Continue To Outpace Grocery Prices - 05/01/2013

The disparity between price gains at grocery stores and restaurants continued to increase in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, released April 16. Prices for food-at-home fell 0.1... »

Consumer Sentiment Stabilized In Late April, 1Q GDP Comes In Below Expectations - 05/01/2013

“Consumer confidence was not negatively affected by the Boston Marathon bombing,” said Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers’ Chief Economist Richard Curtin, in releasing final statistics on consumer... »

Unemployment Undercut 2012 Restaurant Visits By Hispanics, Reports NPD - 05/01/2013

Restaurant traffic fell 1% for U.S. Hispanics last year, as higher than average unemployment as well as demographic differences among the ethnic group led to a loss of 86 million visits, according to data from The NPD Group’s... »

Baskin-Robbins Lands 50-Unit Deal For The Philippines - 05/01/2013

Baskin-Robbins plans to develop up to 50 locations across the Philippines during the next five years. The chain has signed a master licensing agreement with IceDream Inc. to develop Baskin-Robbins shops in urban areas; the... »

The Government Is Calling: Turn In Your Economic Census - 05/01/2013

Did you forget to fill out and return the 2012 Economic Census? If you haven’t responded to the mandatory survey, you can anticipate receiving a letter or phone call from the U.S. Census Bureau in the weeks ahead. You can head... »

New Momentum For Composting - 05/01/2013

Chicago officials are moving to make all restaurants at its two airports recycle waste, use eco-friendly materials and include sustainable ingredients in at least 20% of its menu items. The city aviation department’s new... »

NRA Talks Immigration Reform While Chipotle’s Staffing Gets More Federal Scrutiny - 05/01/2013

Immigration fuels the American workforce and the political dialogue. It’s also a major headache for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has been juggling a three-month federal investigation into its hiring practices. The government... »

NRA Show Hosts Health Care Knowledge Center - 05/01/2013

Operators with questions or concerns about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their businesses should head to the Health Care Knowledge Center at this month’s 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel... »

Boston Showcase To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Next Month - 04/24/2013

It’s been quite a century for Boston Showcase: 100 years of doing business under four generations of one family. The founding family and their employees plan to celebrate the company’s first 100 years next month. In 1913,... »

FEDA Plans Sales Webinar - 04/24/2013

Fresh off of its annual convention earlier this month (attended by 344 representatives from E&S dealerships and manufacturing companies), the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is prepping for its next webinar:... »

Take A Break For Classtime At The NRA Show - 04/24/2013

The educational programs on tap at the National Restaurant Association Show next month in Chicago are not just targeted at operators and aspiring franchisees and chefs. NRA 2013 is May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. A... »

First Impressions From This Year’s Top Dealers - 04/24/2013

Chris Palmer and I will compile the numbers for this year’s FER Top Dealer Report this week. We want to first thank all those who reported and verified, especially those dealers who verified for the first time this year. We had a... »

In Memoriam: Rep Dean Barringer - 04/24/2013

Longtime MAFSI member Dean Barringer, founder of Denver-based Barringer Marketing, passed away April 8. He was 94. The Kansas native began his E&S sales career at Arnholtz Coffee in Wichita, Kan. In 1963, he started... »

McDonald's Names Steve Easterbrook Global Chief Brand Officer - 04/17/2013

Former McDonald's Corp. executive Steve Easterbrook has returned to the chain as executive v.p. and global chief brand officer. Easterbrook will have global responsibility for marketing, menu development and consumer and... »

Burger King Announces Management Shifts - 04/17/2013

Leadership change at Burger King is being fueled by its equity firm parent’s acquisition activity. Burger King Worldwide CEO Bernardo Hees is leaving the company to become CEO at H.J. Heinz Co., which parent company 3G Capital... »

Qdoba Moves Into Canada, Plans Up To 85 North American Openings - 04/17/2013

The fast-casual Mexican segment continues to show some of the restaurant industry’s healthiest growth. Qdoba Mexican Grill is keeping up that momentum with plans to add 70 to 85 North American outlets this year. In March, the... »

Rational USA Names New President - 04/17/2013

Markus Glueck has assumed the management reins at Rational USA. He succeeds Björn Rowland, who will continue to be based at the firm’s Schaumburg, Ill., office as area v.p.-North America.  The German-born Glueck has worked... »

Last Week’s Retail Sales And Wholesale Price Numbers Misleading For Foodservice - 04/17/2013

If you just saw the top line numbers for retail sales and the Producer Price Index, reported by the Bureau of the Census on April 12, you may have thought sales and wholesale prices fell in March. In fact, foodservice and... »

AHF Unveils New Officers - 04/17/2013

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice has elected new officers to serve on its 2014 board of directors. President-Elect: Lisette Coston, Exec. Director-Support Services, Saint Francis Health System, Tulsa,... »

Tellock Takes Reins, Temporarily, At Manitowoc Foodservice - 04/17/2013

In a management transition announced last week, Manitowoc Co. Chairman/CEO Glen Tellock has taken the reins at the company’s Foodservice segment. He will lead it on an interim basis while the company searches for a successor for... »

Design, Distribution Vets Join El Pollo Loco - 04/17/2013

El Pollo Loco has hired Jeff Little as v.p.-development and Richard Pineda as v.p.-supply chain management. Little, formerly national director of Yum! Brands construction and most recently national director-Taco Bell development,... »

Restaurant Visits With Kids Remain Flat, Says NPD - 04/17/2013

While restaurant traffic involving adults rose 1% in 2012, thanks mostly to a gain in breakfast occasions, visits by parties with children remained flat last year, according to The NPD Group. Visits by parties with kids have been... »

Moe’s Preps Plans For Eight Las Vegas Units - 04/17/2013

Moe’s Southwest Grill is rolling the dice on a multiunit development deal that will bring eight outlets to Las Vegas within the next five years. The units will be Moe’s first freestanding locations in Nevada; the franchise... »

Dixon To Helm National Accounts At Alto-Shaam - 04/17/2013

Alto-Shaam Inc. has promoted Adam Dixon to v.p.-national accounts. Dixon, a 20-year industry veteran, had been the Menomonee Falls, Wis., company’s v.p.-sales for the southwestern U.S. In his new post, he’ll oversee strategic... »

Sentiment Falls As Consumers Worry About Long-Term Outlook - 04/17/2013

Consumer sentiment fell sharply in the preliminary April reading by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, surprising many economists. Combined with the decline in overall retail sales, the decline had... »

Disposable Income Growth Forecast To Improve - 04/17/2013

Behind the latest round of forecasts from the 50 economic groups surveyed each month by Blue Chip Economic Indicators is a bit of good news for foodservice operators: Disposable personal income growth should begin to improve,... »

Rising Water Costs Hit Home In Nova Scotia - 04/17/2013

Are foodservice operators being asked to foot the bill for years of municipal neglect? That’s what Halifax, New Scotia, restaurateurs, and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association are claiming. The CRFA is appealing... »

Minimum Wage Protests Rock NYC - 04/17/2013

Hundreds of foodservice workers and supporters protested in New York City and other cities on April 4 outside restaurants to demand higher wages. Demonstrators, chanting “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Minimum wage has got to go,” voiced... »

Ethanol Bill Reform To Lower Wholesale Food Costs - 04/17/2013

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress April 10 would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires that large quantities of corn be diverted for use in the production of corn-based ethanol.Opponents of the standard argue... »

FEDA Marks Its 80th Anniversary With Stimulating Annual Convention - 04/10/2013

It wasn’t quite business as usual as the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association celebrated its 80th anniversary during the group’s annual convention April 3-7 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in Texas.... »

Special Report: FER Revises 2012 and '13 E&S Market Forecasts - 04/10/2013

Better than expected fourth-quarter 2012 results and a distinct softening of foodservice operator sales in the first quarter of 2013 has prompted Foodservice Equipment Reports to revise its forecasts of the foodservice equipment... »

TriMark Buys Texas-Based Strategic Equipment - 04/10/2013

In an acquisition that reorders the shape of the E&S distribution field, TriMark USA, LLC has acquired Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., headquartered in Coppell, Texas. The acquisition positions TriMark as the nation’s... »

What We All Owe FEDA’s Ray Herrick - 04/10/2013

We just returned from San Antonio, Texas, and FEDA’s 2013 Annual Convention. From the sight of FEDA and Wasserstrom Co. Pres. Brad Wasserstrom riding into the opening reception on a long-horn steer, to the savory taste of chicken... »

April 12: The Drop-Dead Deadline For Top Dealer Surveys - 04/10/2013

Okay, so the original deadline was April Fool’s Day and at least some of you were busy getting ready for FEDA’s Annual Convention. Well, like us, you’re back at work. So if you haven’t already submitted your paperwork and data... »

Sales And Traffic Tank In February RPI, But Cap-Ex Measures Hold Up - 04/03/2013

Same-store sales and traffic took a beating in February, according to the latest tracking data from The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, released Mar. 29. The overall index fell 0.8 point to 99.9,... »

Top 500 Chains Grew 4.9% In 2012, Reports Technomic, While Noncommercial Segments Show Signs of Life - 04/03/2013

Restaurant chains’ sales rebounded in 2012, according to preliminary data from Technomic Inc.’s annual “Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report,” released March 21. Combined system-wide sales for the 500 concepts rose 4.9%. The year was... »

Personnel Moves: - 04/03/2013

Market Forge has announced two key personnel appointments as part of a management restructuring. Fifteen-year company veteran Jeff Leckel has been promoted from operations manager to interim president and CEO, succeeding Dave... »

DoughPro Revamps As ProLuxe - 04/03/2013

DoughPro has a new name, new logo and new look. The maker of pizza and presses, grills, ovens and accessories has changed its name to ProLuxe. “Our new name refl­ects our ongoing growth and expansion, and better identifies the... »

Homer Laughlin Names Elizabeth McIlvain To Succeed Brother As President - 04/03/2013

For the first time in the 142-year history of The Homer Laughlin China Co., the mantle of leadership is being handed down, not to a successive generation, but from brother to sister. The privately held Newell, W.Va., company has... »

KFC Makes Big Plans Across The Pond - 04/03/2013

The British press reports that KFC Corp. will open more than 40 new restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year, which would take the chain to nearly 900 restaurants in those countries by year’s end. The expansion... »

Dairy Queen Opens Doors In 20th Country - 04/03/2013

Dairy Queen has opened a new store in Trinidad, making it the 20th country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ presence. Dairy Queen’s partner in Trinidad, Pelinja Holdings, is scheduled to open three new locations during the... »

NRA Announces 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards - 04/03/2013

Bragging rights and recognition as drivers of industrywide advancement belong to the 15 foodservice operators selected by their peers as finalists for the 2013 Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five... »

Blue Chip Long-Range Forecasts Hold Steady - 04/03/2013

According to the 50 econometric groups surveyed by Blue Chip Economic Indicators each month, better times are indeed ahead. While in the March survey the group kept their 2013 consensus forecast at 1.9% growth of real gross... »

Nevada Debates Expanded Menu Labeling Bill - 04/03/2013

More comprehensive menu labeling is on the legislative docket in Nevada. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would require eateries with 10 or more locations to post nutritional information in a conspicuous... »

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