First Impressions From This Year’s Top Dealers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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... »
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