NAFEM `13 Countdown Begins
Are your calendars—paper and electronic—marked with the dates for next year’s NAFEM Show? Got your flight and room reservations? The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers is gearing up for the Feb. 7-9, 2013,... »
Wash Your Hands! It’s National Food Safety Month
September brings us National Food Safety Month. Now in its 18th year, NFSM creates a heightened awareness of, and for some newer industry members, an introduction to food safety.
The National Restaurant Association is sharing... »
FCSI Moves Headquarters, Offers Free Services At New York Show
Big news from Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l: The association has relocated its world headquarters to Louisville, Ky., and for the first time, its Americas Division will be offering free design and management advisory... »
Oneida, Anchor Hocking Merge Under EveryWare Global
Some things will change, but the iconic names, Oneida and Anchor Hocking, will remain as the two brands merge under the umbrella of the newly unified company, EveryWare Global. Brand identities will remain distinct.
New Rules In North Carolina Might Spur Refrigeration Sales
Stricter food safety guidelines that went into effect Sept. 1 in North Carolina will be a boon for safer food handling, not to mention sales of gloves and refrigeration equipment.
The new rules issued by the state’s public... »
NRA Performance Index Slowed Sharply In July
Pushed lower by strong declines in same-store sales and traffic, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance fell 1.1 points in July, which left the index just barely in expansion territory at 100.2. All eight of... »
Consumer Confidence Measures Mostly Lower Again
The two leading measures of consumer confidence moved in opposite directions again in August, as consumer expectations and spending plans remain quite negative. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index... »
China, Canada and Japan Saw Good Traffic Growth In First Quarter
The numbers on first quarter 2012 restaurant traffic in the leading economies from The NPD Group tell a tale of economic disparities. Traffic soared in China, rose strongly in Canada and Japan and sputtered in nearly all of... »
Thibert Named President At TriMark United East
Joseph Thibert has assumed the post of president of TriMark United East, a major equipment and supplies dealership based in South Attleboro, Mass. Jerry Hyman will continue in his current capacity as president and CEO... »
Unique Pizza Acquires Organic Pizza Chain
Unique Pizza and Subs has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held organic chain, Pizza Fusion Holdings. After the deal closes, most likely by the end of the third quarter, Pizza Fusion will become a wholly... »
Southern Exposure In The Works For Del Taco
Del Taco has inked an agreement to add 20 units to its store count in Alabama and northern Florida. Targeted sites in Alabama include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa; Florida locations include Jacksonville and... »
Carlisle Appoints Trent Freiberg As President
Carlisle Cos. has appointed Trent Freiberg as president of Carlisle FoodService Products. With this promotion, Freiberg will direct the company’s global operations.
For the past four years, Freiberg has held several leadership... »
California Considers White-Glove Test For Restaurant Playgrounds
Remember the mom who journeyed around the country’s quick-service restaurant playgrounds, testing them for cleanliness? Fortnightly reported the story a year ago. A California assemblyman was so concerned about the discoveries of... »
Sbarro Taps Franchise Development V.P.s
In the midst of an aggressive revitalization effort for its mall-based Italian eateries, Sbarro has appointed two executives to spearhead franchise growth domestically and abroad.
Eric Taylor has joined Sbarro’s as... »
Phillips Succeeds Mosteller As Frymaster’s VP/GM
Todd Phillips has succeeded Dave Mosteller as vice president and general manager of Frymaster. Mosteller, a 25-year veteran of Manitowoc Foodservice, has retired.
Phillips has been with Frymaster for six years in various... »
Component Hardware Taps New Business Manager
Michael Tuman is the new business development manager at Component Hardware Group. Tuman assumes responsibility for accounts in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for all Component Hardware brands, including Encore, Flame Gard, Keil,... »
Ari Cantor Assumes V.P. Title At Insinger
Ari Cantor has been appointed vice president of Insinger Machine Co. Cantor is the fifth generation of owner-management at the Philadelphia warewashing equipment manufacturer. Since joining the company nearly four years ago,... »
Buying Groups Set To Kick Off Fall Meeting Season
Summer is officially over when the calendar pages fill with sales meetings and educational conferences. A number of dealer buying groups will be convening over the next two months. They include:
Go Play (With Your Kids And Customers)
We’ve had a fun couple of weeks since the last Dealer Report. We played golf at the fourth annual Jerry Maahs charity golf outing, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. What’s not to like about a beautiful day... »
Peerless Announces Two Executive Appointments
Peerless Food Equipment has appointed Richard Taylor as its new director of sales. Taylor will direct the outside and inside sales teams while strengthening global agent channels. All product line sales for the Sidney, Ohio,... »
Top 100 E&S Manufacturers Posted 6.4% Gain In 2011
The 100 largest U.S. foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers saw their sales grow 6.4% last year, up from a 3.9% gain in ’10, as the U.S. E&S market bounced back from the Great Foodservice Recession. Combined sales... »
Wendy’s Re-Imaging Perks Up Sales
Here’s a wake-up call for any operators still putting off store remodeling and re-imaging. It’s a winning strategy for Wendy’s.
During the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Aug. 9, Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick said early... »
Dunkin' Donuts Announces Expansion Plans Across Latin America
The East Coast doughnut chain isn’t just making a splash west of the Mississippi. It also is making a big push into Latin America. Dunkin’ Donuts will open more than 125 new stores in Chile, Colombia and Peru over the next... »
Second-Quarter Growth Slowed, MAFSI Reports
The rate of growth in sales of foodservice equipment, supplies and furnishings slowed slightly to 3.6% in the second quarter 2012, according the MAFSI Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the... »
Bauscher, WMF Join Forces In U.S.
In an agreement that kicked in May 1, Bauscher USA and WMF Americas have formed an alliance in sales and marketing and customer service for the U.S. market. The collaboration brings together four brands of porcelain, cutlery,... »
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