N.Y. Consultants Merge Firms
Two long-standing New York foodservice consulting firms, Beer Associates and Jacobs/Doland Associates, have merged their businesses. The new firm, to be known as Jacobs/Doland/Beer, will remain in its New York offices as well as... »
Middleby Completes Lincat Group Acquisition
The Middleby Corp. announced May 31 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of UK-based Lincat Group plc for about $90 million. The Lincat Group has annual revenues of approximately $50 million.
In addition to... »
Insinger Earns VA Approval
Insinger Machine Co., the Philadelphia-based warewashing equipment maker, has received approval and verification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. Insinger CEO Robert... »
NRA Performance Index Shows Continued Expansion
In spite of the bite of rising gasoline and food prices, the restaurant industry continued to expand in April, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index data from the National Restaurant Association. The overall index... »
Jobs Growth In May Was Anemic
The U.S. economy produced only 54,000 new jobs in May, disappointing many analysts and investors, who took the news as a sign of the weakness of the current economic recovery. The unemployment rate also crept up 0.1 point to... »
Run-Up In Metals Prices Eases A Bit In May
After soaring more than 30% since last September, prices for stainless and carbon steels, as well as for some key nonferrous metals, fell back a bit in May. The commodity price index for metals maintained by The Economist was off... »
Consumer Confidence Readings Mixed, Gas Prices Fall
Consumer confidence finished with a split decision in May, while gasoline prices continued to fall from their highs in April.
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell more than five points to 60.8 in May. On the... »
Nevada Debates Foodservice and Smoking In Bars
Bar and tavern owners in Nevada are seeking to ease restrictions on indoor smoking, arguing that the state’s law intended to protect the health of children and families has crippled their businesses by barring them from serving... »
California Regs Have Chain Steamed
Complying with regulatory issues in California has become so onerous and expensive that at least one chain says it’s fed up and might leave the state.
Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which counts Carl's Jr. and Hardee’s... »
ASHRAE Conference Nears
The folks behind how operations utilize air and water are getting together this month to brainstorm. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers will hold its annual conference, titled... »
McD’s Fends Off Fast-Food Foes
McDonald’s is under fire for its Happy Meals, its marketing practices, and now, for its enduring mascot, Ronald McDonald. The Oak Brook, Ill., company fended off challenges to all three at its annual shareholders meeting May... »
ABC HONORS MEMBERS AND SUPPLIERS
Six suppliers and 10 member dealers were honored at Allied Buying Corp.’s spring conference, May 3-6 in San Diego.
Suppliers recognized for Outstanding Sales Achievement-Volume Growth were Candle Lamp Co., Nor-Lake and Vollrath... »
FEDA SLATES “MUST-HEAR” JUNE 8 TELECONFERENCE
Summer is not yet officially here, but dealer sales people, sales managers and key management can kick off the hot-weather selling season with a June 8 teleconference sponsored by the Foodservice Equipment Distributors... »
IN MEMORIAM: CHARLES FADEL
Charles “Chuck” Fadel, retired CEO of Fadels Inc. Foodservice, Equipment and Supplies, Charlotte, N.C., passed away May 18. He was 86.
After serving in the Marines in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Fadel joined his mother... »
TURBOCHEF, MIDDLEBY CANADA PRESIDENTS APPOINTED
Two senior-level appointments have been announced by Middleby Corp. James Pool has been named president of TurboChef, the Carrollton, Texas, oven manufacturer. He’ll oversee day-to-day sales and operations. Pool succeeds Paul... »
CFSP PROGRAM SIMPLIFIES POINT SYSTEM, ADDS OVERVIEW SEMINARS
The Certified Food Service Professional program has recently undergone two changes that should streamline the application and updating processes. First, the point-earning/recording requirements have been simplified and the North... »
NRA SHOW DEALER ATTENDANCE UP 6%
More dealers made the trip to Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 92nd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show last month. The association released attendance numbers that showed a 6% rise in attendance... »
DARDEN NAMES MAINES PAPER AMONG TOP SUPPLIERS
Maines Paper & Food Service is the sole E&S distributor among the eleven companies recognized this year by Darden Restaurants with its annual William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award. Named for the company's late... »
THANKS AND THANKS
First of all, I want to thank all of you who helped us with data for our new FER Top Dealer listings. The data will appear in our June issue, which you should receive any day. I especially want to thank the 31 brave dealers and... »
Golden Gate Capital To Buy CPK
California Pizza Kitchen will be acquired for $470 million by private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital. The deal was announced May 25. San Francisco-based Golden Gate said it would begin its tender offer for the publicly traded... »
McDonald’s Rolling Out New Look
It will take four years and at least $1 billion, but McDonald's Corp. is revamping the look—and some of the foodservice equipment—in its 14,000 U.S. outlets.
The chain previewed its planned changes to select media and investment... »
Middleby Appoints Pool To Lead TurboChef, Doyon To Head Canada
Two senior-level appointments have been announced by Middleby Corp. James K. Pool has been named president of TurboChef, the Carrollton, Texas, oven manufacturer. He’ll oversee day-to-day sales and operations. Pool succeeds Paul... »
Manitowoc Adds Jackson To Karssiens’ Portfolio
Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed company veteran Chris Karssiens as v.p./g.m. for its Jackson MSC division. Karssiens adds the new post to his current duties as v.p./g.m. of Delfield Refrigeration. During the past 13 years,... »
Commercial Appliance Taps Reese For Operations
Tina Reese has been appointed v.p.-operations at Commercial Appliance Parts & Service. She’ll head up Commercial’s headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will oversee various operational functions for the entire company, which has... »
In Memoriam: Thomas Funka
Thomas Murray Funka, Sr., the retired owner and president of The Zeroll Co., has died. He purchased the ice cream scoop manufacturer in 1968. He and his brother, Art, built the company, then known as Roll Dippers, into a major... »
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