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Chicago Easing Up On Shared Kitchens Ops - 05/10/2011

An ordinance championed by outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and approved by the City Council’s License Committee would create a new licensing category for chefs who “time-share” commercial kitchens for catering... »

McGarry Steps Down From FEDA Post, Hanson Takes Reins - 05/10/2011

Stephen McGarry, who took on the presidency of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association last month, will be retiring as president of Paramount Restaurant Supply, Warren, R.I., in June and will also step down from his... »

Vollrath Buys Traex From Libbey - 05/10/2011

On April 28, The Vollrath Co. announced it had acquired Traex Co. from Libbey Glass, a subsidiary of Libbey Inc., Toledo, Ohio. Both companies are headquartered in Wisconsin: Vollrath is based in Sheboygan; Traex operates from a... »

In Memoriam: Mike Carpenter, Former NAFEM President - 05/10/2011

Mike Carpenter, a name and face recognized by hundreds in the E&S business, passed away suddenly April 23 in Utah. He was 58. Carpenter had been chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corp. for the past two years. His... »

In Memoriam: Reps Fred Bearden, David Felson - 05/10/2011

Fred “Biff” Bearden, a partner with E-Source Inc. of Irving, Texas, passed away on March 17. He was 58. Bearden worked for his father's business, Fred B. Bearden Co., Food Service Representatives, before launching his own... »

New Chairs Elected At DMA - 05/10/2011

The Dietary Managers Association has announced its new leadership. Based on election results from the St. Charles, Ill., group’s national membership, the new chair-elect for 2011-12 is Ginger Cater of South Carolina.  Paula... »

Reps’ Sales Rose 4% First Quarter, MAFSI Reports - 05/10/2011

The recovery of foodservice equipment and supplies sales continued in the first quarter 2011, according to the latest Business Barometer from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. Overall sales of... »

A Bit Surprisingly, NRA Performance Index Rises In March - 05/10/2011

We must admit we thought the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index would fall back in March. After all, the full impact of rapidly rising gasoline prices hit American consumers during the month. But... »

AutoQuotes Says E&S List Prices Rose 2.2% July To April - 05/10/2011

List-price increases for foodservice equipment and supplies were surprisingly moderate during the past nine months, even though materials prices have soared during the period. According to data from AutoQuotes Inc., the average... »

BLS Reports Surprisingly Strong Jobs Growth In April - 05/10/2011

Maybe the two surprises are related. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said last Friday, May 6, that non-farm payroll jobs increased by 244,000 in April, surprising most forecasters, who expected growth in the... »

MCGARRY RETIRES FROM FEDA PRESIDENCY, HANSON TO TAKE REINS - 05/03/2011

Stephen McGarry, who took the reins as president of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association in late March, will retire as president of Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp., Warren, R.I., June 1 and will step down from his... »

PEACE, MIKE CARPENTER - 05/03/2011

When Deirdre Flynn from NAFEM called me a week ago Monday to tell me that Mike Carpenter had suddenly passed away, I was so flabbergasted, all I could say was, “What? What? That really, really sucks!” Not the most elegant of... »

SEFA ANNUAL CONFERENCE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS - 05/03/2011

Member-supplier meetings and relationship building were key components of Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance’s 25th Annual Partnership Conference in Maui, Hawaii. April 11-15. The buying group’s conference was... »

HOCKENBERGS BUYS GLOBAL KES - 05/03/2011

Hockenbergs Food Service Equipment and Supply Co., a dealer headquartered in Omaha, Neb, has acquired Global KES. Based in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Global KES was a subsidiary of Sub-Technologies Inc., a supplier of... »

IN MEMORIAM: MIKE CARPENTER - 05/03/2011

Mike Carpenter, a former NAFEM president and a name and face recognized by hundreds in the foodservice equipment and supplies business, passed away suddenly April 23 in Utah. He was 58. Carpenter had been chief marketing officer... »

VOLLRATH BUYS TRAEX FROM LIBBEY - 05/03/2011

On April 28, The Vollrath Co. announced it had acquired Traex Co. from Libbey Glass, a subsidiary of Libbey Inc. In its first-quarter earnings report, Toledo, Ohio-based Libbey said that it expects to receive net proceeds of more... »

ALI GROUP NAMES BABBONI PRESIDENT AT VICTORY - 05/03/2011

Three appointments have been announced at Ali Group/North America companies. Richard Babboni has been appointed president of Victory Refrigeration. He succeeds Peter MacFarland. Babboni was general manager for Ali Group’s COF... »

TEXAS DEALERSHIP FOUNDER RETIRES - 05/03/2011

Kirby Restaurant and Chemical Supply is now under second-generation management. Founder Tom Bell has retired after 40 years and passed on the company to his son, Mike, who joined him at the Longview, Texas, dealership two years... »

E&S Price Increases Remain Moderate, AutoQuotes Reports - 04/28/2011

Average list-price increases for equipment and supplies remained moderate over the past nine months, according to new data from AutoQuotes Inc., even though materials prices have soared during the period. The average price... »

State Tax-Revenue Trends Improve But Local Receipts Lag - 04/26/2011

States’ tax revenues rose significantly during the latter part of 2010, continuing a trend toward gradual fiscal recovery, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s latest State Revenue Report. But local tax... »

Funding For New Food-Safety Initiatives Still In The Budget - 04/26/2011

Budget watch: Despite concerns that budget wrangling in Washington would lead to cuts in food-safety programs, it appears that most funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January is secure. The Senate... »

NSF Honors Food Safety Leadership Award Winners - 04/26/2011

NSF Int’l. presented its Food Safety Leadership Awards on April 20 during the 2011 Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a real and lasting impact on food safety.... »

In Memoriam: Chris Berghoff - 04/26/2011

Chris Berghoff, the founder and CEO of Control Products, died of cancer April 7; he was 58. Control Products is a leading provider of electronic controls to the foodservice equipment industry and other markets. Berghoff founded... »

Babila Takes Post At Carpigiani USA/Ali - 04/26/2011

Carpigiani USA has named John Babila as its exec. v.p.-sales and marketing. His lengthy resume of sales management experience includes his most recent role in the same post at ISA. Babila has also held the title for E&S... »

Chipotle’s ShopHouse Concept Will Have Summer D.C. Premiere - 04/26/2011

Just after our last FER Fortnightly deadline, Chipotle Mexican Grill unveiled additional details for its new restaurant concept slated to open this summer. We’d already reported most of the news, but now we have the location of... »

Four Chains Take Top COEX Honors - 04/26/2011

The launch of a new series of operator awards by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association has brought honors to four chains. The inaugural winners were honored in Orlando, Fla., during IFMA’s annual Chain Operators... »

Middleby Acquires Beech Ovens - 04/26/2011

The Middleby Corp., which has acquired 15 companies over the past five years, keeps getting bigger. On April 12, the company announced its acquisition of Beech Ovens Pty. Ltd., a Brisbane, Australia-based manufacturer of stone... »

KFC Notches 400th Store In Indonesia - 04/26/2011

KFC is already the dominant player in India’s quick-serve market, and it’s getting bigger elsewhere as well. The chain’s Louisville, Ky., parent Yum! Brands opened its 400th franchise store in Indonesia on April 18. PT Fastfood... »

Women In Foodservice Honors Achievements, Names New Board - 04/26/2011

The 2011 Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-13, brought together more than 2,000 executives to celebrate leadership and to push further the ideals of gender equality and... »

E&S Manufacturers’ CFOs Are Optimistic About Economy, Investment Plans - 04/26/2011

“More optimistic” is the way Prime Advantage, the Chicago-based buying organization, described the results of its third annual Group CFO Survey, released last month. The group includes a significant number of foodservice... »

Wholesale Food Costs Fall Slightly, But Retail Food And Gas Prices Continue To Climb - 04/26/2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics had a bit of good news on the commodity-price front during March. After six straight months of run-ups, food prices at the wholesale level fell slightly in March. Combined wholesale food prices, as... »

Two More Bits Of Good News: Employment And Business Travel Trends - 04/26/2011

Always on the lookout for positive economic signs to offset the negatives, two upbeat reports came across our desk last week. The National Restaurant Association, analyzing recent employment data from the state perspective,... »

New Guidelines Suggested For California Food Handler Card Act - 04/26/2011

New guidelines issued April 15 recommend a slow roll-out of the July 1 enforcement of California’s Food Handler Card. The new recommendations posted by the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health recommend... »

Operators At NRA Conference Urge That Swipe-Fee Reforms Stand - 04/26/2011

The National Restaurant Association’s 25th annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., April 13-15, covered a number of hot topics, including debit-card swipe fees. Nearly 500 restaurateurs from 44 states headed to... »

San Francisco Rezoning Not Bringing In New Restaurants? - 04/26/2011

Rezoning neighborhoods to allow for more restaurants is not working out as swiftly as hoped in San Francisco. For the second time in two years, the city’s Board of Supervisors has voted to remove a neighborhood’s longstanding... »

WORK THE BUREAUCRACY YOUR WAY - 04/19/2011

The government giveth, and the government taketh away. Or maybe it taketh away first, and giveth back when forced. Bureaucracies cut both ways. And while we’ve spent a lot of time lately dealing with the folks pushing bills... »

HENDRIX, LONGO MERGE IN CANADA - 04/19/2011

Canadian dealers Hendrix Hotel & Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Ltd. and Longo Food Service Equipment have signed an agreement to merge. The agreement was effective March 31. The news was reported by local media,... »

RECAPPING A BIT OF FEDA NEWS - 04/19/2011

When our April 5 FER Dealer Report came out, the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association had just concluded its 2011 Convention in Phoenix. Here’s a recap and a bit of news we couldn’t fit in that issue. Outgoing FEDA... »

DEALER BUYING GROUPS BUSY IN MEETING SEASON - 04/19/2011

Meeting season is at its peak for dealer buying groups and associations. A quick roundup: Excell Marketing Group’s Annual Buying Conference is next week, April 25-30 in San Diego.Int’l. Foodservice Equipment Distributors (IFED)... »

WOOD STONE ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT SHIFTS - 04/19/2011

Wood Stone Corp. founders Keith Carpenter and Harry Hegarty are taking on new posts—Carpenter as CEO, and Hegarty as COO—and passing on some day-to-day management responsibilities to company veterans. Kurt Eickmeyer has been... »

FDA’s Menu Labeling Proposal Released - 04/12/2011

Menu labeling requirements proposed April 1 by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants as well as bakeries, grocery stores, c-stores and coffee chains with 20 or more locations to clearly post the calorie... »

FEDA Introduces New Officers, Honors Motes - 04/12/2011

Kent Motes, founder of AutoQuotes Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., has received the President’s Dealer-based Distribution Award from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Outgoing FEDA Pres. Kimberley Gill Rimsza of... »

Five Guys Tops List Of Fast-Growing Chains In Technomic’s Top 500 - 04/12/2011

In a year marked by a return to sales growth for some of the country’s biggest name brands, Five Guys Burgers & Fries was 2010’s fastest-growing restaurant chain. The news comes through the market research firm Technomic... »

Aladdin/Ali Elevates Rothschild To Presidency - 04/12/2011

Marty Rothschild has taken the reins as president of Aladdin Temp-Rite, an Ali Group company.  He will report to Robert Nerbonne, CEO of Ali Group North America. Rothschild succeeds Jim Clapper, who announced his retirement... »

Hoshizaki Taps Leader For Top Job - 04/12/2011

Christopher Leader has been named president of Hoshizaki America. Leader joined the Peachtree City, Ga.-based manufacturer in January 2010; he had been serving as COO. Leader also was appointed president of Hoshizaki USA Holdings... »

Wood Stone Makes Management Shifts - 04/12/2011

Wood Stone Corp. founders Keith Carpenter and Harry Hegarty are taking on new posts—Carpenter as CEO, and Hegarty as COO—and passing on some day-to-day management responsibilities to company veterans. Kurt Eickmeyer has been... »

California Pizza Kitchen Continues Expansion in India - 04/12/2011

California Pizza Kitchen has opened its second restaurant in India. The Los Angeles chain has partnered with franchisee JSMGGC India Pvt. Ltd., a joint-venture between Mumbai-based JSM Corp. and Dubai-based Gourmet Gulf Co. Like... »

New Southeast Shipping Center For Electrolux - 04/12/2011

Electrolux Professional has a new southeast shipping hub outside of Atlanta. The company’s new regional distribution center in Fairburn, Ga., optimizes service for customers in an 11-state area and reduces current delivery time... »

1099 Tax Reporting Provision Is Repealed - 04/12/2011

On April 5, the Senate voted to repeal the health care overhaul’s 1099 tax reporting requirements. The House of Representatives earlier repealed the 1099 provision. The Senate voted 87 to 12 to approve the Comprehensive 1099... »

Congressional Bills Speed Up Depreciation Schedule For Restaurant Improvements, New Construction - 04/12/2011

The National Restaurant Association is applauding bipartisan bills introduced in Congress March 30 which would make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold... »

Toy Ban Proposed In New York - 04/12/2011

Child-targeted marketing by foodservice operators, and the toys that go with it, continues to run into trouble. A bill based on toy bans on the West Coast has inspired a similar proposal in New York City. The city councilman who... »

RPI Cap-Ex Spending Intentions Hit 40-Month High - 04/12/2011

For the first time in three years, a majority of operators reported they plan to make a capital purchase during the next six months, according to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index data for... »

Consumer Confidence Indices Down Sharply, Gas Prices Up (And Up) - 04/12/2011

Oh, those pesky gasoline- and food-price increases! Worried about how inflation of these critical commodities will affect their household income, and also less optimistic about continuing employment growth this year, American... »

Jobs Growth Breaks 200,000 Level In March - 04/12/2011

While consumers have plenty of worries about consumer-price inflation and the strength of the economic recovery, non-farm payroll growth hit 216,000 in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the first month... »

More Upward Price Pressure On Stainless, Other Metals - 04/12/2011

Steel producers raised base prices for most stainless products 6% in March and the nickel surcharges for 304 grades rose nearly nine cents during the month, according to a report from O’Neal Steel. The company’s Market Informer... »

GET YOUR FER DEALER SURVEY FORM IN NOW! - 04/05/2011

If you haven’t done so, get your form for Foodservice Equipment Reports' new dealer survey in right now. The deadline was last Friday, April 1, but many of you were at the FEDA Annual Convention. And so were we. So please get it... »

FEDA HOLDS CONVENTION, HONORS KENT MOTES WITH TOP AWARD - 04/05/2011

Kent Motes, founder of AutoQuotes Inc., has received the President’s Dealer-based Distribution Award from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Outgoing FEDA Pres. Kimberley Gill Rimsza of TriMark Gill Marketing,... »

CHRIS LEADER NAMED PRESIDENT AT HOSHIZAKI - 04/05/2011

Christopher Leader has been named president of Hoshizaki America. Leader, who joined the Peachtree City, Ga., manufacturer in January 2010, had been serving as the company’s COO. He will be responsible for all of Hoshizaki’s... »

ALLPOINTS NAMES NEW SALES V.P. - 04/05/2011

AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies has named David Bernstein its new v.p.-sales. Bernstein joins the Mount Prospect, Ill., company to focus on business development in the United States and Canada. He brings 25 years of... »

AS MARKET IMPROVES, SOME CHAINS AND RETAIL SEGMENTS STAND OUT - 04/05/2011

Some restaurant chains and retail markets kept growing through the depressed economy and are poised to come out of the Great Foodservice Recession with new growth momentum. New studies and reports from Technomic Inc. and... »

ELECTROLUX DEBUTS NEW SOUTHEAST SHIPPING HUB - 04/05/2011

The shipping origin label might look a bit different if you’re a dealer for Electrolux Professional in the southeastern United States or an operator on the receiving end of a shipment. The company’s new regional distribution... »

ATTENDANCE UP 8% AT THE NAFEM SHOW THIS YEAR - 04/05/2011

Staff and members of the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association are wearing big smiles with the announcement of official attendance figures for February’s NAFEM Show. The numbers bear out the optimism felt on the... »

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TRAINING SEMINAR SET FOR MAY - 04/05/2011

Heading to Chicago in May for the National Restaurant Show? Come in a day early for a closer look at energy trends. On May 20, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a nonprofit firm offering energy efficiency research and education, is... »

Revenues For Public E&S Companies Rose 9.7% Fourth Quarter 2010, Up 4.2% For Year - 03/29/2011

Another strong quarter was posted by the publicly traded foodservice equipment and supplies companies at the end of last year. Blended sales for five equipment-oriented and two supplies-oriented companies rose at a nearly... »

Heard In The Aisles At Internorga: European Market Is Recovering, Too, Though Not Everywhere - 03/29/2011

The European foodservice market is also beginning to recover, including capital spending for equipment and supplies, according to manufacturers and others we spoke with at Internorga last week. The big foodservice trade show held... »

AllPoints Names New Sales V.P. - 03/29/2011

AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies has named David Bernstein its new v.p.-sales. Bernstein joins the Mount Prospect, Ill., company to focus on business development in the United States and Canada. He brings 25 years of... »

More Manufacturers Raising E&S Prices, AutoQuotes Data Shows - 03/29/2011

With strong recent price run-ups in steel and other materials commonly used in foodservice equipment and supplies, it appears E&S manufacturers are becoming somewhat more aggressive about trying to raise their own prices.... »

Food Prices Post Huge Gains In February - 03/29/2011

Food prices at the wholesale level leaped 4% in February, the largest monthly increase in 36 years, according to the National Restaurant Association. It was the eight consecutive month of rising wholesales food prices. So-called... »

Oh, But Foodservice Is Such A Big Market - 03/29/2011

We don’t often report data on eating- and drinking-place sales, which come monthly from the U.S. Census Bureau, in part because they can be a bit unreliable according to people more knowledgeable than we are about operator... »

Interior Design Regulation Heats Up - 03/29/2011

Legislation that would inhibit foodservice equipment dealers and others from practicing, or in some cases bidding on, interior design work continues to land in state legislatures. Much of the momentum is due to a 30-year... »

Massachusetts Allergy Law Takes Effect - 03/29/2011

A first of its kind state law took effect last October in Massachusetts. It requires restaurants to post notices on their menus, asking customers to tell their server if anyone in their party has a food allergy. The law also... »

Bans To Ban Toy Bans - 03/29/2011

Here’s a new one: Legislation to ban legislation. Last year’s San Francisco ban on toys in Happy Meals (and other children-directed fare) has prompted politicians in at least two states to propose legislation prohibiting cities... »

Canadian Operators Face Minimum Wage, Pension Hikes - 03/29/2011

Canada’s provincial governments are making running a business a bit more difficult for operators. In Vancouver, B.C., the general minimum wage has been boosted 28% over the next 14 months. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice... »

Four Manufacturers Win Energy Star Awards - 03/29/2011

It’s bigger than a gold star, it’s Energy Star. Although the complete list of winners won’t be announced until April, at least four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection... »

Attendance Up 8% At The NAFEM Show This Year - 03/29/2011

Staff and members of the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association are wearing big smiles with the announcement of official attendance figures for February’s NAFEM Show. The numbers bear out the optimism felt on the... »

Electrolux To Debut New Southeast Shipping Hub - 03/29/2011

The shipping origin label might look a bit different if you’re a dealer for Electrolux Professional in the southeastern United States or an operator on the receiving end of a shipment. The company’s new regional distribution... »

Taco Bell Franchisee In New Hands - 03/29/2011

One of the country’s largest Taco Bell franchisees has been acquired. K-Mac Holdings Corp. has been purchased by the Los Angeles-based equity investment firm Brentwood Associates. K-Mac, located in Fort Smith, Ark., operates 190... »

Henny Penny Wins Kudos In Dubai, Oak Brook; A Nod To Vito, Too - 03/29/2011

Henny Penny Corp. is reporting a couple of honors. In January, the Eaton, Ohio-based manufacturer was awarded McDonald’s 2010 Worldwide Equipment Partnership of the Year Award at the chain’s Equipment Supplier Summit. Henny Penny... »

Dixie Cream Plans 40 Units For Saudi Arabia - 03/29/2011

Busy times in the Middle East, and busy times at Beautiful Brands Int’l. Just months after the Tulsa, Okla., company announced plans for 100 Dixie Cream Donut Co. units in the region—including stores in Iraq—BBI says it will open... »

Energy Efficiency Training Seminar Set For May - 03/29/2011

Heading to Chicago in May for the National Restaurant Show? Come in a day early for a closer look at energy trends. On May 20, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a nonprofit firm offering energy efficiency research and education, is... »

Wendy’s Readies Equipment Rollout - 03/15/2011

Wendy’s/Arby’s Int’l., Columbus, Ohio, has announced new growth and expansion plans. Among them: a domestic product rollout requiring new equipment, a joint-venture deal to re-launch in Japan and further international... »

Black Joins Scotsman In Global Accounts - 03/15/2011

Scotsman Ice Systems has appointed Keith Black as its global account manager. Black brings more than two decades’ experience in the foodservice industry to the post. He most recently served as a national accounts manager for... »

Subway Bigger Than McDs, But… - 03/15/2011

Does it mean anything to the E&S world that Subway has surpassed McDonald's Corp. as the world's largest restaurant chain, in terms of units? It probably depends on what kind of equipment you make, sell or spec. In store... »

In Memoriam: Philip Young - 03/15/2011

A veteran member of the foodservice equipment industry, Philip R. Young of Young Block Associates, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., has died. He was 101 years old. Young, a long-time member of the Manufacturers’ Agent Association... »

Chipotle Plans Paris Store - 03/15/2011

The success of the first Chipotle Mexican Grill off American shores has done well enough since it opened in London last May that the chain is planning to open a Paris outlet later this year. The Denver chain should find it... »

Edlund Names Fera Nat’l Accounts Chief - 03/15/2011

Edlund Co./Ali Group has promoted Joe Fera to v.p.-national accounts. He’ll focus on growing the company’s chain account business in the U.S. and Canada. Fera had served as director of national accounts since joining the... »

Cambro Gives Schurch New Post - 03/15/2011

Greg Schurch, Cambro Mfg.’s national healthcare manager, has a new title as v.p.-sales planning and development at the Huntington Beach, Calif., company. In his new position, Schurch will oversee Cambro’s field sales team and... »

Domino's Pizza Opens First New Store in Poland - 03/15/2011

Domino’s Pizza has been spreading its dough in some European markets the past few months, including its debut stores in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania. Now it has opened its first store in Poland, in Warsaw’s bustling Mokotow... »

Dunkin’ Donuts Forges Big Deal In India - 03/01/2011

In its largest-ever international development agreement, Dunkin' Donuts has inked a deal to open 500 restaurants in India over the next 15 years. The Canton, Mass., chain signed the agreement with Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd., calling... »

McD’s, Quiznos Also Make News In India - 03/01/2011

In addition to Dunkin’ Donuts and as recently reported, Yum! Brands, McDonald’s and other chains are making inroads in feeding India’s fast-growing fast-food appetite. McDonald's opened 33 new restaurants in the country in 2010,... »

NRA Announces Kitchen Innovations Award Winners - 03/01/2011

The National Restaurant Association last week unveiled the recipients of its 2011 Kitchen Innovations Award, which honors groundbreaking kitchen equipment in the foodservice market. An independent panel of judges, including... »

Chipotle Moving Forward With Asian Concept - 03/01/2011

Rumors abound, but other than a report that Chipotle Mexican Grill has registered the name ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, almost nothing is known about the Denver chain’s previously... »

Chili’s Says Zdravstvujtye To Russia - 03/01/2011

Hello, Russia. There’s nothing like a chilly day in February for the warm debut of that country’s first Chili's Grill & Bar. The new Chili’s outlet, opened last month in Moscow’s city center, Novy Arbat, is the first of 25... »

IFMA Presents Silver Plate Winners - 03/01/2011

Nine industry professionals have been selected to receive the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s 2011 Silver Plate Awards. These annual awards recognize excellence in nine segments of foodservice operations.... »

Metro Areas Catch Checkers’ Eye - 03/01/2011

Major metro areas are to going to see a few more Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. The Tampa, Fla., double-drive through chain has signed agreements with four franchisees to develop a dozen new restaurants in Baltimore, Detroit, New... »

Sales Tip: Tax Incentive Makes Sense For Equipment Buyers - 02/17/2011

There are another ten months to buy (or sell) equipment in 2011, so don’t forget about the tax perks for purchasing equipment during this calendar year. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, signed by President Obama... »

NAFEM Honors Nackley, Nordell - 02/17/2011

More than 50 industry leaders were honored by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers during The NAFEM Show last week in Orlando, Fla. John Nackley, CFSP, received the association’s highest honor, the 2011... »

NAFEM Elects New Directors, Outlines Major Initiatives
At Annual Business Meeting
- 02/17/2011

Greg Fischer of Cambro Mfg., Tom Szafranski of Hobart Corp/ITW Food Equipment Group, and Ken Murray of San Jamar-Chef Revival were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors of the North American Association of Food... »

Tim Hortons Set For Middle East Expansion - 02/17/2011

Eleven new units opening in 2011 are just the beginning of the Canadian chain’s big splash into the Middle East. Tim Hortons is building on the success of its handful of units in the region by licensing Dubai-based Apparel Group... »

Deng Named G.M. At Viking - 02/17/2011

Viking Range has promoted Eric Deng to general manager of the Viking Commercial division in Fullerton, Calif. Deng joined Viking Commercial in 2007 as director of operations. Prior to that, he served as director of... »

Webb Design Opens Las Vegas Office - 02/17/2011

Webb Design has expanded from its Tustin, Calif., base, and has opened a new, full-service sales and design office in Las Vegas. Webb Design Las Vegas will be led by Kelley Lalumia, a veteran of more than two decades in the... »

Straw Hat Pizza Plans To Double In Size - 02/17/2011

Its home base in the Golden State continues to be fertile ground for new Straw Hat Pizza restaurants. The Walnut Creek, Calif., chain has announced plans to open seven new franchised locations there in the first quarter of 2011.... »

Denny’s Names Miller President/CEO - 02/17/2011

Denny’s Corp. has appointed John C. Miller as president and CEO. Miller succeeds Debra Smithart-Oglesby, who had filled the post on an interim basis since June 2010; she will continue as company board chair. Miller brings a... »

Post-NAFEM, International Shows Beckon - 02/17/2011

We know your feet are still recovering from walking the aisles at NAFEM, and your Blackberry is full of new contacts and product ideas. But there are a few more shows you might not want to miss. Equipment is the focus at... »

McDonald’s Outlines Asia Push - 02/01/2011

McDonald’s is laying out some big plans for China and Korea to compete with chains both American and homegrown. In China, McDonald’s plans to raise capital spending by 40% over 2010 levels. It will build as many as 200 new stores... »

Arby’s Up For Sale, Wendy’s Signs Big Deal For Argentina - 02/01/2011

Wendy's/Arby's Group is planning to focus on its burger business. The nation’s third-largest quick-service restaurant company said last week it was exploring strategic alternatives for the 3,700-unit Arby’s chain. A sale was not... »

Cheesecake Factory Goes Global, Plans 22 Middle East Units - 02/01/2011

The Cheesecake Factory is making its first international foray, inking an exclusive licensing agreement with the Kuwait-based Alshaya group of companies to build and operate restaurants in the Middle East. The agreement covers... »

In Memoriam: Gordon Oates Sr., Patriarch Of Vulcan-Hart - 02/01/2011

Gordon F. Oates Sr., an industry leader and a 38-year veteran of Vulcan-Hart Corp., died Jan. 16. He was 86. Oates’ career in the foodservice equipment industry was dedicated to Vulcan-Hart. He joined the manufacturer in October... »

Hooters Sold To Investor Group - 02/01/2011

Hooters of America will answer to a new parent. In a transaction ending nearly three decades of family ownership, a group of private investors has bought the Atlanta-based restaurant chain from the estate of Robert Brooks, who... »

Unified Brands Taps Donovan For Sales V.P. Post - 02/01/2011

Tom Donovan has been promoted to the post of v.p.-sales for Unified Brands. Donovan will manage dealer, national chain, retail and international business for the manufacturer’s A la Cart, Avtec, Groen and Randell product lines.... »

Cooper-Atkins Makes Organizational Shifts, Reassesses ISO Standard - 02/01/2011

Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, Cooper-Atkins Corp. has made some organizational changes in sales and marketing. Bill Eggers has been appointed to the newly created position of v.p.-marketing and key accounts. He will... »

BBI Inks Big Deal For Doughnuts In Middle East - 02/01/2011

The great American doughnut is entering a new market: Iraq. Nearly 100 Dixie Cream Donut Co. restaurants will open in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Syria and U.A.E. under an agreement between the chain’s parent, Beautiful Brands Int’l.,... »

Yum! Focuses On Emerging Markets Overseas, Will Sell LJS, A&W - 01/18/2011

As we went to press Jan. 18, Yum! Brands announced plans to sell its Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food Restaurants concepts. The company is in the process of identifying possible buyers for the chains’ 1,630... »

Nemco Acquires Fresh-O-Matic - 01/18/2011

Nemco Food Equipment has acquired the Fresh-O-Matic countertop steamer line from Manitowoc Foodservice. The acquisition of the half-century-old product line is effective immediately. Nemco, a maker of countertop equipment and... »

‘Focus, Depth, Speed’ Goals Of Manitowoc Foodservice Changes - 01/18/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has announced the next stage of its ongoing evolution to enhance market responsiveness around the globe, from product development to customer contact and support. Changes to Manitowoc’s organizational... »

Tomlinson Celebrates Centennial Year - 01/18/2011

Tomlinson Industries is joining an exclusive club in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. This year, the manufacturer--founded by A.E. Tomlinson in 1911 as Tomlinson Steam Specialty Co., representing a line of steam... »

Middle East, Including Iraq, Welcomes Dixie Cream Donuts - 01/18/2011

The great American doughnut is entering a new market: Iraq. Nearly 100 Dixie Cream Donut Co. restaurants will open in Iraq, U.A.E., Jordan, Qatar and Syria under an agreement between the chain’s parent, Beautiful Brands Int’l.,... »

Cole Moves To CEO Post At Cinnabon - 01/18/2011

Cinnabon Inc., one of Focus Brands’ five concepts, has named Kat Cole as president just three months after she joined the Atlanta-based chain as COO. She takes over from Gary Bales, who will retain his post as president of... »

Corner Bakery Grows In Lone Star State - 01/18/2011

Corner Bakery Cafe is getting bigger in Texas. The Dallas company plans to double its current store total there to 140 locations, and open its first restaurant in the booming Austin market. The fast-casual restaurant has already... »

Manitowoc Sells Kysor Display Business - 01/06/2011

The Manitowoc Co. is spinning off Kysor/Warren, a maker of refrigerated display merchandisers and systems for the retail grocery and c-store markets. On Dec. 15, the company announced a definitive agreement for the divestiture of... »

Pick Up Stix Is Sold By Carlson - 01/06/2011

Carlson Restaurants will be focusing exclusively on T.G.I. Friday’s. After a nine-year ownership run, the Carrollton, Texas, company has sold its Pick Up Stix chain to Lorne Goldberg, the owner of the Leeann Chin and Mandarin... »

Genghis Grill Picks Up 33 Yum! Stores - 01/06/2011

Genghis Grill, which grew to 59 units with four grand openings at year’s end, is branching out. An affiliate of The Chalak Group, parent of the Mongolian stir-fry chain, has acquired 33 Yum! Brands franchised restaurants. The... »

Colin Lacey Named Manitowoc's V.P. Service EMEA - 01/06/2011

Colin Lacey has been appointed by Manitowoc Foodservice as v.p.-service for Europe, Middle East, Asia (EMEA). Lacey is now responsible for coordinating all service activities for Manitowoc Foodservice brands across the... »

New Owners For Noodles & Company - 01/06/2011

Noodles & Company, the Colorado-based, privately owned chain of more than 245 fast-casual restaurants in 18 states, has been acquired by an investment group that's led by Catterton Partners. Financial terms of the acquisition... »

KI Awards Deadline Is Jan. 7 - 01/06/2011

Did you miss it? Tomorrow, Jan. 7, is the deadline for submitting Kitchens Innovations Awards applications to the National Restaurant Association. The prestigious awards program recognizes the most innovative equipment worldwide,... »

Parts Supplier AllPoints Changes Hands - 12/14/2010

AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies, the Mount Prospect, Ill., parts and supplies distributor, is under new ownership. Denver-based private-equity firm KRG Capital Partners has acquired Consolidated Equipment Parts and its... »

FCSI Worldwide Names New Execs - 12/14/2010

The Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l. has named Ian Hopper to a two-year term as its new Worldwide president. Hopper, a principal of consulting firm McCartney Taylor Dimitroff in Victoria, Australia, takes over from previous... »

Jack Antell Named V.P. Sales At Kold-Draft - 12/14/2010

Kold-Draft has appointed Jack Antell as v.p. of sales, giving him responsibility for guiding the Erie, Pa., manufacturer’s overall sales strategies. He will lead the sales team to drive growth and profitability across specific... »

Dunkin’ Donuts Rolls Into Wisconsin - 12/14/2010

Brats and beer are making room for doughnuts and coffee in Wisconsin. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit development agreement with the Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co. to open 36 new restaurants in the greater Milwaukee area,... »

Hobart Awards Fourth Annual Sustainability Grant - 12/14/2010

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability has awarded a $5,000 grant to Georgia Tech Dining Service (Sodexho) for its comprehensive energy- and water-savings initiatives, intensive composting and recycling, and use of more... »

Nominate A Food Safety Leader For NSF Awards - 12/14/2010

Now in its eighth year of honoring outstanding food-safety leaders, NSF Int’l. is accepting nominations for its 2011 Food Safety Leadership Awards Program. Nominations are welcomed from those who best know food safety: operators,... »

NAFEM Show `11 Has Exhibits From A To Z - 12/14/2010

The NAFEM Show 2011 draws ever closer, and the list of exhibits is growing. The biennial event hosted by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has a lineup of more than 500 exhibiting manufacturers from... »

Foodservice Equipment Reports Revises E&S Market Forecast Up Slightly - 12/14/2010

Improved sales of foodservice equipment and supplies during the second half of 2010 and a more positive outlook for operator sales next year has led Foodservice Equipment Reports to revise upward its forecasts for the E&S... »

E&S Public Companies Report Second Consecutive Quarter Of Sales Growth - 12/14/2010

Blended sales of seven large publicly traded foodservice equipment and supplies companies rose 6.7% in the third quarter versus the third quarter in 2009. It was the second consecutive quarter of growth following six quarters of... »

NRA’s Performance Index Rose Again In October And Reached Three-Year High - 12/14/2010

The Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association rose for the third month in a row in October, stayed above the 100 level that signals market expansion for the second consecutive month and... »

In Their Own Words: NRA’s And Technomic’s Operator Outlooks For 2011 - 12/14/2010

In preparation for our annual market-forecast articles in next month’s Foodservice Equipment Reports, we asked our friends Joe Pawlak, v.p. at Technomic Inc., and Hudson Riehle, senior v.p. of the National Restaurant... »

Korea’s Dipo Induction Establishes HQ In Ohio - 12/02/2010

Dipo Induction, a Korean maker of induction cooking and warming equipment, has established North American operations in Troy, Ohio. “We believe that there are great growth opportunities for induction products in this industry... »

Yum! Plans To Triple India Units, Scores Big In China - 11/30/2010

With its corporate parent riding high after a strong third quarter, Yum! Restaurants India has announced plans to more than triple the number of eateries it operates across India to 1,000 by 2015. Niren Chaudhary, managing... »

Nine Products Are “Best In Show” At N.Y. Hotel Show - 11/30/2010

An Italian manufacturer’s unique heated food processor won the top award at the 95th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show on Nov. 14 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Judges reviewed nearly 100... »

TableCraft’s Davis Names Burnside As Successor - 11/30/2010

TableCraft Products Co. has announced that on Jan.1, 2011, David Burnside will assume the presidency of the 64-year-old firm. The promotion was announced by current president and company owner Glenn Davis, who will move into the... »

Chipotle’s Asian Foray A Nod To Growing Market - 11/30/2010

Asian markets are spurring much of U.S. chain growth and in 2011 and beyond, count on Asian concepts to contend for the title “next big thing” here at home. Chipotle Mexican Grill garnered a lot of press earlier this month when... »

NACUFS Offers Seats For Operator Roundtables - 11/30/2010

What do you get when you put together a roomful of senior-level collegiate foodservice directors and key decision makers and give industry members time for one-on-one conversations? You get a whole lot of valuable discussion and... »

Scotsman Taps Griesmer As New Sales And Marketing V.P. - 11/30/2010

Scotsman Ice Systems has just announced the appointment of Denis Griesmer as v.p. of sales and marketing. Until this promotion, Griesmer had been serving as director of sales at Ice-O-Matic. The two-decade industry veteran... »

Bunn Expands Global Sales Force - 11/30/2010

The worldwide sales team at Bunn is getting bigger. Neal Robinson, senior v.p.-international sales for Bunn’s commercial division, has been named senior v.p.-global projects. In this role, Robinson will work with the Bunn sales... »

Curtis Names Schneider To Head National Accounts - 11/30/2010

Dan Schneider is in a new sales post at Wilbur Curtis Co., which recently named him as v.p.-national accounts. The announcement was made by Kevin Curtis, v.p.-sales and marketing, who said, “Dan’s vast industry experience with... »

Some More (Slightly) Upbeat Macroeconomic News: Income, Spending And Consumer Sentiment Rise - 11/30/2010

As we headed off to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last week, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor, and Thomson Reuters/The University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers gave us some new data for which to be... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fall, Retail Food Prices Rise Slightly In October - 11/30/2010

Many observers of the foodservice market are concerned about the potential impact of rising food and other commodity prices on the nascent recovery in foodservice operator sales. As Joe Pawlak, v.p. at Technomic Inc., told us... »

Expect Slow Growth Next Half Decade - 11/30/2010

And now for the long-term picture. As we reported last issue, the consensus forecast for real growth of gross domestic product in the U.S. next year, according to the economists surveyed monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators,... »

MAFSI Barometer Charts E&S Market’s Continuing Improvement - 11/16/2010

The Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry improved again in the third quarter, posting a modest 1.5% decline versus the third quarter 2009. While the index recorded... »

Restaurant Traffic, Other Indicators Trend To Positive - 11/16/2010

A number of restaurant-activity indicators released during the past couple weeks show a pronounced positive trend for commercial foodservice. Data from The NPD Group on restaurant traffic, First Data, which tracks credit- and... »

Blue Chip Economists’ Consensus Forecasts Steady - 11/16/2010

The forecasts for continued slow growth of the U.S. economy and for a painfully slow recovery of employment are holding. The more than 50 macroeconomic forecasting groups surveyed monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators left... »

Claim Jumper, Bubba Gump Now Under Landry’s Umbrella - 11/16/2010

Landry’s Restaurants has completed two major acquisitions since CEO Tilman J. Fertitta took the company private in October. After approval from a bankruptcy court, the Houston company acquired Claim Jumper Restaurants for an... »

Easterbrook To Lead McDonald’s Europe - 11/16/2010

Steve Easterbrook has been named president of McDonald’s Europe. Easterbrook, who currently serves as executive v.p. and global chief brand officer, will assume his new post Dec. 1. The 16-year company veteran became CEO of... »

Burger King Taps New EMEA Chief - 11/16/2010

Burger King Corp., which was acquired by 3G Capital earlier this fall, has announced a number of executive appointments, most prominently Jose Cil as president of its Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Cil will be based in... »

California Seminars Will Look At The Future Of Energy Efficiency, Foodservice - 11/16/2010

Want a look at the future, including how the Great Foodservice Recession, energy efficiency, sustainability initiatives and other forces are changing foodservice and the foodservice equipment market? Engineers from the Food... »

IHOP And Aramark Form Campus Partnership - 11/16/2010

IHOP, the all-day breakfast and late-night dining concept sometimes frequented by diners in pajama pants, is perhaps uniquely suited to college campuses. IHOP and Aramark, which have already found success with one college... »

Update Your Passport: Spring Calendar Includes Shanghai and Hamburg Shows - 11/16/2010

Two international shows loom on the horizon. Internorga 2011 is set for March 18-23, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. The 85th annual international trade show for the hotel, catering, foodservice, bakery and confectionary trades is... »

Kold-Draft Beefs Up Engineering Staff - 11/16/2010

The nuts-and-bolts of equipment design and engineering is getting a boost at Kold-Draft, which has added 10 certified engineers during the past year. Timothy W. Bethuy, v.p.-engineering and technical services, is spearheading... »

Special Report On Materials And E&S Pricing: Manufacturers, Operators Face Quandary Over Price Increases - 11/02/2010

With prices for key metals and other commodities running 25% to 35% higher than a year ago, many suppliers of foodservice equipment and supplies have told FER Fortnightly they want to or will raise prices late this year and early... »

Sluggish Recovery Affecting Commodities Prices And Buying Patterns - 11/02/2010

“Everyone at every level of the materials supply chain is trying to raise prices,” says Tom Stundza, senior analyst in the Pricing and Purchasing Group at IHS/Global Insight. “The problem is there’s a lot of buyer resistance.” He... »

Announced E&S Price Increases Are Not Yet Significant, AutoQuotes Reports - 11/02/2010

While many foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers have told FER Fortnightly they plan to raise prices later this year or early next, Kent Motes, CEO at AutoQuotes Inc., says most have yet to make formal... »

NRA’s Performance Index Tips Back Into Positive Territory - 11/02/2010

Improved sales and traffic and a significant increase in operator optimism pushed the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index back into positive territory in September. From May through August, the index... »

GDP Growth Was Weak In Third Quarter, Confidence Indexes Meander - 11/02/2010

The U.S. economy managed 2% real growth of gross domestic product in the third quarter, according to the advance estimate from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, a division of the Commerce Department, released last Friday.... »

In Memoriam: Frank D. Stella - 11/02/2010

Frank D. Stella, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Detroit-based F.D. Stella Products Co., passed away Oct. 3 at age 91. In addition to his eponymously-named E&S dealership, he was also the chairman and CEO of Stella Int’l.,... »

Standex Buys Tri-Star - 11/02/2010

Standex Int’l. has acquired Tri-Star Manufacturing Co., the Santa Ana, Calif., maker of ranges, fryers, griddles, convection ovens, salamanders, charbroilers and hot plates. The acquisition boosts Standex Food Service Equipment... »

NAFEM Scholarship Program Offers Incentives - 11/02/2010

For all suppliers and service providers, here’s some real news to share with operator customers. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers wants everyone to make operators aware that they might be eligible... »

Darden, Americana Team Up In Middle East Push - 11/02/2010

Darden Restaurants and Americana Group are joining forces to develop and operate Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse brands in the Middle East. An agreement announced Oct. 19 between the Orlando, Fla.-based... »

Leggett & Platt Reborn As SPG Int’l. - 11/02/2010

The Leggett & Platt Storage Products Group has new ownership and a new name. Now conducting business as a private entity under the name SPG International LLC, the company was purchased in September by its management team and... »

Genghis Grill To Pass 60-Unit Mark By Year’s End - 11/02/2010

Its name alone should give you a clue that Genghis Grill takes conquering new territory seriously. The Dallas chain, already the largest Mongolian grill chain in the United States, is expanding its exhibition cooking style with... »

New Energy Star Rules Kick In With The New Year - 11/02/2010

Equipment manufacturers—and everyone else, for that matter—watch your calendar. Enhanced testing and new verification requirements for equipment wearing the Energy Star label go into effect Jan. 1. As many of you probably... »

Stimulus Package For Equipment Purchases Good Through 2011 - 11/02/2010

There’s just a little more than a year for operators to reap the benefits of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The bill, signed by President Obama at the end of September, gives restaurants an extra incentive to... »

Loading Docks Are Not Kitchens - 11/02/2010

Cooking in an outdoor oven set up on makeshift tables behind a restaurant is against health codes nearly everywhere—and perhaps strains common sense, as well. Last month, a caterer working at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara,... »

Too Much Red Tape, Toronto Operators Complain - 11/02/2010

Canada’s economy and restaurant business has held steadier during the recession than in the United States, but that doesn’t mean its restaurateurs are any happier. According to a new survey by the Canadian Restaurant and... »

Dubai, Abu Dhabi Debut Food Safety Rules - 11/02/2010

Dubai already has the world’s tallest building. Now, on a more human scale, it plans to address food safety. After nearly 20% of the food imported to Dubai last year had to be destroyed for not meeting food-safety requirements,... »

Standex Buys Tri-Star - 10/27/2010

Standex Int’l. has acquired Tri-Star Manufacturing Co., the Santa Ana, Calif., maker of ranges, fryers, griddles, convection ovens, salamanders, charbroilers and hot plates. The acquisition boosts Standex Food Service Equipment... »

FER Offers Full Scholarships For Noncommercial MUFES - 10/19/2010

Thirty deserving noncommercial operators will be able to attend Foodservice Equipment Reports’ Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium for Noncommercial Operators, to be held June 13-15, 2011, on full scholarships. The... »

DQ Plans 60% Unit Growth In China Next Year - 10/19/2010

Orders for soft-serve machines and freezers should be going up soon, at least if Dairy Queen is your customer. International Dairy Queen plans to increase its presence in China by more than 60% by the end of 2011. The Edina,... »

Halton Acquires Current Energy - 10/19/2010

Halton, the Finland-based company specializing in air-flow management, fire safety and kitchen ventilation, has stepped up its presence in the energy-management business by acquiring Current Energy. The Dallas-based company... »

BK Plans Bigger Footprint in Brazil - 10/19/2010

Brazil, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, is going to be eating more Whoppers. Burger King Corp. has signed the largest multi-unit development agreement in its six-year history in Brazil with one of its newest franchisees, the... »

Focus Adds Auntie Anne’s To Its Lineup - 10/19/2010

Never let it be said that Focus Brands doesn’t have wide-ranging taste in foodservice companies. In a deal expected to close later this fall, Focus has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Auntie Anne’s, adding soft pretzels... »

Robot Coupe Adds To Int’l. Team - 10/19/2010

Tom Dirkx has joined Robot Coupe USA as the company’s new international regional manager. Dirkx, who has more than 20 years experience in the foodservice industry, will cover Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Robot Coupe, based... »

Pret A Manger Opens First Chicago Location - 10/19/2010

The Windy City has become the first U.S. market outside of New York and Washington, D.C. to welcome a Pret A Manger restaurant. The London-based quick-service chain opened a store in the downtown Loop two weeks ago, and has plans... »

Foodservice Outlook Improved Worldwide In Second Quarter; China Booms - 10/19/2010

While most major global foodservice markets continued to experience negative traffic trends, increased spending per visit had some markets returning to positive sales growth, according to second-quarter data from NPD Group. In... »

Jobs Growth Mixed In September - 10/19/2010

Jobs growth remained sluggish in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Oct. 8. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 95,000, as government employment dropped by 159,000. The private sector added 64,000 jobs. The... »

Food-Price Jumps Push Price Indexes Higher In September - 10/19/2010

Strongly higher food prices at both the wholesale and consumer levels helped push both the Consumer Price and Producer Price Indexes higher in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. After declines four of... »

Most Macroeconomic Forecasts Hold Steady - 10/19/2010

After several months of declining forecasts, the economic outlook for the U.S. mostly stabilized in this month’s consensus forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The more than 50 major economic forecasting groups the... »

FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 10/19/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »

L.A. Goes With Letter Grades For Food Trucks - 10/19/2010

It’s been years of diner beware for food truck fans left questioning the literal meaning of roach coach. Now, it looks as though health-department letter grades are coming to food trucks in Los Angeles County. Last week, the... »

D.C. Grilling Fumes Update - 10/19/2010

Now here’s a case study on just how crucial spec’ing and placement of the right ventilation system is to a foodservice operation. In August, we told you about the court battle between a popular Washington, D.C. burger joint and a... »

McD’s And Others Get Healthcare Waiver - 10/19/2010

Quick update on McDonald’s and healthcare: The burger giant and 29 other companies that provide very limited health insurance benefits to nearly one million workers have been granted 1-year waivers by the federal government from... »

Food Safety Bill Languishes In D.C. - 10/19/2010

The clock is ticking, mid-term elections are nearing, and it doesn’t look likely that the federal food safety bill that’s been gathering dust in the Senate is going to go anywhere soon. Despite broad bipartisan support, S.510... »

FER Presents Industry Service Awards - 10/05/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports has announced the winners of its annual Industry Service Awards. The annual awards, presented since 2005, honor those who have made substantial, sustained contributions not just to their own firms... »

MAFSI Announces 2010 Officers, Award Winners - 10/05/2010

It was a busy few days in San Antonio for members of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. The group held its 45th annual conference there late last month, where 300-plus attendees saw Michael... »

Ali Group Buys Edlund - 10/05/2010

The Edlund Co., a leading maker of commercial foodservice equipment and smallwares, has been acquired by Ali Group, joining the Italian company’s large stable of foodservice equipment manufacturers. The acquisition was publicly... »

Duray Buys Baring - 10/05/2010

In a deal that combines two powerhouse dealer bid houses, Duray/J.F. Duncan Industries has purchased Baring Industries, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., subsidiary of Electrolux Professional. Duray is headquartered in Downey, Calif. Duray... »

Korea’s Dipo Induction Establishes HQ In Ohio - 10/05/2010

Dipo Induction, a South Korean maker of induction cooking and warming equipment, has established North American operations in Troy, Ohio. Dipo Induction USA Ltd. is headed by 35-year Hobart veteran Kurt Wacker, CFSP. “Dipo... »

Homer Laughlin, Hall Under Common Ownership - 10/05/2010

The names stamped on the plates are still the same, but Homer Laughlin China Co. and Hall China Co. have joined forces and are operating under common ownership. Since late spring, the two china manufacturers have operated as... »

Ruby Tuesday Licenses Lime Fresh - 10/05/2010

One of the biggest casual-dining chains is entering the fast-casual segment. Ruby Tuesday has inked a deal to open and operate up to 200 fast-casual Mexican restaurants. Ruby Tuesday signed a licensing agreement in mid-September... »

Red Mango Looks South For Growth - 10/05/2010

Red Mango, the South Korean-owned frozen yogurt and fruit smoothie chain, continues to expand south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Over the summer, the chain announced franchise agreements that would bring five units to Georgia and... »

California Enacts Food Handler Legislation - 10/05/2010

The Food Safety Modernization Act and Child Nutrition Act are both languishing in Washington, victims of intraparty fighting and the looming mid-term elections. But a few things are getting done on the state level. Last... »

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