McDonald's Zeros In On Renovating Canadian Stores
A few months after unveiling its new prototype in Tampa for U.S. stores, McDonald's Corp. is pumping $1 billion into renovating its 1,400 Canadian restaurants.
The Oak Brook, Ill., chain, already revamping the look in 800 of... »
In Memoriam: Jacques Bloch
Jacques Bloch, a founder of one of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice's legacy organizations and a strong advocate for healthcare foodservice, has died.
Two years ago, AHF created its lifetime achievement award... »
New York Show’s Tech Pavilion Showcases Apps For Restaurant Industry
Who needs a desktop computer or a printed menu these days? Operators, dealers, specifiers and consultants can be freed from desktop devices with a wealth of apps and the devices on which they operate.
Menu apps and dining tablet... »
Champion Names Bravinder Sales Director
Jay Bravinder has joined Champion Industries as director of sales for the Champion and Bi-Line brands. He’ll have sales management responsibility for a significant portion of the companies’ warewashing business in the... »
Winston Promotes Haviland To COO Post
Paul Haviland has been named chief operating officer for Winston Industries, with responsibilities spanning the strategic and operational leadership of the company’s worldwide organization.
Haviland joined the Louisville, Ky.,... »
White Castle Sued For Bigger Chairs
A 290-lb. New Yorker is suing his local White Castle, claiming the restaurant’s fixed seating violates his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The 64-year-old burger lover says he has complained for two years about... »
Leaky CO2 Lines Turn Deadly
No criminal charges will be filed in a deadly case of leaky soda fountain lines at a McDonald’s in Georgia. On Sept. 7, carbon dioxide piped through gas lines leaked and sickened 10 people, including an 80-year-old woman who died... »
NRA Focuses On Small Business Bills
The National Restaurant Association is calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011. HR 527 would require the federal government to evaluate any... »
Wholesale And Consumer Food Prices Surge Again
One of the key factors in foodservice operators’ increasing gloominess about the future is that wholesale food prices keep rising, boosting costs at a time of sinking same-store sales and traffic. In July’s National Restaurant... »
Restaurant Traffic Fell 0.4% In U.S. In 2Q, Reports NPD
The run-up in gasoline prices and a worsening jobs outlook undercut three quarters of moderate gains in restaurant traffic that began summer 2010, according to The NPD Group’s CREST data. Traffic in the U.S. fell 0.4% in the... »
Canadian Restaurant Unit Counts Up Nearly 1% In 2010, Traffic Falls
The total number of restaurants in Canada grew by 512 net units in 2010 to 72,721 total units, according to data from The NPD Group’s annual ReCount census in the country. Surprisingly, all the growth came from independents,... »
Decline In Wealthier Households Key Factor In Restaurant Industry Doldrums
One of the critical realities of the foodservice business is that richer households buy a significant percentage of restaurant meals. And one of the unfortunately effects of the Great Recession is that there are significantly... »
ALTO-SHAAM HONES STRATEGIC FOCUS WITH SALES FORCE SHIFTS
Equipment manufacturer Alto-Shaam has realigned its sales force and repositioned its regional sales managers as vice presidents, along with their culinary and inside sales support teams. Five new sector vice presidents will... »
BEV-AIR TAPS WARD FOR SENIOR SALES & MARKETING POST
Beverage-Air has appointed Jennifer Ward as senior v.p.-sales and marketing. Ward, who joined the company in 2005, has served as v.p.-sales since the Ali Group acquisition of Beverage-Air in May ’08. In her new post at the... »
FEDA TELECONFERENCE TARGETS SALES MISTAKES
Mistakes? Have you (or your salespeople) made a few? An upcoming FEDA teleconference will explore the mistakes salespeople make when raising prices with customers.
The Sept. 28 teleconference, moderated by sales expert Joe... »
NAFED AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
The National Association of Food Equipment Dealers has announced the recipients of its 2011 Educational Scholarships. Winner Brian Collins is the son of Clifford Collins, sales rep at member dealer Factory Direct Food Service,... »
SOCAL GAS HOSTS FOOD SAFETY, COMBI SEMINARS
October will see events focusing on combi cooking and boosting profits through energy efficiency, but a food safety seminar is up first on the educational agenda at Southern California Gas Company's Food Service Equipment Center... »
DON’T PANIC YET
Steve Don called me a few weeks ago and asked if, in the light of the current economic turmoil, we are reconsidering our equipment and supplies market forecasts. We currently call for 4% nominal sales growth this year and 4.7% in... »
Public E&S Companies Grew Strongly Second Quarter
While there is concern the current economic slowdown will undermine the general economy and with it the foodservice equipment and supplies market, there is no question a strong E&S recovery was underway during the first half... »
Equipment Purchase Tax Incentives Good Through December
Need to stimulate sales or enthusiasm for an equipment purchase? There is still time this year to secure some important tax perks for purchasing or selling equipment. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, signed by... »
Bev-Air Slates Ward As Sr. Sales & Marketing V.P.
Beverage-Air has appointed Jennifer Ward as sr. v.p.-sales and marketing. Ward, who joined the company in 2005, has served as v.p.-sales since the Ali Group acquisition of Beverage-Air in May ’08. She managed sales efforts with... »
Economic Gloom Has Operators, E&S Suppliers Feeling Nervous
The spate of negative economic news, combined with political paralysis in the U.S. and Europe, has foodservice operators and suppliers alike wondering about the future. Several measures of operator confidence turned sharply lower... »
California’s Food Handler Card Legislation—Redux
Details, details. California’s food-handler safety law, which was signed last September and mandated that the state’s nearly 1.4 million foodservice workers have food-safety training certification by July 1, hit a bump in the... »
U.S. Chains Start Posting Calorie Counts In Britain
Last week, about 1,200 McDonald's restaurants in Britain began displaying the calorie count of each food and drink item on their store’s wall-mounted menu boards.
The “great reveal” is part of a government-led program to fight... »
Wendy’s Tests New Store Designs, Names Brolick President/CEO
Wendy’s execs didn’t have much time for August vacations. The chain has been busy, moving its headquarters back in Dublin, Ohio, naming a new president, and testing four new restaurant designs in four American cities. Two new... »
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