Smoking Bans Don’t Adversely Affect Restaurant Revenue
North Carolina’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has had no negative impact on the businesses’ revenue and employment, according to a new federal study.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been studying... »
Utah Mulls Liquor Laws
Would Utah’s restaurants morph into bars if the state’s longtime restrictions on display and dispensing alcohol, as well as the intent-to-dine laws, were repealed?
While only 5% of the liquor served in the state is poured in... »
TriMark Century Concepts Consolidates In Metro Atlanta Operation
TriMark Century Concepts has moved to a brand-new location on Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Peachtree Corners, Ga. The new facility features a 60,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and consolidates the company’s Atlanta and Suwanee operations.
2014 E&S Forecast? Better. It’s The Long-Term That’s Worrying
We released our forecasts for growth of the foodservice equipment and supplies market last week during FER’s annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, held at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. As we wrote a... »
Cooper-Atkins Corp. has promoted Bill Eggers to the role of chief marketing officer. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices, including... »
FEDA Extends Profit Survey Deadline Until Aug. 23
Summertime and the living is easy? Or is it just hectic? The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association understands both situations and has extended until Aug. 23 the deadline to return the questionnaire for its Annual Profit... »
FER Presents Its Annual E&S Market Forecast Today, Aug. 7
Today is the day we present our annual forecast overview of the foodservice equipment and supplies market, the Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2014 President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast. We’re at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in... »
White Castle Opens Up Its Kitchen
White Castle has unveiled a quick-service spin on exhibition cooking with what it calls its “kitchen of the future.” The Elizabethtown, Ky., store, a test-drive for future expansion, features a stainless and glass griddle set... »
Hoshizaki Buys Brazilian Foodservice Equipment Maker
In a move to broaden its reach as a global supplier, Hoshizaki America has announced its acquisition of a Brazilian foodservice equipment manufacturer. The Peachtree City, Ga., company has purchased Acos Macom Industria E... »
Middleby Adds Liaison Between Its Brands And Consultant Community
The Middleby Corp. has hired Peter Cooper, formerly of Johnson & Wales University, as its new v.p.-business development, consultant and design services. Cooper is acting as a liaison between all of the Middleby brands and the... »
NRA’s Performance Dips Slightly But Remains Positive
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained quite positive in the June survey, details of which were released July 31. The overall index fell half a point to 101.3, mostly on declines in current... »
Gleitsmann Shifts From Scotsman To Exec Role At Ali Group
Rich Gleitsmann, the president of Scotsman Ice Systems, has been appointed executive vice president of Ali Group North America, effective September 1. He will transition from his role at Scotsman, a division of the Ali Group. In... »
Welcome To L.A.: Dunkin' Donuts Set For 45-Unit Debut
Los Angeles residents will be waking up to Dunkin’ Donuts by the end of the year. The Canton, Mass., chain signed its first Southern California multi-unit development agreements late in July with four franchise groups committing... »
New Post For Kitchen Brains’ Koether
Kitchen Brains has appointed company veteran George Koether as chief strategy officer to bring additional focus to its external development agenda, including strategic alliances, partnerships and acquisitions.
“In his new... »
Forty-Hour Workweek Bills Introduced In Congress
Congress has adjourned for the next month, but left behind in both houses are bills that seek to establish the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time as 40 hours per week.
The ACA currently establishes that businesses... »
Dickey’s Maintains Smokin’ Hot Growth Rate
The rapid growth pace for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants continues unabated. The Dallas-based company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, will open nine new sites in central California. Franchise partners and KFC... »
Hot Topics Simmer In State Legislatures
Summer is here, legislation is pending and most state governments are in adjournment. Here’s what’s on the docket during these dog days of August:
Meal Taxes: Minneapolis is one of a growing number of cities seeking to shore up... »
Restaurant Unit Numbers Grew 0.5% Over Past Year, Traffic Was Flat, NPD Reports
The total number of restaurants in the U.S. market grew moderately the past year, according to spring data from The NPD’s Group twice-a-year restaurant census, ReCount. The number of total net units grew 0.5%, or an addition of... »
Restaurant Sales In Canada A Bit Better, But Optimism A Bit Worse
The percentage of Canadian restaurant operators reporting higher same-store sales in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter in 2012, rose slightly, while those reporting lower sales dropped somewhat,... »
Court Upholds Ruling Against NYC Supersized Drink Ban
Last week saw a state appellate court uphold the New York Supreme Court’s ruling striking down New York City’s ban on restaurants selling sugar-sweetened beverages of more than 16 ounces.
The decision that the New York Board of... »
Other Economic News Of Note:
The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the U.S. economy created 162,000 net new jobs in July, lower than the past few months and 20,000 to 25,000 lower than most economists expected. In the perverse... »
Eggers Takes Marketing Reins For Cooper-Atkins
Bill Eggers has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corp. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices,... »
Tossed Inks 30-Store Franchise Deal For Middle East, North Africa
Tossed, the fast-casual soup and salad chain, has signed its first international expansion deal. The 30-unit master development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Co., a multi-national conglomerate based in the United Arab... »
KFC Enters The Fast Casual Market With “Eleven” Store
KFC is putting its 11 herbs and spices in the forefront—and in its name—at a prototype fast-casual store opening August 5. The white-bearded, bespectacled image of chain founder Colonel Harland Sanders has no presence in the... »
Tidbits From FER’s 2014 E&S Forecast
We’re finishing up the eight PowerPoints we present next week at our annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, being held Aug. 7 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. We thought we’d share a few of the... »
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