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DEALERS AS COMMUNITY LEADERS - 09/08/2011

You know, a recent item in the news got me to thinking again about dealers as community leaders, and how what goes around comes around. In our last edition of FER Dealer Report, we reported that George Tobia at Birmingham... »

Win-Holt Buys Commercial Stainless Fabricators - 09/01/2011

Win-Holt Equipment Group has purchased Commercial Stainless Fabricators, located in Marietta, Ga. The acquisition gives Win-Holt the ability to offer refrigeration, heating, ventilation, customized millwork and woodwork and full... »

Ali Group Taps August As Bev-Air President, Names Hotard V.P. - 08/30/2011

Come Sept. 1, Rob August will assume the presidency of Beverage-Air, an Ali Group company. August will succeed Filippo Berti, who is transitioning to the position of company chairman. Berti also will continue as president of Ali... »

Management Shifts In McD’s Europe And Global Supply Posts - 08/30/2011

Major global change at McDonald’s has been unveiled; it isn’t new-store openings, but corporate transitions that are noteworthy. Doug Goare has been named president of McDonald’s Europe, effective Oct. 1. Goare, currently... »

Jose Nicho Joins Scotsman Industries - 08/30/2011

Scotsman Industries has announced Jose Nicho will join the organization as v.p.-sales and marketing for Latin America. Nicho, a 20-year veteran of the foodservice and beverage equipment industries, will oversee sales and business... »

In Memoriam: Bunn-O-Matic’s Neal Robinson - 08/30/2011

Neal Robinson, senior v.p.-global projects at Bunn-O-Matic Corp., passed away Aug. 22. He was 62. The Louisiana native worked for more than 25 years at Bunn, beginning in 1986 as a district sales manager for the southeastern... »

KFC Breaks New Ground In Kenya - 08/30/2011

In a first for American restaurant chains, KFC just opened its first unit in East Africa. The Nairobi outlet is the first American fast-food restaurant in the region’s most developed economy. The 100-seat unit opened Aug.... »

J. C. Carletti Joins Franklin Machine Products - 08/30/2011

FMP-Franklin Machine Products has added J.C. Carletti to its sales and marketing team as a business development manager.  Carletti had held a similar post for the last 10 years at San Jamar/Chef Revival.  He will draw... »

Steve Asay Joins Master-Bilt - 08/30/2011

Master-Bilt has appointed Steve Asay as national accounts manager-refrigeration. Asay joins the New Albany, Miss., manufacturer from Kairak/ITW, where he served as v.p.-sales and marketing. His primary goal with Master-Bilt will... »

AutoQuotes: On The Road Again - 08/30/2011

It’s back to school time, and not just for kids. Fall classes in the AutoQuotes 2011 Roadshow Training Sessions start in just two weeks. The schedule kicks off in Boston on Sept. 15, followed by St. Louis, Sept. 27; Houston, Oct.... »

Another NSF Colleague Retires - 08/30/2011

Our last Fortnightly noted the retirement of Nancy Culotta, NSF International’s v.p.-food safety product certification and consumer products. But we want to give a warm send-off as well to Joe Phillips, NSF’s general manager-food... »

NRA Says 2011 Industry Forecast On Track; Traffic Sags - 08/30/2011

The general economic news may be dreadful, but Americans are still eating out, according to the National Restaurant Association’s analysis of the latest retail sales figures. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Census... »

Wholesale And Consumer Food Prices Rise Again in July - 08/30/2011

Food prices at both the producer and consumer levels were up again in July according to data released last week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices at grocery stores continued to rise faster than those at restaurants. On... »

Consumer Confidence Drops To Recession Levels - 08/30/2011

As if you didn’t know, American consumers didn’t like the nonsense over extending the debt limit. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers reported consumer sentiment fell to 55.7 in August and has fallen... »

You Too Can Understand The Future: Buy The FER Forecast - 08/30/2011

Working on your 2012 budget? The Foodservice Equipment Reports 2012 E&S Market Forecast--seven sections covering general economic, operator, materials-price and E&S price trends, analysis and ranking of FER’s Top 100... »

Fast Food Still Welcome In California City - 08/30/2011

“You want fries with that?” is a question that continues to perplex city councils in the Golden State. On Aug.23, the Loma Linda, Calif., City Council decided not to explore a possible ban on drive-through restaurants.  In... »

NAFEM-ASTM Sustainability Calculator Is A Click Away - 08/30/2011

Head to NAFEM’s website and check out a new tool developed by NAFEM and ASTM International. The Sustainability Calculator defines a standard method for foodservice equipment manufacturers to measure and report the environmental... »

September’s Arrival Brings Food Safety Education Month - 08/30/2011

Food safety is key year-round, but September brings a renewed focus on highlighting the foodservice industry’s commitment to preparing and serving safe meals. September is the 17th annual National Food Safety Education Month.... »

STRAINS ON THE WAY UP - 08/23/2011

If you’ve seen the recent news items on our annual equipment and supplies industry forecast, you know the recovery of the market is fully underway. We’re forecasting current dollar growth of 4.4% this year and 5% next. The hard... »

AUGUST NAMED PRESIDENT AT BEVERAGE-AIR, HOTARD IS EXEC. V.P. - 08/23/2011

Come Sept. 1, Rob August will assume the presidency of Beverage-Air, an Ali Group company. August will succeed Filippo Berti, who is transitioning to the position of company chairman. Berti also will continue as president of Ali... »

STEVE ASAY JOINS MASTER-BILT - 08/23/2011

Master-Bilt has appointed Steve Asay as national accounts manager-refrigeration. The New Albany, Miss., company is part of Standex Foodservice Group. Asay joins Master-Bilt from Kairak/ITW, where he served as v.p.-sales and... »

BRESCO, MANUFACTURERS DONATE EQUIPMENT IN ALABAMA - 08/23/2011

Equipment dealers and manufacturers are among the companies lending a hand to communities and organizations during the long, hot summer of 2011. Four recently donated foodservice equipment through the “Today” show’s annual “Lend... »

SIGN UP NOW AND SAVE $200 FOR JANUARY MAFSI CONFERENCE - 08/23/2011

The 2012 MAFSI Business Development Conference and Sales Management Forum (previously known as the MAFSI Annual Conference and Sales Management Forum) will bring key industry players together Jan. 18-22 in Palm Springs, Calif.... »

NAFEM-ASTM SUSTAINABILITY CALCULATOR IS AVAILABLE - 08/23/2011

Head to NAFEM’s website and check out the Sustainability Calculator, developed by NAFEM in partnership with ASTM International. The calculator uses an Excel spreadsheet to define a standard method for foodservice equipment... »

AUTOQUOTES: ON THE ROAD AGAIN - 08/23/2011

It’s back to school time, and not just for kids. Fall classes in the AutoQuotes 2011 Roadshow Training Sessions start in just a few weeks. The schedule kicks off in Boston on Sept. 15, followed by St. Louis, Sept. 27; Houston,... »

HENNY PENNY HITS TV - 08/23/2011

Henny Penny Corp. is making its television debut. It’s not a commercial, but a feature appearance on “Bar Rescue,” a reality show that transforms outmoded bars into vibrant operations. Henny Penny’s commercial pressure fryer is... »

McDonald's Plans Olympian-Sized Unit For London Games - 08/16/2011

The 2012 London Olympic summer games will be home to four new—albeit temporary—McDonald’s units, including the largest and busiest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. In a global webcast, McDonald’s U.K. CEO Jill McDonald said... »

Reps’ Sales Rise 5.7% In Second Quarter, MAFSI Reports - 08/16/2011

The recovery of the foodservice equipment and supplies market continued through the second quarter, according to the latest data from the Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturer’s Agents Association for the Foodservice... »

Wendy’s Prototype Includes Open Kitchen, Coffee Roasting - 08/16/2011

It’s been a busy few months for Wendy’s. After selling Arby’s and announcing its move back to its original Dublin, Ohio, headquarters, the burger chain is testing a new prototype Wendy’s restaurant in nearby Columbus. The sleek,... »

Legacy Acquires Warewashing Pioneer Blakeslee - 08/16/2011

The Legacy Cos., the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., manufacturer, exporter and importer of foodservice equipment, retail appliances and kitchen utensils, has acquired Blakeslee, the Chicago-based commercial warewashing and preparation... »

NRAEF Seeks Nominations For 2012 Awards - 08/16/2011

You have just two weeks left to nominate a fellow foodservice professional for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2012 awards. "This is a tremendous opportunity not only for companies to recognize... »

SFM Annual Conference Focuses On Excellence - 08/16/2011

The Society for Foodservice Management will convene in Philadelphia Oct. 3-5 for its 2011 National Conference. “Pursuing Excellence in On-Site Hospitality” will center on helping the association’s members discover and implement... »

Henny Penny Gets A TV Cameo - 08/16/2011

Henny Penny Corp. is making its television debut with a feature appearance on “Bar Rescue,” a reality show that gives failing operations a last chance at success. Henny Penny’s commercial pressure fryer is being featured on the... »

NSF’s Nancy Culotta Retires - 08/16/2011

After a quarter century helming the public health efforts at NSF Int’l., Nancy Culotta, the group’s v.p. for Food Safety Product Certification and Consumer Products, has announced her retirement. Culotta played a key role in... »

Total U.S. Restaurant Units Declined 2% During Past Year, Says NPD - 08/16/2011

The Great Foodservice Recession is catching up with foodservice operators in the U.S., though nearly all the pain is among independents, according the latest ReCount unit census data from The NPD Group. The total number of... »

Worldwide Restaurant Traffic Is A Mixed Bag First Quarter - 08/16/2011

Continuing stagnant economies in much of Europe and the U.S. are holding down restaurant visits, according to the latest traffic and sales data from The NPD Group. But China, Germany and France saw significant real gains in the... »

Top 100 E&S Manufacturers Grew 3.9% Last Year - 08/16/2011

Combined revenues for the Top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers rose 3.9% in 2010, according to Foodservice Equipment Reports’ exclusive analysis of the largest E&S manufacturers. The annual ranking, based... »

Phoenix Ops Take On Self-Regulation - 08/16/2011

A pilot program is giving some Phoenix-area restaurants more responsibility for their own food safety and cutting back on the number of full inspections of those eateries. The voluntary program unofficially went into effect in... »

Restaurant Grades Still On Hold In Pittsburgh - 08/16/2011

Restaurant-grading systems have been in place in Los Angeles County for a decade and in New York City for the past year. Pittsburgh’s foray into using a similar letter-grading system for health inspections, however, is on... »

NRA Celebrates Milestone: One Million Classes - 08/16/2011

The National Restaurant Association hit a milestone in its effort to be the restaurant industry’s leader in training and certification solutions. On July 8, it held its one millionth training class and exam administration—a... »

SIFTING FOR NUGGETS IN THE NEWS - 08/09/2011

If you’ve been on a steady news diet lately, you might want to push away from the table and see how much better you’ll feel. News being news, the emphasis is generally on the negative, and there are good arguments to be made for... »

LEGACY ACQUIRES WAREWASHING PIONEER BLAKESLEE - 08/09/2011

The Legacy Cos., the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., manufacturer, exporter and importer of foodservice equipment, retail appliances and kitchen utensils, has acquired Blakeslee, the Chicago-based commercial warewashing and preparation... »

FER REVISES FORECAST UPWARDS FOR E&S REAL GROWTH - 08/09/2011

The general economy is weak, consumers are tentative and foodservice operators continue to worry about their prospects, but there is no question operators are buying more equipment and supplies, said Foodservice Equipment Reports... »

2012 NRA SHOW SHIFTS TO EARLIER DATE: MAY 5-8 - 08/09/2011

Check your plane tickets and update your hotel reservations: The National Restaurant Association has moved the date of next May’s show in Chicago. The 2012 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was originally scheduled for May 19-22... »

CARAYANNOPOULOS TO HEAD HEALTHCARE SALES AT SCOTSMAN - 08/09/2011

Scotsman Ice Systems has hired a new sales director for a hot market: Alex Carayannopoulos has been appointed director, healthcare sales. “Alex’s leadership and proven industry experience have prepared him to expand our market... »

EAGLE STRENGTHENS FABRICATION ARM - 08/09/2011

American Creative Solutions, a Savannah, Tenn., manufacturer and custom fabricator of front-of-the-house cabinetry, kiosks, carts, serving counters, and custom refrigerated counters, is now an affiliated company of the Eagle... »

FEDA PROFIT SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUG. 15 - 08/09/2011

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has extended its deadline by two weeks for the 2011 Profit Survey. FEDA members need to fill out and submit their survey by Aug. 15. The annual report, which is free to FEDA... »

FER Revises Upwards E&S Real Growth Forecasts - 08/02/2011

The general economy is weak, consumers are tentative and foodservice operators continue to worry about their prospects, but there is no question operators are buying more equipment and supplies, said Foodservice Equipment Reports... »

New AHF Board Takes Seats, New Webinar Announced - 08/02/2011

New members took their seats on the board at the Association for Healthcare Foodservice on Aug.1. Beth Yosford, MS, FACHE, FMP, senior director, food and nutrition, environmental service and laundry at Providence Hospital in... »

ASHRAE, DOE Cement Partnership Advancing Energy Efficiency - 08/02/2011

Developing next-generation refrigerants is just one of the goals set in writing in a new memorandum signed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy. The... »

After A Pause, Metals Prices Head Higher Again - 08/02/2011

Many key metals used widely in foodservice equipment and supplies are headed higher again, after strong price increases seen since last fall softened somewhat in late spring and June. Prices for nickel and copper have both shown... »

Applebee's To Debut In Egypt - 08/02/2011

First, DineEquity sets up a deal for its IHOP brand to set down roots in the Middle East. Now the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Applebee's Services, has... »

E&S Prices Increased Average 2.7% In Past Year, Says AutoQuotes - 08/02/2011

Blended list prices for the more than 350,000 models from more than 400 foodservice equipment, supplies and furnishings manufacturers rose 2.7% for the year ending June 30, according to the latest data from AutoQuotes Inc. AQ... »

Higher Grades, Cleaner Restaurants In NYC? - 08/02/2011

Most New York restaurants are getting top marks under the year-old letter-grading system that the city’s Health Dept. uses to evaluate food safety and cleanliness. Department officials say 69% of restaurants inspected had... »

Clean Restaurant, Dirty Playground? - 08/02/2011

Fast-food chains have been under fire for what goes into their kids’ meals. Everything from toys as a merchandising lure to the fat content and calorie counts of French fries and burgers has garnered headlines, leading to changes... »

2012 NRA Show Moves Up Two Weeks, Now May 5-8 - 08/02/2011

Check your plane tickets and update your hotel reservations: The National Restaurant Association has moved the date of next May’s show in Chicago. The 2012 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was originally scheduled for May 19-22... »

Carayannopoulos To Head Scotsman’s Healthcare Sales - 08/02/2011

Scotsman Ice Systems has hired a new sales director for a hot market: Alex Carayannopoulos has been appointed director, healthcare sales. “Alex’s leadership and proven industry experience have prepared him to expand our market... »

Westward Ho For Dunkin’ After IPO? - 08/02/2011

Dunkin’ Brands went public last week, in a big way. Shares were up more than 50% in the first day of its IPO. The optimism and soaring interest seemed to stem from investors’ sense of manifest destiny. The Canton, Mass.,... »

Need A New Professional Friend On Facebook? - 08/02/2011

One of the industry’s most referenced technical experts has begun what it calls “our journey into the world of social media.” The Food Service Technology Center has started an FSTC Facebook Page. Events, educational and training... »

Eagle Expands Fabrication Capability Through New Affiliation - 08/02/2011

American Creative Solutions, a Savannah, Tenn., manufacturer and custom fabricator of front-of-the-house cabinetry, kiosks, carts, serving counters, and custom refrigerated counters, is now an affiliated company of the Eagle... »

ACFSA Hosts Look At Corrections Market - 08/02/2011

Foodservice directors in one of the E&S industry’s biggest growth markets will converge later this month for the Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates’ annual international conference. ACFSA will host the... »

NRA’s Performance Index Bounces Back In June - 08/02/2011

The restaurant industry overcame a one-month decline into contraction territory in May and bounced back strongly in June, according to the latest data from the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. The... »

NAFEM’s August CFSP Overview Is Next Week - 08/02/2011

The days are winding down to sign up for NAFEM’s one-day E&S seminar for the Certified Food Service Professional program. The Equipment & Supplies Overview is Wednesday, Aug.10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at NAFEM’s Chicago... »

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE - 07/26/2011

Tomorrow, July 27, we’ll present our forecast of the E&S market for 2012 and beyond at our annual President’s Preview forecast meeting in Evanston, Ill. We won’t share the hard numbers with you; you have to pay for them this... »

ACE MART HONORS TOP REPS - 07/26/2011

Texas-based Ace Mart Restaurant Supply toasted its top sales representatives during the Southwest Foodservice Expo June 24-25 in Dallas. In addition to honoring its factory reps, the San Antonio dealership debuted a new award for... »

MISSISSIPPI DEALER PLANS EXPANSION - 07/26/2011

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies is spreading its wings. The Gulfport, Miss., dealer has announced plans to open a showroom, office and warehouse facility in the Jackson metro area. The planned location will offer design,... »

AVERAGE E&S PRICES INCREASE 2.7% FOR PAST YEAR, SAYS AUTOQUOTES - 07/26/2011

Blended list prices for the more than 350,000 models from more than 400 foodservice equipment, supplies and furnishings manufacturers rose 2.7% for the year ending June 30, according to the latest data from AutoQuotes Inc. AQ... »

MANITOWOC APPOINTS OVENS/ACT DIVISION MARKETING V.P. - 07/26/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has hired business veteran Dennis O’Toole as v.p.-marketing for its North America Ovens and Advanced Cooking Technology (ACT) operating company. O’Toole’s marketing responsibilities will cover the five... »

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR AUGUST CFSP OVERVIEW - 07/26/2011

The days are winding down to sign up for NAFEM’s one-day E&S seminar for the Certified Food Service Professional program. The Equipment & Supplies Overview is Wednesday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT at NAFEM’s Chicago... »

PARAGON TO REP WINSTON - 07/26/2011

Winston Industries has signed up Paragon Marketing Group to represent its equipment lines in a region spanning Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and southern Illinois. Paragon, based in the Kansas City and St., Louis, Mo., areas, was... »

Albuquerque Amends Proposed Law Requiring Walk-In Sprinklers - 07/19/2011

The smoke has cleared in Albuquerque, N.M., and existing foodservice operators can breathe a little easier. They won’t have to add sprinkler systems to their restaurants, including their walk-in coolers and freezers. A proposed... »

Ohio Bans Municipalities From Regulating Restaurants - 07/19/2011

The Ohio legislature has barred cities and towns in the state from regulating what restaurants serve or how they serve it. The state’s budget, signed into law June 30, includes a provision drafted and promoted by the Ohio... »

Last Chance to Register For FER’s Annual Forecast Meeting - 07/19/2011

You must register now for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, at the Hotel Orrington, in Evanston, Ill. This annual meeting offers manufacturers,... »

McDonald’s: In Russia, It’s A Supermarket - 07/19/2011

Taxes and Big Macs weren’t adding up for McDonald's Corp., leading the chain to persuade Russian authorities that its outlets are supermarkets rather than restaurants. The Oak Brook, Ill. company's lawsuit blocked an attempt by... »

DQ Goes Double-Decker In Saudi Arabia - 07/19/2011

In a region where the average daily temperature measures three digits, Dairy Queen has opened its largest store, a 7,500-sq.-ft. unit seating 240 customers. The DQ Chill & Grill in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is the chain’s first... »

Baskin-Robbins Debuts New International Store Design - 07/19/2011

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and the nation’s other giant ice cream chain is busy as well. Baskin-Robbins launched its first store in Singapore in early June, which not only marked the chain's 4,000th international location,... »

NRA Joins Retail Group To Protect Small Businesses - 07/19/2011

The National Restaurant Association has joined forces with the National Retail Federation in backing legislation that would require federal agencies to consider the impact on small businesses when establishing rules and... »

Manitowoc Names Marketing Veep For Ovens/ACT Division - 07/19/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has hired business veteran Dennis O’Toole as v.p.-marketing for its North America Ovens and Advanced Cooking Technology (ACT) operating company. O’Toole’s marketing responsibilities will cover the five... »

Hoelle Joins Ice-O-Matic - 07/19/2011

Ice-O-Matic has appointed Terry Hoelle, CFSP, as its director of sales. Hoelle will focus on leading U.S. sales efforts in distribution and channel development. Hoelle joins the Denver-based company after nine years with... »

BK Launches 20/20 Units In Canada, Signs Master Franchisee For Brazil - 07/19/2011

There’s news from two of the 76 countries serving the Whopper. Burger King Restaurants of Canada has opened three new restaurants built in the company's 20/20 global restaurant design. The locations, all LEED-certified and all... »

New Regional Leadership Structure At Starbucks - 07/19/2011

Training its eye on accelerating worldwide growth, especially in China, Starbucks Corp. is creating a third regional division. The Seattle company is currently structured as Starbucks U.S. and Starbucks Coffee International,... »

DMA Rebrands Itself As ANFP - 07/19/2011

These are busy times at the Dietary Managers Association. Members of the St. Charles, Ill.-based organization for nutrition and foodservice professionals have approved a name change, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The new moniker,... »

Sonic Adds Beer And Wine To Florida Unit’s Menu - 07/19/2011

Sonic’s newest unit will be the first of the chain's 3,500 restaurants to offer beer and wine on its menu, along with burgers, hot dogs and cherry limeades. The Homestead, Fla., City Council gave the chain approval to serve... »

Most Metals Prices Continue To Soften - 07/19/2011

Prices for most steels and aluminum softened moderately through June and early July and appear to be on a trend for further decreases in the months ahead. But prices for nickel and copper bottomed out in late spring and have been... »

Food Prices Rise At Both Wholesale And Consumer Levels - 07/19/2011

Both the Producer Price Index and the Consumer Price Index fell in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as recent drops in energy prices pushed down the measures of inflation. But after falling last month at the... »

Canada’s Top 200 Chains Grow 3% In 2010 - 07/19/2011

Sales at the top 200 restaurant chains in Canada grew 3% in nominal terms last year, according to a new report by Technomic Inc. and Kostuch Media. While an improvement over ’09, the performance “does reflect an industry still... »

New York and Louisiana Among Many States Adding Units - 07/19/2011

A new state-by-state analysis of eating- and drinking-place establishment growth by the National Restaurant Association’s Chief Economist Bruce Grinsby finds the most robust growth of new units in Louisiana and New York. Bureau... »

LONESTAR ACQUIRES FELLOW TEXAS DEALER CPAPC - 07/12/2011

LoneStar Restaurant Supply announced July 1 that it has acquired CPAPC Restaurant Design and Supply; both are based in Dallas. The combined company will now operate from seven locations in Texas and South Carolina, and continue... »

TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL FER’S ANNUAL FORECAST MEETING - 07/12/2011

There’s still time to register for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting, scheduled Wednesday, July 27, at the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, Ill. FER’s annual, one-day meeting offers... »

REMODS ARE RECOVERING, SO A QUERY FOR YOU... - 07/12/2011

As economic recoveries go, this one doesn’t seem overly anxious to kick in. But the economy is growing, and some parts are doing notably better than are others. Foodservice, for example, is doing better, and equipment and... »

IN MEMORIAM: REP GINNY HEIL - 07/12/2011

Virginia "Ginny" Heil, 54, who worked in the E&S industry for nearly 40 years, died June 24. She joined Moccia Enterprises in Riverton, N.J., in 1973, and became a partner in the manufacturers’ rep firm in 1993. The... »

FEDA’S PROFIT SURVEY DEADLINE NEARS - 07/12/2011

Summertime is no vacation from paperwork, especially some very important forms due soon to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Members need to fill out and submit their 2011 Profit Survey by Aug.1. The report,... »

BOB WONDER TO HELM MANITOWOC’S GLOBAL ACCOUNTS - 07/12/2011

Two appointments have been announced by Manitowoc Foodservice. Robert Wonder has joined the New Port Richey, Fla., company as senior v.p.-global accounts. He will be responsible for directing and executing all aspects of sales... »

SMITHERS SUCCEEDS KOSTICK IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AT GARLAND - 07/12/2011

Garland, a Manitowoc Foodservice company, has appointed Bill Smithers as its director of customer service. Smithers will oversee global customer and aftermarket service for the Mississauga, Ontario, company. He brings 20-plus... »

THREE MANUFACTURERS RECEIVE CHAIN AWARDS - 07/12/2011

Three chains toasted the work of three equipment manufacturers at June suppliers’ awards events. Henny Penny Corp., along with two of Unified Brands’ four divisions--Avtec and Randell--were honored with Yum! Brands Star Awards.... »

Early-Bird Deadline Friday, July 8, For FER’s Annual Forecast Meeting - 07/07/2011

You must register by Friday, July 8 for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting to earn the early-bird discount on the seminar fee. The annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July... »

NRA, NCCR File Comments On Draft Menu-Labeling Regs - 07/07/2011

On July 5, the National Restaurant Association and the National Council of Chain Restaurants filed comments regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s draft menu-labeling regulations.  The association was a primary... »

Wendy's Changes Name, Completes Arby’s Sale - 07/07/2011

Independence Day brought completion of Wendy's/Arby's Group’s sale of Arby's Restaurant Group to affiliates of Roark Capital Group and a new moniker for the burger chain: The Wendy’s Company. Under the $430 million deal,... »

Hatco Appoints Business Development, Dealer Sales Managers - 07/07/2011

Two major appointments have been announced at Hatco Corp. Steve Everett Jr. will join the Milwaukee manufacturer as business development manager, a post that includes responsibility for developing product line strategies and new... »

Rubbermaid Shifts Sales Strategy To Reps - 07/07/2011

Rubbermaid Commercial Products is expanding its sales force to include manufacturers’ reps and creating a distinct foodservice channel sales structure. The Winchester, Va., company announced it has signed up 20 marketing agents... »

In Memoriam: Rep Ginny Heil - 07/07/2011

Virginia "Ginny" Heil, 54, who worked in the E&S industry for nearly 40 years, died June 24. She joined Moccia Enterprises in Riverton, N.J., in 1973, and became a partner in the manufacturers’ rep firm in... »

Henny Penny Earns KFC Star Award - 07/07/2011

A Yum! Brands Star Award was presented to Henny Penny Corp. last month when it was honored as KFC’s 2010 U.S. Supplier of the Year. Henny Penny was recognized for the success of its AHC-993 Holding Cabinet, which KFC uses for its... »

California Consultants Team Up - 07/07/2011

San Diego-based DM&A Inc., the largest healthcare foodservice consulting firm in North America, has formed a strategic alliance for healthcare and educational foodservice design projects with Tustin, Calif.-based Webb Design.... »

Avtec, Randell Receive Chain Awards - 07/07/2011

Two of Unified Brands’ four divisions received the 2010 Pizza Hut Equipment Supplier of the Year Star Award last month. Avtec was recognized as a Star Award recipient for “outstanding energy efficiency results in fryer and oven... »

Garland Appoints Smithers To Helm Customer Service - 07/07/2011

Garland, a Manitowoc Foodservice company, has appointed Bill Smithers as director of customer service. Smithers will oversee global customer and aftermarket service for the Mississauga, Ontario, company. He brings 20-plus years... »

CPK To Debut In Taiwan - 07/07/2011

California Pizza Kitchen will be introducing its menu in Taiwan. The chain has announced a franchise agreement to expand into Taiwan and will open a minimum of six new CPK restaurants there over the next five years. The Los... »

Leer Names National Sales, Customer Service Managers - 07/07/2011

Sheila Palinkas has joined Leer Inc. USA as national sales manager. The New Lisbon, Wis., company manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers under the Leer and Carroll Cooler brands. Prior to joining Leer, Palinkas was director of... »

Massachusetts Mulls Franchise Regs - 07/07/2011

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering two bills that would regulate franchise agreements and more clearly define the relationship between local franchise owners and their franchisors. One bill would clarify the employment... »

California Approaches Food Handler Law With Kid Gloves - 07/07/2011

California’s food-handler training law took effect July 1, and in the week leading up to its official enactment, press reports indicated a general lack of knowledge among operators about the new law. As of last Friday, food... »

Slippery Crimes In North Carolina - 07/07/2011

The North Carolina General Assembly is in summer recess, but when it returns, it will get to debate grease. State Rep. John Torbett has sponsored a bill to crack down on the theft of used kitchen grease from restaurants. HB 512... »

Those Gas Prices Did Bite Restaurants; NRA RPI Sinks Back - 07/07/2011

The only surprising thing is that it didn’t happen sooner. The surge in gasoline prices from February through May finally caught up with the restaurant industry in May. Pronounced drops in same-store sales, customer traffic and... »

Technomic Revises Operator Sales Forecast Down For 2011 - 07/07/2011

The surge in gasoline and food prices and the resulting dampening of consumer confidence (see article below) led Technomic Inc. to revise downward its forecast for operator sales in 2011. The Chicago-based research firm also... »

Consumers More Cautious This Spring, Says Technomic Study - 07/07/2011

One of the reasons Technomic cut its forecast for operator sales in May is because its consumer research showed a distinct deterioration of consumer confidence and expectations in April, as well as dining out intentions, as... »

So Where Are Gas Prices Now? - 07/07/2011

Gas prices have continued to fall since early May, when the national average neared $4 a gallon. According to the latest read from the Energy Information Administration covering the week ended July 4, prices averaged $3.579 or... »

DEALERS PAST AND FUTURE - 06/28/2011

"The more things change, the more they remain the same,” is a useful old saw, because it’s often true. But some things do change and it’s critical to know what they are. I did a fun presentation this past Saturday at PRIDE... »

FER ANNUAL E&S MARKET FORECAST MEETING SET FOR JULY 27 - 06/28/2011

Foodservice Equipment Reports' E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, at the Hotel Orrington, in Evanston, Ill. This annual meeting offers dealers, manufacturers, operators and... »

HATCO APPOINTS DEALER SALES, BIZ DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS - 06/28/2011

Two major appointments have been announced at Hatco Corp. Mark Pumphret will join the Milwaukee manufacturer as dealer sales manager on Dec. 1, with responsibility for furthering Hatco’s sales efforts within the dealer community.... »

SINGER EQUIPMENT ACQUIRES M. TUCKER - 06/28/2011

Singer Equipment Co., one of the country’s largest E&S distributors, has acquired the assets of M. Tucker, the leading dealer in the greater New York City market. The Elverson, Pa., company’s acquisition, announced June 17,... »

TINSLEY TAKES CEO REINS AT GRINDMASTER-CECILWARE - 06/28/2011

Michael Tinsley has been named CEO at Grindmaster-Cecilware Corp. in Louisville, Ky. Tinsley, most recently CEO of Permian Holdings, spent much of his early career in the foodservice equipment industry, including executive posts... »

STAR NAMES HANSON GROUP SALES V.P. - 06/28/2011

Debbie Hanson has been promoted to group v.p.-sales and marketing of Star Holdings Int’l., a division of The Middleby Corp. Hanson has been with Middleby since 2008, most recently as v.p.-sales and marketing for Pitco and... »

CONSULTANTS DM&A, WEBB DESIGN TEAM UP - 06/28/2011

Webb Design, the Tustin, Calif., foodservice design firm, has formed a strategic alliance with San Diego-based DM&A Inc., the largest healthcare foodservice consulting firm in North America. The alliance, in a company known... »

RESERVE SPOTS FOR AUTOQUOTES ROADSHOW TRAINING - 06/28/2011

Spaces in this fall’s AutoQuotes’ 2011 Roadshow Training Sessions, offered in conjunction with the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, are filling up. Five cities will host sessions focusing on... »

Singer Equipment Co. Acquires M. Tucker - 06/21/2011

Singer Equipment Co., one of the country’s largest E&S distributors, has acquired the assets of M. Tucker, the leading dealer in the greater New York City market. The Elverson, Pa., company’s acquisition, announced June 17,... »

Wendy’s To Sell Arby’s To Roark - 06/21/2011

When it comes to high-profile, multi-chain ownership, there’s a new kid on the block. Atlanta-based Roark Group has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a majority stake in Arby’s from Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, the third largest... »

Tinsley Is New CEO At Grindmaster-Cecilware - 06/21/2011

Michael Tinsley is the new CEO at Grindmaster-Cecilware Corp. in Louisville, Ky. Tinsley most recently served as CEO of Permian Holdings, but spent much of his early career in the foodservice equipment industry, including... »

Manitowoc Taps Wonder to Oversee Global Accounts - 06/21/2011

Two appointments have been announced by Manitowoc Foodservice. Robert Wonder has joined the New Port Richey, Fla., company as sr. v.p.-global accounts. He will be responsible for directing and executing all aspects of sales... »

Hanson Named Group Sales and Marketing V.P. At Star - 06/21/2011

Debbie Hanson has been promoted to group v.p.-sales and marketing of Star Holdings Int’l., a division of The Middleby Corp. Hanson most recently held the title v.p.-sales and marketing for Pitco and Magikitch’n, based in... »

BK Vet Named Church’s Chicken Chief Development Officer - 06/21/2011

Pedro Voyer has joined Church’s Chicken as global chief development officer. Voyer’s responsibilities at the 1,700-unit chain include franchising, international and domestic market development, re-imaging, construction,... »

New Look, New Rollout For Au Bon Pain - 06/21/2011

Au Bon Pain has announced the launch of a major cafe remodeling program that will transform all of its cafes.  Under the initiative, the Boston-based fast-casual company has already remodeled a majority of its cafes in one... »

Sizzler USA Management Acquires U.S. Operations, New Units Planned - 06/21/2011

A management-led group has completed the acquisition of Sizzler USA’s U.S. interests from Australia’s Pacific Equity Partners, which had owned both Sizzler’s domestic and international operations since 2005. Sizzler USA currently... »

DMA Proposes Bylaws Changes, Perhaps A Name Change - 06/21/2011

A year after it marked its first 50 years, the Dietary Managers Association is looking ahead and proposing several bylaws changes that will help lead the organization into the future.  Foremost is a proposed change of the... »

U.S. Macro Forecasts Slide Again; What’s The Risk? - 06/21/2011

The recent spate of weaker than expected economic data on jobs, spending and housing helped push down most forecasts of economic growth in the U.S. this year, according to the latest consensus data from Blue Chip Economic... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fell in May; Menu-Price Rise Moderate - 06/21/2011

Wholesale food prices fell in May for only the second time in 11 months, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Indexes. Overall prices at the wholesale level were down 1.3% from April, the National... »

U.K. Foodservice Market Remains Quite Soft, Says Horizon - 06/21/2011

The foodservice market in the United Kingdom will show little if any real growth this year, according to Peter Backman, principal of Horizons, the London-based hospitality research firm. Current-dollar growth is forecast at a... »

Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall, But So Does Confidence - 06/21/2011

Fortunately, gasoline prices fell again last week for the fifth consecutive week, but the declines haven’t cheered up consumers very much. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported the average price for a gallon of... »

Operators Score Victory With Swipe Reform - 06/21/2011

On June 8, small business, including members of the National Restaurant Association, declared victory when the U.S. Senate reaffirmed limits on the swipe fees that banks charge businesses for debit card transactions. The reforms... »

Menu Labeling Law Drawing Renewed Fire - 06/21/2011

The public comment period has just ended but the outcry against impending menu-labeling requirements has been renewed. Previously, the foodservice industry had accepted the new policies included in the 2010 healthcare law because... »

Trans Fats Ban Tabled In Illinois, Likely To Fail In Ohio - 06/21/2011

No state is racing to join California in banning trans fats. Just a few weeks after the Illinois State Senate voted down a proposed ban, its counterpart in Ohio has added an amendment to the proposed state budget that would ban... »

Hungary Eyes Menu Regs At Fast-Food Chains - 06/21/2011

Hungary’s state-run news service, MTI, reported June 10 that the country plans to demand fast-food restaurants cut the calorie and salt content of their food and drink offerings and may make them pay for public-health... »

RUBBERMAID SHIFTS, ADDS REPS TO SALES FORCE - 06/14/2011

Rubbermaid Commercial Products is going back to the future and adding manufacturers’ reps to its sales team. The company announced it is expanding its sales force to create a distinct foodservice channel sales structure. The... »

TERRY HOELLE TAKES ON ICE-O-MATIC SALES POST - 06/14/2011

Ice-O-Matic has appointed Terry Hoelle, CFSP, as its director of sales. Hoelle will focus on leading U.S. sales efforts in distribution and channel development. Hoelle joins the Denver-based company after nine years with... »

LEER NAMES SALES, CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGERS - 06/14/2011

Sheila Palinkas has joined Leer Inc. USA as national sales manager. The New Lisbon, Wis., company manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers under the Leer and Carroll Cooler brands. Prior to joining Leer, Palinkas was director of... »

SPG HIRES SALES V.P. - 06/14/2011

SPG Int’l. has welcomed Karen Edwards as v.p.-sales, responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue and new business development. Edwards most recently served as national sales manager at Sani-Floor and Multiteria, and... »

ELECTROLUX OPENS NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER - 06/14/2011

Electrolux cut the ribbon on its new southeast regional distribution center in Fairburn, Ga., on May 13. The company says its new 600,000 sq.ft, state-of-the-art distribution center and product showroom will optimize product... »

INSINGER EARNS VA APPROVAL - 06/14/2011

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... »

GETTING ADVICE ON KITCHEN DESIGN - 06/14/2011

Electronic communications in general and the Internet in particular are double-edged swords, as the news media have shown lately. You can get bamboozled in a hurry, you can get fake information, and in the blink of an eye you can... »

CFSP Program Changes, New Overview Seminar Announced - 06/07/2011

The Certified Food Service Professional program has a newly streamlined application and updating process. First, the point-earning/recording requirements have been simplified and the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers... »

Subway Expands Café Format - 06/07/2011

Subway’s newest look is a hybrid of McCafe and Starbucks, with perhaps a dash of Panera. Subway Cafés blur the lines between a sandwich store and a coffee bar, with a menu that goes beyond sub sandwiches to embrace baked goods,... »

In-N-Out Burger Debuts In Texas - 06/07/2011

Value-pricing and special deals are helping profit margins for at least a few chains. Crowd control has seldom been an issue, though. Except when it’s In-N-Out Burger launching in a new state. In May, the Irvine, Calif., chain... »

FER Top Dealer Listings Profile Leading E&S Dealers - 06/07/2011

What are the business and service models of leading U.S. E&S distributors? These details and more are contained in FER’s June issue and provide an in-depth look at many of the largest E&S dealers and distributors. Our... »

NACUFS Hosts 53rd National Conference In July - 06/07/2011

The National Association of College & University Food Services holds its 2011 National Conference July 13-16 in Dallas. The 53rd annual national conference, “Reinvent Your Future,” will focus on ways that foodservice... »

N.Y. Consultants Merge Firms - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/07/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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% - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 06/02/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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 - 05/26/2011

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... »

AHF June Conference Nears - 05/26/2011

In 10 days, hundreds of foodservice directors and industry professionals will arrive in Phoenix for the 2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Annual Conference. “Destination by Design: Sharing Our Influence to Shape Our... »

SoCalEquipment Expo, June 7-8 - 05/26/2011

Hands-on equipment demos and educational sessions are among the selling points for attending the SoCal Equipment Expo, June 7-8, in Downey, Calif. Admission is free to the expo, sponsored by the Southern California Gas Co. at the... »

U.S.D.A. Revises Recommended Cook Temp For Pork To 145 °F - 05/26/2011

A little pink in the pork is okay. The United State Department of Agriculture has lowered the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160°F to 145°F and added a three-minute rest time. The safe... »

Ohio Debates Guns In Bars, Restaurants - 05/26/2011

The Ohio State Senate is debating a bill already approved by the House which would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take guns into restaurants, bars and open-air arenas that serve alcohol as long as they do not drink.... »

Immigrant Worker Woes For Chipotle - 05/26/2011

Chipotle Mexican Grill has created headaches and made headlines over its hiring practices and compliance with immigration laws. Roughly 500 undocumented workers have been fired as a result of U.S. Immigration and Customs... »

…And Documenting Workers Gets Tougher With Proposed Changes To Visa Program - 05/26/2011

The program that provides workers documentation in the form of visas for foodservice operations to fill jobs is now a point of controversy as well. The National Restaurant Association is blasting a proposed rewrite of rules... »

Heard And Seen In The Aisles: Mood At NRA Show Reasonably Upbeat - 05/26/2011

We’ve just come from the National Restaurant Association’s annual show, which ran Saturday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 24 in Chicago. Most manufacturers and dealers we spoke with during the show reported their sales and the... »

Public E&S Companies Reported Revenues Rose 6.7% In First Quarter 2011 - 05/26/2011

The seven publicly traded or reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies saw blended sales gain 6.7% in the first quarter 2011 versus the first quarter last year. It was the fourth consecutive quarter that blended... »

Food And Menu Prices Rise Again, While Gasoline Prices Fall - 05/26/2011

After a brief lull in increases for food at the wholesale level, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Restaurant Association show prices rose again in April. Overall wholesale prices rose 0.5% after falling... »

Research Reports On Top Chains, Consumer Behavior And Canadian Market Are Now Available - 05/26/2011

While we’ve been busy reporting first-quarter E&S numbers and the like, the two leading foodservice research organizations have released several new research reports. Technomic Inc. has released the full version of its... »

MANITOWOC ADDS JACKSON TO KARSSIENS’ PORTFOLIO - 05/17/2011

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,... »

BOULDER-BASED TUNDRA BUYS FELLOW DEALER - 05/17/2011

Tundra Specialties, a distributor of restaurant parts, supplies and equipment, has purchased the assets and liabilities of Cen Tex Supply Co., a neighboring dealer which specializes in eco-friendly paper products in addition to... »

COMMERCIAL APPLIANCE NAMES REESE V.P. OPERATIONS - 05/17/2011

Tina Reese has been appointed v.p.-operations at Commercial Appliance Parts and Service. She will be directly responsible for Commercial’s headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will oversee various operational functions for the entire... »

N.Y. CONSULTANTS MERGE - 05/17/2011

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... »

IN MEMORIAM: REPS FRED BEARDEN, DAVID FELSON - 05/17/2011

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... »

PRIDE HONORS TOP DEALER AT CONFERENCE - 05/17/2011

PRIDE Marketing & Procurement hosted its annual marketing and sales conference in Denver in April. There, it presented its Dealer of Year Award to one of the buying group’s newer members, CuliQuip LLC. The kitchen equipment... »

THERMO-KOOL ANNOUNCES NEW REPS - 05/17/2011

Thermo-Kool has named two new marketing agents. Carolina Foodservice Solutions, Raleigh, N.C., will represent the walk-in refrigeration maker in the Carolinas. Two-decade industry vets Frank Bonavita and George Greene are... »

PENN JERSEY PAPER OPENS NEW HQ - 05/17/2011

Penn Jersey Paper has begun operations in its newly built 255,336 sq.-ft. headquarters and distribution center in northeast Philadelphia; the company says the building will receive official LEED Silver Certification by summer.... »

U.S. COOLER HITS SILVER ANNIVERSARY - 05/17/2011

It’s a year of anniversaries for many manufacturers and dealers. Among the celebrants is U.S. Cooler, now marking its 25th year manufacturing walk-in coolers and freezers. The family-owned company, a division of Craig Industries,... »

GET OUT, RUB ELBOWS - 05/17/2011

How often have you heard people talk about “leading from the front”? The idea pops up all the time, a popular platitude among consultants and seminar lecturers and self-help gurus of all kinds. It’s a thing we can all agree on,... »

NRA Show Will Offer Show-Based Group Buying Deals Program - 05/10/2011

The National Restaurant Association has unveiled “Daily Deals,” a show-based group buying program for exhibiting manufacturers and attendees at the 2011 Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show this month. The service allows buyers to... »

Tough Liquor Laws Dampen Chain Openings In Utah - 05/10/2011

Fewer chain restaurants are opening in Utah, and the slowdown is a direct result of restrictive liquor laws that can force changes in floorplans and business models, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The newspaper reports that... »

Yum! Plans Bid For Asian Chain Little Sheep - 05/10/2011

Yum! Brands announced its intent in late April to acquire all outstanding shares of Little Sheep, which owns and operates casual-dining hot-pot concept restaurants, primarily in Asia. Little Sheep, based in Baotou, Inner... »

NRA Unveils Grassroots-Based Advocacy Fund - 05/10/2011

Operators are getting a stronger voice on issues with the National Restaurant Association’s newly unveiled initiative. The Restaurant Advocacy Fund will help support and advocate on legislative and regulatory issues important to... »

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