Macroeconomic Forecasts Downgraded In June Survey
The consensus forecasts of the 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators fell again in the June survey. The group cut its forecast for growth of real gross domestic product in the U.S.... »
Houston To Gain 18 Mama Fu’s
The Austin, Texas-based chain has signed its largest franchise deal to date, inking a deal with a Houston franchisee to open 18 new Mama Fu’s Asian House restaurants in that city’s metro area. The chain plans to open between... »
Starbucks Beefs Up Regional Management
Starbucks Coffee Co. is reconfiguring and strengthening its three-region operating model. The Seattle chain has made several leadership changes to its ranks. Lucy Lee Helm has been named executive v.p., general counsel and... »
Dunkin' Brands Names Chief Global Strategy Officer
Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has appointed Neil Moses as its chief global strategy officer. Moses, who was serving as CFO, had lately been focusing on the company's strategic... »
Chains Exceed Recommended USDA Nutrition Goals, Study Claims
In a large examination of the product offerings in chain restaurants, meals at the vast majority of major U.S. chain restaurants are exceeding the recommended daily limits set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says a... »
Pending Bans Dept: Soft Drinks And Polystyrene
Big Sodas In New York
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large soft drinks and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters with the goal of helping combat obesity. Under his... »
Red Robin To Expand Fast-Casual Concept
The rollout is official. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will open a baker’s dozen of new company-owned restaurants this year; plans call for nine original concept stores and four additional Red Robin’s Burger Works locations. The... »
ABC Honors Members, Suppliers
Allied Buying Corp. celebrated its members’ volume growth and the support of its suppliers during its recent spring conference in Las Vegas.
Three suppliers were honored for Outstanding Sales Achievement-Volume Growth: Bakers... »
Vollrath Creates Consultant Sales Post
Suzanne Painter-Supplee, CFSP, has joined The Vollrath Co. in the newly created position of director of consultant sales. She will develop training and education programs and tools for consultants and provide ideas and solutions... »
FEDA Education Foundation Offers 30 CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships
In an ongoing effort to encourage dealers to reach their full potential, the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association Education Foundation is offering 30 scholarships for Certified Food Service Professional and ServSafe... »
In Memoriam: Robert Kardos
Robert Kardos, a longtime manufacturer’s rep, died May 30. He was 76.
For more than half a century, his Bedford Hills, N.Y., company, Robert E. Kardos Associates, served the foodservice industry through a network of... »
Hollowick Honors Reps
Hollowick took some time on the show floor at last month’s NRA Show to honor top-performing manufacturers’ reps. K. Sales Co., based in Loganville, Ga., was named Rep of the Year. Ken Kay and Drake Collins were on hand... »
Potential CFSP Overview And Exam In Minneapolis
Based in the Midwest and hoping to enhance your professional qualifications or those of your employees? Minneapolis-based CenterPoint Energy is planning to host a Certified Food Service Professional overview and exam this fall,... »
The Sky Isn’t Falling
In this 24/7 news environment, I’d like to see a little perspective for once. If you watched or read almost any purported “news” late last week, you would have thought an economic D-Day was at hand. (Sorry, but it is June 6).... »
Chains Await Action On Utah’s Liquor License Shortage
National restaurant chains have been saying for more than a year that Utah’s lack of liquor licenses is keeping them from opening units in the state. In May, Utah had only one liquor license to grant to a full-service operation.... »
Chains Form Coalition Opposing High Swipe Fees
More than half a dozen restaurant and convenience-store chains have jointly filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve regarding high swipe fees charged by major banks.
CKE, parent of Hardee’s and... »
Consumer Sentiment Hits Highest Point Since October 2007
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index reached 79.3 in the final April reading released May 25, its ninth consecutive monthly gain. It was the highest point for the widely followed index since October... »
Chain Business: Season Of IPOs
CKE Goes Public
CKE Inc., owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands, is going public once again. The company filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17, seeking to raise an estimated $100 million... »
Food And Menu Prices Rise Moderately, Gas Prices Fall
Overall wholesale food prices and operator menu prices continued their moderate gains in April, with wholesale prices up 0.2% and menu prices climbing 0.3%. Meanwhile, gasoline prices fell again in April and during the four... »
Better-Off Consumers Also Restrain Foodservice Growth
A recent study by The NPD Group’s restaurant analyst Bonnie Riggs adds to the fascinating body of data and analyses about how consumers at different income levels use foodservice and how the Great Recession has changed those... »
Chipotle Hiring Practices Get New Scrutiny
Chipotle Mexican Grill received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17 as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers.
The Denver-based chain fired about 500... »
California Wants Cleaner Quick-Service Playgrounds
Ketchup and monkey bars are a potent mix for germs. Widespread publicity about allegedly unsanitary slides and tunnels at some of the nation’s fast-food playgrounds has led the California State Assembly to approve a bill... »
ACP Announces Management Changes
Mary Potter has been promoted to senior v.p.-sales and marketing at ACP Inc., an Ali Group company. In this expanded role, Potter will continue leading the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company’s global marketing, business development, and... »
Vollrath Acquires Polar Ware, Stoelting
In an acquisition which broadens its presence in the cooking and frozen-treat equipment markets, The Vollrath Co. has acquired Kiel, Wis.-based Polar Ware Co., including its Stoelting operation.
“Combining with Polar... »
Winston Appoints Marketing V.P.
Greg Siegelman has joined Winston Industries as v.p.-marketing. Siegelman brings to the post marketing experience in various industries and distribution channels, as well as in operations, finance, and supply chains.
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