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Vollrath Opens European Headquarters - 01/11/2012

The Vollrath Co. kicked off the new year by inaugurating its new European base, a wholly owned subsidiary in Rijen, Netherlands. CEO Paul Bartelt said the move would help further Vollrath’s growth and expansion into the European... »

Last Chance For MUFES 2012 - 01/11/2012

The staff at Foodservice Equipment Reports will be packing its bags in two weeks and heading South. We will play host to the expert and inquisitive industry professionals at our sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment... »

Wingstop Spreads Franchising Wings With Lending Facility - 01/11/2012

Wingstop has lined up $15 million in a lending program for new and existing franchisees. The financing will be provided through Franchise America Finance  and The Bancorp Bank. Under the terms of the facility Wingstop has... »

In Memoriam: George Hohl Jr., Ed Herbst - 01/11/2012

George Hohl Jr., CEO of The Salvajor Company, died Dec. 31 at age 70. Mr. Hohl long ran the Kansas City, Mo., company founded by his father in 1944; the manufacturer of waste disposers and handling systems is now in its third... »

Peerless Group Unveils New Logo, Tagline - 01/11/2012

A year before celebrating its centennial anniversary in business, The Peerless Group, a division of the ITW Food Equipment Group, has launched a new brand identity and tagline. The 99-year-old Sidney, Ohio, company, which... »

INTERNORGA Kicks Off In March - 01/11/2012

If it’s March, it’s time to head for Germany. INTERNORGA, the 86th Int’l. Trade Show for the Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Baking and Confectionary Industry, will be held at the Hamburg Fair site, March 9-14 this year. More than... »

Alto-Shaam Adds Two To Sales Team - 01/11/2012

Two appointments to announce at Alto-Shaam: Ben Lee joined the manufacturer last November to serve Alto-Shaam’s Southeast territory. Lee’s background includes 10 years in sales and project management, and 14 years in foodservice... »

Arizona City Considers Grease Pickups To Fuel Income, Thwart Thieves - 01/11/2012

We’ve reported a number of stories on restaurant grease and used fryer oil: clogged drains in Seattle, overflows in New Jersey, a pilot program in California prosecuting black-market grease thieves. Across the Arizona border,... »

Decision Delayed In Brinker Meal-Break Case - 01/11/2012

There will be no decision, and thus no clarity, in the long-running California case of Brinker Int’l. v. Superior Court, until spring at the earliest. A ruling by the California Supreme Court had been expected by February in the... »

It’s Cleveland v. Ohio Over Trans Fat Ban - 01/11/2012

That sticky wicket of regulating what people put in their mouths is rearing its head again in Cleveland. The city is suing the state of Ohio for the right to ban the sale of prepared foods that contain artery-clogging trans... »

NRA’s Performance Index Suggests Improving Market - 01/11/2012

Restaurant operators reported their strongest net positive same-store sales results in more than four years in November, while customer traffic levels also grew. The positive numbers pushed the Restaurant Performance Index... »

Except For China, Foodservice Traffic In Many Countries Remains Soft, Reports NPD - 01/11/2012

Foodservice traffic during the third quarter 2011 rose in only four of the 10 major country markets tracked by The NPD Group, according to a Jan. 4 report from the Port Washington, N.Y., consumer research firm. Visit activity... »

December U.S. Jobs Growth Was Better Than Expected - 01/11/2012

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 200,000 net jobs in December, while the unemployment rate ticked down another 0.1 point to 8.5%, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Jan. 6. The monthly jobs increase, while far... »

Consumer Confidence Also Improved In December - 01/11/2012

The better-than-expected jobs report for December is likely to continue a trend of improving consumer confidence. Both Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers and The Conference Board reported upticks in their... »

Ace Mart Debuts “The Gus Award” - 01/04/2012

Every individual makes a mark, and Norman “Gus” Gustafson, the founder of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, left behind a sizable legacy when he died in 2009. In his memory, the San Antonio dealership he founded has created an annual... »

NRA’s Performance Index Rose In November - 01/04/2012

Jumps in same-store sales and traffic and increasing optimism about the next six months pushed the Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association higher in November. One capital expenditure... »

Edlund Taps Tallent For Western Sales Post - 01/04/2012

Steve Tallent is taking on the post of director of sales-western region for Edlund Co. Tallent joins the Burlington, Vt., firm after 13 years with similar responsibilities at Villeroy & Boch. He’ll focus on growing sales in... »

There’s An App For That: REW Has It - 01/04/2012

Restaurant Equipment World is entering the new year with a new app. Not only is REW one of the first foodservice equipment dealers to launch one, its app has a moniker that will garner attention. “The Restaurant Equipment... »

Master-Bilt Rep Firm Opens Culinary Training Center - 01/04/2012

Heartland Reps opened a new test kitchen and culinary education center in Kearney, Mo., in December. The state-of-the-art training facility was built to showcase the Master-Bilt Refrigeration product line represented by... »

Alto-Shaam Names Two To Sales Team - 01/04/2012

Two appointments to announce at Alto-Shaam: Ben Lee joined the manufacturer last November to serve Alto-Shaam’s Southeast territory. Lee’s background includes 10 years in sales and project management, and 14 years in foodservice... »

In Memoriam: Rep Ed Herbst - 01/04/2012

Edward Herbst, longtime manufacturer’s representative and owner of The Ed Herbst Co., in Chicago, died Dec. 17. He was 91. During his career, Mr. Herbst was an active member of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Food... »

Bettcher Hires Marketing V.P. - 01/04/2012

Paul Pirozzola has joined Bettcher Industries as v.p.-marketing. Pirozzola will be responsible for marketing strategy and execution, including product development and marketing communications for the Birmingham, Ohio, company’s... »

Happy New Year, Friends; Be Ready For FER Top Dealer Survey - 01/04/2012

Just a short note this issue, from Brian Ward, Jan Ashton, Robin Ashton, and all the rest of us at Gill Ashton Publishing, wishing you and your families a healthy, fulfilling and wildly successful 2012. Please remember to have as... »

FER Revises 2011-12 E&S Market Forecasts Slightly - 12/20/2011

Foodservice Equipment Reports has revised it forecasts for growth of manufacturers’ sales of foodservice equipment and supplies in North America for 2011 and ’12. The revisions update forecasts made last July in preparation for... »

Beech Ovens Partnering With Jade Range - 12/20/2011

Australia-based Beech Ovens, acquired last April by Middleby Corp., is joining forces with Jade Range for sales, manufacturing and product support in the United States.  Ray Williams, president of Brea, Calif.-based Jade... »

NPD Forecasts Slight Uptick In Traffic Next Year - 12/20/2011

Visits to restaurants in the United States have remained essentially flat for the first three quarters of 2011, NPD Group reported Dec. 6, though small increases in check averages have boosted overall spending slightly each... »

Wholesale Food And Menu Prices Rose Again In November; Expect More of Both in 2012 - 12/20/2011

Unfortunately, the one-month moderation in October of increasing wholesale food prices—and overall producer prices—didn’t hold. Wholesale food prices at the “finished” stage jumped another 1% in November, according to data from... »

Big Broadline Distributors Outgrow Overall Foodservice Market - 12/20/2011

According to Technomic Inc.’s annual study,  the “Power Distributor Report: The Top 15,” while the foodservice industry as a whole barely managed to grow in `10, the top 35 foodservice distributors combined sales rose 5%... »

Tax Relief For Chains, Ops, Businesses Hit By Weather Disasters - 12/20/2011

The holidays are still ahead, but after the gifts are put away and the decorations come down, tax season arrives. Many companies will save money through the benefits of the faster depreciation schedule and write-offs for... »

Chains Execs: Federal Ethanol Subsidies Hitting Our Bottom Lines - 12/20/2011

Executives from some of the country’s largest chains met at a National Council of Chain Restaurants summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to discuss an industry-wide advocacy stance on reforming federal ethanol standards... »

California’s Food Handler Card Law Kicks In Jan. 1 - 12/20/2011

A new year means a clean start. In the Golden State, Jan. 1 will find health inspectors starting to enforce one of the country’s most comprehensive food safety laws. That’s the official start date for the California Food Handler... »

MUFES 2012 Is Weeks Away, So Get Yourself Registered - 12/20/2011

Time is getting short to register for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium. The meeting is set for Jan. 28-30 at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas. The packed agenda... »

SFM: New Headquarters, New Website, New Management - 12/20/2011

The Society for Foodservice Management is settling into its new Louisville, Ky., headquarters in January. SFM, headed by Barbara Kane as member president, is again under management with FSA Management Group. Key members of the... »

Bennigan’s To Open 10 Stores In Turkey, U.A.E. - 12/20/2011

Bennigan's Franchising Co. has inked a master franchise agreement with the Al Aroud Group of companies to open 10 new Bennigan's in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2012. Al Aroud... »

Vollrath Taps Wagner For Supply Chain Post - 12/20/2011

After 17 years in a variety of posts at The Vollrath Co., Nancy Wagner has been named v.p.-supply chain at the Sheboygan, Wis., company. Previously, she was director of customer service, which also encompassed technical service... »

Cosi Names Carin Stutz Its New President - 12/20/2011

Carin Stutz is leaving her post as president of global business development at Brinker Int’l. to join Cosi Inc. as its new president and CEO.  The appointment, which includes a seat on the board of directors, is official... »

It’s Back To Ohio For Wendy’s - 12/20/2011

It’s official: By the end of the year, The Wendy’s Co. will consolidate all operations at its world headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. The chain, which has operated restaurant support centers in Dublin and Atlanta for the past three... »

Saladworks Plans 20 New U.S. Stores And First Overseas Unit in 2012 - 12/20/2011

It started in Philadelphia 25 years ago—fresh made-to-order salads. Now with 100 locations in 12 states, Saladworks is going big. The chain has franchise agreements signed for five new U.S. markets, including... »

BIG FOODSERVICE DISTRIBUTORS GETTING BIGGER, SAYS TECHNOMIC - 12/13/2011

The giant North American foodservice distributors, dominated by broadliners, have been increasing their share of the overall foodservice distribution market for years. A new study from Technomic Inc. analyzing data from 2010... »

FEDA ANNOUNCES UID SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS - 12/13/2011

Eighteen foodservice industry professionals have been named scholarship recipients by the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s Educational Foundation. The scholarships are for the 2012 University of Industrial... »

PARTS DISTRIBUTOR HERITAGE ACQUIRED BY PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM - 12/13/2011

Heritage Foodservice Equipment, the largest so-called “master” distributor of replacement parts and components for foodservice equipment in North America, announced Dec. 2 that it has been acquired by Heritage... »

VOLLRATH TAPS NANCY WAGNER AS V.P. FOR SUPPLY CHAIN - 12/13/2011

After 17 years in a variety of posts at The Vollrath Co., Nancy Wagner has been named v.p.-supply chain at the Sheboygan, Wis., company. Previously, she was director of customer service, which also encompassed technical service... »

FRYMASTER ADDS WILLOUGHBY TO MARKETING TEAM - 12/13/2011

Industry veteran Steve Willoughby has filled the v.p.-marketing post at Frymaster and will oversee marketing strategies and business development initiatives for the Shreveport, La., company. He will also lead product life cycle... »

REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL, PART WHATEVER - 12/13/2011

This will be our last FER Dealer Report e-newsletter of the year. In two weeks, it’ll be Dec. 27 and we’re giving Jan, our news editor (and my significant other), the week off between Christmas and New Year’s. We’re heading out... »

LYONS WILL HEAD SYSCO’S EDUCATION ARM - 12/13/2011

Tom Lyons has joined Sysco Corp. as director of business development for education. As a distributor sales manager at Ecolab, he helped launch the Sysco-branded Keystone chemical line. Lyons was national sales manager at The... »

SANDSTONE NAMES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT V.P. - 12/13/2011

Kevin Vigeant has joined the Sandstone Group as v.p.-business development-foodservice. Vigeant brings 20 years of senior-level sales experience at equipment manufacturers and distributors to the Milwaukee company’s foodservice... »

BEVERAGE-AIR ADDS ZEBROWSKI ON WEST COAST - 12/13/2011

Refrigeration manufacturer Beverage-Air has announced Walter Zebrowski Associates will now be responsible for its sales territories in Northern California and Nevada (excluding Clark County). The 30-year-old rep firm is based in... »

Parts Distributor Heritage Foodservice Equipment Acquired By Private Equity Firm - 12/06/2011

Heritage Foodservice Equipment, the largest so-called “master” distributor of replacement parts and components for foodservice equipment in North America, announced Dec. 2 that it has been acquired by Heritage... »

Critical Industry Issues And Processes Get Coverage At MUFES 2012 - 12/06/2011

Better make your reservations for the sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, Jan. 28-30. The meeting, created and run by Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine, is attended by some of the industry’s top... »

Growth Leads Yum! To Create Separate India Division - 12/06/2011

Yum! Brands’ success in aggressively growing its brands globally has led it to break off its India business from its Yum! Restaurants Int’l. unit and create a standalone reporting division called Yum! Restaurants India. Niren... »

P.F. Chang’s Plans Quicker-Service Asian Market Concept - 12/06/2011

Chipotle’s debut of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is only a few months old, but the concept has garnered the attention of a major competitor. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro plans to open an even more limited-service and... »

Manitowoc Taps Willoughby For Frymaster - 12/06/2011

The position of v.p.-marketing for Frymaster has been filled by Steve Willoughby. Manitowoc Foodservice named the industry veteran to the post, effective Jan. 1. In his new role, Willoughby will be responsible for driving sales... »

Sysco Adds Development Director For Educational Segment - 12/06/2011

Tom Lyons has joined Sysco as director of business development for education. He started his two-decade foodservice industry career in college, washing dishes and waiting tables, and spent 10 years in various positions at Ecolab... »

Vigeant To Head Foodservice Business Development For Sandstone - 12/06/2011

Kevin Vigeant has joined the Sandstone Group as v.p.-business development-foodservice. Vigeant brings 20 years of senior-level sales experience at equipment manufacturers and distributors to the company’s foodservice division.... »

Tasti D-Lite Buys Planet Smoothie, Co-Branding In The Works - 12/06/2011

Dual branding seems a natural for two health-conscious chains. Tasti D-Lite, the Franklin, Tenn., frozen dessert chain has acquired Planet Smoothie, an Atlanta-based franchise system with 100-plus units in 18 states. More than... »

Starbucks Plans Juice Bars Here, More Drive-Throughs Overseas - 12/06/2011

Busy times at Starbucks Corp. The world's largest coffee retailer will open a chain of juice bars in the United States beginning next year and add 200 drive-through Starbucks stores across the United Kingdom. The... »

Einstein Eyes Pacific Northwest, Buys Oregon Chain - 12/06/2011

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has acquired Kettleman Bagel Co., a five-store chain operating in the Portland, Ore., area. Lakewood, Colo.-based Einstein operates more than 750 restaurants in 39 states under the Einstein Bros.... »

Public E&S Companies Grow 7.5% In The Third Quarter - 12/06/2011

Blended revenues for seven large publicly traded equipment and supplies companies rose again in the third quarter, the sixth consecutive quarter of gains versus the year prior. Reported combined revenues for the group, less the... »

NRA’s Performance Index Was Flat At 100 In October - 12/06/2011

October wasn’t a great month for restaurant operators surveyed by the National Restaurant Association, but in spite of soft sales and traffic, they are feeling a bit better about the future. As a result, the group’s Restaurant... »

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6% In November On 120,000 New Jobs - 12/06/2011

The national news and business media worked hard parsing last week’s report on employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reasons were simple, if the details weren’t: The unemployment rate surprisingly dropped from 9% to... »

Consumer Confidence Improved Last Month, But Payroll Tax Extension Important - 12/06/2011

Both the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index and The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index improved last month, finally getting back to last summer’s levels, which are still nothing to get... »

Congress Urged To Extend and Make Permanent 15-Year Depreciation Schedule - 12/06/2011

Bricks and mortar, stainless and aluminum all wear out and break down. The foodservice industry has benefited recently from some critical tax benefits on construction and improvements, but without Congressional action, those... »

No Island Of Lost Toys For Kids In San Francisco - 12/06/2011

Where there’s a plastic toy desired by small children, there’s a way. As Dec. 1 dawned and San Francisco’s ban on restaurants (i.e. fast-food chains) providing toys in children’s meals took effect, the chain targeted by the city... »

Restaurateurs, Small Businesses Brace For Minimum Wage Increases - 12/06/2011

The market for automated ordering systems might get a boost in eight states facing big minimum-wage increases on New Year’s Day. Nationally, the minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour; it varies from state to state, with minor... »

Krispy Kreme Appoints President - 11/30/2011

Kenneth May, a former executive with FedEx Corp., has joined Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as the Winston-Salem, N.C.’s chain president and COO. He will report to Jim Morgan, Krispy Kreme’s CEO. In this new post created specifically for... »

ABC HONORS TOP SUPPLIERS, EXECS - 11/29/2011

During its recent fall conference, Allied Buying Corp. honored its top suppliers and recognized the support of three longtime industry professionals upon their retirements. In determining the Supplier of the Year honorees, ABC... »

KEEPING METAL FAB ALIVE - 11/29/2011

Early in November, we received an email from an industry friend of ours, a marketer who mainly works the manufacturing side of the equipment and supplies channel. “Who are the big fabricating dealers?” he asked. We should have... »

IN MEMORIAM: REP GENE VADER - 11/29/2011

Eugene “Gene” Vader, long-time member and past-president of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, died Nov.11. He was 81. Vader began his career in foodservice equipment sales in 1957 at Koch... »

STANDEX MAKES EXEC CHANGES AT COOKING GROUP, MASTER-BILT - 11/29/2011

Standex Food Service Equipment Group has made several organization changes within its senior leadership team. Kevin Clark, CFSP, has been named president of Standex Cooking Solutions Group, which encompasses the APW Wyott,... »

VICTORY APPOINTS DENNIS BALL TO HEAD SALES - 11/29/2011

Dennis Ball takes over this week as v.p.-sales for Victory Refrigeration. Ball joins Victory, part of the Ali Group, from the same post at H.C. Duke & Son (Electro Freeze). Prior to joining Ali, he held senior sales... »

FEDA’S 2012 CONVENTION READY FOR REGISTRATION - 11/29/2011

Registration materials are winging their way through the U.S. mail next week for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s 2012 Convention, March 28-April 1 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson,... »

INTERIOR DESIGN COUNCIL UPDATE - 11/29/2011

The Interior Design Protection Council, which has led efforts to defeat legislation threatening dealers’ ability to perform interior design roles on projects, is reorganizing. Foodservice equipment dealers and manufacturers have... »

Standex Exec Changes Include Kevin Clark As Pres.-Cooking Solutions - 11/22/2011

Standex Food Service Equipment Group has made several organization changes within its senior leadership team. Kevin Clark, CFSP, has been named president of Standex Cooking Solutions Group, which encompasses the APW Wyott,... »

Roster Of MUFES Speakers, Sponsors and Chain Attendees Fills Up - 11/22/2011

The sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, created by FER to bring together multiunit chain specifiers and industry experts, is only two months away. MUFES 2012, set for Jan. 28-30 at the Barton Creek Resort... »

McD’s 2012 Plan To Win Includes $2.9 Billion Cap-Ex - 11/22/2011

McDonald's Corp. is boosting capital expenditures to $2.9 billion next year, opening 1,325 outlets and continuing the revamp of existing locations. The Oak Brook, Ill., company announced its 2012 plans Nov. 10 at an investor... »

San Diego Is Home To First IHOP Express Unit - 11/22/2011

IHOP has opened a new sit-down outlet nearly every week this year, but its newest store in San Diego offers something completely different. The city’s Gaslamp District is home to the chain’s first IHOP Express, a fast-casual... »

Manitowoc Promotes Richardson To Head Sales and Global Accounts - 11/22/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has elevated Mark Richardson to the position of v.p.-sales, strategic and global accounts. In his new role, Richardson will be responsible for directing the Advanced Cooking Technology sales team while... »

Dennis Ball To Head Sales For Victory - 11/22/2011

Dennis Ball takes over this week as v.p.-sales for Victory Refrigeration. Ball joins Victory, part of the Ali Group, from the same post at H.C. Duke & Son (Electro Freeze). Prior to joining the Ali Group, he held senior sales... »

Antunes Names Schmidt To Vizion Business Post - 11/22/2011

A.J. Antunes & Co. has promoted Daniel Schmidt to business development manager-Vizion Products. He’ll oversee business relationships with current and potential customers, design and recommend sales programs, set up... »

Ten Products Win Best In Show At IHMRS & BDNY - 11/22/2011

Ten exhibitors received Editors' Choice Awards at the Nov. 13 opening ceremonies of the 96th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show and 2nd annual Boutique Design New York. The awards recognize best new products... »

In Memoriam: Gene Vader - 11/22/2011

Eugene “Gene” Vader, longtime member and past-president of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, died Nov.11. He was 81. Vader began his career in foodservice equipment sales in 1957 at Koch... »

Wendy’s North American Operations Get New Oversight - 11/22/2011

More changes at The Wendy’s Co. Emil Brolick, Wendy’s president and CEO, will take over day-to-day oversight of the chain’s domestic operations following the year-end departure of David Karam, president of Wendy’s North America.... »

MAFSI Barometer Posts Fourth Consecutive Gain, Up 4.4% - 11/22/2011

The MAFSI Business Barometer, a reflection of equipment and supplies sales by manufacturers’ reps, rose 4.4% in the third quarter versus the year-prior quarter, marking its fourth consecutive quarterly gain. And sales in the U.S.... »

Surprise! Wholesale Food Prices Fall After Months Of Increases - 11/22/2011

Average wholesale food prices fell 0.9% in October, according to the National Restaurant Association’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released Nov. 15. The decline was a bit of a surprise after... »

What If The Congressional “Super Committee” Fails? - 11/22/2011

As we go to press this week, it appears the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called “Super Committee,” will fail to come up with a way to trim the federal deficit over the next 10 years. The joint... »

Macroeconomic Forecasts Improve A Bit - 11/22/2011

As we get closer to the end of the year, we like to keep an even closer eye on the macroeconomic forecasts for the U.S. and major economies worldwide. We are always watching them, but just don’t always report them, figuring most... »

Used Kitchen Grease Hot Product For Green Market Thieves - 11/22/2011

It’s a colorful tale: Yellow grease sold on the black market for the green biofuel industry. Say what? Well, in yet another sign of the myriad ways the world of foodservice is changing, the California Department of Food and... »

NRA Launches Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group - 11/22/2011

The National Restaurant Association has formed an executive study group to focus on complex supply chain issues, including food costs, sourcing and traceability. The Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group will focus on and... »

NSF Int’l. Publishes First U.S. National Standard for Water Reuse - 11/22/2011

NSF Int’l. has published the first American national standard for onsite water reuse treatment systems. NSF/ANSI 350: Onsite Residential and Commercial Reuse Treatment Systems establishes criteria to improve awareness and... »

ONEIDA ACQUIRED BY ANCHOR HOCKING PARENT - 11/15/2011

Oneida Ltd., one of the country’s oldest tabletop manufacturers and parent of Oneida Foodservice, has been acquired by Monomoy Capital Partners. The New York-based equity firm is the parent company of glassware manufacturer... »

NEW APPOINTMENTS AROUND THE INDUSTRY: - 11/15/2011

ACP Inc. has promoted Mary Potter, previously v.p.-marketing, to the office of v.p.-marketing and business development. Al Brown, director of field service, and his team will report to her. In her new post, Potter will coordinate... »

FEDA READIES FOR A BUSY MARCH: CONVENTION AND UID - 11/15/2011

Head over to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s website and get the full details on the association’s two biggest events in the new year. You can register for the 2012 University of Industrial Distribution,... »

HOW’S 2012 LOOKING? AND HOW’S DAVID CAMPBELL? - 11/15/2011

November is the month John Muldowney and I usually revise the upcoming year’s FER equipment and supplies market forecast. John is v.p.-marketing at Alto-Shaam and my long-time forecasting partner, in case you don’t know. Back in... »

BARGREEN, SINGER WIN ROBOT COUPE AWARDS - 11/15/2011

Dealers on opposite sides of the country came up with the winning creative entries in Robot Coupe’s Showroom Display Contest. Bargreen Ellingson Foodservice Supply & Design’s store in Tacoma, Wash., won top honors for the... »

RECOMMEND AN OPERATOR FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD - 11/15/2011

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability is looking for the year’s best- executed foodservice sustainability program. The HCFS, a nonprofit forum supporting the foodservice industry's drive for sustainable equipment and... »

DORMONT WEBSITE GETS AN UPDATE - 11/15/2011

Dormont is showing off its more than 60 years of gas connectivity experience with a redesigned and upgraded website. The new design includes an updated logo and better reflects the Export, Pa., company’s focus on solutions for... »

Yum!’s Bid For Little Sheep Earns Government Approval - 11/09/2011

Yum! Brands’ bid to acquire Little Sheep Group Ltd., the Chinese operator and franchisor of hot pot restaurants, has been approved by China's Ministry of Commerce. Once the deal has been finalized in a vote by shareholders,... »

NRA Performance Index Bounces Back - 11/08/2011

Just when one might fear the foodservice market is heading toward a double-dip downturn, those always hungry American consumers decide to eat out more often. The Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant... »

Meiko USA Appoints Ciampoli To Head Sales & Marketing - 11/08/2011

David Ciampoli has assumed the office of v.p.-sales and marketing for Meiko USA. He will oversee North American sales and marketing teams for the manufacturer of warewashers, tray handling, waste handling, healthcare disinfection... »

Oneida Acquired By Anchor Hocking Parent - 11/08/2011

Oneida Ltd., one of the oldest tabletop manufacturers in the United States and the parent of Oneida Foodservice, has been acquired by Monomoy Capital Partners. The New York-based equity firm is the parent company of glassware... »

The Economy Continues To Add Jobs, Very Slowly - 11/08/2011

Nonfarm payrolls in the United States grew by 80,000 as the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9% in October, according to data released Friday, Oct. 4, by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers were somewhat weaker... »

Food Prices Continue To Rise Strongly, Menu Prices Not So Much - 11/08/2011

Wholesale food prices are on a course to show the largest one-year increase since 1980, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data and analysis from the National Restaurant Association. “Average”... »

Consumer Confidence: Need You Ask? But Consumers (And Operators) Spend Anyway - 11/08/2011

Consumer confidence has generally been considered a good driver of consumer spending. But recent data shows a bit of disconnect. Both major measures of consumer confidence remain at recession levels. The Consumer Confidence Index... »

Carol Lowe Ascends To Carlisle Presidency - 11/08/2011

Carlisle FoodService Products has named Carol Lowe as president. She takes the reins following several senior executive roles at Carlisle Cos., the parent company of CFSP. As president, Lowe will govern the Oklahoma City... »

Hobart Center Seeks Innovative Sustainability Programs - 11/08/2011

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability is looking for the best-executed foodservice sustainability program of the year. The HCFS, a nonprofit forum supporting the foodservice industry's drive for sustainable... »

Showtime In New York Next Week - 11/08/2011

With 700 exhibitors signed up and 30,000 attendees expected, the 96th Annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show opening next weekend will be a hot ticket. The show kicks off Nov. 13-15 at New York's Jacob K. Javits... »

Vietnam Trade Show Reports Surge In Attendance - 11/08/2011

Vietnam's biggest food and hospitality tradeshow got a lot bigger this fall. The sixth biennial Food & Hotel Vietnam, Sept. 28-30, recorded a 26% increase in attendance. The three-day event at the Saigon Exhibition and... »

Cres Cor Adds To Sales Team - 11/08/2011

Several changes have been announced at Cres Cor. Bill Klan, who has worked in Cres Cor management for more than a decade, will now head up national accounts and new business development. Industry veteran Rick Burr is joining the... »

Potter Adds To Portfolio At ACP - 11/08/2011

ACP Inc. has promoted Mary Potter, previously v.p.-marketing, to the office of v.p.-marketing and business development. Al Brown, director of field service, and his team will report to her. In her new post, Potter will coordinate... »

Nelson Back At SPG To Head Business Development - 11/08/2011

SPG International has named James Nelson to the office of v.p.-business development, foodservice and retail. The appointment to the newly created post marks his return to SPG; Nelson most recently served as president of Accent... »

A Clamor For Quiet Space - 11/08/2011

Environmental factors such as energy and water use, lighting and ventilation are shaping 21st century restaurant design. Noise might be the next frontier, if a former restaurateur and retired chief building inspector for San... »

CO2 In Soda Dispensers Not Hazardous Waste - 11/08/2011

More than 7,300 restaurants and other small businesses in San Bernadino County, Calif., can breathe a sigh of relief. As of Nov. 1, they are exempt from a month-old state regulation on compressed gas, including the carbon dioxide... »

Quebec Zaps Operators For Tax Fraud - 11/08/2011

Last week, Quebec restaurant operators turned on a new piece of equipment: government-mandated devices aimed at preventing the use of zappers, or software that enables illegal cash-skimming at the point of sale to reduce the... »

NRA Adds Senior Manager For Food Safety - 11/08/2011

The National Restaurant Association has added Christopher Melchert as senior manager for food safety and quality assurance, a new position within the government affairs and policy team. He will help develop, manage and implement... »

BETTER TRAINING & EDUCATION MAKES FOR BETTER DEALERS - 11/01/2011

Something odd is going on out there. Even with 9.1% unemployment, employers of all sizes, in all kinds of industries, are grousing that they cannot find suitable hires. How could that be?  It has been fashionable to... »

CRES COR BEEFS UP SALES TEAM - 11/01/2011

Several changes have been announced at Cres Cor. Bill Klan, who has worked in Cres Cor management for more than a decade, will now head up national accounts and new business development. Industry veteran Rick Burr is joining the... »

CARLISLE NAMES CAROL LOWE TO TOP POST - 11/01/2011

Carlisle FoodService Products has named Carol Lowe as president. She takes the reins following several senior executive roles at Carlisle Cos., the parent company of CFSP. As president, Lowe will govern the Oklahoma City... »

BAINUM TO RETIRE FROM HOCKENBERGS K.C. BRANCH - 11/01/2011

The Kansas City, Kan., branch of Hockenbergs will have a new head man at the end of the year. Mike Bainum is retiring as president of the Omaha, Neb., dealer's branch there, and Kirk Farmer will take the reins on Jan. 1... »

TEXAS-BASED MISSION OPENS FOURTH STORE - 11/01/2011

Mission Restaurant Supply recently opened its fourth retail store in its home state of Texas. The new showroom in McAllen provides the dealership a presence in the Rio Grande Valley. The two-day grand opening celebration included... »

MASTER-BILT NAMES NEW REP GROUP - 11/01/2011

It's a new assignment for Comstock Park, Mich.-based GMD Foodservice Marketing. The rep group will service lower Michigan and Indiana for Master-Bilt, the New Albany, Miss., refrigeration manufacturer. GMD has offices on... »

HOW DEALERS WILL SURVIVE - 10/18/2011

It will come as no surprise to most dealers that many manufacturers are very frustrated by the current market structure, with many dealers almost entirely dependent on back-end buying group rebates for their profitability.... »

IFMA HONORS BIRITE, GFS, UNIPRO - 10/18/2011

Two broadline distributors and the leader of the nation’s largest foodservice distribution cooperative will be honored next month with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s fifth annual Distributor... »

LEGACY COS. ADDS SEVENTH BRAND - 10/18/2011

Excalibur Products, a Sacramento, Calif., maker of food dehydration equipment, has been acquired by The Legacy Cos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Legacy is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It also owns the Blakeslee,... »

FEDA’S UID SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS FRIDAY - 10/18/2011

There are a few days left to apply for scholarships to attend FEDA’s University of Industrial Distribution. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. Any middle-management professional working at an equipment dealership and... »

MASTER-BILT ADDS TWO REP FIRMS - 10/18/2011

Master-Bilt has appointed two new sales representative groups to market its refrigeration equipment. From its base in Mendota Heights, Minn., Johnson Commercial Agents will cover the territories of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Ross... »

AMANA PROMOTES POPPEN - 10/18/2011

Amana Commercial Products has appointed Kami Poppen as its director of business development-Americas. Poppen has been with ACP for 15 years, most recently serving as director of sales-chain accounts. Poppen will focus on... »

MANITOWOC UPDATES CULINARY CENTER - 10/18/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has modernized its culinary center in Cleveland to accommodate more high-tech customer meetings, culinary demonstrations by three full-time chefs, and hands-on training. The re-do includes a complete... »

NRA ACCEPTING INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINATIONS - 10/18/2011

Whether due to natural disasters or the economic downturn, it’s been a year of volunteering time and donating goods to food banks and community kitchens. Do you have an operator customer who merits honors for outstanding... »

Darden Adds Two Upscale Seafood Brands - 10/18/2011

Darden Restaurants, already one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, has gotten a little bit bigger. It has agreed to purchase the Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille restaurant brands, and all related... »

Have Commodities Prices Bottomed Out? - 10/11/2011

As forecasts for economic growth have slowed during the past three months, prices for many key metals and other materials used in foodservice equipment have fallen in line with most other markets. But while there is still a lot... »

Microwaves, Chemical Sanitizers Covered In FDA’s Revised Model Food Code - 10/11/2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s newly issued revisions to the 2009 Model Food Code includes reworded clarifications on microwave cooking and chemical sanitizers in dishwashing equipment. The Model Food Code is a... »

Save The Date: FER Readies Sixth Biennial MUFES Meeting - 10/11/2011

A decade of in-depth conversations and successful networking has FER’s staff gearing up for its sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium. 2012 MUFES, set for Jan. 28-30 at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in... »

CiCi’s Pizza Adds Two To Oversee Equipment - 10/11/2011

The kitchen is the focus at CiCi’S Pizza. Clif Geisler, newly named director-operational systems, is leading company-wide equipment testing, including induction heating for soups, pastas and sauces. Rebecca Stone, senior... »

ACP Promotes Poppen - 10/11/2011

Amana Commercial Products has appointed Kami Poppen as its director of business development-Americas. Poppen has been with ACP for 15 years, most recently serving as director of sales-chain accounts. Poppen will focus on... »

Ali North America Names Filippo Berti Chairman & CEO - 10/11/2011

Filippo Berti has been appointed chairman and CEO of Ali Group North America, a division of Ali Group. Berti succeeds Robert Nerbonne in overseeing all of the group’s North American companies, including Aladdin Temp-Rite,... »

Nominating Period Opens For NRA’s Restaurant Industry Awards - 10/11/2011

Whether due to natural disasters or the economic downturn, it’s been a year of volunteering time and donating goods to food banks and community kitchens. Now comes the opportunity to honor operators and employees for outstanding... »

Blanco Taps New Chiefs For Catering Systems - 10/11/2011

Blanco CS (Customized Solutions) has announced Frank Höck and Robert Götz will assume, respectively, domestic and export control of the Catering Systems business unit. Martin Braun will lead the German company’s new Food... »

Two Manufacturers Update Facilities - 10/11/2011

Nor-Lake has opened an East Coast distribution center in Simpsonville, S.C., to reduce logistical lead times and costs for its AdvantEdge product line. Nor-Lake, based in Hudson, Wis., is part of the Standex Food Service... »

Two New Rep Firms For Master-Bilt - 10/11/2011

Master-Bilt has appointed two new sales representative groups to market its refrigeration equipment.  From its base in Mendota Heights, Minn., Johnson Commercial Agents will cover the territories of Minnesota and the... »

Jobs Growth A Bit Better than Expected In September - 10/11/2011

It was hardly a surge but nonfarm payrolls in the United States grew by 103,000 in September, according to data released Friday, Oct. 7, by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers beat most analysts’ expectations and... »

Economists Expect Slow Growth For U.S. Economy For Years To Come - 10/11/2011

The latest consensus forecasts from 50 leading econometric forecasting organizations surveyed monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators outlines a U.S. economy plagued by sluggish real growth for years to come. And the short-term... »

While NRA’s RPI Down Again, Cap Ex Measures Rise - 10/11/2011

We’ve said for months that the current recovery of the foodservice equipment and supplies market is unusual. While E&S sales usually lag operator fortunes, in this recovery increased capital spending anticipated an upturn in... »

Spate Of Car Accidents Prompts Barrier Mandate For New Restaurants - 10/11/2011

A fatal car crash last month has prompted Amherst, N.Y., to require safety barriers in front of any new restaurants built there. The measure is in response to recent crashes in the area in which motorists drove into buildings,... »

International Food Safety Training Lab Opens In Maryland - 10/11/2011

Academic, private-sector and government forces have jointly created the world’s first global food-safety training facility. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and... »

FDA Piloting Ways To Track Tainted Food, Prevent Outbreaks - 10/11/2011

The death toll from an outbreak of listeria first linked to tainted cantaloupes has risen to 21, and a total of 109 people have been sickened across 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Oct.... »

KITTREDGE PROMOTES FIVE IN MANAGEMENT - 10/04/2011

Kittredge Foodservice Equipment, one of the Northeast’s biggest full-service dealerships, has made several changes in its sales management team. Jeffrey Mackey has been promoted to v.p.-sales, and will continue to manage a... »

ALI NORTH AMERICA APPOINTS FILIPPO BERTI CHAIRMAN & CEO - 10/04/2011

Luciano Berti, chairman of Ali S.p.A (Ali Group), announced on Sept. 30 the appointment of Filippo Berti as chairman and CEO of Ali Group North America. Berti succeeds Robert Nerbonne in overseeing all of the group’s North... »

MANITOWOC NAMES GLOBAL ACCOUNTS, GARLAND CANADA VEEPS - 10/04/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has promoted two company veterans to new roles. Kathy Veder has been promoted to a newly created post, v.p.-global accounts for Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Arby’s. She will focus on marketing initiatives... »

CHAMPION NAMES BRAVINDER SALES DIRECTOR - 10/04/2011

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... »

FEDA MAILS 2011 PROFIT SURVEY REPORTS - 10/04/2011

Check your mailboxes, both electronic and snail, if you’re a member of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. FEDA members who participated in the 2011 FEDA Profit Survey should have received by email their... »

APPS RUNNING THE GAMUT FROM SPEC SHEETS TO MENUS - 10/04/2011

Who needs a desktop or a printed menu these days? Operators, dealers and specifiers and consultants are being freed from desktop devices with a wealth of apps and the devices they operate on. Sometimes that freedom doesn't even... »

NOR-LAKE OPENS DISTRIBUTION CENTER - 10/04/2011

Nor-Lake Inc. opened an East Coast distribution center this week to reduce logistical lead times and costs for its AdvantEdge product line. The new Simpsonville, S.C., facility began shipping the line of reach-ins, merchandisers,... »

PICKING CHANNEL TEAMMATES - 10/04/2011

Some years ago, at one of the big association meetings—might’ve been FEDA, or maybe NAFEM—one of the speakers made a really salient point about manufacturer competition. “We used to say my equipment competes with your equipment,”... »

Yum! Inks Deals To Sell Long John Silver’s, A&W - 09/27/2011

Yum! Brands has signed definitive agreements to sell Long John Silver’s and A&W Restaurants to two separate groups of franchisees. Terms of the deals, announced Sept. 22, were not disclosed. Both sales are expected to be... »

Time To Apply For NRA’s Kitchen Innovations Awards - 09/27/2011

Manufacturers’ R&D departments should dust off their trophy shelves. The National Restaurant Association has opened up the nomination process for its 2012 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Selected by an independent panel of... »

Manitowoc Names Veeps For Global Accounts, Garland Canada - 09/27/2011

Manitowoc Foodservice has promoted two company veterans to new posts. Kathy Veder has been promoted to a newly created post, v.p.-global accounts-Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Arby’s. She will focus on marketing initiatives including... »

Alto-Shaam Hones Strategic Focus With Shifts To Sales Force - 09/27/2011

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... »

McDonald's Zeros In On Renovating Canadian Stores - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/27/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/20/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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. - 09/13/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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 - 09/13/2011

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... »

Uncertain Outlook Pushes Most Metal Prices Lower - 09/13/2011

If there’s any happy effect of the recent economic uncertainty, it’s that prices for most commodities used widely in foodservice equipment and supplies have fallen during the past three months, as buyers and traders try to... »

Accu-Temp Names New National Accounts Team - 09/13/2011

AccuTemp Products has appointed Diane White and Michael Teders as vice presidents, national accounts. Both will be responsible for sales and customer support for key multiunit customers. White’s resume include national accounts... »

Food Trucks Gaining Traction, Says NRA - 09/13/2011

The fumes of controversy surrounding food trucks are clearing, and consumers are showing increasing interest in mobile foodservice. New research by the National Restaurant Association confirms that 59% of consumers would be... »

NAFEM Tech Group Honored - 09/13/2011

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers’ Food Service Equipment Technical Advisory Group has received the 2011 division medal from the Canadian Standards Association. The award recognizes a technical... »

NSF Names New GM For Foodservice Equipment - 09/13/2011

Sarah Krol has been appointed general manager-foodservice equipment and consumer products at NSF Int’l. She will work with Mike Kohler, foodservice equipment technical manager and Mark Holloway, operations manager. »

New Engineering V.P. Appointed By Grindmaster - 09/13/2011

Grindmaster-Cecilware Corp. has appointed Jose Avendaño as its new v.p.-engineering. He will oversee all aspects of engineering from his offices at the company’s Louisville, Ky., headquarters. He joins the firm from Crane... »

Texas Roadhouse Focuses On Middle East Expansion - 09/13/2011

Texas Roadhouse is ramping up its expansion plans for the Middle East over other emerging markets. The chain cites the region's sophisticated consumer base and a new partnership with Kuwait's Alshaya Group, its key licensee in... »

Marble Slab And MaggieMoo’s Merge Concepts - 09/13/2011

Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery are merging into one concept, which retains the Marble Slab name and integrates both chains’ products into an updated, contemporary store. The first remodeled unit... »

Macro Economic Forecasts Continue To Fall - 09/13/2011

When the year began, the 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators believed real U.S. gross domestic product would grow 3.1% this year and 3.2% in 2012. At the beginning of September,... »

Expectations, Cap Ex Plans Fall Sharply, Driving Down NRA’s Performance Index - 09/13/2011

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index fell back sharply in July, dipping to 99.7. This puts the index below the 100 point that signals expansion vs. contraction. The expectations and capital goods... »

EQUIPMENT PURCHASE TAX INCENTIVES GOOD THROUGH DECEMBER - 09/08/2011

Fall might be upon us, but 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 President Obama last September, provides... »

WIN-HOLT BUYS COMMERCIAL STAINLESS FABRICATORS - 09/08/2011

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... »

KOOL STAR MOVES PLANT BACK TO U.S. - 09/08/2011

Kool Star is relocating its panel manufacturing from Nogales, Mexico to New Albany, Miss. Shifting the work stateside provides centrally located manufacturing and distribution, reducing shipping lead-times and costs while... »

IN MEMORIAM: BUNN-O-MATIC’S NEAL ROBINSON - 09/08/2011

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, and played a key role in expanding Bunn-O-Matic's international... »

IN MEMORIAM: CANADIAN REP HAROLD HAMILTON - 09/08/2011

Harold Hamilton, founder of one of the first manufacturers’ rep firms in Quebec and a leader in establishing MAFSI in Canada, died Aug. 28 in Ottawa, Ontario. His career started in 1945, when he joined Bell Rinfret Co. in... »

NEW APPOINTMENTS AROUND THE INDUSTRY: - 09/08/2011

U.S. COOLER has named Darrell Hunt regional sales manager for its mid-central territory, which includes Tennessee and Kentucky. Hunt brings a 35-year industry background to the walk-in manufacturer. U.S. Cooler is based in... »

NRA’S PERFORMANCE INDEX DROPPED BACK IN JULY - 09/08/2011

The graph is starting to look a little scary. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index fell back sharply in July, dipping to 99.7. This puts the index below the 100 point that signals expansion vs.... »

FEDA TO OFFER UID SCHOLARSHIPS - 09/08/2011

Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association member companies will soon be receiving information on the FEDA Education Foundation’s scholarships to the University of Industrial Distribution program. The four-day program, to be... »

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