NPD Reports Both Chains And Independents Added Units In 2012, While Traffic Rose 1%
The net numbers of both chain and independent restaurant units in the U.S. were up 0.7%, an increase of 4.442 restaurants, in the year ended September 2012, according to the latest data from NPD Group’s twice-a-year ReCount... »
Older Americans Increase Restaurant Visits, While Younger Consumers Cut Back, Says NPD
It really just comes down to money. A new report from The NPD Group details how older Americans, those 55 and older, have increased their visits to restaurants of all kinds since 2008, while younger Americans have rather... »
Traffic Fell In Six Of 10 Major Foodservice Markets In Third Quarter 2012
Only China and Canada recorded significant increases in restaurant visits in the third quarter of last year, according to data from the NPD Group. Six of the 10 markets in which NPD charts foodservice activity—Australia, France,... »
Moderate Jobs Growth Continues, Consumer Confidence Stabilizes
Employment grew by 157,000 jobs in January, pretty much in line with economists’ expectations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, Feb. 1. Also on Friday, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of... »
2013 Brings Spec Revisions For Energy Star Foodservice Equipment
Revisions and updates continue for Energy Star commercial foodservice equipment specifications. By the end of 2013, all nine categories of equipment currently carrying Energy Star certification will have undergone revisions,... »
States Face Environmental, Wage and Healthcare Issues
Only a month into 2013, and state legislatures and state restaurant associations are wrestling with some major issues. Minimum-wage increases, paid sick leave and environmental issues are just a few of the legislative issues... »
Let’s Get This Party Started: FER Honors Industry Service At NAFEM ‘13
The biggest E&S show of the year opens next week. We hope to see a lot of you at NAFEM ’13, Feb. 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
If we don’t see you in aisles or at your booth, please stop by FER... »
NAFEM ’13: Time To Network
Pack up your plane tickets, comfortable shoes, Parrothead gear, FER Exhibitor Pocket Guide, and notes on who to see and what to see at The NAFEM Show. It’s only a week away.
The North American Association of Food Equipment... »
Ron Snyder Joins Robot Coupe
Ronald Snyder has joined Robot Coupe U.S.A as the Jackson, Miss., company’s market solutions adviser. Snyder, a degreed culinary chef, has spent the last 11 years working as a regional sales manager or manufacturer sales... »
Minneapolis-Based Premier Gains Equity Partner
Hillcrest Capital Partners, a Minneapolis-based private investment group, is pleased to announce it has made an investment in Premier Restaurant Equipment.
Minneapolis-based Premier is a full-service foodservice design and... »
Ace Mart Announces 2012 Gus Award Honoree
Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has named employee Bud Herrmann as recipient of its second annual Gus Award. Hermann received the award at a presentation ceremony during the annual Kitchen Equipment & New Technology Expo in Flower... »
Make The Deadline For FEDA Dues
Time is running out to pay membership dues to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Dues payments should be in to FEDA by Thursday, Jan. 31. Questions can go to Ray Herrick at 800/677-9605. »
What The NAFEM Show Does
We’ve been very busy the past three months getting ready for The NAFEM Show Feb. 7-9. We produced three big issues for December, January and February, featuring our redesign of the magazine. We re-launched our new digital... »
Check Those Boxes, It’s Economic Census Time
Multiunit operators, E&S dealers, consultants and service agents are among the nearly four million businesses which have received forms for the 2012 Economic Census, the federal government’s official five-year measure of... »
FER News Exclusive: How Customers Are Driving Manitowoc’s Factory Consolidation
Without much fanfare, Manitowoc Foodservice has undertaken a series consolidations and expansions of its cooking equipment manufacturing facilities in the past three years.
The New Port Richey, Fla.-based foodservice equipment... »
Ali Group Will Integrate Scotsman, McCulloch Passes CEO Reins
Scotsman Industries, recently acquired by the Ali Group, will remain a U.S.-based global group reporting to Ali Group North America. The Milan, Italy-based conglomerate has announced several updates to Scotsman’s management... »
Technomic Lowers 2013 Operator Sales Forecast
Technomic Inc. has revised downwards its estimates and forecasts for foodservice operator sales in 2012 and ’13. Real growth for this year is now forecast at 1%, down from the Chicago-based research firm’s forecast last August of... »
Doughnut Chains Fill Holes In Their Market Coverage
Two major doughnut and coffee chains have spread out to new markets.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. opened its first franchise location in India on Jan. 19. The new store is in Bangalore, India's third largest city, and the center... »
Alsea Commits $85 Million To Open 30 P.F. Chang's In Brazil
Mexican restaurant franchise operator Alsea SAB has acquired exclusive rights to develop P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Brazil.
Alsea, which opened its first P.F. Chang's in Mexico City in 2009, will spend more than $85 million to... »
UL Acquires California Food Safety Auditor
UL has acquired Everclean Services, a food-safety auditor based in Agoura Hills, Calif. Everclean Services assesses and audits food safety, supplier qualifications, brand consistency and price integrity for restaurants, grocery... »
No Consumer Confidence Bounce From Cliff Deal
We (and lots of other observers) were wrong. Most of us expected consumers would gain back a bit of their confidence from the AmericanTaxpayer Relief Act passed just after the New Year. But no.
The Thomson Reuters/University of... »
Things Will Get Better, Blue Chip Forecasts. Just Not Yet
It being a new year, we thought we’d share the current macroeconomic forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip raised their consensus forecast for real... »
Wholesale Food Prices Haven’t Surged, Yet
The price-increase news for foodservice operators in December was actually pretty good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported wholesale food prices at all three levels of the wholesale chain fell during the month. Finished... »
U.K. Market Should Begin to Grow In 2013, Says Horizons
It’s been a very tough slog for foodservice operators the past two years in Britain. The austerity regime of tax increases and benefit cuts put in place by the current Conservative/Liberal Democrat government has cut consumers’... »
New York City Soda Wars Continue
The New York State Supreme Court is hearing arguments Jan. 23 on the legality of the supersized soft-drink ban passed last year by New York City’s board of health
The National Restaurant Association, American Beverage... »
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