Technomic’s Top 500 Chains Grew Sales 3.4% Last Year
The 500 largest restaurant-chain concepts grew nearly twice as fast in 2011 as in ’10, according to Technomic Inc., the Chicago foodservice research firm. The 500 chains rang up sales of $242 billion last year, up $8 billion from... »
NAFEM Introduces On-Line CFSP Overview Course
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has introduced a new online Certified Foodservice Professional overview course. It’s based on the existing 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice... »
NPD’s Unit Census Details Independent Restaurant Losses
Independent restaurants continued to shed units last year—a net decline of 6,863 units—even as the Great Foodservice Recession began to moderate. The tally is part of the latest data from The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount census... »
Industry Personnel Moves:
Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed John Hedgcock as v.p.-strategy and sourcing. He will lead the strategic planning process across the New Port Richey, Fla., company’s business, including manufacturing strategy and business... »
Wholesale Food Prices Falling, Slowing Menu-Price Increases
Wholesale food prices fell again in February, the third consecutive month prices have moved lower. This trend, in turn, apparently slowed the pace of menu-price increases in February from those seen in recent months.
SFM To Host Critical Issues Conference In April
The Society for Foodservice Management will host its Critical Issues Conference at the JPMorgan Chase World Headquarters in New York on April 17.
The one-day glimpse into the future of corporate dining technology will bring... »
Moe’s To Debut In Russia
It will be chips and salsa in St. Petersburg when Moe’s Southwest Grill debuts in Russia later this year. Glaventer Investments LTD will open 50 Moe’s locations in Russia over the next 10 years; the first store should open in... »
Nearly All Metals Prices Begin To Move Higher
Prices for nearly all metals used widely in foodservice equipment and supplies have begun to move higher, after a brief decline in prices late last year.
Stainless steel prices are moving higher after bottoming out in December... »
Macroeconomic Five-Year Forecasts Improve Slightly
Yes, the 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators still predict a painfully slow recovery from The Great Recession. But their long-range consensus forecasts, reported in the March... »
Updated ADA Standards Take Effect
The American Disabilities Act standards from 1991 officially expired March 15 and were supplanted by the updated 2010 ADA standards.
The updated requirements and the deadline were well-known to most manufacturers and operators.... »
South Carolina Plans First Update To Food Code Since 1995
The Palmetto State is getting serious about food safety. South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is updating the state’s food-safety regulations for the first time in 17 years. The new rules are... »
California Mulls Tougher Rules On Food Trucks
Food trucks—where they go and where they park—continue to be an issue in California. A state lawmaker, stating concerns about childhood obesity, has introduced a bill to significantly limit where food trucks and lunch wagons can... »
NRA Forecasts “Greener” Restaurants In 2012
A majority of restaurateurs across all industry segments plan to invest in “green” technology this year, according to the National Restaurant Association.
The association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast reports that more... »
Consultants CFG, FCS Form Strategic Partnership
The Cornyn Fasano Group and Foodservice Consultants Studio have joined forces in a strategic partnership. Their alliance enables the consultants to offer management advisory and design solutions and broaden the scope of services... »
Kitchen Innovations Dealer Cocktail Reception Slated For NRA Show
As a special thank-you to equipment and supplies dealers, the National Restaurant Association, in cooperation with the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association and Foodservice Equipment Reports, is hosting its second annual... »
Canada’s Biggest Dealer Honored For Top Management
Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, the largest E&S dealer in Canada, has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2011.
Hendrix, a FEDA member based in Brockville, Ontario, has six locations in... »
Four Manufacturers Win Energy Star Awards
Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts toward reducing energy consumption in their products. The official announcements were issued by Hoshizaki... »
Be Part of FER Top Dealer Survey
What is it worth to establish your dealership’s credibility before more than 20,000 multiunit operators and design consultants? That’s the point of Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer Report. The magazine will again... »
FEDA Countdown: Two Weeks Till Convention, Two Days Left For Compensation Survey
These are busy times at the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Not only is FEDA’s annual convention is just around the corner, March 28 to April 1 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort in Tucson, Ariz., but the... »
Franklin Machine Products has beefed up its field sales force. Alan Oates has been elevated to key accounts manager with responsibility for buying groups and national distributors. John Glavanovits, who has experience as both a... »
Dispensing Dynamics Acquires San Jamar
San Jamar-Chef Revival has a new corporate parent. The Elkhorn, Wis., manufacturer’s parent company, The Colman Group, has been acquired by Dispensing Dynamics Int’l.
DDI, headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., manufactures... »
A few days ago, a couple senior-level dealer friends in the sportcraft industry were commenting on how tough the market’s been lately. An almost snowless winter in this part of the country has dropped snowmobile sales to almost... »
NAFEM Announces New Officers and Directors
It’s a new lineup of officers at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. The new officers officially took office during NAFEM’s Annual Business Meeting in February. Serving a two-year term are:
NRA’s Performance Index Falls Back In January
The warm winter weather must have led to an early bloom of optimism for restaurant operators. The Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association fell back in January after surging in December.... »
Component Hardware Merges With JHL
Component Hardware Group and JHL Enterprises, two leading makers of plumbing and hardware products for the foodservice industry, are merging. Under the definitive agreement effective March 2, JHL will be fully integrated into... »
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