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Halton Acquires Current Energy - 10/19/2010

Halton, the Finland-based company specializing in air-flow management, fire safety and kitchen ventilation, has stepped up its presence in the energy-management business by acquiring Current Energy. The Dallas-based company... »

BK Plans Bigger Footprint in Brazil - 10/19/2010

Brazil, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, is going to be eating more Whoppers. Burger King Corp. has signed the largest multi-unit development agreement in its six-year history in Brazil with one of its newest franchisees, the... »

Focus Adds Auntie Anne’s To Its Lineup - 10/19/2010

Never let it be said that Focus Brands doesn’t have wide-ranging taste in foodservice companies. In a deal expected to close later this fall, Focus has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Auntie Anne’s, adding soft pretzels... »

Robot Coupe Adds To Int’l. Team - 10/19/2010

Tom Dirkx has joined Robot Coupe USA as the company’s new international regional manager. Dirkx, who has more than 20 years experience in the foodservice industry, will cover Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Robot Coupe, based... »

Pret A Manger Opens First Chicago Location - 10/19/2010

The Windy City has become the first U.S. market outside of New York and Washington, D.C. to welcome a Pret A Manger restaurant. The London-based quick-service chain opened a store in the downtown Loop two weeks ago, and has plans... »

Foodservice Outlook Improved Worldwide In Second Quarter; China Booms - 10/19/2010

While most major global foodservice markets continued to experience negative traffic trends, increased spending per visit had some markets returning to positive sales growth, according to second-quarter data from NPD Group. In... »

Jobs Growth Mixed In September - 10/19/2010

Jobs growth remained sluggish in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Oct. 8. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 95,000, as government employment dropped by 159,000. The private sector added 64,000 jobs. The... »

Food-Price Jumps Push Price Indexes Higher In September - 10/19/2010

Strongly higher food prices at both the wholesale and consumer levels helped push both the Consumer Price and Producer Price Indexes higher in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. After declines four of... »

Most Macroeconomic Forecasts Hold Steady - 10/19/2010

After several months of declining forecasts, the economic outlook for the U.S. mostly stabilized in this month’s consensus forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The more than 50 major economic forecasting groups the... »

FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 10/19/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »

L.A. Goes With Letter Grades For Food Trucks - 10/19/2010

It’s been years of diner beware for food truck fans left questioning the literal meaning of roach coach. Now, it looks as though health-department letter grades are coming to food trucks in Los Angeles County. Last week, the... »

D.C. Grilling Fumes Update - 10/19/2010

Now here’s a case study on just how crucial spec’ing and placement of the right ventilation system is to a foodservice operation. In August, we told you about the court battle between a popular Washington, D.C. burger joint and a... »

McD’s And Others Get Healthcare Waiver - 10/19/2010

Quick update on McDonald’s and healthcare: The burger giant and 29 other companies that provide very limited health insurance benefits to nearly one million workers have been granted 1-year waivers by the federal government from... »

Food Safety Bill Languishes In D.C. - 10/19/2010

The clock is ticking, mid-term elections are nearing, and it doesn’t look likely that the federal food safety bill that’s been gathering dust in the Senate is going to go anywhere soon. Despite broad bipartisan support, S.510... »

FER Presents Industry Service Awards - 10/05/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports has announced the winners of its annual Industry Service Awards. The annual awards, presented since 2005, honor those who have made substantial, sustained contributions not just to their own firms... »

MAFSI Announces 2010 Officers, Award Winners - 10/05/2010

It was a busy few days in San Antonio for members of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. The group held its 45th annual conference there late last month, where 300-plus attendees saw Michael... »

Ali Group Buys Edlund - 10/05/2010

The Edlund Co., a leading maker of commercial foodservice equipment and smallwares, has been acquired by Ali Group, joining the Italian company’s large stable of foodservice equipment manufacturers. The acquisition was publicly... »

Duray Buys Baring - 10/05/2010

In a deal that combines two powerhouse dealer bid houses, Duray/J.F. Duncan Industries has purchased Baring Industries, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., subsidiary of Electrolux Professional. Duray is headquartered in Downey, Calif. Duray... »

Korea’s Dipo Induction Establishes HQ In Ohio - 10/05/2010

Dipo Induction, a South Korean maker of induction cooking and warming equipment, has established North American operations in Troy, Ohio. Dipo Induction USA Ltd. is headed by 35-year Hobart veteran Kurt Wacker, CFSP. “Dipo... »

Homer Laughlin, Hall Under Common Ownership - 10/05/2010

The names stamped on the plates are still the same, but Homer Laughlin China Co. and Hall China Co. have joined forces and are operating under common ownership. Since late spring, the two china manufacturers have operated as... »

Ruby Tuesday Licenses Lime Fresh - 10/05/2010

One of the biggest casual-dining chains is entering the fast-casual segment. Ruby Tuesday has inked a deal to open and operate up to 200 fast-casual Mexican restaurants. Ruby Tuesday signed a licensing agreement in mid-September... »

Red Mango Looks South For Growth - 10/05/2010

Red Mango, the South Korean-owned frozen yogurt and fruit smoothie chain, continues to expand south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Over the summer, the chain announced franchise agreements that would bring five units to Georgia and... »

California Enacts Food Handler Legislation - 10/05/2010

The Food Safety Modernization Act and Child Nutrition Act are both languishing in Washington, victims of intraparty fighting and the looming mid-term elections. But a few things are getting done on the state level. Last... »

McD’s Has A Beef With Healthcare Costs - 10/05/2010

McDonald’s is refuting a story in the Sept. 30 Wall Street Journal that it will drop health insurance for its employees. In a statement posted on the company’s corporate website, Steve Russell, senior v.p and chief people officer... »

Boiling Over Grilled Chicken, KFC Franchisees Sue Yum! - 10/05/2010

The power of franchise owners versus a franchisor’s authority is under debate in two states as franchisees for two separate Yum! Brands concepts are suing the company. Some KFC franchisees are sticking a fork in the grilled... »

EPA, Energy Dept. Plan Energy Star Conference Call - 10/05/2010

Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy launched the Partnership on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Products. Now they are looking for input on energy efficiency and enhancing the Energy... »

Public E&S Companies Return To Growth In Second Quarter - 10/05/2010

Strong gains by Rational Americas, Manitowoc Foodservice and Middleby Corp. pushed blended sales of the public equipment and supplies companies into positive territory in the second quarter, with combined revenues up 0.7%. It was... »

Technomic Forecasts Fourth Year Of Real Declines For Operators in 2011 - 10/05/2010

Technomic Inc. predicts foodservice real operator sales will fall 0.3% next year, an unprecedented fourth consecutive year of real sales declines. The Chicago-based research group unveiled the numbers Sept. 23 during the annual... »

NRA’s Performance Index Flat Again in August - 10/05/2010

The slightest possible gain in the National Restaurant Association’s Performance Index couldn’t mask the fact that the restaurant industry continues to struggle. The index rose only 0.1 point to 99.5. It’s the fourth consecutive... »

Traffic Declines Slowed In Second Quarter, NPD Reports - 10/05/2010

Restaurant traffic fell 1% in the second quarter versus the same quarter last year, according to NPD Group’s CREST research. It is the eighth consecutive quarter of traffic declines according to the Port Washington, N.Y.,... »

FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 10/05/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »

ITW Buys Swiss Equipment Company - 09/21/2010

ITW continues to make news. Just days after announcing an organizational restructuring (reported in the last Fortnightly), the multinational conglomerate has acquired Elro Group, a Bremergarten, Switzerland, maker of thermal... »

Buffalo Wild Wings Heads To Canada - 09/21/2010

And some chains are still busy taking the plunge across our northern border. Buffalo Wild Wings has announced plans for more than 50 company-owned and franchised stores across Canada. The five-year expansion plan will kick off in... »

CFESA Hosts Fall Meeting Next Month - 09/21/2010

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association will gather in Savannah, Ga., next month for its fall meeting. The meeting, Oct. 18-20, at the Westin Savannah Harbor, will include a full slate of board and committee meetings... »

Obituary: Howard Veldhorst - 09/21/2010

Howard Veldhorst, a 36-year veteran of The Vollrath Co., has died. He was 74. Veldhorst was v.p.-national sales accounts at the Sheboygan, Wis., manufacturer; he retired in 1998. Known for his encouragement to friends, family and... »

Fast Food To Return To Afghan Bases - 09/21/2010

The King and the Colonel are back--the U.S. military has lifted a seven-month ban on fast-food restaurants and retail stores at American bases in Afghanistan. Fast-food outlets, including Burger Kings and KFCs, were ordered... »

Economists Pare Key U.S. Macro Forecasts for 2010 and ’11 - 09/21/2010

The slowdown in the growth of consumer spending over the summer has led economists to cut their forecasts of most key economic measures. Forecast growth of U.S. real gross domestic product for 2010 dropped 0.2 point to 2.7% in... »

Most International Economic Outlooks Improve For 2010 - 09/21/2010

While the Blue Chip Economic Indicators’ economists cut the U.S. forecasts, the economic outlooks for many countries in Europe and Asia improved, especially in Europe. A much stronger than anticipated rise in real gross domestic... »

Tax Worries Of Wealthy Push Down Mid-Month Consumer Sentiment Reading - 09/21/2010

According to Technomic Inc., the wealthiest 25% of households in the U.S. account for nearly 50% of all foodservice spending. Their cutbacks during The Great Recession have severely stressed many foodservice concepts,... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fall While Operators Raise Menu Prices - 09/21/2010

Wholesale food prices for so-called “finished” foods fell 0.3 in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data, released Sept. 16. It was the fourth month in five for declines in wholesale food... »

You Want To Know The Future? FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 09/21/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports' E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »

Fast-Food Openings Remain A No-Go In South L.A. - 09/21/2010

Opening a new QSR in South Los Angeles is going to remain difficult, if not impossible. The moratorium on new, freestanding fast-food units instituted by the L.A. City Council in 2008 expired Sept. 14, but a proposal to make the... »

Northern California Air District Clears The Air About Charbroilers - 09/21/2010

Financial help for operators to clear the air is available in counties east of San Francisco. In an effort to reduce emissions from charbroiling meat, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is offering funding to... »

NRA Urges Congress To Eliminate New 1099 Mandate - 09/21/2010

Whether or not you like checking off boxes and crunching numbers, more of it is likely heading your way. The long-debated small business aid bill passed in the Senate last week includes newly expanded 1099 tax-form reporting... »

Missouri Court Rules Against Restaurant Equipment Tax Breaks - 09/07/2010

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last week that restaurants cannot claim a tax exemption for the purchase of kitchen equipment, nor claim a resale exemption for the purchase of tables, chairs, plates and servingware used by their... »

CPK Finds Foreign Franchisors An Issue In Mexico - 09/07/2010

California Pizza Kitchen is a leader in the trend of foodservice chains fueling growth and earnings with increased overseas openings; the Los Angeles chain just opened its first store in India and its fourth unit in South Korea.... »

Empire State’s Tax On Sliced Bagels Is No Schmear Campaign - 09/07/2010

Apparently, for New York state bagel eaters, the first cut is the deepest—and it’s taxable. Last month, looking for ways to fill its coffers, the state began enforcing an old law that taxes prepared foods, including sliced... »

On A Happier Note For New York… - 09/07/2010

In our last issue of Fortnightly, we reported on the general uneasiness of New York City operators with the city’s new restaurant-grading system, which posts the past history of code violations and inspection reports on the... »

Capital Spending Measures Rise As NRA Performance Index Treads Water - 09/07/2010

The two capital expenditure measures that are part of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose in July, even while the overall index fell slightly. The worrisome issue is the continuing decline in... »

NPD Forecasts Slower Traffic Growth During Coming Decade - 09/07/2010

The baby boomers strike again. NPD Group expects foodservice traffic to grow less than 1%, as baby boomers age and dine out less frequently over the next 10 years. Projected traffic growth will trail overall population growth,... »

Employment Numbers A Bit Better Than Expected In August - 09/07/2010

The American economy shed another 54,000 non-farm payroll jobs in August as the federal government continued to lay off census workers, the U.S. Department of Labor reported last Friday. The U.S. economy added 67,000 private... »

Consumer Confidence Rises Slightly in August - 09/07/2010

The battered American consumer has apparently absorbed the reality that things are going to get better only very slowly. Thus, despite the recent negative news on growth of the U.S. economy, jobs, consumer spending and declines... »

You Want To Know The Future? FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 09/07/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »

Burger King Goes Private, Is Sold To 3G - 09/07/2010

The news was all over the papers last week: Burger King was for sale. Once the smoke cleared, it was announced that the world’s No. 2 burger chain had agreed to be purchased by private-equity firm 3G Capital for about $4 billion.... »

ITW Names Chris O’Herlihy President of Food Equipment Group Worldwide - 09/07/2010

ITW has appointed Chris O'Herlihy president-Food Equipment Group Worldwide, a post which includes responsibility for all Food Equipment Group operations globally.  "We are consolidating leadership responsibility for... »

Globe Equipment Buys CPI’s Countertop Line - 09/07/2010

Globe Food Equipment Co. has acquired Commercial Pro International’s line of countertop cooking equipment. The line acquired by Globe includes an electric soup kettle; conveyor toaster; rice cooker; food warming lamp; electric... »

Potbelly Makes Its Franchising Debut - 09/07/2010

Potbelly Sandwich Shop has taken its first steps into franchising. In a freshly inked deal, the Chicago-based restaurant chain will celebrate the opening of the first franchised Potbelly before the end of the year in El Paso,... »

NRAEF Seeks Nominees For Industry Awards - 09/07/2010

“Compliments to the chef” is a thought more often shared with those gathered around the dinner table than passed onto chefs and operators. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation wants restaurateurs and chefs... »

Southern Stainless Completes Purchase Of W.A. Brown - 09/07/2010

Southern Stainless Equipment Co., a manufacturer of walk-in freezers and stainless steel kitchen equipment, has completed its purchase of former competitor W.A. Brown & Son in Salisbury, N.C. The Waynesboro, Va.,... »

Russia Set For Wendy’s/Arby’s Invasion - 08/24/2010

To Russia with love: Wendy’s/Arby’s Int’l., a subsidiary of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, has announced the signing of a major agreement with Wenrus Restaurant Group Ltd. to build 180 dual-branded Wendy’s/Arby’s restaurants in Russia... »

Unified Brands Buys Intek - 08/24/2010

Unified Brands has acquired the assets of Intek Manufacturing, a privately held Fort Wayne, Ind., maker of boilerless steamer ovens. Intek joins A la Cart, Avtec, Groen and Randell in the Unified Brands’ portfolio. The deal was... »

City Sites Beckon Chick-fil-A - 08/24/2010

In what it calls an “experimental” move, Chick-fil-A is heading for the big city. As previously reported in Fortnightly, three Chicagoland locations are already under construction. Now the suburban Atlanta chain, which has... »

Quiznos Plans Overseas Franchise Push - 08/24/2010

Quiznos is planning to bring its sandwiches to 15 new markets in the next two years, boosting its total international presence to 40 countries and territories. The Denver-based chain, which now has nearly 4,000 restaurants in... »

Self-Serve Takes Off At TCBY - 08/24/2010

A self-service prototype is expected to give a fresh feel to 30-year-old frozen yogurt chain TCBY. The proto, which debuted in July in Salt Lake City, lets guests serve their own yogurt and toppings. The new store design offers... »

NAFEM Unveils Professorship In Culinary Arts - 08/24/2010

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and The Culinary Institute of America have announced that Brad Barnes, the CIA’s associate dean for food production, is the first recipient of the NAFEM Professorship... »

Fuming About Ventilation Litigation In D.C. - 08/24/2010

Who is to blame and who is to pay for a restaurant ventilation system that is not doing its job? That’s the decision facing a judge in Washington, D.C. this week in the case of the burger joint vs. the law firm. Steptoe &... »

California Grilled Chicken War Presses On - 08/24/2010

Grilled chicken with a side of carcinogen? Wording similar to that is being debated in California. An Appellate Court ruling last week reversed a ruling and reignited a case that alleges that the chicken-grilling process used by... »

Thumbs Down On NYC Restaurant Grading Website - 08/24/2010

Reviews are in on New York City’s new restaurant letter-grading system. And if operators could do the grading, the system would be unlikely to make the honor roll. The A-B-C system, which will see every one of the city’s 24,000... »

MAFSI Barometer “Less Bad” In Second Quarter - 08/24/2010

Sales of equipment, supplies and furnishings declined 3.3% in the second quarter 2010, according to reps reporting for the Business Barometer fielded by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. While... »

Commodity Prices Forecast To Continue Rising Into 2011 - 08/24/2010

The trend of higher commodity prices will continue into 2011, according to Tom Stundza, senior principal analyst in the Pricing and Purchasing Group of IHS Global Insight. Stundza made the exclusive forecasts at FER’s President’s... »

E&S List Prices Increases Hit Low Point In 2009 and 2010 - 08/24/2010

Average list prices for equipment and supplies products rose only 1.3% for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, according to data from AutoQuotes Inc. The new data were presented as part of the FER President’s Preview... »

Consumer And Producer Prices Move Slightly Higher In July, Easing Deflation Fears - 08/24/2010

It’s not often rising prices are a good thing. But both the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index—maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics—moved slightly higher in July and most economists considered it a positive... »

FER E&S Market Forecast Available - 08/24/2010

The annual Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Buyers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator... »

FER Forecasts The E&S Market Will Begin To Grow Next Year - 08/10/2010

While many challenges remain, Foodservice Equipment Reports forecasts the foodservice equipment and supplies market will grow in both real and current dollars in 2011, following a third-straight year of declines in 2010. FER... »

NRA’s Performance Index Softens Again As Expectations Sag - 08/10/2010

Expectations are everything, especially when it comes to capital spending. And unfortunately, foodservice operators’ outlook for the next six months fell for the third straight month in the June Restaurant Performance Index... »

GDP, Consumer Spending Grew More Slowly Than Expected In Second Quarter - 08/10/2010

Real gross-domestic product in the U.S. grew more slowly in the second quarter than many economists expected. The numbers for personal consumption expenditures were also well below most of the forecasts. The U.S. Department of... »

A Little Pressure Comes Off Metals Prices - 08/10/2010

After a nearly yearlong run-up in the prices of many key metals used in foodservice equipment and supplies, prices have plateaued and even fallen since the beginning of June. According to O’Neal Steel, writing in the July issue... »

Consumer Confidence Fall Worrisome - 08/10/2010

A factor worrying many macroeconomists, as well as foodservice prognosticators, is the sudden collapse of consumer confidence. The Thomson/Reuters University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index tumbled to 67.8 in July from 76 in... »

T.G.I.Friday’s Plans Bigger Splash Across The Pond - 08/10/2010

Carlson Cos. has acquired the remaining 60% stake in T.G.I. Friday’s U.K. operations from its joint-venture partner, European buyout firm AAC Capital Partners, for $50 million. Now it says it plans to invest another $30 million... »

Sebastianelli Joins Edlund - 08/10/2010

David J. Sebastianelli is starting work in his new post as v.p. of sales and marketing at Edlund Co., the Burlington, Vt., maker of equipment and smallwares. Sebastianelli is an industry veteran with wide-ranging experience... »

Hooters Plans Multi-Country Expansion - 08/10/2010

Hooters is planning to translate its slogan—“delightfully tacky yet unrefined”–into a few more languages. The chain has announced intentions to debut units in Turkey, India and Japan. Those countries are some of the new markets... »

Kiosks Help Tossed Mix Its Venues - 08/10/2010

With only half a dozen stores, Tossed is a small chain. But its new expansion plans might change that profile. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., gourmet salad chain is taking its concept into kiosks. The modular kiosk design, available... »

Court Rules Chipotle Counters Violate ADA Height Rules - 08/10/2010

A federal appeals court has ruled that the actions taken by two San Diego-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants to accommodate disabled customers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of... »

Dealers Battle For Interior Design Bid Rights - 08/10/2010

At least two state legislatures are mulling over bills threatening dealers’ and consultants’ ability to practice interior design. The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association opposes the bills, stating that they would... »

NRA Serves Up ServSafe Webinar, SAFE Golf Invitational - 08/10/2010

The National Restaurant Association is hosting a new members-only webinar on its ServSafe Food Safety program. The Aug.18 webinar will cover topics including how the association’s program complies with new FDA Food Code... »

Electrolux Unveils New Structure; Whalen Heads Chains - 07/27/2010

There’s a new business model operating at Electrolux Professional. Alberto Zanata, the company’s president, said Electrolux is expanding its project-oriented, full-systems approach to broaden its focus on serving new customer... »

Buca Bows In Boston - 07/27/2010

Planet Hollywood International will be expanding Buca di Beppo into the Boston area. The 83-unit casual-dining chain will open four restaurants in Dedham, Lexington, Seekonk and Shrewsbury this fall. According to David Crabtree,... »

McD’s Rensi Opening New Burger Concept - 07/27/2010

A high-end hamburger joint that hasn’t opened yet already has more than 300 friends following its construction and menu plans on Facebook. Why all the interest in Tom & Eddie’s? The new suburban Chicago restaurant is the... »

Baskin-Robbins Hits Four Digits In Japan - 07/27/2010

Baskin-Robbins is busy with numbers. The chain, now in the midst of its 65th anniversary, just opened its 1,000th store in Japan. The new outlet is located at Decks Tokyo Beach in Tokyo. The Canton, Mass., chain has been in Japan... »

SFM Conference Registration Open, Asking For Award Nominations - 07/27/2010

Registration is ongoing for the Society for Foodservice Management’s National Conference, set for Oct. 4-7 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day meeting includes business strategy and professional... »

Hogatec 2010 Debuts In September - 07/27/2010

Those accustomed to walking the aisles of the biggest restaurant show in the U.S. will get a taste of foodservice from a European perspective at hogatec, the international trade fair for hotels, gastronomy and catering. The 19th... »

More Than 5,000 Restaurant Units Closed In Past Year, NPD Reports - 07/27/2010

The number of restaurants in the U.S. declined by 1% for the year ended March 31, 2010, according to the latest data from NPD Group’s ReCount census. Independent operators bore the brunt of the pain, the count shows. The total... »

Don’t Expect A Quick Foodservice Recovery, Says Technomic’s Pawlak - 07/27/2010

Writing in the July issue of The Technomic Viewpoint, Technomic Inc. v.p, Joe Pawlak cautions that the recovery in foodservice remains very fragile and is likely to drag out for years. While there is some basis for optimism,... »

State Tax Revenues Rise Slightly In First Quarter - 07/27/2010

For the first time since the third quarter of 2008, overall state tax revenues rose in the first quarter ’10 versus the first quarter year prior, according to the latest data from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fell Again In June As Menu Prices Inched Higher - 07/27/2010

Food prices fell at the wholesale level for the third consecutive month in June, according to producer-price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, food prices at the consumer level also were down overall, with... »

Hurry! Time Running Out To Register For FER Forecast Meeting - 07/27/2010

You only have this week to register for Foodservice Equipment Reports annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting. The day-long event is set for Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Hotel Orrington, in Evanston, Ill. The... »

Operators To Reap Rewards From Financial Reform Bill - 07/27/2010

The team won one for the tipper, or so it seems from the foodservice industry’s reaction to President Obama’s signing of the financial reform bill last week. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act includes the... »

China Cracks Down On Reused Oil - 07/27/2010

If the Chinese government is effective in its crackdown during its latest food-safety scandal, there might be a huge market there for grease traps, disposers and waste-hauling truck services. Recycled food oil—known in China as... »

Voluntary Restaurant Inspections Have No Takers In India - 07/27/2010

The world’s largest democracy is finding no interest among foodservice operators for its voluntary inspection and accreditation program.   The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has not had a single eatery respond... »

FHC China To Open A Day Early - 06/29/2010

With new halls opening at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre this fall, China's biggest foodservice show is opening a day early. FHC China 2010, the 14th annual international exhibition for food, drink, hospitality... »

Luby's Has Winning Bid For Fuddrucker's - 06/29/2010

In a deal approved last week by a federal bankruptcy court, Luby's Inc. will acquire most of the assets of burger chain Fuddruckers Inc., its parent Magic Brands LLC and their affiliates for about $61 million in cash. The deal... »

CPK Debuts Travel-Plaza And Quick-Serve Sites - 06/29/2010

California Pizza Kitchen has had a busy spring. Its first quarter saw the openings of CPK's second full-service restaurant in Dubai, UAE, and a quick-serve unit at Stony Brook University in Long Island, N.Y. Since the ... »

Arby's Has Big Plans for Turkey - 06/29/2010

Ten Arby's units a year will be opening in Turkey under a just-signed contract. Arby's Restaurant Group and Tab Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. inked a development agreement to open at least 100 Arby's restaurants in Turkey over... »

Plans Afoot For Emerging Markets At McD's - 06/29/2010

McDonald's plans to open 100 more restaurants in South Africa and 120 in India over the next five years as the company seeks out further growth in emerging markets, according to recent interviews with two of the company's top... »

Food Prices Down, Menu Prices Flat, Gas Prices Up A Bit - 06/29/2010

Wholesale food prices fell for the second consecutive month in May, easing concerns that the run-up in the key cost component for most operators other than labor would begin to crimp operators' ability to discount while sales... »

Traffic Jumps 2.3% In Canada First Quarter, Reports NPD - 06/29/2010

The Canadian foodservice market has consistently been in "less bad" shape than the U.S. market throughout the Great Foodservice Recession. We've seen that consistently from the MAFSI Business Barometer, which tracks... »

General Economy Improving, Says Leading Economist At Technomic Conference - 06/29/2010

In the opening presentation of the Technomic Restaurants 2010 conference, Paul Kasriel, chief economist for Northern Trust (and whose family owned a foodservice equipment dealership) offered some hope. "The economy has... »

Technomic Sees Slow Foodservice Recovery During Next 18 Months - 06/29/2010

After the greatest foodservice recession in decades, the market is finally beginning to show signs of recovery. That was the word from the researchers and analysts at Technomic Inc.'s annual day-long conference, Restaurants... »

Tom Stundza To Provide Exclusive Materials-Price Forecasts For FER Forecast Meeting - 06/29/2010

Tom Stundza, former executive editor at Purchasing magazine and a leading authority on metals and materials pricing trends, will provide exclusive materials-price forecasts as a featured speaker at Foodservice Equipment ... »

Menu Labeling Hits Down Under - 06/29/2010

Walk Through The Regulated Restaurant - 06/29/2010

Experience and the bottom line tell you that government decisions and local legislation touch every aspect of a foodservice operation. So it's critical for operators and suppliers to understand issues which can range from... »

House Bill On Child Nutrition Targets Food Safety - 06/29/2010

A child nutrition bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives June 10 would target childhood obesity, hunger and school food-safety practices. The legislation requests an additional $8 billion in funding over the next... »

Red Tape Gets Cut For Restaurant Development In L.A. County - 06/29/2010

Designing, building and opening a restaurant just got a lot easier in Los Angeles, where revised regulations are reducing bureaucratic holdups. The new rules, put in place last week, reduce contradictory regulations among the ... »

A Special Announcement From Foodservice Equipment Reports: FER To Host New MUFES For Noncommercial Operators June 2011 - 06/29/2010

Foodservice Equipment Reports will host a new Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium next year, tailoring a two-day program covering the latest technological advances in foodservice equipment, supplies and facilities ... »

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Directory to E&S functions and services throughout North America and the Caribbean. »