DMA Rebrands Itself As ANFP
These are busy times at the Dietary Managers Association. Members of the St. Charles, Ill.-based organization for nutrition and foodservice professionals have approved a name change, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
The new moniker,... »
Sonic Adds Beer And Wine To Florida Unit’s Menu
Sonic’s newest unit will be the first of the chain's 3,500 restaurants to offer beer and wine on its menu, along with burgers, hot dogs and cherry limeades. The Homestead, Fla., City Council gave the chain approval to serve... »
Most Metals Prices Continue To Soften
Prices for most steels and aluminum softened moderately through June and early July and appear to be on a trend for further decreases in the months ahead. But prices for nickel and copper bottomed out in late spring and have been... »
Food Prices Rise At Both Wholesale And Consumer Levels
Both the Producer Price Index and the Consumer Price Index fell in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as recent drops in energy prices pushed down the measures of inflation. But after falling last month at the... »
Canada’s Top 200 Chains Grow 3% In 2010
Sales at the top 200 restaurant chains in Canada grew 3% in nominal terms last year, according to a new report by Technomic Inc. and Kostuch Media. While an improvement over ’09, the performance “does reflect an industry still... »
New York and Louisiana Among Many States Adding Units
A new state-by-state analysis of eating- and drinking-place establishment growth by the National Restaurant Association’s Chief Economist Bruce Grinsby finds the most robust growth of new units in Louisiana and New York.
LONESTAR ACQUIRES FELLOW TEXAS DEALER CPAPC
LoneStar Restaurant Supply announced July 1 that it has acquired CPAPC Restaurant Design and Supply; both are based in Dallas. The combined company will now operate from seven locations in Texas and South Carolina, and continue... »
TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL FER’S ANNUAL FORECAST MEETING
There’s still time to register for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting, scheduled Wednesday, July 27, at the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, Ill.
FER’s annual, one-day meeting offers... »
REMODS ARE RECOVERING, SO A QUERY FOR YOU...
As economic recoveries go, this one doesn’t seem overly anxious to kick in. But the economy is growing, and some parts are doing notably better than are others.
Foodservice, for example, is doing better, and equipment and... »
IN MEMORIAM: REP GINNY HEIL
Virginia "Ginny" Heil, 54, who worked in the E&S industry for nearly 40 years, died June 24. She joined Moccia Enterprises in Riverton, N.J., in 1973, and became a partner in the manufacturers’ rep firm in 1993. The... »
FEDA’S PROFIT SURVEY DEADLINE NEARS
Summertime is no vacation from paperwork, especially some very important forms due soon to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Members need to fill out and submit their 2011 Profit Survey by Aug.1. The report,... »
BOB WONDER TO HELM MANITOWOC’S GLOBAL ACCOUNTS
Two appointments have been announced by Manitowoc Foodservice. Robert Wonder has joined the New Port Richey, Fla., company as senior v.p.-global accounts. He will be responsible for directing and executing all aspects of sales... »
SMITHERS SUCCEEDS KOSTICK IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AT GARLAND
Garland, a Manitowoc Foodservice company, has appointed Bill Smithers as its director of customer service. Smithers will oversee global customer and aftermarket service for the Mississauga, Ontario, company. He brings 20-plus... »
THREE MANUFACTURERS RECEIVE CHAIN AWARDS
Three chains toasted the work of three equipment manufacturers at June suppliers’ awards events.
Henny Penny Corp., along with two of Unified Brands’ four divisions--Avtec and Randell--were honored with Yum! Brands Star Awards.... »
Early-Bird Deadline Friday, July 8, For FER’s Annual Forecast Meeting
You must register by Friday, July 8 for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting to earn the early-bird discount on the seminar fee. The annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July... »
NRA, NCCR File Comments On Draft Menu-Labeling Regs
On July 5, the National Restaurant Association and the National Council of Chain Restaurants filed comments regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s draft menu-labeling regulations. The association was a primary... »
Wendy's Changes Name, Completes Arby’s Sale
Independence Day brought completion of Wendy's/Arby's Group’s sale of Arby's Restaurant Group to affiliates of Roark Capital Group and a new moniker for the burger chain: The Wendy’s Company.
Under the $430 million deal,... »
Hatco Appoints Business Development, Dealer Sales Managers
Two major appointments have been announced at Hatco Corp. Steve Everett Jr. will join the Milwaukee manufacturer as business development manager, a post that includes responsibility for developing product line strategies and new... »
Rubbermaid Shifts Sales Strategy To Reps
Rubbermaid Commercial Products is expanding its sales force to include manufacturers’ reps and creating a distinct foodservice channel sales structure. The Winchester, Va., company announced it has signed up 20 marketing agents... »
In Memoriam: Rep Ginny Heil
Virginia "Ginny" Heil, 54, who worked in the E&S industry for nearly 40 years, died June 24. She joined Moccia Enterprises in Riverton, N.J., in 1973, and became a partner in the manufacturers’ rep firm in... »
Henny Penny Earns KFC Star Award
A Yum! Brands Star Award was presented to Henny Penny Corp. last month when it was honored as KFC’s 2010 U.S. Supplier of the Year. Henny Penny was recognized for the success of its AHC-993 Holding Cabinet, which KFC uses for its... »
California Consultants Team Up
San Diego-based DM&A Inc., the largest healthcare foodservice consulting firm in North America, has formed a strategic alliance for healthcare and educational foodservice design projects with Tustin, Calif.-based Webb Design.... »
Avtec, Randell Receive Chain Awards
Two of Unified Brands’ four divisions received the 2010 Pizza Hut Equipment Supplier of the Year Star Award last month. Avtec was recognized as a Star Award recipient for “outstanding energy efficiency results in fryer and oven... »
Garland Appoints Smithers To Helm Customer Service
Garland, a Manitowoc Foodservice company, has appointed Bill Smithers as director of customer service. Smithers will oversee global customer and aftermarket service for the Mississauga, Ontario, company. He brings 20-plus years... »
CPK To Debut In Taiwan
California Pizza Kitchen will be introducing its menu in Taiwan. The chain has announced a franchise agreement to expand into Taiwan and will open a minimum of six new CPK restaurants there over the next five years. The Los... »
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