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Restaurant Operator Innovations Awards Nominations Now Open - 12/04/2013

Foodservice professionals celebrate ingenuity on the plate or in the kitchen. Take a moment to nominate an operator customer for the awards recognizing innovation and excellence in driving operational success. The National... »

What’s The Outlook For Operators In 2014? - 12/04/2013

We’re in the middle of writing our operator and equipment and supplies forecast articles for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual January Forecast issue. As usual we asked the leading foodservice operator forecasting and... »

Roark Capital Group To Acquire CKE Restaurants - 11/27/2013

Roark Capital Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in CKE Inc. Senior management at the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains will retain a minority stake. Currently, CKE is... »

Register Now For MUFES 2014 And Get A Peek At The Future Of E&S - 11/27/2013

Today is the day. Register now for the Early Bird Discount for MUFES 2014, the foodservice equipment and supplies industry’s most incisive look at future trends and technological changes and how they will affect operators.FER... »

McD’s Plans 1,000 Revamps And A Third Drive-Through Window - 11/27/2013

McDonald’s Corp. has told investors that it plans to spend $3 billion opening as many as 1,600 new restaurants in the next year while revamping 1,000 locations. Also on deck for new and rebuilt restaurants, the world’s biggest... »

KI Awards Entries Due By December 6 - 11/27/2013

Just a week remains for foodservice equipment manufacturers to submit entries for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Award applications for the decade-old awards program are accepted through Dec. 6 by the National Restaurant... »

ITW-FEG Names Business Development Manager For Chain & Retail Division - 11/27/2013

ITW Food Equipment Group has named Richard Manson as business development manager for its Cooking-Chain and Retail Division. He’ll be responsible for business development and supporting growth initiatives for the fryer and... »

In Memoriam: Lew Burns - 11/27/2013

Lewis Burns, whose career with Dover Corp. spanned more than 40 years, died Nov. 17. He was 75. Burns joined the Downers Grove, Ill., company as a staff accountant and served as president and CEO of Dover Industries. He retired... »

Yum! Brands Realigns Business Divisions to Propel Global Growth - 11/27/2013

Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is reorganizing its business into separate reporting divisions by brand, with China and India remaining as individual divisions. On Jan. 1, 2014, Yum!’s three major restaurant... »

Eating- And Drinking-Place Sales Hit New Record In October - 11/27/2013

The partial shutdown of the federal government and the debt-ceiling standoff apparently had little impact on restaurant sales. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau, eating- and drinking-place sales hit a... »

Taylor Precision Products Acquires Barware Company - 11/27/2013

Taylor Precision Products, the Chicago-based company maker of thermometers, timer and scales, has added Metrokane Inc., a maker of barware and wine accessories, to its brand portfolio. Metrokane, which manufactures wine... »

Macro Forecasts Hold Steady, Gas Prices Rise, Consumer Sentiment Falls - 11/27/2013

Among other economic recent data pertinent to foodservice and foodservice equipment and supplies: Blue Chip Economic Indicators consensus forecasts, released late this month because of the delay in government data, showed little... »

QSCC, Wendy’s Honor Metro - 11/27/2013

Metro was one of eleven companies honored by Quality Supply Chain Co-op, the independent purchasing cooperative for restaurants owned by The Wendy’s Co. and its franchisees, at the 2013 Wendy’s Convention in Las Vegas. The... »

New FDA Food Code Updates And Clarifies Food Safety Rules - 11/27/2013

Take note: The Food and Drug Administration has released its 2013 Food Code, which provides updated guidance for states and localities on regulating food safety and sanitation in restaurants and other retail businesses. While... »

NRA Previews Expanded Zero Waste Zones - 11/27/2013

The National Restaurant Association re-introduced an expanded Zero Waste Zones program in Atlanta on Oct. 23. The program, acquired by the NRA last year, is aimed at helping the city’s restaurateurs, foodservice businesses and... »

Streamlining In Seattle - 11/27/2013

A member of the Seattle City Council is pushing regulatory reform to facilitate a restaurant opening. Complaints from the local small-business community about the necessity of going to multiple departments at the city, county and... »

Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again While Menu Prices Rise Slightly - 11/27/2013

Food prices at the wholesale level rose for the fifth month in the last six, according to October data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week. The combined wholesale increase, as computed by the National... »

Dunkin' Brands Expands Roles of U.S. Chiefs To Include International Regions - 11/21/2013

The global donut market is about to get a little more attention from Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins is expanding the roles of Paul Twohig, president-Dunkin' Donuts... »

Middleby Expands In India: Acquires Celfrost, Names New Group President - 11/21/2013

The Middleby Corp. has acquired the commercial refrigeration and foodservice products business of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a Gurgaon, India-based firm with $20 million in annual sales. The Celfrost business was acquired by... »

Pizza Hut UK Revamps Its Look - 11/21/2013

Pizza Hut UK is spending £60 million on refurbishing its restaurants in a bid to return to profitability. More than 80 outlets will undergo refurbishment in 2014. Private equity group Rutland Partners acquired the restaurant... »

Denny's New Chile Unit Marks Chain's South American Debut - 11/21/2013

The Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast is now being served in Chile, which has become the 11th country to welcome a Denny’s restaurant. The Santiago store is the nearly 1,700-unit chain’s first foray into South America. Local partner... »

Hotelex Set For Spring In Shanghai - 11/21/2013

Globetrotting E&S professionals who make the trek to Hotelex Shanghai, March 31-April 3, will find more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world set up for business at the Shanghai New Int’l. Expo Centre. Last year’s... »

Host 2013 Reports Impressive Attendance And Growth - 11/21/2013

Milan was buzzing with foodservice professionals who flocked to the five-day Host 2013 last month. The biennial show, held at the fieramilano pavilions October 18-22, is a must-see for an overview of excellent foodservice... »

O3 Cleans An Operation's H2O - 11/20/2013

Franke’s EcO3Ice is an eco-friendly, “green” device that generates a small amount of activated oxygen (dissolved ozone: O3) using only water. It safely sanitizes the water lines, evaporators, dispensers, storage bins, scoops and... »

Sterilization As Powerful As The Sun - 11/20/2013

The Edlund Co.'s Helios KSUV-18 Knife Sterilizer Cabinet utilizes ultraviolet light to provide superior sterilization compared to other knife sanitizing methods. The exclusive non-filtering clear slotted knife holder and special... »

Savings As Simple As 1-2-3 With 1814 - 11/20/2013

Frymaster 1814 Fryers (gas and electric) offer a trio of savings: oil, energy, and space. The 1814 gas fryers have a Thermo-Tube heat transfer system which uses 6-in. vs. 4-in. tubes to provide superior heat-to-oil transfer and... »

FSW Extends Market Reach With Purchase Of Loubat - 11/20/2013

Denver-based FoodserviceWarehouse.com, also known as FSW, has purchased the assets of Loubat Food Service Equipment Co. Loubat began serving restaurants in New Orleans more than 137 years ago and over the years has grown into a... »

Sam Tell Cos. Goes National, Acquires Assets Of Paramount Restaurant Supply - 11/20/2013

Sam Tell & Son has acquired the business assets of Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp. The acquisition, announced Nov. 18, was made by Warren Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of the dealer. Paramount, which has offices in... »

More Good Market News, But Another Friend Passes - 11/20/2013

When it comes to the outlook for the equipment and supplies market, the good news keeps piling up. But we also had a shock over the weekend, when we learned our good friend Lew Burns, who formerly ran Groen and then several... »

Dexter-Russell Acquires Chef Revival Brand From San Jamar - 11/20/2013

Dexter-Russell has acquired the Chef Revival apparel brand from San Jamar. The deal, effective Nov. 1, includes the complete Chef Revival product line of chef apparel, aprons, crew uniforms, towels, hats and hair nets. The... »

NESA Sets Spring Meeting - 11/20/2013

National Equipment & Supply Association has announced the dates for its Spring Conference. NESA will meet March 13-15, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. »

Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed In August; Gas Prices May Rise On Syria Fears - 11/15/2013

The two major indicators of consumer confidence reported mixed results in their final August indexes, though both remain at levels not seen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are expected to... »

Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD - 11/15/2013

Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter of 2013 in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate... »

E&S Public Companies Grow 3Q Sales 3.2% - 11/13/2013

Third-quarter revenue growth by the seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies were a very mixed bag, according to data compiled by John Muldowney, principal at Clarity Marketing and a marketing... »

Middleby Adds Group President-India And Sales Director For Star Group - 11/13/2013

Weeks after announcing its acquisition of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a Gurgaon, India-based firm with $20 million in annual sales of commercial refrigerators, ice machines, freezers and walk-ins, Middleby Corp. has appointed... »

A Generational Change In Leadership At Chick-fil-A - 11/13/2013

Dan Cathy has been promoted to chair and CEO of Chick-fil-A, succeeding his father, who remains as chair emeritus. S. Truett Cathy, 92, who founded the Atlanta-based quick-service chain in 1946, will turn his attention more fully... »

Buffets Inc. Relaunches As Ovation Brands - 11/13/2013

Buffets Inc. is marking its 30th anniversary with a name change. The Greer, S.C., company—parent to Country Buffet, Fire Mountain, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s and Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse—has changed its... »

NRA’s Performance Index Ticks Downward, But Cap-Ex Indicators Jump - 11/13/2013

Given that the September survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index was conducted during the partial federal-government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, the slight decline of the overall RPI is... »

FDA Mulls Trans Fat Ban - 11/13/2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fat from the food supply. Under the proposal, the agency would declare that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of... »

Austin Considers Ban On New QSRs - 11/13/2013

Austin, Texas—home to great music, great food and FER’s own MUFES program—is considering a ban on the building of new quick-service restaurants. The Austin city council is considering a resolution that, if passed, would... »

U.S. Employment Growth Accelerates in October - 11/13/2013

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics surprised nearly everyone Nov. 8, citing an addition of 204,000 jobs in October. The BLS also revised jobs growth for August and September, adding another 60,000 to the... »

Restaurant Industry Urges Senate Action On Patent Reform - 11/13/2013

The National Restaurant Association and 36 state restaurant associations have called on Senate leaders to support reforms that will provide restaurateurs and other technology end-users with relief from what it calls “abusive... »

Wholesale Food Prices And Retail Gas Prices Trend Lower - 11/13/2013

Wholesale food prices fell 0.5% in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while gasoline prices at the consumer level continued to fall. Both trends typically are positive for foodservice. In other... »

McNulty Joins Singer’s National Accounts Contract Division - 11/13/2013

Singer Equipment Co. has hired Susan McNulty as director of sales-national accounts contract division.  She’ll report to division v.p. Brian Morehead, and be based in New York City. Before joining Singer, McNulty worked for... »

Fazoli’s Steps Onto Growth Track - 11/13/2013

Fazoli's total unit count is growing for the first time in a decade. The Lexington, Ky., chain has inked agreements with new and existing franchisees for at least nine new locations, including multiples sites in its home state,... »

QualServ Creates New Business Subsidiary - 11/13/2013

A busy business portfolio for QualServ Corp. has led to its restructuring and the creation of a new subsidiary, QualServ Solutions LLC, as its new operating entity. “We are growing, which means we have to evaluate our business... »

Cornelius Gets New Parent: Berkshire Hathaway's Marmon Group - 11/06/2013

IMI is selling its beverage dispensing and merchandising businesses, including 82-year-old Cornelius, to the Berkshire Hathaway-owned Marmon Group. The Glendale Heights, Ill.-based Cornelius, which makes valves and dispensers... »

ABC Celebrates Suppliers Of The Year - 11/06/2013

Top awards for excellence in people, products and service levels were presented during Allied Buying Corp.’s recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill. Winning Suppliers of the Year (and runners-up) are: Smallwares: Spill Stop... »

FEDA’s 2014 Convention To Focus On Boosting Bottom Lines - 11/06/2013

Money. It pays salaries and invoices and allows companies to reinvest in their businesses. The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has designed next year’s annual convention to provide attendees with strategies that... »

Great Lakes To Unveil New HQ, Test Kitchen - 11/06/2013

Great Lakes Hotel Supply will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters and culinary center on Nov. 12. The daylong event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will be held at the company’s new headquarters: 24101 W. Nine Mile Rd.,... »

American Metalcraft Expands - 11/06/2013

American Metalcraft has moved to a larger, all-new office, warehouse and manufacturing facility in Franklin Park, Ill. The new building includes three times the warehouse capacity of the firm’s former location. American... »

Rethinking The Forecast - 11/06/2013

Maybe I was wrong. A few weeks ago, in the middle of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, I wrote that I thought the confrontation might cost the E&S market half a point of growth this year and as much as a point... »

McDonald’s Scales Back Openings, Cap-Ex For 2014 - 10/30/2013

Every penny counts: While McDonald’s Corp. managed to beat third-quarter earnings estimates by a penny—profits were up despite weak sales—the company is re-thinking its 2014 plans. The chain will be pushing back on opening new... »

McCulloch, Wrench Invest In U.K. Equipment Distributor - 10/30/2013

Two familiar names, former Enodis and Scotsman Industries executives Dave McCulloch and Dave Wrench, have stepped back in the E&S world with their investment in HTG Trading Ltd. The newly renamed HTG Investment Ltd., which... »

Somat/Stero Launches TragenFlex - 10/30/2013

Somat Waste Reduction Technology and Stero Warewashing Systems have inked an exclusive supply source agreement with Aerowerks to help launch a new line of TragenFlex conveyors and handlers. The agreement with Aerowerks boosts... »

In Memoriam: Bill Spake, Longtime Comstock-Castle President - 10/30/2013

William T. Spake, 85, who helmed Comstock-Castle Stove Co. for three decades, died Oct. 17 at his Quincy, Ill., home overlooking his family’s seven-generation company. Spake was president of the Quincy, Ill., cooking equipment... »

New Owners For Resurgent Captain D’s - 10/30/2013

After two years of solid growth and a revamped restaurant design, business is good at Captain D’s Seafood Restaurants. Now the Nashville, Tenn., chain soon will have new ownership. Boca Raton, Fla.-based private-equity firm Sun... »

EPA Releases Update On Lead Reduction Act - 10/30/2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released updated information and an FAQ document on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which takes effect in January 2014, and may impact a variety of commercial foodservice... »

Consumer Confidence Measures Plunge Post-Shutdown - 10/30/2013

Just as nearly everyone expected, the federal government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinkmanship undercut consumer confidence. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index fell more than four points or 5.5%... »

Personnel Moves: - 10/30/2013

Meiko USA Enhances Sales Force: Meiko USA has added Susan Prusack as segment specialist for the Northeast market. Prusack joins Meiko from U.S. Foods, where she was the equipment and supply specialist for southern New England.... »

Awards And Honors: - 10/30/2013

Nor-Lake was honored recently with an award recognizing its 45 years of association with the Dairy Queen System. Nor-Lake has supplied walk-in and cabinet equipment to Dairy Queen since 1968. The Hudson, Wis., company received... »

Starbucks’ First Teavana Store Debuts - 10/30/2013

Starbucks Corp. has opened its first Teavana tea store and bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The inaugural store has a tea bar serving hot and cold drinks; the food menu includes baked goods, salads and flat breads. Starbucks... »

GE Capital Expanding Inventory Financing in E&S Industry - 10/30/2013

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance business has expanded its inventory financing capabilities and coverage of the commercial foodservice and refrigeration industries across the U.S. and Canada. CDF, which has been... »

Jobs Growth Mediocre In September As Foodservice Jobs Shrink - 10/30/2013

Nonfarm payrolls grew by a sluggish 148,000 jobs in September, according to the delayed federal employment report, released Oct. 22. Private-sector jobs growth was 126,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which produces the... »

Maybe There’s Hope: Wealthy Feeling Flush And Will Spend More - 10/30/2013

It’s a fact of foodservice life that wealthier households spend more eating out than others. The rule of thumb is half of foodservice spending is done by the top quartile of households, those with $75,000 or more in annual... »

NRA’s Inaugural Restaurant Innovation Summit Spurs New Industry Technology Research - 10/30/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s first-ever Restaurant Innovation Summit in Denver last week brought together restaurant and foodservice professionals, as well as leaders from Google, Square, Wendy’s, Bloomin’ Brands and... »

Hawaii Weighs New Food Safety Rules - 10/30/2013

The Hawaii State Department of Health plans statewide public hearings Dec. 2-6 to introduce new food-safety regulations affecting all restaurants and food establishments in the state. The new regulations, the first substantial... »

Traffic Flat In Canada Past Year, Says NPD, But CRFA Forecast For 2014 Improves - 10/30/2013

The Canadian economy and its foodservice market have been stagnant the past couple of years. Growth of real gross domestic product is forecast at 1.7% this year, after growing only 1.8% in 2012, according to Blue Chip Economic... »

Dealers Mark Major Anniversaries - 10/23/2013

Two dealers are celebrating notable anniversaries in the E&S business this year. Gold Star Products, a full-service restaurant supplier in Oak Park, Mich., is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Gold Star has been family-owned... »

Meiko USA Enhances Sales Force - 10/23/2013

Meiko USA has added Susan Prusack as segment specialist for the Northeast market. Prusack joins Meiko from U.S. Foods, where she was the equipment and supply specialist for southern New England. She also served as a re-therm... »

Deadline Is Here For Spring 2014 UID Program Scholarships - 10/23/2013

There are a few days left to apply for scholarships to next spring’s University of Industrial Distribution program. The 10 scholarships, valued at $995, are funded by the FEDA Educational Foundation for dealer middle managers... »

Caddy Promotes Bailis, Carter To Top Posts - 10/23/2013

Caddy Corp., the Bridgeport, N.J., ventilation and conveyor manufacturer, has announced a number of strategic appointments. Seasoned salesman Phil Bailis has been named v.p.-sales, where he will oversee all sales and marketing... »

FEDA Webinar Zeroes In On Price - 10/23/2013

Next week is the time to tune in for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association members-only webinar. “Crush Price Objections,” slated for Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. CST, focuses on how dealers can protect their margins and... »

New York Show Offers Free Registration - 10/23/2013

New Yorkers like to think their city is the center of the universe, and it will indeed achieve that title next month with the kickoff of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, running Nov. 9-12 at the Jacob... »

Don’t Let It Bring You Down: Go Sell Something - 10/23/2013

Well, the clowns in Washington did it again. Yes, they avoided pushing us all completely off the cliff, but they didn’t avoid screwing up the economy and undermining the faith the rest of the world places in the American economy,... »

NRAEF Seeking Nominations For Community Service Awards - 10/23/2013

It’s payback time for good deeds and industriousness. Go ahead and nominate a hardworking operator for the Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards, presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational... »

Middleby Acquires India-Based Cold Equipment Company - 10/16/2013

The Middleby Corp. has acquired the commercial refrigeration and foodservice products business of Celfrost Innovations Pvt. Ltd.  Celfrost, based in Gurgaon, India, has annual sales of approximately $20 million.  The... »

What Impact Will The Debt-Ceiling Debacle Have On E&S? - 10/16/2013

As we write this, it looks increasingly possible that Congress will fail to pass legislation to increase the U.S. federal debt ceiling or restart the federal government, which has been in a partial shutdown since Oct. 1. We said... »

Vulcan, ITW Bolster Leadership Posts - 10/16/2013

Vulcan and its parent company, ITW Food Equipment Group, have made official a number of new leadership appointments. Tim Farno and Tim Murray have been named to top posts at ITW FEG Cooking. Farno takes the reins as v.p./g.m. of... »

SFM Rebrands Officially As SHFM, Presents Awards - 10/16/2013

In with the new this month as the 35-year-old Society for Foodservice Management has become the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The strategic brand enhancement was unveiled in October at the association’s... »

T&S Appoints G.M. For Shanghai Operation - 10/16/2013

T&S Brass and Bronze Works has hired Pat Cotter as general manager of its facility in Shanghai, China. Cotter has a long career in industrial leadership and development experience in China, India, Mexico and South America.... »

What Key Government Data Are We Missing? - 10/16/2013

Writing FER Fortnightly Economic Report is more challenging this week in part because we are missing a number of key government reports. Among them are the monthly report on U.S. employment, the Producer Price Index and the... »

Blue Chip Forecasts For 2013 And ’14 Hold Steady - 10/16/2013

Forecasts for growth of real GDP in the U.S. held steady in the latest consensus forecasts of economists polled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The forecast of growth of disposable personal income and consumer spending next... »

Long-Term U.S. Economic Forecasts Decline Slightly - 10/16/2013

Because the short-term economic outlook is so dicey, what with the federal government partial shutdown and the looming debt-ceiling deadline, we might want to focus on the longer term. Blue Chip Economic Indicators released its... »

NRA Pleads With Congress To End Shutdown, Maintain Economic Confidence - 10/16/2013

The National Restaurant Association has launched a broad-based grassroots effort among its members urging Congress to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling to maintain economic stability and consumer confidence.... »

Shutdown Creating Risks To Food Safety - 10/16/2013

The government shutdown is endangering what America eats, according to food-safety experts. Offices are dark across the federal agencies charged with making sure that fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other domestically... »

Piada Gets Cash Infusion For Expansion - 10/16/2013

Piada Italian Street Food, a 14-unit fast-casual chain, often called the Italian version of Chipotle Mexican Grill, has received a “significant investment” from private-equity firm Catterton Partners earmarked for continued... »

Hardee’s Plans 35 Stores in Chicago Area - 10/16/2013

On the heels of announcing its return to the Northeast, Hardee's is adding restaurants in the Windy City. The St. Louis chain will open 35 new units in the Chicago area during the next seven years; two have opened in the last... »

Composting Needs More Than Lip Service - 10/16/2013

Composters, manufacturers and restaurant executives have more work to do before compostable plastic products get wider use in the food industry, according to Jeff Clark, director of the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve... »

Dealers Keep Bags Packed For October Group Meetings - 10/09/2013

October is the month of meetings for the E&S industry’s buying groups. Eight of the industry’s dozen or so dealer groups and associations are holding seminars and conferences this month. They... »

Ali Group Acquires Rancilio Group, Italian Coffee Equipment Maker - 10/09/2013

Ali Group has purchased Rancilio Group, a family-owned coffee-equipment manufacturer. Giorgio Rancilio will continue as the 86-year-old company’s CEO. The Milan-based company manufactures both semi- and fully-automatic machines;... »

Spec Markets Begin To Recover, Finally - 10/09/2013

While the foodservice equipment and supplies market’s recovery from the Great Recession has been remarkable in many ways, one very significant part of that market has remained mired in recession. Publicly funded noncommercial... »

Manitowoc Launches New Cuber Brand, Acquires Induction Component Maker - 10/09/2013

New brands and new acquisitions: It's a busy month for Manitowoc Foodservice. The company announced Oct. 1 that it would launch a new line of cube-ice machines marketed and sold under the Koolaire brand name. The New... »

Unified Brands Promotes Campise To National Sales Post, Plans Corporate Move To Atlanta - 10/09/2013

Big news keeps rolling out at Unified Brands. George Campise has been promoted by the company to the newly created position of national sales director. Campise, who had been eastern sales director, now will be responsible for... »

Montague Taps New Reps For Eastern Corridor - 10/09/2013

The Montague Co. has appointed William Dolan and Michael Poulos of monobloc as its new representatives covering Delaware (Sussex County), Maryland, northern New Jersey, New York, Maryland, western Pennsylvania, Virginia,... »

Expectations Fall, But NRA’s Performance Index Remains Positive - 10/02/2013

All four expectations indicators in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index were down sharply in the August survey, including plans for capital spending. Still, gains in current same-store sales and... »

Casual Dining Ends Five Years Of Traffic Declines As 2Q Traffic Rose 1%, Says NPD - 10/02/2013

The second quarter of 2013 keeps turning out surprisingly robust foodservice data in many ways. We’ve written about the strong gains of the MAFSI Business Barometer and publicly reporting equipment and supplies company revenue... »

Leadership Changes, Expansion At Darden - 10/02/2013

Drew Madsen, who led Darden Restaurants to a 71% increase in store counts and a nearly 80% rise in annual revenues, announced his retirement as president/COO late last month. Gene Lee, president of Darden's Specialty Restaurant... »

Wendy’s Debuts In The Other Georgia, Continues Selling Stores - 10/02/2013

The first Wendy’s outlet in Georgia to open under a year-old agreement made its debut in the country’s capital last month. The U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, was in a crowd of hundreds of Georgians who flocked to... »

AHF To Mark Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week Oct. 7-13 - 10/02/2013

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice is marking Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week Oct. 7-13 with the theme, “Where Healthcare Meets Hospitality.” The weeklong annual tradition honors healthcare foodservice and nutrition... »

Babila Assumes Presidency At Carpigiani - 10/02/2013

Carpigiani USA has elevated John Babila to the office of president. He had been serving as exec. v.p.-sales and marketing since he joined the Ali Group company in April 2011. Before joining Carpigiani, Babila held the title of... »

Middleby Slates Lee For Aftermarket Service Post - 10/02/2013

Kelly Lee has joined The Middleby Corp. as senior v.p.-technical solutions and aftermarket services. Lee had been president of 3Wire Group, a national supplier of foodservice and beverage replacement parts, since 2010. He’ll be... »

Restaurants Losing Traffic To Retailers At Key Lunch And Dinner Dayparts - 10/02/2013

The NPD Group has issued a new research report that details how prepared food offerings at retail outlets such as supermarkets are eating into restaurants’ lunch and dinner traffic. The report, “The Retail Prepared Foods Market:... »

Working On Your 2014 Budget? FER’s Complete 2014 E&S Forecast Package, With Update, Can Help - 10/02/2013

Foodservice Equipment Reports’ entire 2014 forecast package is available for just $1,295. It includes eight PowerPoint decks covering data and analysis of macro-economic, operator and materials-price trends as they impact the... »

ANSI Marks World Standards Week - 10/02/2013

During the same week that the United States government shut down, the American National Standards Institute is marking World Standards Week, highlighting the role standards play in the global economy. ANSI’s Sept. 30-Oct. 4... »

How Hot Is Too Hot? - 10/02/2013

In a story that has echoes of the 1994 Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants case, a Canadian woman who was scalded by a cup of tea from Tim Hortons is demanding new regulations for how hot beverages should be served at... »

State Income Tax And Overall Revenues Up Again 2Q - 10/02/2013

The analysts at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Albany, N.Y.-based research group, actually call the third consecutive quarter of strong growth in state revenues a “temporary bubble.” Preliminary data from 46 states... »

Ukraine Welcomes World's Largest KFC Drive-Through - 10/02/2013

It’s not only the chain’s flagship store, but KFC says its new outlet in Ukraine also is the world’s largest KFC drive-through restaurant. The 5,575-sq.-ft. store, at the National Railway Station in Kiev, features a double... »

Save The Date For NAFEM's 2014 Annual Meeting - 10/02/2013

Next year is an off year for The NAFEM Show. As always in non-show years, the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers will instead host its Annual Meeting & Management Workshop. Registration opened last... »

Mooyah Moves Into The Middle East - 09/25/2013

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes'  grand opening in Dubai last month leads off the Dallas chain’s big plans for the Middle East. The “better-burger” concept has targeted Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar as key development areas;... »

Johnson-Lancaster Expands to New Corporate Facility - 09/25/2013

Johnson-Lancaster and Associates has relocated its corporate headquarters to 13031 U.S. Hwy. 19N, Clearwater, FL 33764. Johnson-Lancaster’s contact information, including phone, fax and email has not changed. The move to the... »

Personnel Shifts At Champion And Ali - 09/25/2013

Some new titles for four employees at Champion Industries: Anthony Patella has assumed the post of regional sales manager-South and Nathan Marshall now has the title of product manager. Patella previously held the position of... »

Homer Laughlin Welcomes Back Drake To Head Western Regional Sales - 09/25/2013

Mary Ellen Drake has returned to the Homer Laughlin China Co. as the Newell, W.Va., firm’s western regional sales manager. Drake had served in the same capacity from 1993-2005, when she left to become a tabletop brand manager at... »

Playing With My Friends - 09/25/2013

I got up very early today to write my FER Dealer Report editorial, because I have to catch a plane this morning from Chicago to Birmingham, Ala., on my way to West Point, Miss. I fully intended to discuss the slow revival of the... »

Middleby Marshall Marks 125 Years Of Oven Manufacturing - 09/18/2013

Middleby Marshall is celebrating a landmark year in the foodservice E&S business: 125 years as an oven manufacturer. Among the honors the company has received on its anniversary is an honorary street sign, “Middleby Way,”... »

Applications Now Being Accepted For 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards - 09/18/2013

Fall isn’t just time for college applications, it’s time for foodservice equipment manufacturers to apply for the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Award applications are accepted through Dec. 6 by the National Restaurant... »

Will Strong 2Q E&S Sales Lead To 2013 FER Forecast Revision? - 09/18/2013

As we reported two weeks ago in FER Fortnightly, sales of equipment and supplies surged in the second quarter of this year, catching us very much by surprise. The MAFSI Barometer, a reflection of manufacturers’ rep sales trends,... »

Equity Firms Buy Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - 09/18/2013

A group of private-equity investors, including firms from Taiwan and South Korea, has acquired Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Terms were not disclosed for the transaction, which was completed Sept. 12.The... »

CaliBurger Grows Its Base In China - 09/18/2013

The California-style burger chain that isn’t based in California continues its global expansion. Shanghai-based CaliBurger has signed a franchise deal with shopping mall operator Dashang Group to open 50 CaliBurger and Cali... »

Russia To Get Glazed With Krispy Kreme Stores - 09/18/2013

The Winston-Salem, N.C., chain has partnered with LLC Doughnuts Café to bring its baked goods to Moscow. The Russian operator opened the first of 40 planned Krispy Kreme stores last month in the heavily trafficked area behind Red... »

New Leaders Take Their Seats On ANFP’s Board - 09/18/2013

New officers and directors have been installed on the board of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The 2013-14 board, as elected by the membership, took office during ANFP’s recent National Leadership... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/18/2013

Through Nov. 15, the National Restaurant Association is offering discount pricing for the NRA Show 2014, May 17-20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Early-bird registrants can save 60% off the regular admission price. Registration... »

Del Taco Strengthens Leadership Team - 09/18/2013

Del Taco has made four executive appointments. Two company veterans have been promoted: John Druse, named as v.p.-design and construction, and Mike Lucero, appointed v.p.-franchise development and real estate. Eric Grundmeier... »

The Balance Of Power Between Limited And Full Service Shifts Yet Again - 09/18/2013

Our good friend Scott Hume ran a very interesting item in the Sept. 5 issue of his Burger Business e-newsletter. He reported that customer satisfaction with limited-service restaurants in the United Kingdom reached parity for the... »

California Raises Minimum Wage - 09/18/2013

In a move strongly opposed by the California Restaurant Association and other business lobbying groups, California lawmakers have approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour by 2016. The bill was... »

Oct. 1 Healthcare Deadline Nears, But Government Fines Are Not Looming - 09/18/2013

In what will likely come as a relief to many small businesses, employers will not face a penalty if they fail to inform their workers by Oct. 1 about changes under the 2010 healthcare law, the Obama administration said last... »

NRA Launches 14-Member Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council - 09/18/2013

The National Restaurant Association has named 14 members of the foodservice and allied industries, all sustainability experts in their own fields, to its Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council. The council is part of the... »

Four-Month Steak ‘n Shake Saga Ends - 09/18/2013

Two Denver-area Steak `n Shake stores at the center of a menu-pricing battle between corporate headquarters and three franchisees seems to have concluded. The stores are now closed, but the Indianapolis chain plans to re-open... »

Wholesale Food Prices Drop Again, Menu Prices Up Slightly - 09/18/2013

Overall food prices at the wholesale level fell for the second month in a row, according the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, released Sept. 13. While the index for so-called finished foods... »

Consumer Sentiment Falls, Retail Sales Growth Sluggish And Other Economic News Of Note - 09/18/2013

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading of consumer sentiment in September, released Sept. 13, fell to 76.8, the lowest reading since April. The final August Sentiment Index stood at 82.1, down... »

FER’s Complete 2014 E&S Forecast Available To Help With Your Budget And Strategic Planning - 09/18/2013

If you missed the President’s Preview last month, you can still purchase the entire forecast for $1,295. It includes eight PowerPoint decks covering data and analysis of macro-economic, operator and materials-price trends as they... »

ACP Names Aguirre As V.P. Sales-Americas - 09/11/2013

Michael Aguirre has joined Accelerated Commercial Products as vice president of sales-Americas. The industry veteran will report to Mary Nedved Potter, senior v.p.-sales and marketing, and lead ACP sales activities for North and... »

Better Times Behind And Ahead - 09/11/2013

In case you missed FER Fortnightly last week, E&S sales surprisingly surged in the second quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer and reports from the seven publicly reporting E&S companies that we follow. We... »

Personnel News: - 09/11/2013

Tondelli Joins FMP: Industry veteran Phil Tondelli has been appointed director business development at Franklin Machine Products. Tondelli’s resume in the foodservice E&S industry spans more than 25 years and includes sales,... »

FEDA Slates Pricing Issues As Next Webinar Topic - 09/11/2013

How does a dealer protect his margins and hold the line on pricing when faced with the challenge of selling value to price-sensitive customers? It’s a question that the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has been... »

NRA Show Offers 60% Savings With Early Bird Registration - 09/11/2013

Thinking ahead? If you already know you and your colleagues will be heading to Chicago next May to attend the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, you... »

Manitowoc Names Chris Karssiens As EVP For Asia Pacific - 09/04/2013

Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed Chris Karssiens to the role of executive vice president-Foodservice Asia Pacific (APAC). In his new post, effective immediately, Karssiens is responsible for fulfilling the New Port Richey,... »

Expanded MAFSI Barometer Measures Record Gain In 2Q - 09/04/2013

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies posted surprisingly strong gains in the second quarter of 2013 versus the year-prior quarter, according to the MAFSI Business Barometer from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for... »

FER Honors Eleven Winners In Smallwares & Tabletop Contest - 09/04/2013

Eleven tabletop, servingware and smallwares products have been honored with awards in Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine’s 12th annual Smallwares & Tabletop Awards. Five judges—two operators and three dealer... »

Stuart Sharp Joins R.W. Smith As COO - 09/04/2013

R.W. Smith & Co. has appointed Stuart Sharp, the former v.p.-division sales at Carlisle Foodservice Products, as chief operating officer, a new position within the company’s leadership team. Sharp will report to Allan Keck,... »

Public E&S Companies Post Best Results Since 1Q/12 - 09/04/2013

While the results were mixed from company to company, seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies reported a combined second quarter revenue gain of 4.1%, compared with 2Q/2012, the strongest increase... »

New York Hotel Show To Unveil Winning Foodservice Concept - 09/04/2013

When the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show asked consultants to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to create “The Next Great Foodservice Concept,” the IHMRS staff set no limits. The competition for the design... »

Long John Silver’s Dumps Trans-Fat Cooking Oil - 09/04/2013

Long John Silver’s is switching to trans-fat-free cooking oil in its domestic restaurants. By the end of the year, the company says that all of its U.S. locations will use trans-fat-free cooking oil for all fried products. The... »

Yogen Früz Owners Buy Kahala Corp. - 09/04/2013

Kahala Corp., the privately owned franchisor of more than a dozen quick-service brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Taco Time, and The Great Steak &... »

Industry Personnel News: - 09/04/2013

Ryne Stover has been appointed national accounts sales specialist at floor-mat manufacturer The Andersen Co. Sales veteran Alan Brown will fill the post as regional manager for the Dalton, Ga., firm’s safety/industrial sales... »

Starbucks To Open Stores in Colombia - 09/04/2013

While it’s not quite the same as selling ice to the Eskimos, Starbucks Coffee has announced plans to open its first café in a renowned home of the coffee bean: Colombia. After 42 years of buying coffee beans from the country with... »

Minimum Wage Strikes Continue - 09/04/2013

Scattered protests and employee walkouts hit quick-service chains in 60 cities last week in an effort to ramp up pressure for increased wages. While spokesmen for the protests’ organizers estimated that they involved 1,000... »

Steak ‘n Shake Menu Pricing Battle Awaits Court Decision - 09/04/2013

A federal judge is expected to rule this week in the battle between activist shareholder and restaurant chief Sardar Biglari and three Steak ‘n Shake franchisees in Colorado over who controls menu pricing. The operators are suing... »

Texas Pizzeria Wins Court Battle With Umami Burger - 09/04/2013

Umami Burger has lost the trademark infringement case it filed in June against Texas-based Umami Mia Pizzeria. In the case, Los Angeles-based Umami Burger asked that the three-month-old Austin restaurant “immediately change their... »

NRA’s Performance Index Fell In July, But Hangs Above Expansion Line - 09/04/2013

Declines in six of the eight components of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index pushed the overall index down for the second consecutive month in July. The RPI fell 0.6 point to 100.7. But the index... »

Alto-Shaam Hits Fundraising Goal At Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing - 09/04/2013

Alto-Shaam welcomed more than 170 golfers to the fifth annual Jerry Maahs Memorial Golf Outing on August 10. The charitable event, held at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis., surpassed previous outings as participants raised a... »

Global Restaurant Traffic Mostly Lower In 2Q, Reports NPD - 09/04/2013

Poor weather and continuing economic malaise in Europe pushed the number of restaurant visits lower in the second quarter in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group. The numbers plot aggregate visits... »

Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed In August; Gas Prices May Rise On Syria Fears - 09/04/2013

The two major indicators of consumer confidence reported mixed results in their final August indexes, though both remain at levels not seen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are expected to... »

Vulcan Names Burke To Head New Schools Program - 08/28/2013

Kids are heading back to school and the Let’s Move! healthy-eating initiative continues to place salad bars and steamers in the nation’s school cafeterias. Vulcan has tapped school nutrition specialist Mike Burke, CFSP, as K-12... »

FEDA Education Foundation Awards First Five ServSafe Scholarships - 08/28/2013

The FEDA Education Foundation has awarded 2013 ServSafe Scholarships to John Crow and Nora Ramirez of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply and Tiffanny Forgette, Lindsay Hooton and Cody Riebe of Burkett Restaurant Equipment. More... »

Personnel Moves: - 08/28/2013

New West Coast Sales Chief For Bon Chef: Bon Chef has appointed Emily Mienen its new director of West Coast sales. She’ll be based in Denver and oversee sales of the Lafayette, N.J., company’s servingware through the entire... »

FER Forecasts Stronger E&S Market Growth In 2014 - 08/28/2013

After a slow period in the first half of 2013, Foodservice Equipment Reports predicts growth of the foodservice equipment and supplies market will accelerate in the second half of this year and into 2014. The magazine unveiled... »

Buying Groups And Dealer Education - 08/28/2013

I’ve been having conversations about changes in the structure of the equipment and supplies market with a number of leading manufacturers the past few weeks. A clear trend is the impact of consolidation. Now that the Great... »

Hooters Parent Buys American Roadside Burgers - 08/21/2013

Chanticleer Holdings, parent of the 430-unit Hooters chain, has announced an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of five-unit burger chain American Roadside Burgers. Terms of the acquisition were not released; the deal is... »

SFM Announces Directors' Award Winners - 08/21/2013

The Society for Foodservice Management has announced the winners of its annual Directors Awards, which honor members who have gone "above and beyond" to serve SFM and better the industry. Community Service, for going... »

Manufacturers’ E&S Price Increases Continue To Be Moderate, According to AutoQuotes Data - 08/21/2013

List price increases for foodservice equipment, supplies and related products continue to moderate, according to data compiled by AutoQuotes Inc. for Foodservice Equipment Reports annual President’s Preview E&S Market... »

Tinsley Hands GMCW Reins To Ibrahim - 08/21/2013

GMCW announced a transition in its leadership team on August 7.  Nestor Ibrahim has been elevated to CEO, succeeding Michael Tinsley, who recruited Ibrahim more than a year ago to assist him in the integration and... »

Top 100 E&S Manufacturers Sales Growth Outpaced Industry Again In 2012 - 08/21/2013

The 100 largest manufacturers of foodservice equipment, supplies, furnishings and  related products grew combined sales 5.7%, according to data released during Foodservice Equipment Reports annual President’s Preview E&S... »

Jake’s Inks Middle East Expansion Deal - 08/21/2013

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has grown to 72 stores in 22 states since its debut in Newark, Del., in 1991. Now it will have a presence in 28 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Cheshire, Conn., chain has entered the... »

Mooyah Targets North Carolina - 08/21/2013

The Dallas-based fast-casual burger chain is taking its hometown expansion strategy to North Carolina. Mooyah plans to follow up this year’s planned flagship restaurant opening in Charlotte and expand its brand to Raleigh and... »

Snap Kitchen Expands In Texas - 08/21/2013

Texas palates might be getting greener. Austin-based Snap Kitchen, which offers takeout and delivery of vegan, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian and sugar-free meals, is adding five locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will include a... »

Personnel Moves: - 08/21/2013

New West Coast Sales Chief For Bon Chef: Bon Chef has appointed Emily Mienen its new director of West Coast sales. She’ll be based in Denver and oversee sales of the Lafayette, N.J., company’s servingware through the entire... »

Other Economic News Of Note - 08/21/2013

Wholesale food prices fell in July, the first decline in three months, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. The National Restaurant Association’s composite wholesale food index, based on... »

New Winston Division To Hold Open House - 08/21/2013

Win2uit Electronics and Manufacturing Services, a division of Winston Industries, will host an open house on Sept.13 to showcase the company’s capabilities. Win2uit products and services include PCB assembly, cable/harness... »

Smoking Bans Don’t Adversely Affect Restaurant Revenue - 08/21/2013

North Carolina’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars has had no negative impact on the businesses’ revenue and employment, according to a new federal study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been studying... »

Utah Mulls Liquor Laws - 08/21/2013

Would Utah’s restaurants morph into bars if the state’s longtime restrictions on display and dispensing alcohol, as well as the intent-to-dine laws, were repealed? While only 5% of the liquor served in the state is poured in... »

TriMark Century Concepts Consolidates In Metro Atlanta Operation - 08/14/2013

TriMark Century Concepts has moved to a brand-new location on Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Peachtree Corners, Ga. The new facility features a 60,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and consolidates the company’s Atlanta and Suwanee operations. “The... »

2014 E&S Forecast? Better. It’s The Long-Term That’s Worrying - 08/14/2013

We released our forecasts for growth of the foodservice equipment and supplies market last week during FER’s annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, held at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. As we wrote a... »

Personnel Moves: - 08/14/2013

Cooper-Atkins Corp. has promoted Bill Eggers to the role of chief marketing officer. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices, including... »

FEDA Extends Profit Survey Deadline Until Aug. 23 - 08/14/2013

Summertime and the living is easy? Or is it just hectic? The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association understands both situations and has extended until Aug. 23 the deadline to return the questionnaire for its Annual Profit... »

FER Presents Its Annual E&S Market Forecast Today, Aug. 7 - 08/07/2013

Today is the day we present our annual forecast overview of the foodservice equipment and supplies market, the Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2014 President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast. We’re at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in... »

White Castle Opens Up Its Kitchen - 08/07/2013

White Castle has unveiled a quick-service spin on exhibition cooking with what it calls its “kitchen of the future.” The Elizabethtown, Ky., store, a test-drive for future expansion, features a stainless and glass griddle set... »

Hoshizaki Buys Brazilian Foodservice Equipment Maker - 08/07/2013

In a move to broaden its reach as a global supplier, Hoshizaki America has announced its acquisition of a Brazilian foodservice equipment manufacturer. The Peachtree City, Ga., company has purchased Acos Macom Industria E... »

Middleby Adds Liaison Between Its Brands And Consultant Community - 08/07/2013

The Middleby Corp. has hired Peter Cooper, formerly of Johnson & Wales University, as its new v.p.-business development, consultant and design services. Cooper is acting as a liaison between all of the Middleby brands and the... »

NRA’s Performance Dips Slightly But Remains Positive - 08/07/2013

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained quite positive in the June survey, details of which were released July 31. The overall index fell half a point to 101.3, mostly on declines in current... »

Gleitsmann Shifts From Scotsman To Exec Role At Ali Group - 08/07/2013

Rich Gleitsmann, the president of Scotsman Ice Systems, has been appointed executive vice president of Ali Group North America, effective September 1. He will transition from his role at Scotsman, a division of the Ali Group. In... »

Welcome To L.A.: Dunkin' Donuts Set For 45-Unit Debut - 08/07/2013

Los Angeles residents will be waking up to Dunkin’ Donuts by the end of the year. The Canton, Mass., chain signed its first Southern California multi-unit development agreements late in July with four franchise groups committing... »

New Post For Kitchen Brains’ Koether - 08/07/2013

Kitchen Brains has appointed company veteran George Koether as chief strategy officer to bring additional focus to its external development agenda, including strategic alliances, partnerships and acquisitions. “In his new... »

Forty-Hour Workweek Bills Introduced In Congress - 08/07/2013

Congress has adjourned for the next month, but left behind in both houses are bills that seek to establish the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time as 40 hours per week. The ACA currently establishes that businesses... »

Dickey’s Maintains Smokin’ Hot Growth Rate - 08/07/2013

The rapid growth pace for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants continues unabated. The Dallas-based company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains, will open nine new sites in central California. Franchise partners and KFC... »

Hot Topics Simmer In State Legislatures - 08/07/2013

Summer is here, legislation is pending and most state governments are in adjournment. Here’s what’s on the docket during these dog days of August: Meal Taxes: Minneapolis is one of a growing number of cities seeking to shore up... »

Restaurant Unit Numbers Grew 0.5% Over Past Year, Traffic Was Flat, NPD Reports - 08/07/2013

The total number of restaurants in the U.S. market grew moderately the past year, according to spring data from The NPD’s Group twice-a-year restaurant census, ReCount. The number of total net units grew 0.5%, or an addition of... »

Restaurant Sales In Canada A Bit Better, But Optimism A Bit Worse - 08/07/2013

The percentage of Canadian restaurant operators reporting higher same-store sales in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter in 2012, rose slightly, while those reporting lower sales dropped somewhat,... »

Court Upholds Ruling Against NYC Supersized Drink Ban - 08/07/2013

Last week saw a state appellate court uphold the New York Supreme Court’s ruling striking down New York City’s ban on restaurants selling sugar-sweetened beverages of more than 16 ounces. The decision that the New York Board of... »

Other Economic News Of Note: - 08/07/2013

The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the U.S. economy created 162,000 net new jobs in July, lower than the past few months and 20,000 to 25,000 lower than most economists expected. In the perverse... »

Eggers Takes Marketing Reins For Cooper-Atkins - 08/07/2013

Bill Eggers has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corp. The company veteran has held various responsibilities at the Middlefield, Conn., maker of time- and temperature-measurement devices,... »

Tossed Inks 30-Store Franchise Deal For Middle East, North Africa - 08/07/2013

Tossed, the fast-casual soup and salad chain, has signed its first international expansion deal. The 30-unit master development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Co., a multi-national conglomerate based in the United Arab... »

KFC Enters The Fast Casual Market With “Eleven” Store - 07/31/2013

KFC is putting its 11 herbs and spices in the forefront—and in its name—at a prototype fast-casual store opening August 5. The white-bearded, bespectacled image of chain founder Colonel Harland Sanders has no presence in the... »

Tidbits From FER’s 2014 E&S Forecast - 07/31/2013

We’re finishing up the eight PowerPoints we present next week at our annual President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast meeting, being held Aug. 7 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. We thought we’d share a few of the... »

Members, Suppliers Honored By ABC - 07/31/2013

During its recent spring conference, Allied Buying Corp. recognized more than a dozen member/dealers and suppliers for their outstanding volume growth and supplier support. Seven ABC suppliers were honored: Outstanding Sales... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/31/2013

Micro Matic USA has announced seven hires to support its expansion in the foodservice market. The Northridge, Calif., company makes dispensing equipment, including underbar refrigeration and back bar equipment. John Hickey, the... »

Tomorrow’s The Deadline for FEDA Profit Survey - 07/31/2013

The deadline for Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association members to return the questionnaire for the group’s Annual Profit Survey is Thursday, August 1. The survey delivers a wealth of financial and operating guidelines... »

Ace Mart Hosts Rep Awards - 07/31/2013

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply hosted its annual Rep of the Year Awards at its new downtown Dallas Superstore during the Southwest Foodservice Expo in Dallas in June. Employees in the company’s 15 Ace Mart Superstores, web store,... »

CFESA Changes Mailing Address - 07/31/2013

Headquarters for the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has a new mailing address. CFESA can now be reached at P.O. Box 77139, Greensboro, NC 27417. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. The... »

Roark Adds Another Brand, Acquires Miller’s Ale House - 07/24/2013

Miller’s Ale House, a 65-unit casual-dining chain, has been acquired by Atlanta-based private-equity firm Roark Capital Group. The Jupiter, Fla., chain had been owned by KarpReilly LLC. Financial details of the deal were not... »

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