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NRA Offers Up ADA Compliance Kit Download - 10/17/2012

The National Restaurant Association has released "Americans with Disabilities Act: Toolkit for Restaurant Operators," an 80-page toolkit that helps restaurateurs comply with updated federal accessibility... »

Beverage Companies Fire Back In Court Over NYC Drink Ban - 10/17/2012

The lawsuit to save big beverages on the streets of New York was filed Oct. 12 in Manhattan. Plaintiffs, including soft-drink companies, the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association, filed the suit... »

In Memoriam: Alan Berger - 10/17/2012

Alan Berger, designer of restaurant kitchens and fabricator of stainless steel, as well as a founder and top executive at Fabricators Int’l., Food Service Concepts and Alliance Food Equipment, died Sept. 28. He was 83. In 1947,... »

Consumer Sentiment Hits Five-Year High - 10/17/2012

Two weeks ago, we wrote in FER Fortnightly, “The fiscal cliff looms, worries about the fate of the Euro and European sovereign debt continue and everyone is uncertain about political environments everywhere. But American... »

Wholesale Food Prices Keep Rising In September As Gas Prices Slowly Fall - 10/17/2012

Food prices at the finished goods level rose another 0.2% in September, their fourth consecutive month of gains, according to data from the latest Producer Price Index, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Oct. 12. More... »

Victory’s Sales Team Adds Two Regional Sales Managers - 10/17/2012

Victory Refrigeration has added a pair of familiar industry names to its sales team. Kathleen Moccia Poulos is the company’s new regional sales manager, based in Southern California. Her career began with what is now Moccia... »

TriMark Acquires Century Concepts - 10/10/2012

TriMark USA announced on Sept. 28 that it had acquired Century Concepts, a Suwanee, Ga., dealer/fabricator. The company joins TriMark’s South division to create a new branch: TriMark Century Concepts. Century Concepts was... »

Inviting FER's Top Dealers To The Awards Dinner - 10/10/2012

With the announcement in this issue of our Industry Service Award winners, we have named all of those who will be honored at FER’s Awards Dinner & Program at the Peabody Hotel, Feb. 8, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. The dinner will... »

Top Posts Are Filled At Sysco Canada - 10/10/2012

Sysco Corp. has installed Randy White, president and CEO of Sysco Canada's Western region and Sysco Calgary, as the new president of Sysco Canada. The broadline giant also named Rod Stroud, president and CEO of Sysco Canada's... »

New Showroom, New Regional Manager At Caddy Corp. - 10/10/2012

Caddy Corp. has hired Phil Bailis as eastern regional sales manager. Bailis most recently covered the East Coast for several Standex brands. He will be responsible for Caddy’s three manufacturing segments: ventilation/utility... »

Pecinka Posts Emre To Oversee Dealer, End User Networks - 10/10/2012

Pecinka Ferri Associates has added Emre Evren to its sales team as an outside sales rep handling the dealer and end-user network. Evren has been a supply-chain manager, manufacturer’s representative, associate consultant and most... »

Jack In The Box Gets Serious About The Midwest - 10/03/2012

Jack in the Box is making a jump into the Midwest market. The San Diego-based chain opened its first outlet in Ohio last month; it hopes the new Cincinnati store will help launch it further eastward, into Cleveland, where it is... »

Domino’s Marks 10,000th Unit Opening - 10/03/2012

Two landmarks for Domino’s Pizza: The chain opened its 10,000th store—in Kaligthane, Turkey. The Ann Arbor, Mich., chain has more than 250 stores in Turkey, all owned and operated by Fides, a private equity company. A day... »

FER Names Winners Of First Management Excellence Awards - 10/03/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports, with the assistance of the magazine’s Awards Selection Advisory Boards, has chosen six organizations to receive the magazine’s first Management Excellence Awards. The awards recognize companies... »

NRA Show To Stick With Chicago Through 2021 - 10/03/2012

Apparently, the first 63 years have gone pretty well. The National Restaurant Association announced Oct. 1 that its annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will remain in Chicago... »

Personnel Moves Strengthen Sales Force At Kitchen Brains - 10/03/2012

There’s quite a bit of news from Kitchen Brains, the Stratford, Conn., entity that combines SCK Direct and Food Automation-Service Techniques (FAST). The company, which creates interconnected kitchen technology, including... »

Cap Ex Measures Fall As NRA’s RPI Rises - 10/03/2012

Foodservice operators’ capital purchasing activity and intentions fell strongly in the August survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, while nearly all other indicators in the index rose. Big... »

Second Quarter Traffic Gains Anemic In Most Markets-- Except China And Canada - 10/03/2012

Restaurant customer traffic increased in the second quarter 2012, if only slightly, in most of the 10 markets The NPD Group surveys. Still, except for China and Canada, most countries saw anemic gains at best. Traffic in the U.S.... »

Go Figure: Consumer Sentiment Spurted In September… - 10/03/2012

The fiscal cliff looms, worries about the fate of the Euro and European sovereign debt continue and everyone is uncertain about political environments everywhere. But American consumers clearly became more upbeat in September,... »

…But Business Leaders’ Confidence Hit Three-Year Low - 10/03/2012

Consumers may be more upbeat, but according to the Business Roundtable’s third-quarter survey, chief executive officers’ confidence plummeted to its lowest level in three years, putting it on a par with that immediately following... »

Personnel Moves: - 10/03/2012

Master-Bilt Refrigeration has added Richard Yeomans of Richard Yeomans Sales and Marketing as its newest Canadian sales rep. He will cover sales for north, east and south Ontario effective immediately. Yeomans brings more than 20... »

California Update: Playground Bill Vetoed, Homemade Food Sales Okayed - 10/03/2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would expand food-safety laws to cover indoor and outdoor playgrounds at quick-service restaurants. Brown cited a lack of evidence that the sanitation problems require a new... »

NSF’s China Lab Earns Full Accreditation - 10/03/2012

Equipment testing just got easier—and more professional—in China. NSF Int’l. has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the China National Accreditation Service for its laboratory in Shanghai. The accreditation enables the lab... »

Taco Bell Operator K-MAC Acquires 25-Unit Franchisee - 10/03/2012

One of the country’s largest Taco Bell franchisees, K-MAC Holdings, has acquired No Limits LLC, a Missouri-based Taco Bell franchisee that owns and operates 25 Taco Bell restaurants. K-MAC is owned by Brentwood Associates and... »

Food Fight: Oral Arguments Begin In Prison Kosher Case - 10/03/2012

The rights of Jewish prisoners to kosher meals in Texas correctional facilities are at the forefront of a court case that began Oct. 1. The Texas correctional system is one of the few state prison systems restricting access to... »

FER Names Dealer Award Winners - 09/26/2012

Bargreen Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash., and Mobile Fixture, Mobile, Ala., have been named winners of Foodservice Equipment Reports’ first Management Excellence Awards in the dealer category. Bargreen receives the award for dealers... »

FEDA Offers 20 UID Scholarships For Spring 2013... - 09/26/2012

Opportunity awaits dealer middle-management professionals seeking career advancement in the distribution field. They can apply for one of 20 FEDA Education Foundation scholarships to attend The University of Industrial... »

...And Awards Two More ServSafe Scholarships - 09/26/2012

The FEDA Education Foundation has more than one scholarship program. It just awarded two more ServSafe Scholarships. Lanie Bolinger and Emilio Valdovinos from Ace Mart Restaurant Supply of San Antonio, Texas, were given ServSafe... »

Mergers & Acquisitions Dept.: - 09/26/2012

Foldcraft Co. Buys Waymar: Foldcraft, the parent company for Plymold brand furniture, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Waymar Cos., a maker of the Waymar and JH Carr furniture lines. Plymold products are commonly... »

Time For Hobart Sustainability Awards - 09/26/2012

Did your dealership work on a project this past year that’s notable for its attention to sustainability and environmental concerns? Awards and press attention could come your way from the Hobart Center for Foodservice... »

New Canadian Sales Rep For Master-Bilt - 09/26/2012

Master-Bilt Refrigeration has added Richard Yeomans of Richard Yeomans Sales and Marketing as its newest Canadian sales rep. He will cover sales for north, east and south Ontario effective immediately. Yeomans brings more than 20... »

What The Awards Judging Taught Us - 09/26/2012

As we report in this issue, Foodservice Equipment Reports has awarded two dealers its first Management Excellence Awards. We want to congratulate Bargreen Ellingson, which won the award for dealers with more than $40 million in... »

FER Announces Winners Of Young Lion Awards - 09/19/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports, with the assistance of industry associations and the magazine’s Awards Selection Advisory Boards, has named six accomplished individuals to receive the magazine’s first Young Lion Awards. The awards... »

Plymold Parent To Acquire Waymar Cos. - 09/19/2012

Foldcraft Co., the parent company for the Plymold brand furniture, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Waymar Cos., a maker of the Waymar and JH Carr furniture lines. Plymold products are commonly spec’d in quick-service... »

Corner Bakery Cafe Expanding To The Pacific Northwest - 09/19/2012

Corner Bakery Café is working full steam ahead on its plan to more than double its footprint over the next four years. The Dallas chain, which has signed 22 franchise agreements for more than 279 new restaurants, just announced a... »

Papa Murphy's Plans 100 Units In The Gulf Region - 09/19/2012

Papa Murphy's Int’l. is making a giant expansion leap out of North America. The Vancouver, Wash., chain has inked a master franchise agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout... »

SFM Presents Its Top Awards - 09/19/2012

The Society for Foodservice Management held its national conference in Las Vegas last week. Among the highlights were the annual awards recognizing special honorees who have gone "above and beyond" to serve the... »

First Call For Kitchen Innovations Awards - 09/19/2012

This past year, 21 trailblazing machines, technologies and equipment were honored with the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchens Innovations Awards. While next year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel... »

Manitowoc Focuses Americas Ovens Operations In Cleveland - 09/19/2012

Manitowoc Foodservice is consolidating its manufacturing and operating functions for its Americas Ovens division in a new, expanded facility in Cleveland. When the transition is completed later this year, the Ohio facility will... »

AHF To Mark Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week - 09/19/2012

September is National Food Safety Month. October brings another commemoration of the foodservice industry. From Oct. 1-7, the Association for Healthcare Foodservice will celebrate Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week. The... »

McDonald’s Unveils Calorie Count Info - 09/19/2012

McDonald’s big announcement last week that it would begin posting calorie-count information made headlines, but it isn’t the first chain to get a jumpstart on new federal menu-labeling regulations. It’s just the biggest. For the... »

NYC Says No To Supersized Sodas… - 09/19/2012

The city that banned trans fats and public smoking has made it official: The New York City Board of Health has approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and other venues. The... »

…And Yes To Fewer Restrooms - 09/19/2012

Another fluid issue for New York foodservice operators is restrooms. Under recent changes to a city code, small restaurants and coffee shops with an occupancy of 30 or fewer people are now allowed to provide patrons with a single... »

Food And Gas Price Spikes Push Inflation Indexes Higher - 09/19/2012

The huge unexpected jump in gasoline prices combined with an anticipated increase in food prices to push the Consumer and Producer Price Indices sharply higher in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The PPI rose... »

Gasoline And Diesel Prices Still Rising - 09/19/2012

Fuel prices generally start falling after Labor Day as the demands of summer-vacation driving recede. Having seen the big jumps in August’s Consumer and Producer Price Energy Indices, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics... »

Consumer Sentiment Jumped In First September Reading - 09/19/2012

We guess you could call it irrational exuberance. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index took an unexpected jump in the preliminary September reading, released Sept. 14. The index rose nearly five... »

What’s The Impact If We Fall Off The Fiscal Cliff? - 09/19/2012

There is a very interesting discussion in the September issue of Blue Chip Economic Indicators of the potential impact on growth of gross domestic product in the U.S. if Congress and the President don’t somehow avoid the... »

Mike McNeel Named New IFED Chief - 09/12/2012

Industry veteran Mike McNeel has joined International Foodservice Equipment Distributors as the buying group’s new executive director. McNeel reports to IFED Pres. Paul Gustafson and will work closely with the IFED board to... »

Judging Dealers - 09/12/2012

This Thursday, we’ll be judging our first FER Management Excellence Awards for dealers (and chains, noncommercial operators and consultancies). One of the things we want to do with these new awards is be more transparent about... »

FEDA’s October Webinar Focuses On Negotiations - 09/12/2012

Defend your turf, defend your price. Dealers who are members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association can pick up some hints to do both next month when FEDA hosts a teleconference/webinar titled “Negotiations:... »

Europe’s Slowdown A Drag On E&S Public Companies In Second Quarter - 09/12/2012

Weak results from Europe undercut overall sales growth for the big public foodservice equipment companies, leading to the slowest overall revenue growth for the publics since their combined sales went positive in the second... »

NAFEM `13 Countdown Begins - 09/12/2012

Are your calendars—paper and electronic—marked with the dates for next year’s NAFEM Show? Got your flight and room reservations? The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers is gearing up for the Feb. 7-9, 2013,... »

Wash Your Hands! It’s National Food Safety Month - 09/05/2012

September brings us National Food Safety Month. Now in its 18th year, NFSM creates a heightened awareness of, and for some newer industry members, an introduction to food safety. The National Restaurant Association is sharing... »

FCSI Moves Headquarters, Offers Free Services At New York Show - 09/05/2012

Big news from Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l: The association has relocated its world headquarters to Louisville, Ky., and for the first time, its Americas Division will be offering free design and management advisory... »

Oneida, Anchor Hocking Merge Under EveryWare Global - 09/05/2012

Some things will change, but the iconic names, Oneida and Anchor Hocking, will remain as the two brands merge under the umbrella of the newly unified company, EveryWare Global. Brand identities will remain distinct. Oneida... »

New Rules In North Carolina Might Spur Refrigeration Sales - 09/05/2012

Stricter food safety guidelines that went into effect Sept. 1 in North Carolina will be a boon for safer food handling, not to mention sales of gloves and refrigeration equipment. The new rules issued by the state’s public... »

NRA Performance Index Slowed Sharply In July - 09/05/2012

Pushed lower by strong declines in same-store sales and traffic, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance fell 1.1 points in July, which left the index just barely in expansion territory at 100.2. All eight of... »

Consumer Confidence Measures Mostly Lower Again - 09/05/2012

The two leading measures of consumer confidence moved in opposite directions again in August, as consumer expectations and spending plans remain quite negative. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index... »

China, Canada and Japan Saw Good Traffic Growth In First Quarter - 09/05/2012

The numbers on first quarter 2012 restaurant traffic in the leading economies from The NPD Group tell a tale of economic disparities. Traffic soared in China, rose strongly in Canada and Japan and sputtered in nearly all of... »

Thibert Named President At TriMark United East - 09/05/2012

Joseph Thibert has assumed the post of president of TriMark United East, a major equipment and supplies dealership based in South Attleboro, Mass. Jerry Hyman will continue in his current capacity as president and CEO... »

Unique Pizza Acquires Organic Pizza Chain - 09/05/2012

Unique Pizza and Subs has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held organic chain, Pizza Fusion Holdings. After the deal closes, most likely by the end of the third quarter, Pizza Fusion will become a wholly... »

Southern Exposure In The Works For Del Taco - 09/05/2012

Del Taco has inked an agreement to add 20 units to its store count in Alabama and northern Florida. Targeted sites in Alabama include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa; Florida locations include Jacksonville and... »

Carlisle Appoints Trent Freiberg As President - 09/05/2012

Carlisle Cos. has appointed Trent Freiberg as president of Carlisle FoodService Products. With this promotion, Freiberg will direct the company’s global operations. For the past four years, Freiberg has held several leadership... »

California Considers White-Glove Test For Restaurant Playgrounds - 09/05/2012

Remember the mom who journeyed around the country’s quick-service restaurant playgrounds, testing them for cleanliness? Fortnightly reported the story a year ago. A California assemblyman was so concerned about the discoveries of... »

Sbarro Taps Franchise Development V.P.s - 09/05/2012

In the midst of an aggressive revitalization effort for its mall-based Italian eateries, Sbarro has appointed two executives to spearhead franchise growth domestically and abroad. Eric Taylor has joined Sbarro’s as... »

Phillips Succeeds Mosteller As Frymaster’s VP/GM - 08/29/2012

Todd Phillips has succeeded Dave Mosteller as vice president and general manager of Frymaster. Mosteller, a 25-year veteran of Manitowoc Foodservice, has retired. Phillips has been with Frymaster for six years in various... »

Component Hardware Taps New Business Manager - 08/29/2012

Michael Tuman is the new business development manager at Component Hardware Group. Tuman assumes responsibility for accounts in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for all Component Hardware brands, including Encore, Flame Gard, Keil,... »

Ari Cantor Assumes V.P. Title At Insinger - 08/29/2012

Ari Cantor has been appointed vice president of Insinger Machine Co. Cantor is the fifth generation of owner-management at the Philadelphia warewashing equipment manufacturer. Since joining the company nearly four years ago,... »

Buying Groups Set To Kick Off Fall Meeting Season - 08/29/2012

Summer is officially over when the calendar pages fill with sales meetings and educational conferences. A number of dealer buying groups will be convening over the next two months. They include: Sept.... »

Go Play (With Your Kids And Customers) - 08/29/2012

We’ve had a fun couple of weeks since the last Dealer Report.  We played golf at the fourth annual Jerry Maahs charity golf outing, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. What’s not to like about a beautiful day... »

Peerless Announces Two Executive Appointments - 08/29/2012

Peerless Food Equipment has appointed Richard Taylor as its new director of sales. Taylor will direct the outside and inside sales teams while strengthening global agent channels. All product line sales for the Sidney, Ohio,... »

Top 100 E&S Manufacturers Posted 6.4% Gain In 2011 - 08/29/2012

The 100 largest U.S. foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers saw their sales grow 6.4% last year, up from a 3.9% gain in ’10, as the U.S. E&S market bounced back from the Great Foodservice Recession. Combined sales... »

Wendy’s Re-Imaging Perks Up Sales - 08/22/2012

Here’s a wake-up call for any operators still putting off store remodeling and re-imaging. It’s a winning strategy for Wendy’s. During the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Aug. 9, Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick said early... »

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Expansion Plans Across Latin America - 08/22/2012

The East Coast doughnut chain isn’t just making a splash west of the Mississippi. It also is making a big push into Latin America. Dunkin’ Donuts will open more than 125 new stores in Chile, Colombia and Peru over the next... »

Second-Quarter Growth Slowed, MAFSI Reports - 08/22/2012

The rate of growth in sales of foodservice equipment, supplies and furnishings slowed slightly to 3.6% in the second quarter 2012, according the MAFSI Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the... »

Bauscher, WMF Join Forces In U.S. - 08/22/2012

In an agreement that kicked in May 1, Bauscher USA and WMF Americas have formed an alliance in sales and marketing and customer service for the U.S. market. The collaboration brings together four brands of porcelain, cutlery,... »

Couraud To Head NACUFS - 08/22/2012

Come Nov. 1, Gretchen Couraud, CAE, CFRE, will be the new executive director of The National Association of College & University Food Services. Couraud will be the third executive director in NACUFS’ 54-year history and will... »

Traffic Growth Slowed This Spring, NPD Says - 08/22/2012

Restaurant traffic growth slowed this spring, according to the latest data from The NPD Group’s CREST studies. Overall visits grew 1% in the March through May period, slowing somewhat from the surge in traffic seen during the... »

Drop In Local Property Tax Receipts Crunching Local Governments And School Districts - 08/22/2012

Local government bodies and school districts are facing serious fiscal challenges as local property tax receipts fell in both nominal and real terms during the first quarter of 2012, according to data collected by the Rockefeller... »

Wholesale Food And Menu Prices Continue To Rise - 08/22/2012

Both wholesale food prices and menu prices rose again in July according to data from the Producer and Consumer Price Indexes maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall wholesale food prices, as computed by the National... »

Most Macro Forecasts Slip In August Blue Chip Survey - 08/22/2012

The outlooks for growth of real gross domestic product the rest of this year and next fell again in the latest survey of 50 major economic forecasting groups published by Blue Chip Economic Indicators in early August. The... »

NRA And China Talk Food Safety - 08/22/2012

The National Restaurant Association has partnered in China with Ecolab to share best practices for food-safety training. Representatives from the two organizations recently traveled to China, where they met with representatives... »

Letter Grades Likely For Baltimore - 08/22/2012

Word spreads fast in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Information about a restaurant’s menu and its latest health-department inspection moves quickly, and a good word is critical to success. Following the lead of other... »

List Of California Cities Banning Polystyrene Grows Longer - 08/22/2012

Add Hermosa Beach to the list of more than 60 California cities that ban some form of polystyrene. Earlier this month, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted to ban polystyrene takeout containers. The city of nearly 20,000 is in... »

Meiko Appointment Enhances Sales And Customer Service - 08/22/2012

Meiko Inc., enjoying what it calls a boom sales year, is beefing up its customer-service department. The Nashville, Tenn., company has added Danielle Mason as its sales and customer-service operations manager for the U.S. and... »

Gaylord Promotes Lukens To Top Sales Post - 08/15/2012

Gaylord Industries has made three appointments to its sales and service department. Leading off is the promotion of Bruce Lukens to director of sales and marketing; he’ll guide the sales, sales engineering and marketing... »

In Memoriam: Robin Crispin - 08/15/2012

Robin Crispin, who spent a lifetime in the E&S industry, passed away Aug. 6 at the age of 79. He recently retired from Best Restaurant Equipment & Design Co. Crispin grew up to serve as president and owner of his... »

In Memoriam: Service Ideas’ Patrick Murray - 08/15/2012

Patrick Murray, the second-generation owner of Service Ideas, died of cancer July 30. He was 72. The Woodbury, Minn., manufacturer of beverage servers and tabletop products was founded by his father, Art, in 1946. Patrick... »

FEDA Extends Profit Survey Deadline To Aug. 17 - 08/15/2012

The deadline for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s 2012 Profit Survey has been extended by two weeks. Questionnaires are now due by this Friday, Aug. 17; dealers can find the forms in the Members Only section... »

Remembering Pat Murray - 08/15/2012

We lost a good friend a couple of weeks ago. Pat Murray was the second great patriarch of the Murray family to earn a living from foodservice and to pass that legacy on to his children. His father, Art, started a restaurant in... »

Two Potential CFSP Overviews Want To Fill Seats - 08/15/2012

Need to attend a CFSP refresher or to sit for your Certified Foodservice Professional exam? Two opportunities are pending. Oct. 16-17: CenterPoint Energy in Minneapolis is planning to host a CFSP overview and exam, but needs to... »

First ServSafe Scholarship Issued By FEDA - 08/15/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association Education Foundation has named Andrew Martinez of FEDA member firm Burkett Restaurant Equipment as the first recipient of its ServSafe scholarship. Martinez earned his ServSafe... »

Applebee’s Nears Goal Of Being Fully Franchised Operation - 08/08/2012

The shift to an all-franchise model is nearly complete. DineEquity has sold another 65 of its Applebee's restaurants for $61 million, one of its final steps in converting the chain to a franchised operation. With the sale of the... »

Denny’s To Roll Out 50 Units In China - 08/08/2012

It’s a grand slam of a different sort. Denny’s Corp., which already flies its flag in 10 countries, will be opening in China next year. In what it calls its largest-ever international agreement, the Spartanburg, S.C., chain has... »

Equipment And Supplies Price Increases Remain Moderate, Says AutoQuotes - 08/08/2012

Equipment and supplies manufacturers are not raising prices very much, according to the latest data from AutoQuotes Inc., presented at Foodservice Equipment Reports annual E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview July 24. List... »

In Memoriam: Service Ideas’ Patrick Murray - 08/08/2012

Patrick Murray, the second-generation owner of Service Ideas, died of cancer July 30. He was 72. The Woodbury, Minn., manufacturer of beverage servers and tabletop products was founded by his father, Art, in 1946. Patrick... »

Food Service Technology Center Marks 25th Year With Anniversary Seminar - 08/08/2012

More than 200 friends and colleagues, including manufacturers, operators, consultants and media reps, gathered at the Marriott in San Ramon, Calif., Aug. 1-3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Food... »

Hallett To Head Manitowoc’s Global Yum! Accounts - 08/08/2012

Manitowoc Foodservice has promoted Bill Hallett to vice president of Global Accounts-Yum! Hallett, a 20-year veteran of foodservice chain business development, will manage the corporate and global relationship aspects of the Yum!... »

Aladdin Temp-Rite Appoints New Sales & Marketing V.P. - 08/08/2012

Carl Mulder has been appointed by Aladdin Temp-Rite as v.p.-sales and marketing. He will manage the direct sales team, national accounts, customer service as well as marketing communications. Mulder will report to Marty... »

C-Stores Applaud New Menu-Labeling Legislation - 08/08/2012

The c-store industry is hailing bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 24, which operators say provides the necessary flexibility in menu labeling and a fuller understanding of c-store... »

Operators Added Total Units In Past Year, NPD Reports - 08/08/2012

Foodservice operators opened 2,872 net new units in the year ending March 31, as even independent operators saw a net increase in locations. The data from The NPD Group, apparently signals the end of the Great Foodservice... »

NRA Performance Index Holds Steady In June - 08/08/2012

Like most Americans, the drumbeat of negative economic and political news is having an effect on operators’ outlook for the rest of the year and into 2013. An improvement in current conditions offset a drop in expectations in... »

July Jobs Numbers Better Than Expected; Consumer Confidence Measures Mixed - 08/08/2012

The U.S. economy generated 163,000 net non-farm payroll jobs in July, while the unemployment rate remained relatively unchanged at 8.3%, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Aug. 3. The job gains were higher than... »

Manitowoc Announces Zero-Percent Financing Program - 08/08/2012

Operators offer value meals and discount menus to their customers. Now, through the end of the year, dealers can offer some cost savings to the operators. Manitowoc Foodservice is offering a zero-percent financing program for 24... »

San Diego Food Trucks Have To Make The Grade - 08/08/2012

It’s back to school for food trucks in San Diego. The county’s 60-year-old restaurant letter-grading program is being expanded to about 550 mobile food facilities, encompassing 250 hot-food trucks and 300 carts that serve items... »

Two E&S Dealers Expand Through Acquisition: - 08/08/2012

Tundra Restaurant Supply of Boulder, Colo., has acquired Superior Commercial Kitchens, a neighboring design firm specializing in restaurants and healthcare facilities. The move will allow Tundra to further expand its suite of... »

ServSafe Achieves Its Five Millionth Certification - 08/08/2012

The National Restaurant Association announced in July that it has issued five million ServSafe certifications. The nearly 40-year-old program is the No. 1 food-safety training program for foodservice... »

Despite Uncertainties, FER Forecasts 2.5% E&S Market Real Growth In `13 - 08/01/2012

“Sure, it’s an economic and political environment fraught with uncertainties,” Foodservice Equipment Reports Publisher Robin Ashton told attendees at the magazine’s annual E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview meeting, held... »

H. Weiss Equipment Acquires Certain BRC Assets - 08/01/2012

In a transaction effective immediately, H. Weiss Equipment Corp., a half-century-old dealership based in Armonk, N.Y., has inked an agreement with BRC Commercial Kitchens Corp. to acquire certain BRC assets and to hire key... »

3Wire Opens Las Vegas Storefront And Distribution Center - 08/01/2012

Las Vegas is home to a new distribution center for 3Wire, which provides supply chain solutions and parts distribution to the foodservice and beverage industries. The new distribution center will serve 3Wire’s casino customers... »

Ace Mart Honors Top Reps, Appoints Brand Director - 08/01/2012

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has appointed Electrolux veteran Anthony Salemi as its new director of brand and business development. Salemi will hold senior management responsibilities while developing the Ace Mart brand of products... »

Behind The FER 2013 Forecast - 08/01/2012

I hope you’ve seen that we are forecasting another good year for the foodservice equipment and supplies industry in 2013 (see article this issue). We’re forecasting current dollar growth of 4.3% and real growth of 2.5% for next... »

Meet Your Potential: FEDA Offers Thirty CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships - 08/01/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association is amping up efforts to boost its members’ professionalism and credentials. The FEDA Education Foundation will present 30 scholarships each for Certified Foodservice Professional... »

New Training Sessions Offered By Accurex - 08/01/2012

The demonstration kitchen at Accurex headquarters has added three new customer training programs. The Greenheck Product Center in Schofield, Wis., now hosts overviews on kitchen ventilation systems; energy-saving kitchen... »

CRFA Boosts Forecast for Restaurant Sales This Year - 07/25/2012

“Restaurant sales are in better shape than we expected,” the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association stated in a release July 14 announcing an upgrade in the groups’ forecast for restaurant sales in Canada this year. The... »

NACUFS Conference Gets High Marks, Honors Operations - 07/25/2012

The National Association of College & University Food Services focused on “Revolutionary Thinking” at its 2012 National Conference in Boston last week. The July 11-14 meeting welcomed more than 900 individuals representing... »

Observers Express Concern About Drought’s Effects On Protein Prices - 07/25/2012

Many observers of the foodservice industry, including Technomic Inc., the National Restaurant Association and others, have been voicing concern about the almost certain impact on food prices, especially proteins, of the severe... »

NRA: Give Ops Time To Address ADA Issues - 07/25/2012

The Americans with Disabilities Act is making it easier for restaurants to welcome all potential customers, but it is leading to “abusive lawsuits,” according to legislation supported by the National Restaurant Association. The... »

NYC Operators Form New Lobbying Group - 07/25/2012

There are a million stories in the big city, and one restaurant association just is not big enough for all of them. Three hundred restaurateurs, bar and lounge owners, hotel executives and liquor distributors have created a new... »

Chicago Says Yes To Food Trucks, But… - 07/25/2012

Chicago is one of the last major American cities to allow food trucks to patrol its streets. For the past few years, the city has allowed food trucks to sell prepared and prepackaged foods, but under pressure from bricks and... »

Groups Question Enforcement Of Food Safety Act - 07/25/2012

Last week, full-page newspaper ads featuring victims of food contamination highlighted an outcry by 10 consumer-health groups that championed the landmark 2010 food safety law but now assert that enforcement delays could cost... »

Wholesale Food And Menu Prices Rose Again In June - 07/25/2012

Wholesale food prices rose for the third month in the last four and menu price increases outpaced those at grocery stores again in June, according to producer and consumer price data released in mid-July by the Bureau of Labor... »

Peet’s Acquisition Gives A Jolt To Coffee Market - 07/25/2012

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is turning over a new leaf. The chain announced on July 23 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by European holding company Joh. A. Benckiser. The transaction is valued at about... »

Gardner To Helm Frymaster’s Field Sales - 07/25/2012

Mickey Gardner has been appointed by Manitowoc Foodservice as field marketing manager for its Frymaster division. He is responsible for supporting the Shreveport, La., company’s independent manufacturer’s rep force by growing... »

Electrolux Taps Evans For Top North American Post - 07/25/2012

John Evans has been appointed head of Region 5 (North America) within the Electrolux Professional Commercial Organization. He previously held the position of v.p.- marketing and sales for Electrolux Professional North... »

Grindmaster-Cecilware Names Ibrahim Senior V.P. Operations - 07/25/2012

Nestor Ibrahim, CFSP, has joined Grindmaster-Cecilware as senior v.p.-operations. He will be responsible for all operational functions of the company, including manufacturing, supply chain and industrial engineering. Ibrahim is... »

Henny Penny, Hobart Win Chain Honors - 07/25/2012

Henny Penny Corp. has won dual honors from KFC. The Eaton, Ohio, manufacturer has been named by the Yum! chain as Equipment Supplier of the Year and Supplier of the Year. The awards recognize Henny Penny’s newly introduced... »

Leadership Change At Blanco - 07/25/2012

Friedrich Schock has been named CEO at Blanco CS (Customized Solutions). He succeeds Rolf Waldi, who is retiring after 21 years with the German manufacturer of cooking, catering, storage and dispensing equipment. Waldi was... »

Bennigan’s Appoints Three Executives - 07/25/2012

Three key appointments have been made at Bennigan’s. Mike Gabriel has been tapped as the Dallas chain’s new director of construction and design. His resume is topped by his most recent title as development director for Fogo de... »

Ace Mart Honors Top Reps, Appoints Brand Director - 07/25/2012

Last month’s Southwest Foodservice Expo in Dallas was the setting for Ace Mart Restaurant Supply’s annual rep of the year awards. The San Antonio-based, family-owned E&S dealer named Mark Lemons & Associates as its... »

Affani Takes Top Western Regional Post For AllPoints - 07/18/2012

Feras Affani has joined AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies in the newly created position of western regional business development manager. In his new post at the MRO parts and supplies distributor, Affani will focus on... »

New Facilities For Three Manufacturers: - 07/18/2012

T&S Brass has opened an on-site education facility to provide hands-on training to customers, consultants, sales representatives, distributors, contractors and engineers. The 40,000-sq.-ft. center can accommodate small and... »

Correction: Action Sales Is A 2012 FER Top Dealer - 07/18/2012

Sometimes we make a big goof. Somehow, with all the forms flying back and forth, we misplaced Action Sales and left them out of our FER Top Dealer Report article in the June 2012 issue. The oversight was particularly galling... »

FEDA Profit Survey Deadline Is August 1 - 07/18/2012

Hey dealers, you’ve got less than two weeks to fill out and return your 2012 FEDA Profit Survey to the folks at the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association.  The results from reporting companies form a complete... »

Luckiest Men In The World - 07/18/2012

I was in Miami at the Doral Country Club during a monsoon attending the annual meeting of the Association of Healthcare Foodservice on June 21, when I heard Mitch Schechter had died. Our (and Mitch’s) dear friend, Donna Boss, was... »

Darden Restaurants To Acquire Yard House For $585 Million - 07/13/2012

Darden Restaurants announced July 12 that it has agreed to acquire Yard House USA for $585 million in an all-cash transaction from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners, management and investors. The 39-unit contemporary... »

ICC Says No To Hood Proposal, Comment Period Open Until Aug. 1 - 07/11/2012

A hood proposal to the International Code Council described as a well-intended but unnecessary expense has been “disapproved” but remains alive pending public comment. Proposal M105-12, section 507.2.1 calls for specific hoods... »

Oregon Ops Delay Rule Requiring Cooks Wear Gloves - 07/11/2012

Oregon operators have delayed by several months a new state rule that would require cooks to wear gloves or otherwise avoid touching food with their bare hands. In late June, Oregon’s Health Authority backed off implementing a... »

Restaurant Industry Continues To Expand Despite Concerns - 07/11/2012

In spite of a rash of economic challenges in the past few months, the restaurant industry continued to expand in May, according to the latest data from the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. While... »

Nathan's Famous To Plant Flag In Turkey - 07/11/2012

There’s more going on at Nathan’s Famous than the Fourth of July hot-dog-eating championship. The chain opened 67 new franchised units during the fiscal year ending in March, including stores in Canada, China, the Dominican... »

NRA Unveils New Branding Initiative And Logo - 07/11/2012

In another step toward its multiyear plan to strengthen its messaging and connection, the National Restaurant Association has given its logo a makeover. The association’s new visual identity applies to all of its programs,... »

Brazil To See 30 Johnny Rockets Units - 07/11/2012

The burger chain, which prides itself on being an all-American concept, continues to put down roots in Latin America. Brazil’s more than 200 million people will get a taste of Johnny Rockets, which has inked a franchise agreement... »

Personnel Moves: - 07/11/2012

Feras Affani has joined AllPoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies in the newly created position of western regional business development manager. In his new post at the MRO parts and supplies distributor, Affani will focus on... »

NACUFS Renames Lifetime Award To Honor Longtime Member - 07/11/2012

The National Association of College and University Food Services has renamed its Distinguished Lifetime Member Award to honor longtime member and volunteer David Prentkowski, director of foodservice at the University of Notre... »

Industry Reels From Supreme Court Ruling On Healthcare - 07/11/2012

The foodservice industry is bemoaning the Supreme Court's June 28 ruling upholding the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Financial implications are of topmost concern. Industry leaders fear that employee requirements on the healthcare... »

BLS Reports Another Month Of Weak Jobs Growth - 07/11/2012

Nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. continued to grow in June, with a net 80,000 new jobs added, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the number fell short of modest expectations of a 90,000 increase. For the third month in... »

Restaurant Jobs Growth Double Overall Growth - 07/11/2012

Restaurant industry jobs grew twice as fast as general employment in the 12 months ending June, according to an analysis by the National Restaurant Association released July 6.  Eating and drinking place employment grew by... »

Wealthier Households Lead Decline In Consumer Confidence - 07/11/2012

Last issue, we wrote about concerns from Technomic Inc. Consulting Economist Arjun Chakravarti that declines in equities and other asset-based wealth could lead to cutbacks in spending by more well-off Americans and have a... »

New Ownership Official For P.F. Chang's - 07/11/2012

Investment firm Centerbridge Partners and its Wok Parent acquisition arm has successfully completed its tender offer for the outstanding shares of P.F. Chang's. The company now owns more than 83% of the Scottsdale, Ariz., chain,... »

BK Plans 1,000 Stores In China Within Seven Years - 06/27/2012

Burger King is setting its sights, and its crown, on China. On June 15, the burger chain announced that it will open 1,000 restaurants in the world’s most populous country during the next five to seven years. There are currently... »

NRA, CRFA Partner Up, Launch Conserve Initiative In Canada - 06/27/2012

Top restaurant business associations in the U.S. and Canada are partnering up. The National Restaurant Association and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association have signed an agreement to launch a Canadian version of... »

In Memoriam: Mitch Schechter - 06/27/2012

Mitchell Schechter, president, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Schechter Report and Newz-Zoom newsletter, died of heart failure on June 20. He was 60 years old. Schechter spent the past 29 years covering the foodservice... »

Domino’s Hits 5,000 Overseas - 06/27/2012

Twenty-seven years after opening its first international store, Domino's Pizza has opened its 5,000th store outside of the U.S. Technically, the Ann Arbor, Mich., chain held grand-opening celebrations at three new stores and... »

Winston Adds Top National Account Execs - 06/27/2012

Winston Industries is strengthening its sales force. The Louisville, Ky., company has appointed Bill Wright and Justin Fox as national account executives for the West and East Coasts, respectively. Both men will oversee sales and... »

Pizza Chains Argue Practicality Of Federal Menu Labeling Regulations - 06/27/2012

There might be more than 30 million ways to make a pizza, but the joys of customization are colliding with the realities of regulation. Last week, the nation’s largest pizza chains went to Capitol Hill to push for changes to a... »

New AHF Board Takes Seats - 06/27/2012

New board members and nominating committee members elected in March will take their seats in August on the Association for Healthcare Foodservice’s board. New board members beginning their two-year terms are: President-Elect:... »

Honors For Two At Nor-Lake - 06/27/2012

Two personal notes on Nor-Lake Inc. personnel. The Hudson, Wis., manufacturer has honored Barb Belongia, v.p.-foodservice sales and marketing, with its President’s Award for Excellence. The award recognizes Belongia’s leadership... »

Chains Rejoice: Utah Adds 90 Liquor Licenses - 06/27/2012

Just weeks after FER Fortnightly reported on the expansion problems chains are experiencing with Utah’s restricted number of liquor licenses, the business-minded state has jumped off the wagon to address the problem. Last week,... »

Chicago Reforms Restaurant Inspection Laws - 06/27/2012

The failure rate for Chicago restaurants—both in inspections and in business success—should be shrinking, thanks to long-awaited reforms in city inspection laws. Not only do a third of all new restaurants close within their... »

National Retail And Chain Groups Join To Address Healthcare Act - 06/27/2012

By the time you read this, the Supreme Court will have ruled on the fate of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (The court is scheduled to release its ruling Thursday, June 28.) In an effort to consolidate and communicate their... »

Don’t Miss FER Forecast Meeting Early Bird Discount - 06/27/2012

Just a reminder: The early bird discount deadline for next month’s Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview is Friday, June 29. After this Friday, the meeting will cost $100 more. This annual... »

Lester Nowosad To Head North American Sales For Middleby Marshall - 06/27/2012

Middleby Marshall/CTX has promoted Lester Nowosad to v.p.-North American sales. In his new position, Nowosad will be responsible for building and managing U.S. and Canadian sales efforts through the company’s distribution... »

Global Risks Cloud Outlook For U.S. Foodservice, Says Technomic Economist - 06/27/2012

Technomic Inc. held its annual Restaurant Trends & Directions Conference in Rosemont, Ill., on June 20. Among the highlights of this wide-ranging look at the trends driving the foodservice business was a presentation by Dr.... »

Technomic Sticks With Upwardly Revised Forecast - 06/27/2012

Given the economic uncertainties in Europe and Asia, and their possible impact on domestic foodservice (see related article this issue), FER Fortnightly asked Technomic V.P. Joe Pawlak if the research firm announced any revision... »

Warning! Menu Prices Rise Faster Than Grocery Prices - 06/27/2012

Menu prices rose 0.3% in May, as foodservice operators continued to raise prices more than competitors in food-retail outlets including grocery stores. For the last 12 months, menu- price increases now outpace grocery-store price... »

Wholesale Food Prices Fall 0.5% In May - 06/27/2012

Prices for food at the wholesale level fell in May after rising in March and April, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, released June 13. At the finished goods level, prices were down... »

FEDA’s June Teleconference/Webinar Focuses On Customer Service - 06/20/2012

Creating practical improvement in customer service is the crucial focus of the next educational seminar hosted by the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. The June 27 event marks the first-ever teleconference that FEDA... »

Personnel/Industry Moves - 06/20/2012

ACP has announced that effective July 1, Mark Sullivan will move from his role as director-international sales to the new position of director-Xpress Oven sales. Stan Hopkins, a sales and culinary veteran, will report to... »

Manufacturer, Dealer Rankings Updated At FER Forecast - 06/20/2012

Among the features of next month’s Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2013 E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview will be updates of the magazine’s exclusive rankings of foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers and... »

CFSP Online Overview Seminar Up and Running! - 06/20/2012

Aspiring Certified Food Service Professionals who need a study group, take note. Although the online CFSP overview course introduced earlier this year by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has proven... »

Master-Bilt Opens New Warehouses East And West - 06/20/2012

With an eye on improving response time and service, Master-Bilt has opened new warehouses in Long Beach, Calif., and Middlesex, N.J. The new Long Beach warehouse should maximize convenience for customers of the... »

New Digs For Fadel's - 06/20/2012

Fadel's Food Service Equipment and Supplies celebrated its 50th anniversary with a move into its new location in North Carolina. The dealer is now at 5426 Old Pineville Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217. »

Correction: In, In Darned Spot! - 06/20/2012

Sometimes we get spots in our eyes, or miss dots on the page. Our Top 2012 Dealer Report in the June issue of Foodservice Equipment Reports managed to overlook an all-important dot in the “Services Offered” section of one... »

What’s A Well-Managed Dealership? - 06/20/2012

As we mentioned a month ago, Foodservice Equipment Reports will bestow new awards we call “Management Excellence Awards” at an event Friday evening, Feb. 8, 2013, during The NAFEM Show in Orlando. There will be two for dealers,... »

Sales And Traffic Slowed In April, NRA Reports - 06/13/2012

Higher gasoline prices and softening jobs growth earlier this spring finally caught up with consumer spending at restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. The group’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index data... »

Restaurant Traffic Rose 1% In First Quarter, Says NPD - 06/13/2012

Mild winter weather prompted consumers to eat out at restaurants more often in the first quarter, according to data from The NPD Group’s CREST. Overall restaurant traffic was up 1% in the January through March period, compared to... »

Manufacturer, Dealer Rankings Updated At FER Forecast - 06/13/2012

Among the features of next month’s  Foodservice Equipment Reports’ 2013 E&S Market Forecast President’s Preview will be updates of the magazine’s exclusive rankings of foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers and... »

New Openings Hit Quarterly High For Papa John's - 06/13/2012

It’s not just the dough that’s rising at Papa John’s, it’s the store count. The Louisville, Ky., chain had 50 worldwide net openings during the first quarter—the most quarterly debuts since 2000. Papa John’s, which currently has... »

McDonough Joins Heritage As CEO - 06/13/2012

John McDonough has joined Heritage Food Service Group as its new CEO, effective June 1. McDonough has more than 20 years of experience in the foodservice equipment manufacturing and aftermarket service industry. He most recently... »

Colleen Francis To Head Latin American Sales For Peerless - 06/13/2012

Peerless Food Equipment has added Colleen Francis, CFSP, to its sales team as its new international sales manager-Latin America. She will oversee direct sales and work with the manufacturer’s Latin American agents on all its... »

Strategic Equipment Appoints Senior Sales V.P. - 06/13/2012

Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., one of the industry’s largest E&S distributors, has hired Rich Schuttenhelm as senior v.p. of sales. Schuttenhelm brings 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry to... »

Chick-fil-A Gets Bigger In Texas And Nationwide - 06/13/2012

The Atlanta chain has opened its fifth stand-alone restaurant in the Houston area. The Deer Park, Texas, unit is the latest of 96 locations Chick-fil-A plans to open nationwide in 2012. It projects adding 79 stand-alone, two mall... »

Macroeconomic Forecasts Downgraded In June Survey - 06/13/2012

The consensus forecasts of the 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators fell again in the June survey. The group cut its forecast for growth of real gross domestic product in the U.S.... »

Houston To Gain 18 Mama Fu’s - 06/13/2012

The Austin, Texas-based chain has signed its largest franchise deal to date, inking a deal with a Houston franchisee to open 18 new Mama Fu’s Asian House restaurants in that city’s metro area. The chain plans to open between... »

Starbucks Beefs Up Regional Management - 06/13/2012

Starbucks Coffee Co. is reconfiguring and strengthening its three-region operating  model. The Seattle chain has made several leadership changes to its ranks. Lucy Lee Helm has been named executive v.p., general counsel and... »

Dunkin' Brands Names Chief Global Strategy Officer - 06/13/2012

Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has appointed Neil Moses as its chief global strategy officer. Moses, who was serving as CFO, had lately been focusing on the company's strategic... »

Chains Exceed Recommended USDA Nutrition Goals, Study Claims - 06/13/2012

In a large examination of the product offerings in chain restaurants, meals at the vast majority of major U.S. chain restaurants are exceeding the recommended daily limits set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says a... »

Pending Bans Dept: Soft Drinks And Polystyrene - 06/13/2012

Big Sodas In New York New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large soft drinks and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters with the goal of helping combat obesity. Under his... »

Red Robin To Expand Fast-Casual Concept - 06/06/2012

The rollout is official. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will open a baker’s dozen of new company-owned restaurants this year; plans call for nine original concept stores and four additional Red Robin’s Burger Works locations. The... »

ABC Honors Members, Suppliers - 06/06/2012

Allied Buying Corp. celebrated its members’ volume growth and the support of its suppliers during its recent spring conference in Las Vegas. Three suppliers were honored for Outstanding Sales Achievement-Volume Growth: Bakers... »

Vollrath Creates Consultant Sales Post - 06/06/2012

Suzanne Painter-Supplee, CFSP, has joined The Vollrath Co. in the newly created position of director of consultant sales. She will develop training and education programs and tools for consultants and provide ideas and solutions... »

FEDA Education Foundation Offers 30 CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships - 06/06/2012

In an ongoing effort to encourage dealers to reach their full potential, the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association Education Foundation is offering 30 scholarships for Certified Food Service Professional and ServSafe... »

In Memoriam: Robert Kardos - 06/06/2012

Robert Kardos, a longtime manufacturer’s rep, died May 30. He was 76. For more than half a century, his Bedford Hills, N.Y., company, Robert E. Kardos Associates, served the foodservice industry through a network of... »

Hollowick Honors Reps - 06/06/2012

Hollowick took some time on the show floor at last month’s NRA Show to honor top-performing manufacturers’ reps. K. Sales Co., based in Loganville, Ga., was named Rep of the Year. Ken Kay and Drake Collins were on hand... »

Potential CFSP Overview And Exam In Minneapolis - 06/06/2012

Based in the Midwest and hoping to enhance your professional qualifications or those of your employees? Minneapolis-based CenterPoint Energy is planning to host a Certified Food Service Professional overview and exam this fall,... »

The Sky Isn’t Falling - 06/06/2012

In this 24/7 news environment, I’d like to see a little perspective for once. If you watched or read almost any purported “news” late last week, you would have thought an economic D-Day was at hand. (Sorry, but it is June 6).... »

Chains Await Action On Utah’s Liquor License Shortage - 05/30/2012

National restaurant chains have been saying for more than a year that Utah’s lack of liquor licenses is keeping them from opening units in the state. In May, Utah had only one liquor license to grant to a full-service operation.... »

Chains Form Coalition Opposing High Swipe Fees - 05/30/2012

More than half a dozen restaurant and convenience-store chains have jointly filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve regarding high swipe fees charged by major banks. CKE, parent of Hardee’s and... »

Consumer Sentiment Hits Highest Point Since October 2007 - 05/30/2012

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index reached 79.3 in the final April reading released May 25, its ninth consecutive monthly gain. It was the highest point for the widely followed index since October... »

Chain Business: Season Of IPOs - 05/30/2012

CKE Goes Public CKE Inc., owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands, is going public once again. The company filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17, seeking to raise an estimated $100 million... »

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