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Food And Menu Prices Rise Moderately, Gas Prices Fall - 05/30/2012

Overall wholesale food prices and operator menu prices continued their moderate gains in April, with wholesale prices up 0.2% and menu prices climbing 0.3%.  Meanwhile, gasoline prices fell again in April and during the four... »

Better-Off Consumers Also Restrain Foodservice Growth - 05/30/2012

A recent study by The NPD Group’s restaurant analyst Bonnie Riggs adds to the fascinating body of data and analyses about how consumers at different income levels use foodservice and how the Great Recession has changed those... »

Chipotle Hiring Practices Get New Scrutiny - 05/30/2012

Chipotle Mexican Grill received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17 as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers. The Denver-based chain fired about 500... »

California Wants Cleaner Quick-Service Playgrounds - 05/30/2012

Ketchup and monkey bars are a potent mix for germs. Widespread publicity about allegedly unsanitary slides and tunnels at some of the nation’s fast-food playgrounds has led the California State Assembly to approve a bill... »

ACP Announces Management Changes - 05/30/2012

Mary Potter has been promoted to senior v.p.-sales and marketing at ACP Inc., an Ali Group company. In this expanded role, Potter will continue leading the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company’s global marketing, business development, and... »

Vollrath Acquires Polar Ware, Stoelting - 05/30/2012

In an acquisition which broadens its presence in the cooking and frozen-treat equipment markets, The Vollrath Co. has acquired Kiel, Wis.-based Polar Ware Co., including its Stoelting operation.   “Combining with Polar... »

Winston Appoints Marketing V.P. - 05/30/2012

Greg Siegelman has joined Winston Industries as v.p.-marketing. Siegelman brings to the post marketing experience in various industries and distribution channels, as well as in operations, finance, and supply chains. “Greg’s... »

Unified Brands Announces Promotions, New Hires - 05/30/2012

Several appointments have been announced at Unified Brands and its companies. Cliff Waters has joined the Jackson, Miss., company as western regional sales director; he comes to Unified from Garland/U.S. Range. Waters also has... »

Walters To Head Up Sales For NRA - 05/30/2012

The National Restaurant Association has named Kenneth Walters as its new v.p.-sales for strategic accounts. Walters brings extensive expertise in food safety to support the organization’s ServSafe program; he’ll focus on sales... »

Dunkin’ Donuts Will Open Western Distribution Hub - 05/23/2012

Dunkin’ Donuts has taken another step toward its goal of doubling its store count in the United States within 20 years. A new food, paper and equipment distribution center in Phoenix, due to open in October, will be the chain’s... »

GFS Acquires Toronto-Based Dealer United Restaurant Supplies - 05/23/2012

Gordon Food Service continues to grow, through customer-base expansion, territory reach and company acquisitions. On March 23, the privately held Grand Rapids, Mich.-based, broadline distribution company completed its purchase of... »

Dealers Welcome At FER President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast Meeting - 05/23/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports' annual President’s Preview 2013 E&S Market Forecast meeting will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. This one-day, comprehensive look at data and trends... »

New FER Awards For Dealers - 05/23/2012

We’re very excited to announce that Foodservice Equipment Reports will bestow both some new and some “old” awards on dealers. We’ll present the awards at a new event Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 during The NAFEM Show in Orlando. NAFEM... »

Awards Highlight SEFA’s Annual Partnership Conference - 05/23/2012

The 26th Annual Partnership Conference held by the Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance in Austin, Texas, April 29 to May 3, included networking and an impressive number of plaques and trophies honoring its members.... »

FEDA Compensation Survey Available—Only To Participants - 05/23/2012

It isn’t just members-only who get to peruse the newly released results of FEDA’s 2012 Compensation Survey. In fact, survey results are exclusively available only to those 65 members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors... »

Winston Industries Founder Celebrates 90th Birthday, Keeps Working - 05/23/2012

On May 19, partygoers gathered in Louisville, Ky., to celebrate the 90th birthday of Winston Shelton, president and founder of Winston Industries. The nonagenarian founded the company in Louisville in 1969, and the family-owned... »

FER President’s Preview E&S Market Forecast Meeting July 24, 2012 - 05/16/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports' annual President’s Preview 2013 E&S Market Forecast meeting will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. This one-day, comprehensive look at data and trends... »

FER To Host New Awards Event Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 At The NAFEM Show - 05/16/2012

Foodservice Equipment Reports will stage a new awards event at The NAFEM Show the evening of Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The magazine will recognize winners of a series of awards including new... »

NRA Show Gets High Marks And A 6% Jump In Attendance - 05/16/2012

It might be nearing the century mark, but it’s not showing its age. The 93rd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is getting favorable reviews and can boast an overall 6% increase in attendance. The... »

Hobart Awards Sustainability Grant to Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory - 05/16/2012

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability has awarded a $5,000 grant to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. This is the fifth year that the HCFS has awarded the grant, which recognizes a business or... »

NRA Honors Inaugural Operator Innovation Award Winners - 05/16/2012

Pioneers in innovation and leadership were honored with the inaugural Operator Innovations Awards at last week’s NRA Show. Selected by an independent panel of judges, the winners in each award category, plus an Innovator of the... »

Yum! Names Rick Carucci As President - 05/16/2012

Yum! Brands has promoted Rick Carucci from CFO to president, reporting directly to chairman and CEO David Novak. Patrick Grismer has been promoted from chief planning and control officer to replace Carucci as CFO at the... »

NSF Appoints New V.P. For Global Safety - 05/16/2012

NSF Int’l. has appointed Tom Chestnut as v.p. of its Global Food Safety and Quality Division. Chestnut has more than 25 years of experience in food safety. He most recently served as NSF’s v.p.- Supply Chain Food Safety, helping... »

Huddle House Acquired By Sentinel Capital Partners - 05/16/2012

Huddle House, the Atlanta-based family-dining chain, has been purchased by Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York based private-equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The full-service chain’s units serve... »

Technomic Forecasts Improving Operator Sales Into 2013 - 05/16/2012

Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based foodservice research firm, often revises its current-year forecast of operator sales around the time of the National Restaurant Association Show. It did so again this year, but added a... »

MAFSI Barometer Rose 4% In First Quarter 2012 - 05/16/2012

It was less than forecast, but the MAFSI Business Barometer, which tracks manufacturers’ reps’ sales trends, was up 4% in the first quarter 2012 versus the prior year’s first quarter. It was the measure’s sixth consecutive... »

Public E&S Companies Posted 4.9% First Quarter Gain - 05/16/2012

Seven publicly traded equipment and supplies companies reported blended sales rose 4.9% in the first quarter 2012 versus the same quarter in ’11. It was the eighth consecutive quarter of combined revenue gains for the seven,... »

Canadian Restaurant Sales Improved First Quarter - 05/16/2012

Though average same-store sales rose a mere 0.6% in the first quarter this year compared with the same quarter last year, restaurant operators surveyed by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association are significantly... »

Foodservice And Tax Reform Make a Heady Mix - 05/16/2012

Reforming the tax code would have a huge impact on the way foodservice businesses operate, according to accounting experts who spoke May 7 at the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago. Bob Carroll, of Ernst and Young's quantitative economics... »

Canada Streamlines Temporary Foreign Worker Program - 05/16/2012

Canada can boast of more than one million workers in its restaurant industry, but the country and industry also face a labor shortage. According to the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, the $63 billion (Canadian)... »

Court Blocks NLRB’s Union Rights Poster - 05/16/2012

That empty space for workplace notices on the kitchen wall, by the loading dock or in the break room might stay vacant a bit longer. In a setback for the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court has officially put... »

Immell To Head Sales & Marketing At Grindmaster-Cecilware - 05/16/2012

Grindmaster-Cecilware has tapped Greg Immell as its new senior v.p.-sales and marketing.  Immell will be responsible for all worldwide sales and marketing activities for the Louisville, Ky., company. He will be based out of... »

CFESA Announces New Officers, Board - 05/16/2012

Joe Pierce, Pierce Parts & Service, has been elected president of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association. The association’s elections were held during the group’s 2012 Spring Conference, May 2-4 in Chicago.... »

Direct South To Merge with Citisco Food Service Equipment - 05/09/2012

Two veteran Georgia-based dealers are joining forces. Macon-based Direct South has entered into a letter of intent to merge with Citisco Food Service Equipment, until recently known as Food Service Equipment, a dealer... »

Upbeat Mood And Numbers Don’t Lie - 05/09/2012

We’re still in the middle of the National Restaurant Association Show as we write this. There is only one way to characterize the mood and attitude of the dealers, buying group execs, manufacturers, operators and others we’ve... »

FEDA 2012 Convention Presentations Available For Purchase - 05/09/2012

Through the wonders of technology, members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association who missed FEDA’s 2012 annual convention in Tucson, Ariz., in March can catch up on what they missed there. Audio and video CDs of... »

Watlow Announces New Operations V.P. - 05/09/2012

Watlow, the St. Louis maker of thermal systems, has hired Jim Rowland as v.p.-operations. Rowland , who began his career in production at General Motors, joins Watlow with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, human... »

Reps, Manufacturers Can Get Free AutoQuotes Training - 05/09/2012

AutoQuotes is offering free, group-specific training webinars this month. A manufacturers-only session is May 17, 11a.m.-noon EDT. A rep-only session will be held at the same time a week later, May 23. Registration is limited to... »

Standex To Acquire Equity Position in Italy-Based Giorik S.p.A - 05/02/2012

Look for Giorik technology in BKI's combi ovens. Standex Int’l. is acquiring a minority stake in the Italian maker of cooking equipment, including a line of combi ovens. In an all-cash transaction, Standex will acquire a 20%... »

Cooper-Atkins Acquires DocuTemp Wireless - 05/02/2012

Cooper-Atkins Corp. is expanding its software presence. The manufacturer of time, temperature and humidity instruments has acquired Bedford, Mass.-based DocuTemp Wireless LLC, providing Cooper-Atkins with another software... »

Starbucks Inks Deal With Mickey Mouse - 05/02/2012

Starbucks will open new outposts on domestic soil—in the wonderful world of Disney. Starbucks and Walt Disney Co. have signed an agreement to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida. The... »

It’s A Sell-Out: This Week’s NRA Show Exhibits Officially Sold Out - 05/02/2012

It will be standing room only at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. The association announced last week that exhibit space is completely sold out for the show, which kicks off Saturday,... »

FCSI Unveils New Slate Of Officers - 05/02/2012

The Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. announced new officers to its board of trustees during its FCSI The Americas’ Conference, April 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo. They are: Chair: James Petersen, FCSI, C.i.i. Food Service... »

Hoelle, Vigeant Take New Posts At Sandstone and Alluserv - 05/02/2012

Sandstone Foodservice Group has added Terry Hoelle as v.p.-sales and promoted Kevin Vigeant to executive v.p. of Alluserv. Terry Hoelle has held sales leadership positions in distribution as a manufacturer’s rep and was director... »

San Francisco Relents On Micromanaging Restaurants And Equipment - 05/02/2012

Psst! Toasters and waffle irons and cone dispensers are in the clear! Foodservice equipment—and the operators who want to use it—is no longer skirting the law in San Francisco. Restaurateurs there whose menus were defined by the... »

Personnel Moves - 05/02/2012

Electrolux Professional has announced that Mark Keller has joined its staff as service director. The Charlotte, N.C., company also announced that Barry Taylor has joined the Celco sales team as an Electrolux sales representative;... »

Texas Deal Paves Expansion For Sunny Street Cafe - 05/02/2012

The breakfast-lunch chain Sunny Street Café is planning a big splash in the Lone Star State. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain has signed a 40-store development agreement for Texas with Café Management Systems. It’s Sunny Street’s... »

NACUFS Has Busy Slate During NRA - 05/02/2012

Involved in educational foodservice? Take a break during this week’s National Restaurant Association Show and stop by the member reception hosted by the National Association of College & University Food Services on May 6... »

E&S Buying Plans Jump In NRA’s March RPI - 05/02/2012

In spite of worries about rapidly rising gasoline prices during the month, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index moved moderately higher and matched its post-recession high of 102.2, according to the... »

Most Major Global Foodservice Markets Grew 4Q/’11 - 05/02/2012

In spite of tepid general economies in most of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group’s CREST research, all but Spain saw restaurant spending rise at least slightly in the fourth quarter 2011, versus the fourth... »

U.K. Foodservice Market Continues To Struggle - 05/02/2012

We heard last week that the United Kingdom fell into a second recession based on first quarter 2012 gross domestic product numbers. And we saw the weak fourth-quarter restaurant traffic (0.2%) and sales (0.6%) numbers for the... »

Macroeconomic Trends: U.S. GDP Growth Slows, Consumer Confidence Steady, Gas Prices Down - 05/02/2012

As has been clear from much first-quarter foodservice data, the very mild winter and other factors have boosted consumer spending. This was mentioned as the U.S. Commerce Department released its “advance” estimate of growth of... »

NRA Launches Advocacy Program - 05/02/2012

It wasn’t all talk last week at the National Restaurant Association’s 26th annual Public Affairs Conference. In addition to serious conversations with legislators, the April 17-18 conference in Washington saw the unveiling of a... »

Don’t Miss FER’s Kitchen Innovations Dealer Cocktail Reception At NRA - 04/25/2012

If you’re coming to Chicago for the May 5-8 National Restaurant Association Show 2012, don’t forget to drop by the dealer reception co-hosted by Foodservice Equipment Reports. As a special thank-you to equipment and supplies... »

Buying Group Roundup - 04/25/2012

Is every dealer buying group heading into or just finishing its spring meeting? Among those groups whose members have collected or will rack up frequent flier miles during meetings this winter and... »

Emerson Names President Of Refrigeration Business - 04/25/2012

John Rhodes has been appointed president of Emerson Climate Technologies’ refrigeration business. Rhodes moves over from Emerson Appliance Solutions, where he was president of the Therm-O-Disc business. He joined Emerson in 1991... »

FEDA Members Can Access Convention’s Revit Presentation - 04/25/2012

Information on the Revit presentation featured at last month’s Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association 2012 Convention is now available online, exclusively for FEDA members. The presentation by Allan Keck, president of... »

New Digs, Reps For Irinox - 04/25/2012

Irinox USA has moved offices across town. The company is now located at 50 Oliver St., Ste. W1, North Easton, MA 02356.  Irinox also announced new sales reps for its line of rapid chilling equipment: New England will be... »

Dates Announced For Western Show - 04/25/2012

You’re back from the FEDA Convention, finished shuttling to buying group meetings, and perhaps heading to Chicago next month for the NRA Show. Add one more event to your calendar: The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo... »

The Young (Old) Guard, And Thanks - 04/25/2012

Something that really struck me at last month’s Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association Annual Convention was how many young people were not only in attendance, but also how the young guard have stepped up and taken over... »

Ruby Tuesday Will Purchase Lime Fresh - 04/18/2012

Ruby Tuesday is formalizing its ownership of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and will purchase the 16-unit chain for $24 million. Ruby Tuesday will gain 15 Lime Fresh stores; the Miami chain’s founder John Kunkel, will step down as Lime... »

Golden Arches To Franchise In Russia - 04/18/2012

McDonald's Corp. is taking its American franchise model to Russia. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain, which relies heavily on franchises in more mature markets, has been expanding in Russia through self-operated stores only. Now, under... »

Supplier Personnel Moves: - 04/18/2012

Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Denis Griesmer as v.p.-sales and marketing and Tony Quesenberry as director-service and customer support. Griesmer brings more than 20 years’ experience in foodservice sales management and... »

Chain Personnel Moves: - 04/18/2012

OSI Restaurant Partners has welcomed Chris Buehler as manager-international sourcing in Tampa, Fla. Buehler will oversee the logistics and supply chain for the company’s five brands, including Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish... »

NRA Unveils 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards - 04/18/2012

An independent panel of judges has selected the finalists for the National Restaurant Association's inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists have been selected in each of five categories: Sustainability Evelyn... »

Court Says Lunch Breaks Are Mandatory, But Employers Can’t Enforce Them - 04/18/2012

You can lead a server to the break table, but…oh, never mind. The California Supreme Court ruled April 12 that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks. The unanimous... »

Vancouver: Fixing Grease Clogs Is A Budget Drain - 04/18/2012

City drains and sewers clogged by grease and oil buildup from restaurant fryers are not just an American problem. Our Canadian friends are getting fed up too. The city of Vancouver, B.C., says it spends millions annually on heavy... »

NRA Launches New ServSafe 6th Edition Food-Safety Program - 04/18/2012

The National Restaurant Association is rolling out the next generation of its ServSafe food safety manager program in print and online. The new “ServSafe Manager Book, 6th Edition” (formerly “ServSafe Essentials”) training... »

Restaurant Sales Rise In March For 11th Straight Month - 04/18/2012

Restaurant sales rose again in March, hitting a new record of $45.549 billion in the advance estimate by the Labor Department’s Bureau of the Census released Monday, April 16. On an adjusted basis, sales rose 0.3% compared to... »

Wholesale Food Prices, Menu Prices Rose Last Month - 04/18/2012

After three months of declines, food prices at the wholesale level rose in March. Menu prices also posted another slight gain, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly reports on producer and consumer... »

As Gas Prices Begin To Fall, Consumer Confidence Holds - 04/18/2012

A month or so ago, we asked Joe Pawlak, v.p. at Technomic Inc., when we should get worried about gasoline prices. “When they get to $4.30 to $4.40,” he wrote us. Pawlak has told us in the past that each successive run-up in the... »

Meanwhile, Real GDP Growth Slows to 8.1% in China - 04/18/2012

Since we spent the past week in China at Hotelex Shanghai 2012 and visited U.S. manufacturers and operators (more on Hotelex in a later issue of FER Fortnightly), we thought a report on China’s economy might be useful. Last... »

FEDA Gathers For ‘Culture Of Profitability’ - 04/11/2012

Profitability in a changing market was the focal point when some 400 members, supporters and association staff gathered March 28-April 1 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., for the Foodservice... »

New Officers Elected At FEDA - 04/11/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s annual convention also included the announcement of the group’s new lineup of officers and board members. FEDA’s new executive officers are: President: Brad Wasserstrom, The... »

UFPC, Franke, Wasserstrom Team Up To Purchase PrimeSource - 04/11/2012

Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op LLC announced March 26 that three business divisions—UFPC Equipment Sales, UFPC Smallwares Connection (The Wasserstrom Co.) and UFPC International Equipment Connection (Franke Resupply... »

A Good First Quarter - 04/11/2012

One of the great things about industry association meetings is the synergy of the parts. Not only do you get juicy ideas to digest from the individual seminar speakers, but you get to combine the input from multiple speakers and... »

Freddy’s Accelerates Expansion Plans - 04/04/2012

Construction this year for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers stores will be at the fastest rate in the chain’s history. The 10-year-old company, based in Wichita, Kan., is slated to open 27 more new stores this year. In... »

FDA Declines To Ban BPA - 04/04/2012

The Food and Drug Administration announced on March 30 that it lacks the scientific information to ban the chemical bisphenol A from being used in food packaging. The chemical, known as BPA, is commonly used in can linings and... »

Thompson To Succeed Skinner As McDonald’s CEO - 04/04/2012

A change at the top for McDonald’s Corp. Jim Skinner, a 41-year company vet and CEO since 2004, is retiring June 30. Current Pres./COO Don Thompson will succeed him. Skinner was one of the architects of the chain’s strategic... »

Cooper-Atkins Names Int’l. Sales Managers - 04/04/2012

Cooper-Atkins is expanding its global sales presence with two appointments to its international sales team. Jürgen Van Marcke is the firm’s new European sales manager; based in Belgium, the industry veteran is responsible for... »

NRA Show’s 70+ Educational Sessions Includes Talk By Yum!’s Novak - 04/04/2012

As speeches go, it’s not just former President Bill Clinton’s keynote address that can draw your attention at next month’s National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. There are more than 70 free educational sessions spanning... »

INTERNORGA 2012: Good Spirits, Positive Spending Climate - 04/04/2012

The mood was good and operators appeared keen to invest, according to the exhibitors at INTERNORGA 2012. The international trade show, staged March 9-14 in Hamburg, Germany, featured more than 1,200 companies from around the... »

Growth Of Public E&S Companies Slows In Fourth Quarter - 04/04/2012

After posting strong growth in blended revenues through most of 2011, seven large equipment and supplies companies saw their sales growth slow in the fourth quarter last year. Combined sales rose 3.1% in the quarter, versus the... »

NRA Performance Index Rose Again In February - 04/04/2012

Strong gains in same-store sales and customer traffic offset a slight downturn in foodservice operator optimism in February as the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose again in February. The overall... »

Manufacturer CFOs Optimistic About 2012, Survey Finds - 04/04/2012

Chief financial officers at Prime Advantage member companies remain very optimistic about their own companies’ financial prospects this year, though they are slightly less upbeat about the general economy. The fourth annual CFO... »

Five Guys Leads Fastest Growing Chains In 2011 - 04/04/2012

As we reported in the last issue of FER Fortnightly, the Top 500 Chains posted overall growth of 3.4% last year, nearly double that of 2010, according to preliminary data from Technomic Inc. That growth adds up to more than $8... »

California Food Truck Ban Bill On Hold - 04/04/2012

California legislation which would have set limits on where and when food trucks could park during school hours has been withdrawn by its sponsor from consideration by the state legislature. Assembly member Bill Monning... »

Del Taco Plans 40 Houston Stores - 04/04/2012

Houston is ground zero for Del Taco’s Texas expansion plans. The nation’s No. 2 Mexican quick-serve chain has announced plans to open more than 40 restaurants in the Houston market. The first unit opened in late March. The Lake... »

Denver Operators Debate Inspections Deal - 04/04/2012

Two years after agreeing to a deal in which Denver’s Department of Environmental Health would stop posting reports of critical violations on restaurants’ front doors in exchange for accepting higher fines for infractions, the... »

Gordon Foodservice Acquires Massachusetts Broadliner Perkins - 03/28/2012

Gordon Food Service has acquired Perkins, a leading broadline foodservice distributor in Taunton, Mass. According to FER estimates, Gordon had sales of $135 million of equipment and durable supplies sales in 2010, while Perkins’... »

Mobile App Will Debut At FEDA’s 2012 Convention - 03/28/2012

It’s not just the seminars, workshops, business meetings and golf scores that will garner attention at this week’s Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association convention in Tucson, Ariz. Also making news is the debut of... »

FER Top Dealer Survey Due April 2 - 03/28/2012

We’re sure you have an excuse. Like, business has been so good that you just haven’t had the time to fill out the FER Top Dealer survey. Or you had to take the kids (or grandkids) somewhere on spring break. But it’s time to get... »

Celebrations: - 03/28/2012

Buffalo Hotel Supply, owned and managed by the Bedard family for 74 years, recently was feted by the Western New York Council of Food Services Associations at its annual awards dinner. The dealership was presented with the 2012... »

In Memoriam: - 03/28/2012

MAFSI member Joseph Lawrence Bruno, president and owner of Dealers Choice, died March 20. He was 68. Bruno ran the Larchmont, N.Y., manufacturers' representative firm for 30 years. The Vietnam War veteran is survived by his... »

SoCal Gas Offers Non-Profits Energy Savings Workshop Next Week - 03/28/2012

Non-profit organizations that have a kitchen can learn ways to save money next week. On Thursday, April 5, Southern California Gas Co. will hold a one-day workshop on ways to cut spending on kitchen equipment and energy... »

Technomic’s Top 500 Chains Grew Sales 3.4% Last Year - 03/21/2012

The 500 largest restaurant-chain concepts grew nearly twice as fast in 2011 as in ’10, according to Technomic Inc., the Chicago foodservice research firm. The 500 chains rang up sales of $242 billion last year, up $8 billion from... »

NAFEM Introduces On-Line CFSP Overview Course - 03/21/2012

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has introduced a new online Certified Foodservice Professional overview course. It’s based on the existing 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice... »

NPD’s Unit Census Details Independent Restaurant Losses - 03/21/2012

Independent restaurants continued to shed units last year—a net decline of 6,863 units—even as the Great Foodservice Recession began to moderate. The tally is part of the latest data from The NPD Group’s biannual ReCount census... »

Industry Personnel Moves: - 03/21/2012

Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed John Hedgcock as v.p.-strategy and sourcing. He will lead the strategic planning process across the New Port Richey, Fla., company’s business, including manufacturing strategy and business... »

Wholesale Food Prices Falling, Slowing Menu-Price Increases - 03/21/2012

Wholesale food prices fell again in February, the third consecutive month prices have moved lower. This trend, in turn, apparently slowed the pace of menu-price increases in February from those seen in recent months. Average... »

SFM To Host Critical Issues Conference In April - 03/21/2012

The Society for Foodservice Management will host its Critical Issues Conference at the JPMorgan Chase World Headquarters in New York on April 17. The one-day glimpse into the future of corporate dining technology will bring... »

Moe’s To Debut In Russia - 03/21/2012

It will be chips and salsa in St. Petersburg when Moe’s Southwest Grill debuts in Russia later this year. Glaventer Investments LTD will open 50 Moe’s locations in Russia over the next 10 years; the first store should open in... »

Nearly All Metals Prices Begin To Move Higher - 03/21/2012

Prices for nearly all metals used widely in foodservice equipment and supplies have begun to move higher, after a brief decline in prices late last year. Stainless steel prices are moving higher after bottoming out in December... »

Macroeconomic Five-Year Forecasts Improve Slightly - 03/21/2012

Yes, the 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip Economic Indicators still predict a painfully slow recovery from The Great Recession. But their long-range consensus forecasts, reported in the March... »

Updated ADA Standards Take Effect - 03/21/2012

The American Disabilities Act standards from 1991 officially expired March 15 and were supplanted by the updated 2010 ADA standards. The updated requirements and the deadline were well-known to most manufacturers and operators.... »

South Carolina Plans First Update To Food Code Since 1995 - 03/21/2012

The Palmetto State is getting serious about food safety.  South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is updating the state’s food-safety regulations for the first time in 17 years. The new rules are... »

California Mulls Tougher Rules On Food Trucks - 03/21/2012

Food trucks—where they go and where they park—continue to be an issue in California. A state lawmaker, stating concerns about childhood obesity, has introduced a bill to significantly limit where food trucks and lunch wagons can... »

NRA Forecasts “Greener” Restaurants In 2012 - 03/21/2012

A majority of restaurateurs across all industry segments plan to invest in “green” technology this year, according to the National Restaurant Association. The association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast reports that more... »

Consultants CFG, FCS Form Strategic Partnership - 03/21/2012

The Cornyn Fasano Group and Foodservice Consultants Studio have joined forces in a strategic partnership. Their alliance enables the consultants to offer management advisory and design solutions and broaden the scope of services... »

Kitchen Innovations Dealer Cocktail Reception Slated For NRA Show - 03/14/2012

As a special thank-you to equipment and supplies dealers, the National Restaurant Association, in cooperation with the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association and Foodservice Equipment Reports, is hosting its second annual... »

Canada’s Biggest Dealer Honored For Top Management - 03/14/2012

Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, the largest E&S dealer in Canada, has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2011. Hendrix, a FEDA member based in Brockville, Ontario, has six locations in... »

Four Manufacturers Win Energy Star Awards - 03/14/2012

Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts toward reducing energy consumption in their products. The official announcements were issued by Hoshizaki... »

Be Part of FER Top Dealer Survey - 03/14/2012

What is it worth to establish your dealership’s credibility before more than 20,000 multiunit operators and design consultants? That’s the point of Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Top Dealer Report. The magazine will again... »

FEDA Countdown: Two Weeks Till Convention, Two Days Left For Compensation Survey - 03/14/2012

These are busy times at the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Not only is FEDA’s annual convention is just around the corner, March 28 to April 1 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort in Tucson, Ariz., but the... »

Personnel Moves: - 03/14/2012

Franklin Machine Products has beefed up its field sales force. Alan Oates has been elevated to key accounts manager with responsibility for buying groups and national distributors. John Glavanovits, who has experience as both a... »

Dispensing Dynamics Acquires San Jamar - 03/14/2012

San Jamar-Chef Revival has a new corporate parent. The Elkhorn, Wis., manufacturer’s parent company, The Colman Group, has been acquired by Dispensing Dynamics Int’l. DDI, headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., manufactures... »

Educating, Differentiating - 03/14/2012

A few days ago, a couple senior-level dealer friends in the sportcraft industry were commenting on how tough the market’s been lately. An almost snowless winter in this part of the country has dropped snowmobile sales to almost... »

NAFEM Announces New Officers and Directors - 03/07/2012

It’s a new lineup of officers at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. The new officers officially took office during NAFEM’s Annual Business Meeting in February. Serving a two-year term are: President:... »

NRA’s Performance Index Falls Back In January - 03/07/2012

The warm winter weather must have led to an early bloom of optimism for restaurant operators. The Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association fell back in January after surging in December.... »

Component Hardware Merges With JHL - 03/07/2012

Component Hardware Group and JHL Enterprises, two leading makers of plumbing and hardware products for the foodservice industry, are merging. Under the definitive agreement effective March 2, JHL will be fully integrated into... »

Landing In April: Solutions4 Chicago - 03/07/2012

Four of the industry’s most prominent associations—AHF, FCSI, NACUFS and SFM—are joining forces next month in Chicago for an afternoon of industry education and networking. The four groups, officially known as Foodservice... »

Comments Requested For California Appliance Efficiency Enforcement - 03/07/2012

The California Energy Commission Appliance Efficiency Program staff is seeking comments from interested parties and holding a public workshop on the establishment and implementation of an administrative enforcement process for... »

Independent Restaurants Battered By Recession, NPD Reports - 03/07/2012

Independent restaurants have dramatically lost share of traffic and units during the Great Foodservice Recession, according to the latest data from The NPD Group, the Port Washington, N.Y.-based consumer research from. Total... »

Gas-Price Increases Not Good For Foodservice, Says Technomic - 03/07/2012

Noting the “direct correlation between disposable income and foodservice spending,” Technomic Inc. Executive V.P. Bob Goldin says the run-up in gasoline prices “could not have come at a worse time for our slowly recovering... »

Operators Boosting Menu Prices As Wholesale Food Prices Moderate - 03/07/2012

As operators dealt with rapidly rising food prices through most of last year, they were apparently plotting to get some of it back. In January, food-away-from-home prices jumped 0.4% seasonally adjusted versus December, the... »

NYC Holds Letter-Grade Inspection Hearing - 03/07/2012

Today is the day of reckoning on letter-grade health inspections in the Big Apple. New York's City Council is meeting today, March 7, with the New York State Restaurant Association and local operators for an oversight hearing... »

L.A. Doggies: You Are Served - 03/07/2012

Doggie bags won’t be necessary anymore for dog owners in Los Angeles who wish to dine al fresco with their pets. Late last month, Los Angeles County announced that eateries with outdoor dining areas can allow dog owners to chow... »

FMP Beefs Up Sales Force - 03/07/2012

The field sales force at Franklin Machine Products has been in expansion mode. Alan Oates has been elevated to key accounts manager with responsibility for buying groups and national distributors. Christie Gibson has been... »

Urschel Opens Tenth Int’l. Branch - 03/07/2012

Urschel Laboratories continues apace with global expansion. The Valparaiso, Ind., maker of food cutting equipment has opened a new subsidiary office in Italy, relocated its direct Singapore office to a larger location, opened its... »

New Boards Take Seats At NRA/NRAEF - 03/07/2012

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation have elected new directors and trustees to their boards. The officers took office on Jan. 1 and will serve through December 2014.... »

AHF Conference Offers Scholarships - 03/07/2012

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice is offering several opportunities to operators and students to offset expenses and help get members to its 2012 Annual Conference, June 19-23 in Miami. AHF is accepting nominations for... »

Match This: 20 AccuTemp Employees Ace CFSP Exam - 03/07/2012

The old joke goes, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. In this industry, how does a company’s employees achieve a 75% first-time pass rate on the Foodservice Equipment Industry Certification exam... »

Starbucks Expanding North And South - 02/29/2012

Starbucks Corp. continues to grow the roster of countries in which it operates. This year the chain has already debuted in Costa Rica and Norway and is ordering extra coffee brewers and espresso makers for expansions north and... »

FER Top Dealer Survey Ready For Download - 02/29/2012

FER will once again publish a listing of leading equipment and supplies dealers and distributors in its June issue. To make sure your company is part of this prestigious listing, sent annually to FER’s nearly 20,000 multiunit... »

Alliance Acquires Schweppe - 02/29/2012

Two Chicago-area dealers have merged. Alliance Paper & Food Service, Franklin Park, Ill., has acquired Schweppe Kitchen Equipment & Supply, based in Lombard, Ill. “The two companies clearly share the same operating... »

Manitowoc Taps Stevenson To Helm Ovens & Advanced Cooking Division - 02/29/2012

Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed John Stevenson as v.p./general manager of Ovens &Advanced Cooking-Americas. Stevenson takes the reins from Rick Cutler, who retired in late February after 23 years with the company. The... »

Bargreen Ellingson Names New President - 02/29/2012

Bargreen Ellingson, the Tacoma, Wash.-based dealership, will soon have its third generation of family leadership. During the company’s recent annual sales meeting, Paul Ellingson announced that he would be stepping down from his... »

Nor-Lake Adds Nat’l. Accounts Manager, Shares Award - 02/29/2012

Nor-Lake Inc. has welcomed Phil Metz as foodservice national accounts manager. Metz worked with Scotsman Ice from 2004-11 as a regional sales manager after a 12-year career with Beverage Air, where his roles included product... »

Vollrath Presents 2011 Sales Awards - 02/29/2012

The Vollrath Co. recognized its top sales performers during its annual sales meeting and awards banquet in January. Jim Greyson of the Southeast region was awarded his third District Sales Manager of the Year... »

Component Hardware Group Expands Sales, Marketing Team - 02/29/2012

Component Hardware Group has appointed Lois Schneck as director of marketing and promoted Kevin Trumpey to the post of business development and sales operations manager.  Schneck joins Component from Follett Corp., where she... »

Viola To Cover New England For ACP - 02/29/2012

ACP Inc. has appointed the Viola Group as its new Amana Commercial representatives in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The manufacturer’s representative group, headquartered in Madison,... »

Brua Joins Carroll Chair - 02/29/2012

Rick Brua has joined Carroll Chair and LaCrosse as Western regional sales manager. Brua, a veteran of sales management at Standex, Imperial and IMI Cornelius, will be responsible for selling the companies’ products and managing... »

Fill Out Your FER Top Dealer Survey! - 02/29/2012

It’s that time of year. Tomorrow (March 1) will be the beginning of meteorological spring: time to consider cleaning your windows, time to pay your taxes, time to fill out the FER Top Dealer survey. Remember, our survey is... »

The E&S Recovery Continues, MAFSI Data Shows - 02/22/2012

Equipment and supplies sales continued to grow at a healthy rate in the fourth quarter of 2011 according to the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. The... »

Gas-Price Increases Making Consumers, Operators Nervous - 02/22/2012

In spite of a recent flurry of good economic news about jobs, housing and international trade, an unusual jump in winter gasoline prices has both consumers and restaurant operators wondering if this year will be a repeat of last... »

NRA Forecast Posits Interesting Shifts In Segment Growth - 02/22/2012

Foodservice management companies and self-operated institutions in noncommercial segments will grow slightly faster than eating and drinking places in 2012, the National Restaurant Association predicts in its annual industry... »

Say What? The State With The Fastest Growing Foodservice Sales: North Dakota! - 02/22/2012

An analysis of the National Restaurant Association’s forecasts for state and regional growth reveals some surprising shifts. Before the recession, foodservice growth in Sunbelt states, including the West, typically outpaced that... »

IFMA Announces Silver Plate Winners - 02/22/2012

The Int’l. Foodservice Manufacturers Association is marking its 58th year recognizing excellence by foodservice operators. Nine operators in nine market segments have been named 2012 IFMA Silver Plate Award Recipients. All will... »

Red Robin Has Big Plans, New Prototype - 02/22/2012

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ fourth-quarter profits were up by a third, and the chain says it will focus its turnaround efforts this year on a new prototype, an expanded burger menu and the opening of four variations on a... »

Henny Penny Announces Major Reorganization - 02/22/2012

With a fourth year of record sales expected, structural changes and executive promotions have been announced at Henny Penny Corp. The Eaton, Ohio, manufacturer has promoted Art Harlan to executive v.p., and announced six other... »

Last Call For NSF Food Safety Awards - 02/22/2012

By the time you read this, you’ll only have only two days left to submit a nomination for NSF Int’l.’s 2012 Food Safety Leadership Awards. Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 24 for the program, which recognizes... »

IRS Withdraws Third-Party Reconciliation Requirement - 02/22/2012

The Internal Revenue Service has pulled back from a plan that would have required businesses to reconcile the total receipts they report on their business income-tax forms with the amounts that third parties, such as credit card... »

U.K. Equipment Group To Unveil Energy Saving Directives At Hotelympia - 02/22/2012

Next week’s Hotelympia in London will serve as the launch pad for the Catering Equipment Suppliers' Association to unveil the first data from its research into sustainability and energy savings. CESA's Mind the Gap project... »

No Snow, But Lots Of Energy Info In Wisconsin In March - 02/22/2012

The Energy Center of Wisconsin is again offering an energy efficiency foodservice training seminar with Don Fisher of Fisher-Nickel. The Energy Efficiency in Commercial Foodservice seminars, March 14 in Brookfield, and March 16... »

San Francisco Extends Plastic Bag Ban To Restaurants - 02/22/2012

Doggie bags and takeout foods will head home bagless, if officials in San Francisco have anything to say about it. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted earlier this month to make it illegal for any shop in the city to offer... »

Two Deadlines Loom For FEDA Members - 02/15/2012

The deadline is next Monday, Feb. 20, for FEDA members to register for the association’s upcoming convention—not to mention their hotel rooms—at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort and  Spa in Tucson, Ariz. More information... »

TriMark USA Promotes Two To Corporate V.P. Posts - 02/15/2012

TriMark USA has promoted divisional presidents Kim Gill Rimsza of TriMark Gill and Mark Fishman of TriMark SS Kemp to the newly created posts of corporate vice presidents for TriMark USA. Both will continue to lead their... »

Premium Supply Acquires Fellow N.Y. Dealer Tassone - 02/15/2012

Two New York-based, family-owned foodservice equipment and supplies dealers have made a deal which combines their assets and key personnel. Premium Supply Co., a Deer Park, N.Y.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer,... »

New USDA Guidelines Could Require $250 Million Of New Equipment - 02/15/2012

The nation’s 32 million schoolchildren will be eating healthier under just-released U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for government-subsidized school meals. The new guidelines are a boon—estimated by the USDA at $250... »

Winston Industries Appoints KDS Brand Manager - 02/15/2012

Winston Industries has promoted Dan Johnson to brand manager for the Kitchen Data Systems line. In his new post, he will be managing all promotions, sales and orders of the KDS brand. Johnson joined Winston’s customer service... »

Hotard To Head Electro Freeze - 02/15/2012

Tom Hotard has been named president of H.C. Duke & Son, aka Electro Freeze. Hotard will transition from his role as executive v.p. at Beverage-Air, which like Electro Freeze, is a division of the Ali Group. In addition to his... »

Don’t Fight The Horse - 02/15/2012

Ever wonder whether you’re throwing away more business than you’re attracting? No matter what business you’re in, customer service is a tricky thing. It sounds simple enough, but it isn’t. You have to do a lot of listening, which... »

NRA Announces 21 Kitchen Innovations Award Recipients - 02/15/2012

The National Restaurant Association announced on Feb. 8 the recipients of the 2012 Kitchen Innovations Award, which recognizes cutting-edge kitchen equipment in the foodservice market. The 21 honored items were selected by an... »

NRA Performance Index Hit Highest Point Since 2006 - 02/08/2012

It may just be the mild winter, but “wow” is all one can say about the big jump of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index in December. The overall RPI jumped 1.6 points to hit 102.2, its highest level... »

FER’s MUFES Meeting Explores Technology, Global Issues - 02/08/2012

Advances in foodservice equipment technology and management best practices are offering the industry huge operating-cost savings, speakers told attendees at Foodservice Equipment Reports’ sixth biennial Multiunit Foodservice... »

NRA Forecasts Modest 3.5% Growth In 2012 - 02/08/2012

The National Restaurant Association forecasts the foodservice industry will grow a modest 3.5% in current dollars in 2012, a slight decline from its estimate of 4% growth in ’11. NRA estimates ’12 will be the third consecutive... »

Strong Jobs Growth Surprises Nearly Everyone - 02/08/2012

The economy in the United States is generating new jobs at a much faster pace than almost anyone expected. The latest evidence is the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for jobs growth for January, during which nonfarm payroll... »

New York Corks The Whines, Surveys Operators On Letter Grade System - 02/08/2012

Last issue, we reported on Chicago’s new self-certification rule: Through November 2014, recently inspected restaurants with no history of foodborne illness will be able to police themselves and send inspection reports to city... »

Plan Ahead: NRA 2012 Public Affairs Conference Set For April 17-18 - 02/08/2012

The National Restaurant Association has a message for Congress: “America Works Here.” The association will hold its 26th annual Public Affairs Conference April 17-18 in Washington, D.C., and bring together operators in state... »

Metals, Other Commodity Prices Back On The Rise - 02/08/2012

After bottoming out in November and December, prices for stainless and carbon steels, as well as aluminum, copper and other materials widely used in foodservice equipment and supplies, are back on the rise. Pushing the gains are... »

Canadian Restaurant Association Launches Outlook Survey - 02/08/2012

We’ve been reporting for years about the U.S. restaurant market thanks to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. Going forward, we’ll be able to report about the Canadian market, too. The Canadian... »

Subway Plans 600 New U.K. Stores In Three Years - 02/08/2012

Subway has big plans for across the pond. The Milford, Conn., chain announced in late January that it is targeting 600 new stores in the United Kingdom by 2015. Subway currently has 1,423 stores in Britain and 99 in Ireland. In... »

Unified Brands Promotes DeLorenzo - 02/08/2012

Unified Brands has promoted Art DeLorenzo to v.p.-marketing & product management. He’ll also oversee the customer service and healthcare teams. DeLorenzo began his foodservice career 28 years ago with the Randell brand and... »

FCSI The Americas Offers Conference Grants to Emerging Leaders - 02/08/2012

The future of foodservice consultant awaits its leaders, and FCSI-The Americas is hoping to give those men and women a head start. The association is offering several $1,000 conference grants designed to defray the costs of... »

Vollrath Adds Five District Sales Managers - 02/08/2012

The Vollrath Co. has added five new district sales managers to enhance its market presence in the U.S., Canada and Europe. On the domestic front, Vollrath has named Van Bennett, a veteran of Rubbermaid Commercial Products,... »

MAFSI Meeting Includes Member Honors, New Officers - 02/08/2012

More than 400 members and affiliates of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry convened in Palm Springs, Calif., last month for the group’s annual conference. Among the news emerging from the meeting... »

FEDA Establishes CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships - 02/01/2012

The emphasis on enhancing dealer education and professionalism continues to be a priority for the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. The FEDA Education Foundation has announced it will award 30 scholarships for each... »

NRA Needs Dealers To Help Honor Visionary Operators - 02/01/2012

Hey dealers—worked lately with any operators you could call visionary? The National Restaurant Association plans to honor commercial and noncommercial operators with its first-ever 2012 Operator Innovations Awards, recognizing... »

In Memoriam: Dealer Henry Motes Jr. - 02/01/2012

Henry Motes Jr., the guiding force behind the century-old dealership E.H. Thompson Co., died Jan. 18 at the age of 93. Motes joined E. H. Thompson Co. in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1952, where he became an owner and built the... »

Thermal Supply, Mirkovich Win Top Manitowoc Awards - 02/01/2012

Manitowoc Foodservice’s Jan. 12-14 national sales meeting in Dallas included awards for the New Port Richey, Fla., company’s top manufacturer's representative and commercial distributor for 2011. Mirkovich &... »

Electrolux Honors Top Sales Performers - 02/01/2012

Electrolux Professional ended 2011 by honoring its top performers for the year, and adding two new rep groups to its sales force roster. Honorees were chosen in their respective categories for showing strong growth over the... »

Your Friends Are Worried About You - 02/01/2012

I’ve been making speeches the past couple weeks, doing forecast overviews for MAFSI’s member meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., and for Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric. I want to mention that at every... »

Chipotle Plans Second ShopHouse - 01/25/2012

After what it deems a very successful debut of its new concept, Chipotle Mexican Grill is working to open its second ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. The Denver chain opened the inaugural unit in Washington, D.C., in September.... »

Restaurant Show Unveils Inaugural Operator Innovations Awards - 01/25/2012

The National Restaurant Association is looking for the visionaries in the foodservice industry. The association plans to honor commercial and noncommercial operators with its first-ever 2012 Operator Innovations Awards, which... »

In Memoriam: Karl Winterhalter - 01/25/2012

Karl Winterhalter, the founder of Winterhalter Gastronom Gmbh, died Jan. 16 at the age of 100. Winterhalter established the Meckenbeuren, Germany, manufacturer in 1947, and turned a small family business into a worldwide... »

Operator Outlook Still Looks Like Modest Growth In 2012 - 01/25/2012

With a number of operator indicators improving in the last quarter of 2011, we thought we’d check in with the two major groups that forecast operator sales—Technomic Inc. and the National Restaurant Association—to see if the... »

Baron Named President Of Focus Foodservice - 01/25/2012

Chris Baron has joined Focus Products Group as president of Focus Foodservice LLC. The Lincolnshire, Ill., company provides bakeware, smallwares, storage and transportation products, and coffee and beverage dispensers. ... »

Michael Cate Succeeds Hanby As AllPoints CEO - 01/25/2012

Earlier this month, under a planned succession process, Michael Cate was appointed CEO of AllPoints Holdings. Cate succeeds John Hanby, who retired as CEO but will remain on the board of directors and serve as a consultant to the... »

Consultants Form New Collaborative - 01/25/2012

RJS Associates and Theodore Barber & Co., well-known consultant firms and longtime collaborators, are merging into a new firm: RJS|Barber Associates. The new company will offer integrated foodservice design and advisory... »

Some Pressure Comes Off Wholesale Food Prices - 01/25/2012

Wholesales food prices fell in December for the second time in three months, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices at all three production stages tracked by the BLS posted declines. The... »

State Tax Revenues Increase For Seventh Straight Quarter - 01/25/2012

State tax revenues continued to improve in the third quarter of 2011, according to preliminary data from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, based in Albany, N.Y. Data from 48 early-reporting states show an overall 7.3%... »

Macroeconomic Growth Expected To Remain Modest - 01/25/2012

While most of the economic data from the last quarter of 2011 was better than many economists anticipated, the outlook for the coming year and the first forecasts for ’13 remain muted. The consensus forecast for real growth of... »

Windy City Grants Regulatory Relief To Clean Operations - 01/25/2012

Chicago’s operators will be coming clean, on their own, under a new self-certification plan. Recently inspected restaurants with no history of foodborne illness will be able to police themselves and send inspection reports to... »

USDA Will Shutter 259 Offices - 01/25/2012

In a move that cuts costs but raises concerns about food safety, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced Jan. 9 that it will close 259 offices, labs and facilities nationwide. The plan, which will save $60 million, affects... »

Food Safety Program Gets ANSI’s OK - 01/25/2012

The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals’ food-safety manager certification program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The certification is based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for... »

Gleitsmann Takes Reins At Scotsman Ice - 01/18/2012

A name familiar to many has returned to the E&S industry. Scotsman Industries has appointed Rich Gleitsmann as interim president of Scotsman Ice Systems. Gleitsmann spent more than a decade in the foodservice industry,... »

Strategic Equipment Taps New CFO - 01/18/2012

Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., a leading supplier of foodservice equipment, design, and supply solutions to the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries, has appointed Karen McCain as chief financial officer.... »

Two Good Dealer Lessons From The Archives - 01/18/2012

Happy New Year! I know Robin’s FER Dealer Report editorial for Jan. 4 was the official Happy New Year from all of us, but this one’s my chance to add my own personal best wishes for the year ahead. It should be a decent one if... »

Attention, FEDA Members: Dues Are Due! - 01/18/2012

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has mailed its members their 2012 dues invoices and the deadline for remittance is nearing: Dues must be received in the FEDA office by Jan. 31. In addition, last week the... »

Vollrath Opens European Headquarters - 01/18/2012

The Vollrath Co. kicked off the new year by inaugurating its new European base, a wholly owned subsidiary in Rijen, Netherlands. CEO Paul Bartelt said the move would help further Vollrath’s growth and expansion into the European... »

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