Stimulus Package For Equipment Purchases Good Through 2011
There’s just a little more than a year for operators to reap the benefits of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The bill, signed by President Obama at the end of September, gives restaurants an extra incentive to... »
Loading Docks Are Not Kitchens
Cooking in an outdoor oven set up on makeshift tables behind a restaurant is against health codes nearly everywhere—and perhaps strains common sense, as well. Last month, a caterer working at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara,... »
Too Much Red Tape, Toronto Operators Complain
Canada’s economy and restaurant business has held steadier during the recession than in the United States, but that doesn’t mean its restaurateurs are any happier. According to a new survey by the Canadian Restaurant and... »
Dubai, Abu Dhabi Debut Food Safety Rules
Dubai already has the world’s tallest building. Now, on a more human scale, it plans to address food safety. After nearly 20% of the food imported to Dubai last year had to be destroyed for not meeting food-safety requirements,... »
Standex Buys Tri-Star
Standex Int’l. has acquired Tri-Star Manufacturing Co., the Santa Ana, Calif., maker of ranges, fryers, griddles, convection ovens, salamanders, charbroilers and hot plates. The acquisition boosts Standex Food Service Equipment... »
FER Offers Full Scholarships For Noncommercial MUFES
Thirty deserving noncommercial operators will be able to attend Foodservice Equipment Reports’ Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium for Noncommercial Operators, to be held June 13-15, 2011, on full scholarships. The... »
DQ Plans 60% Unit Growth In China Next Year
Orders for soft-serve machines and freezers should be going up soon, at least if Dairy Queen is your customer. International Dairy Queen plans to increase its presence in China by more than 60% by the end of 2011.
The Edina,... »
Halton Acquires Current Energy
Halton, the Finland-based company specializing in air-flow management, fire safety and kitchen ventilation, has stepped up its presence in the energy-management business by acquiring Current Energy. The Dallas-based company... »
BK Plans Bigger Footprint in Brazil
Brazil, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, is going to be eating more Whoppers. Burger King Corp. has signed the largest multi-unit development agreement in its six-year history in Brazil with one of its newest franchisees, the... »
Focus Adds Auntie Anne’s To Its Lineup
Never let it be said that Focus Brands doesn’t have wide-ranging taste in foodservice companies. In a deal expected to close later this fall, Focus has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Auntie Anne’s, adding soft pretzels... »
Robot Coupe Adds To Int’l. Team
Tom Dirkx has joined Robot Coupe USA as the company’s new international regional manager. Dirkx, who has more than 20 years experience in the foodservice industry, will cover Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Robot Coupe, based... »
Pret A Manger Opens First Chicago Location
The Windy City has become the first U.S. market outside of New York and Washington, D.C. to welcome a Pret A Manger restaurant. The London-based quick-service chain opened a store in the downtown Loop two weeks ago, and has plans... »
Foodservice Outlook Improved Worldwide In Second Quarter; China Booms
While most major global foodservice markets continued to experience negative traffic trends, increased spending per visit had some markets returning to positive sales growth, according to second-quarter data from NPD Group.
Jobs Growth Mixed In September
Jobs growth remained sluggish in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Oct. 8. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 95,000, as government employment dropped by 159,000. The private sector added 64,000 jobs. The... »
Food-Price Jumps Push Price Indexes Higher In September
Strongly higher food prices at both the wholesale and consumer levels helped push both the Consumer Price and Producer Price Indexes higher in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week.
After declines four of... »
Most Macroeconomic Forecasts Hold Steady
After several months of declining forecasts, the economic outlook for the U.S. mostly stabilized in this month’s consensus forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The more than 50 major economic forecasting groups the... »
FER E&S Market Forecast Available
Foodservice Equipment Reports E&S Market Forecast package is available for purchase for $449. Purchasers will receive the entire seven-section forecast, including detailed data and analysis of economic and operator trends,... »
L.A. Goes With Letter Grades For Food Trucks
It’s been years of diner beware for food truck fans left questioning the literal meaning of roach coach. Now, it looks as though health-department letter grades are coming to food trucks in Los Angeles County.
Last week, the... »
D.C. Grilling Fumes Update
Now here’s a case study on just how crucial spec’ing and placement of the right ventilation system is to a foodservice operation. In August, we told you about the court battle between a popular Washington, D.C. burger joint and a... »
McD’s And Others Get Healthcare Waiver
Quick update on McDonald’s and healthcare: The burger giant and 29 other companies that provide very limited health insurance benefits to nearly one million workers have been granted 1-year waivers by the federal government from... »
Food Safety Bill Languishes In D.C.
The clock is ticking, mid-term elections are nearing, and it doesn’t look likely that the federal food safety bill that’s been gathering dust in the Senate is going to go anywhere soon.
Despite broad bipartisan support, S.510... »
FER Presents Industry Service Awards
Foodservice Equipment Reports has announced the winners of its annual Industry Service Awards. The annual awards, presented since 2005, honor those who have made substantial, sustained contributions not just to their own firms... »
MAFSI Announces 2010 Officers, Award Winners
It was a busy few days in San Antonio for members of the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. The group held its 45th annual conference there late last month, where 300-plus attendees saw Michael... »
Ali Group Buys Edlund
The Edlund Co., a leading maker of commercial foodservice equipment and smallwares, has been acquired by Ali Group, joining the Italian company’s large stable of foodservice equipment manufacturers.
The acquisition was publicly... »
Duray Buys Baring
In a deal that combines two powerhouse dealer bid houses, Duray/J.F. Duncan Industries has purchased Baring Industries, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., subsidiary of Electrolux Professional. Duray is headquartered in Downey, Calif. Duray... »
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