New Digs, Reps For Irinox
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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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
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:
Court Says Lunch Breaks Are Mandatory, But Employers Can’t Enforce Them
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
FEDA Gathers For ‘Culture Of Profitability’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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... »
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