NRA Honors Inaugural Operator Innovation Award Winners
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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... »
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