DoughPro Revamps As ProLuxe
DoughPro has a new name, new logo and new look. The maker of pizza and presses, grills, ovens and accessories has changed its name to ProLuxe.
“Our new name reflects our ongoing growth and expansion, and better identifies the... »
Homer Laughlin Names Elizabeth McIlvain To Succeed Brother As President
For the first time in the 142-year history of The Homer Laughlin China Co., the mantle of leadership is being handed down, not to a successive generation, but from brother to sister. The privately held Newell, W.Va., company has... »
KFC Makes Big Plans Across The Pond
The British press reports that KFC Corp. will open more than 40 new restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland this year, which would take the chain to nearly 900 restaurants in those countries by year’s end.
The expansion... »
Dairy Queen Opens Doors In 20th Country
Dairy Queen has opened a new store in Trinidad, making it the 20th country outside the U.S. and Canada with a DQ presence. Dairy Queen’s partner in Trinidad, Pelinja Holdings, is scheduled to open three new locations during the... »
NRA Announces 15 Finalists For Operator Innovations Awards
Bragging rights and recognition as drivers of industrywide advancement belong to the 15 foodservice operators selected by their peers as finalists for the 2013 Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five... »
Blue Chip Long-Range Forecasts Hold Steady
According to the 50 econometric groups surveyed by Blue Chip Economic Indicators each month, better times are indeed ahead. While in the March survey the group kept their 2013 consensus forecast at 1.9% growth of real gross... »
Nevada Debates Expanded Menu Labeling Bill
More comprehensive menu labeling is on the legislative docket in Nevada.
A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would require eateries with 10 or more locations to post nutritional information in a conspicuous... »
It’s Healthcare 201 For California Ops
Operators in the country’s most populous state can get a close-up look this month at implementing the nation’s ongoing healthcare reform.
“Health Care 201: Implementing the Affordable Care Act,” is going on the road this month,... »
NRA Announces Speakers For This Month’s Public Affairs Conference
Speakers of a distinctly political hue are in the spotlight at the National Restaurant Association’s 27th annual Public Affairs Conference in two weeks. The April 17-18 conference in Washington, D.C., will see more than 500... »
In Memoriam: Rep Carl Kaufmann
Longtime MAFSI member Carl M. Kaufmann passed away March 17 at age 77. He was the founder of the New York-based rep firm, Kaufmann & Associates.
The Pittsburgh native got his start in the foodservice industry in 1961, when... »
In Memoriam: Robert Lynn
Robert Lynn, the founder of Tampa, Fla.-based Arco Food Service Supply, died Feb. 11. He was 74.
Trained as a mechanical engineer, Lynn served in myriad positions—manufacturing, design and sales--throughout a long career in the... »
Bargreen Ellingson Grows To Eight-State Operation With New Alaska Facility
Bargreen Ellingson is expanding its presence in the 49th state by opening a full-service operation, including a showroom and warehouse in Anchorage. The new facility also will serve Canada’s British Columbia territory. Alaska is... »
Attendance Up 3% At NAFEM ‘13
The numbers for NAFEM ’13 are in, and they back up what observers noted at last month’s busy show: Attendance at the E&S industry’s biggest show was up nearly 3% over NAFEM ’11. Overall, more than 19,000 industry members... »
Ace Mart Promotes Two In The Houston Market
San Antonio-based Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has made two personnel changes in its Houston market operations. Eddie Sigh has been promoted to regional manager there; Sigh had been store manager of Ace Mart’s Gulf Freeway store... »
Insinger Adds Three Rep Firms
Philadelphia-based warewashing equipment maker Insinger Machine Co. has strengthened its representation in the West with the addition of three rep groups: Preferred Marketing Group, Heartland Group, LLC and The Redstone Group.... »
Towards Revising Our E&S Forecast
Our forecasting partner John Muldowney, v.p. marketing at Alto-Shaam, and I have been discussing our E&S forecast. You may recall in our November revisions, we revised our 2012 forecast of the E&S market at the... »
2013 Energy Star Honors Announced
Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have announced they’ve won Energy Star honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Two companies, ITW Food Equipment Group-North America and Manitowoc Foodservice, have received... »
Public E&S Companies Grow 3% In Fourth Quarter But Manage Only 2.2% Gain For Year
Combined revenues for seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies grew 3% in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the overall gain for the calendar year was only 2.2%, as flat sales in the second and third... »
New Look For Smashburger
Not being the typical burger concept takes work—and redesign. On the eve of its 200th unit opening, Smashburger has introduced a new store design with softer lighting, high-tech digital menu boards, exposed wooden rafters and... »
Mooyah Makes A Move
Dallas-based Mooyah has opened its 50th “better burger” unit. The Plano, Texas, store, which opened March 4, is the chain’s 35th outlet in its home state. The fast-growing brand also is aggressively pursuing franchise growth in... »
E&S Personnel Moves:
Bon Chef has appointed Jeremy Mottola as its new v.p. of U.S. sales. Prior to his promotion, Mottola was growing market share for the Lafayette, N.J., company as v.p.-eastern regional and international sales. In his new... »
Chain Personnel Moves:
El Pollo Loco has appointed Richard Pineda as v.p.-supply chain management and Jeff Little as v.p.-development. Pineda will manage the entire supply chain for the Costa Mesa, Calif., company, including logistics and distribution,... »
SFM Sets Critical Issues Conference For April
The future of corporate dining technology gets a closer look next month at the Society for Foodservice Management’s Critical Issues Conference. The one-day meeting, April 26 at TimesCenter in New York, brings together SFM members... »
The Details (And Delays) Add Up In Menu Labeling Law
It looks like it’s going to be a while until chain operators have to follow the mandate to post calorie counts on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration says it’s finding the task of writing up menu-labeling regulations to... »
Fallout From The Big Gulp Bill
The New York City bill banning supersized sugary drinks might have gone down to judicial defeat last week, but the state court ruling was only the tip of the iceberg in an attempt at reining in government interference in the... »
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