Monday, February 08, 2016   


 ECONOMIC REPORT -- by Robin Ashton


In Memoriam: Bob (Raymond) Costantini Sr.
Longtime industry member Robert Costantini Sr., known by many by his professional name, Bob Raymond, has died. He was 80 years old. The youngest son of Italian immigrants, Costantini began his career in foodservice in 1958. As... »

In Memoriam: AyrKing’s Donald King
Donald E. King, longtime NAFEM member and chairman of AyrKing Corp., Louisville, Ky., has died. He was 76. King, a mechanical engineer, founded AyrKing in 1972. He would go on to earn patents in the U.S. and Canada. His first... »

Sterno Acquires Flameless Candle Maker
Sterno Products has crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s on its acquisition of Northern International, a maker of flameless candles and outdoor lighting products for the retail market. Headquartered in Coquitlam, BC, Canada,... »

Moves And Promotions:
The Homer Laughlin China Co. has elevated Katie McIlvain to the position of Foodservice and General Marketing Manager. A six-year veteran of HLC, McIlvain takes responsibility for end-user commercial and non-commercial... »

Kristian Kuh Appointed G.M. At Moffat USA
Moffat USA/Ali Group has appointed Kristian Kuh to oversee operations as its new General Manager. “We would like to welcome Kristian to our team, and we look forward to working together with him to capture more opportunities for... »

Grindmaster-Cecilware Appoints New National Accounts Director
David Williams has been appointed national accounts director at Grindmaster-Cecilware; he joins Kenny Stratton and Ken Duncan on the national accounts team. Williams brings more than 13 years of foodservice industry sales... »

Glacier Inks Deal To Buy Max & Erma’s
Glacier Restaurant Group is buying the 51-unit Max & Erma’s restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings. The casual-dining concept has a presence in 10 states, primarily in the Midwest. The sale was announced in... »

Dunkin’ Brands Plans Debut In South Africa
Dunkin’ Brands will develop its two brands in South Africa under a new master franchise agreement with Grand Parade Investments Ltd. GPI will develop more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins... »

In Memoriam: CFESA Member Thomas Slack
Thomas Slack, a member of AR Repairs Baker’s Kneads team for 32 years, died January 27 at age 55. Slack was the Center Line, Mich., service company’s training manager and was a mentor to all of its new technicians. He also served... »


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