Sunday, August 30, 2015   


FCSI Revit Taskforce Updates Equipment Standards
Through the hard work of an FCSI taskforce, the Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards document has been updated for 2015. All files and documents pertaining to the standards can now be found on FCSI’s Revit Standards Page and is... »

A Beer Is A Beer, Virginia Announces
Is beer a food? Some would say yes, but craft breweries—and now lawmakers in Virginia— say no. State agencies there have been duplicating regulation of the state’s 117 craft breweries, and operators in the fast-growing... »

 ECONOMIC REPORT -- by Robin Ashton

MAFSI Barometer Hits Two-Year High
Driven by surging equipment sales, the quarterly Business Barometer maintained by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry rose 5.1% in the second quarter compared with the same quarter in 2014. It was... »

FER Forecasts E&S Market To Grow 4.6% In 2016
In case you missed the news before we went on vacation, here's some end-of-summer optimism: Thanks to the strongest foodservice operator market since before the Great Recession and continuing demand in all three of the key... »

U.S. Visits Up, But Units Down
Visits to foodservice establishments hit their highest number since 2009-10, according to data from The NPD Group’s CREST research, but overall traffic for the year ended May 2015 still was flat compared with the comparative year... »


FER Honors 14 Smallwares And Tabletop Products
It isn’t just large equipment that this magazine focuses on or that makes foodservice kitchens run smoothly and look good. Small things matter too, as was made clear when 14 winners emerged last month at FER’s Smallwares &... »

Robot Coupe Taps Market Solutions Advisor
David Prudhomme has joined Jackson, Miss.-based Robot Coupe U.S.A. in the new position of Market Solutions Advisor.  Prudhomme, who will be based in Dallas, is focused on expanding opportunities in multi-unit environments... »

Vollrath Acquires Spain-Based Pujadas
The Vollrath Co., announced August 17 that it has acquired Miguel Pujadas, S.A. The Santa Coloma, Spain-based company, founded in 1921, makes and distributes a wide range of cookware, steam-table pans, buffet and... »

Broaster Adds Schwengler As National Accounts Manager
Broaster Co. has hired Sharon Schwengler as its new National Accounts Manager. Schwengler brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the Beloit, Wis., company, including tenures at Libbey Inc., Nemco Food Equipment,... »

Ecolab To Spend $40 Million For Swisher Hygiene’s U.S. Operations
Ecolab Inc. will acquire the U.S. operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately $40 million in cash. Charlotte, N.C.-based Swisher Hygiene offers a range of products and services for the institutional foodservice industry,... »

Chanticleer Buys Eight-Unit Portland Chain
Little Big Burger, a popular Portland, Ore., burger chain, has been acquired by Chanticleer Holdings. The deal includes cash and stock in Chanticleer, the Charlotte, N.C.-based holding company and owner of Hooters of America,... »

In Memoriam: David Wightman, XDX President
David Wightman, considered one of the foodservice equipment industry’s most creative technical minds of the past 20 years, died suddenly on July 29. He was 53. Since 1999, Wightman had served as president and CEO of XDX... »

Small Design Marks Comeback Bid For UFood Grill
UFood Grill, the Boston-based, fast-casual chain that closed its two standalone locations in 2012, has debuted a new prototype for a traditional in-line design that the company hopes will relaunch its expansion. The new... »

Fishnick Announces Second Tech Advisory Committee
Things are getting busy at Fisher-Nickel (fishnick), operator of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Food Service Technology Center. Fishnick has unveiled a technical advisory committee for its “Demonstration of High-Efficiency Hot... »


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