Saturday, May 28, 2016   


 ECONOMIC REPORT -- by Robin Ashton


Middleby Acquires Follett
The Middleby Corp. has acquired Follett Corp., the Easton,, Pa., manufacturer of ice machines, ice and water dispensing equipment, ice storage and transport products and medical grade refrigeration products for the foodservice... »

FER Slates August 9 For President’s Preview
Foodservice Equipment Reports will host its 2016 President’s Preview Equipment & Supplies Market Forecast on Tuesday, August 9. The annual one-day event at the Westin O’Hare includes Publisher/Research Editor Robin Ashton’s... »

Taco Bell Redesign Aims Big—And Intimate
Taco Bell is testing four restaurant designs in preparation for an expansion plan that includes 2,000 new restaurants by 2022. The new designs, which tilt the Yum! Brands chain from quick-service to fast-casual ambience, will be... »

Ali Appoints Sales VPs At Victory, Beverage-Air
Two major appointments have been made at Ali Group-North America’s Refrigeration Division. Alexander Tappé, who has been serving as director of sales at Victory Refrigeration, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales. Erica... »

EveryWare Global Taps P&G Veteran For CEO Post
Patrick Lockwood-Taylor has been appointed the new CEO of EveryWare Global, the Lancaster, Ohio, marketer of tabletop and food preparation products formed through the merger of Anchor Hocking and Oneida Ltd. in March 2012. “We... »

NSF Presents Food Safety Leadership Awards
The Food Safety Summit hosted in Rosemont, Ill., earlier this month by NSF International included the presentations of the group's 2016 Food Safety Leadership Awards. The awards, now in their 13th year, recognize individuals and... »

In Memoriam: Procam Controls’ Roy Seibert
Roy Seibert, the founder of Procam Controls in Plano, Texas, died May 18 after a brief illness. He was 59. The company was acquired last November by Aquion Inc. At the time of his death, Seibert led the Procam Controls division... »

Oliver To Handle Manufacturing For Canadian Bakery Firm, Promotes Trio Of Vets
Oliver Packaging & Equipment Co. has inked an exclusive manufacturing licensing agreement with Bloemhof Inc., Kirkland, Quebec. Under the agreement, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Oliver will become the sole manufacturer and... »

Texas Roadhouse Spreads Out
After seven company-owned units and one franchise restaurant opened in the first quarter, the steakhouse chain moved into the second quarter with three more company-owned unit openings and debuted its first franchise location in... »


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