Vitamix Appoints Its First Chief Commercial Officer


Steven C. Laserson has become the first chief commercial officer at blender manufacturer Vitamix. His role will be to “provide the leadership to drive business growth and increase market share,” the company said in a press release. Laserson spent 24 years with American Greetings in a variety of roles prior to joining Vitamix, which is based in Olmsted Township, Ohio.

MarkeTeam Foodservice has hired Crystal Murakami as the company’s new territory sales manager for Hawaii. MarkeTeam, based in Vancouver, Wash., provides equipment and supply for Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia.

Innovative Foodservice Design Team, a division of Innovative Foodservice Group, announced that Tim Trujillo has been named lead design principal. Trujillo has experience as a foodservice design consultant and dealer, and has worked in fabrication. Additionally, IFG announced that Lee Simon has become principal in residence.


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Domino’s Pizza’s Sales Fall After 41 Consecutive Quarters

Domino’s Pizza’s 41-quarter streak of positive same-store sales came to an end this past quarter.

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Expansion Roundup: Italian, Mediterranean and American Cuisine Brands Grow

This week in Expansion Roundup, FER looks at the recently announced growth plans for Fazoli’s, Shawarma Press, Roy Rogers and The Toasted Yolk Cafe.

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