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Joe Carbonara

Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.


Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 


Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.



Remembering Edson Gaylord of Gaylord Industries

Edson Gaylord passed away in December. He was 83 years old.

obitEdson GaylordAfter working for his father and company founder, Asa, Edson Gaylord acquired Gaylord Industries in 1974. Under Gaylord’s leadership the company expanded to a worldwide organization and from a staff of 20, to more than 160 employees, according to a statement announcing his passing. He sold the company to Illinois Tool Works Inc. in December 1999.

A native of Portland, Ore., Gaylord graduated from high school and served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Gaylord and his wife, Jeanne, were married for 56 years. He is survived by his 5 children; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place Sat., March 4 at 2 pm at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Gaylord’s wishes were to be cremated and interred at Willamette National Cemetery with Military Honors.

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