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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.



Curtis Promotes Two Executives

Brothers Kevin and Michael Curtis take on expanded roles.

The Wilbur Curtis Company promoted Kevin Curtis to president and chief executive officer and Michael Curtis to executive vice president. Bob Curtis, Kevin’s father, continues to serve as the company’s chairman of the board for the California-based manufacturer of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems.

Kevin has headed Curtis’ sales, marketing and product development areas since joining the company in 1986. In his new role, Kevin’s focus will include product innovation and sales growth.

Michael, who is Kevin’s brother and joined the company in 1993, has focused his efforts inside the company, specifically in the operational and administrative areas.

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