Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

Wright Becomes CEO of Famous Dave's

Foodservice Visits to Grow 1 Percent in 2016, Per NPD

QSRs, breakfast and other factors helped increase consumer traffic in 2015. 

Imperial Brown Names New President

Jimenez appointed CFO. 

Popeyes Introduces New International Design

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen used the opening of its restaurant in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, as a launch for the quick-serve chicken chain’s new design for international locations.

Ruby’s Diner Hits the Road with a Food Truck

Ruby’s Diner, a California-based diner concept, is taking its menu to the streets via a food truck. Aptly named The Ruby’s Diner Food Truck, the 24-foot-long, 12-foot-wide vehicle serves a limited version of the chain’s menu offerings, including burgers, grilled cheese and shakes.

Bonanza Steak & BBQ Debuts in Missouri

Homestyle Dining introduced a new restaurant concept: Bonanza Steak & BBQ in Eureka, Mo. The multi-concept operator plans to grow its new restaurant chain to more than 100 franchise locations in the next 5 years.

CiCis New Prototype Reflects an Updated Brand Position

In support of its new brand positioning, CiCis plans to roll out a new restaurant prototype design, with a reimaged location opening during the first quarter of 2016 and a new location sporting the new design opening in the second quarter.

Manitowoc Foodservice Looks Ahead to Life as a Stand-Alone Company

It is anticipated that early in 2016, Manitowoc Foodservice will spin off from Manitowoc Corporation to become a stand-alone, publicly traded company. To prepare for the changes ahead, Manitowoc Foodservice had a busy 2015. The multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer hired Hubertus Muehlhaeuser to serve as its president in August. A few months later the company announced it was planning to close its Cleveland manufacturing plant and move production of the items made there to other locations. Of course, steps like these are only the beginning for Manitowoc Foodservice. FE&S interviewed Muehlhaeuser about what lies ahead for the company and its customers.

Breakfast, All Day

Breakfast continues to expand its reach outside the morning rush, with QSRs offering egg-based meals throughout the day and food brands revamping their marketing campaigns to cater to the protein-seeking consumer.

Electrolux Professional Adds an Executive Chef

Trio of Reps Join MAFSI’s Board of Directors