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.

Restaurant Performance Index Rebounds in September

World’s Largest CPK Opens in Australia

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), based in Beverly Hills, Calif., opened its largest restaurant yet in Perth, Australia, in September. Square footage totals 9,500, with seating for 370.

Pei Wei Asian Diner Opens First South Korean Store

Fast-casual Asian concept Pei Wei Asian Diner opened its first South Korean location in September in the country’s largest shopping mall in Hanam, South Korea. Pei Wei, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., partnered with ELX Food & Beverage in South Korea.

2017 Menu Prep: Add Tumeric, Goat and Noodles

Tumeric, goat and hand-pulled noodles may appear on more menus next year. The Culinary Trends 2017 report from Sterling Rice Group (SRG) based in Boulder, Colo., predicts these will head into the mainstream in 2017. With input from 175 chefs, restauranteurs and foodies, the report highlights several key trends. Here are three that made the FE&S editors take note:

Countertrends in Food-Away-From-Home Market

You can’t have your cake and eat it (too). Or can you? Today’s food-focused culture takes the both-and idea to the point of opposition, such as the desire for wordly, yet local cuisine.

Trends: Poutine

Poutine (/puːˈtiːn): a Canadian fast-food dish with origins in Quebec consisting of french fries and squeaky cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. Commonly found in diners and “greasy spoon” joints in Quebec, the cult favorite has become a staple on menus at top chains, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and others in Canada.

ABC Presents Supplier Awards

Allied Buying Corporation, an Illinois-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, announced the winners of its annual Supplier of the Year Awards.

Cleo to Open 15 Restaurants in Middle East

Cleo, a Mediterranean restaurant concept, will open 15 locations in the Middle East in 2017.

Johnny Rockets to Expand in Australia

Chain partners with JR Restaurants Australia to build 100 locations

Pieology Pizzeria Named Clay Sanger COO

Hard Rock Cafe International's President/CEO to Step Down