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.

Mediterranean Monopolizes Menus

As more people choose plant-based, more wholesome diets, they’re coming back to the Mediterranean way of eating. Consumers of all ages are favoring flavors from Italy, Southern France, and Greece — from Millennials looking for fresher flavors to aging Baby Boomers looking to eat healthier — and restaurants are responding.

Dunkin' Brands Appoints Three New VPs

Gill, Jensen and Kaplan promoted.

Uncle Maddio’s Updates Management Team

Goodrich promoted to chief operating officer for the fast-casual pizza chain.


Company veteran Reed replaces the retiring Parsons.

Franke Adds Delpozzo to its Solutions System Business

Franke Foodservice Systems hired Luciano Delpozzo to serve as vice president and general manager of its solutions business, which markets products to foodservice operators through traditional distribution channels.

Applebee’s Names New Executive Chef

Former Chili’s executive Spillyards-Schaefer joins the causal-dining chain in a culinary role.

PMG Ventures Purchases Manufacturer of Food Shields and Displays

As part of an asset sale, Atlanta-based PMG Ventures, Inc. has acquired Premier1Source and its subsidiaries Premier Foodshields and Premier Brass, manufacturers of food shields and displays.

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Sold to Irish Investment Firm

Irish investment firm Danu Partners has acquired Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, parent company of the high-end steakhouse concept. As part of the deal, Danu has purchased seven of the eight Smith & Wollensky restaurant locations and world-wide licensing rights to the concept.

Rep Firm Bolsters Its Culinary Team

Former Henny Penny and Rational corporate chef Asher joins Swanson-Girard and Associates.

FCSI Announces Innovation Showcase Finalists

FCSI The Americas announced the 10 finalists for its 2016 Innovation Showcase finalists.

WFF Announces Award Winners

The Women’s Foodservice Forum presented its 2016 Awards for Outstanding Performance and Achievement.