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.

Yum! Prepares to Complete Board Transition Plan

Robert Walter will serve as non-executive chairman of the board for Yum! Brands, effective May 20, 2016. Walter succeeds David Novak, who previously announced his plan to retire as executive chairman and step down from the board.

2016 Silver Plate Award Winners Announced

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) recognized nine foodservice operators with its 2016 Silver Plate Awards.

NRAEF Presents 2016 Award Winners

A combination of eight companies and individuals are recognized for their achievements by the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation.

Manitowoc Foodservice Debuts as an Independent, Publicly Traded Company

Multi-line equipment manufacturer Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) debuted as a standalone, publicly traded company on March 4, 2016. Manitowoc Foodservice was spun off from The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW).

Loy Joins Nor-Lake

Nor-Lake, Inc. tapped foodservice equipment industry veteran PJ Loy to serve as its south central regional sales manager.

Spring USA Updates Their Rep Network

Spring USA added 4Top Hospitality Solutions to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps.

Private Equity Firm Buys Majority of Fuzzy’s Tacos

NRD Capital Management, a franchisee-sponsored and managed equity investment fund, purchased a majority position in Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a 90-unit Fort Worth, Texas-based brand. NRD had previously made a similar investment in Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants.

Pizza Inn Names Bafundo President

Bob Bafundo is the new president of Pizza Inn, a restaurant chain owned by multi-concept operator Rave Restaurant Group. A 30-plus year veteran of the restaurant industry, Bafundo most recently served as president of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill.

Brinker Taps Restaurant Industry Veteran for Innovation Role

Former KFC president Cywinski to assume executive position with the multi-concept operator.

Bargreen Ellingson Opens New Maui Location

Foodservice equipment and supplies dealer Bargreen Ellingson opened a new 12,000 square foot location in Maui.

Culinary Advisors Updates its Roster

Foodservice design firm Culinary Advisors promoted Suzanne Bahr to senior project manager and hired Laura Lentz to serve as a senior designer.