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.

MEIKO Updates Sales Team

Avanti Restaurant Solutions Names New President

Longtime company leader Rory Clarke becomes a shareholder in the foodservice equipment and supplies dealership.

Fast-Casual Segment Expected to Experience a 10 Percent Growth Rate

Technavio study expects U.S. fast-casual restaurant marketplace to reach $66.87 billion by 2020

Pecinka-Ferri Begins Representing International Tableware

Antunes Updates Rep Network

Consumer Beverage Preferences Continue to Shift

Sustainability issues and greater variety continue to shape what consumers drink according to NPD Group data.

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.