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.

HLC Names New Foodservice and General Marketing Manager

The Homer Laughlin China Company promoted Katie McIlvain to foodservice and general marketing manager. McIlvain has been with the company for six years.

Max & Erma’s Acquired by Glacier Restaurant Group

Multi-concept operator Glacier Restaurant Group has bought the Max & Erma’s restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH). Max & Erma’s is a casual dining concept with 51 locations in 10 states, primarily in the Midwest.

Satzman Joins Le Pain Quotidien

Former Starbucks executive Doug Satzman has joined Le Pain Quotidien Bakery & Restaurant as its U.S. chief executive officer. Satzman will oversee 87 restaurants and the concept’s bakery production centers.

Ace Mart Named FE&S’ 2016 Dealer of the Year

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies proudly names Ace Mart Restaurant Supply the magazine’s 2016 Dealer of the Year.

Jamba Updates Executive Team

David Pace will become the next chief executive officer for Jamba Inc., which owns and franchises Jamba Juice stores. In addition, Richard Federico, a member of Jamba’s board of directors since 2006, will assume the role of chairman of the board effective immediately.

Grindmaster-Cecilware Adds Two Directors

Grindmaster-Cecilware, a Louisville, Ky.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, hired David Williams to serve as national account director and Gregory Meyer to serve as director of engineering.

MAFSI Presents Biennial Awards

The Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI) honored the accomplishments of 12 foodservice professionals with its biennial awards.

Moffat USA Names a New General Manager

Foodservice equipment industry veteran Kuh joins the Ali Group company.

Rosetto Services Expands its Rep Network

Rosetto Services has added W3 to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps. W3 will represent Rosetto in Texas and Oklahoma.

Nor-Lake Taps Stevens to Manage Western Region

Nor-Lake Inc. hired Bob Stevens to serve as the company’s Western regional sales manager.

Irinox To Move Its U.S. Headquarters

Italian-owned foodservice equipment manufacturer to move its U.S. headquarters to Florida.