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.

Private Equity Firm Prepares to Buy Krispy Kreme

In a deal valued at an estimated $1.35 billion, JAB Beech Inc. has agreed to acquire Krispy Kreme. At the close of the transaction, Krispy Kreme will be privately owned and will continue to be independently operated from Krispy Kreme’s current headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Florida Rep Group Opens New Showroom

Eisner Rose Associates, a Florida-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm opened a new showroom in Dania Beach.

RAK Porcelain Updates Management Team

RAK Porcelain USA hired Grace Oliversen to serve as its central district sales manager and Pete Dukas to serve as its southeast sales manager.

Culinary Institute Honors Quartet of Culinary Pros

The Culinary Institute of America recognized the careers and contributions of four culinary professionals by presenting them the organization’s Augie Awards. Named for French Chef Auguste Escoffier in recognition of his unwavering pursuit of excellence, creativity, and professionalism, the Augie Awards honor members of the food and foodservice business who exemplify those traits.

Stoelting Names Russell Food Equipment its New Canadian Distributor

Frozen dessert equipment manufacturer Stoelting Foodservice named Russell Food Equipment Ltd. its distributor for the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Jamba to Relocate to Texas

Company to open a new test kitchen in its Whirl’d Center.

SEFA Announces 2016 Award Winners

SEFA, an Illinois-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, announced its annual award winners. Among the 34 award winners, Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash ‘N Carry were named SEFA Member of the Year. SEFA also presented The Vollrath Company with its Supplier of the Year Award.

Sugarman Becomes CEO of PRIDE

PRIDE Marketing and Procurement, Inc., a Colorado-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, introduced Karen Sugarman as its new chief executive officer.

Marino Becomes President of IceLink

Tom Marino was named president of IceLink, a company that specializes in high-speed, high-volume ice transport systems for the restaurant, casino and theater segments of the foodservice industry.

Ignite Introduces Arizona Territory Manager

Erik Wolford has joined Ignite Foodservice Solutions, a Colorado-based independent manufacturers’ rep. In his new role, Wolford represents Ignite in Arizona.

Smashburger Names New Chief Brand Officer

Smashburger co-founder Tom Ryan will assume the role of chief brand officer for the fast-casual burger concept. Ryan and partner Rick Schaden co-founded Smashburger in 2007. Ryan has since served as chief concept officer, overseeing product development and quality standards.