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.

Stutz Joins Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. appointed Carin Stutz to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the casual dining chain.

Nolan Becomes President of Smashburger

Michael Nolan was promoted to president of Smashburger, a fast-casual concept. Nolan joined Smashburger in February of this year as executive vice president and chief development officer.

Johnny Rockets Blasts Off with Brand Refresh

In a move that coincides with the chain’s 30th anniversary, Johnny Rockets took the wraps off a major brand refresh that the chain plans to phase in at its existing corporate restaurants, both domestic and international, by the end of the year.

California Pizza Kitchen Rolls the Dice on a New Las Vegas Location

California Pizza Kitchen opened a flagship at The Park, MGM’s new outdoor dining and entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip. Located between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, CPK at The Park features an indoor-outdoor space that creates an upscale and relaxed environment.

FEDA Installs New Officers, Board

The members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) elected new officers and a board of directors. Joe Schmitt of Marion, Iowa-based Rapids Wholesale Equipment was installed as president and Mason Greene of Jackson, Miss.-based Hotel & Restaurant Supply will serve as vice president.

Artisan Ice Cream

Ice cream is still cool. House-made and artisan ice cream made the No. 10 spot overall and the No. 1 spot for desserts on the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 What’s Hot chef survey. Here’s a look at some innovative ice cream brands as well as creative flavors developed by chefs around the country.

IFMA Names 2016 Silver Plate Winners

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

Thermo-Kool Adds Regional Sales Manager

Cliff MacTavish joined the Thermo-Kool team as blast chiller and regional walk-in sales manager.

Yum! Brands Updates Executive Leadership

Gibbs becomes president of the multi-concept operator. David Gibbs was promoted to president and chief financial officer for Yum! Brands, Inc., effective May 2, 2016. Gibbs, a 27-year veteran of the company, previously served as chief executive officer of the global Pizza Hut Division.

Veggie Grill Plants Leadership Transition Plans

Steve Heeley will become president and chief operating officer for Veggie Grill, effective May 2. Heeley currently serves as chief operating officer for the vegetable-centric fast-casual concept.

National Service Cooperative Names Advisory Board Members

The National Service Cooperative, a collection of foodservice equipment service agencies, has formed an advisory board.