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.

PB&J Introduces New Culinary Center

Independent manufacturers’ rep firm PB&J Commercial Agents opened a new culinary center and test kitchen in Hillside, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

Texas Rep Firm Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Forbes Hever & Wallace debuted its new Coppell, Texas, facility by hosting its annual Kitchen Equipment & New Technology Expo.

Alto-Shaam Receives Wisconsin Manufacturer of The Year Award

Alto-Shaam was named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year for companies with 300 to 750 employees by Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce. Recognized for its commitment to innovation, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and quality jobs, Alto-Shaam was one of six Wisconsin companies to be honored this year. Seen here is Steve Maahs, company president, accepting the award on behalf of the company and its employees.

Saladworks Unveils New Design

Fresh-tossed salad concept Saladworks introduced a new restaurant design that includes Wi-Fi bars, communal tables and comfort seating. The store’s new menu boards and graphics reflect the company’s dedication to chopping fresh ingredients daily.

Mediterranean Monopolizes Menus

As more people choose plant-based, more wholesome diets, they’re coming back to the Mediterranean way of eating. Consumers of all ages are favoring flavors from Italy, Southern France, and Greece — from Millennials looking for fresher flavors to aging Baby Boomers looking to eat healthier — and restaurants are responding.

Dunkin' Brands Appoints Three New VPs

Gill, Jensen and Kaplan promoted.

Uncle Maddio’s Updates Management Team

Goodrich promoted to chief operating officer for the fast-casual pizza chain.


Company veteran Reed replaces the retiring Parsons.

Franke Adds Delpozzo to its Solutions System Business

Franke Foodservice Systems hired Luciano Delpozzo to serve as vice president and general manager of its solutions business, which markets products to foodservice operators through traditional distribution channels.

Applebee’s Names New Executive Chef

Former Chili’s executive Spillyards-Schaefer joins the causal-dining chain in a culinary role.

PMG Ventures Purchases Manufacturer of Food Shields and Displays

As part of an asset sale, Atlanta-based PMG Ventures, Inc. has acquired Premier1Source and its subsidiaries Premier Foodshields and Premier Brass, manufacturers of food shields and displays.