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.

Restaurant Performance Index Declined in September

Operators remain upbeat despite challenging sales and traffic numbers.

Consumers’ Appetite for Beverages Grows

Seventy-one percent of consumers now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more, according to Technomic's "Beverage Consumer Trend Report."

Franchising Focus

A report by Technomic and Restaurant Finance Monitor finds that many chains continue to see franchising as a significant growth opportunity.

Caribou Coffee Expansion Plans

Caribou Coffee has teamed up with a local grocery store chain in the Chicago area to grow its retail and footprint as well as to lay the groundwork for continued expansion, not unlike Starbucks' partnership with Dominick's years ago, which has since been scaled back.

Chain Operating Report for Oct. 31, 2012

Bagger Dave's, First Watch, LaRosa's Pizza, Papa John's and Wingstop are among the restaurant chains on the move this week.

Ruiz Joins Industrial Electric Commercial Parts and Service

CFESA-certified org names new GM. 

Kelly-Mincks Adds to Sales Team

Peter O'Connor joins independent manufacturers' rep firm.

National Restaurant Association's Brendan Flanagan Named VP State & Local Affairs

Flanagan brings solid background to new position.

Leadership Transition on Tap for BJ's Restaurants

Restaurant industry veteran Trojan to join company and become CEO.

Candle Lamp Co. Buys Sterno

Blyth sells the canned fuel company in an effort to re-focus its business.

FE&S Remembers Jim Webb

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine joins the foodservice industry in mourning the passing of consultant Jim Webb of Webb Design. A longtime member of the foodservice industry, Jim was always willing to share his unique perspective and expertise with anyone who sought his advice and counsel. In addition, he was a regular contributor to a variety of foodservice industry associations and FE&S.