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.

New Officers, Board Members Elected to National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation elected officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers serve one-year terms.

Weishaar Joins Manitowoc Foodservice

Andreas Weishaar was appointed senior vice president, strategy, marketing and human resources for Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc.

bd's Mongolian Grill Purchases Flat Top Grill

bd’s Mongolian Grill has purchased fast-casual Asian chain Flat Top Grill. Flat Top Grill and bd’s Mongolian Grill will maintain their names and individual concepts, and the bd’s operations and marketing teams will now support both restaurants.

Remembering Service Agent Thomas Slack

Thomas Slack, training manager for AR Repairs Baker’s Kneads, a Michigan-based service agent, passed away on January 27, 2016. He was 55 years old.

Misericordia University Dining Program Makes Gains with Less

Students at Misericordia University weigh the food waste of a lunch period to determine effectiveness of the campaign.

FCSI Chapter Supports New England Non-Profit

As part of its 12th annual Holiday Social, the Northeast chapter of Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) donated $15,000 for the Community Servings, a Massachusetts nonprofit organization. Community Servings is a food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.

Cheers to Beer!

Microbreweries or craft breweries continue to give big beer brands a run for their money. In fact, many craft breweries, such as Minnesota-based Surly, have their own restaurants and other culinary outlets.

Sunny Street Café Updates Operations Team

Former Bob Evans executive Minniear joins the 17-unit Ohio-based chain.

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.