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.

Culinary Advisors Updates its Roster

Foodservice design firm Culinary Advisors promoted Suzanne Bahr to senior project manager and hired Laura Lentz to serve as a senior designer.

Ellis Joins Ruby Tuesday as Chief Development Role

Ruby Tuesday appointed Mike Ellis to serve as chief development officer for the casual dining chain.

Trend: African Food

African flavors topped the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 What’s Hot list, trending at 62 percent, above Latin American, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian flavors. As a “mover and shaker,” African flavors saw a 20 percent jump in popularity from 2015 to 2016.

STACKED: Food Well Built Opens in California’s Orange County

Casual dining concept STACKED: Food Well Built opened a new location in Huntington Beach, Calif. The architecture and interior design of STACKED-Huntington Beach combine industrial elements of metal and concrete along with reclaimed wood. A medley of colored glass in yellows, oranges, and ambers on the façade bring a sunnier element.

Heath Joins Ted’s Montana Grill

Jeff Heath was named vice president of operations for Ted’s Montana Grill.

Hurricane Grill & Wings Names Richardson COO

Former McAlister’s Deli executive joins the full-service restaurant company.

Unified Brands Names New Sales Manager for Restaurant Chains

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Unified Brands promoted Jim Wernette to chain account sales manager.

PT Holdings Acquires Whaley Foodservice Repairs

South Carolina-based service agent joins the PT portfolio of foodservice-related companies.

Solid Year-End Performance for Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Sales

MAFSI members forecast a 4.3 percent sales increase in Q1 2016.

Restaurant Industry To Navigate Continued Challenges In 2016

The National Restaurant Association projects that restaurants will post sales of $782.7 billion and employ 14.4 million people in more than 1 million locations during 2016. The National Restaurant Association also released a list of seven key trends that will impact the industry throughout this year.

Kappitt Becomes President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Bloomin’ Brands promoted Mike Kappitt to president of its Carrabba’s Italian Grill concept. Kappitt most recently served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Bloomin’ Brands.