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.

Smashburger Bolsters Its Development Team

Former Corner Bakery executive Nolan joins the fast-casual burger concept.

Blain Joins Uncle Maddio’s in a Development Role

Former Fresh To Order executive assumes newly created development role with the Atlanta-based fast-casual pizza concept.

Cini-Little’s William Eaton to Receive FE&S’ 2016 Hall of Fame Award

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly announces that William Eaton, chairman of foodservice consulting firm Cini-Little, is the recipient of its 2016 Hall of Fame Award. Eaton will accept his award during FE&S’ 2016 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place May 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

Remembering Robert Costantini

Robert Costantini Sr., a longtime member of the foodservice equipment community, has passed away.

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.