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.

TableCraft Acquires Professional Bakeware Company

Line aims to reduce food waste.

Middleby Buys Broiler Maker

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer adds broiler maker to its line of cooking equipment.

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.