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.

Middleby Adds Australian Company to its Portfolio

November Restaurant Performance Index Remains in Growth Mode

Restaurant operators report positive same-store sales and customer traffic levels for November 2014.

Bauer Marketing Expands Sales Force

Arby’s Rolls Out New Design

Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. introduced a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tenn. Known as Inspire, Arby’s new design delivers fast-casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics, according to the company. 

Service Agent Roger Kauffman Celebrates 50 Years at EMR

Roger Kauffman celebrated his 50th anniversary working with Electric Motor Repair , a provider of service, repair, installation and sales to the commercial kitchen, refrigeration, industrial motor, elevator and marine industries.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Honors Bon Appetit and Vitamix Execs

A pair of foodservice industry professionals were recognized for their achievements with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Denny’s Reopens Remodeled Las Vegas Restaurant

Denny’s Corporation reopened its Las Vegas unit located between the Casino Royale and The Venetian, which historically has been the chain’s highest volume restaurant. The restaurant was closed in January 2014 for remodeling. This location first opened in 1966 and now features an updated interior scheme based upon Denny’s warm and welcoming Heritage design. The South Las Vegas Boulevard restaurant can now accommodate more guests and comfortably seat large and small parties for a total of more than 300 guests.

SHFM Recognizes a Pair of Foodservice Pros

Starbucks Open Roastery and Tasting Room

Starbucks Coffee Company opened its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, nine blocks away from its original store in Pike Place Market.

Private Equity Firm Buys Buffalo Hotel Supply

Private-equity firm Lorraine Capital has acquired 100 percent of the stock in Buffalo Hotel Supply, an Amherst, N.Y.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Extended Warranties Take Center Stage at CFESA Conference