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.

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.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Updates its Leadership Team

Multi-concept operator promotes four longtime company leaders.

National Restaurant Association Acquires National Registry of Food Safety Professionals

The National Restaurant Association has acquired the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), a U.S.-based certification body. NRFSP provides certificates for individuals seeking credentials in a variety of food safety disciplines. 

BEST Restaurant Equipment & Design, Inc. Transitions to Employee Ownership

BEST Restaurant Equipment & Design, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, has transitioned to an employee stock ownership model. Previous owners Jim Hanson, Mike Stasko and Gene Yosick sold the company to its employees.

Scooter's Coffee Promotes Two Executives

Scooter's Coffee, a Nebraska-based coffee chain with more than 130 locations in 14 states, promoted Todd Graeve to chief executive officer and Rob Streett to president and chief operating officer.

National Restaurant Association Names the 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award Recipients

The National Restaurant Association announced the 25 recipients of its 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards. These awards showcase foodservice equipment and technologies that increase efficiencies and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators, according to the association.

Alto Shaam Updates Personnel

Alto-Shaam added a quartet of foodservice industry veterans to its sales, product development and service teams. Leslie Hoffman was hired as vice president of national accounts-foodservice. Ryan Johnson was hired as national account specialist. Jeff McMahon was hired as director of product development, and Jerry Polka was hired as regional service manager.

Ice-O-Matic Updates National Accounts Team

Scott Meyer and Mark Costner were named national accounts managers for Ice-O-Matic, a Colorado-based manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers.