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.

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.

Max & Erma’s Acquired by Glacier Restaurant Group

Multi-concept operator Glacier Restaurant Group has bought the Max & Erma’s restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH). Max & Erma’s is a casual dining concept with 51 locations in 10 states, primarily in the Midwest.

Satzman Joins Le Pain Quotidien

Former Starbucks executive Doug Satzman has joined Le Pain Quotidien Bakery & Restaurant as its U.S. chief executive officer. Satzman will oversee 87 restaurants and the concept’s bakery production centers.

Jamba Updates Executive Team

David Pace will become the next chief executive officer for Jamba Inc., which owns and franchises Jamba Juice stores. In addition, Richard Federico, a member of Jamba’s board of directors since 2006, will assume the role of chairman of the board effective immediately.

Grindmaster-Cecilware Adds Two Directors

Grindmaster-Cecilware, a Louisville, Ky.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, hired David Williams to serve as national account director and Gregory Meyer to serve as director of engineering.

Rosetto Services Expands its Rep Network

Rosetto Services has added W3 to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps. W3 will represent Rosetto in Texas and Oklahoma.