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Analyst Bullish on Restaurants in 2015, Starbucks Payment App Hits Big and More

A Wall Streeter is bullish on restaurants in 2015. The housing market news was good in December. Should YUM spin off Taco Bell? McDonald’s financials remain weak while there is speculation on what Big Mac will trim from their menu. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

Building Your Foodservice Business: Three Points to Ponder for 2015

It’s a new year, and this year, a new dawn. The economy is the strongest it’s been in several years, the restaurant business continues to grow and that means foodservice designers are much busier than before. While many associations and research outlets like to release their picks for top trends in food and drink each year, here’s a look at three trends to think about as you set out to build your business in the coming year.

Ali Group to Promote a Pair

 Fink and Kelly climb the corporate ladder for the international foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Metz to Chair 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

Multiconcept restaurant operator John Metz will serve as the chairperson for the the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) at the NRA Show, which takes place May 16-19 in Chicago.

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. 

Service and Cleaning Help Make the Most of Equipment During the Holidays

For many foodservice operators, the holiday season is one of the most profitable times of the year.

SHFM Honors Von Kaenel and Eliatamby

SHFM gives pair of awards.

Off-Premise Catering Considerations

In the drive to enhance top line sales, foodservice operators of all shapes and sizes are considering catering. But implementing a successful catering program is easier said than done. In this article, Chef John Reed offers five considerations foodservice operators should take into account when deciding whether to get into the catering game.

Lee Steps in as Interim CEO for Darden

Shareholders replace entire board.

Compass Diversified Holdings Acquires SternoCandleLamp

Deal valued at $163 million.

Five Tabletop Mistakes to Avoid

Our tabletop experts share their experiences to help operators from all segments get the most bang for their buck when dressing up what is often referred to as the most important three feet in the house.