FlashNews: RPI Holds Steady; Restaurant Account Increases by 3,045

FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

August 7, 2013

Koether Takes on New Role at Kitchen Brains FE&S FlashNews

George Koether was named chief strategy officer at Kitchen Brains.

Cooper-Atkins Promotes Eggers FE&S FlashNews

Bill Eggers was promoted to chief marketing officer for Cooper-Atkins Corporation.

Koffler Promoted to VP of Franchise Sales at Corner Bakery FE&S FlashNews

Corner Bakery Cafe promoted Gregg Koffler to vice president of franchise sales, responsible for the overall sales and growth of the franchise division.

Restaurant Performance Index Holds Steady in June FE&S FlashNews

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) stood at 101.3 in June, down 0.5 percent from May’s level of 101.8. Despite the decline, June represented the fourth consecutive month that the RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — exceeded the 100 level, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

U.S. Total Restaurant Count Increases by 3,045 Units Over Last Year, Reports NPD FE&S FlashNews

There were 3,045 more restaurants in the United Sates in spring 2013 than there were in spring 2012, according to the U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a leading global information company. The total number of U.S. restaurants is 617,505, a .5 percent increase over last year, based on NPD’s Spring 2013 ReCount, which is a count of commercial restaurant locations in the United States compiled in the spring and fall each year.

Middleby Names New VP of Business Development, Consultant and Design Services FE&S FlashNews

Peter Cooper was named vice president of business development consultant and design services for the Middleby Corporation.

This Week in Foodservice: June’s Performance Slower than Many but Restaurant Industry Expansion Continues FE&S FlashNews

Looking for some good news? Well the restaurant industry remained in expansion mode in June despite not growing as fast as the previous month. The bad news? The country’s employment remains muddled, at best, which will continue to hinder foodservice growth.

Corrections Foodservice Continues to Rehabilitate Menus and More FE&S FlashNews

As budgets become tighter inmate populations continue to rise and correctional foodservice operators need to enhance their menu diversity. To drive performance in this environment, these operators are turning to effective, multi-use equipment.

Ice-O-Matic Updates Management Team and Distribution Network FE&S FlashNews

Ice-O-Matic promoted Keith Kelly to executive vice president and added Riordan – Beshilas Marketing Group (R&B Marketing) as its newest distributor sales representative covering Illinois.

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