FlashNews: FE&S Names DSR of the Year, Restaurant Worker Protests Go Global, Darden Sells Red Lobster and More

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May 21, 2014

FE&S Names Sem DSR of the Year FE&S FlashNews

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine presented its 2014 DSR of the Year award to Jason Sem of R.W. Smith & Co.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Workers Protest, Panera Bread's New Test Operation and Much More FE&S FlashNews

This Week In Foodservice looks at the on-going fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage as well as unionization, reports on Panera Bread’s new test operation, plus the latest chain comparable store sales data and a whole lot more.

CFESA Announces Board of Directors Election Results FE&S FlashNews

Paul Toukatly of Duffy’s Equipment Service was elected president of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA). In addition, the CFESA members elected Brock Coleman of Commercial Parts and Service and Gary Potvin of Pine Tree Food Equipment to vice president posts.

Golden Gate Capital Agrees to Buy Red Lobster FE&S FlashNews

In a deal valued at $2.1 billion, Golden Gate Capital has agreed to purchase Red Lobster from Darden Restaurants. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

Papa John’s Updates Management Team FE&S FlashNews

Papa John’s International promoted Steve Ritchie to chief operating officer. In addition, Papa John’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer John Schnatter will assume the additional role of company president.

KitchenAid Names McClure Global Director FE&S FlashNews

KitchenAid Small Appliances has appointed Jeff McClure its new global director for the commercial category. In this new role, McClure will create and implement the go-to-market strategy and execution of commercial small appliances across all categories globally.

Brinkley Becomes Vice President for AccuTemp FE&S FlashNews

AccuTemp Products named David Brinkley vice president of its combi oven division. Brinkley will be responsible for the sales of AccuTemp’s Fusion Line of combination oven-steamers.

BRIX Holding Acquires Two Franchised Concepts FE&S FlashNews

As part of its growth plans, BRIX Holdings added Smoothie Factory and RedBrick Pizza to its roster of national franchise chains and named Joe Vitrano chief executive officer of the multi brand franchising company focusing on healthy eating concepts.

Rational Names New Area Vice President of North America FE&S FlashNews

Rational promoted Markus Glueck to area vice president of North America. Glueck previously was president of Rational USA and will now oversee North America entirely for the cooking equipment manufacturer.

Chandler Joins Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group FE&S FlashNews

Frank Chandler was named president of Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group, part of the Ali Group North America. Chandler comes to Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group from ITW’s Vulcan division. Prior to that he was with Wolf Range Company.

Krispy Kreme Names New President and CEO FE&S FlashNews

Tony Thompson will become the president and chief executive officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, effective June 1, 2014. James Morgan, the company’s previous president and CEO, will remain with Krispy Kreme as its executive chairman.

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