FlashNews: Fast Food Workers Push for Higher Wages, Restaurant Traffic Levels Remain Flat and Much More

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FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

September 10, 2014


Paci to Lead Einstein Noah Restaurant
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Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., announced Frank Paci will become the multiconcept operator’s president and chief executive officer. Paci succeeds Michael Arthur who has filled the position on an interim basis since February 2014. Arthur will continue to serve as a board director for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.


This Week in Foodservice: Fast Food Workers Continue to Push for Higher Wages as Foodservice Is Named Most Respected Industry FE&S FlashNews

This Week in Foodservice reviews the fast food workers labor action last Thursday, reveals that foodservice is the most respected industry in the U.S., reports on advances in foodservice hiring and a whole lot more.


Middleby Brews Concordia Coffee Acquisition FE&S FlashNews

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Middleby Corp. has acquired Concordia Coffee Company, which produces automated and self-service coffee and espresso machines.


Crumbs Asset Acquisition Complete FE&S FlashNews

Lemonis Fischer Acquisition Company has acquired the assets of New York-based cupcake company Crumbs Bake Shop.


T&S Brass Updates Training and Customer Service Teams FE&S FlashNews

T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted Joan Taylor to the newly created position of corporate training manager. Glenn Evans replaces Taylor as customer service manager.


Restaurant Traffic Levels Remain Flat FE&S FlashNews

Restaurant chains kept total restaurant industry traffic flat instead of declining in the second quarter of 2014, while visits to independent restaurants declined by 2 percent, reports The NPD Group. Visits to major restaurant chains remained flat in the second calendar quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago and small restaurant chain traffic increased by 2 percent, according to NPD data.


Ice Machine Energy Management FE&S FlashNews

It’s easy to take an ice machine for granted. The unit sits in the corner and turns water into ice. What really changes with these machines? Well, lots. Manufacturers continue to produce more sophisticated units that not only make more ice but also do it more efficiently than previous generations. To help give us a better idea of the frozen landscape that is ice machine efficiency, we caught up with Denis Livchak, energy research engineer at the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) in San Ramon, Calif.


Champion Updates Sales and Marketing Teams FE&S FlashNews

Champion Industries named Will Means vice president of sales and marketing and Jay Bravinder national director of sales.


Aladdin Temp-Rite Adds Reuss to its Sales Team FE&S FlashNews

Michael Reuss joined Aladdin Temp-Rite as a sales manager for the company’s north region. In his new role, Reuss will manage the company’s sales team in the northern and northeastern states.


Metz Culinary Management Promotes Solomon FE&S FlashNews

Metz Culinary Management promoted Craig Solomon to senior vice president of healthcare, managing all aspects of the contract feeder’s business in this operator segment.


Allen to Leave Denny’s for Jack in the Box FE&S FlashNews

Frances Allen will become president of Jack in the Box effective October 27. Allen will leave her current position as executive vice president and chief brand officer at Denny’s Corporation to take the new role at Jack in the Box.


Greco Named COO for Newk’s FE&S FlashNews

Seasoned restaurateur James Greco is the new chief operating officer for Newk’s Franchise Company, 10-year-old fast-casual concept.


Salsarita’s Promotes Pair FE&S FlashNews

Salsarita’s Franchising promoted Mark Cote to chief operating officer from vice president of operations. The company also promoted Tim Carter to vice president of administration from franchising director.

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