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FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

November 5, 2014


E3 Forms a Smallwares and Tabletop Arm FE&S FlashNews

E3, a Taunton, Mass.-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm, has formed 4Top Hospitality Solutions to market tabletop and smallwares items in the New England market. Leading this new company is Mark Travis, a 32-year veteran of the foodservice industry.


Rock & Brews Ready to Roll with Reynolds FE&S FlashNews

Rock & Brews introduced Mike Reynolds as CEO for the restaurant and entertainment concept co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS.


Gibbs to Become Global Pizza Hut
President
FE&S FlashNews

David Gibbs will become global CEO for Pizza Hut effective Jan. 1, 2015. Gibbs, who currently serves as president of Pizza Hut’s U.S. operations, will take over for Scott Bergren who is retiring at the end of 2014.


Herring to Become Unified Brands’
President
FE&S FlashNews

Dave Herring will join Unified Brands, a multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer, as president effective Nov. 17, 2014. He will replace Bill Strenglis, who will retire at the end of the year.


This Week in Foodservice: Sales Reports from the NRA, Sysco, ITW, Manitowoc and More FE&S FlashNews

The NRA says September sales turned soft but gross domestic product did better than forecast in the third quarter. Sysco reports higher sales and profits.


Trending: Cheese, Glorious Cheese FE&S FlashNews

Food trucks and restaurants continue to capitalize on single-subject concepts, many serving grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches as the "melt" trend continues to grow coast to coast. Just this year, a number of new grilled cheese concepts opened across the country in the form of small and emerging chains with menus full of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, organic meats and whole-grain, even gluten-free, bread.


Restaurant Performance Index Declined in September FE&S FlashNews

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate decline of 0.9 percent in September to a level of 101. Softer customer traffic levels and a somewhat dampened outlook among restaurant operators helped drag down the monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. Any reading in excess of 100 indicates a period of expansion for the restaurant industry.


Champion Adds Richelieu and Gatschet to its Team FE&S FlashNews

Champion Industries, manufacturer of commercial warewashing systems, named Chris Richelieu its western regional manager for Champion and Bi-Line Conveyor Systems and Tom Gatschet a product specialist for the company.


Dattolo Joins Scotsman FE&S FlashNews

Scotsman Ice Systems named Vince Dattolo as its new southeastern regional sales manager.

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