Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

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. 

Stutz Becomes President of McAlister's Deli

Carin Stutz is the new president of McAlister's Deli, a fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 330 locations across 24 states. 

Restaurant Performance Index Climbs to 102.8 in October

Fueled by lower gas prices, restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales and customer traffic levels.

MPM Food Equipment Group Moves into a Larger Facility

Foodservice equipment and supplies dealer MPM Food Equipment Group has opened a 48,000-square-foot warehouse and office space complex at 236 Egidi Drive in Wheeling, Ill.

Ohana Buys Roy’s from Bloomin’ Brands

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. has agreed to sell all of its interests in its Roy's concept, including 20 company-owned restaurants, to United Ohana, LLC, a new company formed by Sunil Dharod.

Texas Roadhouse Updates Management Team

Steve Ortiz, chief operating officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., will retire effective January 12, 2015.

Sonic Opens Culinary Innovation Center

As part of its strategy to open 1,000 new locations in 10 years, Sonic Drive-In opened a Culinary Innovation Center.

Captain D’s Comes Ashore in Alabama

 As part of its plan to ignite corporate store development, Captain D’s opened a company-owned restaurant in Birmingham, Ala.

Celebrities Sign for Share Our Strength

 In support of Share Our Strength, SCA’s Tork brand provided more than 10,000 meals for children in need through a Dine Out For No Kid Hungry Sweepstakes held in conjunction with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Boston Market Opens First Military-Based Location

Boston Market opened its first location at a military installation at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Kendall College Marks a Milestone

Chicago’s Kendall College School of the Culinary Arts celebrated its 80th anniversary this fall.