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.

National Restaurant Association Names the 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award Recipients

The National Restaurant Association announced the 25 recipients of its 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards. These awards showcase foodservice equipment and technologies that increase efficiencies and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators, according to the association.

Alto Shaam Updates Personnel

Alto-Shaam added a quartet of foodservice industry veterans to its sales, product development and service teams. Leslie Hoffman was hired as vice president of national accounts-foodservice. Ryan Johnson was hired as national account specialist. Jeff McMahon was hired as director of product development, and Jerry Polka was hired as regional service manager.

Ice-O-Matic Updates National Accounts Team

Scott Meyer and Mark Costner were named national accounts managers for Ice-O-Matic, a Colorado-based manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers.

Ali Group to Promote Ward

The Ali Group promoted Jennifer Ward to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts for Ali Group North America, effective April 1, 2016.

9021Pho Prepares to Accelerate its Development Efforts

Los Angeles-based restaurant chain plans to implement a franchising initiative and launch a new Vietnamese-based concept.

FE&S Names 2016 Top Achiever Award Recipients  

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly introduces the winners of its 2016 Top Achiever Awards:

Stero and Somat Updates Its Rep Network

Stero and Somat added Dave Swain Associates, Inc. to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps. 

Smashburger Bolsters Its Development Team

Former Corner Bakery executive Nolan joins the fast-casual burger concept.

Blain Joins Uncle Maddio’s in a Development Role

Former Fresh To Order executive assumes newly created development role with the Atlanta-based fast-casual pizza concept.

Cini-Little’s William Eaton to Receive FE&S’ 2016 Hall of Fame Award

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly announces that William Eaton, chairman of foodservice consulting firm Cini-Little, is the recipient of its 2016 Hall of Fame Award. Eaton will accept his award during FE&S’ 2016 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place May 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

Remembering Robert Costantini

Robert Costantini Sr., a longtime member of the foodservice equipment community, has passed away.