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.

FEDA Announces New Officers, Board Members

Joe Schmitt becomes FEDA president.

Unified Brands Names New National Account Manager

Kyle Graalum joined Unified Brands to serve as senior national account manager for the multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Private Equity Firm Prepares to Buy Pink Taco

Parent company of Real Mex Restaurants to add the rock-n-roll themed Mexican concept to its growing portfolio.

Frontline Updates Production Team

Oil management system provider Frontline International introduced Timothy Berton as the company's production team leader.

Stoelting Names New Chain Accounts Sales Manager

Foodservice industry veteran LaForge joins the manufacturer of frozen dessert equipment.

Franchisee Becomes President of Robeks

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies has named David Rawnsley the new president of the brand. Rawnsley joined the franchise system as a regional director in 2004, purchased his own franchised location in 2008, and was named the brand’s chief financial officer in 2014.

Severson Named President of InSinkErator

Chad Severson was named president of InSinkErator, a manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers. InSinkErator is a division of Emerson, a multi-line equipment manufacturer.

Saladworks Names New President and CEO

Patrick H. Sugrue is the new president and CEO for Saladworks, a fresh-tossed salad franchise concept.

Winholt Equipment Updates Sales and Operations Teams

Manufacturer Winholt Equipment added four new team members: Jim Madden, vice president of operations; Winford Webb, national foodservice sales manager; Mark Harsy, Midwest regional sales manager and Hans Wilhelmsen, Northeast regional sales manager.

The ONE Group Hospitality Names New COO

Alejandro Munoz-Suarez was named chief operating officer of The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., parent company of modern steakhouse concept STK. He previously served as president of B&B Hospitality’s Pacific Division.

PB&J Introduces New Culinary Center

Independent manufacturers’ rep firm PB&J Commercial Agents opened a new culinary center and test kitchen in Hillside, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.