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.

Remembering Rod Chaudoir

Former Hatco President passed away April 28. 

Getting Customers to Love You

The big revelation behind why companies are loved, and how they earn return business, is that they can be counted on. They establish peace of mind with their guarantee. They train their representatives to not only know the products backwards and forwards, but to care why customers are buying them.

Huey Magoo’s opens first express location at University of Central Florida

The Oviedo, Fla.-based, quick-serve chain, known for its chicken tenders and "Magoo's sauce" debuted this smaller, faster franchise concept at UCF's student union on the main campus.

LYFE to Expand via Franchising

LYFE Kitchen, an upscale fast-casual concept, is looking to speed up expansion plans via franchising.

Technomic Takes a Closer Look at the Top 500 Restaurant Chains

The 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 4.9 percent annual sales increase in 2012, a marked improvement over the 3.5 percent gain in 2011, according to data released by Technomic, a Chicago-based market research firm. U.S. system-wide sales for the Top 500 chains grew to an estimated $254 billion in 2012, up more than $12 billion over 2011.

SEFA Launches Long-Term Succession Plan

Buying group ownership to transition to dealer members and members of the management team.

Restaurant Performance Index Reached 100.6 in March

Same-store sales increases help drive the restaurant industry performance upward.

EnviroPure Names New National Sales Manager

Kahl comes over from U.S. Foods.

Kitchen Brains Names Lane CEO

Former PepsiCo executive and member of Kitchen Brains' assumes a management position.

SFM to Change Name

New name to reflect members' change in responsibilities.

Sage Restaurant Group Updates Management

Trio of restaurant industry professionals assume new positions with the Denver-based multi-concept operator.