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.

The Passing of Walt Hennebaul

Longtime foodservice professional Walt Hennebaul passed away on Dec. 20, 2010. He was 70 years old.

UCSB Kicks the Tires of New Food Truck

Mobile food trucks represent one emerging trend that has the foodservice industry buzzing. You can count the University of California Santa Barbara among the members of the non-commercial segment that is willing to take a food truck for a spin. Late last year the university took delivery of a new food truck to help with the foodservice concessions at its soccer stadium.

Concept Close-Up: Branches Wood Fired Chop House

FES1101Trends-ConceptBranches2Operators are looking to expanded retail options and diversifying their food services as ways to boost profits. That's what Branches Wood Fired Chop House looked to do when it opened its doors in November. Designers maximized the 10,500 square feet of space in Ukiah, Calif. to house a destination restaurant, gourmet marketplace and an Irish Pub.

In the main kitchen, which produces food for all three spaces, chef/owner Munther Massarweh teams up with pastry chef Debbie Coenen to deliver American comfort foods to the main restaurant and pub as well as house-cured meats and house-baked breads for the butcher shop and bakery. The retail portion also offers all-day organic coffee and pastries and a variety of take-out options including prepared entrees, steaks and pasta, sausage, rotisserie chicken and other specialty foods. The restaurant also plans to create a chef's garden to grow fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables for use in its dishes. An exhibition kitchen flowing into the dining room shows cooks at work, while poster-size food photography helps market the concept's housemade appeal.

What's Hot in Foodservice for 2011

We scoured various research firms for the top foodservice and design trends for the new year and paired those with some of our own equipment and operational considerations.

Tossed Franchise Corp. Names Chodash President

Manitowoc Sells Kysor/Warren Brand to Lennox International

Canadian Foodservice Market Growing Faster Than U.S.

The Canadian foodservice market continues to grow. Here are five leading Canadian foodservice trends from Technomic.


David Mouck Promoted to President of Robot Coupe

Foodservice veteran David Mouck takes over the leadership of Robot Coupe.


FE&S Announces 2011 Dealer of the Year Dates and Platinum Sponsors

FE&S' annual Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala honors the best of the best. Read on to learn the initial details surrounding this highly anticipated event.

NSF Issues Call for Entries for 2011 Food Safety Leadership Awards

NSF is collecting nominations for its 2011 Food Safety Leadership Awards which recognize excellence in food safety and encourage individuals to continually develop advancements that raise the level of foodservice food safety for the consuming public. Entries are due February 1, 2011.

Consumers Headed Back to the Bar, Technomic Reports

Alcohol purchases are expected to increase 1.9 percent next year, reports Technomic.