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.

Starbucks Open Roastery and Tasting Room

Starbucks Coffee Company opened its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, nine blocks away from its original store in Pike Place Market.

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.

Extended Warranties Take Center Stage at CFESA Conference

Trends: Juice it Raw

 Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, raw food, including fresh-pressed juices, continues to gain momentum among the health conscious and indulgent alike as an occasional detox tool.

Metz to Chair 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

Multiconcept restaurant operator John Metz will serve as the chairperson for the the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) at the NRA Show, which takes place May 16-19 in Chicago.

Middleby Adds Italian Refrigeration Company to its Portfolio

Service Ideas Becomes Magisso Distributor

Service Ideas has become the exclusive North American distributor of Magisso brand products to the foodservice industry.

Great Lakes West Promotes Heeter

Great Lakes West promoted Todd Heeter to vice president of operations.

Wendy's Updates Management Team

As part of a series of personnel moves among its current executive leadership team, Wendy's promoted Bob Wright to executive vice president, chief operations officer and Abigail Pringle to chief development officer.

Bardeau Becomes Unified Brands' Development Manager for Canada

Unified Brands introduced John Bardeau as business development manager for the Canadian market. 

Remembering Joel Kulwin

Longtime foodservice professional Joel Kulwin passed away on November 10, 2014. He was 61 years old.