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.

Smashburger Names New Chief Brand Officer

Smashburger co-founder Tom Ryan will assume the role of chief brand officer for the fast-casual burger concept. Ryan and partner Rick Schaden co-founded Smashburger in 2007. Ryan has since served as chief concept officer, overseeing product development and quality standards.

AHF Names 2016 Culinary Competition Finalists

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice announced the five culinary teams that will compete in its culinary competition.

Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company Updates Leadership Team

Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company announced a series of appointments within the leadership of its food equipment division. Joe Gallagher was promoted to director of food equipment. Frank Fuller was promoted to director of national accounts. Mark Pierson was appointed eastern U.S. regional sales manager.

College Foodservice Operators Celebrate the Best of Campus Foodservice

An event at the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrates the Best Campus Food as designated by the Princeton Review.

Edward Don Names New Regional Sales Manager

Edward Don & Company has promoted Scott Peeler to serve as a regional sales manager. In his new role, Peeler becomes responsible for Edward Don & Company’s territories in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and northern sections of Florida.

Stutz Joins Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. appointed Carin Stutz to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the casual dining chain.

Nolan Becomes President of Smashburger

Michael Nolan was promoted to president of Smashburger, a fast-casual concept. Nolan joined Smashburger in February of this year as executive vice president and chief development officer.

Johnny Rockets Blasts Off with Brand Refresh

In a move that coincides with the chain’s 30th anniversary, Johnny Rockets took the wraps off a major brand refresh that the chain plans to phase in at its existing corporate restaurants, both domestic and international, by the end of the year.

California Pizza Kitchen Rolls the Dice on a New Las Vegas Location

California Pizza Kitchen opened a flagship at The Park, MGM’s new outdoor dining and entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip. Located between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, CPK at The Park features an indoor-outdoor space that creates an upscale and relaxed environment.

FEDA Installs New Officers, Board

The members of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) elected new officers and a board of directors. Joe Schmitt of Marion, Iowa-based Rapids Wholesale Equipment was installed as president and Mason Greene of Jackson, Miss.-based Hotel & Restaurant Supply will serve as vice president.

Artisan Ice Cream

Ice cream is still cool. House-made and artisan ice cream made the No. 10 spot overall and the No. 1 spot for desserts on the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 What’s Hot chef survey. Here’s a look at some innovative ice cream brands as well as creative flavors developed by chefs around the country.