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.

Jamba to Relocate to Texas

Company to open a new test kitchen in its Whirl’d Center.

SEFA Announces 2016 Award Winners

SEFA, an Illinois-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, announced its annual award winners. Among the 34 award winners, Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash ‘N Carry were named SEFA Member of the Year. SEFA also presented The Vollrath Company with its Supplier of the Year Award.

Sugarman Becomes CEO of PRIDE

PRIDE Marketing and Procurement, Inc., a Colorado-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, introduced Karen Sugarman as its new chief executive officer.

Marino Becomes President of IceLink

Tom Marino was named president of IceLink, a company that specializes in high-speed, high-volume ice transport systems for the restaurant, casino and theater segments of the foodservice industry.

Ignite Introduces Arizona Territory Manager

Erik Wolford has joined Ignite Foodservice Solutions, a Colorado-based independent manufacturers’ rep. In his new role, Wolford represents Ignite in Arizona.

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.