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.

New Restaurant Design Part of Taco Bell’s Growth Plans

As part of its expansion plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022, Taco Bell plans to test 4 new restaurant designs.

The Morning Meal Period is Still Rising, Shining

The consumption of breakfast and morning snacks is forecast to grow faster than the U.S. population over the next few years, reports The NPD Group.

Excell and NISSCO Form Strategic Alliance

Two dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying groups have formed a strategic alliance. Under the terms of this new arrangement, Excell Marketing & Procurement Group and NISSCO Restaurant Dealer Group will go to market under a common umbrella, EMPG Holding Company.

Ali Group North America’s Refrigeration Division Introduces Two Vice Presidents

Sage Restaurant Group Updates Management Team

Sage Restaurant Group, the Denver-based multi-concept restaurant group, announced a series of management appointments.

Guilbault to Become Qdoba President

Casey to resign effective June 3.

T&S Names New Compliance Engineer

T&S Brass and Bronze Works hired Michael Potvin to serve as product compliance engineer.

Private Equity Firm Prepares to Buy Krispy Kreme

In a deal valued at an estimated $1.35 billion, JAB Beech Inc. has agreed to acquire Krispy Kreme. At the close of the transaction, Krispy Kreme will be privately owned and will continue to be independently operated from Krispy Kreme’s current headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Florida Rep Group Opens New Showroom

Eisner Rose Associates, a Florida-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm opened a new showroom in Dania Beach.

RAK Porcelain Updates Management Team

RAK Porcelain USA hired Grace Oliversen to serve as its central district sales manager and Pete Dukas to serve as its southeast sales manager.

Culinary Institute Honors Quartet of Culinary Pros

The Culinary Institute of America recognized the careers and contributions of four culinary professionals by presenting them the organization’s Augie Awards. Named for French Chef Auguste Escoffier in recognition of his unwavering pursuit of excellence, creativity, and professionalism, the Augie Awards honor members of the food and foodservice business who exemplify those traits.