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.

Trends: Kids’ Menus

Move over chicken fingers and fries. Kids’ menus have grown up with more inventive and healthier dishes than ever before. From miniature versions of regular menu items to those incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as gluten- and allergen-free offerings, little ones have it good when dining out these days.

Expanding Production at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn.

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Medical Center provides healthcare services to more than 2 million residents in central and northeast Pennsylvania, as it has for the past 100 years. In January 2013, Geisinger Medical Center debuted the first portion of a two-phase improvement project to give foodservice a much-needed boost. The 350-seat Atrium Café, located on the campus’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine, replaced 3 operations. The scatter-system servery features stations for pizza, entrées, grill items, salads and sushi. A convenience store also operates within the servery. Since its opening, participation on the 8,000-employee campus increased 35 percent.

Just Salad Harvests New Chicago Location

Just Salad opened a location in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, serving both business customers and residents of the area.

Lou Malnati’s Opens New Chicago Restaurant

Lou Malnati’s, the renowned Chicago-style pizzeria chain, opened a new location in the Windy City’s bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Vaughn to become President of Café Rio

Former Sonic executive Vaughn to assume leadership position for fast-casual Mexican chain.

Schroder Becomes President of Moe's Southwest Grill

Multi-concept operator FOCUS Brands named Bruce Schroder president of Moe's Southwest Grill, a fast-casual restaurant chain.

First Watch Hatches Acquisition of The Egg & I

Spittle Becomes Pitco President

Middleby promotes sales executive to lead its Pitco, MagiKitch'n, Anets and Perfect Fry brands.

SEFA Announces 2015 Award Winners

Myers Restaurant Supply named SEFA member company of the year.

NRAEF Presents ProStart Educators of the Year Awards

Bradshaw and Hummer receive the Maynard Award for excellence. 

7-Eleven to Acquire Some Tedeschi Food Shops

Deal focuses on the Northeast.