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.

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.

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.

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.

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.