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.

Kappitt Becomes President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Bloomin’ Brands promoted Mike Kappitt to president of its Carrabba’s Italian Grill concept. Kappitt most recently served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Bloomin’ Brands.

BEST Restaurant Equipment & Design, Inc. Transitions to Employee Ownership

BEST Restaurant Equipment & Design, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, has transitioned to an employee stock ownership model. Previous owners Jim Hanson, Mike Stasko and Gene Yosick sold the company to its employees.

Scooter's Coffee Promotes Two Executives

Scooter's Coffee, a Nebraska-based coffee chain with more than 130 locations in 14 states, promoted Todd Graeve to chief executive officer and Rob Streett to president and chief operating officer.

Alto Shaam Updates Personnel

Alto-Shaam added a quartet of foodservice industry veterans to its sales, product development and service teams. Leslie Hoffman was hired as vice president of national accounts-foodservice. Ryan Johnson was hired as national account specialist. Jeff McMahon was hired as director of product development, and Jerry Polka was hired as regional service manager.