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.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Updates its Leadership Team

Multi-concept operator promotes four longtime company leaders.

National Restaurant Association Acquires National Registry of Food Safety Professionals

The National Restaurant Association has acquired the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP), a U.S.-based certification body. NRFSP provides certificates for individuals seeking credentials in a variety of food safety disciplines. 

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.

National Restaurant Association Names the 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award Recipients

The National Restaurant Association announced the 25 recipients of its 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards. These awards showcase foodservice equipment and technologies that increase efficiencies and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators, according to the association.

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.

Ice-O-Matic Updates National Accounts Team

Scott Meyer and Mark Costner were named national accounts managers for Ice-O-Matic, a Colorado-based manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers.

Ali Group to Promote Ward

The Ali Group promoted Jennifer Ward to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts for Ali Group North America, effective April 1, 2016.

9021Pho Prepares to Accelerate its Development Efforts

Los Angeles-based restaurant chain plans to implement a franchising initiative and launch a new Vietnamese-based concept.

FE&S Names 2016 Top Achiever Award Recipients  

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies proudly introduces the winners of its 2016 Top Achiever Awards: