July 11, 2012
Grindmaster-Cecilware Appoints Ibrahim and Dudding to Executive Posts
Grindmaster-Cecilware Corporation named Nestor Ibrahim its new senior vice president of operations. Ibrahim previously served as president of Middleby Corp.’s Star Holdings Division. Grindmaster-Cecilware also named David Dudding its chief financial officer.
Caribou Names Snider Sr. VP of Retail Operations
Leigh Anne Snider is the new senior vice president of operations for Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
Consumer Reports Evaluates Full-Serve Restaurant Chains
A study done by the prestigious consumer-based magazine shows how tight the competition in the restaurant community really is. Also, blogger Jerry Stiegler takes a look at the continued mixed economic news, exploring jobs data both in and outside of the restaurant industry and a variety of other indicators, as well as some chain expansion news.
Gardner Named to Marketing Post for Frymaster
Mickey Gardner is the new field marketing manager for Frymaster, a Manitowoc Foodservice Group company.
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Rolim to Lead Yum!’s Brazil Operations
Yum! Restaurants International named Andréa Rolim general manager, Brazil, overseeing the operations, marketing, training and overall leadership of the KFC and Pizza Hut business in that market.
Florida Club Names Laudia Executive Chef
Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, is the new executive chef for the Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
May Restaurant Performance Index Reached 101.4
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index reached 101.4 in May, the seventh consecutive month it exceeded 100, which indicates expansion in the index of key industry indicators. May’s mark of 101.4 did represent a slight 0.2 point decline when compared to April.
CiCi’s Promotes Spae to COO
CiCi’s Pizza promoted Bill Spae to chief operating officer from chief development officer. In his new role, Spae leads CiCi’s full service distribution company, JMC Restaurant Distribution, LP, which exclusively serves CiCi’s Pizza restaurants. Additionally, Spae will continue his business and restaurant development responsibilities.
Special Editorial from FE&S
AHF Recognizes Members with Series of Awards
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) presented seven annual awards to 11 individuals. AHF recognized a series of members and suppliers for their leadership and achievement in the healthcare foodservice industry.
Romacorp Promotes Trio of Executives
Romacorp, Inc. promoted three executives, including Brad Smith to chief operating officer of the Tony Roma’s restaurant chain. Smith previously served as an executive vice president for the company and will keep that title, too.
Tossed Promotes Toroyan
Tossed added chief operating officer to Michael Toroyan’s role within the restaurant chain. Toroyan also maintains his position as chief development officer.
Chain Operating Report
A pair of chains plot international expansion plans, coffee giant Starbucks expands its menu and more in this week’s Chain Operating Report.
ASBPE Recognizes FE&S in Five Award Categories
The American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) has named Foodservice Equipment & Supplies a finalist in five categories in its annual Azbee Awards, which acknowledge publications that have met high standards of excellence and are at the top of their profession. FE&S is a finalist for one national award and four regional awards.