August 1, 2012
Colorado-Based Dealer Acquires Foodservice Design Firm
Tundra Restaurant Supply, a Boulder, Colo.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and parts distributor, has acquired Superior Commercial Kitchens, Inc., a foodservice design firm located in the same city.
This Week in Foodservice: Lots and Lots of Operating Results
In addition to the National Restaurant Association releasing its June Restaurant Performance Index, a number of restaurant companies released their second quarter operating results this week. After swimming through this sea of numbers, it seems as if the industry remains on a slight growth curve despite battling a variety of outside factors.
Manitowoc Promotes Hallett
Manitowoc promoted Bill Hallett to vice president global accounts – YUM. Hallett most recently managed the development of Manitowoc’s Blended Ice Program and general beverage sector.
ServeSafe Manager Course Available Online
The National Restaurant Association has made the sixth edition of its ServSafe Manager Course available online. The NRA released the print version in April.
Restaurant Performance Index Stays at 101.4 for June
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index stood at 101.4 in June, unchanged from May’s level. June represented the eighth consecutive month that the RPI scored more than 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
Chain Operating Report for August 1, 2012
This week’s chain operating report takes a look at a couple of chains’ IPOs, expansion plans for several players and some transaction news.
Run a Profitable Kitchen with Alto-Shaam
Is there a thief in your kitchen? There is if you still cook meats with traditional equipment. Learn how the Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold avoids product shrinkage and puts 20% more profit back in your pocket.
IHOP President Birch to Step Down
Jean M. Birch, president of IHOP, will step down from his post, leaving parent company DineEquity effective Aug. 27, 2012. As a result, DineEquity, which also owns Applebee’s, has initiated a search for a new president for its IHOP chain.
The Passing of William “Bill” Roemke
William “Bill” Roemke, a dealer sales rep with Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp. in Knoxville, Tenn., passed away on July 18. He was 53-years old.
3Wire Opens New Las Vegas Distribution Center
3Wire opened a distribution center in Las Vegas. One of eight 3Wire facilities, the new distribution center features a complete storefront, which allows foodservice managers to pick up their parts the same day.
Spring USA Updates Rep Network
Spring USA added Walter Zebrowski Associates to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps.
Free FE&S Cross Contamination Webcast
Please join us on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm CDT for a free webcast entitled Eliminating the Hazards of Cross Contamination. Experts will share best practices and their experiences in helping foodservice operators reduce potential risks.
Number of Restaurants on the Rise
The number of U.S. restaurants grew by 0.5 percent between the spring of 2012 and the same time frame in 2011, according to the most recent restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group. Total restaurant units reached 592,960, an increase of 2,872 units and the first positive change since 2009.
DIPO USA Moves to New Facility
DIPO USA, a manufacturer of commercial induction cooking equipment, has relocated to a new facility in Troy, Ohio.
Nexstep Names Marketing Manager
Nexstep Commercial Products named Alyssa Hogue its marketing manager. In her new role, Hogue will look to grow Nexstep’s O-Cedar Commercial line.