October 31, 2012
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The Passing of Jim Webb
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Foodservice design consultant Jim Webb, founder and principal of Tustin, Calif.-based Webb Design, passed away on Oct. 24 following a long battle with cancer.
FE&S Remembers Jim Webb
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine joins the foodservice industry in mourning the passing of consultant Jim Webb of Webb Design. A longtime member of the foodservice industry, Jim was always willing to share his unique perspective and expertise with anyone who sought his advice and counsel. Here, we at FE&S share some of his recent intellectual contributions to the foodservice industry.
Candle Lamp Co. Buys Sterno
Blyth, Inc. sold its Sterno business, a manufacturer and distributor of canned fuel and tabletop lighting products and accessories for the foodservice industry, to Candle Lamp Company, LLC. Sterno’s brands include Sterno, Handy Fuel, QuickFlame and Sterno Decorative Lighting Collection.
Leadership Transition on Tap for BJ’s Restaurants
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. announced Gregory A. Trojan will join the company as president and a director effective December 3, 2012. Gerald W. Deitchle, the company’s current chairman, president and CEO will retire as CEO effective February 1, 2013, with Trojan succeeding him in that role. Deitchle will continue as chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.
Chevys Promotes Martin
Chevys Fresh Mex promoted Paul Martin to vice president of operations from a regional director post. The restaurant chain also named Kent Russell director of marketing.
Colwell Scoops up Brand President’s Role for Carvel Ice Cream
Carvel Ice Cream, a FOCUS Brands concept, named Scott Colwell its brand president. Colwell’s primary responsibilities will be to develop and ensure successful execution of Carvel brand strategies and programs to enable the evolution of the brand with continued sales and profit growth.
MOD Pizza Names New CEO
Fast-casual chain MOD Pizza named Scott Svenson its new CEO. Scott founded the company with his wife Ally Svenson in 2008.
Bojangles Bolsters Franchise Team
Bojangles’ promoted Bob Burgoyne to franchise business consultant, overseeing the work done for the company with its franchise groups in Tennessee, North Alabama and North Georgia. He has previously served as the company’s manager of training, director of franchise training and operations services and, most recently, franchise field training manager.
National Restaurant Association’s Brendan Flanagan Named VP State & Local Affairs
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) promoted Brendan Flanagan to vice president of state and local affairs, a new position in the expanded Political and State Affairs department. Flanagan will lead the NRA’s engagement in public policy matters at the state and local level, working directly with state restaurant association executives and their staff members, as well as the state-focused governmental affairs staff of association members.
Vulcan VTEC Series Charbroilers Featuring IRX™ Infrared Technology
Introducing Vulcan’s VTEC Series Charbroilers, featuring our patented IRXTM infrared burner technology. It’s the only Charbroiler platform that delivers enhanced productivity, unmatched energy efficiency, ease of operation and superior food quality.
Kelly-Mincks Adds to Sales Team
Kelly-Mincks, a Washington-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm, added Peter O’Connor to its sales team. O’Connor will work and train out of the firm’s Seattle office.
Ruiz Joins Industrial Electric Commercial Parts and Service
Industrial Electric Commercial Parts and Service, Inc., a supplier of repair service and replacement parts for foodservice equipment in southern California, named Aaron Ruiz general manager of its San Diego office, overseeing the office’s daily operations.
Chain Operating Report for Oct. 31, 2012
Bagger Dave’s, First Watch, LaRosa’s Pizza, Papa John’s and Wingstop are among the restaurant chains on the move this week.
This Week In Foodservice: Where the Economy Stands Going Into the Election
Despite improved consumer sentiment, the economic outlook remains rather subdued and that continues to impact the foodservice industry.
Chobani Opens First Yogurt Shop in NYC Celebrating Local, Fresh Foods
Greek yogurt manufacturer Chobani opened its first yogurt bar in New York City with a design that peppers Mediterranean cues throughout and focuses on the intersections of city and country, Old World and New World, and wood and metal.