March 20, 2013
Juice Bars on the Rise
With buzzwords like “cleanse” and “detox” circulating in health and wellness communities, the popularity of juice bars continues to rise.
This Week in Foodservice: Consumers Keep Spending and Restaurants Keep Chugging Along
Retail sales in February increased 1.3 percent over January’s levels, according to the advance estimate from the U.S. Economic Census. Gasoline sales, up 5 percent, represent the major cause of the increase. Without gasoline, retail sales were up 0.6 percent and without gasoline and autos, retail sales were up 0.4 percent. Compared to February 2012, retail sales were up 4.7 percent.
El Pollo Loco Names Pair of Vice Presidents
El Pollo Loco named Richard Pineda vice president of supply chain management and Jeff Little vice president of development.
Nearly Half of Parents Polled Visit Family-Style Restaurants Weekly
While 49 percent of parents polled note that they take their brood to family-style restaurants on a weekly basis, there are other segments of the population that also frequent the restaurants, according to Technomic’s Family-Style Restaurant Consumer Trend Report.
Non-Commercial Foodservice Showing Signs of Growth
Non-commercial operations accounted for 34 percent of total U.S. foodservice sales in 2012, garnering more than $200 billion in sales (retail sales equivalent), according to foodservice research firm Technomic’s Top 1000 Noncommercial report.
FOCUS Brands Adds Pair to Executive Team
FOCUS Brands Inc. named Mario Lopez-Belio senior vice president of international supply chain. Most recently he served as chief procurement officer for Carlson and managing director of global sourcing for FedEx Office.
NRA Launches Pizzeria Industry Council
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) launched the Pizzeria Industry Council to engage the operator community and address the concerns of pizza operators. The group will also serve as a networking and educational venue, and provide input on research and NRA member benefit program development.
Scotsman Appoints New VP of Engineering
Scotsman Ice Systems named Chris Salatino vice president of engineering.
AHF Election Results Announced
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) elected its 2014 board of directors, effective August 1, 2013.
Remembering Carl Kaufmann
Longtime manufacturers’ rep Carl Kaufmann passed away on March 17. He was 77 years old.