May 15, 2013
Education, Innovation and the NRA Show
Education and innovation are critical to the success of most any foodservice company. In this blog post, FE&S Editor Joe Carbonara offers his take on how these two elements of success will play out in the upcoming NRA Show in Chicago.
NRA Names Industry Leader to New Senior Role in Innovation, Member Advancement
The National Restaurant Association announced Phil Kafarakis will join its executive leadership team in the newly created position of chief innovation and member advancement officer. He will report directly to CEO Dawn Sweeney and will lead the evolution of the association’s membership and marketing strategies.
Alto-Shaam Names New VP of International Sales – EMEA
Alto-Shaam named Matthew Cottrel vice president of international sales for the European, Middle East and African markets (EMEA). Cottrel will eventually operate out of Alto-Shaam GmbH in Bochum, Germany.
Zhang Takes on Food Innovation at Long John Silver’s
Long John Silver’s named Marie Zhang its Chief Food Innovation Officer.
Walk-On’s Announces New Director of Culinary Operations and Training
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar named Chef Jeremy Coco its new director of culinary operations and training.
This Week in Foodservice: U.S. Retail Sales Crept Up in April but the News for Restaurant and Bar Sales was Even Better
The foodservice segment continues to gain strength in contrast to the overall economy, which remains mired in a sluggish recovery.
Q&A with Jay Baker, COO, Scooter’s Coffeehouse, Omaha, Neb.
The Scooter's Coffeehouse catchphrase — “Amazing people serving amazing drinks amazingly fast” — sums up its business philosophy.
SEFA Presents Annual Awards
SEFA, a dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, presented 34 awards during its spring conference.
Alto-Shaam Names New VP of Sales and Marketing
Alto-Shaam promoted Todd Griffith to vice president of sales and marketing from vice president of sales.
Cheddar’s Names New VP of Design and Construction
Cheddar’s promoted Ryan Hatfield to vice president of design and construction.
James Beard Foundation Award Winners Announced
The prestigious 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards recognized a variety of culinary professionals, including celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
Tim Hortons Updates Management Team
Tim Hortons announced a management succession plan. Marc Caira will become president and CEO, replacing Paul House, who will become non-executive chairman of Tim Hortons board of directors. These changes take effect on July 2.
Sonic Adds a Pair to Franchise Development Team
Sonic named Bob Franke, senior vice president of franchise sales and international development, and Thomas Kessler, senior director of franchise sales.
NRA Bound – Make Sure You Plan Your Time!
Juan Martinez looks ahead to this weekend’s National Restaurant Association show.