May 22, 2013
IFMA Gold Plate goes to Metz
John C. Metz, Jr., CEO, executive chef and co-founder of Sterling Hospitality, was named the Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).
FE&S Names Immke DSR of the Year
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine presented its 2013 DSR of the Year award to Bill Immke of TriMark SS Kemp, the Cleveland-based division of TriMark USA. Immke accepted the award in front of the hundreds of foodservice professionals in attendance during FE&S’ 2013 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which took place May 18 at the Four Seasons-Chicago.
Case Study: Biggby Coffee, East Lansing, Mich.
Everything about the Biggby Coffee chain’s concept looks to eliminate the intimidation factor when ordering specialty coffee.
Bettcher Adds Foodservice Veteran to Its Team
John Oleksiak has joined Bettcher Foodservice as its product marketing manager. A 20-veteran of the foodservice industry, Oleksiak’s background includes working for The Wasserstrom Company and Sysco Corp.
NRA Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Operator Innovations Awards
The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of its second annual Operator Innovations Awards, with Kennesaw State University taking home the prestigious Innovator of the Year award. Selected by an independent panel of expert judges, the winners were recognized for their achievements in driving advancement in the foodservice industry in the following categories: food safety, health and nutrition, menu development, sustainability, and technology.
Moralejo Joins Church’s Chicken
Tony Moralejo joined Church’s Chicken as the restaurant chain’s chief development officer.
Specialty Coffee Veteran Takes on New Role at GMCW
Alex Walsh joined GMCW as national sales manager. Walsh is responsible for GMCW’s Super Automatic Espresso equipment program as well as developing other key national accounts.
NRA Launches Cooking and Baking Certificates
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is launching two new post-secondary certificates for cooking and baking, developed in partnership with Pearson Education.
This Week in Foodservice: Affordable Care Act Impact on Restaurants Still Uncertain
With roughly six months remaining in 2013, restaurant operators still remain unclear as to how the federal healthcare legislation will impact them in 2014. A few chains, though, continue to move forward cautiously.
First Watch Appoints VP of Franchising
First Watch named Kevin Hall its vice president of franchising.
Tijuana Flats Names New CEO
Tex-Mex chain Tijuana Flats Burrito Co. named Brad Kaemmer CEO.
Franke Updates Management Team
Franke Foodservice Systems announced a series of personnel moves, including the promotion of Thomas Campion to the role of president and CEO from president of the company’s KES Americas business. Campion replaces Hans Ott, who was promoted to COO of company’s parent, Franke Group of Aarburg, Switzerland.