July 31, 2013
This Week in Foodservice: A Look Back at the First Half of the Year and a Timid Look Ahead
While a variety of economic indicators continue to show improvement over last year’s performance, they still continue to lag behind what many consider to be healthy levels. So what does that mean for the foodservice industry? It will remain in a take-share mode for a while longer.
Bogeajis Joins El Pollo Loco’s Senior Management Team
Restaurant industry veteran Kay Bogeajis is the new chief operating officer for El Pollo Loco. Bogeajis’ more than 30 years of restaurant experience includes serving in operational and general management roles for a variety of restaurant chains, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Taco Bell and Burger King Corp.
Clifford to Manage Winston’s KDS Brand
Winston Industries named Kerrie Clifford manager of its Kitchen Data Systems (KDS) brand of products. In this role, Clifford will manage promotions, sales, and orders for the KDS brand.
Rita’s Italian Ice Names Lorelli Chairman of the Board
Rita’s Italian Ice named Michael Lorelli its new executive chairman of the board. Lorelli is also an operating partner of Falconhead Capital, the private equity firm which acquired Rita’s in 2011. He succeeds Tom Christopoul as chairman of Rita’s.
Huddle House Adds McLendon to the Menu
Huddle House, the 400-unit family dining chain, has introduced Sean McLendon as its director of culinary innovation.
CiCi’s Pizza Announces Management Transition
Dan Harris will become chief executive officer for CiCi’s Pizza, effective August 12, 2013. He replaces Mike Shumsky, who is retiring.
Boneheads Adds Menu Consultant
Boneheads Grilled Fish and Piri Piri Chicken, an Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant concept, has formed a partnership with Mark Miller, a James Beard award winning chef.
DSR of the Month, July 2013: Josh Cohen, Equipment Engineer, The Wasserstrom Co., Columbus, Ohio
Josh Cohen broke into the foodservice industry working in restaurant operations. And about eight years ago he made a career change by joining The Wasserstrom Company. Cohen has been in his current role for six years.
Ali Group Adjusts Management Roles
Rich Gleitsmann was appointed executive vice president of Ali Group North America, effective September 1, 2013. Following the transition period, Filippo Berti will assume the duties of president of Scotsman Ice Systems and will continue in his role as chief executive officer of Ali Group North America.