September 18, 2013
This Week in Foodservice: Food Trucks to Get Disney Parking Space
August restaurant sales increased, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, some observers question the U.S. Labor Department’s huge drop in jobless claims. This week, we also take a look at the U.S. birth rate, food trucks at Disney World, McDonald’s sales and much more.
Ali Group Promotes Two
Ali Group North America promoted Christin Dunn to finance manager and Will Means to business analysis manager. Both previously worked with Ali Group’s Champion line.
Unified Brands to Relocate
Unified Brands, a multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer, plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Atlanta from its present home of Jackson, Miss. The move is expected to take place at the end of the second quarter in 2014.
DSR of the Month: Dustin Bennett, Branch Manager, NOLA Restaurant Supply and Design
In some instances, it is the family ties that carve a career path.
Bojangles’ Restaurants Begins Search for CEO
Bojangles’ Restaurants’ president and CEO Randy Kibler announced plans to retire once the company identifies his successor. Bojangles’ board of directors has formed a search committee to find the restaurant chain’s new president and CEO.
Newk’s Eatery Eyes National Expansion, Adds Two
Newk’s Eatery, a nine-year-old fast-casual concept, named Gary Brem director of development.
Johnson-Lancaster Expands, Moves to New Facility
Florida-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer Johnson-Lancaster and Associates, Inc., plans to move into a new 70,000-square-foot facility, providing an additional 50,000 square feet for the headquarters.
Lee Joins Middleby
Kelly Lee was named senior vice president of technical solutions and aftermarket services for The Middleby Corporation, an Elgin, Ill.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.
Project Pie Names Vice President of Franchise Development
As part of its plan to speed growth, Project Pie named Todd Owen vice president of franchise development. The emerging fast-casual pizza concept operates three domestic locations and plans to expand internationally.
National Restaurant Association Launches Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council
The National Restaurant Association announced the 14 members of its Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council, an initiative to help restaurants better understand environmental concerns and to become more resource-efficient.
MOD Pizza Names VP, Strategic Partnerships
MOD Pizza named John Dikos, CFE, its vice president, strategic partnerships.
Champion Industries Adds One, Promotes Two
Champion Industries announced a trio of appointments: Anthony Patella was named regional sales manager, South; Nathan Marshall was promoted to product manager and Will Means was promoted to business analysis manager.