FlashNews: What Would a $15 Minimum Wage Mean to the Restaurant Industry? Sysco to Buy U.S. Foods and Much More

FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

December 11, 2013

Cardinal Expands Bollengier’s Role FE&S FlashNews

Cardinal International named company veteran Alexandre Bollengier its vice president of sales and marketing. Bollengier served as vice president of sales and has been with the company for six years working with Cardinal’s national account and distribution segments.

Long John Silver’s Names New COO FE&S FlashNews

Quick-service seafood concept Long John Silver’s named Joseph Lutz its new chief operating officer. Lutz will oversee Long John Silver’s operations and development teams.

This Week in Foodservice: What Would a $15 Minimum Wage Mean to the Restaurant Industry? And Much More FE&S FlashNews

How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect the restaurant industry? Well, the answer depends on who you ask. This week we explore several different theories while taking a look at a variety of other economic indicators and foodservice-related developments.

Unified Brands Updates Eastern Sales
FE&S FlashNews

Unified Brands, a multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer, promoted Dan Monfort to regional sales manager, northeast, and named Bryan Spencer the company’s regional sales manager, southeast.

Moffat US Names New Western Regional Sales Manager FE&S FlashNews

Danielle Brach is the new western regional sales manager for Moffat US, a division of the Ali Group.

Sysco Agrees to Buy U.S. Foods FE&S FlashNews

In a $3.5 billion deal, broadline distributor Sysco Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire US Foods. Bill DeLaney, Sysco president and chief executive officer, will lead the combined company, which will operate under the Sysco name with its headquarters in Houston, Texas. When the deal closes, Sysco will have estimated annual sales of $65 billion.

Johnny Rockets Names James Walker Chief Development Officer FE&S FlashNews

Johnny Rockets appointed restaurant industry veteran James Walker to the post of chief development officer.

John Dawson Named President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf FE&S FlashNews

John Dawson will become president and chief executive officer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, effective January 1, 2014. Dawson replaces Mel Elias, who served in that role since 2008 and will assume a position on the company’s board of directors.

Real Mex Restaurants Updates Operations Team FE&S FlashNews

As part of a series of executive personnel moves, Real Mex Restaurants named Rio Gueli and Mark Bartholomay executive vice presidents of operations.

MAFSI Business Barometer Reports Growth Across the Board FE&S FlashNews

The MAFSI Business Barometer reported a 4.5 percent increase in foodservice equipment and supplies sales compared to the third quarter of 2012. Reps project a 4.1 percent sales increase for the fourth quarter and remain on track to reach their projected growth rate of 4.7 percent for 2014, according to the Manufacturers Agents for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI).

Remembering B&G Supply’s Gloria Powers FE&S FlashNews

Gloria Powers, 68 years old, passed away on Dec. 3. Powers spent her entire career in the foodservice industry and in 1985 she founded B&G Restaurant Supply, a Pittsfield, Mass.-based foodservice equipment dealership with her late husband, Bernie.

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