January 22, 2014
Mirkovich and Associates Acquires Casper Marketing
In a deal involving two Midwestern independent manufacturers’ rep firms, Mirkovich and Associates has acquired Casper Marketing Group. The company will go to market as Mirkovich-Casper with its headquarters office in Lombard, Ill., which now includes a china showroom.
Restaurant Industry to Experience Moderate Growth This Year
The National Restaurant Association projects restaurant industry sales will top $683 billion in 2014, an increase at an adjusted rate of 3.6 percent from the $659.3 billion in sales for 2013. In real terms, the industry will grow 1.7 percent, according to the NRA.
This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Sales Data for 2013, Improving Service Raises the Bottom Line and Much More
This week we take a look at December retail sales and how restaurants fared last month and for all of 2013. We will also look at the affect improved service has on fast food sales, and much more.
Probst Joins Component Hardware Group
Frank Probst was named vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Component Hardware Group. He replaces David Kennedy, who will retire after a transition period.
Pizza Hut Unveils New Fast-Casual
Pizza Hut introduced a pair of new fast-casual concept stores, in York, Neb. and Pawtucket, R.I.
Miksa Named CEO of Mazzio’s LLC
Sheri Miksa is the new president and CEO of Mazzio’s LLC, owner and operator of the Mazzio’s Italian Eatery and Oliveto Italian Bistro brands.
Premium Supply Bolsters Management
Johannes “Jan” Vergouwen will become chief operating officer for Premium Supply Company, a Deer Park, N.Y.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, effective Feb. 3, 2014.
Kohl Becomes NIECO President
Korey Kohl is the new president of NIECO, a Canadian division of The Middleby Corporation. Kohl, who previously served as NIECO’s vice president and general manager, replaces Ed Baker.
EnviroPure Updates Sales Leadership
Jona Thomas is the new national sales manager for EnviroPure Systems, a South Carolina-based maker of organic food waste disposal systems. Thomas, a former southeast regional sales manager for T&S Brass who currently serves as director of key accounts for T&S’ lab/plumbing division, will continue in that role until a replacement is found. T&S acquired EnviroPure Systems last year.
Franke Buys FIFO
Franke Resupply Systems has acquired FIFO Innovation/FIFO Bottle, the Vancouver, Canada-based manufacturer of food dispensing products.
MAFSI Announces 2014 Award Winners
The Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI) recognized a series of members and other foodservice professionals with the organization’s annual awards.