January 29, 2014
First Watch Bolsters Culinary Team
First Watch, a breakfast, brunch and lunch chain, named Shane Schaibly its director of culinary/corporate chef. He will also focus on First Watch’s on menu strategy, recipe development, ingredient sourcing, product forecasting and procurement.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Adds to Development Team
Bill Robards is the new vice president of store development for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. In this role, Robards will manage the brand’s growth and expansion plans in the U.S.
Forecasting 2014: A Closer Look
This week we compare the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Forecast to Technomic’s updated numbers and explore the significance of a variety of foodservice-related economic indicators.
Diversified Foodservice Supply Acquires Mill Hardware & Food Service
Diversified Foodservice Supply has acquired Mill Hardware & Food Service, a distributor of foodservice parts, supplies, and accessories to chain restaurants and their franchisees.
Wing Concepts Take Flight Together
American Restaurant Concepts, operator and franchisor of Dick's Wings & Grill restaurants, has acquired a 50 percent interest in Paradise on Wings Franchise Group, owner and franchisor of Wing Nutz, a chicken wing-themed restaurant chain.
Remembering John Bridgins
John A. Bridgins of J.H. Bridgins & Associates, Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm passed away on Jan. 19, 2014. He was 62 years old.
Chain Profile: Pie Five Pizza
Combining new high-speed ovens with a highly customizable menu, this Dallas-based chain is ready to make a name for itself in the fast-casual pizza segment.
Schwartz Griffin Joins WFF Team
Deborah Schwartz Griffin is the new director, business development for the Women's Foodservice Forum, a leadership development organization in the foodservice sector. In this role, Schwartz Griffin is responsible for business development and sales to generate new strategic relationships and revenue.