April 9, 2014
Sensenig Joins Champion Group
Lin Sensenig was appointed president of the Champion Group, which is part of the Ali Group North America.
Bettin Joins Tavistock Restaurants
Tavistock Restaurants added John Bettin to its management team. Bettin will serve as chief executive for the multiconcept operator’s Upscale Collection of restaurants, which includes Abe & Louie's, AquaKnox, Napa Valley Grille, California Cafe, Atlantic Fish, Coach Grill, ZED451, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Blackhawk Grille, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Cafe del Rey, Taqueria Canonita and Sapporo.
Dover Aligns Unified Brands in Refrigeration and Food Equipment Segment
Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Unified Brands is now part of parent company Dover Industries’ newly created Refrigeration and Food Equipment Segment. Unified Brands is 1 of 6 companies that comprise this segment, which had 2013 full-year revenue of approximately $1.9 billion. The other companies in Dover’s new Refrigeration and Food Equipment Segment include: Anthony, Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., Hillpheonix, SWEP and TIPPER TIE.
Chain Profile: Q-BBQ Keeps Smoking
Chicago-based Q-BBQ makes a name for itself with a menu that covers the country’s best regional barbecue styles and customer service investments not typically seen in the fast-casual sector.
Economic Census Shows Foodservice Growth, the Number One Chicken Chain
This week we explore some early numbers from the 2012 U.S. Economic Census, report on the latest employment data including foodservice hiring, look at how the National Restaurant Association won a battle in the U.S. House of Representatives but may not win the war, reveal the number one chicken chain and a whole lot more.
Dunkin’ Brands Updates Management Team
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., announced two executive appointments. Lou Beccarelli becomes regional vice president for the company’s Dunkin’ Donuts brand in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Rick Woods becomes the company’s vice president for Baskin-Robbins operation in the U.S. and Canada.
Gutkowski Joins MEIKO
MEIKO named Laura Gutkowski regional sales manager for its central sales region and Canada.
Knight Joins the Kelly-Mincks Team
Matt Knight has joined Kelly-Mincks, a Washington-based manufacturers’ rep firm, as an account manager.
Heritage Acquires Key Food Equipment Services
Heritage Food Service Group, Inc. accelerated its expansion into the Canadian market by acquiring Key Food Equipment Services, Ltd., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based foodservice equipment service agent and parts distributor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
FEDA Announces Board Election Results
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association announced the results from its 2014 Board of Directors elections. Elected to their first two-year term on the FEDA board were David Ellingson of Bargreen Ellingson, Gene Clark of Clark Foodservice and Tom Wienclaw of TriMark SS Kemp.