June 4, 2014
MAFSI Reports 3.3 Percent Sales Increase for the First Quarter
Foodservice equipment and supplies sales grew 3.3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to the quarterly Business Barometer released by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. This represents a 1.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2013.
This Week in Foodservice Unpacks the Latest Economic Data, Research on Dining Segments and More
This Week in Foodservice covers the National Restaurant Association’s April research, provides reports on how family dining is doing well but casual restaurants are not, looks at a study that says corporations will be increasing their travel and entertainment budgets and a whole lot more.
Victorinox Swiss Army Updates Sales
Kipp Acton was appointed senior vice president of sales for Victorinox Swiss Army. In his new role, Acton will have sales management responsibility for all product divisions including retail and commercial cutlery.
Master-Bilt Walk-In Coolers & Freezers
- Custom and Quick Ship models with matching refrigeration systems
- A wide variety of options including our Master Controller electronic controller system
- Winner of 2012 & 2013 FES Best in Class Award for Operator segment
Globe Crowns King Director of Product Management
Chris King has joined Globe Food Equipment Co. as director of product management. King will specify requirements for current and future products by conducting market research supported by input from end-users and dealers.
Restaurant Performance Index Hits 101.7 in April
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index hit 101.7 in April, a .3 percent increase from March. A reading in excess of 100 indicates expansion among the index of key industry indicators.
Real Mex Promotes Gueli to COO
Real Mex Restaurants, a multi-concept operator focusing on full service, casual dining Mexican restaurant chains, promoted Rio Gueli to chief operating officer from executive vice president of operations.
Remembering Mike Nahkunst
Mike Nahkunst, one of the original seven employees that started Chili’s in the mid 1970s, died on May 23. He was 63 years old.
Einstein Noah Updates Operations Group
Emmanuel Hilario has resigned from his post as chief operating officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. The multiconcept operator has decided to hold off on filling this position until the company names a permanent president and chief executive officer — a role Michael Arthur is filling on an interim basis.
Vending a Healthier Lunch
Entrepreneur Luke Sanders launched Farmer’s Fridge in 2013, a series of refrigerated kiosks selling fresh, gourmet salads and healthy snacks, debuting in various food courts, business-heavy areas and shopping spaces throughout Chicago.
Another Great NRA Show Has Come and Gone
Juan Martinez recounts his NRA Show experiences and looks forward to 2015.