August 6, 2014
Bower to Leave Popeye’s for Pei Wei
Ralph Bower has resigned his position as president, U.S. for Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen to become chief executive officer for Pei Wei, a fast-casual Asian concept owned by Wok HoldCo.
Abbajay Joins Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants introduced Andy Abbajay as the chain’s new chief operations officer.
This Week in Foodservice: A Surprising Ruling May Change Chain Operations, Impact of California’s Minimum Wage Bump and Much More
This Week In Foodservice reports on a ruling that could result in major changes for franchised restaurants, gives an overview of the NRA’s June performance index, looks at the success of Taco Bell’s breakfast advertising, sees the impact of the minimum wage increase in California, and a whole lot more including more than half a dozen major chains comparable store sales reports.
Restaurant Performance Index Hits 101.3
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index hit 101.3 in June, a modest decline from May’s level of 102.1. Scores in excess of 100 signify expansion in the index of key industry indicators. The National Restaurant Association attributes the modest decline to softer customer traffic levels.
Trends: Chicken Restaurants On the Upswing
When it comes to fashionable food terms, chicken is the new black.
Ice-O-Matic Adds Regional Sales Manager
Ice-O-Matic, a Colorado-based ice machine manufacturer, added Don Riezebos to its global sales team.
Pair of Service Agencies Merge
Commercial Foodservice Repair has merged with Tech 24. The newly merged company will go to market under the Tech 24 trade name. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., the service agency will serve 17 states and have more than 330 service technicians. Its customer base will include retailers, QSRs, full-service restaurants and concessions operations.