January 07, 2015
Middleby Adds Australian Company to its Portfolio
The Middleby Corporation will acquire Goldstein Eswood, a manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment.
Mergers and Acquisitions Tripled in 2014, Wendy’s Sues Major Franchisee and More
The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index slipped in November. If it seems mergers and acquisitions were up last year in foodservice, you’re right. Wendy’s is taking one of their largest franchisees to court. These and a lot more stories in This Week In Foodservice.
2015 Chain Innovators
Today’s foodservice consumer has innumerable quality food options from which to choose. What they want, however, are foodservice providers that can deliver something that relates to their lifestyles and self-images.
November Restaurant Performance Index Remains in Growth Mode
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) reached 102.1 in November, representing a slight decline from October's level of 102.8. Despite the slight decline, this marks the 21st consecutive month in which the RPI exceeded 100, indicating expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
Starbucks Open Roastery and
Starbucks Coffee Company opened its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, nine blocks away from its original store in Pike Place Market.
Metz to Chair 2015 National Restaurant Association Show
Multiconcept restaurant operator John Metz will serve as the chairperson for the the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) at the NRA Show, which takes place May 16-19 in Chicago.
Bauer Marketing Expands Sales Force
The Bauer Marketing Group, an Ohio-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm, has hired Neal Hix to serve as a territory manager.
Middleby Adds Italian Refrigeration Company to its Portfolio
The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) has acquired Desmon Food Service Equipment Company, a Nusco, Italy-based manufacturer of blast chillers and refrigeration equipment for commercial kitchens.