May 23, 2012
Vollrath Purchases Polar Ware Company
The Vollrath Company, a Sheboygan, Wis.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, has acquired Polar Ware Company including its Stoelting operation.
ACP Promotes Potter, Hires Kreuscher
ACP promoted Mary Potter to senior vice president of sales and marketing and named Kennneth Kreuscher its director-global service delivery.
This Week in Foodservice
Longtime foodservice industry observer Jerry Stiegler shares some economic and foodservice industry-related data.
FE&S Special Editorial
Sizzler USA Updates Management Team
Sizzler USA added two vice presidents to its managerial ranks and promoted six associates in anticipation of rapid growth.
Winston Industries Names New VP of Marketing
Winston Industries, a Louisville-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, named Greg Siegelman its vice president of marketing.
MAFSI Reports Moderate Foodservice Growth in First Quarter
Overall sales of foodservice equipment and supplies increased by 4 percent for the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same time frame last year, according to the Manufacturers Agents’ Society for the Foodservice Industry’s Business Barometer. While this was less than the 5.2 percent increase projected by the reps, this still represents the sixth quarter of expansion.
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Tasman Named President and CEO of Buca di Beppo
Rick Tasman, a 25-year veteran of the restaurant industry, is the new president and chief executive officer of Buca di Beppo.
NRA Names Walters Vice President of Sales
The National Restaurant Association named Kenneth Walters vice president of sales for strategic accounts. In his new role, Walters is responsible for creating the strategic direction and executing a sales program for non-traditional channels, including grocery stores, convenience and drug stores, and hotel and lodging.
Red Robin Forms Menu Team
Casual dining chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., has formed a menu team that includes the addition of a director of culinary, director of research and development and a master mixologist.
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G.E.T. Announces Executive Appointments
Heidi Modaro was introduced as the chief executive officer for G.E.T., a manufacturer of melamine serving ware for the foodservice industry. G.E.T. also introduced Jim Dunn as its chief financial officer.
Starbucks Updates Management Team
Starbucks brewed five changes among its leadership, including Annie Young-Scrivner being named executive vice president and president, Starbucks Canada.
Unified Brands Updates Sales and Management Teams
Unified Brands, a Jackson, Miss.-based multi-brand foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturer, announced a series of promotions and additions to its sales and management teams.
Grady to Receive CHART’s Commitment to People Award
John Grady, president of Ninety Nine Restaurants, is the 2012 recipient of the Commitment to People Award presented by The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART). CHART presents the annual award to the president or CEO of a member company who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the development of its associates.