Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

Irinox Adds Two Culinary Pros to its Team

Irinox announced two updates to its sales team. Frank Becker joined the company as southeast sales manager and corporate chef. Effective May 1, Michael Marsh will join Irinox as upper Midwest sales manager and corporate chef.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Adds Former MOOYAH Executive for Leadership Role

With the hiring of restaurant industry veteran Michael Mabry to serve as its first-ever chief development officer, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop capped off an active four-month period spent rounding out its leadership team. During that time, Fuzzy’s also promoted Kevin Rychel to serve as vice president of operations and appointed Samir Wattar and Laura Purser to serve as vice president of supply chain and vice president of marketing, respectively.

Standex Refrigerated Solutions Adds to Sales Operations Team

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Dan Hinkle was named vice president of sales operations for Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group. In his new role, Hinkle will work with the manufacturer’s the Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake lines.

Hinkle’s 10-plus years experience in the foodservice equipment industry includes working with such companies as Welbilt, Staco Energy Products and the Hobart Corporation.

MTY to add Papa Murphy’s Pizza to its Menu of Companies

In a deal valued at $190 million, MTY Food Group has reached an agreement to acquire Papa Murphy’s Holdings, a take and bake pizza concept. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Frieling Adds Helios to its Distribution Portfolio

Frieling USA is now the exclusive distributor of Helios products for North America. A German manufacturer, Helios’ product lines include vacuum carafes for use in both commercial and home uses.

Wunder-Bar Buys Bubbler Line

Wunder-Bar, a part of The Middleby Corp., has acquired the line of Starline bubblers from the Cleland Sales Corporation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Energy Star Recognizes a Quartet of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers

Four foodservice equipment manufacturers were among the 183 organizations and businesses honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2019 Energy Star Awards. These awards recognize “businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.”

Hoshizaki America, ITW Food Equipment Group and Welbilt each earned Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition from the EPA. The EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners who have already received Energy Star Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.

True Manufacturing received an Excellence in Product Design award.