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.

Crown Brands to Distribute MCIC’s Tabletop Lines

Crown Brands will become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of MCIC’s line of dinnerware and glassware in the United States thanks to a licensing agreement that takes effect Sept. 1, 2019. This agreement includes MCIC’s Lucaris line of crystal stemware.

The Passing of Robert Lee Boswell

Industry veteran Robert Lee “Bob” Boswell passed August 4th. He was 84 years old.

Dunkin’ Brands Updates Regional VP Roster

Dunkin’ Brands Group, parent company for Baskin Robbins and Dunkin’, introduced a trio of regional vice presidents: Maria Hollandsworth, regional vice president – West; Jorge Salvat, regional vice president – Central Atlantic and Peter Green, regional vice president – Mid-Atlantic.

Yum! Brands Triggers Succession Plan

Capping off a 25-year run with the company, Greg Creed will retire from his post as CEO of Yum! Brands effective Jan. 1, 2020. Company veteran David Gibbs will replace Creed at that time.

Everidge Names New EVP of Sales and Marketing

Everidge tapped Eric Wickberg to fill the newly created position of executive vice president of sales and marketing for the manufacturer of cold storage solutions for the commercial foodservice industry.

AutoQuotes Expands Development and Tech Teams

AutoQuotes appointed David Demres and Eric Farr to the newly created positions of vice president of business development and chief technical officer for the software company that serves the foodservice equipment and supplies industry.

GetFried Gets New Ownership

GetFried, a 12-unit french fry-focused quick-serve chain has been acquired by ZorAbility, an investment firm. As a result of the deal, the chain restaurant company will change its name to  GetFried Franchise USA LLC, and franchise-industry veteran Mark Lyso will serve as president.

David Abi Named CookTek President

Foodservice equipment industry veteran David Abi was appointed president of CookTek. Abi will continue in his role as president of Carter-Hoffman, Doyon and NuVu. The Middleby Corporation owns all four foodservice equipment lines.