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.

PBAC Bolsters Sales Team

PBAC, a New York-based independent manufacturers’ rep firm, hired Barbara Tokofsky to serve as a sales account executive.

Bojangles’ First-Ever Chief Development Officer has Diverse Background

Bojangles’ turned to Jose Costa to serve as the Southern restaurant chain’s chief development officer. In this new role Costa becomes responsible for increasing the company’s overall unit count and recruiting new franchisees. Other areas of responsibility include real estate strategy, equipment and new restaurant design and construction.

Harmon Promoted to President of Smoothie King

Smoothie King added president to Dan Harmon’s role of chief operating officer. Smoothie King also announced chief development officer Kevin King was elevated to chief business development officer.

Thedford Joins Royal Range

Royal Range hired Dean Thedford to serve as director of national accounts.

Gill Joins Master-Bilt’s Sales Force

Master-Bilt hired foodservice industry veteran Steve Gill to serve as vice president of sales for the manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment.

STK Parent Prepares to Buy Kona Grill

In a deal valued at approximately $25 million, The ONE Group Hospitality plans to acquire the assets of Kona Grill. The list of assets includes the worldwide rights to the name “Kona Grill” and other intellectual property, such as menu recipes. The acquisition is subject to financing conditions, the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and other customary closing conditions.