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.

Panera to Expand Via Airports and Travel Centers

Panera Bread plans to hit the road – literally – with new locations in U.S. airports and travel centers. As part of a development deal with the fast-casual concept HMSHost will open two Panera locations in 2020, one each in Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s Concourse E and Salt Lake City International Airport’s Concourse A.

NSF Buys U.K.-based Food Safety-Related Registrar

NSF International acquired InS Services, a United Kingdom-based registrar of lubricants, greases and other nonfood compounds approved for use during food and beverage processing. Products currently registered by InS Services will be listed in the NSF White Book, the organization’s online listing of registered nonfood compounds and proprietary substances, in 2020.

Yum! Brands Appoints CEOs for Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Divisions

Yum! Brands appointed CEOs for its Taco Bell and Pizza Hut divisions, effective August 5. Mark King, former president of Adidas Group North America, will serve as CEO of the Taco Bell division and Artie Starrs was promoted to CEO from president of the Pizza Hut division.

Cracker Barrel Dips Its Cup into Punch Bowl Social

Family dining chain Cracker Barrel has made a $140 million investment in Punch Bowl Social, a Colorado-based eatertainment concept. A portion of those funds will go toward Cracker Barrel’s purchase of private equity firm L Catterton’s stake in Punch Bowl Social. The remainder of the money will go toward financing future development for Punch Bowl Social. The agreement also includes provisions for Cracker Barrel to potentially purchase controlling or full ownership of Punch Bowl Social in the future.

BK Resources Creates Business Development Position

David L BernsteinDavid BernsteinDavid Bernstein was appointed to the newly created position of director of business development for BK Resources, an Altamont, Ill.-based supplier of stainless-steel products, plumbing supplies, gas hoses and water filters to food service dealers and plumbing wholesalers.