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.

Doughnut Trends

Doughnuts continue to maintain a strong following after seeing explosive growth in small-batch, artisanal shops in urban markets a few years ago. Current twists on the trend include nontraditional fillings like liqueurs and Earl Grey cream, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2019 What’s Hot culinary forecast.

Authentically Ethnic

A number of terms continue to define foodservice today: artisanal, farm-to-table, global and regional, to name just a few. Almost all of them tie in one way or another to the concept of authenticity. Today’s consumers demand their food not just taste great but also connect with its origins, whether that be in terms of ingredients or prep method. That’s particularly true when it comes to ethnic dishes.

Blalock Promoted to VP Role for Middleby Group

Barry Blalock was promoted to vice president of chain accounts for the APW/Bakers Pride/Star Holdings Group, which is part of Middleby Corp. This group includes a variety of equipment lines such as APW Wyott, Bakers Pride, Holman, Lang, Star, Toastmaster, Wells and Wells Ventless.

Halton Opens New Chinese Manufacturing Facility

Halton opened a new production facility in the Lingang area of Shanghai, China. In this new location Halton will manufacture its line of hoods for commercial kitchens, ventilated ceilings and pollution control systems.

Landry’s to Acquire two Del Frisco’s Concepts from L Catterton

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses’ and Del Frisco’s Grille’s time as part of private equity firm L Catterton’s portfolio will be a short one. That’s because L Catterton, which closed on its previously announced $650 million all-cash acquisition of the Del Frisco’s duo on September 25 plans to sell the restaurant chains to Landry’s Inc. Terms of the deal with Landry’s were not disclosed.

Bon Appétit Launches Delivery-Only Concept in Chicago

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Renowned lifestyle magazine Bon Appétit and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises are working collaboratively on a delivery-only restaurant concept in Chicago. Known as Bon Appétit, Delivered, the virtual restaurant features dishes curated by the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. Customers can order menu items from Bon Appetit, Delivered via third-party delivery firm Grubhub.

CFESA Updates Board and Hands Out Annual Awards

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association recognized the contributions of seven individuals and elected four members to its board of directors.