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.

2020 Vision: New Year Brings Fresh Take on the Restaurant Industry

Insight guru Warren Solochek takes a deep dive into industry data this month to provide a no-nonsense analysis of the industry. Readers can look forward to his continued perspective throughout the year as part of FE&S’s 2020 Vision series. Now an independent foodservice industry consultant, Solochek’s been trend-spotting for nearly 40 years, most recently for NPD Group Inc.

Trend: Next-Level Kids’ Menus

Move over chicken fingers and mac and cheese; kids’ menus have become more diverse, incorporating appealing ingredients in formats that are palatable for the younger set. As quick-service chains revamp their offerings with more nutritious vegetable sides and fruit desserts, independents continue to reformulate their kids’ menu items to be more diverse. Along with better-for-you options, more ethnic dishes with globally inspired ingredients are starting to appear on these menus.

Goucher College Consolidates Dining from Three to One

Goucher College set a goal to reduce the number of food offerings and consolidate residential dining operations into one centralized dining facility. A master plan identified Mary Fisher Hall, the first building constructed on Goucher’s Towson, Md., campus in 1942, as the best location. This new building led the relocation of the campus to Towson from Baltimore. Pearlstone Student Center sits in the middle of the building and includes the bookstore, post office, Passport Café, Office of Student Engagement, Geen Community Center and the Safe Space. Three residential wings extend from Mary Fisher Hall: Bacon House, Dulaney House and Hooper House.

Smart Care Buys Turbo Technicians

Smart Care Equipment Solutions’ run of acquisitions continues with the purchase of Turbo Technicians, a Texas-based service agent specializing the repair and maintenance of speed ovens.

Dinex Group Readies for Growth with New CEO on Board

In a move aimed to spark growth, The Dinex Group tapped Sebastien Silvestri to serve as its first-ever chief executive officer. The Dinex Group will charge Silverstri with defining the next era for the multiconcept operator, including expanding its portfolio via acquisition, per a company release.