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.

Taco Bell Promotes Lawson to Global Chief Brand Officer

Taco Bell Corp. introduced Nikki Lawson as its global chief brand officer, effective this coming April. Lawson is the former managing director in the South Pacific for Taco Bell’s sister concept KFC. In her new role Lawson becomes responsible for the Taco Bell brand in the U.S. and across the world.

Consulting Firm WC & Partners Triggers Succession Plan

Longtime foodservice consultant Bill Caruso is semi-retiring from WC & Partners, PC, the practice he founded. As a result of this transition, the company will now do business as William Caruso & Partners, LLC, operating under the leadership of Stephen Young and Michael Caruso. Both will carry the title of managing member and executive principal and co-manage the practice.

TriMark to Open Two Chef’s Toys Locations

TriMark USA, a Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies distributor, will open two cash and carry locations this month. Operating as Chef’s Toys, the stores will be in the California cities of Commerce and Oakland. When these two locations come online later this month, it will give TriMark a total of ten Chef’s Toys stores.

Smart Care Expands Sales Team

Smart Care Equipment Solutions expanded its sales team via several promotions and new hires.

FE&S Announces Recipients of its 2020 Top Achiever Awards

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the five foodservice professionals that are the recipients of its 2020 Top Achiever Awards. These awards recognize excellence among foodservice consultants, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers’ reps, operators and service agents.

Zoomba Group Appoints Vice President

Kathy Langlois will join the Zoomba Group team – publisher of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies and restaurant development + design – as vice president, effective February 14. In this newly created position, she will report to CEO and Founder, Maureen Slocum.

Carpigiani Names Poppen VP of Sales and Marketing

Carpigiani North America appointed Kami Poppen to serve as vice president of sales and marketing. In addition to overseeing sales and marketing efforts for the Ali Group Company, Poppen will manage Carpigiani’s the distributor network, key accounts, and educational programs including Gelato University and Frozen Dessert University.

Bojangles' Taps QSR Veteran to Lead Menu Innovation Efforts

Bojangles’ hired chef Marshall Scarborough to serve as the chain’s vice president of menu and culinary innovation. Scarborough comes to Bojangles' from Wendy’s, where he led a team of chefs and food scientists in designing new menu items.