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.

Arc Adds to its Asia-Pacific Leadership Team

Arc appointed Michael Richards to serve as CEO of the glass tableware manufacturer’s Asia-Pacific region. He succeeds Nicolas Ajacques.

Middleby Acquires Synesso

The Middleby Corporation continues to broaden its portfolio of coffee-related product lines with the purchase of Synesso. Based in Seattle, Synesso designs and manufactures semi-automatic espresso machines for the commercial foodservice market and has $10 million in annual revenue, per a release announcing the deal.

Remembering Curt Benson of FWE

Curt Benson, vice president/sales and marketing manager for Food Warming Equipment, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 29. He was 57 years old.

Roy Rogers Adds to its Customer Care Team

Roy Rogers Restaurants hired John Giffin to fill the newly created position of consumer care manager for the western themed quick service chain. Based in the company’s Frederick, Md., headquarters, Giffin will  oversee the administration of all consumer care activities, which includes guest relations and recovery programs, brand reputation management, mystery shopper activity and guest intercepts to gather feedback on strategic initiatives.

Rep Roundup for November 2019

Bally, LTI, Master-Bilt and Robot Coupe all made updates to their rep networks.

Decadent vs. Down-Home Desserts

Desserts often provide chefs creative freedom. Look no further than Instagram for an array of over-the-top confections with an explosion of colors, shapes, textures and flavors. Yet, at the same time, duplicating time-honored traditional favorites remains fashionable, whether they are regional specialties or nostalgic childhood favorites. It seems today’s menus have room for both.