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.

Cousin’s Subs Launches Delivery-Only Concept

Delivery continues to shape the way today’s foodservice operators do business. So much so, in fact, that many operators continue to explore running delivery only restaurants. Take, for example, Cousins Subs, which opened its first delivery-only restaurant in Milwaukee in June.

Bezac Acquired by Johnson-Lancaster

Johnson-Lancaster and Associates has acquired Bezac Equipment Company. Both companies are foodservice equipment and supplies dealerships.

K&D Factory Service Acquires Pine Tree Food Equipment

In a deal involving two service agents, Pennsylvania-based K&D Factory Service has acquired Maine-based Pine Tree Food Equipment. Pine Tree will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of K&D Factory Service.

Middleby Names New President of Ventless Solutions

Scott Heim photoScott HeimScott Heim has been named president of Middleby Ventless Solutions. In his new role Heim will lead the efforts of all of the Middleby commercial brands with ventless cooking solutions. His responsibilities will include sales and marketing, new product development and approvals as well as the development of training tools. Heim also will continue in his role as president of Evo America.

Hooters Bought by two Private Investment Firms

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Hooters of America is about to get a new nesting spot. That’s because private investment firms Nord Bay Capital and TriArtisan Capital Advisors have agreed to acquire the chain known for its chicken wings from owners H.I.G. Capital, Chanticleer Holdings and other investors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trend: Dog-Friendly Sites

As the pet industry explodes across the country and dog owners pamper their pooches, restaurateurs, hoteliers and more respond by offering dog-friendly patios, complete with water bowls, treats and even pet-focused menus.

9 Factors Influencing the Future Success of College and University Foodservice Programs

It’s the fall of 2020 and the freshman class is arriving at colleges and universities across the U.S. After they settle in their rooms, the students will want to explore the campus and likely will look for something to eat. Will dining services be ready for them? Will dining services have the right venues? The right menus?

Homing in on Zero Waste

The zero waste philosophy focuses on eliminating all or most material sent to landfills, oceans, or incinerators through reuse, recovery, recycling and composting. That generally means a 90 percent to 95 percent diversion rate of solid waste. Elimination of all landfill waste is the ultimate goal for the zero waste movement. More institutions around the country continue to join this effort given growing concerns over dwindling landfill space, leaching gases and the continued environmental impacts of ocean dumping or trash incineration.

Wingstop Prepares to Take Flight to New HQ

After acquiring a 78,000-square-foot office building, Wingstop Inc. will relocate its corporate headquarters to Addison, Texas.