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.

Trend: West African Cuisine

As ethnic fare continues on a strong trajectory, the popularity of West African cuisine across the U.S. grows. The National Restaurant Association placed West African cuisine/flavors second in its global flavors ranking in its What’s Hot 2019 culinary forecast. These foods appeal to those seeking traditional dishes of the region made with authentic, spicy and healthy ingredients, some more familiar than others.

Eatertainment Venues Step Up Food and Drink

How about some ginger pork dumplings or Korean short rib baos with your dart game? Table tennis and grilled chicken thigh kebabs, anyone? Or maybe it’s some wine and pasta while viewing the latest blockbuster — or a local craft beer and smoked brisket sandwich at the ballgame?

Vulcan Adds Consultant Services Role

Dan Montgomery was appointed to the newly created position of senior manager for consultant services for Vulcan Cooking, North America.

Zoomba Group Adds Digital Media Editor

Samantha Slocum joins editorial team, creating original content for Zoomba Group’s digital and social media platforms.

DFS Crowns King to Serve as CEO

Former Reinhart Foodservice executive Jeff King was appointed president and chief executive officer for Diversified Foodservice Supply. He succeeds Bob Aiken who is retiring but will continue to serve on DFS’ board of directors.

Bar Louie Prepares for Next Chapter

Bar Louie has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reached an agreement with lenders to serve as the stalking horse purchaser. The company plans to continue to operate its 90 locations throughout this process and expects to emerge from bankruptcy within 90 days.

Lancer Corporation Names New Vice President

Lancer Corporation promoted Jason Marrero to vice president of its Coca-Cola Enterprise. Marrero has 20 years experience in the beverage dispensing industry, including 10 with Lancer. He most recently served as senior director of Coca-Cola North America.

Company Veteran to Lead Vulcan Cooking Business

Vulcan and the ITW Food Equipment Group promoted Chris Stern to vice president and general manager of cooking, North America, effective February 10, 2020. He replaces Mihyar Mohamed, who will transition to a leadership role in ITW’s Construction Products Segment.