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.

New CEO is on the Menu for CEC Entertainment

CEC Entertainment chose someone with experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries to fill its CEO role. David McKillips was appointed CEO for the multiconcept operator whose portfolio includes the Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant chains.

Eloma USA Gets New Leadership Structure

The Ali Group updated the organizational structure for Eloma USA, one of its operating companies. The role of president for Eloma USA has been eliminated and the company created the position of vice president of sales.

Crown Brands Changes Name to Oneida Hospitality Group

In addition to the Oneida line, Oneida Hospitality Group consists of a collection of other foodservice lines including UpDate International, Tomlinson Industries, Focus Foodservice, Johnson Rose and Co-Rect.

DDI System Adds Market Specialist

DDI System tapped David Greene to serve as a market specialist for the software company that develops ERP and e-commerce software and services for the foodservice industry. In his new role, Greene will lead communication and strategic direction for the company working with dealers, distributors and trade associations.

Middleby Buys RAM Fryer Dispensers

The Middleby Corporation added an automated option to its restaurant equipment portfolio thanks to the acquisition of RAM Fry Dispensers from Automated Equipment LLC. RAM produces automated frozen French fry dispensing equipment.

Coolgreens Names Madlener President

Healthy lifestyle-focused Coolgreens promoted Todd Madlener from vice president of operations to president and chief operating officer.

First Watch Creates Chief Transformation Officer

First Watch turned to a former PepsiCo executive to fill the restaurant chain’s newly created post of chief transformation officer. In his new role, Greg Barber becomes leading strategy development and will partner with First Watch’s key functional leaders on the development and implementation of corporate initiatives.

KCL Sharpens its International Focus

KCL has plans to expand its business outside of the Americas. Luca Salomoni will now represent KCL and its product lines in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. KCL provides an array of software products that aid in the foodservice design process, including consolidating equipment symbol libraries and specifications in one location.