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.

Former Krispy Kreme Executive Chaudhary Rises to President of Panera

Panera Bread introduced Niren Chaudhary as president and CEO of the fast-casual restaurant chain. He succeeds Blaine Hurst, who will retire from his current role as CEO of Panera effective May 23, 2019. Hurst will remain on Panera’s board of directors and become vice chairman.

Automatic Bar Controls Names Wayne Froehlich General Manager

Wayne Froehlich photoWayne FroehlichFoodservice industry veteran Wayne Froehlich was hired to fill the newly created position of general manager of Automatic Bar Controls, a division of Middleby. In his role Froehlich will oversee the Automatic Bar Control beverage brands of Wunder-Bar, JoeTap, Starline, and Bloomfield.

Equipex Adds to Its Sales Team

Equipex promoted Eden Qudsieh to sales and marketing director, and added Felicia Whiting as national sales director.

Vollrath Restructures Sales Org

Vollrath Company promoted Henry Case and Jill VanMenxel from regional sales managers to director of sales roles, both of which are newly created positions within the Vollrath Foodservice division.

Singer EVI Adds Jamie Gwynne Lackey to Sales Team

Singer EVI added Jamie Gwynne Lackey to the newly created position of business development/sales manager. She will work with new clients to research their business and equipment needs for the foodservice design, equipment and supply company.

Brady Names Two New GMs

Brady, a full-line janitorial supply, equipment and foodservice distributor, promoted Alex Hay to general manager of its Denver operation and Trevor Foden to general manager of its Reno operation.