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.

SEFA Adds Two to Its Executive Team

SEFA appointed Rachael Weaver chief operating officer and Stephen Mills to the newly created officer of vice president of finance for the dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group.

IFMA Promotes Schwartz to VP Role

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association promoted Michael Schwartz senior vice president of member value. In his new role, Schwartz will serve as the senior executive leading the product and marketing side of the business, working with IFMA members and its board of directors to create new products and manage the association’s current portfolio.

Irinox Adds to its Sales Team

Sebastian Heil will become Southwest sales manager and corporate chef for Irinox, effective January 20, 2020.

Farmer Boys Adds VP of Operations

Farmer Boys appointed Dave Wetzel to serve as senior vice president of operations for the fast-casual restaurant chain. In this role, Wetzel becomes responsible for overseeing both company and franchise restaurant operations.

Winston Triggers Succession Plan

Shaun Tanner will assume the role of president and chief executive officer for Winston Industries, effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Valerie Shelton, who will retire in December 2020.

Black Bear Diner Succession Plan

Anita Adams was promoted from president to chief executive officer of Black Bear Diner. The family dining chain also hired Jeff Guido to serve as chief operating officer. Adams assumes the CEO role from Bruce Dean, Black Bear’s co-founder and CEO. Dean will now serve as executive chairman for the 25-year-old restaurant chain.