- Published: September 2, 2019
- Written by The Editors
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.
Indianapolis service agent Vanco tapped foodservice industry veteran Rusty Parke to serve as vice president of operations. In his new role with Vanco, Parke oversees service operations and business development.
Despite a host of challenges, restaurant industry sales will reach a record high of $863 billion in 2019, per the National Restaurant Association. This marks an increase of 3.6 percent compared with 2018, when the industry posted sales of $833.1 billion. It also marks the tenth consecutive year of industry growth.
The health halo continues to dominate the incoming wave of menu trends, along with global ingredients. Spirulina (a microalgae), furikake (a Japanese seasoning) and moringa (a plant native to India) all sit among the latest items ripe for adaptation.
Everyone in the foodservice industry understands the critical importance of following proper food safety and sanitation procedures in any type of food facility. News outlets often share stories of the dangers and consequences of foodborne illnesses for customers and for the establishments they patronize. Yet food safety inspections conducted by local and state health departments continually turn up a potpourri of results, from near perfect to horrifyingly dirty.
Pie Five Pizza hired Scott Black to serve as vice president of operations for the fast-casual restaurant chain.
Foodservice equipment industry veteran Tom Stritch was appointed senior vice president of business development for the Excell Foodservice Equipment Dealer Network and Nissco Restaurant Dealer Group. In his new role, Stritch becomes responsible for leading the organizations’ nine-member business development team.
Hard Rock International promoted company veteran David Pellow to senior vice president of company cafe operations from area vice president of café operations – Europe.
Clay Dover was promoted to CEO for Velvet Taco, a fast-casual concept created by Dallas-based Front Burner Restaurants. Dover joined Velvet Taco in 2017, serving as the chain’s president.
Rob Lynch resigned from his post as president of Arby’s to become president and CEO of Papa John’s. To fill the role created by Lynch’s departure, Arby’s promoted Jim Taylor to president from chief marketing officer.
Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group made a series of organizational changes that impact several of its operating companies, including ACP, Scotsman Ice Systems and Champion Industries. These changes all take effect Sept. 1, 2019.