September 21, 2016
FED Thought Leadership Summit Starts with Message of Doing One Thing Well
"Don’t try to be all things to all people," said Warren Solochek, president, Foodservice Practice, The NPD Group, at the Foodservice Equipment & Design Global Thought Leadership Summit Tues., Sept. 20, in Chicago. He told the audience that companies currently going that route are failing. "The ones that are succeeding today do one thing and they do that one thing really well."
Mike Jewett Joins ISI Commercial Refrigeration
ISI Commercial Refrigeration hired Mike Jewett as vice president of operations. Jewett’s background includes 24 years as region director with ITW/Hobart.
Christine Barone Named True Food Kitchen CEO
Former Starbucks executive Christine Barone has joined Fox Restaurant Concepts as CEO of True Food Kitchen.
This Week in Foodservice: Restaurants a Bright Spot, Higher Menu Prices Slowing Lunch Traffic, Possible Consumer Shift Toward Smaller Chains, and More
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler adds his insight into a weekly roundup of these top stories: While retail sales declined in August, restaurants were a bright spot; The NPD Group says higher menu prices are a factor in slowing lunch traffic; the spread between grocery store prices and foodservice prices continues; consumers may be shifting from major chains to smaller chains and independents.
Jim Slater Joins Chipotle Europe
Chipotle Mexican Grill hired Jim Slater as managing director in Europe to oversee the brand’s European business.
Reduce Your Risk of a Norovirus Outbreak
Food safety expert Francine L. Shaw outlines key tips to avoiding contamination.
Restaurant Census Shows Stalled Growth
The total U.S. restaurant count decreased one percent, with independents dropping three percent and chain units flat, according to The NPD Group's spring 2016 ReCount restaurant census.
Vitality Bowls’ High-Touch Approach to Superfoods
Vice President of Operations Uriah Blum describes the chain’s unique service style, a cross between quick service and fast casual.
Foodservice Equipment Industry Veteran Tom Szafranski Joins Heritage Foodservice Group
Heritage Foodservice Group tapped Tom Szafranski to serve as its executive vice president of commercial business development.
Consumer Concern Over Food Safety at Supermarkets Rises
The rise of the grocerant, defined as a supermarket that offers restaurant-style food, often with on-site dining, comes with greater consumer concern over food safety. The percentage of U.S. consumers who feel supermarket foods are safe has decreased over the last ten years, according to data from The NPD Group.