December 7, 2016
School Foodservice Providers Prepare Healthier Menu Items to Time-Starved Students
From the need to produce healthier meals to feeding time-starved students, the pressure on school foodservice has never been greater. Tracie Suter, SMS, assistant director of nutrition services for Valley View Public Schools and state president of the Illinois School Nutrition Association, spoke to FE&S about changes in school foodservice programs.
Private Equity Firm Buys Chunk of Snooze
New York-based growth equity firm Stripes Group will acquire a piece of Snooze, a breakfast and brunch restaurant chain.
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Florida and Indiana Dealers Form New Partnership
Foodservice equipment dealers Johnson-Lancaster and Associates Inc. and Schert Foodservice Equipment Inc. have formed a new LLC: Lancaster-Schert.
This Week in Foodservice
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler adds his insight into a weekly roundup of top foodservice stories. Stories worthy of more analysis: Are healthier fast food chains the wave of the future? Technomic reduces estimates of restaurant sales growth in 2016 and 2017. Foodservice operators doubled new hires in November from October.
Restaurant Traffic Dips in the Third Quarter
Total consumer foodservice visits declined by 1 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year, according to data from The NPD Group. Quick-service restaurant traffic, which represents 80 percent of total industry visits, dropped for the first time in 5 years.
Foodservice E&S Sales Increase 3+ Percent in Q3
In the third quarter of 2016 sales of foodservice equipment and supplies grew 3.6 percent overall, according to the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry’s Business Barometer.
New Roles in Store for Starbucks’ Schultz and Jones
Starbucks’ Howard Schultz will step down as CEO and become executive chairman for the Seattle-based coffee company, effective April 3. At that time, Kevin Johnson, presently Starbucks’ president and COO, will assume the duties of CEO.
Ignite Restaurant Group Introduces New COO
Debra Eybers is the new chief operating officer for Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., a multi-concept operator whose restaurant portfolio includes Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap.
Culver’s Prepares to Update its Management Team
Culver Franchising System will promote Joseph Koss to president and CEO and Jeff Bonner to COO effective Jan. 1.