February 15, 2017
U.S. Quick Service Restaurant Traffic Growth Stalls in 2016
Quick-service restaurants realized no traffic growth in 2016 and total foodservice traffic dipped slightly, reports The NPD Group. Visits to full-service restaurants also declined last year.
DFS Buys HoodFilters.com
Diversified Foodservice Supply LLC has acquired HoodFilters.com, a web marketing and distribution company focused on hood filters and restaurant ventilation equipment, parts and accessories.
Bauscher Hepp Updates Rep Network
Bauscher Hepp added Performance Equipment Group to its network of independent manufacturers reps. PEG will represent Baucher Hepp in the Northeast territories that include the metropolitan New York area; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New Jersey — north of Trenton; and Fairfield, Conn.
This Week in Foodservice
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler’s weekly roundup of foodservice stories.
Comstock New President of TGI Fridays
Jerry Comstock was named president and COO for casual dining chain TGI Fridays.
Yoshinoya America Names Jim Stevens
Yoshinoya America appointed Jim Stevens to serve in the newly created role of chief operating officer for the quick-serve restaurant chain.
Servold Rejoins Church’s Chicken
Church’s Chicken named Pete Servold its executive vice president of U.S. operations. He succeeds Joseph Christina, who was promoted to CEO in November 2016.
Boston’s Names New VP of Operations
Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar named Vince Runco vice president of operations for the Dallas-based casual dining concept.
Alto-Shaam Hires VP of Business Development — Europe
Alto-Shaam hired Brian Jahnke to serve as its vice president of business development for Europe.
EMR Names Seth Rochette Operations Manager of Beltsville Service Center
Electric Motor Repair Company named Seth Rochette operations manager of the service agent’s Beltsville, Md., branch.
NRAEF Hires New VP of Communications
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) named Gordon Lambourne its vice president of communications.
Remembering Little Caesars’ Founder Mike Ilitch
Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars Pizza, died on Feb. 10. He was 87 years old.