February 22, 2017
Restaurant Brands International to Buy Popeyes
In a deal valued at $1.8 billion, Restaurant Brands International has reached an agreement to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc., which also owns Burger King and Tim Hortons.
This Week in Foodservice
FE&S blogger Jerry Stiegler’s weekly roundup of foodservice stories: January Retail Sales Rise, RBI to Buy Popeyes, Food Away From Home Leads Consumer Price Index Increase and Whole Foods Intros Fast Casual.
Souper Salad Rethinks the Buffet
The guiding principle for the redesign was to make the back of the house more prominent to customers, with cooking and prep taking front-of-the-house positions everywhere possible.
DineEquity Details Leadership Transition Plans
Julia Stewart plans to resign from her position at DineEquity Inc., parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants, effective March 1. Current lead director, Richard Dahl, will serve as interim CEO/chairman.
Pei Wei Names Hedrick CEO
Pan-Asian restaurant company Pei Wei hired John Hedrick to serve as its CEO.
Manitowoc Begins Search for a new CFO
John Stewart will retire from his post as senior vice president and CFO of Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., which is changing its name to Welbilt Inc. effective March 6. MFS/Welbilt is searching for Stewart’s successor.
Church’s Promotes Ward to VP of Supply Chain
Church’s Chicken promoted Chris Ward to vice president of supply chain from senior director of purchasing.
Heritage Hires Donello to Serve as Business Development Manager
Heritage Foodservice Group hired foodservice industry veteran John Donello to serve as business development manager for the service segment.
AHF Offers Student Internships
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice is accepting nominations for the AHF Annual Conference Internship Program. The program offers two Leadership Internships and two Culinary Internships.