September 6, 2017
Foodservice Industry Hits Back at Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey represents a natural disaster unlike any in the country’s history. For days, Mother Nature pounded Southeast Texas with unrelenting rain and wind. But as the storm finally relented and the country gradually starts to turn its attention elsewhere, citizens of the area were left to begin the cleanup process and contemplate what comes next. And this includes many members of the foodservice industry.
The Middleby Corporation Acquires
In a deal sure to send shockwaves through the foodservice equipment industry, multiline manufacturer Middleby Corporation has acquired QualServ Solutions, a foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.
Sterno Products Acquires sevenOKs
Sterno Products has acquired sevenOKs, a La Porte, Ind., manufacturer of insulated food carriers and accessories for restaurant delivery, stadium concessions, catering operations, and school nutrition programs.
FE&S’ Forecast 2018
Few industry observers predict more than moderate growth in the coming months and years. In contrast, however, the pace of change seems to be moving full speed ahead. FE&S’ Forecast 2018 surveys industry experts for their prophecies and polls readers on purchases, budges and sales outlooks.
Small Plates and Sharables Grow
As snacking and sharing continue to play a more prominent role in consumer dining experiences, starters, small plates and sides will continue to grow in popularity and change meal dynamics.
July Restaurant Performance Weak, August Foodservice Hiring Slowed, New KFC Concept in China, and More
The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance was weaker in July. Foodservice hiring slowed in August. Waffle House takes on Hurricane Harvey. Domino’s has formed an alliance with Ford to develop a self-driving delivery car. YUM! China introduces a new KFC concept. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.
Coleman Becomes President of Del Frisco's Grille
Brandon Coleman was named brand president of Del Frisco’s Grille. He replaces Sarah McAloon, who served in that same role since April.
Tacos 4 Life Names New COO
Tacos 4 Life introduced Marwan Yasin as chief operating officer for the Arkansas-based restaurant. Yasin spent 13 years with Zaxby’s, most recently serving as vice president of operations.
Thompson Chicago Names Montague Chef de Cuisine
Bill Montague was named chef de cuisine for the Thompson Chicago, a luxury hotel in the Windy City’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
Amelotti Named Executive Chef for Italian Village Restaurants
Ozzy Amelotti was named executive for Vivere, a concept operated by Chicago’s Italian Village Restaurants.
Thermo-Kool Names New Regional Sales Manager
Frank Becker, a 17-plus-year foodservice industry veteran, has joined Thermo-Kool as a regional sales manager.