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Whataburger promoted Ed Nelson to CEO from president.

The parent company of Round Table Pizza and several other multi-unit concepts, Global Franchise Group introduced chef Jason Dowd as the company’s vice president of culinary innovation.

Essentially every professional kitchen has a hood. They’re necessary for fire prevention and to keep workspaces safe and comfortable for employees. Operators can’t operate without a hood, so they should take some steps to keep theirs in working order.

Refrigerated Solutions Group, which owns the Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake foodservice equipment lines, will begin a leadership succession plan on July 31.

Even with some states tightening restrictions in the face of a second pandemic peak, lockdowns across the country are largely lighter compared to earlier in the year.

Convenience stores, particularly those with a strong food focus, faced many of the same challenges as restaurants when on-premises foodservice shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Self-service options, such as coffee and roller grill items, were halted, and larger chains had to manage through varying local rules.

Culinary Equipment Group, PB&J and various other rep groups updated their line cards. In addition, Zink Foodservice further integrated a recent acquisition into its company.

Multiconcept operator FOCUS Brands appointed company veteran Tim Muir to the newly created role of chief sales officer. To replace Muir as chief development officer, FOCUS Brands hired Brian Krause.

Juice It Up! promoted to Susan Taylor to president and chief executive officer from vice president of operations. She joined the company in September 2019.

Middleby Corp. has expanded the responsibilities for group president John Perruccio to include leading and managing the multiline manufacturer’s buying group and dealer strategy. Perruccio has led Middleby’s buying group and dealer initiatives for the past year, coordinating efforts across all of the company’s brands.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the country, the overall restaurant industry remains stuck in neutral.

Surging numbers of positive cases continues to stall the restaurant industry’s recovery from the closures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Bettcher Industries Inc. announced a trio of senior executive appointments, including the promotion of Ed Steele to president.

Often dubbed the most important three feet of the house, in normal times, the tabletop communicates the restaurant’s brand promise and it starts establishing guest expectations even before customers take their seats. While much has changed in restaurants and foodservice operations thanks to steps aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the role of the tabletop has not. It just looks a lot different for the time being.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management recognized 20 up and coming foodservice professionals with its 2020-21 Rising Stars Award.

Culinary Express Group, Wyllie Marketing and Zink Foodservice add to their line cards. MarkeTeam adds to its personnel roster. And the Wallin Group prepares to go to market under a new name.

Brady, a full-line janitorial supply, equipment and foodservice distributor, has acquired Campbell Paper, based in Ft. Worth, Texas.

The Nissco Restaurant Dealer Group has acquired the National Equipment & Supply Association, a subsidiary of UniPro Foodservice Inc.

Whether embattled restaurant chain Potbelly has finally found its Mr. Right, only time will tell. For the time being, though, the chain has found Mr. Wright, as in former Wendy’s executive Robert Wright, who now serves as Potbelly’s president and CEO.

Hoshizaki America promoted Sally Ray to director of marketing. She replaces Barbara Harrison, who retired after more than 30 years with Hoshizaki.