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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 restaurants shuttered their dining rooms to customers and noncommercial foodservice operators shifted their approaches accordingly, service agents were often left on the sideline watching everything unfold.

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

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Middleby Corp. has formed Middleby Coffee Solutions Group, which consists of its Concordia Beverage Systems, Synesso and Bloomfield lines.

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.

Dine Brands introduced Tony Moralejo as president, international and global development for the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants.

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.

At the peak of the dining room shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, it was the quick-service restaurants that fared better than their full-service peers. The former had an advantage going into COVID-19 thanks to the drive-thru service that many QSRs have offered and the segment’s longstanding commitment to off-premises dining.

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

If the mandated stay at home orders that permeated the country starting in mid-March ravaged restaurants sales, it was safe to assume the same would apply to sales of foodservice equipment and supplies.

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

Even COVID-19 can’t slow forever the foodservice industry’s insatiable appetite to grow and evolve. Take, for example, Texas-based Refrigerated Specialist Inc.

Mundial Inc. promoted Anita Yost to national sales manager of its foodservice division. She previously served as a regional sales manager.

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina appointed Tim Ward to serve as president and CEO and Bruce Vermilyea as chief financial officer.

Farmer Boys John Lucas was promoted to vice president of brand consistency from director of franchise operations for the fast-casual restaurant chain.

Like just about every other restaurant operator out there, Crushed Red has had to adapt its approach and remain flexible to overcome the countless challenges brought forth by COVID-19.

A veteran of the quick-serve and casual dining segments, Aric Nissen joined Restaurant Technologies as chief marketing officer for Minnesota based provider of frying oil management solutions.

Refrigerated Solutions Group named Dan Hinkle vice president of sales. Anthony Lorubbio, the company’s chief transformation officer, will assume responsibility for sales operations/customer experience. RSG manufacturers the Nor-Lake and Master-Bilt lines of commercial refrigeration.

Bump in the road or a sign of things to come, only time will tell which is true but as the number of COVID-19 cases increased over the past week, transactions at restaurants and bars dipped slightly.

Bettcher Industries hired Bryan Hesse to serve as vice president of marketing for the Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

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