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Bargreen Ellingson has expanded its chemical and leasing business by acquiring Advanced Chemical Solutions.

Former Middleby executive Dave Hinton was appointed president of Flexeserve’s newly established Americas subsidiary.

California Pizza Kitchen tapped Jeff Warne to serve as its CEO. Warne is no stranger to CPK having previously served as a member of the chain’s board of directors. He places Jim Hyatt, who served as CPK’s CEO and president since 2018.

Multiconcept operator Focus Brands tapped Brendan Berg to serve as senior vice president of operations for the company’s restaurant category.

Christine Barone will become president of Dutch Bros Inc., during the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2023. Joth Ricci will remain as CEO of the Oregon-based coffee company.

Add sweetgreen to a rapidly growing list of restaurant chains testing new formats with the hopes of cashing in on the rapidly growing off-premises business. The company opened what it describes as a “sweetlane” in Schaumburg, Ill.

Central Restaurant Products and The Hubert Company will increase synergies in the new year by way of a strategic alliance between the two companies.

Elevate Foodservice Group adds to its line card while Limelight Foodservice & Hospitality and Preferred Source add to their teams.

Georgia-based sports bar chain Taco Mac hired Paul Baldasaro to serve as its chief operating officer.

BRIX Holdings named former TGI Friday’s executive Sherif Mityas as chief executive officer for the multiconcept operator. BRIX also introduced Dawn Petite as brand president for its Friendly’s Restaurant Group.

Killer Burger appointed Matt Distler to serve as head of operations. In this role, Distler will spearhead the better burger concept’s strategic operations and oversee the operations team.

Multiline manufacturer CFS Brands added to its front-of-house portfolio with the acquisition of Elite Global Solutions.

Biscuit Belly hired Lisa Dwelly to serve as vice president of operations and training for the Kentucky-based “craft casual” brunch restaurant. The move is designed to support the fledgling chain as it prepares for a growth spurt.

Le Pain Quotidien, The Little Beet and Table by Little Beet have combined to form a new operating company known as Convive Brands.

TriMark USA promoted Eric Hardt to corporate vice president of procurement for the Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management (SHFM) has announced the members of its 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors and Industry Advisory Board. Sharon Eliatamby, senior project manager, World Bank Group, now serves as SHFM’s president.

Allied Buying Corporation, a dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, honored its suppliers with several annual awards.

TriMark USA promoted nine employees within its Southern Region.

Polar King International tapped Gordon Johnson to serve as a technical support specialist.