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The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) announced the grand prize winners of its 2020 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards and Sustainability Awards.

E. Friedman Associates, a New York-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and operator of the CKitchen e-commerce site, has been sold to Vadim Zakusilo, the company’s longtime chief technology officer.

The National Association of College & University Food Services recognized the careers and contributions of several individuals during a virtual award ceremony Nov. 18.

As part of a series of changes to company leadership, Jonathan Gustafson has become president of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply. Jonathan, who has been with Ace Mart for more than 17 years, succeeds Paul Gustafson as president of the Texas-based dealership.

Just days before Black Friday, multiconcept operator FAT Brands continued its shopping spree by purchasing Native Grill & Wings for $20 million from Wingtime, LLC, a subsidiary of Cybeck Capital Partners, LLC. This represents FAT Brands third acquisition since June and second in the month of November.

Multiconcept operator Restaurant Brands International Inc. will acquire Firehouse Subs for $1 billion in cash. RBI’s portfolio includes quick-service restaurant chains Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works hired Chuck Howell to serve as the Midwest and Canada regional sales manager for foodservice.

Minnesota-based foodservice consulting firm Rippe Associates hired Sarah Johnson to serve as an operations project manager. The company also elevated associate Eric Goodrich to associate principal.

Marius “Pepe” Griffo, a longtime member of the foodservice equipment industry has passed away due to a chronic illness. He was 82 years old.

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management recognized 20 up-and-coming foodservice professionals with its 2021-22 Rising Stars recognition.

AutoQuotes’ parent company Revalize has received what it describes as a “significant minority investment” from Hg, a software and services investor. As part of the transaction, Revalize plans to acquire three European software companies: PROCAD Group in Germany, SpecPage in Switzerland and TENADO, also in Germany.

Electric Motor Repair Company, promoted Rick Rush to operations manager of the service agent’s DCMV branch based in Beltsville, Md.

Kyle Wilson was promoted to chef de cuisine for Middleby Culinary, which is part of Middleby Corp. Wilson works from the Middleby Innovation Kitchen, which the multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer opened earlier this year in Dallas.

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Vulcan promoted three team members and hired another.

Frank Chandler will retire from his role as president of Belshaw Adamatic, effective Dec. 31, 2021. Sam Dettloff has begun transitioning from his role as vice president of operations and engineering at Belshaw to serve as president of the Ali Group-owned company.

Gabriel Group merges with a group from Acosta Cornerstone. Alto-Shaam, Premier Metal & Glass and LTI add to their rep networks, while Greenwald Sales & Marketing adds a business development manager.

Food Service Holdings promoted Stephanie Luros-Gilbert to executive vice president, corporate growth strategy, and Mike Crider to executive vice president, operations.

Consolidation among service agents continued at a brisk pace with Tech24’s acquisition of Commercial Kitchens

As consumers continue to embrace the concept of eating local and supporting area businesses these trends continue to make their way to college foodservice operations across the country.

Alto-Shaam promoted Lucy McQuillan to the newly created role of chief commercial officer for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. She previously served as Alto-Shaam’s executive vice president of global sales.