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Greg George will become CEO of The Peach Cobbler Factory, effective May 1, 2022. George was an early investor and served as company president for the Nashville-based family-style dessert chain.

Parts Town has acquired Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, a national distributor of OEM repair parts for home items.

Joe Sieve will join Papa John's International as chief restaurant officer, effective May 2, 2022.

Smart Care Equipment Solutions was acquired by Zone Climate Services, a provider of commercial and industrial refrigeration and HVAC services to grocery stores, convenience stores and foodservice warehouse customers.

The Excell Foodservice Equipment Dealer Network recognized the accomplishments of its dealer members and suppliers with a series of annual awards. The organization’s Dealer of the Year Award to Wilson Restaurant Supply.

BradyIFS has expanded its presence in the Southeastern U.S. by acquiring Associated Paper, a distributor serving Atlanta, central Georgia and Alabama.

Zaxby’s appointed Sharlene Smith chief operating officer for the quick-service restaurant chain effective April 25, 2022.

Paul Schlumpberger was introduced as a business unit manager for Gaylord Industries, part of the ITW Food Equipment Group. He replaces Sam Scull who retired after more than 11 years with Gaylord, including 4 years as business unit manager.

Alto-Shaam and Insinger update their rep networks, while The Hansen Group and Zink Foodservice add new talent to their rosters.

Fast-casual chain Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken opened its smallest footprint store to date in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sunflower Restaurant Supply, a Salina, Kan.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer has been purchased by Cash-Wa Distributing Company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies increased 17.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in the previous year, per data from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry Business Barometer. Sales performance for the quarter was only .6% less than what MAFSI members had originally projected.

Randy Brunschwig, CEO and president of Excell and Nissco, announced his retirement after leading the two dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying groups for 18 years.

Kevin Wilson was named director of engineering, research and development, and refrigeration for Polar King International, which manufactures walk-in refrigeration and freezer units.

Avanti Restaurant Solutions added Michael Jernigan as senior director of design-build for the California-based foodservice equipment dealer.

Alto-Shaam introduced Andre Frenette as the foodservice equipment manufacturer’s national service manager for Canada.

The ever-evolving virtual restaurant segment has a new entry with a limited-time-only virtual restaurant that connects with WWE’s WrestleMania 38 event in Dallas April 2-3.

Julian Wiles was named chief operating officer for the Perlick Corporation, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of bar-related equipment.

Salad-centric fast-casual chain sweetgreen will further its focus on technology-enabled processes when it opens its first “sweetlane” concept. Planned to open within the next year in Schaumburg, Ill, the pilot restaurant will push digital ordering to the forefront with a drive-thru lane designed to increase convenience for digital customers.