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Indianapolis-based service agency Vanco has expanded its reach by acquiring PFES, a service company in the Ft. Wayne, Ind., area.

In a move that will help bolster the chain’s dessert menu, Chicken Salad Chick has acquired Another Piece of Cake, a regional bakery concept with ten locations.

Uncle Julio's Restaurant Group named Scott Lawton its CEO and RJ Thomas its president and chief operating officer.

Commercial cooking equipment manufacturer RATIONAL adds two corporate chefs.

Drew Madsen was named interim CEO for Noodles & Company while the fast-casual chain conducts a formal search for a permanent CEO. The move coincides with the departure of Dave Boennighausen as CEO as the company declares it is transitioning to new leadership.

Aniai, a robotics company operating in the commercial kitchen space, has established a North American headquarters in New York City. The South Korean company also hired Eric Hansen to serve as its director of sales.

Laurence Roberts is stepping down from his position as president and CEO of El Pollo Loco Holdings after more than 10 years with the company. Roberts will continue to provide consulting services to the company through December 28, 2023.

Company veteran Kathy Drew has joined TriMark USA’s chief growth office team as vice president of Supply America and group purchasing organizations for the Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

Eggs Up Grill named Mira Stsiapanau vice president of operations and training for the breakfast, brunch and lunch concept. Stsiapanau will lead Eggs Up Grill’s field support team, the brand’s training function and its flagship restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C.

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

Refrigerated Solutions Group hired Brian Kadel to serve as director of dealer sales for the parent company of Norlake and Master-Bilt. He replaces Bob Stevens who will transition into the newly created role of director of consultant services.

TGI Fridays introduced Weldon Spangler as CEO for the casual dining chain. He succeeds Brandon Coleman, who has resigned for personal reasons, per a company release.

Singer Equipment Company promoted five associates to leadership roles within its Singer EVI division.

Culinary Equipment Group adds to its line card, while PizzaMaster adds several companies to its rep network. Also, Chrane and Nordon add to their teams.

Southbend & Crown Steam Group made several key changes to its sales organization. Bob Tribfelner was promoted to vice president of sales for the Crown Steam Group. Mark Fogarty joins the Southbend and Crown team as vice president of national accounts. And Southbend & Crown tapped Matt Scola and Christopher Perruccio to serve in regional vice president roles.

Commercial cooking equipment manufacturer RATIONAL promoted six of its associates.

A South Korean robotics company has established a North American headquarters in New York City. Refrigerated Solutions Group, RPI Industries, Southbend & Crown Steam Group have each made several key changes to their sales organizations. And RATIONAL added two corporate chefs.

Central Restaurants Products promoted Scott Bullock to senior director of the Indianapolis dealer’s bid-contract multi-unit division.

Foodservice industry veteran Todd Griffith has joined RPI Industries as vice president of sales.

Alto-Shaam promoted Kristina Bladecki to corporate executive chef.