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David Kalinowski has been named president of ACP Inc., an Ali Group company, effective immediately.

In a deal that expands its presence in the Midwest and in the U.S. coffee market, Smart Care has acquired Espresso Partners, a Minneapolis-based service company.

On the heels of completing its acquisition of Welbilt, multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group made a series of executive-level changes, specifically naming company veteran Erik Nommsen chief executive officer of Ali Group North America. In addition, Rob August and Tom Hotard were named senior vice presidents for Ali Group.

Lakeside Manufacturing promoted Marianne Schussler-Yenor to national sales manager for its foodservice division.

Concluding a journey that took years to complete and featured enough plot twists to make renowned filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock proud, Welbilt finally has a new corporate home.

The National Association of College & University Food Services recognized the accomplishments of four member institutions with the Grand Prizes from its 2022 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. NACUFS also presented another member with its Grand Prize Sustainability Award.

Innovative Foodservice Group tapped Brett Hayes to serve as a regional sales manager for the west coast of Florida for the foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. His territory will run from Marco Island to Crystal River.

Jill Connor was appointed marketing manager for Marra Forni, an international manufacturer of commercial brick ovens.

BSE North, DFS Reps and Limelight Foodservice & Hospitality update their line cards while The Hansen Group and Pecinka Ferri add personnel.

Contract feeder Aramark has changed the name of its K-12 school foodservice operation to Aramark Student Nutrition.

In a move that portends its growth plans, Salad and Go has tapped former Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison to serve as CEO of the emerging restaurant chain.

Tech24 has acquired TEMCO, Inc., a Jackson, Miss.-based provider of repair and maintenance services for commercial kitchen and HVAC equipment.

Chartwells Higher Education has acquired Fresh Ideas, a foodservice management company based in Columbia, Mo., Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SEFA, a dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, added three people to its staff, including Matt Pugh, vice president, portfolio management; Price Shoemaker, vice president of e-commerce and Michael Wolfe, director of learning and development.

The National Association of College & University Food Services recognized a quartet of foodservice professionals for their contributions to the organization and the industry.

Ampex Brands has acquired bellagreen, an American bistro concept with locations in Houston and Dallas. But the chain’s new owners have a healthy appetite for growth.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers tapped restaurant industry veteran G.J. Hart to serve as the restaurant chain’s president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 6, 2022.

Multiconcept operator Southern Proper Hospitality Group tapped Christopher Harter to serve as chief operations officer. In this role, Harter oversees all restaurant operations for the company, which includes 8 concepts and 18 restaurant locations.

The Vollrath Co. named company veteran Brian Hedlund senior vice president of foodservice – US and Canada.