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John Ulrich was appointed vice president of national accounts for Alto-Shaam, a Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

As the Monte Restaurant Development Group looks to ramp up the expansion of its Squisito chain and further roll out its fast-casual sibling, the company tapped a New York-based entrepreneur to become a managing partner and franchisee.

Thanks to a global licensing partnership between the two companies, Welbilt will manufacture and distribute Apex Supply Chain Technologies’ line of food order pickup lockers. Apex’s Flow-Thru 10,000 will go to market under Welbilt’s Merco line of foodservice equipment.

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies declined 24.4% for the third quarter of 2020, per the Business Barometer published by the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. While still down significantly, these results are 8% better than reps forecasted at the end of the second quarter of 2020. And MAFSI members report third quarter sales were 6% better than the second quarter.

Alto-Shaam promoted two company veterans to newly created regional sales positions.

A new rep firm emerges in New England, while Thermo-Kool and UNOX update their rep networks. Plus, Nordon taps a foodservice industry veteran to fill a key sales and marketing role.

Markus Glueck will become group president, global cooking for ITW Food Equipment Group, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Earlier this month Glueck left RATIONAL USA, where he served as area vice president of North America for the combi oven manufacturer.

Convenience represents a key attribute when consumers select a restaurant. Healthful attributes of the food can also play a role, too. Yogurtland hopes combining the two is the recipe for success moving forward with its newest concept Holsom by Yogurtland.

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Serving as SHFM president is Damian Monticello the senior manager, corporate hospitality services at GuideWell. In addition, Rob Gebhardt director, customer experience services for JLL, now serves as SHFM’s president-elect.

Continuing down a path of growth via nontraditional locations, Saladworks opened an in-store restaurant inside of a Kroger grocery store in Cincinnati. 

Kat Cole will step down from her post as chief operating officer and president for multiconcept operator Focus Brands. Cole’s departure is expected to happen by the end of the year.

AutoQuotes has acquired Axonom, a technical company that provides guided selling, visual configuration, spatial planning and VR/AR solutions.

Subway hired chef Paul Fabre to serve as senior vice president of culinary and innovation.

With state and local governments continually changing the rules around on-premises dining and consumer comfort with this activity fluctuating, restaurant owners have had to get creative in their search for new revenue streams.

John Vozzo will retire from Singer Equipment Company effective Dec. 31, 2020, capping a career with the Pennsylvania-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer that spans more than four decades and multiple leadership positions.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop promoted Jessica Wescott to the dual role of chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Wescott, who joined the chain in 2018, was promoted to CFO last year.

Parts Town has launched Red Lightning Group. This separate division will focus on technology and serve as an innovation incubator for the Illinois-based distributor of foodservice equipment parts.

In a move aimed at accelerating the fast-casual restaurant chain’s growth plans, Goldman Sachs will acquire a sizable stake in Zaxby’s. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2020.

Company veteran Rune Are was appointed interim area vice president for North America and CEO for RATIONAL USA. Are replaces Markus Glueck, who will depart RATIONAL to pursue other professional interests, per a company release.

John Baker was appointed executive vice president for the Sandstone Group, which includes Lakeside Manufacturing and the brands AlluservMade to Drain, and Multiteria.