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Juan Carlos Loredo will become president of Pizza Hut U.S., effective June 3. In this role, Loredo will assume responsibility for driving the overall performance of the brand’s U.S. business.

Multiconcept operator BRIX Holdings, LLC reached a deal to acquire Clean Juice. The transaction is expected to close in the next several weeks, per a release announcing the sale.

Donatos Pizza is preparing for a leadership transition. In October Tom Krouse, Donato’s chief executive officer will retire, the company announced. At that time, Kevin King, who has served as president of Donatos Pizza for the past two years, will assume the role of CEO and president.

As part of a planned succession strategy, foodservice equipment manufacturer Henny Penny named Kevin Buchler its chief executive officer. He succeeds Rob Connelly, who will become executive chairman of Henny Penny’s board of directors.

New Jersey-based foodservice equipment manufacturer Krowne Metal Corp. made two updates to its foodservice division’s sales organization by promoting Evan Priesel to serve as strategic account manager and hiring Justin Minder to serve as Eastern regional sales manager.

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Welbilt has updated the leadership of its refrigeration brands. Will Means, will step down as president of Beverage-Air and Victory.  In response to this leadership change, Clint Reed, who is president of Delfield and Kolpak, will assume the role of interim president for both Beverage-Air and Victory.

Papa John’s International promoted Kurt Milburn to chief supply chain officer. He succeeds Shane Hutchins, who will retire after 26 years at Papa Johns, per a company release. Hutchins served as chief supply chain officer since October 2018.

Sellars Absorbent Materials added David Hine to serve as vice president of national accounts for the Milwaukee-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products.

Anna Pata was appointed to the newly created role of chief commercial officer for Carpigiani North America, a Welbilt company that makes gelato equipment.

Foodservice equipment industry veteran Keith Kelly was appointed president of TAKKT FoodServices.

Private equity funds managed by Blackstone will acquire Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a franchisor of fast-casual restaurants, from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. The deal is worth roughly $2 billion, per published reports.

Refrigerated Solutions Group, the parent company of Norlake and Master-Bilt, hired foodservice industry veteran Rafael Thissen to serve as key account director.

Change is in the air at Tijuana Flats. In less than a week, the 91-unit fast-casual chain has filed for bankruptcy, closed 11 restaurants and gotten new owners. All of this comes on the heels of updating its menu and packaging.

Ovention tapped chef Joe Arvin to serve as a corporate chef.

EQUIPEX, Fisher Manufacturing and RATIONAL all update their rep networks. 

Industry veteran Will Means has joined Middleby as president of Southbend. Means will work with John Perruccio, a Middleby Group president whose area of responsibility includes Southbend, for the rest of the year “to ensure a smooth management transition,” per a Middleby release.

Jill Connor was promoted to director of marketing for Marra Forni. She previously served as marketing manager for the Maryland-based manufacturer of commercial brick ovens.

LTI, Inc. introduced Jason Prange as a regional sales manager for the manufacturer and designer of modular and custom serving systems, advanced technologies and decor. Prange will work in LTI’s eastern region.

Commercial kitchen manufacturer Winston Foodservice hired Jania Tung to serve as a U.S. regional/international territory sales manager based in Texas.