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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.

Domino’s Pizza veteran John King was introduced as chief operating officer for Donatos.

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.

The parent company of casual dining chains Applebee’s and IHOP tapped John Peyton to serve as the company’s CEO, effective Jan. 4, 2021. He will replace Steve Joyce, who has served as Dine Brands CEO since 2017.

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.

PRIDE Centric Resources, the Denver-based buying group, recognized the achievements of its dealer and vendor members.

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

Jon Musser was appointed director of supply chain for restaurant chain Chicken Salad Chick.

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

EJ Morrow, global president, will depart Lancer Worldwide effective November 30, 2020 to become CEO of Clarus Corporation, a company in the office furniture industry. As a result of Morrow’s departure, Scott Adams, Lancer’s executive vice president, will serve as global president on an acting basis.

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.

JINYA Ramen Bar hired Tom Cardenas to serve as its new director of hospitality and beverage.

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.

Mike Tillis was named vice president of operations and support for Your Pie, a fast-casual pizza chain.

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.

The COVID-19 conversation centers mainly around the impact government-mandated shutdowns continue to have on restaurants. At the same time, however, individual members of the supply chain that support restaurants and other foodservice operators continue to deal with unique and challenging circumstances.

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

The concept of robotics is not a new one in the foodservice industry. In fact, earlier this year, quick-service restaurant chain White Castle began testing robots that can flip burgers and tend to its fryers, while working alongside the restaurant’s staff. Spyce, a Boston-based, delivery and pickup concept, has developed a new approach that automates the meal cooking and assembly process.

TriMark USA has merged its two e-commerce platforms, ChefsToys.com and BigTray.com, into one unit. Both will now go to market as ChefsToys.com.

Singer Equipment Company, an Elverson, Pa.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer made a series of personnel moves. As part of these moves, the company announced John Vozzo, Singer’s longtime executive vice president who has played a role in operations, sales and marketing, will retire at the end of 2020.

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