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Lorne Deacon was promoted to president of Milwaukee-based foodservice equipment manufacturer Hatco Corp.

Chrane Foodservice Solutions, Lund-Iorio and Pecinka-Ferri add talent to their rosters while Spaceman updates its rep network.

Multiconcept operator WOWorks created two chief brand officer positions to oversee its two groups of six restaurant brands, as well as handle the day-to-day operations for these concepts. Two company veterans were appointed to fulfill these roles.

The Middleby Corporation appointed Danielle Mason to the newly created position of director of consultant services.

Gwen Bialas was promoted to president of foodservice equipment lines Carter-Hoffmann, Doyon and Nu-Vu, all of which are a part of the Middleby Corp.

Aaron Bremer has rejoined Thermodyne Foodservice Products as national sales representative and corporate chef. He previously served as Thermodyne’s corporate chef from 2017 to 2021.

Multiconcept operator Inspire Brands tapped Daniel Sasso to serve as director of equipment innovation and automation, a part of the Inspire Equipment Innovation Team.

Polar King Mobile named Dominic Tippmann as national sales representative.

BradyIFS has acquired Camden Bag and Paper Company, a distributor of foodservice and janitorial and sanitation products serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TriMark SS Kemp added Eric Dey to the newly created position of senior director of construction services.

Tracy Kim was named chief operating officer for DIG, a vegetable-centric, multi-format restaurant group.

Culinary Depot continued its expansion in the Southeastern U.S. with the acquisition of Restaurant Warehouse, a Florida-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer with three locations. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Greg Baggott was named president of Cres Cor, an Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Panera Bread opened its first unit dedicated solely to off-premises customers. Known as Panera To Go, this digital-only location features a reduced front of the house with no seating; guests and delivery drivers can pick up orders from dedicated shelves. 

Star Holdings Group tapped Adam Dyer to serve as group culinary and regional vice president of sales for the Midwest and Southwest regions.

Thermodyne Foodservice Products hired Mark Espy to serve as shipping and receiving coordinator at its headquarters plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Private-equity firm Source Capital has acquired Kitchen Brains, a designer and manufacturer of fully integrated smart cooking computers, electronic controls and software solutions for commercial foodservice operations. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TriMark USA, a Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, made two executive appointments.

Thermo-Kool promoted Melissa Harrison to inside sales manager for the Mississippi-based manufacturer of walk-in refrigeration and blast chillers/shock freezers.