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Cannoli Kitchen Pizza named restaurant executive Andrew DiMatteo as its operations manager.

Chester's Chicken introduced Bill Rice as the quick-service chicken chain’s executive vice president. In this role, Rice heads up sales, operations and supply chain.

As it prepares for a growth spurt, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza + Craft Bar made a series of leadership changes, including the appointment of Scott Isaacs as president of the Southeastern restaurant chain.

For the second time in less than a week, one of the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers in the country has been acquired. In this case, Florida-based Johnson-Lancaster and Associates has purchased California-based IFE Group/SCRDG. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sammic added Tom O’Connor to its sales team serving as regional manager for its eastern territory.

Marco’s Pizza hired Kathleen Kennedy to serve as director of culinary innovation.

David Rolston will retire from his role as Hatco's chief executive officer, effective April 5, 2024. Lorne Deacon, Hatco’s president, will assume the CEO role. This is the next step in a succession plan Hatco triggered a couple of years ago.

Limelight Foodservice & Hospitality and Specialized Wisconsin become partners, while Pecinka Ferri adds some culinary experience to its team. Thermo-Kool adds to its rep network while Wallin Foodservice bolsters its line card.

In a deal involving two of the top 20 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers in the country, Singer Equipment Co. has acquired Hotel & Restaurant Supply. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Alto-Shaam promoted Kristina Bladecki to the role of manager of culinary for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

The parent company to chains Pie Five and Pizza Inn, RAVE Restaurant Group made a series of personnel moves that include naming Zack Viljoen, vice president of operations for RAVE and general manager of Pie Five; Denise Wilson, associate vice president of supply chain; and Roger Mangum, director of operations and training.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works hired Kevin Herndon to serve as the regional sales manager for the West Coast and Tim Schmidt as the regional sales manager for the East Coast.

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies increased by 1.1% during the fourth quarter of 2023, per the data from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry.

Pizza University hired Leo Spizzirri to serve as its director of education.

Marra Forni has hired Danielle Mason as director of consultant services for the manufacturer of commercial brick ovens. 

CKE Restaurants Holdings updated the leadership of its Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains with several appointments.

Eight foodservice equipment manufacturers were among the hundreds of organizations and businesses honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2024 Energy Star Awards.