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Two longtime manufacturers’ reps, Edward Pecinka Sr. formerly of Pecinka Ferri and Dick Wiczek of Wiczek & Associates have passed away.

Clean Juice hired Tripp Setliff to serve as chief operating officer for the organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant concept.

Lance Trenary, president and CEO of Golden Corral was named the 2022 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

Smart Care Equipment Solutions has acquired Almcoe Refrigeration Company, a Texas-based, family-owned service agency specializing in refrigeration for commercial, retail, and industrial cold storage operations.

Private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners sold Captain D’s, one of its portfolio companies, to Centre Partners. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wyman Roberts will retire as chief executive officer and president of Brinker International and as president of Chili’s Grill & Bar effective June 5, 2022. Kevin Hochman will replace Roberts effective June 6, 2022. Hochman currently serves as president of KFC U.S., which is owned by Yum! Brands. Dyke Shipp, a KFC Division president, will assume direct management responsibility of KFC U.S. until a new president of KFC U.S. is named.

Allied Buying Corporation, an Illinois-based dealer buying group, recognized the contributions of some of its members and vendors with its annual awards program.

The National Association of College & University Food Services named the gold, silver and bronze winners of its 2022 Loyal E. Horton Dining, Nutrition, and Sustainability Awards.

American Panel Corporation promoted company veteran Jesse Erskin to national sales manager.

Joe Gillie was appointed vice president of operations for Famous Toastery, a 25-plus unit better breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain.

IBEX named Charlie Pantelakos a business unit manager for the ITW Food Equipment Group company. Pantelakos will oversee sales education training and focus on sales growth for the brand.

Multiconcept operator WOWorks added two restaurant chains to the company’s portfolio through its acquisitions of Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina and Zoup! Eatery.

Foodservice equipment industry veteran Kevin Fink has joined Parts Town in the newly created role of senior vice president, global manufacturer partnerships for the Illinois-based OEM parts distributor.

Fishman & Associates, a Florida-based equipment dealer, added three business development professionals to its roster: Matt Andrus, Justin Sells, and Jennifer Stott.

After a presence that spans more than 30 years, McDonald’s is about to exit the Russian market.

SEFA, dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, recognized the contributions of some of its member companies and suppliers through a series of annual awards.

LTI hired Shawn Nicholas to serve as financial controller for the designer of modular and custom serving counters.

Five foodservice equipment manufacturers were among the more than 200 organizations and businesses honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2022 Energy Star Awards.

Multiconcept operator Focus Brands hired Tracey Young to serve as chief brand officer for Cinnabon and promoted Jim Salerno to chief brand officer for Carvel.

Electrolux Professional plans to make a series of organizational changes that will take effect July 1 and impact its foodservice business both in the U.S. and abroad.