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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.

The Legacy Companies promoted Alexia Rouquette to the vice president of marketing for the Florida-based company’s Commercial Division.

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

Jeff Klein was appointed president of Popeyes U.S. and Canada. He replaces Sami Siddiqui who was named chief financial officer for Popeyes parent company Restaurant Brands International.

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.

Mike Burns now serves as chief executive officer for restaurant chain &pizza. Burns takes over from &pizza co-founder Michael Lastoria.

Multiconcept operator The ONE Group Hospitality continues to add to its restaurant portfolio.

Multiline foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturer CFS Brands has formed an “integrated foodservice channel sales organization."

Wild Eggs welcomed back one of its company founders in a leadership role. JD Rothberg now serves as senior vice president of operations for the Louisville-based breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain.

In a move to further integrate the companies’ products and services, Ali Group North America and Welbilt have merged and will now go to market in North America under the Welbilt name. In support of the merger the company made a series of organizational changes.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream hired Jennifer Schuler to serve as chief executive officer for the 130-unit chain.

Chrane and Preferred Source add to their teams, while Ignite and Johnson Pike add to their line cards. Plus, Perlick updates its rep network.

As part of a succession plan that was triggered late last year, Shake Shack appointed Rob Lynch as chief executive officer and board member, effective May 20, 2024.

To help support aggressive international growth plans that call for three of four new store openings to occur outside of the U.S., Starbucks has updated its leadership structure. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2024 and support Starbucks' plan of growing to 55,000 locations globally.

Structural Concepts hired foodservice industry veteran Michael Kelly as director of autonomous retail merchandiser sales.

The National Restaurant Association hired Sue Hensley to serve as senior vice president of member engagement and Dr. Chad Moutray as vice president of research and knowledge.

Apex Restaurant & Market Solutions hired Blake Hammond to serve as executive chef for its Elite Cuisine corporate dining and catering services.

Foodservice industry veteran Ryan Norman has joined Middleby Corp. as director of consultant services for the multiline manufacturer’s beverage brands.

Premier Foodservice expands its roster as well as its territory. Chrane and PRNW add to their line cards while Winston welcomes a pair of new rep firms. Also, Thermo-Kool updates its rep network.