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Michael Montagano was promoted to CEO of Kitchen United, a ghost-kitchen operation. In addition, Kitchen United promoted Joy Lai to COO.

Refrigerated Solutions Group added three foodservice professionals to its sales organization.

The members of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association elected Kirby Mallon of Elmer Schultz to serve as the organization’s president.

G2 —short for Grains & Greens —is the 2020 winner of the Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition presented by HX: The Hotel Experience. The winning G2 concept touches on many elements that connect with current trends, including creating a touchless experience and offering locally sourced ingredients.

Jason Cochran, vice president of operations for Chipotle, discusses everything from lessons learned due to COVID-19 to the impact of the digital evolution on restaurant design and more in this recap of his presentation and conversation with FE&S’ Joe Carbonara during the 2020 FEDA Conference.

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management recognized the accomplishments of six foodservice professionals with the organization’s annual Directors Awards.

Planned maintenance. The words make sense at first glance, but think about them for a moment and they raise some questions: What does a planned maintenance agreement cover? How should operators choose a planned maintenance provider? And are these deals really worth the cost?

Harmon Lewis, a longtime executive at American Panel, passed away on Sept. 1. He was 72 years old.

Popular in bars and restaurants with strong bar programs, glasswashers allow operations to quickly clean glasses in large batches.

In the midst of COVID-19, the food safety stakes have become even higher.

Sam Grano de Oro, formerly of foodservice equipment manufacturer Cadco, died on Sept. 16, 2020.

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Alto-Shaam has opened a culinary center in Limena, Italy.

Polar King, an Indiana-based manufacturer, has formed a mobile business unit that provides 8 to 16-foot long refrigerated trailers.

Winholt appointed Kevin Yates vice president of business development and promoted Michael Carlson to vice president of sales.

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association hosted its 2020 Annual Conference remotely. One of the keynote speakers was Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell. He shared a few insights about business in today’s marketplace and how dealers can work with operators to support their businesses. What follows are a few highlights from that presentation, which was moderated by FE&S’ Joe Carbonara.

Taco John’s hired former McDonald’s executive Greg Miller to serve as chief operating officer.

Presenting a keynote presentation at the 2020 FEDA Conference was Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec Group, an IT security firm. He’s also a cast member of the television show Shark Tank.

Joe Koss will retire from his role as CEO and president of Culver Franchising System the end of 2020. Culver’s leadership has begun the search for Koss’ replacement.

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management announced the five members of its first-ever class for the Julie Flik Rising Star Continuation Program. This program honors the memory of SHFM Past President Julie Flik.

Matt Auck was named director of sales and culinary for Eloma USA, an Ali Group company.