Foodservice News & Trends

Breaking news for the full foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel. Includes information on dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators spanning leadership changes, mergers and acquisitions, trends, data and much more.

DFS Crowns King to Serve as CEO

Former Reinhart Foodservice executive Jeff King was appointed president and chief executive officer for Diversified Foodservice Supply. He succeeds Bob Aiken who is retiring but will continue to serve on DFS’ board of directors.

Bar Louie Prepares for Next Chapter

Bar Louie has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reached an agreement with lenders to serve as the stalking horse purchaser. The company plans to continue to operate its 90 locations throughout this process and expects to emerge from bankruptcy within 90 days.

Lancer Corporation Names New Vice President

Lancer Corporation promoted Jason Marrero to vice president of its Coca-Cola Enterprise. Marrero has 20 years experience in the beverage dispensing industry, including 10 with Lancer. He most recently served as senior director of Coca-Cola North America.

Company Veteran to Lead Vulcan Cooking Business

Vulcan and the ITW Food Equipment Group promoted Chris Stern to vice president and general manager of cooking, North America, effective February 10, 2020. He replaces Mihyar Mohamed, who will transition to a leadership role in ITW’s Construction Products Segment.

New CEO is on the Menu for CEC Entertainment

CEC Entertainment chose someone with experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries to fill its CEO role. David McKillips was appointed CEO for the multiconcept operator whose portfolio includes the Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant chains.

Eloma USA Gets New Leadership Structure

The Ali Group updated the organizational structure for Eloma USA, one of its operating companies. The role of president for Eloma USA has been eliminated and the company created the position of vice president of sales.

Crown Brands Changes Name to Oneida Hospitality Group

In addition to the Oneida line, Oneida Hospitality Group consists of a collection of other foodservice lines including UpDate International, Tomlinson Industries, Focus Foodservice, Johnson Rose and Co-Rect.

DDI System Adds Market Specialist

DDI System tapped David Greene to serve as a market specialist for the software company that develops ERP and e-commerce software and services for the foodservice industry. In his new role, Greene will lead communication and strategic direction for the company working with dealers, distributors and trade associations.