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.

Middleby Buys RAM Fryer Dispensers

The Middleby Corporation added an automated option to its restaurant equipment portfolio thanks to the acquisition of RAM Fry Dispensers from Automated Equipment LLC. RAM produces automated frozen French fry dispensing equipment.

Coolgreens Names Madlener President

Healthy lifestyle-focused Coolgreens promoted Todd Madlener from vice president of operations to president and chief operating officer.

First Watch Creates Chief Transformation Officer

First Watch turned to a former PepsiCo executive to fill the restaurant chain’s newly created post of chief transformation officer. In his new role, Greg Barber becomes leading strategy development and will partner with First Watch’s key functional leaders on the development and implementation of corporate initiatives.

KCL Sharpens its International Focus

KCL has plans to expand its business outside of the Americas. Luca Salomoni will now represent KCL and its product lines in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. KCL provides an array of software products that aid in the foodservice design process, including consolidating equipment symbol libraries and specifications in one location.

SEFA Adds Two to Its Executive Team

SEFA appointed Rachael Weaver chief operating officer and Stephen Mills to the newly created officer of vice president of finance for the dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group.

IFMA Promotes Schwartz to VP Role

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association promoted Michael Schwartz senior vice president of member value. In his new role, Schwartz will serve as the senior executive leading the product and marketing side of the business, working with IFMA members and its board of directors to create new products and manage the association’s current portfolio.

Irinox Adds to its Sales Team

Sebastian Heil will become Southwest sales manager and corporate chef for Irinox, effective January 20, 2020.