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.

TriMark Taps Retail Veteran to Fill key Supply Chain Role

Looking to further integrate its multiple divisions, TriMark USA turned to a former Walmart executive to become chief supply chain officer for the Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

GO Restaurant Format Takes Flight for Buffalo Wild Wings

Looking to take advantage of consumers’ growing appetites for takeout and delivery orders, Buffalo Wild Wings opened the doors on its first GO model restaurant in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Utah-Based Barbecue Chain Appoints New President

R&R BBQ appointed restaurant industry veteran Neil Harfert to serve as president of the chain. Founders Rod and Roger Livingston plan to retire to pursue other interests, per a company statement.

FE&S 2020 Dealer of the Year: Mobile Fixture and Equipment Co. Inc.

Picture this: In 1997, just 23 years ago, Mobile Fixture & Equipment Co. Inc. operated out of a retrofitted car dealership building with low ceilings and not so much as a forklift to move inventory. Sales were $5 million, the majority of which was generated by one rep. In a rapidly changing industry in which pressure to modernize and grow or die were becoming ever stronger, death — or at least acquisition — might have seemed imminent.

Off-Premises Strategies

The impact of COVID-19 will result in significant declines in foodservice sales for 2020. While restaurant operators shift focus to exclusively off-premises service to help soften the blow, expect the overall sales decline to be deep and potentially unprecedented.

The Changing Front of the House

An attractive, well-functioning front of the house can serve as a major draw for customers.

Boston Market Nets New Owners

Through its affiliate Engage Brands, the Rohan Group of Companies has acquired Boston Market from Sun Capital Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sun Capital acquired Boston Market in 2007.