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.

New Board Officers and Board Members Named for the National Restaurant Association and Education Foundation

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation named their 2020 board officers and directors. Melvin Rodrigue, president and CEO of Galatoire’s Restaurants, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors, and Stan Harris, president and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

Zink Acquires JMA

In a move that enhances its product knowledge in the furniture area, independent manufacturer’s rep firm The Zink Corporation has acquired John Manson & Associates.

Middleby Names New Blodgett President

Company veteran Erica Havers was promoted to president of Blodgett Oven Group. In her new role Havers will direct and oversee the Middleby brands Blodgett, Perfect Fry, Marsal and BKI, all of which are manufactured in Essex, Vt.

Wyatt Becomes Boston Market CEO

Boston Market promoted Eric Wyatt to chief executive officer. He replaces Frances Allen, who is leaving the restaurant chain to pursue a new venture, per a company release.

Grill Station Grit

No matter the foodservice operation, it’s a sure bet that the grill station serves as heart of the kitchen. More often than not, this area encompasses the culinary team using charbroilers and flattop griddles in tandem to prepare a majority of menu items.

Trend: West African Cuisine

As ethnic fare continues on a strong trajectory, the popularity of West African cuisine across the U.S. grows. The National Restaurant Association placed West African cuisine/flavors second in its global flavors ranking in its What’s Hot 2019 culinary forecast. These foods appeal to those seeking traditional dishes of the region made with authentic, spicy and healthy ingredients, some more familiar than others.

Eatertainment Venues Step Up Food and Drink

How about some ginger pork dumplings or Korean short rib baos with your dart game? Table tennis and grilled chicken thigh kebabs, anyone? Or maybe it’s some wine and pasta while viewing the latest blockbuster — or a local craft beer and smoked brisket sandwich at the ballgame?