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.

Vermillion to Retire from The Wasserstrom Company

UrsellaUrsula Vermillion Ursula Vermillion will retire from her post as executive vice president of national smallwares for The Wasserstrom Company effective June 28. The Columbus, Ohio-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer hired Cathy King to fill Vermillion’s role.

IFMA Presents 2019 Silver Plate Award to Washington

Regynald G. Washington, president of Paradies Lagardère Dining Division, was the winner of the 2019 Gold Plate Award presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. Paradies Lagardère Dining Division is an Atlanta-based restaurant and travel retail company operating 174 restaurants in 43 airports in the United States and Canada. The operator has revenues in excess of $350 million.

FE&S Dealer of the Year and All-Industry Awards Gala

FE&S Publisher Maureen Slocum and Editorial Director Joe Carbonara hosted the 2019 FE&S Dealer of the Year and All-Industry Awards Gala May 18 at the Four Seasons Chicago. (Click on images for full story)

The Boelter Companies’ Nick Pope Receives FE&S’ 2019 DSR of the Year Award

lownick hugNick Pope, The Boelter Companies, hugs FE&S Publisher Maureen Slocum as he accepts the DSR of the Year award.Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named Nick Pope, project manager for The Boelter Companies in Chicago, its 2019 DSR of the Year. Pope accepted his award during FE&S’ 2019 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which took place May 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

Kennedy Becomes EVP for National Restaurant Association

Sean Kennedy was named executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association. Kennedy will lead all advocacy initiatives, federal and grassroots lobbying efforts, and policy economic analysis for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization.

Kennedy brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role, most recently serving as senior vice president, global government affairs for Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association representing U.S.-based passenger and cargo airlines. His public service background includes serving as special assistant to the president in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House, chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and legislative director for former Congressman Richard Gephardt. Kennedy also has private sector experience, having served as assistant vice president, federal relations at AT&T.

Concepcion Assumes Leadership Position for The Greene Turtle

Geo ConcepcionGeo ConcepcionGeovannie “Geo” Concepcion assumed the role of president and CEO for The Greene Turtle, a 44-unit casual-dining chain. Concepcion, who formerly served as chief operatiing officer of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, replaces Bob Barry, who is stepping down from that role but will remain a shareholder in the company.

During his time with Famous Dave’s, Concepcion led company and franchise operations, marketing, IT, culinary, franchise sales and training. Also on Concepcion’s watch, Famous Dave’s launched three new prototypes. 

Parts Town Buys Parts App Developer

Parts Town, a distributor of equipment parts for the foodservice industry, has acquired 3Plenish, an innovative app that enables management of parts inventory and replenishment for trucks used by field service-focused companies and other organizations that manage service technicians as well as parts stockrooms. 

KFC U.S. Appoints Rothgery COO

kfcM Rothgery HeadshotMonica RothgeryMonica Rothgery was promoted to chief operating officer of KFC U.S. She has been with YUM! Brands, the chain’s parent company, for nearly three decades, most recently serving as chief productivity officer for KFC U.S. since August 2018. Rothgerytakes over the COO role following the retirement of Phil Klezmer.