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.

Food Safety in Coronavirus High-Alert Times

As the coronavirus remains a top news story, it’s a reminder to everyone in the foodservice industry the importance of food safety measures. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far this season 26 million people have contracted the flu. It is very likely that many of these consumers ate at a restaurant around the time they were contaminated. Now is a great time to reassess sanitation measures: How strong is your strategy to prevent the transmission of the flu virus?

FOCUS Brands Books Former Hotel Exec as Next CEO

Former Hilton executive Jim Holthouser was appointed CEO for multiconcept operator FOCUS Brands. Holthouser replaces Jim DeSutter, who retired after six years with FOCUS Brands.

Taco Bell Promotes Lawson to Global Chief Brand Officer

Taco Bell Corp. introduced Nikki Lawson as its global chief brand officer, effective this coming April. Lawson is the former managing director in the South Pacific for Taco Bell’s sister concept KFC. In her new role Lawson becomes responsible for the Taco Bell brand in the U.S. and across the world.

Consulting Firm WC & Partners Triggers Succession Plan

Longtime foodservice consultant Bill Caruso is semi-retiring from WC & Partners, PC, the practice he founded. As a result of this transition, the company will now do business as William Caruso & Partners, LLC, operating under the leadership of Stephen Young and Michael Caruso. Both will carry the title of managing member and executive principal and co-manage the practice.

TriMark to Open Two Chef’s Toys Locations

TriMark USA, a Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies distributor, will open two cash and carry locations this month. Operating as Chef’s Toys, the stores will be in the California cities of Commerce and Oakland. When these two locations come online later this month, it will give TriMark a total of ten Chef’s Toys stores.

Smart Care Expands Sales Team

Smart Care Equipment Solutions expanded its sales team via several promotions and new hires.

FE&S Announces Recipients of its 2020 Top Achiever Awards

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the five foodservice professionals that are the recipients of its 2020 Top Achiever Awards. These awards recognize excellence among foodservice consultants, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers’ reps, operators and service agents.