Jody Macedonio Named COO of Dean Foods Co.

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Ms. Macedonio joins Dean Foods from Henkel AG, where she was most recently senior vice-president of finance for the North America Laundry and Beauty divisions. Before Henkel acquired Sun Products Corp., she was treasurer and senior vice-president of finance and planning for Sun Products. Prior to that, Ms. Macedonio held several roles at PepsiCo, Inc.,… read more

Ruby Tuesday Names Turnaround Expert New CEO

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Ruby Tuesday is eager to get its turnaround started. Just a few weeks after naming Aziz Hashim interim CEO of the struggling casual dining chain, the brand handed Ray Blanchette the permanent tag Tuesday. Announced during the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida, Ruby Tuesday said Blanchette’s history of revitalizing fledging brands makes him an ideal… read more

Dunkin’ Donuts US Names Scott Murphy COO

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Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has promoted Scott Murphy to chief operating officer of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., the parent company said Monday. Previously, he was senior vice president of operations for the U.S. and Canada. Murphy will continue to report to Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. president David Hoffmann. The Canton, Mass.-based company has also moved responsibility for… read more

Steak ‘N Shake is Planning its First Chicago Restaurant

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Steak ‘n Shake, the fast-food chain many University of Illinois transplants are familiar with from their days in Champaign, is planning to open its first Chicago location. While the Indianapolis-based chain has restaurants in the surrounding suburbs, it hasn’t opened within the city’s limits. An opening timeframe hasn’t been shared, but Steak ‘n Shake is… read more

El Pollo Loco Franchisee Acquires Wendy’s Franchisee

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WKS Restaurant Group, the largest El Pollo Loco franchisee, has acquired Pennant Foods Corp. and its 52 Wendy’s in Southern California, the company said this week. Lakewood, Calif.-based WKS, which now owns more than 180 franchise restaurants that include such other brands as Blaze Pizza, Corner Bakery Café, Denny’s and Krispy Kreme, purchased Pennant from… read more

Ampex Brands is Continuing its Rapid Expansion

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Fast-growing North Texas franchisee Ampex Brands is continuing its rapid expansion with the acquisition of 77 Pizza Hut units. The company purchased the pizza restaurants, all located in North Texas, from Pizza Hut’s corporate office last month. The deal adds $88 million to Ampex’s top line and makes it Plano-based Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee in North… read more

Plans to Convert up to 12 Locations to –commerce Fulfillment Centers

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Walmart, Inc. said it will close 63 Sam’s Club locations nationwide and convert up to 12 of the affected clubs to e-commerce fulfillment centers in a move to speed delivery of online orders. Following the closures, the company will operate 597 Sam’s Club stores. “Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart… read more

Red Robin Lays off Some Field, Corporate-Level Staff

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. this week laid off a number of field and corporate-level workers, the company confirmed. The Greenwood Village, Colo.-based brand said “the casual-dining marketplace has changed dramatically in recent years and our guests’ needs have evolved,” according to Kevin Caulfield, Red Robin spokesperson, in an email. To remain a strong and… read more

Culinary Collection Cruises on Windstar

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Culinary travel reaches a new zenith now that the James Beard Foundation has launched its Culinary Collection series of eight 2017-2018 cruises onboard Windstar’s small luxury cruise line. On its fleet of bespoke yachts, Windstar has launched its stellar James Beard program with exclusive menus created and prepared by guest chefs, including “Top Chef” judge… read more

Edward Don & Company Acquires Smith & Green Company

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Edward Don & Company, a Woodridge, Ill.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, has acquired Smith & Green Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith & Greene, a Kent, Wash.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward Don & Company and will remain under the leadership of… read more