Global Foodservice and Equipment Newsletter – April 15, 2018 Edition

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  Middleby Acquires Firex Srl The Middleby Corporation announced the acquisition of Firex Srl. The company is a leading manufacturer of steam cooking equipment for the commercial foodservice industry. Based in Sedico, Italy, Firex has approximately $20 million USD in annual revenues. “The Firex acquisition extends our product offerings in steam and sous vide cooking, categories which continue to grow… read more

Fish City Grill Names Dave Orenstein President

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Fish City Grill has named Dave Orenstein to the long unfilled positions of president and chief operating officer, the company said. Orenstein most recently served as president of the fast-casual Snappy Salads Enterprises. Both companies are based in Dallas. Orenstein will also oversee Fish City’s second casual-dining concept, Half Shells. “I’m thrilled to be joining… read more

Industry Veteran to Llead Applegate

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John Ghingo has been named president of Applegate Farms, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp. Most recently, Mr. Ghingo was president of plant-based foods and beverages at the WhiteWave Foods Co., which was acquired by Danone. Previously, Mr. Ghingo held several marketing leadership positions at Mondelez International. He is a graduate of the University… read more

Cinnabon Fills Brand President Role

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Kristen Hartman has been promoted to brand president at Cinnabon, Inc., a subsidiary of Focus Brands, Inc. Ms. Hartman will be responsible for the brand’s strategy and continued business growth. Ms. Hartman joined Focus Brands in 2012 as vice-president of marketing. In 2015, she was promoted to senior vice-president of global marketing for the snack… read more

The Impact of Music in Restaurants

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Do you think the music you hear in a restaurant matters? And how much does it matter? Interior design strategies are vital for any successful restaurant. Menus, lighting, seating layout, materials, and colors all combine to deliver a great customer experience and to bring the brand to life. Of all sensory inputs, we respond quickest… read more

Global Foodservice and Equipment Newsletter – April 1, 2018 Edition

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To Our Loyal Followers, Today’s headlines include: DNA test prove that Tom Brady is really only 25. The Rutgers University Football team is Ranked Number 1 by the Bowl Selection Committee. The Kardashians’ have left social media for good.  Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, & Virginia, secede from the United States based on the USA… read more

Noah’s Pulls the Wraps off Redesign

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Noah’s New York Bagels has officially pulled the wraps off its first new restaurant in several years, providing a blueprint for new units and design elements for an ongoing remodeling program, president Tyler Ricks said. Noah’s, a division of JAB Holding Co.’s Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, opened the new 2,300-square-foot restaurant in Oakland, Calif., and… read more

Global Foodservice and Equipment Newsletter – March 15, 2018 Edition

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Jubilant FoodWorks forms JV with Golden Harvest to launch Domino’s Pizza in Bangladesh Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd, which operates Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in India, said it has formed a joint venture with Golden Harvest QSR Ltd of Bangladesh to launch Domino’s Pizza in the neighboring country. Golden Harvest QSR, which is an entity… read more

Starbucks Wants People to Linger over a Cocktail at Reserve Stores

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A bar offering pairings of appetite-inducing cocktails with ingredients such as Aperol and Campari, served alongside aged parmigiano reggiano and Cerignola green olives, anchors one corner of the company’s new Reserve store, opening on the ground floor of its Sodo headquarters building . It’s the first of up to 1,000 such high-end stores Starbucks has… read more

Dairy Queen is Moving its Headquarters from Edina to Bloomington

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Dairy Queen is moving its headquarters just down the street from Edina to Bloomington as the nearly 80-year-old ice cream shop and fast-food franchise continues to reinvent itself. International Dairy Queen Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will relocate its franchisee support center to occupy more than 50,000 square feet at the 8000 Tower… read more