Larry Singleton has perfected the art of the old country score

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When Larry Singleton was 10 years old, he begrudgingly accompanied his mother and father, Kathleen and Don Singleton, on their weekend forays buying and selling antiques. He would help his parents unload and set up their wares at flea markets near and far from their hometown of Lebanon, Tennessee, where they owned an antique shop… read more

CEO Paul Macaluso: It’s Time to Reinvigorate Krystal

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In Paul Macaluso’s early days as Krystal CEO, he spoke with customers and heard pretty uniform responses. Guests have fond memories of the brand, all over the country. That was true even for those who hadn’t dined at the 86-year-old brand in a while. But it’s this second point Macaluso pinned to the drawing board…. read more

Former Taco Bell executive joins McDonald’s Alum and Food Industry Veterans to Round out Executive Team

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Culinary on demand startup Kitchen United announced that Meredith Sandland will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, effective March 5, 2018. Sandland most recently served as Chief Development Officer for Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands with 7,000 locations and $10 billion in system sales. In this role, she added more than $1 billion in sales to the system through… read more

Dickie Brennan Named National Restaurant Association Show Convention Chair

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The National Restaurant Association announced it has selected Dickie Brennan, owner and managing partner of Dickie Brennan & Company, to serve as its convention chair for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show 2018 (NRA Show). In this capacity, Brennan will advise the Association to ensure that the NRA Show—the most comprehensive event for restaurants,… read more

Appoints Bernard Acoca as President and Chief Executive Officer

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El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. announced that Bernard Acoca has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 12, 2018.  Mr. Acoca will succeed Steve Sather, who previously announced his intent to retire during 2017.  Mr. Acocawill also replace Mr. Sather on the Company’s Board of Directors. Michael Maselli, Chairman of the Board of Directors of El Pollo Loco, stated, “The… read more

Everidge Hires New VP of Sales for Thermalrite and ICS

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Everidge, a manufacturer of walk-in coolers and freezers and other refrigerated solutions, has hired Feras Affani as vice president of sales for brands ThermalRite and ICS. Affani will be responsible for generating new business, and sustaining and growing current customers in the foodservice and non-commercial segments. At ThermalRite, he will be in charge of chain… read more

Global Foodservice and Equipment Newsletter – March 1, 2018 Edition

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To Our Loyal Followers, Here it is the beginning of March, can Spring weather be on the horizon? I watched the first televised Cubs /Sox game so as baseball has its’ Spring training, I would like to share a few Spring Training tips with you that I recently read; authored, by Brandon Stanley. Brandon is… read more

Global Foodservice Newsletter – February 1, 2018 Edition

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Exhibitors Optimistic for Business in 2018 Chicago-AHR Expo exhibitors are predicting 2018 to be a good year for business, according to the 2018 AHR Expo Exhibitor Economic Outlook Survey. Of the 81 exhibitors who responded to the survey, 61.7% think 2018 will be a “good” year for business prospects, while 27.2% responded they think it… read more

Global Foodservice and Equipment Newsletter – January 15, 2018 Edition

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Red Robin Restaurants Eliminate All Busboys The national restaurant chain Red Robin announced it would eliminate busboys at all of its 570 restaurants, as the company expects it will save $8 million in 2018 by doing so. Red Robin’s chief financial officer Guy Constant told attendees at the ICR retail conference, “We need to do that… read more