Buffett Bets Big on Pilot Flying J Truck Stops, Buys Majority Stake

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Warren Buffett’s company is acquiring a major stake in Pilot Flying J truck stops and it will become a majority owner within about five years. The ubiquitous truck stops, 750 of them in 44 states and Canada, make up the 15th largest private company in the U.S., according to Forbes, with revenue of more than… read more

Catering Equipment Center Opens In UK

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The National Catering Equipment Centre in Bristol debuted in September as a showcase for a broad spectrum of catering equipment and products from more than 40 suppliers. The specialized facility welcomes industry professionals and catering enthusiasts to come and share ideas, learn more about the products, and get advice from the center’s on-hand team of… read more

Jackson Add Director of Consultant Services, Sheila Palinkas, to Sales Team

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As Director of Consultant Services, Sheila will focus on the Foodservice Consultant community to increase awareness and gain acceptance of Jackson Warewashing products. She will work with Foodservice Consultants, coordinating and collaborating with Consultants to ensure confidence in products, service and operation. Sheila brings a wealth of experience from her tenure working on the foodservice… read more

Dealerships Form Strategic Partnership

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The continued evolution of the foodservice dealer community took an interesting twist last week with the owners of Massachusetts-based B&G Restaurant Supply forming a partnership with Florida-based Johnson-Lancaster and Associates. The two companies opened a joint office in Westwood, Mass., that will go to market as Eastern B&G Food Service Equipment and will ultimately include… read more

Middleby Corporation Acquires Sveba Dahlen Group

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Middleby Corporation acquires Sveba Dahlen Group, a leading manufacturer of high-quality bakery ovens, baking equipment and planetary mixers in Northern Europe. Sveba Dahlen was founded in 1948 and has a market leading position within professional high-quality baking ovens and baking equipment in Northern Europe. The company sells its products under three premium brands, Sveba Dahlen,… read more

Singer Buys Ashland Equipment

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Singer Equipment Co. has acquired the business of Ashland Equipment, the Belcamp, Md., dealer. Ashland has a large contract equipment presence in its home state, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., markets, serving healthcare, higher education, K-12, business and industry, and restaurant segments. Rod White will continue leading the new division, which will operate as Ashland… read more

The Middleby Corporation Acquires QualServ Solutions, LLC

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The Middleby Corporation announced the acquisition of QualServ Solutions, LLC, a global commercial kitchen design, manufacturing, engineering, project management and equipment solutions provider. QualServ, based in Fort Smith, Ark., has annual revenues of $100 million. “QualServ is a respected industry leader providing a unique set of services and equipment solutions for the commercial foodservice equipment… read more

Andow Named Pres of Systems Concepts – 9.1.17

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David W. Andow Named President of System Concepts, Inc., Developer of the FOOD-TRAK® Food & Beverage Management System System Concepts, Inc., leading provider of food and beverage procurement, inventory, and culinary control software solutions, announced the appointment of David W. Andow to the new position of company President. SCI’s FOOD-TRAK® cloud-based and in-house applications are… read more

McD’s Strikes Tech Deal w/Capgemini – 9.1.17

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McDonald’s Strikes Major Tech Deal with Capgemini McDonald’s has struck a partnership with Capgemini to accelerate the digital overhaul of its restaurants, which has big Chicago employment implications inside and outside the company. About 100 McDonald’s tech workers will become Capgemini employees, and the Paris-based outsourcing and consulting company plans a major Chicago expansion that… read more

Middleby Corporation Announces Acquisition – 9.1.17

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The Middleby Corporation Acquires QualServ Solutions, LLC The Middleby Corporation announced the acquisition of QualServ Solutions, LLC, a global commercial kitchen design, manufacturing, engineering, project management and equipment solutions provider. QualServ, based in Fort Smith, Ark., has annual revenues of $100 million. “QualServ is a respected industry leader providing a unique set of services and… read more