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                              FE&S delivers relevant news of the day to the foodservice equipment and supplies marketplace.


                              Joe Guith was promoted to category president, restaurant brands for Focus Brands. He previously served as president of McAlister’s Deli, one of the restaurant chains Focus Brands owns.

                              Five foodservice equipment manufacturers were among the 206 organizations and businesses honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2021 Energy Star Awards.

                              In a deal that unites two publicly traded foodservice equipment manufacturers, The Middleby Corporation will acquire Welbilt in an all-stock transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2021. The boards of directors for both companies have approved this deal, per a Middleby release.

                              While navigating the past year, restaurant operators have had to deal with countless unforeseen challenges.

                              Bloomin’ Brands promoted Lissette Gonzalez to senior vice president, supply chain. Gonzalez joined the Florida-based multiconcept operator in 2014 and was promoted to vice president of global procurement in 2019.

                              Jeremy Vitaro was appointed chief development officer for Little Caesars. In his new role, Vitaro will focus on new unit growth both domestically and abroad.

                              Boston Showcase Company hired Angelo Sodano to serve as a project design specialist for the Newton Highlands, Mass.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

                              Former Panera executive John McKay was appointed vice president of real estate and development for multiconcept operator Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group.

                              Chris Karssiens was appointed interim president of Hoshizaki America. He replaces James McDowell, who left the company for personal reasons, per a release announcing the transition.

                              Sandra Trimble joins Winholt as East Coast regional sales manager for the New York-based manufacturing firm.

                              Brooklyn Dumpling Shop hired Hilary Street as director of operations for North America. Street comes to Brooklyn Dumpling Shop from Dos Tacos Taqueria, where she served as vice president of operations for the quick-serve Mexican concept.

                              Kitchens To Go, a division of GRS Holding LLC, was acquired by Mobile Modular Management Corporation.

                              Restaurant industry veteran Kim Boerema was appointed president of cafe operations for Hard Rock Cafe

                              Foodservice consulting firm Cini?Little International has expanded into the Charlotte, N.C., market with the addition of Lisa Paige-Pretorious.

                              Smart Care promoted Gyner Ozgul to chief operating officer and Christopher Buschmann to chief information officer for the Minnesota-based commercial kitchen equipment service agency.

                              Mulitiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group has acquired KOLD-DRAFT from The Legacy Companies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

                              An Ohio rep firm changes its name, while Texas rep firms Chrane Foodservice Solutions and EPI add to their teams. Also, foodservice equipment manufacturers Forza Forni, RSG and Wood Stone up their rep networks.

                              In a deal involving two of the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers in the country, Singer Equipment Company has acquired Thompson & Little. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.