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.
Robert Nelson will become CEO for the National Association of College & University Food Services, effective April 12.
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.
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.
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.