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Unified Office Receives Top Innovation Award

Unified Office Inc., a leading managed services provider offering reliable hybrid cloud-based virtual communications services and business analytics, announced today that its Total Connect Nowsm offering has received a 2018 Visionary Spotlight Award for Top Innovation presented by ChannelVision Magazine and Beka Business Media.

Crown Brands Acquires Tomlinson Industries

Crown Brands LLC of Lincolnshire, Illinois, has completed the acquisition of Tomlinson Industries of Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1911, Tomlinson Industries is the world’s leading manufacturer of No-Drip faucets and fittings for beverage and liquid dispensing.

Sheetz Appoints Stephanie Wilkes to Board of Directors

Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience chains, announced the appointment of Stephanie Wilkes to the Sheetz Board of Directors.With more than 25 years’ experience managing global brands such as Trident, Halls, Oreo and more at Mondelēz International, Stephanie has a proven track record of managing revenues in excess of $6 billion per year.

Electrolux Acquires SPM Drink Systems

Electrolux announced it has acquired SPM Drink Systems, an Italian leading manufacturer of professional dispensers of frozen and hot beverages and soft icecream, as part of the strategy to increase its presence in the hospitality industry.

Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Operation Returns to Canadian Ownership

Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited announced today that it has closed on a transaction to acquire Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada (CCRC) from The Coca-Cola Company. This closing comes six months after The Coca-Cola Company announced a letter of intent with the Tanenbaum and Bridgeman families, concluding a broader plan to refranchise all Company-owned bottling operations in North America to strong, independent franchise owners.

Coast Packing Corporate Chef Ernest D. Miller Dies at 51

Coast Packing Company announced the passing of Ernest D. Miller, the company’s Corporate Chef and a popular figure on the Southern California food scene. Miller, 51, died in his sleep on Friday, September 21, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

IFDA Opens National Truck Driving Championship

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) kicked off the 33rd annual Truck Driving Championship held at the Walt Disney World Property. Some of the foodservice industry’s best drivers – 133 men and women from all across the country – are putting their skillfulness to the test to see who will emerge as 2018 IFDA Truck Driving Champions.

Consolidated Concepts Teams with Buyers Edge Platform Source GPO

Consolidated Concepts, a leading group purchasing organization for national multi-unit restaurant concepts, has announced that as of October 1, it will be partnering with the newly-formed Buyers Edge Platform Source GPO to process all of its rebates and deviated (discounted) pricing.

Idahoan Foods Appoints Craig Gentry VP of Foodservice

Idahoan Foods announced Craig Gentry as Vice President of Foodservice. In this newly created role, Craig will report to the President and CEO, Drew Facer. Craig is charged with leading the Foodservice division of Idahoan Foods, with direct accountability for foodservice sales, marketing, trade allowance and school bid teams.

Bush’s Best Foodservice Names Winner of Home Run Recipes Contest

Bush’s Best Foodservice announced the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers Double-A affiliate, as the 2018 Home Run Recipes Contest Champion for the second year in a row. Erie won the contest with “The Fiesta Burger” which features Bush’s Best Black Beans, pepper jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, salsa and French’s Fried Onions.

Vollrath Company Acquires Carlson Products

The Vollrath Company, LLC, announced the acquisition of Carlson Products based in Maize, Kansas. With over 60 years of experience operating in the foodservice marketplace, expertise in anodized aluminum, and state-of-the-art equipment, Carlson Products expands the manufacturing capabilities and capacity for both the Vollrath Foodservice division and Vollrath Manufacturing Services division of Vollrath Company.

CIA Students Can Now Add ProChef Certification to Degrees

In addition to earning a prestigious degree, students at The Culinary Institute of America now have the opportunity to enter the workforce with a second important credential. Beginning with the September 7 graduating class, students who meet specific grade requirements will be awarded a CIA ProChef Level 1 certificate upon graduation.