Non-Commercial

Amazon Launches Restaurant Delivery in Las Vegas

Amazon.com announced that Prime members in Las Vegas can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, including Red Robin, Buca di Beppo, Brio Tuscan Grille, Island Sushi & Grill, Grinders Pizza Lounge, Jessie Rae’s BBQ, and many more.

US Foods Agrees to Acquire All American Foods

US Foods announced that it has agreed to acquire All American Foods, a broadline distributor based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, with annual sales of nearly $60 million.All American Foods was established in 1988 and has grown to offer more than 4,000 SKUs to nearly 1,000 customers throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Diversified Foodservice Supply Acquires Hoodfilters.com

Diversified Foodservice Supply, LLC (DFS), the parent company of leading brands in the foodservice parts, supplies, equipment, and accessories distribution industry, acquired HoodFilters.com, a web marketing and distribution company focused on hood filters and restaurant ventilation equipment, parts and accessories.

The Beef Checkoff Revamps Online Supply Chain Training Program

The Beef Checkoff is launching the newly revamped Beef University—or Beef U—a free, online training program for the latest information, insights and research on marketing and selling beef. Beef remains one of America’s favorite proteins and with supplies on the rise for 2017, this tool serves as a compliment to supply chain staff training aimed to help capitalize on the product’s profit potential.

Manitowoc Foodservice Rebrands to Welbilt

Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc., a leading global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, announced yesterday that it is rebranding the company, its logo and its brand identity to Welbilt, Inc. The ticker symbol will change to “NYSE:WBT” on March 6.

Kitchens with Confidence Completes Cornell Dining Hall Certification

Kitchens with Confidence, the leading allergen and gluten-free auditing and accreditation firm, completed a gluten-free audit for Cornell Dining's Risley Dining Hall, the company announced. The audit was conducted in an effort to help the university prevent the cross contact of food items containing gluten and included an evaluation of every aspect of the operation—from facility layout, to shipping and receiving, preparation, and sanitation.

CIA Collaborates in New Robotics Innovation Effort

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded $80 million to a national public-private partnership in which The Culinary Institute of America is a collaborating member. The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub is receiving the five-year grant to further the development of robotics.

IFMA Announces Innovation Award Recipients

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), named four chain operators as recipients of the 2017 COEX Innovation Awards. Arby’s, Chick‐fil‐A, Granite City Food & Brewery and Taco John’s will be honored March 7 at the IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) conference in Las Vegas.

Supermarkets Boost Salad Sales

Consumers are chowing down on more green, leafy salads. Datassential, a leading food trends research firm, reports that nearly half of consumers say they have increased their salad consumption in the past year, which is in line with what operators are reporting.

Vegy Vida Expanding into All 270 Safeway Locations

Vegy Vida, the only dip made especially for kids to help them enjoy the taste of vegetables, is expanding into all 270 Safeway locations in Northern California as part of its commitment to improving childhood nutrition.

Union Pacific Acquires Railex LLC Assets

Union Pacific announced acquisition of Railex LLC’s refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets in Delano, California; Wallula, Washington; and Rotterdam, New York. Acquisition does not include Railex Wine Services LLC.

Kontos Foods Donates $10,000 in Food to Local Charities

Kontos Foods, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, announced that during this holiday season the company has donated over 250 cases of Pita Bread, Flatbread and Baklava to organizations dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in New Jersey.

The Top College Foodservice Trends for 2017

If you’re thinking cafeteria lines and mystery meat, think again. College and university food service has become every bit as innovative as in the commercial markets—perhaps even more so given the need for many higher-education operators to meet tightening budgets.