Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

SEP 2018

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16 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • SEPTEMBER 2018 people & events Add contract feeder Aramark to the growing list of foodser- vice operators looking to significantly reduce the use of dis- posable plastic items. Aramark will focus its efforts on such single-use items as straws, stirrers, bags, cutlery and various packaging materials. The company's single-use plastic reduction strategy includes: • Phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers and offer- ing eco-friendly alternatives, where possible, starting in September. This will result in a 60 percent decrease in plastic straws by 2020, or nearly 100 million fewer straws annually in the U.S., per a release announcing this plan. • Prioritizing additional categories to drive reduction of all single-use plastics, such as bags and cutlery. • Expanding offerings of reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, takeout containers and bags. • Partnering with suppliers and national brands to reduce packaging through design and innovation. • Educating and enabling consumers to eliminate or reduce single-use plastics. In addition, Aramark promises to report on its progress and challenges "to ensure transparency and continuous improvement." InBrief Halton Group has acquired the business activities and product design rights of LCSystems Inc., a Kentucky-based manufacturer of supply and exhaust air equipment for professional kitchens. Krispy Kreme will acquire a majority stake in Insomnia Cookies, a late-night bakery concept with 135 shops in the United States offering cookies, brownies, cookie cakes and ice cream. The company specializes in delivering warm cookies to customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Upon completion of the deal, which is expected to happen during the fourth quarter of 2018, Insomnia Cook- ies will continue to operate independently. In a deal that will take a publicly traded foodservice concept private, Fo- cus Brands Inc. will acquire Jamba Juice for $200 million in cash. Focus is owned by Roark Capital, a private equity firm that owns a variety of restaurant chains. James Park and Michael Staenberg, co-owners of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, have acquired a stake in La Bou- langerie de San Francisco, an eight-unit French-themed restaurant chain known for its scratch-made pastries, breads and sandwiches. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. La Boulangerie was founded in 1995 by French baker Pascal Rigo. Originally known as the Pine Street bakery, and later as La Boulange, Rigo sold the company to Starbucks in July 2012. The coffee giant shut down the chain three years later, only to be re- opened again by Rigo under its present name. Rigo and Nicolas Bernardi, CEO of La Boulangerie will remain with the com- pany. Park and Stanberg will work with Rigo and Bernardi to expand the Gar- banzo and La Boulangerie brands into new and existing geographic markets. Parts Town has acquired PartsXpress from Smart Care Equipment Solutions. As part of this acquisition, Parts Town be- comes the primary supplier of OEM parts to Smart Care Equipment Solutions. For its part, Smart Care Equipment Solutions will remain an independent service company. Real Mex, operator of the Mexican- themed Chevys Fresh Mex and El Torito restaurant chains, has agreed to sell most of its assets to Z Capital Group. In order to facilitate the sale, Real Mex voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Sinelli Concepts International has purchased Paciugo, a nearly 20-year-old Italian gelato franchise concept based in Dallas. Under the terms of the acquisi- tion, Sinelli Concepts International takes ownership of the 32 locations spanning 10 states in the Paciugo franchise system. Taylor Precision USA added Atlantic Foodservice Marketing to its network of independent manufacturers' reps. Atlan- tic Foodservice Marketing will represent Taylor Precision in North and South Caro- lina, also known as MAFSI region 11. Tomlinson Industries named Palmer Marketing International its exclu- sive distributor for the manufacturer's modular dispensing systems products in Ontario Canada, excluding the Ottawa Valley. Tomlinson's modular dispensing systems products include cup, lid, straw, napkin, condiment and ice cream cone dispensers; in-counter trash chutes; cabi- net dispensers and many other dispens- ing products. Aramark Aims to Reduce Use of Straws and Other Plastic Items

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