Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FEB 2018

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14 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • FEBRUARY 2018 people & events Boston Showcase Recognizes Rep of the Year Boston Showcase Company presented Nils Ahlin of Dave Swain Associates with its first ever Manufacturers' Rep of the Year Award for 2017. Seen here (from left to right) are Alan Starr, president/owner of Boston Showcase Company; Nils Ahlin, Dave Swain Associates; and Jack Starr, vice president/owner of Boston Showcase Company. Based in Newton, Mass., Boston Showcase's dealer operation specializes in restaurant and foodservice design, equipment, tabletop and supplies. Private equity firm Sentinel Capital Part- ners has acquired quick-serve restaurant chain Captain D's from Centre Partners, another private equity firm. Equipex named BSE Marketing as its exclusive sales and marketing represen- tatives in New York, (Poughkeepsie and South), New York City Metro, New Jersey, (north of Trenton), and Fairfield County, Conn. Equipment Care Today, a national service agent to the foodservice indus- try, changed its name to Smart Care. Jack in the Box plans to sell its Qdoba concept to Apollo Global Man- agement, a private equity firm, for $305 million. The deal is expected to close in April 2018. Multiline manufacturer Mity Inc. acquired Bertolini Inc., a privately owned manufacturer of seating products fo- cused for a variety of markets, including hospitality. MTY Food Group will acquire Imves- cor Restaurant Group Inc., a multicon- cept operator of five restaurant chains, in a deal valued at approximately $248 million. Preferred Marketing Group, a California-based independent manufac- turers' rep firm, added three new compa- nies to the lineup of firms it represents: Mibrasa Charcoal Ovens, a manufacturer of closed barbecue grills; RDT, a manu- facturer of refrigeration rack systems for the foodservice industry; and Fermod, a manufacturer of storage solutions. New Port Richey, Fla.-based Welbilt Inc.'s Concord, Ontario, manufacturing facility has passed ISO 9001:15 certifica- tion for the design and manufacture of commercial stainless steel kettles, tilt skillets and steamers. Zink Foodservice, an independent manufacturers' rep firm based in Ohio, has transitioned ownership to its more than 75 employees through an employ- ee stock ownership program. InBrief The percent of consumers who report purchasing prepared meals at least once a month. Source: Technomic's 2017 Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report. 80% The percent of consumers who eat prepared foods within an hour of purchase. Source: Technomic's 2017 Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report. 55%

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