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Frontline International has promoted Trevor Stretch to Director of Operations. Stretch joined the Cuyahoga, Ohio, company as a shop and service manager in 2006 and was promoted to plant manager in ‘10. In his new role, he will oversee day-to-day operations, including supervising manufacturing and purchasing and managing production. He is also tasked with preparing each department for integration with plant expansions scheduled for this spring.


Unified Brands has added Derek Brodt as Business Development Manager for the Eastern Territory. Brodt, based in Orlando, Fla., and will focus on developing and managing Unified’s healthcare businesses across the United States. Brodt has spent the past three years working as a production manager within the Unified Brands operations team in Jackson, Miss. Rachael Sassarini will assume the same responsibilities as Business Development Manager for the Western Territory. Sassarini, based in Mesa, Ariz., will focus on developing and managing Unified’s K-12 business across the United States. She joins the Conyers, Ga., company from a sales role in the medical device field.

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Two new rep firms have been signed up to handle equipment sales for Tomlinson Industries Foodservice Products. Goode Company Solutions, Ellisville, Mo., is now handling foodservice equipment sales for in MAFSI Region #16 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and southern Illinois). Palmer Marketing International (PMI) has been appointed exclusive distributor for Tomlinson Industries’ Modular Dispensing Systems in Ontario, Canada (excluding the Ottawa Valley).

Dunkin’ Brands Group named David Hoffmann CEO and said he will remain president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. He succeeds Nigel Travis, who became CEO in January 2009, who is retiring and will become executive chairman. Hoffmann has been the heir apparent since he moved to Dunkin’ in 2016 after a 22-year career at McDonald’s. He has been a key figure in the rollout of Blueprint for Growth, a plan to transform Dunkin’ Donuts into more of a beverage outlet than a doughnut specialist, with an emphasis on off-premise business.

Former Darden Restaurants development chief Mike Ellis has been named Chief Development Officer of newly formed restaurant company FoodFirst Global Restaurants. The 110-unit Columbus, Ohio, company, which recently acquired Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana brands, is helmed by CEO Brad Blum, who served as president of Olive Garden from 1994 to 2002.

Fast-casual chain Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has named Larry Sidoti to the newly created position of Chief Development Officer. Sidoti founded the Juice It Up! chain in 1995 and grew the concept to more than 180 locations before leaving in ‘08. Since then he has held leadership positions at Famous Brands, and most recently was chief development officer for Paris Baguette America. Denver-based Garbanzo currently has 29 locations, of which 10 are franchised.


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Chipotle Sets Record Quarterly Sales of $2 Billion

Despite not yet recovering all its in-store sales, periodic staffing challenges, menu price hikes and supply chain disruptions, Chipotle Mexican Grill had a record third quarter, bringing in $2 billion...

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HostMilano Kicks Off in Italy

HostMilano, one of the largest foodservice equipment shows in the world, kicked off today in Italy, and FER is on location.

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