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MUFES 2016

MUFES (The Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium) has become a premier event, with an advanced technology curriculum and a networking-friendly environment unlike any other meeting anywhere. Make plans to join us at one of our next meetings.

January 23-25, 2016
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas



Sunday, Jan. 24
Keynote: Market and Menu Trends:
Technomic’s Joe Pawlak delivers the latest consumer research and tells us what to expect from the buying trends/preferences of your customers in the near future.

Refrigeration in Flux: The update on new EPA refrigeration regulations and how they’ll impact your existing and new refrigerant choices. Presented by refrigerant technologists, Emerson Climate Technologies.

CKV Weather Report: Codes, Applications and Innovations:
FSTC’s Don Fisher, Fisher Nickel Inc., discusses new requirements in the California Title 24 building code and the ASHRAE 90.1 Standard – demystifying code language and offering strategies for successful implementation. Also: New technologies/techniques for effective capture and containment and a discussion of Heat Recovery.

Gearing Your Supply Chain for Growth:
Are your suppliers set up for your chain’s expansion? Domestically and globally? Presenters include Dickie Overstreet, Food Concepts/Abuelo’s; David Biederman, Smashburger.

BREAKOUT: Smallwares Sourcing: David Wasserman, CEO of SGP Inc., a consulting firm focused on foodservice E&S product development, supply-chain management, sales and marketing strategies, presents strategies for looking at smallwares sources beyond China.

Monday, Jan. 25
Time/Motion Studies for Big Gains in Throughput: Breaking down menus, ingredients and processes to optimize equipment, layout and throughput rates. Presenters include Danny Bendas, Managing Partner, Synergy Restaurant Consultants, Newport Beach, Calif; Brian Sill, FFCSI, President, Deterministics, Bellevue, Wash.; Andy Simpson, Partner, Results Thru Strategy, Charlotte, N.C.

Realizing ROI on Planned Maintenance Programs:
Pay now, or pay later. Bruce Hodge, CEO of General Parts Group, Bloomington, Minn., analyzes PM strategies that work to save your operations money in the long term.

Beyond LEED—The Path to Net-Zero Energy: Richard Young of Fisher-Nickel Inc., operator of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), asks: “What would it take to get your restaurants off the grid?” The potentials and challenges of solar energy, heat recovery, super-efficient appliances and much more.

How Far Can We Go—Pushing Equipment Efficiency to the Max: FSTC’s David Zabrowski continues on the efficiency path by showing you how, by filling your shopping cart with the very highest-efficiency appliances in every category, you can save big across the enterprise. New test results show how much is at stake.

BREAKOUT: 2016 Industry Forecast:
FER Publisher Robin Ashton presents a macroeconomic orientation and hard-numbers forecasts for operator segments and equipment and supplies categories in the coming year.

And More!

MUFES 2016 will be taking place at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa located in Austin, Tex. Attendees should fly into Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Direct shuttle service is available to the hotel. CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS.

Saturday morning, golfers will tee off at 8:30 a.m. at the Crenshaw Cliffside course.

Sunday evening will be an open night down in Austin. Buses will depart Barton Creek at 7 p.m. and will begin returning to the hotel starting at 8:30 p.m. every half hour. The last bus back to the hotel will be at 11:30 p.m.

Dress is business casual for the entire meeting. The weather in Austin in late January has highs in the low- to mid-60s and lows in the lower 40s.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Jan. 23

8:30 a.m.Golf Outing
10 a.m.-2 p.m.Tour/Lunch
We will be going to Trudy’s Four Star for brunch and then over to the Twisted X Brewery for a guided tour and beer flights.
7 p.m.Opening Reception

Sunday, Jan. 24
7:15 a.m-8:15 a.m.Breakfast
8:15 a.m.-NoonMorning Sessions
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch & Networking
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Afternoon Sessions
6-7 p.m.Cocktail Reception
7 p.m.Buses depart for Austin for open evening downtown
11:30 p.m.Last bus returns to Barton Creek

Monday, Jan. 25
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.Breakfast
9:15 a.m.-NoonMorning Sessions
Noon-1:30 p.m.Lunch & Networking
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Afternoon Sessions
7 p.m.Closing Reception & Casino Night

Tuesday, Jan. 26
Departure from Barton Creek

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Palmer at

Editorial Coverage of Past MUFES Meetings:

MUFES 2013 Overview



MUFES 2012 Overview

MUFES Noncommercial 2011 Overview 

MUFES 2010 Overview

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