Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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January 20, 2009

Economic Report:
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The NAFEM Show '09
FER Sticks To Forecasting Guns, At Least For Now
NRA Forecast: Southwest, West To Fare Best In Tough Year
Purchasing Magazine Shows Prices In Freefall
Employment, Retail Sales Dive In December

Regulatory Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice
Texas To Try Trimming Trans Fat
Two More Cities Say No To FOG
Orange County Gets ‘F' On Restaurant Grading
Clock Ticking In Seattle For Polystyrene Take-Out Packaging
N.H. Bill Says ‘Live Allergen-Free Or Die'

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In This Section:
Meeting Set For Energy Star Griddle Standard
Whalen To Head Electrolux F.S. Americas
Reminder: NSF Awards Deadline Nears
Pizza Fusion Plans Faster Growth
Quiznos To Break Ground In India

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: The NAFEM Show '09
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice

Industry Report Server Products

Meeting Set For Energy Star Griddle Standard
If you use or make double-sided (top platen) griddles, mark your calendars: A stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposed Draft 1 Energy Star specification for the category is set for Wed., Feb. 4, in Orlando, Fla., just prior to The NAFEM Show. The meeting will run 9:30 a.m.- noon in Room S310A in the Orange County Convention Center.

RSVPs by Jan. 23 are requested. To respond, you can contact Rebecca Duff, ICF International, at or phone at 202/862-1266. If you can't make the meeting but would like to discuss the draft, Energy Star reps will be at the show Feb. 5-6.

More information, including the data used to develop the Draft 1 proposal, is posted at (click on New Specifications in Development). Comments and discussion notes from last fall's Energy Star online meeting are also available on the commercial griddle Web page. Stakeholders with questions, concerns or additional comments can contact the Environmental Protection Agency's Rachel Schmeltz via email at or by phone at 202/343-9124. Or you can offer the input to Duff at ICF at the email and phone listed above.


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Whalen To Head Electrolux F.S. Americas
Electrolux Professional's made several top-level management announcements. First up, Mark Whalen has been named president of the Americas Div. of Electrolux Food Service, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Whalen, a 30-year industry vet, has served with Jackson/Manitowoc, Victory and Vulcan-Hart.

In another change, Alberto Zanata, former president of Electrolux Professional North America, has been promoted to v.p. of global business development for Electrolux Professional in Italy. Zanata's previous duties will be assumed by Dr. Detlef Münchow, executive v.p. of Electrolux AB.

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Reminder: NSF Awards Deadline Nears
Just a follow-up reminder to our December story: It's not too late to submit a nomination to NSF Int'l. for the 2009 Food Safety Leadership Awards Program. The awards recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating outstanding food-safety leadership in any of seven categories: education and training, equipment design, packaging, product development, research, system improvement and technology. Nominations are also sought for the special lifetime achievement award. Entry deadline is Feb. 2. You can find more info online at

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Pizza Fusion Plans Faster Growth
Organic pizza has meant healthy gains and busy store development for fast-growing Pizza Fusion. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., chain began 2008 with only two units, ended the year with 16 locations in eight states, and has big plans for '09.

The chain will mark its third year in business by nearly doubling in size, opening 15 new restaurants and debuting units in five new states.

In addition to Florida, Pizza Fusion has units in Arizona, California, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington. New markets for 2009 include Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia.

All Pizza Fusions have made sustainability a priority--building restaurants to LEED specification standards, equipping kitchens with Energy Star-approved units, using hybrid vehicles to deliver food, and buying renewable wind energy certificates. Pizza Fusion has 75 franchise commitments in various stages of development and hopes to open 500 locations in all 50 states over the next five years.

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Quiznos To Break Ground In India
Toasted subs are going to India. Quiznos will open three units in the country by 2010 through a new franchise agreement with HMS Host Corp.

HMS Host, which already operates 50 Quiznos in North America, runs food operations as part of Autogrill S.p.A. in more than 100 airports around the globe, including India. Autogrill is in 42 countries with more than 1,200 locations, including 216 airports. Quiznos has more than 5,000 stores, including units in Canada, Central America, the United Kingdom, Korea and the Middle East.

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