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January 25, 2005








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Economists Optimistic About 2005

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Consensus Takes First Gander At 2006, Sees Continued Growth

Blue Chip III:
Growth Slows in Europe, Will Moderate In Asia


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Connecticut Operators Bristle At Proposed FOG Regs
Houston, We’ve Got Handhelds
Water World? Not Anymore, Report Says
Surfing For Food Safety, Part 1
Socal Gas Fuels Seminar Series



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In This Section:
McDonald’s Mourns Bell
FER To Sponsor New Dealer, Industry Service Awards
Ready, Set…Go To The NAFEM Show
One Big Arby’s Family? Stay Tuned…
Save the Date, Date, Date, Date. …
Clark National Expands Into South Florida
MAFSI Announces Award Winners, 2005 Officers


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Industry Report Sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

McDonald’s Mourns Bell
Charlie Bell, former president and CEO of McDonald’s Corp., lost his battle with colorectal cancer January 16. He was 44.

During his seven months as CEO, Bell is credited with implementing a turnaround strategy that he helped put in place in 2003 as president and chief operating officer under Jim Cantalupo. Bell was named CEO last April after Cantalupo’s unexpected death.

Under Bell’s watch, new restaurant openings were trimmed while McDonald’s overhauled its U.S. restaurant operations. A combination of menu changes, service improvements, longer hours and building renovations all helped boost sales.

Before rising to the top spot, as president and COO the Australia native oversaw the Oak Brook, Ill., company’s 30,000+ restaurants in 119 countries. Bell’s earlier career highlights include serving as president of McDonald’s Europe; president of Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Group; and managing director for McDonald’s Australia. He began his career as a part-time crew member at age 15 in Sydney, Australia.

"Charlie was an incredible leader," said McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner. "More than anything, Charlie was a role model for each of us, and we are better off, as individuals and as a system, because of him."


 

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FER To Sponsor New Dealer, Industry Service Awards
It’s There’s nothing like showing appreciation for a job well done. Which is why Foodservice Equipment Reports has created new industry awards for dealers and for outstanding individuals in the foodservice industry. All will be presented in May during the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago.

First up, the Customer Choice Dealer Awards: The winning dealers will be chosen by YOU, their customers. Who should get your vote? It could be the dealer who works with you and hits the targets consistently. It could be the one who does design work for you, or who handles routine replacements. What matters is that they’re good, they’re supporting you--and you like how they do it.

Operators and consultants should have received fax-friendly ballots on cover-wraps of your January and February issues of FER. You can also go online to www.fermag.com and use the voting buttons there.

The Industry Service Awards will go to a consultant, a dealer, a manufacturers’ representative, an operator and a service agent. The awards, to be selected with the advice of the relevant associations, will honor people who have made significant contributions to the industry as a whole.



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Ready, Set…Go To The NAFEM Show
The year 2005 is here--and all you equipment-savvy types know what that means: it’s The NAFEM Show time.

The biennial event, sponsored by North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, runs Sept. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., USA.

Show planners expect a turnout of more than 19,000 foodservice industry professionals, trekking across an exhibit floor packed with more than 600 manufacturers displaying products from about 700 categories.

You can go online to www.thenafemshow.com to register for both attendance and housing.

And the hyper-organized among you can enter these exhibit details in your Blackberries:

Exhibit hall hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 23-24; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 25
Educational Seminars: 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Sept. 23-24
Global Networking Event: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 22, The Marconi Automotive Museum
All-Industry Celebration: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 22, The Grove of Anaheim.



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One Big Arby’s Family? Stay Tuned…
The rumors are true. Triarc Cos. is indeed negotiating to combine its Arby’s restaurant business with RTM Restaurant Group, its largest franchisee. Atlanta-based RTM operates 774 stores.

Triarc subsidiaries include Arby’s, LLC; Arby’s Franchise Trust, the franchisor of the Arby’s restaurant system; and Sybra Inc., the operator of approximately 235 Arby’s restaurants in the United States. Triarc is headquartered in New York.

If the deal goes through, Triarc would become the majority owner of the new business entity. The company would most likely file for an initial public offering to help finance the deal.





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Save the Date, Date, Date, Date. …
It’s here! It’s big! And it’s online at the FER Web site! We’re referring, of course, to (drum roll) Foodservice Equipment Reports‘ 2005 Industry Events Calendar.

You’ll find it to be one of the more comprehensive tradeshows guides on the market. The listings pack in information about nearly 180 equipment-oriented exhibitions in more than 30 countries. Each listing includes venue, organizer, show Web site and contact details as well as show name, venue and dates.

And while you’re checking out the Calendar, take a look at the Associations page as well. There you’ll find contact information for 80+ organizations, both domestic and international, arranged by type and location.

The ‘05 Calendar and Association listings can be accessed online by clicking through to the Show Calendar section of www.fermag.com. Or in print in FER’s December ‘04 Buyers Guide issue.



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Clark National Expands Into South Florida
Clark National, a broadline foodservice and paper janitorial supplies specialist located in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired Regal Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, an equipment and supplies distributor based in West Palm Beach, Fla. Regal does about $7 million in business annually.

Heading up the new office will be Jeff Ireland as division president. Ireland is the former v.p. of sales at Clark’s South Bend, Ind., broadline division, managing 45 sales people and $60 million in street business. Jerry Culbertson will continue as Regal’s general manager, reporting to Ireland.

And back in Indiana, Clark’s Dane Vida will step up as sales v.p. for the South Bend division, replacing Ireland.

"We are excited about expanding our Clark Products distribution into South Florida, which is a growing market in the hospitality segment," said Donald D. Hindman, Clark president and CEO.

Regal Foodservice Equipment & Supplies was formerly operated by a partnership owned by Don J. Hindman and Dermot Coughlan, who will remain on in an advisory capacity.

Clark expects to do about $350 million in sales this year from its 14 nationwide operating companies.



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MAFSI Announces Award Winners, 2005 Officers
Five foodservice professionals and one chapter earned honors at Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry’s 40th Annual Marketing Conference awards banquet, held Jan. 15 in Miami. Officers for 2005 were also named.

The Pacesetter Award went to Jack Malone, of Clark, Malone & Associates, New Berlin, Wis., and Ed Gregory, The HGA Group, Plymouth, Mich., for their distinguished service in advancing the welfare of MAFSI’s mission and strategic objectives.

The Special Recognition Award was presented to Jonathan Bowerman, Bowerman Associates, Liverpool, N.Y., for his outstanding efforts on behalf of MAFSI’s Region 2—Upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania chapter.

The Market Mover Award was presented to Kevin Fink, Enodis, New Port Richey, Fla., and to Rick Anger, Hatco Corp., Milwaukee, for their constant support of the manufacturers’ representative method of sales and marketing, devotion to industry partnerships and service to the industry.

The Lifetime Membership Award went to Philip Young, Young Block Associates, Fort Lee, N.J., for his longtime contributions to MAFSI.

The Bill H. Loveless Chapter Of The Year Award was presented to MAFSI Region 17—Chicago Metro, for its exceptional educational activity on a grassroots level.

Finally, here’s the scoop on MAFSI’s 2005 officers.
Beginning their one-year terms are, as president, Jeffrey Hessel, B.S.E. Marketing, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; as vice president, George LeCavalier, EMi Marketing, Littleton, Colo.; and as treasurer, Mitchell Reilly, HRI Inc., St. Clair Shores, Mich.




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