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January 31, 2006

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In This Section:
National Service Coop Names Best As 'CEO'
NRA Names 2006 Kitchen Innovations Honorees
Compass To Complete Levy Buyout
CFESA Announces 2006 Training Classes

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: FER's Customer Choice Dealer Awards Regulatory ReportSponsor: APW Wyott Innovations

Industry Report MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

National Service Coop Names Best As 'CEO'
The National Service Cooperative, based in Omaha, Neb., has announced the appointment of C. Wayne Best as CEO. Best will officially take the post Feb. 1.

Best, whose new business card says "CEO—Chief Explanation Officer," said he'll focus heavily on directing sales and marketing for the nationwide network of equipment service companies allied to maintain chain-restaurant clients, "explaining" how the coop works to prospective clients.

Recently retired from Carrier Corp., the veteran foodservice equipment marketer said he's taking the position salary-free as an opportunity "to give something back to the service industry, which supported me so well for so long in my manufacturing career."


Section sponsored by MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

NRA Names 2006 Kitchen Innovations Honorees
Building on the success of its 2005 Kitchen Innovations program, the National Restaurant Association has released the names of suppliers who will be featured in the KI area of the '06 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in May.

The 18 award recipients were chosen by an independent panel of operators and consultants to be among the most innovative products in use today. As part of the dedicated KI area, these products will be available for interactive demonstrations and special showings when the show convenes at Chicago's McCormick Place.

This year's KI award recipients are:

  • A. J. Antunes & Co., Total Assurance Package water filtration system
  • Beverage Air/Carrier, Miracool Series Cooler
  • Cleveland Range/Enodis, Convotherm Combi Oven Steamer
  • Cooper-Atkins Corp., Coolit-Rite TTM41
  • Electrolux Professional North America, Air-O-Speed combi-microwave oven
  • Electrolyzer Corp., ElectroCide System for water sanitizing
  • Fri-Jado, The Multisserie
  • Green-Line Products, Sur-Seal Lid System based on special shrink film
  • H&K Dallas, Safe-T-Shroud for cold-rail applications
  • Hobart Corp., Elite Slicer
  • Lincoln//Enodis, CCP 2116 IR Conveyor Toaster
  • MooBella, MooBella Ice Cream System
  • Nu-Vu/Middleby, Rhapsody ComboBake
  • Perfect Fry Co., PFA RapidFry
  • Rational USA, Rational Banqueting System
  • Sani-Floor, Self-Washing Floor System
  • Structural Concepts Corp., Clean Sweep
  • TEC Infra-Red Cooking Systems, Searmaster II Infra-Red Charbroiler

To learn more about the NRA Show, visit

Section sponsored by MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

Compass To Complete Levy Buyout
Levy Restaurants has exercised a "put" option that will allow the United Kingdom-based Compass Group to purchase the remaining 51% interest in Levy on April 17. Compass will pay $250 million in cash.

Compass acquired a 49% stake in Levy in September 2000 for $87 million. Since that time, annual Levy contract revenues have increased from $200 million to $560 million as of the end of last September, Compass said.

Founder Larry Levy will stay on as "long-term" chairman, and Andy Lansing will remain as president and CEO.

Levy Restaurants, Chicago, operates 22 restaurants and foodservice businesses at more than 70 stadiums, convention centers and arenas in 42 markets.

Section sponsored by MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

CFESA Announces 2006 Training Classes
Technology keeps changing, and keeping up is more than important—it's crucial. So if you're a tech, or somebody who needs one, note that the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association has announced dates for two major training courses this year.

The first is CFESA's Electric, Gas and Steam Training Class, taking place April 19-24 at the Duke Power Customer Resource Center in Charlotte, N.C.

And the second is CFESA's Refrigeration Training Class. This course will be held Oct. 16-19, at the offices of Refrigerated Specialist in Dallas.

To register, or for more information, visit the CFESA Web site at; call CFESA at 336/346-4700; or email Heather Price at

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