Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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February 12, 2008

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
MAFSI Barometer Reports Slower E&S Sales Growth In 4Q
NRA's Performance Index Drops To Five-Year Low
Quick-Service Trends Go Flat, Even Negative
January Jobs Growth Goes Negative, Consumer Confidence Mixed
RevisedFER E&S Market Forecast Now Available

Regulatory Report:
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NYRA Not Blinking In Calorie-Posting Fight
...While Left Coast Group Supports Statewide Proposal
North Carolina Bars, Restaurants Adapting To New Recycling Law
ASHRAE Updates Building Efficiency Standards
Worcester Not Blowing Smoke On FOG Law

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In This Section:
Whole Foods Bids Plastic Bags Bye-Bye
New Guide Highlights Energy-Saving Tactics For Hotels
Starbucks Trims Growth Plans
FEDA Convention Registration Deadline Nears
Mary Jane Moon, Former Lakeside Chair, Passes
Thank You From Lyall And Deb Newby

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Enodis

Industry Report Server Products

Whole Foods Bids Plastic Bags Bye-Bye
Walking the talk, Whole Foods Market, the Austin, Tex.-based natural food retailer, said it won't be using plastic bags in its 270 stores by Earth Day, April 22, this year. The chain will still offer paper bags made from recycled fiber.

To encourage shoppers to reuse shopping bags, the stores will offer from five to 10 cents in refunds to people who bring in their own bags. Whole Foods also offers reusable bags for sale for 99 cents.

"More and more cities and countries are beginning to place serious restrictions on single-use plastic shopping bags since they don't break down in our landfills," Whole Foods Market CEO A.C. Gallo said in a company statement.

The chain tested a ban on plastic bags in San Francisco, Toronto and Austin. San Francisco and China recently passed laws barring shoppers from using single-use plastic bags.


Section sponsored by Server Products
New Guide Highlights Energy-Saving Tactics For Hotels
California's Flex Your Power energy efficiency partnership program just released a new guide to help hotels save energy. The Hotels Best Practices Guide offers easy and cost-effective ways to reduce energy use and costs in hotel operations. Tips cover all areas of hotel operations, including lighting, water, HVAC, windows, roofs, restaurants, laundry, vending and ice machines, office equipment, exercise rooms, pools, saunas, hot tubs and demand response programs.

Included are examples of best practices such the Doubletree Hotel Sacramento's installation of motion-sensor LED-lit nightlights, which cut bathroom lighting use in half, and Hilton Palm Springs' use of solar water heaters for its pool.

No matter what size the operation, Flex Your Power suggests conducting an energy audit to determine where and how your facility uses energy; creating an energy savings plan and enacting changes to reduce use; and monitoring and measuring energy use to determine success.

You can find the guide online at

Section sponsored by Server Products

Starbucks Trims Growth Plans
Saying the Starbucks experience has been watered down and commoditized by rapid growth, company chairman Howard Schultz plans to close under-performing stores, slow new-store openings, and eliminate breakfast sandwiches this year.

Schultz, who took back the CEO reins in early January, said he intends to reveal a new five-point strategy for the company at Starbucks' annual shareholders' meeting in March. Already, though, the chain plans to close 100 U.S. stores this year, reduce new-store openings to 2,150 this year from 2,500, and get out of the breakfast sandwich business—just as McDonald's is gearing up its premium coffee business to better compete.

The decision to replace breakfast sandwiches with some healthy alternative in the future was influenced by Starbucks employees, Schultz told the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Baristas complained the sandwiches made stores smell like egg and cheese instead of coffee. Schultz said he wants the chain to get back to its roots as intimate coffee houses.

Section sponsored by Server Products

FEDA Convention Registration Deadline Nears
There's still time to register for the 2008 Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association's annual convention. But only if you hop online before Feb. 15.

In addition to great opportunities to network and a host of dealer roundtable discussions, the convention features a full schedule of presentations to help dealers and manufacturers better understand critical issues. Topics include "The Do's and Don'ts of Human Resources;" "The Art of Vision;" "Leadership is Common Sense;" "Building a Customer-Focused Team;" "ProfitMyths in Distribution;" and "The Art of Face Reading and Use in Sales, Negotiating, and Hiring."

The convention is scheduled March 26-30 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz. You can register for the conference and rooms online at, or call 800/677-9605 for more information.

Section sponsored by Server Products

Mary Jane Moon, Former Lakeside Chair, Passes
Mary Jane Moon, well-known industry figure who served as chairperson of Lakeside Manufacturing from 1974 to '97, passed away on Jan.16 at the age of 85.

Her family has asked that memorials in her name be sent to the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202 or to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, 759 North Milwaukee Street, Suite 305, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Section sponsored by Server Products

Thank You From Lyall And Deb Newby
(The following is a message from Lyall and Deb Newby, who wish to thank the many, many industry friends who expressed their sympathies first when the Newbys lost a son in a 2006 car accident and again when they lost a second son in a car accident this past December. The family said so many people had responded that sending the message through industry media seemed appropriate.—Ed.)

First of all we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support over the past several weeks and for being there for us. It is through this support that we find strength to continue forward in our lives and search for the path in our journey to overcome the losses we have suffered over the past year and a half. We are truly blessed to have so many people interested in our well-being and embracing us in this difficult time.

Our sons were tremendous people and always looked to reach out a comforting hand or to help a friend in need. Both of our sons were doing just that the days they died. We are encouraged knowing there are so many others out there with big hearts that are willing to drop what they are doing to comfort others in need or lend a helping hand. We continue to grow in strength with each day that passes and truly appreciate all that everyone has done for us. We ask that you not take life for granted as we have learned that every day is a gift with our loved ones and friends. Take a moment each day to embrace your family and friends and tell them you love them.

In loving memory of David and Chris.

Lyall & Deb Newby

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