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February 13, 2007








Economic Report:
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HOFEX 2007
Strong 4Q E&S Sales Hint At Possible Slower 1Q, MAFSI Finds
Jump In Traffic, Same-Store Sales, Drives NRA Index Higher
Forecast For Energy Prices Revised Downward

Regulatory Report:
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STAR Service & Parts/Enodis
How Many Californians Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?
Worcester Sees Through FOG, For Now
Hamilton, Ontario, May Require Food Safety Training
Chicago Foie Gras Ban So Much Chopped Liver



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In This Section:
NRA, NRAEF To Honor Five For Industry Education
Enodis Opens New Facilities In China
ASHRAE Offers Guide To Green Building Design, Operation
Taco John's Wins Food Safety Award
Private Sector Tops EPA's Green Power List

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: HOFEX 2007
Regulatory Report
Sponsor: STAR Service & Parts/Enodis

Industry Report Server Products

NRA, NRAEF To Honor Five For Industry Education
Five foodservice industry leaders have been honored by the National Restaurant Association and the NRA Education Foundation for their support of industry education. All five will be presented with their awards in May at the NRA Show in Chicago.

John R. Farquharson, FMP, president of the International Food Safety Council, is this year's Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality. Named to the College of Diplomates this year are Jim Funk, CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association; Bill Shore, founder and executive director, Share Our Strength; and Regynald Washington, FMP, CFBE, vice president, food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide.

NRAEF is presenting the 2007 Michael E. Hurst Lifetime Achievement in Education Award to Carol Kizer, CCE, RD, FMP, chairperson, hospitality management dept., Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio.

The daylong event on Sat., May 19, brings these industry leaders together with top educators and foodservice management students from around the country and culminates with the 20th annual Salute to Excellence awards banquet. For tickets or more information call 312/261-5313, or go to www.nraef.org and click on "Events."

 

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Enodis Opens New Facilities In China
In a move to support and accelerate growth in Asia Pacific markets, Enodis plc has opened a new 10,000-sq-ft. facility including culinary demonstration kitchen, training center and equipment showroom in Shanghai, China.

The company is working with major restaurant chains in the region to explore new menu items, adapt menus to local markets and develop high-performance equipment.

Enodis' two operating groups, Global Food Service Equipment and Food Retail Equipment, are backed by 27 factories in eight countries. Foodservice brands include Cleveland, Delfield, Frymaster, Garland, Jackson, Merrychef, Lincoln, Scotsman and U.S. Range. Enodis U.S. headquarters are in New Port Richey, Fla.


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ASHRAE Offers Guide To Green Building Design, Operation
Getting into Green? The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers has something to help you mechanical engineers and designers plan, construct and operate environmentally sustainable buildings.

An update of the 2003 edition, the new ASHRAE GreenGuide includes a chapter on the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The LEED chapter discusses how designers and engineers can best meet LEED criteria in green buildings.

Also new is a chapter on how HVAC systems can interact with local environments, giving engineers methods and options for mitigating their impact. In addition, the book offers 40 "Green Tips," sidebars on a wide range of topics with resources for more information.

For more information, or to order a copy, visit www.ashrae.org.


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Taco John's Wins Food Safety Award
Life is full of little ironies. Even while Taco John's deals with the aftermath of a produce-borne illness outbreak, a Taco John's restaurant in Grand Junction, Colo., recently has won a food safety award from the county health department—for the 16th time in 16 years.

For the past 16 years, the Mesa County, Colo., Health Department has given out Blue Ribbon awards to restaurants without a single critical violation during the year. Last year, 21 restaurants received the award, eight of which are fast food units.

The Taco John's store is the only restaurant in the county to win the award all 16 years.


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Private Sector Tops EPA's Green Power List
For the first time since the Environmental Protection Agency began listing major green power purchasers each quarter, a corporate entity rather than a government agency has topped the list.

Wells Fargo & Co. purchased 550 million megawatt hours annually, according to the most recent quarterly list, to lead the Top 25. Whole Foods Market ranks second on the list, and other food companies also take top spots. Starbucks is ranked sixth; Vail Resorts comes in at number nine; and Safeway Inc. is 21st.

Organizations that buy power generated from clean, renewable resources such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydro power are considered. Together, the Top 25 purchase more than 4 billion kilowatt hours of green power annually—enough to power 350,000 U.S. homes.



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