Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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February 21, 2006

Economic Report:
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FER's Customer Choice Dealer Awards
MAFSI Reports Record Growth In 4Q; Forecasts Strong 2006
NRA Performance Index Rises, But Capital Expenditures Dip
Blue Chip 2006 GDP Forecast Slips
Gas Prices, Rising Interest Rates, Have Consumers A Bit Jittery

Industry Report:
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Hotelex Shanghai,
April 4-7, 2006

Tampa Ops Get 'F' For Funky In Science Project
Firehouse Subs Runs Fire Drill For New Unit Openings
Industry Gorilla Plans To Open A Unit Per Pound In '06
Keith W. Carpenter, Wood Stone, Passes

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In This Section:
NYC Expands Online Inspection Ratings
SoCal Gas Announces 2006 Rebates
Frederick, Md., Health Dept. Now Okays Restaurant Building Permits
Flagstaff Gets Jump On State Junk Food Ban
Maine's EU-Style Electronics Recycling Bill Takes Effect

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: FER's Customer Choice Dealer Awards |  Industry ReportSponsor: Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

Regulatory Report Sponsored by Atlas Metal Industries Inc.

NYC Expands Online Inspection Ratings
Don't do anything that would embarrass you, your mother used to say. In the spirit of that same guidance, New York's online listings no longer list just the major infractions. Now every little ding will be listed.

The Big Apple's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene started putting more detailed restaurant inspection information on its Web site last month. The searchable database provides the latest inspection scores for more than 20,000 restaurants and will now include archives for a restaurant's inspection history.

The new site was made possible by the department's switch to handheld computers from paper-and-pencil forms. To find out more, go to


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SoCal Gas Announces 2006 Rebates
Southern California Gas Co., a Sempra utility, has announced its new 2006 set of rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient gas ovens, griddles, fryers and other commercial foodservice equipment.

In step with other California utilities, which this year coordinated to standardize most rebates, SoCal Gas rebates are as follows for qualifying commercial natural gas equipment:

  • Pressureless steamers: $750
  • Fryers: $500
  • Combination ovens: $750
  • Convection ovens: $500
  • Griddles: $125

Log on to and click on "food service rebates" to find the list of qualifying gas equipment models. The list will grow throughout the year as more natural gas equipment qualifies through testing. All rebates are subject to change without notice and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available. Customers can qualify for multiple rebates through multiple purchases.

Other offerings for operators looking for equipment information include access to the utility's Food Service Equipment Center in Downey, which features more than 150 pieces of new energy-efficient equipment, free seminars and a ventilation and baking lab for testing.

Log onto to learn more about the center.

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Frederick, Md., Health Department Now Okays Restaurant Building Permits
Looking to open a location in Frederick, Md.? The city's recently changed its permitting process for new and renovated foodservice operations. As of March 1, building permits will be issued only if the project has a letter of approval from the Frederick County Health Department.

The change gives the department a chance to eyeball restaurant projects in the development stage, according to Larry Bohn, director of environmental health. That way, operators are assured that their construction plans will meet health department codes as well as city building codes.

The change could save time and money by catching problems early. Bohn says under the old system he's seen operators purchase the wrong equipment or tear up floors to accommodate plumbing changes mandated by health code.

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Flagstaff Gets Jump On State Junk Food Ban
Hold onto your junk snacks if you're doing business in Arizona's high country high schools. The Flagstaff Unified School District recently okayed a ban on junk food in high school vending machines and snack bars. Starting July 1 this year, a long list of beverages and foods won't be allowed in high schools.

A year ago, Arizona passed similar legislation for elementary schools. Prohibited foods include caffeinated and carbonated beverages, juice drinks with less than 100% juice, milk with more than 1% fat content, sports drinks, energy drinks, fried foods like chips, pastries, cupcakes and donuts. Several high schools in the Phoenix area implemented the ban in as well.

Legislation was introduced this year to extend the state ban to high schools. If enacted, though, it won t take effect until July 2007.

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Maine's EU-Style Electronics Recycling Bill Takes Effect
Holy Contamination, Batman! While 20 other states and cities are still thinking about it, the country's first manufacturer-funded electronics recycling law is now officially in effect. Maine now requires electronics manufacturers to foot the bill for recycling centers or for transportation of any computers, television or other electronic waste back to their plants. As of July 20, so-called "e-waste" won't be allowed in landfills or incinerators.

Cities in the state now provide drop-off spots where consumers and businesses can turn in discarded equipment. They in turn take the trash to consolidation centers or ship it directly back to manufacturers. The new law will prevent 3 lbs. to 8 lbs. of lead alone per computer or television from ending up in landfills. The state estimates that 100,000 computers and televisions are stockpiled for disposal each year.

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