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March 7, 2006








Economic Report:
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NRA Performance Index, Capital Expenditures Rise
Early Retail Sales Soft In February; Consumer Confidence Edgy
Consumers Fret Interest Rates, Job Prospects
Blue Chip International Forecasts Trend Higher

Regulatory Report:
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April 4-7, 2006
Kansas Mulls Dumping Equipment Tax
Cameras May Be On Menu For Chicago Restaurants
Maine Businesses Get Gripe Forum
Nantucket The Latest To Consider Banning Chains



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In This Section:
Consultants' Summit Slated For April
Industry Mourns Fisher Mfg. Co. Chairman
Technical Center For Excellence Closer To Launch
MAFSI, FCSI, CFESA Debut Startup & Demo Packet
Singapore Show Coming Soon

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

Industry Report Server Products

Consultants' Summit Slated For April
If you're a consultant in the business of staying on top of technical information and foodservice trends, you'll want to mark your calendar for April 10-12 and the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas.

A special two-day seminar called Consultants' Summit, put on by Rod Collins Associates, Cotati, Calif., and Edgewater Marketing, Boston, promises an agenda with a unique blend of the latest technology, food and chef trends. Sponsored by Cres Cor, Montague and Wood Stone Corp., the event begins with optional golf Mon., April 10, and an opening reception that evening. The next day starts with a look at the history and future of cooking technology, followed in the afternoon by a closer look at island design challenges and applications, convection and natural gas issues.

Wednesday, the group heads out for hands-on culinary training at the University of Las Vegas, followed by a panel of top chefs discussing kitchens and food prep techniques of the future. Seating is quite limited, so if you're interested, act right away. For further information and reservations, contact Rod Collins at rodcollinsassoc@comcast.net and check out www.consultantssummit.com.

 

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Industry Mourns Fisher Mfg. Co. Chairman
Fisher Mfg. Co. Chairman Ray Fisher, Sr., who built the firm into a respected national brand for plumbing components and fixtures, succumbed to complications from cancer on Feb. 9 in Fresno, Calif. He was 69.

Fisher got his start in the foodservice industry when he joined his father in the family business, Fisher Mfg., in 1958. By the late '60s, he had advanced to v.p. of sales, at which point he proceeded to build a national distribution and sales network and expand the Fisher brand.

In '93, Fisher moved company headquarters to its current location in Tulare, Calif. He finally retired in 2001, and his son, Ray Fisher, Jr., stepped up as president. Today, the company is one of the country's largest suppliers of commercial foodservice plumbing components and fixtures, including faucets, pre-rinse units and glass fillers.

Fisher was an active member of such industry organizations as North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye; daughters Karen Lauterbach and Kathleen Sebahar; son Ray Fisher, Jr.; and nine grandchildren.


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Technical Center For Excellence Closer To Launch
A web-based portal providing training for foodservice equipment service technicians is closer to reality, but it still needs additional sponsors.

The joint effort shared by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association, called the Technical Center For Excellence, has been in the works for some time.

NAFEM and CFESA enlisted the help of Service Management Group, a program developer, to build the Microsoft-based portal. TCE will be an add-on to Electronic Manuals Web, an online database of equipment parts that service technicians can use to spec and order parts. TCE will link to EMWeb with technical training courses on equipment service and maintenance. In the future, the site hopes to provide certification.

Manufacturers who subscribe to EMWeb post the parts information online. They're also being asked to sponsor the development of the training content. Applications cost anywhere between $1,000 and $9,000, according to Service Management Group. The training programs will be free to service technicians and dealers.

NAFEM and CFESA had commitments from 21 sponsors in February. Service Management said it needed a minimum of 40 manufacturers by early March to finish building the site in time for the National Restaurant Association show in May.


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MAFSI, FCSI, CFESA Debut Startup & Demo Packet
Used to be that if you asked 10 people in the foodservice industry what, say, a reasonable "service response time" might be, you'd get 10 different answers.

But not anymore. In a move to streamline the challenges of starting up a new restaurant or foodservice project, three foodservice equipment industry associations have collaborated to create an industry-recognized Glossary of Terms, plus a collection of check-sheets to be used for start-ups and demos.

Members from Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l. and Commercial Food Equipment Service Association spent the past year hammering out definitions and procedures.

The Glossary of Terms defines the roles of reps, dealers, service agents and consultants as they work with the operator community. It also provides formal definitions of nearly 30 industry terms, such as Response Time, Warranty, Emergency Service, Commission, Territory Credit and Demonstration.

The customizable check-sheets include MAFSI Demonstration Request and Inspection forms, and CFESA Start-Up/Performance Check and Standard Installation forms.

"They give you the tools to help you through the process, know what to expect at the jobsite," said Ed Pecinka, president of Pecinka Ferri Associates, Little Falls, N.J., and chair of MAFSI's Strategic Alliance Committee.

The plan was first presented to the industry at MAFSI's Annual Conference, held Jan. 25-27 in San Diego. When finalized, the Glossary and Check-Sheets will be online at www.mafsi.org.


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Singapore Show Coming Soon
If you're looking for foodservice equipment contacts in Asia, book your flight to Singapore now to attend FHA2006, a.k.a. Food&HotelAsia.

FHA2006 kicks off on April 25 and runs through April 28 at the Singapore Expo. Groups from more than 40 countries will be exhibiting, including, for the first time, Greece and Cypress.

A delegation from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers will also be taking part in the show.

FHA2006 will be held in conjunction with seven other specialized events: FoodAsia, Hostec-Asia, Wine&SpiritsAsia, BakeryAsia, HotelAsia, Hospitality StyleAsia, and the FHA Culinary Challenge. For full details, log onto www.foodnhotelasia.com.



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