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March 8, 2005








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Economic Report

DARK SKIES AHEAD FOR HAILEY, IDAHO
New regs there will have you seeing stars—figuratively, or literally, or perhaps both....[full story]

RHODE ISLAND INSPECTIONS GO HIGH-TECH
If you’re doing business in Rhode Island, you’ll soon be seeing state health inspectors going digital.... [full story]

SMOKING BANS SPREADING—TODAY, RHODE ISLAND, TOMORROW...THE NATION?
The expression, "Smoke ’em if you got ’em" might be fading fast.... [full story]

SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY COULD SPREAD ‘NO-FRY’ ZONES
Federal pressure on school nutrition may put heat on fried foods, which might splash back on fryers.... [full story]

Economic Report Hatco Corp.

JOBS POST STRONG FEBRUARY GROWTH AS CONSUMER SENTIMENT DIPS
Nonfarm jobs jump, consumer sentiment dips slightly, and labor-force participation remains at its lowest level since 1988.... [full story]

SOME LIGHT ON HORIZON FOR STAINLESS, COPPER PRICING
Market forces are beginning to take pressure off pricing of stainless steel and copper.... [full story]

NRA PERFORMANCE INDEX FALLS BACK FROM RECORD HIGH
The Restaurant Performance Index fielded by the National Restaurant Association fell back slightly in January from its record high.... [full story]

BLUE CHIP ECONOMISTS FORESEE ‘MEASURED’ INTEREST RATE INCREASES
Leading economists expect steady, small increases in interest rates, but they’re keeping an eye on signs that inflation might be rising.... [full story]

Industry Report Foodservice Equipment Reports

PENTAIR, ECOLAB FORM ALLIANCE
The common element? A shared interest in water quality.... [full story]

NEW DIGS, NEW KITCHENS FOR CHEFS IN TRAINING AT KENDALL
"It’s as if they’d built the entire CIA at once," our man on the scene said.... [full story]

CARIBOU EYES 100 NEW STORES FOR 2005
You’ve heard "The Moose is loose"? Well so’s the Caribou.... [full story]

ACFSA FOUNDER AL RICHARDSON PASSES
Al Richardson, founder of the American Correctional Food Service Association, changed prison foodservice forever.... [full story]

FEDA DOINGS DURING NAFEM
FEDA dealers have some special dates on their NAFEM Show calendars.... [full story]

LIGHTING CALCULATORS ILLUMINATE TRUE COSTS
Do you have a few dim bulbs in your restaurant? Online calculators can help you figure out what they’re costing.... [full story]





FER Fortnightly, published biweekly by Gill Ashton Publishing
(publishers of Foodservice Equipment Reports),
covers key regulatory, economic and general foodservice industry news with a special emphasis
on issues impacting the equipment and supplies industry.
Questions or comments? Please send them to bward@fermag.com.
This issue's content compiled and written by Robin Ashton, publisher;
Janice Cha, senior editor; and Allison Clark, associate editor.
Edited by Brian Ward, chief editor.

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