Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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March 10, 2009

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In This Section:
FCSI Gets New Worldwide Digs
Cold Stone, Tim Hortons Plan More Co-Branding Tests
Carl's Jr. Debuts Eco-Friendly Prototype
NRA Names 2009 K. I. Award Recipients
Hotelex Shanghai 2009 Set To Go

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FCSI Gets New Worldwide Digs
Foodservice Consultants Society International has moved its worldwide headquarters. FCSI's new address is 144 Parkedge Street, Rockwood, Ontario N0B 2K0, Canada. Phone: 519/856-0783. Fax 519/856-0648. The e-mail remains; the Web site is

"As we begin this new era in the evolution of FCSI, we look forward to being able to improve member services, expand industry outreach, encourage sustainable operations and promote FCSI brand recognition on a global basis," said Scott Legge, FCSI worldwide executive director.


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Cold Stone, Tim Hortons Plan More Co-Branding Tests
In a move that leverages complementary traffic profiles to maximize cost-efficiencies and boost growth, Cold Stone Creamery and Tim Hortons have agreed to convert up to 50 of each chain's stores in six states to co-branded sites.

Cold Stone Creamery drives significant customer traffic and sales in the evening market with its handcrafted mix-in ice cream products while Tim Hortons sees a substantial portion of its sales in the breakfast and lunch markets with its coffee, beverages and baked goods. The co-branding process will take place over the next few months.

The initiative was prompted by the success of recent co-branding tests in two existing Tim Hortons locations in Rhode Island. The test was later expanded to an existing Cold Stone Creamery location in Ohio. "We are pleased to expand our association with Tim Hortons," said Kevin Blackwell, CEO and founder of Kahala Corp., Cold Stone's parent company. "Successful results from our initial test stores suggest that bringing our concepts together will increase the customer bases for both brands, allowing further sales growth opportunities."

"Continued development and awareness of the Tim Hortons brand beyond our base of 500 restaurants in the United States is a key element of our overall approach to U.S. growth," said Don Schroeder, Tim Horton's president and CEO.

Existing Cold Stone Creamery and Tim Hortons locations in Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, western New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island will be identified and reconfigured to offer both brand concepts. Once a store is identified as a potential co-branded site, the franchisee will be approached with the opportunity to expand product offerings with the complementary brand.

Cold Stone Creamery, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a subsidiary of Kahala Corp., a franchising company with a portfolio of 12 quick-service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates more than 1,450 locations in 11 countries worldwide. Tim Hortons has 3,294 systemwide restaurants, including more than 500 units in the United States. The Canadian company is based in Oakville, Ont.

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Carl's Jr. Debuts Eco-Friendly Prototype
In a possible harbinger of future unit design, Carl's Jr. opened an environmental flagship store in February. Its success in sustainability, conservation and energy-efficiency will be measured and evaluated for potential companywide implementation at both Carl's Jr. and its sister chain, Hardee's.

The store, located two miles from parent company CKE Restaurants Inc. in Carpinteria, Calif., was repurposed from the shell of a former sit-down restaurant to reduce the construction footprint. The carbon footprint and electric bill should shrink as well, thanks to rooftop solar panels that produce 9,443kWh annually. Energy efficiencies and Energy Star ratings were the focus for the kitchen's fryers, ice machines and HVAC system. A catalytic converter on the charbroiler converts particulate into carbon dioxide and water to reduce smoke, odors and emissions. Water-efficient ice machines and low-flow pre-rinse spray valves reduce water usage in the drought-plagued state.

According to CKE CEO Andrew F. Puzder, the store exemplifies the companywide environmental initiatives already at work in both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brands. "The launch of our first green Carl's Jr. restaurant, while not cost-neutral, will help us view our eco-friendly options in action." The building, he added, even includes a hawk perch for a local bird that took up residence during construction.

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NRA Names 2009 K. I. Award Recipients
The National Restaurant Association has named 18 products as recipients of its annual Kitchen Innovations Awards. A panel of industry judges convened recently and scored products on a variety of criteria including significant technological innovation, value in answering an industry need, etc. We'll be taking a more in-depth look at these products in an upcoming FER Fortnightly as well as in our print sister publication, Foodservice Equipment Reports, but for now here's the list of honorees. Congratulations to all:

  • Advanced Composite Materials, Silar Microwave Flatstone
  • Arctic Industries/Desmon USA, Collapsible Refrigerator
  • Eneron Inc., Turbo Pot Stockpot
  • Everpure, MRS Envi-RO 600 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System
  • Frymaster/Manitowoc, Protector Gas Fryer
  • Garland/Manitowoc, Garland Restaurant Range
  • Halton Co., M.A.R.V.E.L. Demand Control Ventilation System
  • Henny Penny Corp., Evolution Elite Fryer
  • Hobart Corp., Bluetooth-enabled Combi Oven with Barcode Scanner
  • Irinox USA, CP Multi Function Holding Cabinet
  • Kairak, BLU Technology Prep Table
  • Lincoln/Manitowoc Foodservice, Quest EMS Energy Management System for Conveyor Ovens
  • Market Forge Industries, 3500 Power Plus Convection Steamer
  • Power Soak Systems, High Powered Silverware Pre-Washing System
  • Rational USA, Self Cooking Center with CareControl
  • Somat Co., eCorect Waste Decomposer
  • Viking Range Corp., Modular Range Design
  • Winston Industries, CVap Universal Holding Bin Cabinet

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Hotelex Shanghai 2009 Set To Go
Asia's flagship exhibition for foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers is just around the corner. Hotelex Shanghai 2009, March 31-April 3, is expected to attract more than 800 exhibitors displaying in multiple halls in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

In addition to Chinese manufacturers, a large and growing international presence is expected, with more than 550 exhibitors from around the world set to present their newest products and services. Along with U.S. manufacturers, brands will be on display from Europe (including France, Germany, Italy, Spain); the Middle East (UAE); and Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan). Many countries are veterans of the show. Spain's pavilion, organized by the Spanish Exporting Manufacturers Association, is exhibiting for a sixth year and will include at least eight manufacturers.

Due to strong demand at last year's successful show, Hotelex will debut a food and beverage hall with products including tea and coffee supplies, wine and ice-cream. Special on-site events, such as the China Barista Championship Final, the Hotelex Cup Chef Championship, Hotelex bartender show and other demonstrations, workshops, seminars and championships will be showcased in the exhibition areas.

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