Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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March 21, 2006

Economic Report:
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Blue Chip Economists Forecast First Quarter Bounce, Then Continued GDP Growth Around 3%
Jobs Growth In February Bodes Well For Foodservice
And Now For The Long View, Or Real GDP To Grow 3% in 2012

Regulatory Report:
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April 4-7, 2006
ASHRAE, IESNA To Set New 'Green' Standards
U.S. House Passes Food Labeling Uniformity Act
Austin Restaurant Patios Go To The Dogs
Bridgeport Restaurant Restrooms On The Hook
Where There's Smoke, There's Lawyers

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In This Section:
Nerbonne Takes Reins At Enodis' Americas Operations
Dormont Releases Guide To Gas Appliance Standards
CFESA Announces 2006 Spring Conference Agenda
MAFSI Offers Customer Roadshows
Foodservice Companies Among Fortune's 'Most Admired'
Culver's, Famous Dave's Make IFMA 2006 Silver Plate List

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Atlas Metal Industries Inc. Regulatory ReportSponsor: Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

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Nerbonne Takes Reins At Enodis' Americas Operations
Enodis plc has named Robert Nerbonne group president of the Americas, responsible for foodservice equipment operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Nerbonne has been with the company since 2002, first as v.p. operations and later president of Kysor/Warren, and most recently as president of Delfield. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions in the foodservice industry, including that of president of Pitco Frialator.

Nerbonne has been charged with enhancing customer support, service capabilities and manufacturing excellence in his new post. He'll report directly to Enodis CEO David McCulloch.

Enodis, parent to brands including Scotsman, Frymaster, Delfied, Cleveland and many others, currently has 27 factories in eight countries.


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Dormont Releases Guide To Gas Appliance Standards
Want to make sure your gas appliances are installed to code? Dormont Manufacturing, Export, Pa., has published a reference guide to gas appliance standards and codes. Changes in the International and National Fuel Gas Codes as well as the Uniform Plumbing Code prompted the company to issue the guide under its "Safety Through Mobility" education program.

Last fall, new standards were approved that require you to use a commercial-grade flexible gas connector for all appliances that are moved for cleaning or service, whether they're on casters or legs. The guide helps clarify the change and offers guidance on installing equipment to meet the new code.

For a free copy of the guide in either printed or downloadable format visit Dormont's web site at

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CFESA Announces 2006 Spring Conference Agenda
The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association will hold its annual Spring Conference in Chicago at the Hotel Inter-Continental May 17-19.

Featured workshops and panel discussions include: Realistic Warranty Rates; Installation, Testing and Certification; Dispatch Methods and Principles and Inventory Stocking Methodology. Election of Officers and Directors for 2006-'07 will also take place as well as honoring CFESA outgoing President Tina Reese, Commercial Appliance Parts & Service, who passes the gavel on May 19 during a special luncheon.

Both the CFESA Spring and Fall Conferences are open to all those within the foodservice industry.

For more information, including the full conference agenda, please go to or phone CFESA at 336/346-4700.

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MAFSI Offers Customer Roadshows
Looking for some good equipment and supplies oriented educational sessions that won't involve a lot of travel, expense and time away from the office?

The Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry is taking its educational show on the road to a city near you.

The one-day agendas include sessions on refrigeration, steam equipment, tabletop, basic AutoQuotes, Advanced AutoQuotes and ServSafe Certification.

You can attend all day or just buy into the sessions that catch your eye: Refrigeration, steam and tabletop sessions are $35 each or $75 for the whole lot. AutoQuotes sessions are $95 each or $160 for the pair. The ServSafe class, including the book and exam, is $99.

Space is limited, so register early.

Roadshows coming soon:

  • Mar. 22: Dallas
  • Apr. 19: Atlanta
  • Apr. 25: Columbus, Ohio

AutoQuotes classes will also be coming to:

  • Mar. 28: Phoenix
  • Apr. 11: St. Louis
  • Apr. 19: Atlanta
  • Apr. 25: Columbus, Ohio
  • May 15: Philadelphia

For more information please visit

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Foodservice Companies Among Fortune's 'Most Admired'
Ah, it's nice to be recognized for being good.

A slate of well-known operator companies made Fortune magazine's annual list of "America's Most Admired Companies" this year. Topping the industry list was Starbucks, which was ranked fifth overall among all companies. McDonald's Corp., Brinker International, CBRL Group and YUM! Brands rounded out the top five operator companies.

The selection process was managed by Hay Group, which has worked with Fortune on the list since 1997. The list ranks companies on eight attributes: innovation, employee talent, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and quality of products or services. The research company also studied factors that led to the listed companies' success in a global market.

A total of 303 companies in 65 industries made this year's list. General Electric Co. topped the list for the sixth time in eight years.

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Culver's, Famous Dave's Make IFMA 2006 Silver Plate List
A round of applause please for Culver Franchising Systems and Famous Dave's of America. Both chains are among the recipients of the Int'l. Foodservice Manufacturers Association's 2006 Silver Plate Awards.

Culver's founder and CEO Craig Culver won in the Chain—Fast Service category. The Prairie du Sac, Wis.-based company, famous for its ButterBurgers and signature frozen custards, operates more than 315 locations in 15 states.

Famous Daves' President Dave Goronkin earned the Silver Plate in the Chain—Full Service category. The chain, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., specializes in pit barbecue. The company operates about 125 stores nationwide.

Winners in other categories include:

  • Hotels and Lodging: Elizabeth Blau, restaurant consultant and former executive v.p. of restaurant development & marketing, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  • B&I: Ron Ehrhardt, director of food services, Prudential Financial, Newark, N.J.
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools: Beverly L. Girard, director of food and nutrition services, The School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Independent Restaurants: Bob Kinkead, chef /owner, Kinkead s and Colvin Run Tavern, Washington, D.C.
  • Colleges and Universities: Ted Mayer, executive director, Harvard University Dining Services, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Specialty Foodservices: Sister Alice Marie Quinn, program director, St. Vincent Senior Citizen Nutrition Program, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Health Care: Ron Rech, director of food & nutrition services, Resurrection Medical / Holy Family Medical Center, Chicago

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