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March 22, 2005








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Economic Report

KENTUCKY SCHOOLS DODGE FRYER BULLET, FOR NOW
The state that’s home to fried chicken will allow schools to continue offering fried items, thanks to a last-minute compromise....[full story]

BACKLASH STARTS AGAINST WISCONSIN PUSH FOR COUNTY INSPECTIONS
Ozaukee County, Wis., is thumbs-down on the state’s proposal to transfer responsibility.... [full story]

ARKANSAS GETS FIRST NEW FOOD CODE IN 30 YEARS
BIG inspection changes lie ahead for all you operators in Arkansas.... [full story]

PROGRAM LIGHTS UP EAST BAY RESTAURANTS
San Francisco’s East Bay operators can get help switching to energy-efficient lighting.... [full story]

Economic Report

NAFEM SALES INDEX POSTS STRONG GAINS FOR 2004
North American sales rose 7% in 2004; export sales soared a whopping 18.4%, NAFEM data show.... [full story]

BIG CHAINS SAME-STORE SALES GAINS CONTINUE
An amazing run: 86 consecutive weeks of gains tracked by NPD Foodworld.... [full story]

BLUE CHIP CONSENSUS RAISES GDP GROWTH ESTIMATE
A bunch of healthy indicators have convinced Blue Chip economists 2005 growth might run better than originally forecast.... [full story]

EUROPE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE, JAPANESE ECONOMY IMPROVING
A strong Euro and weak employment hamper Eurozone while spending and jobs strengthen in Japan.... [full story]

Industry Report Foodservice Equipment Reports

SIMON RECEIVES FEDA’S TOP AWARD; MCDONOUGH HONORED FOR INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTIONS
Walter Simon received FEDA’s rare Sam Anoff Lifetime Achievement Award, and John McDonough was honored for support of dealer-based distribution.... [full story]

NRA LAUNCHES KITCHEN INNOVATIONS PROGRAM AT SHOW
NRA has marked 17 products so far for special recognition.... [full story]

MAFSI APPOINTS 2005 OFFICERS
The buck now stops with Jeffrey Hessel, George LeCavalier and Mitchell Reilly....[full story]

NAFEM ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTORS
Tom Campion, Mike McNeel, David Wasserman and Mark Whalen assume the duties.... [full story]

FORTNIGHTLY DEBUTS REGULATORY ARCHIVES
It’s here, it’s convenient... it’s <I>all<I> the regulatory stories in one place!... [full story]

ALEGACY ON THE MOVE
Call up the moving vans—Alegacy Foodservice Products Group soon heads for new digs.... [full story]

EDWARD DON & CO. MOURNS ADAM DON
The youngest son of Chairman Robert Don and brother of CEO Steven Don died unexpectedly in a mountain bicycling accident in California....[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.
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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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