Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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March 25, 2008

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
NPD Cautions Structural Market Changes Affecting Slowdown
Macroeconomic Forecasts Continue To Fall
And Now For Some Good News
Foodservice Equipment Reports Revised 2008 E&S Market Forecast Available

Regulatory Report:
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ICC Grows Plans For Certification Of Green-Building Officials
Doughnuts, Coffee Driving Drive-Through Angst
Kansas May Shift Inspections To Ag Department
Californians, Chicagoans Take Heart: You Can Still Get Foie Gras In Maryland

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In This Section:
FCSI Announces Super Regionals Schedule
Must-Read: List Of High-Efficiency Toilets Out
Time To Register For FMI Show
Singer To Host 21st Trade Showt
NRAEF Issues New Edition Of ServSafe

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Enodis

Industry Report FHA2008

FCSI Announces Super Regionals Schedule
In an ongoing effort to extend educational sessions to regions across the continent, Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l.—The Americas has scheduled a series of four super-regional two-day meetings covering sustainable foodservice and waste management:

  • April 10-11: Hotel Providence, Providence, R.I.
  • June 19-20: Seattle Art Museum & Hotel Monaco, Seattle
  • July 17-18 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth & Embassy Suites Downtown, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sept. 24-25: Botanical Gardens & Crowne Plaza Hotel, Toronto

The meetings in Providence, R.I.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Toronto will focus on sustainability in foodservice, including green building certification, developing relationships with local farmers, recycling, sustainable waste handling and managing energy consumption. The Seattle event will feature a panel of waste management experts discussing the "Three R's and One C" of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

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Must-Read: List Of High-Efficiency Toilets Out
Whodunnit aficionados no doubt would prefer a Mike Sherer mystery novel, but if you're serious about water conservation, you need to check out the newly released Unified North American Requirement list of high-efficiency toilets and ultra low-flush toilets.

The list identifies toilets that are efficient and perform well, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and now includes 187 tested HETs. Of those, 142 qualify for the EPA's new WaterSense program, which is similar to the familiar Energy Star program.

To see the lists and read more about testing for the program, go to

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Time To Register For FMI Show
Supermarketeers, attention, please: The Food Marketing Institute's annual show is fast approaching, and time to sign up and make lodging arrangements is tick-tick-ticking.

The show this year is scheduled for May 4-7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. If you register by April 1, you can book your room through FMI's housing bureau at special discounted rates.

The show again promises the latest products and new technologies on display, from holding and display equipment to lighting, refrigeration and food-preparation systems. Educational sessions will cover a wide range of topics from technology to the latest in consumer market analysis.

To sign up or get more information, go to

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Singer To Host 21st Trade Show
If you're doing business anywhere in or near the Pennsylvania area, you might want to mark your calendar for Singer Equipment Co.'s 21st annual trade show, to be held April 27-28 at its Elverson headquarters. Geared toward the commercial foodservice, hospitality and healthcare industries, the show will present the newest foodservice equipment, furniture and supplies. More than 200 manufacturers will display their latest products, many with cooking demonstrations.

A variety of environmentally friendly products will be highlighted. The show will also include a large tent sale featuring new and used equipment, as well as kitchenware, china, glassware and disposables.

Last year's show drew over 500 commercial customers, making it the largest distributor-sponsored, in-house trade show in the region.

Singer Equipment Co. is a regional foodservice distributor providing a broad range of products and services, including equipment and supplies, tabletop, janitorial and disposable products, furniture and kitchen design services. Founded in Reading, Pa. in 1918, the company today has six locations: Elverson, Philadelphia and Wyomissing, Pa.; Bergenfield and Mt. Laurel, N.J.; and Hicksville, N.Y.

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NRAEF Issues New Edition Of ServSafe
The fifth edition of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's ServSafe food safety program is now out. The new edition is based on the latest information published in the 2007 supplement to the '05 Food and Drug Administration's Model Food Code.

ServSafe is available in two versions, the ServSafe Coursebook and ServSafe Essentials, a 320-page textbook. ServSafe Essentials has been completely revised and now includes streamlined content, new visual cues, new photography with job tasks from an employee's point of view, "pathogen prevention" icons, real-world scenarios and updated activities that help students learn concepts.

The materials will be available in both Spanish and Chinese this summer. To preview the materials, go to, or visit for more information.

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