Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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April 18, 2006

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In This Section:
FER Names Industry Service, Dealer Award Winners
It's Registration Time For Supply Managers
D.C. Biker Chefs Ride Against Hunger
Famous Dave's Inks Orange County Franchise Deal
Yum! Brands Opens First Russian Co-Brand KFC
CFESA Announces New Membership Directory

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FER Names Industry Service, Dealer Award Winners
The ballots have been counted, the surveys are done, and the dust has settled. The winners of Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine's second annual Customer Choice Dealer Awards and Industry Service Awards have been announced.

The 2006 Customer Choice Dealer Awards, based on a polling of the more than 20,000 operator and consultant readers of FER, go to the following.

Three companies take home the National prize:

  • Edward Don & Co., North Riverside, Ill.
  • TriMark USA, So. Attleboro, Mass.
  • Sysco Corp., Houston.

This year's Regional honors go to:

  • Best Restaurant Equipment, Columbus, Ohio
  • S. S. Kemp & Co., Cleveland (for the second year in a row)
  • R. W. Smith, San Diego
  • Trendco Supply, Batavia, Ohio.

The Industry Service Awards, honoring significant and sustained contribution not just to companies and associations but the industry overall, are presented with input from the industry's allied associations, among others. This year's recipients:

  • Consultant Albert Da Costa, FCSI, Socius Consulting, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Dealer Marc Fuchs, M. Tucker Co., Paterson, N.J. Manufacturers' rep Neville Jeens, W.D. Colledge Co., Mississauga, Ontario
  • Service agent Roger Martin, formerly of Ecolab/GCS Service, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Operator Roy Hook, Wendy's Int'l., Dublin, Ohio.


It's Registration Time For Supply Managers
Yes, it's April. Which means Midwesterners are emerging from their deep-freeze shelters—and it's time to register for the Hospitality Supply Management Spring Conference, an Institute for Supply Management Forum.

The conference takes place May 17-19 at the Hotel Monaco Chicago. Seminar sessions cover topics including market updates and economic outlooks; tips on managing inflation and reducing distribution costs; and ways to tackle troublesome contract language.

Plus: Don't miss the special luncheon with Master Chef Martin Yan.

For complete program and registration information, visit

D.C. Biker Chefs Ride Against Hunger
Have motorcycle, will fight hunger. That's what's driving a number of biker-chefs in the Washington, D.C., area.

On June 20, nearly 80 chefs will trade toques for helmets to ride more than 100 miles to raise funds on behalf of Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization created to fight childhood hunger. The event is expected to draw riders from across the mid-Atlantic region.

The 2005 Chefs On Bikes tour raised more than $10,000 in contributions from riders, their restaurants and sponsors. This year, the third such ride, organizers expect to raise about $20,000.

Wheeling off from downtown Washington, participants will ride to Lovettsville, Va., for a tour of an organic farm overlooking the Potomac River, then on to Purcellville, Va., for a cook-off and party.

The ride was co-founded by Scott Hamberger, Fortessa Inc., Sterling, Va., and Jean-Philippe Krukowicz, KrukO Inc., Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit

Famous Dave's Inks Orange County Franchise Deal
Famous Dave's of America, Minneapolis, has signed up Backyard BBQ Inc. to open seven franchise units in Orange County, Calif. The agreement provides Backyard the right to open units anywhere in the county except Knott's Berry Farm.

Famous Dave's recently opened units in Gilroy and Palmdale, Calif. It ended last year with a system-wide total of 126 restaurants, including 38 company-owned and 88 franchise-operated in 32 states. So far this year, the chain has signed development agreements for nearly 200 new ones.

Yum! Brands Opens First Russian Co-Brand KFC
Da to chicken, in two languages. Yum! Brands has opened its first co-branded KFC store in Russia with Rostik Restaurants Ltd., Russia's largest chicken chain operator. The store features menu favorites from both chicken chains. Logo, staff uniforms and interior décor all highlight the new co-branded look.

Over the next 18 months, Rostik will convert all existing Rostik's and KFC units to co-branded stores. The company is expected to invest $100 million over the next five years to develop as many as 300 more stores in addition to the 100 it now operates.

CFESA Announces New Membership Directory
Looking for service agents? The new 2006-'07 Commercial Food Equipment Service Association's Membership Directory will be onhand at the National Restaurant Association Show, May 20-23, at Chicago's McCormick Place. CFESA will share booth 7633 with the Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. Be sure to stop by the booth and pick up your copy of the new CFESA Membership Directory as well as the CFESA CD-ROM. Both are available at no charge.

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