Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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April 19, 2005

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In This Section:
Join FERsters In A Party For Industry Award Winners
‘Who’s Who’ Of NRA Kitchen Innovation
Hong Kong Show Coming Soon
Same Day Distributing Mourns Bruce Hicks
Pizzas On Wheels

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Industry Report

Join FERsters In A Party For Industry Award Winners
Join the Foodservice Equipment Reports team and friends for a special evening of celebrating top foodservice industry achievers on Fri., May 20, at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 7-10 p.m. You can look forward to an evening of good food, great networking and no long-winded speeches.

Receiving the foodservice industry’s equivalent of the Oscars (well, not exactly, but you know what we mean)--also known as the 2005 FER Industry Service Awards--will be: Scott Legge, FCSI, LTD Consulting Group, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, for consultants; Rick Ellingson, Bargreen-Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash., for dealers; Ed Gregory, The HGA Group Inc., Plymouth, Mich., for manufacturers’ reps; and Frank Burns, National Service Cooperative, Omaha, Neb., for service agencies. The Industry Service Awards are presented to recognize outstanding contribution not just to the winner’s company and industry association, but to the advancement of the industry at large.

And as for your favorite dealers (based on a poll of the 20,000+ operators and consultants among FER’s readership), the Customer Choice Dealer Awards are going to two National winners: Baring Industries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and The Wasserstrom Co., Columbus, Ohio; and four Regional winners: Bargreen-Ellingson, Tacoma, Wash.; Singer Equipment Co., Reading, Pa.; Johnson-Lancaster and Associates, Safety Harbor, Fla.; and S.S. Kemp & Co., Cleveland.

As with the Oscars, you will need to register in advance for this one—email or visit for details. But UNLIKE Hollywood, you won’t need to squeeze into tuxes—business casual, jackets, etc., will do nicely.


‘Who’s Who’ Of NRA Kitchen Innovation
You want innovation in the kitchen? Check out the products selected by the folks at the National Restaurant Association to appear in the Kitchen Innovation area at the NRA Show.

To date, 17 Award recipients have earned spots at the newly created Kitchen Innovation display. You can see them all at the Restaurant Show, May 21-24, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, South Hall, booth 3289.

The Kitchen Innovations 2005 Award recipients, listed by company and product name, are:

• Blendtec/Div. of K-Tec: BDI Narrow Model blender-dispensing system
• Beverage-Air/Carrier: Prestige Plus commercial refrigeration units
• Cooper-Atkins: Intelli-PDA
• Electrolux Professional: Libero Plug & Cook Line
• Delfield/Enodis: Refrigeration systems with LiquiTec
• Fluke (formerly Raytek): FoodPro Plus infrared thermometer
• Hobart Corp.: Legacy mixer
• Hobart Corp.: Opti-Rinse system for warewashers
• Leodoro/Swiss Coffee Systems: Swiss EGRO super-automatic espresso machine
• Lincoln Foodservice Products/Enodis: Dual Technology Finisher (DTF)
• Meiko USA: Mike 2 dishwasher control system
• Merrychef USA/Enodis: Merrychef 502 speed oven
• Penguin Rapid Thawers: Penguin Rapid Thawer
• Prince Castle: Romar Pasta Cooker
• Rational Cooking Systems: SelfCooking Center
• TurboChef Technologies: Tornado oven
• Vent Master/Enodis: Ventilated Ceiling System

For more product details, log on to, or better yet, stop by and check them out in person at the show.

Hong Kong Show Coming Soon
All of you looking to Asia for new business need to set your sights on Hong Kong—specifically HOFEX 2005.

Also known as the 11th Asian Int'l. Exhibition of Food & Drink, Hotel, Restaurant & Foodservice Equipment, Supplies & Services, HOFEX takes place May 10-13 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Two sections under the themes of "Foodservice & Hospitality Equipment & Supplies" and "Food & Drink" will fill the Centre’s three main halls. Show planners expect more than 2,000 participating companies and 30,000 trade visitors from around the world.

Some 35 national and regional groups are sponsoring pavilions, including Canada, the U.K. and the United States. What’s more, the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers will be there to fly the NAFEM flag.

For full details, log on to

Same Day Distributing Mourns Bruce Hicks
Bruce Hicks, former CEO of Same Day Distributing in Huntington Beach, Calif., and founder of rep firm Bruce Hicks & Co., succumbed on April 5 in his battle with cancer. He was 72.

Hicks’ 50-year career in the foodservice industry started in 1955 as a field rep for a manufacturer’s representative agency. In ’59, he established his own rep firm, Bruce Hicks & Co., followed in ’86 by the founding of Same Day Distributing, a wholesale distribution business. In ’96, he sold the rep firm to focus on Same Day. In ’97, he purchased Filtron, a cold-water coffee brewing equipment firm, from Prince Castle.

During the past five decades, Hicks had been an active member of seven national and state foodservice associations, including Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry, Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l. and Food Sanitation Advisory Council. He was also an avid supporter of better ventilation and fire protection technology.

Hicks is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughter, Lonni; son, Bret; a sister; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pizzas On Wheels
Here’s a real paradigm-buster for you: Super Fast Pizza founder Scott Matthew has created a concept where everything in the kitchen is on wheels—in a van, to be exact. The goal is to deliver just-baked pizza within 15 minutes, anywhere in the Fond du Lac, Wis., area.

The company’s Dodge Sprinter vans are equipped with five high-speed pizza ovens, a refrigerator, a hand sink and wireless computer system to receive orders. A 10kW generator powers the ovens; heat is vented out the bottom. The equipment package, including computer, costs about $50,000.

When an order comes in, the driver bakes the pre-made pizzas while en route to customers.

Super Fast Pizza, which debuted last September, currently operates two kitchen vans with two more in the works. As for expansion plans, "I’m fielding a lot of investment inquiries," Matthew says. Stay tuned… .

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