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May 5, 2009








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Regulatory Report Manitowoc Foodservice

TEXAS TO FLUSH OLD TOILET STANDARDS
Yes, hats might be of the 10-gallon variety. But not flushes. ...[full story]

STAMFORD SAYS FOG WILL COST $250/DAY
Rules are like people. Both work better when they have some teeth. ...
[full story]

CALORIE POSTING PROBABLE IN ONTARIO, OFF IN W.V., VOLUNTARY IN U.K.
Calorie-posting rules are coming so hot and heavy now, we need to start stacking two and three per story. ...[full story]

TRANS FAT TO GO ON DIET IN TEXAS, MAINE
Texas has tweaked its original proposal. And Maine joins the gang-tackle on trans fat, too. ...[full story]

Economic Report Food&HotelVietnam2009

By Robin Ashton

MAFSI BAROMETER HAS E&S SALES DOWN 11% IN Q1

Wherein without Canada, the numbers would be worse. ...[full story]

NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS: NRA’S PERFORMANCE INDEX RISES AGAIN
As brushfires go, this one might be moderating. ...[full story]

Q1 GDP PLUMMETED 6.1%, BUT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, SPENDING UP
Go figure. As Richard Farina put it the title of his novel, “Been down so long it look like up to me.” ...[full story]

GIVEN WHAT WE’VE SEEN, THE REVISED FER E&S MARKET FORECAST STILL LOOKS GOOD
It’s like any other spectator sport. For $299, you can get the program. Or you can try to guess at what’s going on. ...[full story]

Industry Report HOFEX 2009

MIDDLEBY BUYS COOKTEK
Middleby adds to its green and fast offerings. ...[full story]

AND MIDDLEBY ACQUIRES ASSETS OF ANETSBERGER BROS.
In a busy week, Middleby also builds its fryer and griddle presence. ...
[full story]

VOLLRATH ACQUIRES ANVIL AMERICA
Complementary product lines fit nicely. ...[full story]

VICORP SELLS ASSETS, UNITS STAY OPEN
Bakers Square and Village Inn continue business as usual. ...[full story]

ASHFSA, HFM VOTE TO CONSOLIDATE
Two big healthcare-foodservice associations join hands. ...[full story]

STARBUCKS DEBUTS IN POLAND
As the coffee giant trims U.S. locations, opportunities in Europe grow. ...[full story]

FEDA HONORS KEN GILL
A famed equipment dealer—not to mention a partner in this magazine’s parent company—gets special recognition. ...[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; Brian Ward, chief editor
Janice Cha, senior editor; Mike Sherer, senior contributing editor;
Jan Sellers Ashton, contributing editor. Edited by Brian Ward, chief editor.

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