Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 6, 2008

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
NRA Performance Index Slips Again
U.S. Economy Grew In First Quarter, Barely; Fed Cuts Interest Rates Again
Consumer Sentiment Hits 26-Year Low, Or Five-Year Low, Depending On Who's Counting
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Regulatory Report:
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Appeals Court Lets NYC's Calorie-Posting Law Stand
Philly, California Mull Calorie Posting After New York Ruling
Worcester Sees Through FOG; Manalapan Now In It
Baltimore Wants Kids In School, Not Cafes
Beijing Bans Butts For Olympics

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In This Section:
Skinner To Offer Industry Skinny At NRA Show
ITW Named Energy Star Partner Of Year
Starbucks To Buy Coffee Equipment Company

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

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Skinner To Offer Industry Skinny At NRA Show
Jim Skinner, vice chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corp., will deliver the keynote address May 18 at this year's National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. With more than 35 years experience at the company, he's in a unique position to address show attendees.

Skinner will speak in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and the event is open to NRA show attendees, exhibitors and media.


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ITW Named Energy Star Partner Of Year
Congratulations to ITW Food Equipment Group—North America, parent company of Hobart, Stero, Vulcan, Traulsen and Wittco. The equipment manufacturing group has been named one of this year's Energy Star Partners in the Product Manufacturer category.

ITW FEG stands as the only commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer to receive a Partner of the Year award in 2008.

The award is granted annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Winners are selected from more than 9,000 participating organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

Section sponsored by FER E&S Market Forecast Meeting

Starbucks To Buy Coffee Equipment Company
Starbucks Coffee Co. has agreed to acquire The Coffee Equipment Co. and its proprietary Clover brewing system. The Coffee Equipment Co. is a privately held coffee equipment developer and manufacturer based in Seattle. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Clover's specialized process allows baristas to quickly deliver one individually brewed cup of coffee at a time. Starbucks expects to accelerate the roll out of the Clover machines to select domestic and international markets. They are currently in use in some Seattle and Boston-area stores.

The Seattle coffee chain brews java at 16,000 stores in 44 countries.

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