Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 8, 2007

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
MAFSI Reports E&S Growth Slowed To Normal In First Quarter
Operator Sales, Traffic Bounce Back In March, Says NRA
Most Public E&S Companies Did Well In 2006, Study Shows
First Quarter GDP Tanks; Consumer Sentiment Better Than Expected

Regulatory Report:
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STAR Service & Parts/Enodis
California Raises Ice Maker Standards For 2008
Lights Out For Incandescent Bulbs In Ontario
Georgia To Study Trans Fat Issue
FTC Requests Kid Marketing Info
Oregon Lawmaker: Dogs Not Just For Patios

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In This Section:
FCSI Consultants To Offer Free Design Help At NRA Show
Angrick Named New NAFEM President-Elect
KFC, Taco Bell Complete Switch To Trans Fat-Free Oils
NSF Presenting Food Safety Leadership Awards At NRA Show
Motorcycle Charity Ride To NAFEM Show Gaining Momentum

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Regulatory ReportSponsor: STAR Service & Parts/Enodis

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FCSI Consultants To Offer Free Design Help At NRA Show
Reservations were filling up fast at press time, but if you'd like to get some free advice from professional foodservice consultants at the National Restaurant Show this month in Chicago, you might still have time to sign up.

The "Ask the Design Experts" program, sponsored by the Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l. association, will offer 30-min. consultations free of charge at the show, addressing all kinds of back- and front of house issues. To sign up for an appointment, email


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Angrick Named New NAFEM President-Elect
Paul Angrick, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, has stepped up as president-elect of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.

Angrick assumed the position following the resignation of John McDonough, ITW Food Equipment Group-North America. McDonough withdrew as NAFEM president-elect due to expanded responsibilities at ITW.

"We appreciate John McDonough's many years of service to NAFEM through his work on committees, the board of directors, and as an officer of our association," said NAFEM Pres. Carol Wallace, Cooper-Atkins Corp.

Filling the vacancy created by Angrick's ascension to president-elect, Steven Follett, Follett Corp., has been appointed secretary/treasurer. Jack Hake, president, Duke Mfg., takes Follett's seat on the board of directors through 2008.

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KFC, Taco Bell Complete Switch To Trans Fat-Free Oils
Two big YUM! Brands chains have announced a switch to trans fat-free cooking oil. KFC announced that all 5,500 U.S. stores are now using a low-linolenic soybean oil, making buckets of the Colonel's fried chicken totally free of trans fat. KFC's biscuits, pot pies, macaroni and cheese, and some desserts still contain some trans fat.

Taco Bell also said it's found an alternative to partially hydrogenated cooking oil and has switched 4,200 units to canola oil. In 1,400 more locations it shares with KFC or another brand, Taco Bell will use soybean oil. While 23 menu items are trans fat-free as a result, Taco Bell is still working on eliminating trans fat from all ingredients it uses.

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NSF Presenting Food Safety Leadership Awards At NRA Show
Seven individuals—from academia, government and the foodservice industry—recently have been named Food Safety Leadership award winners by NSF International.

NSF announced two lifetime achievement winners: Jeannie Sneed, PhD, RD, SNS, CFSP, Iowa State University, for education and research; and Frank Yiannas, Walt Disney World, and president of the International Association of Food Protection for food safety leadership.

Sneed was recognized for her Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point initiatives and her research on mitigating cross-contamination. Yiannas got the nod for his contributions including progressive microbial detection methods, developing hand-held computer audit technology and vendor food safety monitoring systems, and creating international food safety icons.

Susan D. Conley, U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety education staff director for the Food Safety and Inspection Service and Shelley Feist, executive director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education, both were named recipients of awards for education. Both have played key roles in consumer food safety programs, Conley for "Be Food Safe" and Thermy among others, and Feist for Fight BAC.

Foodservice industry veterans getting the nod for systems improvement are Nelson Taylor, senior director of quality assurance and food safety, Sonic Industries; and Rasheed Ahmed, M.Ed, CPHI(C), DAAS, FRSH, environmental health supervisor to the Royal Commission of Saudi Arabia. Taylor created a comprehensive food safety system for Sonic's 3,200 stores. Ahmed headed an effort to develop a public health code and a HACCP plan for the city of Jubail and all its industries.

Carol Wallace, president and CEO of Cooper-Atkins, was honored for product development in converting simple, inexpensive food thermometers into state-of-the-art wireless food safety monitoring systems.

NSF will present the fourth annual awards at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago on May 19.

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Motorcycle Charity Ride To NAFEM Show Gaining Momentum
What's most likely the last fundraising motorcycle ride to The NAFEM Show is picking up speed, according to event coordinator Alexa Kinney of R.W. Smith & Co.

The biennial NAFEM Show ride, which has raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for America's Second Harvest since the inaugural event in 1999, already had almost 20 riders committed to the 2007 happening, Kinney said last week. Although it was too early to start measuring progress, she said pledges and rider registration fees were already near $8,000. The group's goal this year is to top $100,000 in donations.

"We'd like to go out on a truly high note," Kinney said in a written statement. This year's event, "The Road To Atlanta," most likely will be the last because the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has permanently moved its show to Orlando in February, starting in '09—and February doesn't lend itself to much motorcycle activity in many parts of the country.

Riders will begin the trek at different times, depending on where they originate, but for most the event will start Oct. 4, with arrival in Atlanta on Oct. 7 in time for pre-show association meetings.

Routes and lodging stops are still in the planning stages. One route most likely will trace from southern California straight east along the southern states to Atlanta. Another most likely will slice diagonally from northern California, a third down from the New England states and a fourth from the Wisconsin-Illinois-Iowa area. Final routes will be dictated by where most riders are originating. Routes and subroutes will converge like tributaries into a river, with the entire group joining up for the last day's ride into Atlanta.

Organizers are trying to plan at least one route through famous Deal's Gap, N.C., situated on the Tennessee border. A stretch of U.S. Rt. 129 there, known as "The Dragon," attracts riders and sportscar drivers from all over the world with its serpentine sequence of 318 mountain curves in just 11 miles.

For more information, contact Alexa Kinney at

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