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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

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Server Products
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



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In This Section:
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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California Raises Ice Maker Standards For 2008
If you're looking at buying ice machines for California sites next year, heads up: The California Energy Commission has raised energy efficiency requirements for icemakers, effective in 2008.

The new requirement is part of California Appliance Efficiency Regulations passed as law back in December '05. The regs covered 22 appliance categories, including several, like commercial reach-in refrigerators, that had to meet new standards as early as January '06. Commercial ice machines were given until this coming January.

Some machines already meet or exceed the new standards. After Jan. 1, however, all models sold in California will have to pass muster. For more details on the new minimum efficiency standards, go to http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/.

 

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Lights Out For Incandescent Bulbs In Ontario
Ontario Province says it's "lights out" for incandescent light bulbs in 2012. Following Australia's lead, recently reported in FER Fortnightly, the provincial government announced in late April it's banning incandescent bulbs and expects the move to save six million kWh/year, enough to power 600,000 homes, according to Energy Minister Dwight Duncan.

The Ontario Ministry of Energy plans to meet with industry and government reps, as well as U.S. regulators, to establish energy efficiency standards for lighting and draft legislation banning inefficient bulbs. The provincial government says it's changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs now and also plans to implement five other conservation measures.

Starting this summer, the initiatives will provide coupons for energy-saving lights and other devices, offer rebates for energy-efficient air conditioners and refrigerators, discount electric bills for customers who reduce their summer energy usage, and implement a voluntary program called Peaksaver that lets local utilities remotely cycle down central air conditioners, water heaters and pool pumps when generating capacity is stretched.


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Georgia To Study Trans Fat Issue
Add Georgia to the list of states now considering a trans fat ban. A resolution passed by the House in April created a committee to study the issue of whether use of trans fat should be restricted in public schools and restaurants.

The committee has until the end of December to hear from industry experts, including public health officials, health organizations, restaurant operators and foodservice industry representatives, school board members and representatives from other states and cities that have considered or passed trans fat bans. The committee also is charged with evaluating alternatives to oils and foods containing trans fat.

Recommendations, if any, must be submitted by the committee before it's disbanded at the end of the year.


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FTC Requests Kid Marketing Info
In a move that might lead to a U.K.-style ban on advertising "junk" food to children, the Federal Trade Commission recently issued a second notice of its plan to collect data on food- and foodservice company marketing efforts to kids.

The FTC said it will request information from 44 companies this summer about their campaigns aimed at children, including ads, promotions, online marketing, events, packaging, product placement in video games, movies and television programs and even viral marketing efforts.

The agency said the compulsory request is necessary to provide data it needs to prepare a report to Congress on whether food advertising aimed at kids contributes to obesity.

The requirement gives companies like McDonald's and Burger King a chance to tout efforts to promote healthier meal choices, like McD's addition of juice, apple slices and milk to Happy Meal combos. The FTC also plans to collect marketing data from major marketers of fruits and vegetables. The final report will compare dollars spent and tactics used for different food products.

Last fall, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Advertising Review Council announced advertisers had voluntarily agreed to tighten self-regulation of marketing to children. The groups also established the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an effort to promote healthier food and lifestyle choices to young consumers. The 10 charter participants, including McD's, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Campbell's and Kellogg among others, represent about two-thirds of food ads aimed at children.

Companies fear their voluntary efforts might not be enough, according to Ron Urbach, a partner at communications law firm Davis & Gilbert in New York. The FTC's probe could result in Congress passing restraints similar to the junk food ad ban taking effect this summer in the U.K.


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Oregon Lawmaker: Dogs Not Just For Patios
Apparently outdoor dining is no longer good enough for man's best friend. An Oregon state legislator thinks our hairy four-legged friends should be allowed inside all restaurants—as long as they're leashed and well-behaved, that is.

Florida made it possible for cities to pass ordinances that allow dogs on outdoor patios, and several municipalities including Dallas have passed similar laws. But Oregon state representative Brian Clem likes his dog so much he thinks it should be able to accompany him inside restaurants. The bill he proposed would let owners discriminate against breeds and restrict dogs (and owners) to a "dog-friendly"section of the restaurant.

Neighboring Washington State considered a three-year pilot program to allow doggie dining on outdoor patios, but the legislature nixed it due to health concerns. Oregon's environmental public health administrator says she's opposed to the bill, admitting "I love dogs. Love them. But not around food."



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