Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 16, 2006

Economic Report:
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FER E&S Economic Forecast Meetings.
AutoQuotes: E&S Average List Prices Up 4.7% Last Year
MAFSI Barometer Pegs E&S Sales Up 2.7% For First Quarter
Operators Continue To Report Moderately Strong Growth
Blue Chip Holds 2006 U.S. GDP Forecast; Interest Rates Rise Again

Regulatory Report:
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Franke Foodservice Systems
EPA To Unveil Draft Energy Star Dishwasher Specs At NRA Show Meeting
Comment Period Now For Alaska Food Code Change
Doggie Dining Up To Governor
Kansas Restaurant Inspections Now Online
Louisiana Senate Okays Smoking Ban; New Jersey Scraps '25-Foot' Rule

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In This Section:
Tour With FER Fortnightly At NRA Show's KI Pavilion
NRA To Debut New ServSafe Edition At Show
Dei Dolori Promoted To Group President At Middleby
FCSI Names Legge New Executive Director
MAFSI, FEDA Offer Upcoming Seminars
ITW Names McDonough President, Food Equipment Group-North America

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: FER E&S Economic Forecast Meetings Regulatory ReportSponsor: Franke Foodservice Systems


Tour With FER Fortnightly At NRA Show's KI Pavilion
Just a final reminder here: If you're going to the National Restaurant Association Show May 20-23 at Chicago's McCormick Place, you're invited to check out 17 of the hottest new products with FER and FER Fortnightly Chief Editor Brian Ward at the Kitchen Innovation Pavilion.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Sun., May 21 at the pavilion. That's when our own jefe will host a brief discussion with three of the KI program judges—Martin Cowley, Disneyland; Robert Forrester, Quizno's; and Bob Pacifico, Romano/Gatland—before leading a tour of the products on display there.

What better way to optimize your time on the show floor as well as have a good time, too? See you there.


NRA To Debut New ServSafe Edition At Show
Seen the new ServSafe course book? If not, get down to the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago this month.

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation will be there introducing its new materials for the ServSafe food safety program. ServSafe's Fourth Edition course book, which debuted in April, includes 2005 FDA Model Food Code updates and a host of new tools and expanded content. Other new materials you can review at NRAEF's booth (#6300) include the ServSafe Essentials book, toolkit and CD-ROMs for instructors and a ServSafe employee guide.

Food safety experts will be onhand to answer any questions you may have about the materials or safe food handling practices. NRAEF also will offer a trivia game in the booth that will test your food safety knowledge and give you a chance to win prizes.

Section sponsored by HOSFAIR Guangzhou & HOSFAIR Xi'An 2006

Dei Dolori Promoted To Group President At Middleby
Philip M. Dei Dolori has been promoted to group president for its Blodgett, Pitco, Magikitch'n and Southbend operating divisions, Middleby Corp. has announced.

In his new position, the 22-year industry veteran will concentrate on expanding cross-selling opportunities between all Middleby divisions. He will also focus on new product development, leveraging the resources and technologies from all four divisions to develop and deliver customer energy and labor saving commercial cooking equipment.

Current management at the divisions will stay in place with the division presidents reporting directly to Dei Dolori, and Dei Dolori reporting directly to CEO Selim Bassoul.

Dei Dolori joined Middleby in 2002 as president of the Pitco/Magikitch'n division, based Bow, N.H. In '03 he added to his responsibilities when he was promoted to oversee the Blodgett operations in Burlington, Vt.

Section sponsored by HOSFAIR Guangzhou & HOSFAIR Xi'An 2006

FCSI Names Legge New Executive Director
Scott D. Legge, consultant member of Foodservice Consultants Society Int'l. for 18 years, past association president and partner in LTD Consulting Group, will assume the mantle of FCSI Worldwide Executive Director, association Pres. Kenneth Winch announced early this month.

Legge has departed from his consulting practice at LTD, based in Guelph, Ontario, and resigned his professional membership to undertake this senior staff position. Legge will work with staff in Louisville, Ky., to manage the society's affairs.

As the new executive director, Legge will work further implement a branding initiative that will deliver greater industry awareness for the Society, continue to add value to membership for both consultant and allied members and in general spearhead the association's worldwide development.

Legge assumes the role vacated by David L. Drain in February.

Section sponsored by HOSFAIR Guangzhou & HOSFAIR Xi'An 2006

MAFSI, FEDA Offer Upcoming Seminars
Interested in the new AQnet e-commerce network? How about honing your sales skills? The Marketing Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry and the Foodservice Equipment Dealers Association have upcoming seminars addressing both.

MAFSI is sponsoring seminars in both basic and advanced AutoQuotes, the system and content provider for AQnet. Both are scheduled on May 19 at McCormick Place, Chicago, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Show. The course on AutoQuotes basics, including online capabilities, catalog search techniques and how to print, fax or e-mail quotes using AQnet, runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The advanced class, which runs 1-5 p.m., covers how to manage projects on AQnet. For more info, call MAFSI at 770/433-9844.

FEDA is sponsoring two sales seminar series presented by distribution sales guru Dave Kahle. The Kahle Way "sales academy," a crash course including 28 sales techniques, will be offered in Chicago June 8 and 9. Dave Unplugged for Sales Managers, a two-day seminar, will be held in three locations this year—Los Angeles, Detroit and Dallas. For locations, dates and times, go to or call 800/331-1287. You also can call FEDA at 800/677-9605.

Section sponsored by HOSFAIR Guangzhou & HOSFAIR Xi'An 2006

ITW Names McDonough President, Food Equipment Group-North America
Time to paint up the sign for the new parking space: John McDonough has just been promoted to the newly-created position of president of ITW Food Equipment Group-North America. The announcement was released yesterday by ITW Chairman and CEO David B. Speer.

McDonough, who’s being promoted from his position as president of Hobart Foodservice, in his new role will have full responsibility for the breadth of FEG-North America operations. In addition to retaining direct responsibility for Hobart Foodservice operations including Hobart Warewash/Waste Division and Traulsen, McDonough will now be responsible for

Hobart Retail - North America
Hobart Service - North America
Mixing, Hobart and Berkel brands
Slicing, Hobart and Berkel brands
TW Foodservice Businesses Gaylord, Kairak, Somat, Stero and Wittco

McDonough joined Hobart in 1991 as a market segment director for the Hobart foodservice business,. Since then, he’s served as a product line director for warewashing/waste equipment division, and later as vice president of sales and marketing. In October 2000 he was named  president of Hobart's North American Foodservice division.

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