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May 21, 2009








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Regulatory Report Manitowoc Foodservice

ASTM LOOKING FOR INPUT ON NEW TEST STANDARDS
Can’t say nobody ever asked you: ASTM is looking for advice on setting new or updated test standards for charbroilers, cold-food counters, combis, induction cooktops, hot-food holding cabinets, milk dispensers and ventless hoods. ...[full story]

MARYLAND, D.C. COMPARE NOTES ON CARRYOUT-BAG TAX
Paper or plastic, and which one will last a longer eternity in a landfill without air or light, will still matter. But they’ll both get taxed anyway. Only reusable bags will escape. ...[full story]

MASSACHUSETTS TELLS CHAINS TO COUNT CALORIES; CONNECTICUT MAY FOLLOW
The thing about the new Massachusetts law is that it includes drive-through menu boards too. ...[full story]

...WHILE CONGRESS DEBATES BEST ACRONYM
You can choose from LEAN and MEAL bills, but you can’t have a LEAN MEAL bill. Can we interest you in a FAT (Federal Anxiety Tax) bill? . ...
[full story]

Economic Report FETCO Corp.

By Robin Ashton

HEARD IN THE AISLES AT NRA SHOW: IS -30% OR FLAT THE NEW ‘UP’?

If we calibrated thermometers the way we calibrate economies, your meat would be green and your veggies gray. ...[full story]

PUBLIC E&S COMPANIES FARE BETTER THAN EXPECTED IN Q1
Wherein “better” is better than “worse.” ...[full story]

TRAFFIC FALLS 1.5% IN WINTER QUARTER, BUT TREND IMPROVING
We’re still nose-down, but we might be leveling out. ...[full story]

ECONOMISTS SEE SOME LIGHT BEGINNING TO SHINE
The experts see a glimmer at the end of the tunnel. And they don’t mention hearing a horn, so that’s good. ...[full story]

Industry Report Server Products

MANITOWOC COMPLETES SALE OF ENODIS ICE
The Warburg Pincus deal we reported last month is a done one. ...
[full story]

NRA TAPS EPA FOR WATER, ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM
The two giants who can do it join forces for a special educational initiative that can save big money. ...[full story]

ASHFSA, HFM APPROVE FORMATION OF AHF
The memberships of The American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators and The National Society for Healthcare Foodservice Management have become Association for Healthcare Foodservice. ...
[full story]

MCCAFE OPENINGS CONTINUE APACE
McDonald’s rollout of McCafes is going, pardon any hot-water pun, full steam ahead. ...[full story]

ASBURY FOODSERVICE ADDS INDUSTRY VETERAN HODGE
John Hodge steps to the plate, this time in his new team’s uniform. ...
[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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