Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 24, 2007

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
SPECIAL REPORT: First Quarter 2007 Update
Big Public E&S Companies Report Another Decent Quarter
Operator Sales Growth Slows But Doesn't Tank
First Quarter GDP Tanks; Blue Chip Cuts Forecasts, But Consumer Mood Improves

Regulatory Report:
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STAR Service & Parts/Enodis
San Francisco Calls For Voluntary Water Conservation
Indiana County To Post Inspections Online
Trans Fat Out, Off Table And Dismissed
Smokers Win In Tobacco Country, Lose Elsewhere

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In This Section:
NAFEM Opens Global Networking Event To All
Hanson Steps Up As New FEDA President
Papa John's Accelerates Openings

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

Industry Report FHA2008

NAFEM Opens Global Networking Event To All
Yes, globalization marches on—even in parties. For the first time, the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers is inviting all show registrants to its Global Networking Event, at no charge. In years past only international attendees and exporting manufacturers were allowed to attend.

The GNE will take place 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10, at one of Atlanta's newest jewels, the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last November, is said to be the world's largest.

Although the event is complimentary, you'll be asked to indicate your intent to attend when you register for The NAFEM Show. The show runs Oct. 11-13 at the Georgia World Trade Center.


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Hanson Steps Up As New FEDA President
Jim Hanson, president of Best Restaurant Equipment & Design in Columbus, Ohio, has been elected the new president of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association.

FEDA's past-president, Bruce Gulbas, National Restaurant Supply Co., El Paso, Texas, has stepped up to the position of chairman of the board.

Other new FEDA officers include Kimberley Gill-Rimsza, Gill Group, Phoenix, as v.p.; Stephen McGarry, Paramount Restaurant Supply, Warren, R.I., as treasurer; and Jerry Hyman, TriMark USA, Attleboro, Mass., who has joined the Executive Committee as secretary.

In addition, four new members have joined the board:

  • Howard Margulies - United Restaurant Equipment Co., Raleigh, N.C.
  • Joe Schmitt - Rapids Wholesale Equipment, Marion, Iowa
  • Mason Greene - Hotel & Restaurant Supply, Jackson, Miss.
  • Garrett Mullen - Smith & Greene Co., Kent, Wash.

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Papa John's Accelerates Openings
After easing up on the throttle for a couple years, pizza powerhouse Papa John's Int'l. is firmly on the gas again.

The Louisville, Ky.-based chain, operating 3,015 systemwide units at the end of 2006, reported opening 211 last year, and plans as many as 300 new units this year.

Of those, about 170 will be in the United States, and up to 130 will be international. Both those figures represent increases of about 50 over year-earlier figures.

Papa John's will continue to expand in existing markets in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia, especially China, India and Korea. In Beijing last year, the company acquired five restaurants plus a QC Center, and has plans for 25 openings in the Chinese capital over the next few years.

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