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June 2, 2009

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Real Foodservice Operator Sales To Contract 5% in 2009, Technomic Forecasts
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In This Section:
NSF Bestows Food Safety Awards
Chipotle New-Unit Openings On Track
Heartland Food Corp. Buys 20 Burger Kings
Hurricane Grill Spreads Expansion Wings
Ace Mart’s Norm Gustafson Passes

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NSF Bestows Food Safety Awards
NSF International recently announced the 2009 recipients of its Food Safety Leadership Awards at the Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. The awards program, now in its sixth year, recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and achievement in food safety.

This year’s winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement in Packaging & Distribution Award: Dr. Phillip Minerich, Hormel Foods Corp., whose 32 years of service within food production have provided food manufacturing, public health and food regulation agencies numerous advances in food-safety, detection and measurement, and public-safety communications.
  • Education & Training Award: Dr. Carl Winter, Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, was honored for his unique musical approach to spreading food safety messages.
  • Systems Improvement (Community) Award: Greenville, S.C., County Schools Food and Nutrition Services. The school system implemented a HACCP program in 86 schools and 12 satellite locations in the face of budget constraints, limited time and the challenge of training 650 employees across various locations.
  • Systems Improvement (Water) Award: The Coca-Cola Company was recognized for its efforts to ensure a higher standard of water by establishing a modern risk-management program rather than traditional end-of-pipe treatment approaches.
  • Systems Improvement Award: Steve Robinson, Dole Fresh Vegetables. He created a groundbreaking food-safety application that tracks food from its origins to shelf, reducing the amount of time it takes to trace a specific lot to its origin.
  • Systems Improvement Award: Joseph Reardon, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, successfully directed the massive Castleberry Recall effort, the first public-health recall in more than 30 years in which Clostridium botulinum was identified as a causative agent between canned product and foodborne illness.
Ten foodservice industry experts, including food manufacturers, retailers, restaurant and foodservice professionals, sat on the jury. More than 1,500 decision-makers attended the summit, which each year provides a forum to discuss the practical and technical regulatory and scientific issues surrounding food safety in North America and around the world.


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Chipotle New-Unit Openings On Track
Chipotle Mexican Grill keeps growing, and it credits much of that growth to continuing new-unit openings. The Denver-based chain debuted 26 new outlets during first-quarter 2009, nearly identical to the 28 opened during the same period last year. Helped by that expansion, Chipotle announced revenue for the first quarter of ’09 up more than 16%, to $354.5 million over the year-earlier period.

The company opened 136 stores in fiscal ’08 and expects to debut 120 to 130 new restaurants this year.

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Heartland Food Corp. Buys 20 Burger Kings
Burger King’s third-largest franchisee in North America has added to its portfolio of stores. Heartland Food Corp. has purchased 20 stores from Burger King subsidiaries in Canada. The purchase, combined with a prior acquisition of 14 previously franchised restaurants in Ontario, brings Heartland's total Canadian Burger King count to 34. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Heartland, based in Downers Grove, Ill., owns 223 of the chain's U.S. restaurants. Miami-based Burger King has 11,200 stores worldwide; 90% are owned and operated by franchisees.

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Hurricane Grill Spreads Expansion Wings
After acquiring the Hurricane Grill & Wings chain in December 2008, Hurricane AMT is moving ahead with aggressive expansion plans for the Florida-based, tropically themed restaurants. The investor group, headed by John C. Metz, now Hurricane’s chairman and CEO, plans to grow the family-oriented chain from 28 locations in Florida to up to 40 units nationwide by years’ end. Two stores are due to open in October, one in New York and one in Arizona. Both states, as well as Ohio, Georgia, Michigan and California, are targeted for franchises; 10 new locations are currently under development.

Hurricane Grill & Wings stores are independently owned and operated. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Ft. Pierce, Fla., in 1995.

Metz is founder of the multi-brand franchise company RREMC Restaurants, which includes restaurant, hotel and real estate groups. The restaurant group consists of 30 Denny’s restaurants with more than 1,500 employees; a Dairy Queen; Capone's, a new concept to open in Miami this spring; and Hurricane Grill & Wings.

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Ace Mart’s Norm Gustafson Passes
Norman “Gus” Gustafson, long-time owner of San Antonio’s Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, died in April after battling a number of health issues. He was 82.

Hailing from New York, Gustafson followed a varied career from San Francisco to Denver before he landed in San Antonio in 1960. It was there that Gustafson bought a fledgling Ace Mart in ’75. With no prior experience in the foodservice industry, Gustafson built the company into a nationally recognized industry leader. He also developed Ace Mart’s successful cash-and-carry model.

In 2004 Gustafson received the Sam Anoff Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, and two years ago he was named a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award presented by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine.

Today Ace Mart is run by Gustafson’s daughter Norma and sons Paul and Carl. Gustafson is also survived by his wife, Frances, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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