Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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June 5, 2007

Economic Report:
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SPECIAL FOCUS: Equipment, Supplies Market On Track For Moderate Growth
NRA Performance Index Falls Back In April Surveyr
May Jobs Growth, Consumer Sentiment Stronger Than Expected
Top 500 Chains Grew Sales 6% in 2006, Says New Technomic Study

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Humor Police Come Down On Florida Pubs
County In Maryland Nixes Trans Fat; More Chains Switch
Illinois Legislature Says It's Time To Snuff Out Butts

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In This Section:
Hatco Becomes 100% Employee-Owned
TriMark Acquires S.S. Kemp
Survey Says: Companies Benefit From Having CEO
Rivera Named National Restaurant Association Head
McD's, Marriott, Starbucks Among World's Most Ethical Companies

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Hatco Becomes 100% Employee-Owned
Talk to anyone at Milwaukee-based Hatco Corp., and you're talking to one of the owners.

Founded as a family-owned enterprise in 1950, the company began the transition to employee ownership in 2004 when owner David Hatch created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan for the employees and placed a portion of Hatco stock in the ESOP Trust. In May, Hatch sold the balance of his stock to the ESOP, making Hatco an employee-owned business. Hatch will remain on the board of directors where he serves as chairman.

Hatco specializes in merchandising, warming, toasting and sanitizing equipment with 12 different product lines. The company employs 300 people in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and 75 in Milwaukee.


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TriMark Acquires S.S. Kemp
TriMark USA, the nation's third largest distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, has announced the acquisition of S.S. Kemp & Co. of Cleveland, effective June 1. TriMark is based in South Attleboro, Mass. Kemp becomes TriMark's sixth operating division. In a written statement TriMark said all current management and staff at S.S. Kemp will remain in place.

"We are thrilled to be joining forces with one of the country's most respected foodservice equipment and supplies distributors," said Jerry Hyman, TriMark president and CEO.

S.S. Kemp & Co., ranked 22nd among U.S. equipment and supplies dealerships with published volume of $54.3 million in 2006, was founded in 1926. The company now also has operations in Pittsburgh.

TriMark USA's other operating divisions include TriMark Raygal and RobertClark, both in Irvine, Calif.; Marlinn in Chicago; Foodcraft in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and United East in South Attleboro, Mass. TriMark is a full-service equipment and supplies distributor with over 600 employees servicing all segments of the foodservice industry nationwide.

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Survey Says: Companies Benefit From Having CEO
No, not that kind of CEO, but a "chief energy officer" or "CNO." A Hill & Knowlton survey of 420 international business decision makers reports more than three-fourths of respondents believe their firms would benefit from having someone in charge of energy policy in their executive suites.

About 82% of those surveyed said their companies are concerned about global warming, but only about a third has an energy strategy to deal with the issue.

Nearly two-thirds said there was no one in their firms specifically charged with grappling with energy issues. The U.K. fared best in this regard, such as it was, with "just" 57% reporting no clearly identified person in charge of energy strategy.

Best ways to measure "return on environment" investments, according to respondents, is in corporate reputation and actual carbon emission reductions.

Survey results are available at

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Rivera Named National Restaurant Association Head
The National Restaurant Association elected Richard E. Rivera, FMP, Chairman and CEO of Rubicon Enterprises LLC, chairman of its board of directors during the recent NRA Show in Chicago. Rivera will serve a one-year term.

Rivera has been on the NRA board for 14 years and has served as chairman of NRA's Government Affairs, Public Policy and Convention committees and the MultiCultural Outreach and Technology Development task forces.

Rivera's company, based in Sarasota, Fla., develops and operates several restaurant concepts, including T.G.I. Friday's and Marlow's Tavern. His more than 30 years in the industry have included positions at Steak and Ale, Darden, RARE Hospitality, TGI Friday's, Applebee's and El Chico.

Also elected to the NRA board were Michael S. Kaufman, president, Pond Hill Ventures LLC, Chappaqua, N.Y., as vice chair; and Michael Gibbons, president, Main Street Ventures, Ann Arbor, Mich., as treasurer.

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Marriott, McD's, Starbucks Among World's Most Ethical Companies
Marriott Int'l., McDonald's Corp., and Starbucks Corp. are among some 90 companies Ethisphere magazine has named the world's most ethical for 2007.

The magazine carefully evaluated roughly 5,000 companies' leadership across nine criteria, including governance, transparency, executive leadership, industry leadership and corporate citizenship.

McDonald's and Starbucks were the only two companies named in the restaurants and cafes category. Marriott was joined by Accor of France in the hotel and hospitality category. In the retail category, Wegman's Food Markets and Whole Foods Market were among those named. U.S. companies included on the list of food and beverage category winners are PepsiCo, Kellogg and Stonyfield Farms.

The magazine's editors were assisted in their research by SustainAbility, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Trillium Asset Management Corporation, Winslow Management Company, ForestEthics, Women's Equity Fund, The Center for Business Ethics, and New Alternatives Fund.

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