Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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June 13, 2006

Economic Report:
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NRA's Performance Index Drops In April; Another Sign Foodservice Is Softening A Bit?
EU Tariffs On Equipment Won't Be Raised
Want To Know About Foodservice And E&S Markets In Europe? Good Luck

Industry Report:
Frigidaire Debuts Commercial Refrigeration
Sill Named FCSI Fellow
Modesto To Turn Restaurant Waste Into Compost
UK Businesses No Longer Accepting Credit Card Signatures
Howie's Hungry For Bigger Slice Of Pizza Market
Enodis Board Considers, Rejects Offer From Manitowoc

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In This Section:
Energy-Efficient Equipment Pays In More Ways Than One
Water Shortages Prompt New Illinois State Initiative
Florida Gov. Bush Lets The Dogs Out
Strict Sign Laws Sign Of The Times

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Energy-Efficient Equipment Pays In More Ways Than One
A national initiative to promote energy-efficient foodservice equipment could help pay you double dividends. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has put together a Commercial Kitchens Initiative to offer incentives on equipment that meets the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star specification.

Boston-based CEE has worked with utilities across the country to help promote equipment that can reduce your energy costs anywhere from 10% to 60%. Many of these utilities are offering rebates and other incentives on equipment that qualifies, so you can save on purchase cost as well as operating cost.

Eligible categories include fryers, hot holding cabinets, steamers, reach-in refrigerators and freezers, and pre-rinse spray valves. For a list of models and specifications, go to


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Water Shortages Prompt New Illinois State Initiative
Chicago sits next to one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, but water shortages in surrounding suburbs are so serious that Illinois legislators have carved $1 million out of the state budget to create the Illinois Water Supply Initiative.

The program, managed by the state's Department of Natural Resources, is Illinois' first concerted effort to develop statewide water management plans. Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order the day the Initiative was announced calling for scientific study of the state's water system and future water needs.

Chicago and several nearby suburbs are limited by federal law in the amount of water they can pump directly from Lake Michigan. Many outlying suburbs rely on deep aquifers for water, and those are being depleted faster than expected due to rapid demand growth, as operators in those areas are already learning.

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Florida Gov. Bush Lets The Dogs Out
As expected, Florida Governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill that lets restaurant diners bring dogs along rather than take a doggie bag home.

Sort of. What the law actually creates is a three-year pilot program giving restaurants the option of allowing dogs in outdoor dining areas if—if—local or county health officials approve. The program will be evaluated at the end of that time.

Bush, who lost his own black Labrador to cancer days earlier, signed the bill with state Sen. Charlie Clary's dog Dixie Cup.

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Strict Sign Laws Sign Of The Times
A proposed new sign ordinance in Columbia, Tenn., could soon put a crimp in your style there.

The ordinance would limit the size and height of signs in the city, and would prohibit banners and balloons. Proponents say they want a more uniform look to signage in town, and to level the playing field for all advertisers. As written, businesses would not have to tear down existing signs to comply with the ordinance. If replacing a sign, however, the new sign would have to conform.

Surrounding towns have implemented their own versions of sign laws. Most say the restrictions haven't prevented developers and retailers from opening new businesses.

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