Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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July 11, 2006

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In This Section:
Star Aquires Lang
Worldwide Energy Use To Grow Two-Thirds By 2030
Sbarro Takes Italian Food South Of The Border
NAFEM Announces Town Hall Meetings

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Star Aquires Lang
Star Manufacturing, St. Louis, announced late last week it has acquired Lang Manufacturing of Everett, Wash. Terms of the transaction were not released.

The pairing looks to represent an advantageous strategic mix. Star, founded in 1921, has made its reputation as a manufacturer in numerous cooking-equipment categories including griddles, charbroilers, fryers, impingement ovens, toasters and more. Lang, in business now 102 years, has a strong presence in heavy-duty convection ovens, ranges and double-sided griddles as well as other heavy-equipment cooking categories.

With the acquisition, Star will have more than 400 employees and more than 300,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space in facilities in Everett; Smithville, Tenn.; and St. Louis.


Worldwide Energy Use To Grow Two-Thirds By 2030
Energy consumption worldwide is expected to grow more than 70% from 2003 to '30, according to a recent report from the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

In the category of petroleum-based energy, China, India and the United States together are expected to account for more than half the projected growth in demand for that resource.

Oil consumption, which today stands at about 81 million barrels per day worldwide, is expected to grow to 118 millions barrels per day, a 47% increase. Last year, oil use in the United States actually fell by 75,000 barrels a day, according to a report by BP, as did natural gas use.

By '30, oil is expected to fall to 33% of total energy use, down from 38% in the study base year, '03. Coal and nuclear energy will make up a greater share, according to EIA projections.

Sbarro Takes Italian Food South Of The Border
Following on the heels of announced plans to open 30 units in Mexico and 20 in Egypt, Sbarro Inc., Melville, N.Y., is expanding even farther afield. The company has signed deals with franchisers for additional restaurants south of the border in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as units in The Bahamas and Romania.

Plans call for 25 restaurants in major metro areas of those countries within the next five years. Sbarro, which serves a full, quick service authentic Italian menu, now has more than 1,000 units in 30 countries worldwide.

NAFEM Announces Town Hall Meetings
Members of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers will soon have a chance to share their thoughts on the organization's strategic direction when NAFEM begins holding regional town hall meetings beginning in late summer.

The events, each held at a NAFEM-member hosted location, will also provide forums to discuss membership structure, benefits, and future offerings.

Many NAFEM members participated in and have already provided more than 1,500 distinct data points collected during last year's research initiatives, the association reported; their input was used as a foundation for creating the town hall meeting concept and agenda.

Mark your calendar for scheduled meetings at the following times and host locations:
  • Aug. 28, Los Angeles—Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
  • Aug. 29, Ft. Worth, Texas—Traulsen
  • Sept. 19, Eaton, Ohio—Henny Penny
  • Sept. 20, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.—InterMetro Industries
  • Sept. 21, Bow, N. H.—Pitco
  • Oct. 2, Chicago—NAFEM Headquarters
  • Oct. 12, Tampa, Fla—Enodis PLC

In late fall, online Webinars also may be scheduled to reach members in more remote locations, or if one or more of the events fail to meet minimum attendance requirements.

Additionally, a "Summary of 2005 Membership Research" will be posted to the NAFEM Web site,, by the end of the month.

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