Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

Welcome to FER Fortnightly Online Newsletter
July 31, 2007

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Missing FER's President's Preview Forecast Meeting Aug. 1? Another Chance
Finally, Good News On Nickel, Stainless Steel Prices
Another Bit of Good News: Consumer Sentiment Is Up
How Big Is Equipment Market In Europe?

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Illinois Legislature OKs Electric Rate Relief
California Produce Handlers Start Using Service Mark
Chicago, Sarasota Won't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Food Companies Go On Junk Food Ad Diet

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In This Section:
Sweeney Leaves AARP To Head NRA
NAFEM Debuts Online Scheduling Tool For Show
Ronald McDonald Turns Green With Solar House
IH/M&RS Adds Green To Editor's Choice Awards

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Enodis

Industry Report Server Products

Sweeney Leaves AARP To Head NRA
Posasibly finding that the restaurant business is way more exciting than a room full of retirees, Dawn Sweeney will assume the reins as president and chief executive of the National Restaurant Association on Oct. 1. Sweeney has held the same position at the American Association of Retired People Services for five years.

Sweeney helped AARP generate double-digit sales and revenue growth during her stint there and says she looks forward to "broadening and strengthening the reach of the association."

Prior to her stint at AARP, Sweeney held positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the International Dairy Foods Association.


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NAFEM Debuts Online Scheduling Tool For Show
Want a better way to keep track of who you promised to see and when during the NAFEM Show in Atlanta this October?

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has put together a neat online scheduling tool called NAFEM ShowConnect. With ShowConnect, you can schedule meetings, send e-mail, post photos and videos and share information with other show-goers 24 hours a day.

If you're registered for the show, you'll automatically receive a link with your personal user name and password via e-mail. To find out more about what you can do with ShowConnect, go to and click on NAFEM ShowConnect.

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Ronald McDonald Turns Green With Solar House
Ronald McDonald's trademark red hair seems to be turning green in the Texas sun. A Ronald McDonald House set to open in November in Austin is being outfitted with solar panels that will generate 10.8 kW of power for the facility.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas teamed up with Green Mountain Energy Co., Austin, to add the solar array to the house. The facility is the first solar-powered Ronald McDonald House in the country, according to Kent Burress, the Austin charity's executive director. The project is funded by donations Green Mountain customers make by supplementing their energy bills.

RMHC broke ground in May 2006, building the house for families of ill children next to the Dell Children's Medical Center. The solar panels should power about half of the 30 rooms in the house, offsetting about 30,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions per year.

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IH/M&RS Adds Green To Editor's Choice Awards
Suppliers, here's your chance to toot your horn about the eco-friendly and energy-efficient products you're now making. The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, held each year in November at New York's Javits Center, has added a "green" award in each of the five categories covered by its Editors' Choice Awards.

The awards program recognizes the top products in five different categories—décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology—based on votes by editors of leading hospitality trade magazines. By adding a green counterpart to the categories, IH/M&R has doubled the number of awards to 10.

You can submit unique products or services that are new to the market since the beginning of the year. Simply fill out an online entry form at by Friday, Oct. 26.

Winners will be announced at the show's opening ceremony Nov. 11.

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