Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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August 9, 2005

Economic Report:
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Drive To Survive Charity Golf Event

MAFSI Barometer Rises Nearly 3% In Second Quarter
Traffic, Sales Show Moderate Gain In Second Quarter, NPD Reports
NRA's Performance Index Boasts Moderate Gain
Publisher's Note On 2005 Forecast Revision

Regulatory Report:
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Chicago's Ventilation Code Going Nowhere Fast
Dallas Restaurants Get New Food Code
Final Draft Of ISO Safety Standard In Review
Palm Beach Considers Grading Restaurants
Alberta Drops Permit Requirement For Young Restaurant Workers

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In This Section:
Hot E-Seminar On Cutting Ventilation Costs - TOMORROW
AGA Buys Stellar Line From ColburnTreat
Alto-Shaam Launches New Culinary Center
Marmon Group Installs Alexander-Otto
M. Tucker Co. Acquires Jacob Licht
IFED Calendar Update

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Drive To Survive Charity Golf Event |  Regulatory ReportSponsor: APW Wyott Innovations

Industry Report Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Hot E-Seminar On Cutting Ventilation Costs - TOMORROW
Scrap your agenda for tomorrow morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. central time. We're betting a virtual seminar at will be worth way more money to you than whatever else you were going to do.

"Are Profits Going Up Your Stack?" will look at kitchen ventilation, its huge energy implications, and ways to significantly reduce ventilation costs. "Many of these suggestions are things that owners and operators can do now, inexpensively, to begin putting more dollars on that bottom line," said George Zawacki, FCSI, founder of Up Your Stack. The seminar will also cover larger scale strategies for new and existing facilities that offer quick payback and savings that rise as energy prices increase.

You can use your computer and a toll free phone line to attend from anywhere inside the United States including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Multiple attendees at the registrant's location may view and listen to the presentation. Registrants will be provided with an electronic copy of the presentation prior to the seminar. A CD recording will be available.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in real time via their computer. Approximately 15 minutes have been planned to respond to questions.

But you need to sign up right now! Visit and follow the link for registration information in the center of the home page. And while you're at it, sign up for the newsletter. We did.

Up Your Stack is an industry educational site dedicated to bringing ventilation insights to operators, code officials, inspectors and anyone who deals with commercial kitchen ventilation.


Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

AGA Buys Stellar Line From ColburnTreat
In a move to add boilerless steam technology to its portfolio, AGA Foodservice announced last week it has acquired the Stellar Steam product line from ColburnTreat LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings innovative, energy-efficient steam technology to a corporate line that includes Victory Refrigeration products, Adamatic and Belshaw bakery equipment and Infinity fryers. For ColburnTreat founders Mike Colburn and Mary Esther Treat, benefits will include extensive marketing and sales resources and the ability to develop a more varied product line using Stellar technology.

"Stellar's market-leading designs have created steamers that use far less water than traditional models, and recover heat and cook faster," said Ian J. Whyte, president of AGA Foodservice. "This reduces energy use and operating costs, and we feel Stellar's products fit in perfectly with our current energy-efficient equipment lineup." With head offices in the West Midlands of England, AGA maintains its U.S. base in Cherry Hill, N.J. ColburnTreat operates from its headquarters in Winooski, Vt.

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Alto-Shaam Launches New Culinary Center
Alto-Shaam Inc. has unveiled its newly remodeled Culinary Center at its corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The center includes a 3,000-sq.-ft. presentation kitchen, a 1,000-sq.-ft. prep kitchen, and seminar and fine dining areas.

Using the center as a training resource, Corporate Chef Robert Simmelink expects to train about 300 people per year, up from the 200 people his team was able to accommodate per year at Alto-Shaam's previous facility. Students come from all market segments, and individual class size is limited to 22.

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Marmon Group Installs Alexander-Otto
Alexander-Otto Company, LLC, a Grand Junction, Colo., company that installs and services foodservice and retail equipment, fixtures and displays, has joined with Marmon Retail Services LLC, a Chicago-based business sector within The Marmon Group. Terms weren't disclosed.

Marmon Retail Services encompasses several companies that provide store fixtures and displays, shopping carts, foodservice equipment and logistical services to operators and retailers around the world.

Alexander-Otto has 50 installation crews strategically located across the country, adding to Marmon Retail Services' strengths. The merger will help provide clients with a "one-source" solution to store installations.

Chilton Alexander and Doug Otto are staying on at Alexander-Otto as president and general manager, respectively.

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M. Tucker Co. Acquires Jacob Licht
Two well-known equipment and supplies dealers have joined forces in the Northeast. M. Tucker Co., Paterson, N.J., has purchased Providence, R.I.-based Jacob Licht Inc. Jacob Licht will operate as a stand-alone division of M. Tucker.

A full service equipment and supplies dealer, M. Tucker specializes in design/build projects, with a marketing focus on healthcare, business and industry, fine-dining restaurants, hotels and country clubs. The company has an office in Miramar, Fla., serving Florida, the Caribbean and South America.

Licht maintains an 8,000-sq.-ft. showroom at its Providence headquarters and also distributes smallwares and furniture. It has been exporting to Russia since 1991. Gary Licht remains president of the new M. Tucker division.

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

IFED Calendar Update
Attention, event planners: The Int'l. Foodservice Equipment Distributors s conference dates were inadvertently left out of the Industry Calendar of our sister publication, Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine.

Here you go:

  • 2005 Fall Conference: Oct. 19-22, Chicago
  • 2006 Spring Conference: April 26-29, Dallas
  • 2006 Fall Conference: Oct. 18-21, Chicago

For all IFED conference dates through 2010, call Sheila Barrett at 602/943-7700.

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