Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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August 12, 2008

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
FER Forecasts E&S Market To Shrink
MAFSI Business Barometer Improves Slightly
NRA Restaurant Performance Index Falls Back In June

Regulatory Report:
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L.A., Seattle Jump On Bag-Ban Wagon
'Governator' Signs Trans-Fat Ban
ICC Sets Up Green Building Committee
Massachusetts Eyes Hood-Cleaning Standard

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In This Section:
IH/M&RS Gears Up For New York
NSF Lab Expansion Takes LEED Silver
McDonald's Fry Grease Fuels Manila Cop Cars
Ruby Tuesday Dynamites Old Image

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

Industry Report The NAFEM Show '09

IH/M&RS Gears Up For New York
The 93rd annual Int'l. Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will take place Nov. 8-11 at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 1,250 exhibitors and 35,000 professionals are expected to take part in one of the hospitality industry's top events for trends and professional development.

In addition to the exhibits, show organizers have planned more than 40 seminars covering such topics as sustainability, design, technology and much more. Educational sessions will kick off on Sat., Nov. 8, with the one-day Hospitality Leadership Forum. A full roster of programs will continue Nov. 9-10. Visit the show Web site to full details or to pre-register.


Section sponsored by The NAFEM Show '09
NSF Lab Expansion Takes LEED Silver
LEED by example: A new lab expansion at NSF headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., has earned Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

To achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design qualification, NSF had to demonstrate the new space saves 26% in energy costs over traditional designs.

Some of the notable design elements: The building recycles and reuses 50% of the lab's test water; wind, solar and hydroelectric power generation produce 50% of the facility's energy; CFL lighting cuts electric comsumption throughout; water-efficient landscaping reduces water use; and use of local sources for about 85% of the materials used in the building cuts transportation and carbon footprint.

NSF also offers a number of green service initiatives. More information on its Silver LEED certification is available on its website at

Section sponsored by The NAFEM Show '09

McDonald's Fry Grease Fuels Manila Cop Cars
A police car in the Makati financial district in Manila now runs on a combination of diesel and bio-fuel from used McDonald's cooking oil, and more will soon be doing the same.

Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz told a French wire service that the Makati branch of the Philippine National Police is spearheading an effort to use bio-diesel to offset the increasing cost of fuel.

The blend—60% petroleum diesel and 40% bio-diesel—is made with donations of used frying oil from a McDonald's franchisee operating stores in the Makati area. As the program spreads, Cruz hopes other restaurants will join in. He estimates the Makati branch will save about $10,000 a year on fuel. Metro Manila's police chief says if the program is successful, he'll recommend the PNP adopt it nationwide.

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Ruby Tuesday Dynamites Old Image
Ruby Tuesday says its new image is "the bomb," and to make its point, it blew up the last of its old-style stores the first week of August.

The stunt was broadcast over the Internet on Aug. 5, and the chain now is airing commercials featuring a spokesperson who guides consumers through the new look and new menu.

Once known for "Tiffany and tchotchkes," the chain has done a complete makeover of its 948 units in the past several years. Eschewing hanging bicycles and surfboards for a clean, modern look, the company wants customers to see that its new look also reflects a menu focused on fresh, American food, not the old "bar and grill" items.

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