Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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August 14, 2007

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
MAFSI Barometer: Moderate Growth For 2Q
Sales, Traffic Drive NRA Performance Index Higher In June
FER Predicts E&S Market Growth At Forecast Meeting
Blue Chip Economists Cut Key Forecasts For 2007, 2008

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Brace For More FOG Rules In California
ADA Enforcement Gets Tough
EC Gives Companies A Say In WEEE/RoHS
NRA Web Site Lists Local Food Safety Training Rules
Seattle Bans Trans Fat, Calgary Considers It, Chains Dump It

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In This Section:
Middleby Acquires Carter-Hoffmann, MP Equipment, Wells Bloomfield
Sun Capital Acquires Boston Market
TriMark Acquires Gill Companies
Early Bird Gets Worm, Er Discount, At IH/M&RS
Enodis Announces Merrychef Partnership With Subway

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

Industry Report The NAFEM Show 2007

Middleby Acquires Carter-Hoffmann, MP Equipment, Wells Bloomfield
The Middleby Corp., Elgin, Ill., has expanded its equipment company portfolio with the recent acquisitions of Carter-Hoffmann, MP Equipment Co. and Wells Bloomfield.

Carter-Hoffmann was purchased for $16 million from Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, a subsidiary of Carrier Corp. The Mundelein, Ill., manufacturer makes heated cabinets and holding equipment, with annual revenues of about $20 million.

MP Equipment Co., Suwanee, Ga., serves the food processing industry by making breading, battering, and slicing equipment. Its annual revenues surpassed $20 million in 2006.

And Wells Bloomfield, also a Carrier subsidiary, was acquired for $29 million. Wells makes holding and cooking equipment, while Bloomfield specializes in coffee brewing systems. The combined operations, headquartered in Verdi, Nev., generate annual revenues of about $50 million.

Middleby's brands include Blodgett, CTX, Houno, Jade, MagiKitch'n, Middleby Marshall, Nu-Vu, Pitco Frialator, Southbend and Toastmaster.


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Sun Capital Acquires Boston Market
Sun Capital Partners entered into a definitive agreement last week to acquire Boston Market from McDonald's Corp. Though terms hadn't yet been disclosed, a regulatory filing Aug. 6 said the agreement was expected to close sometime in the third quarter.

McDonald's bought the 630-unit chain in 2000 for $173.5 million two years after it declared bankruptcy. It has been underperforming since, earning about $5 million on sales of $600 million this year.

McDonald's has been mulling plans for Boston Market for more than six months, and last year spun off its Chipotle Mexican Grill to focus more on its core business.

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TriMark Acquires Gill Companies
Foodservice E&S distributor TriMark USA, South Attleboro, Mass., has announced the expansion of its share of the market with the recent acquisition of Gill Marketing, headquartered in Phoenix, and Gill Group, of Crofton, Md. All current management and staff at Gill will remain in place.

Gill, founded in 1973, operates offices in nine locations, including Charlotte, N.C.; Winter Garden, Fla.; Hamilton, Mont.; San Antonio; San Diego; Honolulu; and Okinawa, Japan, as well as Phoenix and Crofton.

TriMark USA's operating divisions include TriMark Raygal and TriMark RobertClark, Irvine, Calif.; TriMark Marlinn, Chicago; TriMark Foodcraft, Winston-Salem, N.C.; TriMark United East, South Attleboro; and TriMark S.S. Kemp, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Gill Ashton Publishing, including Foodservice Equipment Reports, FER Fortnightly and related operations, is a separately and independently held entity and not part of the transaction.

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Early Bird Gets Worm, Er Discount, At IH/M&RS
Register early for the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York, and show organizers will give you a reduced rate of $30 per person. Early bird rates are effective now through Fri., Oct.12. After that, the show registration fee rises to $50 per person.

The show runs Nov. 11-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. An all-day Hospitality Leadership Forum runs on Sat., Nov. 10, for a separate registration fee of $129. To find out more about the show and register for the early bird discount, go to

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Enodis Announces Merrychef Partnership With Subway
Enodis plc announced last week it has reached an agreement to supply Merrychef accelerated cooking ovens to the Subway restaurant franchise system.Under the agreement, Merrychef 402(s) ovens are approved for use at many of the nearly 28,000 Subway locations worldwide.

"Our fresh sandwiches are the heart of our customer promise," said Tom Coba, Chief Operations Officer of Doctor's Associates, the franchisor of the Subway concept. "Merrychef ovens' quick cook times will allow us to deliver what our customers want—hot foods fast. We chose to add Merrychef to our roster of approved suppliers because of the brand's reputation for reliability and opportunities to expand the accelerated technology for our future menu needs around the globe."

Merrychef has installed more than 70,000 microwave and combination technology ovens in foodservice operations around the world.

"This new relationship with Subway restaurants demonstrates the success of our innovation strategy of leveraging technology to create customer value," said Dave McCulloch, Enodis CEO. "Accelerated Cooking Technology® is destined to dramatically shape the future design of, and demand for, new cooking equipment."

Subway is headquartered in Milford, Conn. Enodis is headquartered in New Port Richey, Fla., with 28 factories in eight countries and a large portfolio of premium brands, including Cleveland, Dean, Delfield, Frymaster, Garland, Ice-O-Matic, Jackson, Lincoln, Merco, Merrychef, Savory, Scotsman, U.S. Range and Varimixer in foodservice, and Kysor Panel Systems and Kysor/Warren in food retail equipment.

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