Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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August 17, 2004

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Regulatory ReportSponsored by ES3

Washington State’s New Food Code May Mean Capital Outlays
If you’re running older refrigeration in Washington State, you might want to start tweaking your replacement budgets….[full story]

Connecticut Tightens Grip On Fat, Oil And Grease Disposal
FOG controls lie ahead for Connecticut foodservice operators, and they’re not related to the weather….[full story]

New Overtime Regs Kick In Next Week
To exempt… or not to exempt? A new guide will help….[full story]

Yavapai County, Ariz., To Require More Than Lip Service
Proposed changes to the Yavapai County, Ariz., health code have had local operators buzzing lately….[full story]

Maryland Restaurants Dodge Another Smoking Bullet
If you’re responsible for restaurant air quality in Maryland, you can heave another big sigh of relief—for now at least….[full story]

Economic ReportSponsored by Atlas Metal Industries Inc.

MAFSI Barometers Show Healthy Second Quarter Sales Gains
Overall sales were up nearly 3.0% in the second quarter this year....[full story]

Strong Second Quarter for Public E&S Companies
Early reports of second-quarter 2004 results from major public
equipment and supplies companies suggest strong gains….[full story]

Blue Chip Economists Pare Back Forecasts
Surprisingly poor job growth, personal consumption expenditures and total GDP growth numbers….[full story]

Chain International Growth Rebounded in 2003
Following several stagnant years, international growth of U.S. concepts picked up again last year….[full story]

Industry ReportSponsored by Vollrath Co.

Some Chains Revising Construction Projections Downward
Construction forges ahead for McDonald’s, Jack in the Box and
Papa John’s—just not quite as quickly as initially projected….[full story]

FCSI White Paper: No Subs Without Approval
Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l.’s North American Division
is moving forward on the issue of equipment substitution….[full story]

Just when you thought you knew all the association acronyms, one of them goes and makes a change….[full story]

Aga Foodservice Acquires La Cornue
Hot oven acquisition in Europe! Aga Foodservice Group expands its position in the premium cooking range market…[full story]

Harrah’s Acquires Caesars
Another Vegas marriage, only this time between two high-rollin’ casinos….[full story]

FER Fortnightly, published biweekly by Gill Ashton Publishing
(publishers of Foodservice Equipment Reports),
covers key regulatory, economic and general foodservice industry news with a special emphasis
on issues impacting the equipment and supplies industry.
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This issue's content compiled and written by Robin Ashton, publisher; Brian Ward, chief editor; Janice Cha, senior editor,
and Mike Sherer, contributing editor. Editing by Brian Ward, chief editor.

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