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August 22, 2006








Economic Report:
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FER Forecast Meeting Will Focus On Health Of Channels
Customer Traffic Counts Mixed As Inflation Hurts Some Concepts More Than Others
Blue Chip Consensus Trims Macroeconomic Forecasts Again As Inflation Reports Calm Markets

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Manitowoc, Enodis Call Off Acquisition Talks
Fisher Wins ACEEE Energy Champion Award
NRA, Healthy Dining Build Web Guide To Better Eating
Aramark Agrees To Private Buyout
NRA Opens 2007 Kitchen Innovations Awards




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In This Section:
Energy Star Drafts Criteria For LED Lighting
CSA's FOG Standard Under Task Force Review
Junk Fax Law Finally Kicks In
Scots Shows Brits Stubbing Out Butts Won't Hurt Biz

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Regulatory Report Sponsored by Franke Foodservice Systems

Energy Star Drafts Criteria For LED Lighting
Light Emitting Diodes, those extremely efficient light sources, might soon be getting even more so.

The Department of Energy's Energy Star program has drafted initial criteria for energy efficient white LED lighting products. DOE's goal is to finalize them by October.

To speed up the whole process and encourage faster consumer adoption of LED technology, the DOE has broken up the criteria project into two categories, the first one being criteria for products that are already on the market or close to it, and later, a second category for applications further down the road.

The more imminent category, Category A, includes general illumination niche products that will be available in the short term—under-cabinet kitchen and desk/task lighting; recessed downlights; portable desk lamps; and outdoor step, porch, and walkway lighting. The DOE says the draft criteria for this category are ready for public comment now.

Later, Category B criteria will include a wide range of LED systems for general illumination applications. The DOE hopes to set high efficiency standards to qualify for Energy Star, with targets exceeding current residential lighting fixture and compact fluorescent lighting thresholds of 50-70 lumens per watt.

At press time, the criteria were not yet posted on Energy Star's Web site, but if you're interested, keep an eye on www.energystar.gov.

 

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CSA's FOG Standard Under Task Force Review
After concerns arose that the Canadian Standards Association's proposed test standard for grease extractors might be too lenient, the draft has been kicked back to a task force for another look.

As drafted, the standard proposed that grease extractors be a least 90% efficient, but the language could cause confusion between the standard and what municipal water utilities require. A typical fast food restaurant discharging up to 15,000 ppm of grease into a grease trap that removes only 90% of the grease would seriously violate most municipal ordinances. Cities with Fats, Oils and Grease rules usually limit the grease discharge from a restaurant to 100-150 ppm.

The proposed standard was open for public comment from November 2005 until recently, when it was passed in committee, according to a CSA spokesperson. But before it was to go to a full CSA vote, the proposed standard was referred to a task force for review. The task force has 60 days to make recommendations to CSA's technical committee.

Here in the United States, NSF Int'l. has had a grease interceptor testing program in place for about a year. NSF tests and certifies grease interceptors to three standards: ASME A112.14.3, ASME A112.14.4, and PDI-G101.


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Junk Fax Law Finally Kicks In
Not so fast with that fax, fella. After the junk fax law passed last year was put on hold pending clarifications by the Federal Communications Commission, the bugs apparently have been worked out, and the law finally took effect on Aug. 1.

Implementation of the law had been put on hold to allow time for FCC clarification, you may recall reading here in FN. Apparently those clarifications have all been settled.

In essence, the law prohibits you from sending unsolicited ads to any fax machine unless you have an invitation or permission from the fax recipient or unless you have an "existing business relationship" with the owner of the fax machine.

The amended rules help define what an existing business relationship is and how to comply with the new law's "opt-out" policy. Even if you have an EBR with a customer, you have to provide opt-out language on the first page of a fax with a cost-free mechanism for recipients to refuse future faxes.

For more information on the rules, you can go to http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/policy.


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Scots Shows Brits Stubbing Out Butts Won't Hurt Biz
If you have operations in the U.K., you've probably been caught up in the smoking hubbub. Thing is, it might turn out to be "much ado about nothing," as one famous Englishman once said.

While England's House of Lords beat back a last-ditch effort to water down the anti-smoking bill a passed in Parliament last fall, their neighbors to the north have been adapting to a smoking ban just fine, thank you.

Nearly one in four Scots, 24%, said they would go to pubs and restaurants more often now that smoking is banned, according to a recent survey conducted by Cancer Research UK. Another 45% said they would go out just as often as before the ban took effect in March. Only 10% said they would go out less often. The poll results suggest that Scottish pubs will be busier now that smoking is no longer allowed.

Scotland, Ireland and Wales now all have indoor smoking bans in place. England's, now that it has passed a third reading, will likely receive Royal Assent later this summer and take effect a year from now.



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