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August 23, 2005

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Public E&S Companies Show Continuing Growth
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Big Chains, QSR, Continue To Drive Traffic Growth; Units Grow

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Clarification: N.Y. Mandates CPR Equipment For Ops
Big Upheaval For Iowa Inspections
West Virginians Mixed On Smoking Bans; North Dakotans Clear The Air Almost Completely
B.C. Becoming First Province To Rate/Inspect/Measure Hospital Food

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In This Section:
Vulcan, Wolf Join In 'Power Forward Initiative'
FCSI Recognizes Innovative Products
Taiwan: Can You Hear Me NOW?
IHOP Hoppin' With Plans To Open 400
Register Now For MAECO Meeting In Anaheim
The Americans Are Coming! The Americans Are Coming!

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Industry Report McCall/Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Vulcan, Wolf Join In 'Power Forward Initiative'
Big changes at ITW sister companies Vulcan-Hart Co. and Wolf Range.

Vulcan-Hart, the Baltimore, Md., manufacturer, has restructured in an ongoing effort to make a more focused, responsive organization.

The "Power Forward Initiative" has two components: first, V-H has restructured to include seven product-focused business units. And second, the Wolf brand, based in Long Beach, Calif., will now be part of the V-H company. Wolf will become an independent brand made by V-H, coming under the same seven business units. Both brands will continue marketing different products.

Vulcan's seven new sections are: Restaurant Ranges, Heavy Duty Ranges, Steam, Griddles & Broilers, Fryers, Ovens and Service Parts. The "business within a business" structure is expected to dramatically improve product focus and customer response times.

Tim Murray will continue to serve Vulcan as its president, overseeing all seven business units. Jim Cullinane will remain as v.p. of sales, working with each of the units to develop and implement growth strategies.

Support contacts for now remain unchanged. For customer service, for example, customers will continue calling the same phone numbers as before, although customer service is expected to be consolidated at V-H's facility in Louisville, Ky., before year's end. Technical support numbers for now are unchanged; eventually technical support will be handled by each of the seven product-focused businesses.

More information about Vulcan's Power Forward Initiative can be found at


FCSI Recognizes Innovative Products
Looking for what's hot and innovative? So's Foodservice Equipment Society Int'l. The association has selected 10 foodservice equipment products as finalists in its first-ever Innovation Showcase event.

The finalists will be on display during the association's pre-NAFEM Show conference in Anaheim, Calif., where the collection will appear in the foyer area of the Anaheim Marriott from noon, Sept. 20, through 6 p.m., Sept. 21. There, FCSI members will vote for the product they feel is most innovative.

Winner of the most votes will be named 2005 FCSI Product of the Year and recognized at an award presentation during the FCSI Educational Foundation's Silent Auction the evening of Sept. 21.

The panel of judges included Ron Kooser of Cini-Little Int'l., Cleveland, Ohio; Bob Pacifico of Romano/Gatland, Chicago; and Michael Pantano of Culinary Advisors, Ellicott City, Md.

The finalists are:

  • Aga Foodservice: Pre-Mix Infinity Gas Fryers
  • Aladdin Temp-Rite: Heat On Demand On-Tray
  • Caddy Corp.: UVC Conveyor Drive Cabinet Sanitizing System
  • Electrolux Professional North America: Electrolux Dishwasher with built-in water softener
  • Follett Corp.: Horizon Chewblet Icemaker
  • Hobart-Traulsen: Hobart Opti-Rinse System (C-Line and FT900 warewashers)
  • Kolpak/Manitowoc: Kolpak walk-in heavy duty structural flooring
  • TurboChef Technologies: TurboChef Tornado
  • Vent Master/Enodis: Ventilated Ceiling System
  • Winston Industries: Winston "SerVap" Hot Food Serving Module

Section sponsored by McCall/Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Taiwan: Can You Hear Me NOW?
You think you have regulatory problems? The Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration is cracking down on businesses that are too noisy. Under a new policy implemented July 1, both commercial and residential buildings have to dial down the sound or face fines. The EPA can even shut down businesses if their air conditioning and other equipment don't meet standards.

Studies show that prolonged exposure to noise above 65 decibels and frequencies under 200 megahertz—so-called infrasound—can disturb sleep and damage psychological well-being, according to The China Post. A Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection study says that 92% of the city's fast food restaurants have noise levels exceeding 65 decibels. The new EPA standard is 40 decibels of sound between 20 and 200 hertz.

Denmark, Germany and Japan are considering similar regulations. Shhh.

Section sponsored by McCall/Manitowoc Foodservice Group

IHOP Hoppin' With Plans To Open 400
As of the end of the company's second quarter, IHOP Corp. announced in late July it had signed or optioned agreements from franchisees to build and open 339 new restaurants in the next 11 years. The Glendale, Calif., company says it also is finalizing agreements for as many as 62 more units, bringing the total to more than 400.

IHOP franchisees opened 13 new units in the company's second quarter, compared to five in the same period a year ago. That brings the company's total units to 1,207.

IHOP's latest agreements call for unit development in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.

Register Now For MAECO Meeting In Anaheim
If you're a member of the Multi-Unit Architects, Engineers and Construction Officers, and you haven't signed up for the group's fall meeting, better get on the stick.

MAECO, the National Restaurant Association's Executive Study group for multiunit facilities types, will gather Sept. 20-23 at the Anaheim Sheraton in Anaheim, Calif. A kickoff reception Tuesday night, Sept. 20, starts things, and the educational program begins the following morning. A few of the topics that'll be up for discussion will include Americans With Disabilities Act compliance, energy efficiency and the Energy Star Program, and the logistics of staying open and visible during remodeling and reimaging projects.

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The Americans Are Coming! The Americans Are Coming!
Russia and China will soon get a taste of more American fast food, not to mention good old fashioned capitalism and Yankee ingenuity. CKE Restaurants, Yum! Brands and Burger King separately have announced deals to franchise stores in the Russian Federation and in China.

CKE Restaurants said it has a development deal with Bright Star LLC, a Russian food company, to open 50 Carl's Jr. hamburger stores in Russia and neighboring states during the next eight years. The first is set to open next year.

Meanwhile, Yum! Brands stated it's teaming up with Rostik Restaurants Limited, owner of Russia's top chicken restaurant chain. The five-year deal calls for Rostik to invest up to $100 million to open as many as 300 co-branded Rostok/KFC units. Yum! Brands will support the investment with as much as $30 million more.

And Burger King opened its first Chinese store in Shanghai in June, across the street from a Buddhist temple, according to an AP wire story. Along with Whoppers, the unit sells menu items geared toward local tastes.

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