Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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September 9, 2008

Economic Report:
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Public E&S Companies Did Better In Second Quarter, Final Numbers Show
NRA Performance Index Holds, Cap-Ex Spending Falls
Confidence Rises, But Markets Gag On Jobs, Financial Woes

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Water Woes Spreading On Both Coasts
California Approves Menu Law, King County, Wash., Reg Kicks In
County Bans Golden Arches As Signage—For Now
Coffee Shops Need Grease Traps, City Says
L.A. Court Overturns Taco-Truck Ticketing

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In This Section:
Hoshizaki To Buy Gram Commercial
NRA Plans Food-Safety Seminar In October
Flex Your Marketing Muscle With Efficiency Award
Wal-Mart Tests 'Meal Solutions' Market With New Concept
IFMA Seeks Silver Plate Nominees

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

Industry Report The NAFEM Show '09

Hoshizaki To Buy Gram Commercial
Hoshizaki Electric Co., headquartered in Toyoake, Japan, plans to expand its worldwide share of the commercial refrigeration market with the acquisition of Danish refrigerator maker Gram Commercial. The deal, executed via wholly owned subsidiary Hoshizaki Europe Holdings B.V., of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is valued at more than $76 million.

Gram, owned by Equity Datterholding 1 ApS, is a leading supplier of commercial refrigerators and freezers to the European foodservice market. The Vojens, Denmark, company operates subsidiaries in Denmark, England, Germany and Holland, and branches in Austria, France and Scandinavia.

Following the acquisition, Hoshizaki and Gram plan to develop new products that combine energy-saving technology and natural refrigerants.


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NRA Plans Food-Safety Seminar In October
Want to learn the latest in best food safety practices? The National Restaurant Association is sponsoring a three-day food safety seminar that will address challenges and issues concerning food-safety practices at all points in the supply chain. The event is scheduled Oct. 22-24 at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead in Atlanta.

Co-sponsored by Gerson Lehrman Group and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the seminar will feature presentations on strategies for overcoming global food safety challenges, new food safety programs from the GFSI, emerging food safety legislation and what it will mean to your business, supply chain hurdles and best practices that can help prevent future outbreaks of foodborne illness.

To find out more, or to register online, go to

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Flex Your Marketing Muscle With Efficiency Award
If you've got an energy-efficiency story to tell about your operations in California, the state's energy-efficiency marketing and outreach program, Flex Your Power, wants to know about it.

Flex Your Power is accepting applications for its sixth annual awards program. Winners are highlighted in an advertising campaign, featured on the program's Web site and its e-mail newsletter, e-Newswire, and recognized at the Flex Your Power annual awards ceremony.

Awards are presented in multiple categories recognizing efforts to reduce energy use through energy-efficient buildings, equipment and lighting; education and media outreach; innovative products and services designed to help save energy; peak demand response (reducing use during peak times of day by shifting use); and water conservation efforts.

Find out more about how to apply by visiting and clicking on "Flex Your Power Awards."

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Wal-Mart Tests 'Meal Solutions' Market With New Concept
Will Wal-Mart's meal-replacement concept replace restaurants? The retailing giant's new Marketside stores aren't restaurants, but they are designed to help customers "find a wide selection of complete meal solutions," according to the concept's Web site.

Smaller than the company's Neighborhood Markets local grocery-store concept, the new Marketside stores will occupy about 15,000 sq. ft. The focus of the stores will be on meal solutions, fresh local ingredients and last-minute grocery items that consumers can pick up on the way home. Wal-Mart plans to open four this fall in the Phoenix area.

While the stores' expected emphasis will likely be on prepared foods, job postings on the Marketside Web site suggest Wal-Mart expects the stores to sell a variety of fresh ingredients and wants employees to act as meal consultants to help customers with menu ideas.

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IFMA Seeks Silver Plate Nominees
The Int'l. Foodservice Manufacturers Association is looking for a few good operator nominees for its 2009 Silver Plate Awards. The highly regarded awards program applauds excellence in nine foodservice operations categories: business and industry, chain quick-service, chain full-service, universities, schools, health care, hotels, independent restaurants and specialty foodservice.

Candidates are selected based on extraordinary accomplishments in management, marketing, financial and operational management and industry and civic participation.

The deadline for completed entries is Dec. 5. You can find full nomination information at

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