Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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September 19, 2006

Economic Report:
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Consumer Sentiment Rises In September
CPI Barely Rises, Wages Dip In August

Regulatory Report:
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Franke Foodservice Systems
ICC/IAPMO Talks To Combine Codes Fail
EU's CEN Publishes Equipment Safety Standards
Competing Smoking Bans Battle On Arizona Ballot
Taiwan Bans Plastic Disposables In Schools; Restaurants Next

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In This Section:
Fire Destroys Equipment Dealer HQ, But Biz Survives
McLaughlin Named President At Thermo-Kool
NRA Honors Humanitarian Operators
Sign Up Early For IH/M&RS For Big Discount
Panera Bread Expands in Arizona

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Industry Report Server Products

Fire Destroys Equipment Dealer HQ, But Biz Survives
If you're doing business with Hotel & Restaurant Supply's Meridian, Miss., headquarters, you might already know the location was destroyed by a three-alarm fire September 2.

But the good news is that the company is still open for business. Though nearly all the location's inventory burned along with the showroom and offices, H&RS will continue servicing customers from its Jackson, Miss., office. A temporary warehouse already has been set up in Meridian for new shipments.

For the time being, phone calls to the Meridian office will automatically be forwarded to the Jackson facility. The company is working quickly to replace damaged computers so it can access e-mail. The new temporary warehouse address is 5020 Arundel Rd., Meridian, MS 39307. The company also has two Tennesse offices, in Memphis and Nashville.


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McLaughlin Named President At Thermo-Kool
A tip of the hat: Long-time Thermo-Kool/Mid-South Industries exec Rand McLaughlin has been promoted to president.

McLaughlin joined Thermo-Kool full-time in 1991 and went on to work in purchasing, manufacturing and the factory. He was elected executive v.p. in 2002 and COO in '05. He now adds to his duties responsibility for the company's outside sales function. Thermo-Kool is based in Laurel, Miss.

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NRA Honors Humanitarian Operators
The National Restaurant Association last week announced the winners of the eighth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award during the Association's annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. The award celebrates the philanthropic spirit of the restaurant industry and is meant to inspire others to actively get involved in their communities.

This year's winners:

Single-Unit Winner: Drago's Seafood Restaurant in Metairie, La., was honored for its community support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina damage throughout the New Orleans area. Drago's served meals to emergency workers repairing levees, and provided free meals to anyone who came to its door, at one point providing as many as 3,500 meals per day, with help from numerous suppliers.

Large Business Winner: Newport Pacific Corp., dba Mo's Restaurants in Newport, Ore., was recognized for its large-scale support of Oregon National Guard members serving in Iraq. Moe's Florence, Ore., location began posting pictures on an outside wall of local National Guard personnel who had deployed, and eventually the program grew to providing care packages and feeding the troops who were to be deployed.

National Chain Winner: Firehouse Subs in Jacksonville, Fla., founded by former firefighters, was named a winner for founding its Public Safety Foundation, which provided food and water to victims and first-responders in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit. The foundation remains active in post-Katrina operations, providing equipment for budget-strapped volunteer fire stations.

Cornerstone Humanitarian Winner: Billy "bd" Downs of bd's Mongolian Grill in Ferndale, Mich., received this year's Cornerstone award, which is presented annually to an individual who's an exemplary model of community service. Downs was honored for his firm's donation of $250,000 to open a location in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, where the restaurant is donating part of its profits to fund the Mongolian Youth Development Foundation. The foundation works to provide social, educational, cultural and physical activities to Mongolia's impoverished youth.

Each winner received $5,000 to continue their community outreach.

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Sign Up Early For IH/M&RS For Big Discount
Going to the New York Int'l Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show? If so, sign up now for a whopping half-price deal.

Now through Oct. 13, you can register for just $25. For that unprincely sum, you'll get free run of the Javits Center to see 1,400 exhibitors, select educational seminars and network, network, network. The event runs Nov. 11-14.

And to make it as easy as possible, show organizers are again urging attendees to register online at The interactive website also includes the seminar lineup, special event schedule, searchable exhibitor database, New York City information and more.

For additional information, or to register by phone, contact George Little Management 800/272-SHOW or 914/421-3206. For exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, at 914/421-3296, or email him at

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Panera Bread Expands in Arizona
Panera Bread Co. plans an additional 14 units in Arizona under the terms of a new franchise agreement signed recently. A new franchise group headed by partners Dennis Hitzeman and Tom McDonald, will develop the market in southern Maricopa county, as well as Pinal County south of Phoenix and Pima County, which includes Tucson.

Hitzeman and McDonald currently operate 54 Burger King locations in the Atlanta, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Dallas markets. In addition, the franchise group they head operates four Fazoli's locations in Las Vegas, as well as two fine dining steakhouses in Phoenix and La Jolla, Calif.

Panera Bread already has a commitment from franchisee Steve Morris to open 15 units in northern Maricopa County, the first of which is expected to open by the end of the year.

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