Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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September 20, 2005

Economic Report:
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FER Revises 2005 E&S Forecast, Sees ’06 Growing 2% To 3% Real
NAFEM Says Manufacturer Sales Grew 7.1% In Q2
Blue Chip Economists Trim Forecasts In Wake Of Katrina

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South Carolina Inspection Form Rolls Out To Entire State
Florida Lawsuit Against Smoking Ban Fails, For Now
Napa Puts Inspection Reports Online, Mulls Letter Grades
Pennsylvania Governor Boosts A Boost In Minimum Wage

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In This Section:
SFM Moves Conference To Miami
Associations Step Up Post-Katrina Efforts
Enodis Donates Funds, Equipment
Starbucks Sees Green In Renewable Energy
Beltram Signs Rosati As New COO
Bargreen-Ellingson Opens Office In Texas

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Industry Report Manitowoc Foodservice Group

SFM Moves Conference To Miami
Good news for SFM National Conference attendees: The Society for Foodservice Management’s annual meeting is shifting venue but dates will stay the same.

The event was scheduled to take place in New Orleans from Oct. 19-22. Now you can plan on heading to Miami’s Sheraton Bal Harbour Resort instead, over the same Oct. 19-22 span.

Revised conference registration and hotel reservations will only be available electronically. Also, "late fees" will be waived, so you do not have to register by a certain date to enjoy discounted rates.

Visit the SFM Web site,, for the latest updates.


Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Associations Step Up Post-Katrina Efforts
A steady stream of relief announcements has flooded our office, as industry associations mobilize to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here’s an update on the latest; we’ll bring you more news as we get it.

The national "Dine for America" day, organized by the National Restaurant Association, will take place Oct. 5. On that day, participating restaurants will raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Operators can donate any percentage of sales on that day, make donations for the sale of specific items, or set out donation canisters. To find a participating restaurant near you, see

The Illinois Restaurant Association has designated Sept. 24-Oct. 1 as "Appetite for Relief" week. The IRA is asking members to donate profits from the sales of a designated appetizer, entrée or dessert to the Red Cross. For details, call the IRA at 800/572-1086, or e-mail

The NRA’s Restaurant Employment Center, online at, offers operators across the nation a place to post job listings for hospitality-industry employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The American Correctional Food Service Association has implemented the ACFSA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and will donate collected funds to ACFSA members in the Gulf States. Donations may be made to Key Bank, 932 N. Main St., North Canton, Ohio 44720. Credit card donations can be accepted by Gloria Grove at ACFSA; phone 952/928-4658.

The Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l. has set up the Drive to Survive, which will pass on 100% of all donated funds to the families of foodservice employees who need help. Donations may be sent to the Drive to Survive, c/o SSA, 5701 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781; phone 727/549-8408.

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association says it has given $10,000 to the American Red Cross, and is encouraging its members to donate as well.

And the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers tells us it will contribute money to the American Red Cross ($100,000), America’s Second Harvest ($50,000) and Habitat for Humanity ($50,000).

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Enodis Donates Funds, Equipment
Enodis says it will donate $20,000 to the Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf Coast. The company is also matching employee contributions to any qualifying charitable organization.

On the equipment side, the Enodis companies are working with relief agencies to provide refrigeration, cooking and ice-making equipment for field kitchens in affected areas. The New Port Richey, Fla., company has also organized programs for food equipment dealers and service agencies located in or near the stricken areas, to help those businesses get back on their feet.

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Starbucks Sees Green In Renewable Energy
Starbucks Coffee Co. has burnished its reputation as a company that practices green environmental policies. The company recently committed to purchasing wind power to offset the energy it uses. The purchase represents about 5% of the kilowatt hours used in its 6,376 stores, putting the company in the Environmental Protection Agency’s top 25 renewable energy buyers.

Starbucks buys wind power by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates. When a utility produces energy from a renewable source, it can issue RECs, which separate the cost of the energy from the cost of pollution avoided. In essence, a company buying RECs financially supports renewable energy and accrues the non-polluting benefits associated with it, but doesn’t actually buy the power itself.

The goal, according to a company spokesperson, was to help mitigate global warming, not generate good P.R. The problem was figuring out a way that individual stores scattered across the globe could buy renewable energy. RECs provided a solution. The Seattle company buys contracts through a broker.

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Beltram Signs Rosati As New COO
Beltram Foodservice Group, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., has hired Ron Rosati to serve as its new chief operating officer. In this post, Rosati will oversee all of the dealer’s sales, marketing, distribution and administrative operations. He will report directly to CEO Dan Beltram.

"Ron understands the needs of Beltram’s customer base, manufacturer partners and industry consultants," Beltram said in a statement. "He will provide the leadership and vision to expand Beltram’s role in this diverse and rapidly changing industry."

Rosati previously served as president of DI Foodservice Cos.

Section sponsored by Manitowoc Foodservice Group

Bargreen-Ellingson Opens Office In Texas
Pass the cowboy hats: Tacoma, Wash.-based foodservice equipment dealer Bargreen-Ellingson Inc., has announced the imminent opening of a new branch office in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hal Ratner will serve as general manager of the branch. Plans are to have the office fully staffed by the end of October. This branch will cater to multiunit operators by providing both contract equipment and smallwares opening packages.

The move from the Northwest to the Southwest was a practical one, according to Pres. and CEO Paul Ellingson. "Texas is home to a lot of chains," he noted. "It’ll bring our business closer to our customers and will be an easier venue to do business from."

Finding the right people was another factor in the decision. "The people who’ll be joining us have a lot of talent," Ellingson added. "It was too good an opportunity to pass up."

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