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September 22, 2009

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In This Section:
International Cold Storage Acquired By Rainey Road
Carl's Jr. Opens In Shanghai
IFMA Seeks Silver Plate Honorees
New Officers Take Helm At NRA
Take Five For Food Safety Month
Smashburger: Getting Big In Texas

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International Cold Storage Acquired By Rainey Road
International Cold Storage, which makes one-piece walk-in coolers for the QSR market, is under new ownership. Rainey Road LLC has acquired ICS from its parent, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, a subsidiary of Carrier Corp.

The ICS management team, under the leadership of General Manager Kevin Wilson, will continue to lead the organization. The Andover, Kan., company will continue selling products under the same brand name; its products will also be available through the sales channels of Rainey Road's other cooler/freezer lines, CrownTonka. and ThermalRite. The three companies, which will operate as separate entities, have more than a century of combined walk-in expertise.


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Carl's Jr. Opens In Shanghai
In a stepped-up plan to accelerate international franchising and more than double its global presence, CKE Restaurants has opened the first of more than 100 Carl's Jr. units in China.

The premiere store opened earlier this month in Shanghai. Over the next eight years, CKE plans to open units in the municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin and the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. In China, Carl's Jr. is operated by Star Food F&B Management Co. Ltd., a joint venture between SGX-listed BreadTalk Group Ltd. and Aspac F&B International Pte Ltd, the current Carl's Jr. franchisee in Singapore and Malaysia.

The debut marks the first phase in the company's expansion efforts in a country where it sees long-term potential for more than 1,000 restaurants. Currently, CKE licenses 332 international units of its Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brands; it plans to double its international presence to more than 665 restaurants within the next five years.

Headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif., CKE has 3,133 franchised, licensed or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 14 countries, including 1,205 Carl's Jr. restaurants and 1,915 Hardee's restaurants.

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IFMA Seeks Silver Plate Honorees
It's been a challenging year in the foodservice industry, and those doing worthy work deserve recognition. To that end, the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Silver Plate Awards, one of the nation's premier operator honors. For the past 56 years, IFMA has sponsored the annual awards in recognition of lasting and outstanding contributions by operators in nine market segments.

The nine categories comprise, alphabetically, Business & Industry/Foodservice Management, Chain Fast Service, Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept Operators, Colleges and Universities, Elementary and Secondary Schools, Health Care, Hotels and Lodging, Independent Restaurants, and Specialty Foodservices.

Worldwide, anyone engaged in the active ownership, management, supervision of or employment at an operation in one of these categories is eligible to receive a Silver Plate. The selection jury will meet in February to choose the nine Silver Plate winners. From those nine, the Gold Plate recipient will be selected by secret ballot.

For more information and a newly simplified nomination form, go to The deadline for nominations is Dec. 4. Winners will be honored in Chicago in May.

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New Officers Take Helm At NRA
The National Restaurant Association has elected new officers. Michael Gibbons, president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures, is the board's new chairman; Sally Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, is vice chairman; and Rosalyn Mallet, president and CEO of PhaseNext Hospitality, is treasurer. Each will serve until January 2011 in these volunteer posts.

Gibbons is a small chain operator in Ann Arbor, Mich. He cofounded Mainstreet Ventures in 1981 and today oversees more than a dozen restaurants in five states; Mainstreet's concepts include Chop House and Real Seafood Co.

Smith has been president of Buffalo Wild Wings for more than 13 years. The Minneapolis chain has more than 610 restaurants in 41 states. Mallet comes from the industry's entrepreneurial side with her tenure at PNH, a franchise operating company which focuses on non-traditional venues such as airport concessions.

The NRA is composed of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and their 13 million employees. Outgoing President and CEO Dawn Sweeney expressed confidence in Gibbons' abilities to expand the NRA's mission and membership. "He will be instrumental in advancing the association's new strategic plan and promoting an expanded portfolio of member benefits that will strengthen the restaurant and foodservice industry as a whole," she said in a statement.

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Take Five For Food Safety Month
The five weeks of September are lending themselves again to National Food Safety Education Month. The 15th annual campaign, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, focuses on the importance of food-safety education for the industry and on raising awareness of the industry's commitment to it. This year's theme is "Food Safety Thrives When You Focus on Five."

The five keys, in order of process: Avoid Purchasing Food from Unsafe Sources; Clean and Sanitize Correctly; Prevent Cross-Contamination; Avoid Time-Temperature Abuse; and Practice Personal Hygiene. Free posters and other materials, based on the ServSafe food-safety training and certification program, communicate the five concepts clearly and quickly to employees. More information is available at

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Smashburger: Getting Big In Texas
Texas is already the biggest market for Smashburger, with 75 stores in the works for the Lone Star state. Now it will welcome 12 new Smashburger restaurants to the greater Fort Worth area. The Cow Town Sizzle venture is a branch of SN Sizzles, the franchisee group also opening 10 Smashburger stores in east Texas. The first store in that agreement will open by the end of the year.

The chain also has announced agreements with franchisee SB Las Vegas LLC to open 20 stores in the Las Vegas and southwest Utah areas. Smashburger opened its first store in Iowa earlier this month. The chain concept, which takes its name from the Angus beef burgers smashed and seared on a flat grill, will open at least 40 new stores by the end of the year.

The new Texas venture brings the total number of planned Smashburger franchises to 250. The Denver-based chain has 31 stores now open. It has sold franchise agreements for more than 200 new stores over the next five years, part of its strategy to open more than 500 restaurants across the country.

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