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October 12, 2004








Economic Report:
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Technomic Forecasts Improved Operator Sales, Unit Growth For 2005
Macro Indicators Slightly Negative For Foodservice
Major Chains Weather September As Expectations Rise


Industry Report:
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Boelter Buys Assets Of U.S. Foodservice Contract Design
Oneida To Close Last Flatware Factory
Bright Idea: Next-Gen LED Bulbs Even Better
Cunningham Named Interim Pres at DI Foodservice
Oberweis Dairy Chain Moooves To Expand
A Go-Vote Note
Parikh Joins Up Your Stack Team




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In This Section:
Maryland Calls For Refrigerator Efficiency
Massachusetts Throws Wet Blanket On Nightspots
30-Year-Old Kentucky Food Code Gets Remod
Louisiana Looking For Five-Pelican Restaurants
ADA Measurements Got You Down (On the Floor)?


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Maryland Calls For Refrigerator Efficiency
Energy efficiency’s soon to be the "Law Of The Land" in Maryland for a wide variety of equipment and appliances, including certain foodservice items.

Refrigerated cabinets (reach-in, roll-in, pass-through), illuminated exit signs and large-scale air conditioners to be sold in Maryland all will have to meeting proposed new standards published last month by the Maryland Energy Administration to fulfill the state’s Energy Efficiency Standards Act of 2004.

Starting March 1, all such products for sale in the state will have to be certified compliant by their manufacturers. Starting Jan. 1, 2006, any such equipment being installed will have to be certified.

The MEA's comment period deadline for the proposed regulations is Mon., Oct. 18. For full details about the new regs, specific efficiency standards, acceptable test methods and MEA contact information, log on to www.energy.state.md.us/eesa/index.html. You can also email comments to meainfo@energy.state.md.us.



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Massachusetts Throws Wet Blanket On Nightspots
According to a new law to become effective Nov. 15, Massachusetts nightclubs, bars and dance halls with occupancies of more than 100 people will have until November 2008 to pony up for automatic sprinkler systems.

The legislation comes in the wake of last year’s nightclub tragedy in Warwick, R.I., in which more than 80 people lost their lives to fire.

Restaurants that fall under the "mixed use" category—operations that become nightclubs in the evening or include a nightclub on the premises—are expected to comply with the legislation.

Businesses meeting the requirements will need to file sprinkler system installation plans and specifications with their local building inspector and the head of the local fire department. The filing must be completed within 18 months of the effective date (Nov. 2004), and the actual installation must be completed within three years.



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Kentucky Food Code Gets Remod
Updates are in the works for Kentucky’s nearly 30-year-old food code.

The Food Safety and Security Task Force, a committee created by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is investigating options and will recommend a new food code for state foodservice operators.

The Task Force will consider both the 2001 and ‘03 models of the Food and Drug Administration model food code. Currently, Kentucky officially uses the FDA’s 1976 Model Foodservice Code, but unofficially has adopted many aspects of the ’98 code.

Task Force members come from the state’s Public Health and Agriculture Agencies, the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Restaurant Association, academia and other organizations.

"We hope to have the new food code in place before yearend 2005," says Guy Delius, assistant director for the Division of Public Health, Protection and Safety. That way, he adds, "a food business operating in Kentucky will need to meet the same requirements as one operating in adjoining states."



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Louisiana Looking For Five-Pelican Restaurants
How many pelicans you got this time?

Where Louisiana restaurant inspections are concerned, the pelican’s the word. Restaurants with a five-pelican rating are at the top of the piling, so to speak, earning superior health and cleanliness scores from inspectors. One-pelican shops, on the other hand, are best avoided until they get their acts cleaned up.

The "pelican briefs" are part of Louisiana’s push to make restaurant health inspection more accessible to the public as well as more timely. The restaurant inspection site, launched by Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health, is expected to go live on Nov. 1. (Until then, bookmark this site: www.oph.dhh.state.la.us.)

The online inspection reports are the second part of a two-step technological push. In August, Louisiana began a 15-month rollout of hand-held tablet PCs to health inspectors. The electronic reporting devices allow health inspectors to upload results for instant viewing throughout the department. So far, about 60% of the state’s 300 inspectors are using the devices.



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ADA Measurements Got You Down (On the Floor)?
If you’ve ever spent hours of your life slogging through an Americans With Disabilities Act compliance survey, with its many persnickety measurement requirements, you’ll have a deep appreciation for a new hand-held measuring gizmo coming out early next year.

An "ADAAG profiler tool," currently under development by Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant design firm WD Partners, will make checking compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Access Guide a lot less complicated. Architects, engineers, contractors, restaurant operators and inspectors are among likely users, the company feels.

The jigged, 36" by 12" tool allows you to make multi-dimensional measurements and still have a free hand to hold a camera. It’s inscribed with 25 ADA space requirements, such as knee space clearance, grab bar diameter and clearance from sidewall, and threshold profiles to name a few.

The company estimates that the tool could cut measuring time by up to half, and overall time for an ADA survey by nearly 30%.

"It gets into places you can't reach with a tape measure," WD’s Stuart Driscoll says. "If you’re kneeling on the ground, trying to check a threshold that hasn’t even been installed, this will do the trick."

For more information, call the company at 888/335-0014.






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