Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

Welcome to FER Fortnightly Online Newsletter
November 4, 2008

Economic Report:
Sponsored by:
Manitowoc Foodservice Group
FER Revises 2008, '09 Forecasts
NRA Performance Index Hits Record Low
Consumers Could Cut Foodservice Spending, Report Says
NPD Says Traffic Actually Rose Over Summer
Why Do NRA And NPD Traffic Numbers Differ?
GDP Declines In Third Quarter, While Consumer Confidence Tanks In The U.S. And Europe

Regulatory Report:
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More Towns Say Grease Traps The Way Out Of FOG
Arches On Archer Okay, But Not Big Boy
Calorie-Posting Spreading To Nation's Midsection
Burbank Bandies Bag Ban If Education Fails
Pasadena Takes Smoking Ban Outdoors

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In This Section:
Feeling Innovative? NRA Accepting KI Award Entries
Cool Dudes Ben & Jerry Test New Way To Chill
AWE Opens Faucet On Water-Resource Library
FER Magazine Expands Smallwares Awards Coverage On Web

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

Industry Report The NAFEM Show '09

Feeling Innovative? NRA Accepting KI Award Entries
The National Restaurant Association is looking for a few good innovations. It's now accepting entries for its 2009 Kitchen Innovations Awards, which will be presented at the NRA's annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at McCormick Place in Chicago next May.

The awards program, judged by an independent panel of industry experts, recognizes products and services for uniqueness and the most significant benefits they deliver to foodservice operators. Winners each year are showcased at the NRA Show's KI Pavilion, attracting international attention.

For more information on the awards program, e-mail Eric Rude at or call 312/853-2537. To submit an application online, go to


Section sponsored by The NAFEM Show '09

Cool Dudes Ben & Jerry Test New Way To Chill
Ben & Jerry's Homemade, the Vermont-based ice cream maker, said it's rolling out a new retail ice cream freezer that's HFC-free. The company announced it received permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a test of the new freezers and installed the first 50 starting in late September.

The freezer uses butane as a refrigerant instead of hydrofluorocarbons, commonly known as HFCs. Due to the EPA ban on CFCs, refrigeration companies have slowly been shifting to other refrigerants, first HCFCs and now HFCs, which also are considered greenhouse gases, though less harmful to the environment. A consortium of companies including Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, PepsiCo and Unilever among others has been promoting carbon refrigerants in Europe as alternatives to HFCs. Unilever, which owns Ben & Jerry's, said it has 300,000 refrigeration units around the world that operate with carbon-based refrigerants like butane or propane.

The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that doesn't allow the use of carbon-based refrigerants because they're highly flammable. Ben & Jerry's will test as many as 2,000 freezers in the next few years under the program. If the EPA allows the use of carbon refrigerants to expand based on the results, Ben & Jerry's said, it would convert as many as 100,000 ice cream freezers across the country.

Section sponsored by The NAFEM Show '09

AWE Opens Faucet On Water-Resource Library
With the help of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has opened the spigot on a wealth of online resource materials concerning water use. The AWE's new resource library purports to be a "one-stop shop for water-efficient product and program information."

The online library contains sections on commercial water conservation; water rates and rate structures; water-loss control, codes and standards; drought planning; and numerous other topics. Materials include research reports, case studies and other resources that can help you make more efficient use of water in your operations. Information on water-efficient products such as low-flow toilets, satellite irrigation and other plumbing fixtures also is available.

Information on the site will be updated daily, according AWE executive director Mary Ann Dickinson. To find out more, go to

Section sponsored by The NAFEM Show '09

FER Magazine Expands Smallwares Awards Coverage On Web
If you're looking for the latest in innovative smallwares and tabletop/servingware items, this year you can check out scores of them in competition coverage at

It used to be that Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine, our printed-paper sister publication, ran full coverage of both winners and finalists within its pages, occasionally being forced to squeeze what might have benefited from a bit more space. Then the whole works was available on the Web site, too, but sans photos. And let's face it, photos are important.

So this year things are different.

The November issue of the magazine itself includes all the big, glossy coverage of the 11th annual event, complete with writeups and photos of all the winners. The Web site coverage, meanwhile, is expanded. It includes everything that appears in the print magazine plus detailed descriptions and photos of all the finalists. It's a bigger, better package all around, complete with handy links that let you jump from section to section, depending on what you're looking for.

Check it out. Go to the home page at and just click on the prominently marked "2008 Supplies Competition Web Exclusive" section right smack in the middle of the page. Then strap yourself in for excitement.

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