Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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November 18, 2008

Economic Report:
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The NAFEM Show '09
Macro Forecasts Slashed, October Key Indicators Plunge
Employment, Consumer Confidence Numbers Dreadful
Forecasts For Nearly All Worldwide Economies Fall
FER Forecasts For 2008 and '09 Available

Regulatory Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice
Stamford Wants Teeth For FOG Rules
CRFA Criticizes Toronto Disposables Ban
Zoning: What's The Question Here?
Philly Says You Get Info With That Order
Sidewalk Cafes Face New Fees In Hamptons

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In This Section:
Manitowoc Cleared By EU To Buy Enodis, Will Sell Enodis Ice Businesses
Book NAFEM Housing With Travel Planners
Missed The WaterSmart Innovations Conference? Attend Virtually
Chick-fil-A Cuts Straggling Trans Fats

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: The NAFEM Show '09
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice

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Manitowoc Cleared By EU To Buy Enodis, Will Sell Enodis Ice Businesses
The Manitowoc Co., Manitowoc, Wis., and Enodis plc, London, say they have obtained the necessary European Commission clearances related to Manitowoc's proposed acquisition of Enodis.

To secure the clearance, Manitowoc has agreed to sell Enodis' global ice machine operations after the transaction has been completed. The businesses to be sold operate under the brand names Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, Simag, Barline, Icematic and Oref. Manitowoc has also agreed to sell non-ice businesses in Italy operating under the Tecnomac and Icematic names.

At press time, the proposed $2.1 billion acquisition of Enodis remained subject to U.S. antitrust approval. Final clearance was expected by the end of October.


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Book NAFEM Housing With Travel Planners
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers urges anyone planning to attend The NAFEM Show, taking place Feb. 5-9, 2009, in Orlando, Fla., to make hotel reservations only through Travel Planners, the association's official housing coordinator.

A number of housing companies claiming to have a relationship with The NAFEM Show are promoting discounted hotel rates. Show organizers want attendees to be aware that there are "no guarantees regarding reservations made with these companies, and they will not be available in Orlando to assist with reservation problems."

To confirm that your reservation was made through Travel Planners, or to make reservations, call Alex at Travel Planners, 212/532-1660, ext. 2174. For more info, go to

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Missed The WaterSmart Innovations Conference? Attend Virtually
If you missed the inaugural WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas in October, you might be able to catch up on it, at least virtually. The conference and exhibition, sponsored by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program, drew 1,200 participants and 140 exhibitors from the United States and 17 other countries.

The three-day, multi-track conference offered 150 professional sessions on a variety of topics ranging from global warming climate models to satellite irrigation systems and water-saving programs for commercial businesses.

Conference organizers have made downloads available of most of the conference presentations and workshop sessions, so you can see what you missed. To see a list of sessions and to download slide or PowerPoint presentations, go to

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Chick-fil-A Cuts Straggling Trans Fats
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has cut the fat from its entire menu—trans fat, that is. The chain recently finished cutting trans fat from menu items that weren't already trans fat-free.

The 41-year-old chain's core menu items, including its signature chicken entrees, haven't contained trans fat since their respective introductions over the years. The chain said it has spent the past two years working on suitable alternatives for cooking some of its other items such as waffle fries and biscuits. All the company's inventory was projected to be trans fat-free some time in late October.

Sauces and condiments also have been reformulated to contain zero trans fat. The only item on the menu with any trans fat is the chain's signature cheesecake, which contains only 0.5 grams per serving (considered trans fat-free by the Food and Drug Administration).

The chain's dietitian, Jodie Worrell, led the effort to eliminate trans fat from the entire menu.

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