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December 13, 2005








Economic Report:
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SPECIAL REPORT:
Pt II: The 2006 FER E&S Market Forecast

Regulatory Report:
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Pennsylvania Restaurant Inspections To Get Overhaul
Who's On Which FDA Food Code?
High School Soda Vending Machines Come Under Fire
Lord Of The (Smoke) Rings Trilogy:
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Pt. II: And Your Little Dog, Too
Part III: Westin Jumps On Smoking Ban Wagon



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In This Section:
IH&RA Names Huckestein New President
Enodis USA Opens Equipment-Purchasing Web Program
Two Bid On Dunkin' Donuts

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Hatco Corporation Regulatory ReportSponsor: APW Wyott Innovations
Industry Report MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

IH&RA Names Huckestein New President
Dieter Huckestein, chairman and chief executive officer of Conrad Hotels and president of Hilton Global Alliance, was named president of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association last month.

Huckestein, who delivered the keynote address at this year's Annual Congress, was elected IH&RA president at the association's Annual General Assembly, this year at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center in Beijing.

Huckestein oversees operations, marketing and development of the Conrad brand of luxury hotels worldwide. He served as the chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association last year and remains on the board of the AH&LA Educational Institute.

 

Section sponsored by MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

Enodis USA Opens Equipment-Purchasing Web Program
With increasing numbers of foodservice operators turning to the Internet to find, evaluate and buy food equipment, Enodis USA has launched its Preferred Online Dealer program to let operators easily and conveniently research its equipment on Enodis USA-based Web sites and then be routed through the Internet to qualified, participating equipment dealers to complete the transaction.

"Many Internet users visit manufacturer Web sites to access the wealth of product, application and technical information available there," said Dean Landeche, v.p. of marketing for Enodis USA. "When Internet users visit any of the Enodis Web sites, we offer them the opportunity to purchase online through a participating dealer. Enodis USA Preferred Online Dealers meet strict criteria for convenient and reliable Internet purchasing, including documented privacy policies, return policies and secure transaction standards."

Five Enodis authorized dealers were among the founding group of Enodis USA Preferred Online Dealers, including Acemart, A-City Discount, Atlanta Fixtures, CKitchen.com and Instawares. A total of 11 dealers had joined in the program as of November 2005.

To further assist equipment purchasers, Enodis USA has created a unified product data system for all its North American brands. Search criteria will include product categories, equipment dimensions, power sources and requirements, applications and keywords. Users will be able to search within a single Enodis product line or across the entire portfolio. The Enodis USA Product Data System is currently in use at www.clevelandrange.com and www.jacksonmsc.com.


Section sponsored by MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006

Two Bid On Dunkin' Donuts
Two groups reportedly have submitted bids to buy Dunkin' Brands—including Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops and Togo's sandwich shops—from its new French owners.

French liquor giant Pernod Ricard SA acquired Dunkin' Brands last July as part of its acquisition of Britain's Allied Domecq PLC.

One bid was said to be coming from a group that includes Boston-based Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners along with Carlyle Group of Washington, D.C.

Another bid supposedly being prepared by JP Morgan Partners—a unit of JP Morgan Chase & Co.—and Rhode Island-based Providence Equity Partners Inc.

At the time of the deal, Pernod said it would sell off the unit. Analysts estimate it could fetch a price of anywhere from $1.8 billion to $2 billion.

Dunkin' Donuts operates more than 6,000 stores worldwide in 30 countries; about 4,400 of those stores are spread across 36 U.S. states. Internationally, there are more than 5,000 Baskin-Robbins restaurants and about 400 Togo's.



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