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Bloomberg Eyes Ban On Foam Foodservice Packaging - 02/20/2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has already battled trans fats, smoking and supersized sodas during his 11 years in office, has now proposed a citywide ban on “foam-based foodservice products,” including coffee cups, trays... »

California Approves New Restroom Accessibility Provisions - 02/20/2013

On Jan. 24, the California Building Standards Commission unanimously approved the Division of the State Architect’s proposed accessibility regulations for the 2013 California Building Code. This update integrates into a single... »

Gasoline Prices Spiking Earlier Than Usual, Yet Again - 02/20/2013

This is getting to be like a broken record. Once again average gasoline prices are increasing earlier than is typical, with the national average for a gallon up nearly 40 cents in the past month alone. Foodservice operators are... »

Growth In State And Local Tax Receipts Remains Very Moderate - 02/20/2013

Overall state tax revenues grew 2.7% in third quarter 2012 vs. the third quarter the year before, the 11th consecutive quarter of increases since the depths of the Great Recession, according to data from the Rockefeller Institute... »

FMP Elevates Conte To President’s Office - 02/13/2013

Michael Conte has been promoted to the presidency of Franklin Machine Products. Through his 24 years with Lumberton, N.J.-based FMP, Conte has served as GM, vice president and most recently, executive v.p./COO. He succeeds Joe... »

What NAFEM Told Us About The E&S Market - 02/13/2013

Like many of you, we’re just back from the whirlwind week that is The NAFEM Show. NAFEM was even more intense than usual for us, as we hosted more than 400 of our closest friends for our Industry Awards event on Friday, Feb. 8.... »

More Details Emerge For FEDA’s April Convention - 02/13/2013

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association continues to announce more details on the speakers, sessions and seminars planned for its 2013 Annual Convention, April 3-7 at the  JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country... »

Personnel Moves: - 02/13/2013

Component Hardware Group has tapped Doug Reasoner to helm sales to dealers, consultants and operators as its new national sales manager. Before joining the Lakewood, N.J., firm, Reasoner was a regional sales manager for... »

FER News Exclusive: Middleby’s Bassoul Discusses Viking Plans, Operator Needs - 02/06/2013

Shortly after Middleby Corp. announced Dec. 31, 2012, that it purchased Viking Range for $380 million in cash, FER Publisher/Research Editor Robin Ashton called Middleby Chairman and CEO Selim Bassoul to check on the thinking... »

Hoshizaki Buys Jackson From Manitowoc - 02/06/2013

The Manitowoc Co. announced on Jan. 28 that it has sold its Jackson MSC warewashing business to Hoshizaki USA Holdings. Specific terms of the asset sale were not disclosed. Jackson, based in Barbourville, Ky., manufactures a... »

Kitchen Brains Acquires Refrigeration Monitoring Company - 02/06/2013

Kitchen Brains, the Stratford, Conn., maker of integrated wireless networking solutions and SaaS applications, has acquired the assets of Modularm Corp., a Commack, N.Y., maker of refrigeration monitoring and control systems.... »

T&S Brass Adds EnviroPure Systems To Its Portfolio - 02/06/2013

T&S Brass and Bronze Works has acquired Chicago-based EnviroPure Systems, a developer of alternative environmentally friendly technologies for organic food waste disposal. The plumbing and foodservice equipment maker has... »

Chicago Metallic Buys Lockwood Mfg. - 02/06/2013

Chicago Metallic Bakeware has acquired Lockwood Mfg. and has assumed management of the Brantford, Ontario, company’s stock pan business. Both the Chicago Metallic and PanGlo operations will be overseen by Robert Bundy, who has... »

Bob Evans Finds French Buyer For French-Themed Mimi’s Café - 02/06/2013

Mimi’s Café, the French-inspired casual-dining chain founded in 1978 and currently owned by Bob Evans Farms, will soon have a new French parent. Bob Evans has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the 145-unit chain for $50... »

Cue The Toasters: Quiznos Plans 150 Stores In Mexico - 02/06/2013

Quiznos has announced an aggressive expansion into Mexico. The toasted sandwich chain will compete with Subway, which already has about 600 stores there. On Jan. 28, the Denver-based chain said it had signed a master franchise... »

Air Force Cancels Hennessey Travelers Program - 02/06/2013

The SFM Hennessey Travelers Program was unexpectedly cancelled just days before newly named SFM Traveler Tony Kaszuba was set to depart. The U.S. Air Force has cancelled all NRA Hennessy Traveler Evaluations due to “significant... »

NRA’s RPI Fell Again In December, But Cap-Ex Measures Jumped - 02/06/2013

Steep declines in the indicators for current same-store sales and traffic pushed the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index lower in December. But the two markers that track operator capital spending... »

NPD Reports Both Chains And Independents Added Units In 2012, While Traffic Rose 1% - 02/06/2013

The net numbers of both chain and independent restaurant units in the U.S. were up 0.7%, an increase of 4.442 restaurants, in the year ended September 2012, according to the latest data from NPD Group’s twice-a-year ReCount... »

Older Americans Increase Restaurant Visits, While Younger Consumers Cut Back, Says NPD - 02/06/2013

It really just comes down to money. A new report from The NPD Group details how older Americans, those 55 and older, have increased their visits to restaurants of all kinds since 2008, while younger Americans have rather... »

Traffic Fell In Six Of 10 Major Foodservice Markets In Third Quarter 2012 - 02/06/2013

Only China and Canada recorded significant increases in restaurant visits in the third quarter of last year, according to data from the NPD Group. Six of the 10 markets in which NPD charts foodservice activity—Australia, France,... »

Moderate Jobs Growth Continues, Consumer Confidence Stabilizes - 02/06/2013

Employment grew by 157,000 jobs in January, pretty much in line with economists’ expectations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, Feb. 1. Also on Friday, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of... »

2013 Brings Spec Revisions For Energy Star Foodservice Equipment - 02/06/2013

Revisions and updates continue for Energy Star commercial foodservice equipment specifications. By the end of 2013, all nine categories of equipment currently carrying Energy Star certification will have undergone revisions,... »

States Face Environmental, Wage and Healthcare Issues - 02/06/2013

Only a month into 2013, and state legislatures and state restaurant associations are wrestling with some major issues. Minimum-wage increases, paid sick leave and environmental issues are just a few of the legislative issues... »

Let’s Get This Party Started: FER Honors Industry Service At NAFEM ‘13 - 01/30/2013

The biggest E&S show of the year opens next week. We hope to see a lot of you at NAFEM ’13, Feb. 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. If we don’t see you in aisles or at your booth, please stop by FER... »

NAFEM ’13: Time To Network - 01/30/2013

Pack up your plane tickets, comfortable shoes, Parrothead gear, FER Exhibitor Pocket Guide, and notes on who to see and what to see at The NAFEM Show.  It’s only a week away. The North American Association of Food Equipment... »

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