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EVENTS: Showtime In Anaheim!

The NAFEM Show is just about here and it’s time to get the whats, wheres and whens into your planners. First, download The NAFEM Show app at to plan your schedule, browse products, catch all the show alerts and updates, and join the social media conversation.

Many of you will be arriving a few days in advance of the show to attend allied industry events. Here are a few details for you: 

Stop, Collaborate & Listen

The Foodservice Consultants Society Int’l.’s 2015 Symposium, Tues., Feb 17-Wed., Feb. 18, begins with an opening reception Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Heat Ultra Lounge, 321 W. Katella Drive, Anaheim. Shuttles will run between the venue and The Anaheim Marriott and Marriott Suites Anaheim. On Wednesday, head to the Anaheim Convention Center, rooms 210ABC for a 7:30 breakfast and sessions that start at 8:15 a.m. They’ll run until 4:30 p.m. and can be reviewed here:

CFESA’s Spring Conference

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Agent’s Spring Conference is Feb. 17-18 at The Anaheim Hilton, right by the Anaheim Convention Center. Tuesday is a lineup of the association’s meetings, including young executives, the NAFEM/CFESA liaison meeting, committee meetings and the meeting of the board, with the Opening Reception Tuesday night from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

For the full details on Wednesday’s session agenda (which starts with breakfast at 8 a.m.), go to The conference ends with an hour-long President’s Reception from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday night at the Hilton. 

Refrigerant Regulation Update 

Also on Wed., Feb. 18, Emerson Climate Technologies is hosting a free, day-long E360 Forum at the Embassy Suites Anaheim-South. Presenters will deliver informative technical content on the market and the regulatory challenges facing the foodservice industry—especially those dealing with refrigeration—and will take a look at important emerging technologies.

This event is packed with refrigeration industry experts and begins with keynotes in the morning from 9-11:30 a.m. Doug Fryett, president of Fryett Consulting Group, will discuss the global macro and operational trends affecting the foodservice industry today. Then Dr. Rajan Rajendran, Emerson’s expert on refrigerants and the regulations that impact them, will discuss the latest developments that have everyone concerned. 

After lunch, from 12:15-4 p.m., two sets of breakout sessions will run simultaneously, one track for retail foodservice and one for foodservice and emerging trends.

The foodservice/trends track includes “Enterprise Management & Communicating Kitchens,” “New Equipment Technologies that are Reducing Operating Costs,” “How to Meet 2016/2017 Energy & Refrigerant Regulations” and “Converting Food Waste into Renewable Energy.” 

MAFSI Celebrates Its Members 

On Friday night, Feb. 20, the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry will host a membership celebration and cocktail party from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention center. The event is free to MAFSI members. For details, go to

Honoring Excellence 

Finally, please join us for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ Industry Excellence Awards Gala, Fri., Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.

Tickets are $299 per person for FER customers and advertisers; $499 for non-advertisers. A few tables of 10 are still available to reserve. 

Celebrate with us as we honor recipients of the Management Excellence Awards for multi-unit operators, dealers and consultants; Young Lion Awards honoring rising stars age 40 or under; and Industry Service Awards for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the E&S industry. The celebration, which welcomes colleagues from every channel of the foodservice equipment industry, includes a full dinner buffet, cocktails, music and dancing.

Go to to register or contact Robin Ashton:, 800/986-9616 or Christine Palmer:, 847/336-2049. 

The NAFEM Show 2015
Thurs., Feb. 19
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 20
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21
9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Show); 7-11 p.m. (After-Show Party)
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, Calif.
Attendees: 20,000+
Exhibitors: 500+

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