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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Growth Starved

As 2014 comes to a close, there’s plenty of optimism among the members of the foodservice equipment and supplies community. And why not?

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Restaurant Automation: Are We Close to the Tipping Point?

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a restaurant that brought your food via a train that ran on a track right in front of you. Little did I know it then, that this was likely my first encounter with automation in a foodservice application.

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

November Sales Strong, Minimum Wage Debate Still Raging, Sysco Merger Carries Steep Penalty and More

November retail sales were stronger than anticipated while restaurant sales performed well, too. A study of minimum wage increase produces negative results. Sysco’s proposed merger with US Foods carries a steep penalty. This and lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

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Greg Christian
Greg Christian

Outcomes for Year One of a New, Self-Op School Lunch Program

As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, I'd like to share the final outcomes of Nardin Academy's new self-operated foodservice program.

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NAFEM Launches Sustainability Calculator

New tool facilitates environmental impact reporting for foodservice equipment purchases.

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, working with ASTM International, has developed a standard method for manufacturers, operators, dealers, consultants and other members of the supply chain to use when defining the environmental impact of foodservice equipment.

Known as the Sustainability Calculator, this spreadsheet identifies specific environmental factors, awards points to the corresponding factors and calculates a total score. This information helps clarify environmental impact factors, allows product comparisons and provides data that may be used to prepare LEED submittals.

The Sustainability Calculator works in conjunction with NAFEM's Life Cycle/Total Cost of Ownership Model. Both tools are available for free on the NAFEM Web site www.nafem.org.

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