As part of NAFEM's long-term partnership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA),
Brad Barnes, CMC, director, CIA consulting and industry programs, holds the NAFEM
professorship in Culinary Arts. The partnership is dedicated to specialized
research in foodservice equipment and supplies, product development and industry
education. Chef Brad's quarterly column in NAFEM online highlights a current trend
or issue he's facing in the kitchen. In this column, Chef Brad discusses the
of food halls in urban settings
NAFEM's Business Planning Study examines everything operational - management practices,
manufacturing trends, supply chain considerations and compensation packages - and
presents the combined metrics to help benchmark performance and set future strategies.
An invitation to contribute to the study was sent to all NAFEM primary contacts April 1.
Participation earns five (5) priority points toward booth selection at The NAFEM Show
in 2017 and beyond - the most priority points awarded at one time for any activity!
Note: If you have logged in to the survey and haven't started answering the
questionnaire, or submitted your answers ("Save, I will return"), remember to complete
the submission process by April 29 to earn priority points. If you have questions
regarding the NAFEM Business Planning Study, contact The MPI Group at
Join us February 19-22, 2016, at the InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Management Workshop. Watch future issues of
NAFEM online for program details.
Your company's priority point total determines the order in which you select exhibit
space in The NAFEM Show. All priority points earned in 2015 count towards space
selection in The NAFEM Show in 2017 and beyond. Login
to the Members-Only section
of the NAFEM website to see all of this year's point-earning opportunities!
NAFEM continues to monitor activities and decisions by the National Motor Freight
Traffic Association's (NMFTA) Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB).
On April 18, the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) guidelines introduced
a major change to the concealed damage claim rule. Currently, concealed damages
may be reported up to 15 days after delivery for consideration of a valid claim.
According to the new guidelines, which carriers use for their rules tariffs, the
time period for reporting concealed damages has been reduced to five days. To
review all changes being implemented, login
to the NAFEM website and click on the "Advocacy" tab. NAFEM members also may direct
questions to Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, +1.312.821.0212; email@example.com
Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) wrote to the EPA in early
April requesting information related to the legality, cost and feasibility of the
agency's proposed rule banning certain refrigerants. EPA has proposed to prohibit
several substances commonly used in commercial refrigeration. Hundreds of
manufacturers have warned of the near-impossibility of meeting the proposed deadlines,
as well as the high costs and potential risks of using alternative compounds, many of
which are flammable. Read Whitfield's letter
. NAFEM members may direct questions
to Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, +1.312.821.0212; firstname.lastname@example.org
During the show in Anaheim, NAFEM Showplace was available as the show program guide
via mobile devices and tablets to assist show attendees. Now, NAFEM Showplace
is a desktop product directory. If you participated in The NAFEM Show,
all the information you provided for the mobile app also is also available in NAFEM
Showplace. If you didn't participate in The NAFEM Show, your company contact
information is included in NAFEM Showplace and you now have the ability to add
marketing materials to your listing. NAFEM Showplace is the resource operators turn
to for gathering NAFEM-member product information. Watch your email inbox for an
announcement and instructions soon!
If you've been meaning to get certified, consider participating in the
annual overview seminar at NAFEM headquarters in Chicago. The overview
takes place Wednesday, August 12, 2015
, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Participants are welcome to return Thursday, August 13, 2015
, to take
the exam. The overview & exam are no longer offered during The NAFEM
Show or NRA Show.
Can't make it in August? You can always purchase one of NAFEM's CFSP
packages to streamline the certification process. The CFSP Online Course
Package is $775/person and includes the application fee, a .pdf copy of
the review questions and glossary of terms from the textbook, the online
module and exam. The CFSP In-Person Course Package is $550/person and
includes the application fee, the 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction
to the Foodservice Industry, the one-day, in-person overview and exam.
to learn more, sign up for the 2015 overview or to purchase a package.
The results are in! Member companies that contributed data received a
free copy of NAFEM's 2014 Size & Shape of the Industry study in September.
The study reports 2013 sales in: Food Preparation; Primary Cooking
Equipment; Refrigeration and ice Machines; Serving Equipment; Smallwares, Cookware & Kitchen Tools;
Storage & Handling Equipment; Tabletop & Servingware; Warewashing, Janitorial & Safety Equipment; and
Furnishings, Decor & Custom Fabrication.
-- participants also received a companion piece to the
study, created by Technomic, "2014 State of the Industry Report - an
interpretive analysis of the NAFEM Size & Shape of the Industry Study."
Non-reporting NAFEM member companies and channel partners received access
to the study earlier this month. To order, contact Vonceil Roberts
Member Company Non-Participants:
Allied Industry Organization Members
(incl. channel partners - CFESA,
FCSI/FCSI TA, FEDA & MAFSI - and all other end-user association members
allied to NAFEM): $3,395.
(incl. research houses, government agencies, investment firms,
banks, suppliers, etc.): $6,500. This group gains access to the study
immediately after The NAFEM Show, beginning Monday, February 23, 2015.
Take a moment to visit NAFEM's
directory of associate members
to count them as resources for your service needs in education and
training, employment recruitment, export management, food safety
product needs, marketing and communications services, systems and
technology, product design, development and engineering, third-party
certification, utility organizations and trade publishing.
NAFEM's industry calendar
needs your input. It includes a feature that
allows you to download events into your personal calendar. Once you
have visited the site to add an event, please allow 48 hours for
NAFEM staff to review the submissions and make them live.
NAFEM's official Facebook
page is up and running! If you are a Facebook
user, we encourage you to "like" our page. We'll bring you the latest
news from NAFEM, complete with glimpses into our future and blasts from
our past. The easiest way to find us is to use Facebook's search function
and type in "North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers."
See you on social media!
Vet2Tech helps transitioning veterans find employment in advanced manufacturing
and technical service careers. Are you looking to hire HVAC and hot-side
technicians, CNC programmers/operators, mechanical, electrical or
industrial engineers, tool and die makers, technical support, customer
service, supply chain, sales, logistics, information technology,
assemblers, fabricators, quality control experts, maintenance
technicians, welders or cutters? Vet2Tech can help you. For more
information, visit www.vet2tech.org
or contact Carol at email@example.com
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March PPI Index
on April 14.