The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is proposing changes to classifications contained in the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan–1995 that potentially impact the commercial foodservice equipment industry. Suggested changes are on page 28 of the bureau’s report.
The U.S.-China Phase One trade deal went into effect Feb. 14. The 25 percent Section 301 tariffs on Lists 1, 2 and 3 that most substantially impact NAFEM members are untouched. Tariffs on List 4A that primarily impact the smallwares side of the industry decreased from 15 percent to 7.5 percent. List 4B tariffs that primarily affect consumer electronics and apparel are suspended indefinitely. In return, China announced plans to reduce by half its tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. merchandise. China also agreed to new purchases of U.S. agricultural products, energy, and manufactured goods and services totaling $200 billion over the next two years.
Berkeley, Calif. is the first U.S. city to ban new natural gas hookups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the California Restaurant Association (CRA) sued the city, citing a negative impact on “high-quality food that meets customers’ expectations.”
At the late January Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium (MUFES), Richard Young, director, The Food Service Technology Center, presented on Heat, Trash and Carbon: The Changing Legal Landscape. Young shared that voluntary carbon, solid waste and heat stress reduction is moving too slow, so governments are creating laws to achieve these goals.
With the U.K.’s Jan. 29 exit from the European Union (EU) complete, bilateral trade discussions with the U.K., and separately with Ireland, are expected to resume. E.U. Commissioner Phil Hogan returned to Washington earlier this month for talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss ways to improve transatlantic ties as the threat of auto tariffs looms. These discussions are part of an ongoing effort to support a positive, bilateral transatlantic trade agenda launched by the European Union and the United States in July 2018.
Across the U.S., numerous efforts are underway to help achieve carbon neutrality by the 2050 goal set by many countries and large corporations.
- ENERGY STAR product brand owner partners must report their certified product unit shipment data by March 1. The EPA collects unit shipment data to determine the market penetration of ENERGY STAR products and evaluate the overall performance of the program. Additional information on unit shipment data requests can be found on the ENERGY STAR website.
- Make sure dealers and distributors that sell your ENERGY STAR certified products are listed on the ENERGY STAR Dealer & Distributor Locator. This online resource directs customers seeking ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment to a retail partner’s storefront or website.