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May 7, 2013





Looking for opportunities to benchmark? Sign up for our next Peer to Partner Calls
Get in on the conversations! Join your fellow RFMA peers and discuss topics relevant to you! Register today for the May 17 and June 14 calls, when you and your RFMA peers will be discussing Parking Lots and HVAC best practices. Click here to register or visit our event calendar at You must be pre-registered to participate.

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One of the great benefits to all RFMA members is their own InSite profile! Make sure to log on to to update your profile, connect with RFMA peers and discuss topics on our Facility Manager's Forum and Industry Exchange Forum. Primary vendor members, make sure to log in to InSite to update your profile for the Buyer's Guide. Every vendor company who is a RFMA member will be featured in the Buyer's Guide with a free listing including company name, company address, website, 30-word description and 5 categories. You may also purchase enhanced listings for the Buyer's Guide through our online store. All updates to InSite and enhanced listings must be purchased by May 20.

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Drink up! Beverage system management
By Roger Goldstein, CRFP
As those in the restaurant industry know, beverage systems require regular maintenance for the safety of the consumer and to ensure the reliable operation of equipment. Often, the equipment or product supplier performs the maintenance for these systems. However, restaurant personnel also can conduct the task. Regardless of who performs the service, all restaurant operators should understand the process.

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Consumers push restaurants for cheaper food
USA Today
Consumers are giving the restaurant industry no choice but to let them eat cheap. Late Thursday, value kingpin Taco Bell announced it's close to rolling out a national "$1 Cravings" menu — which it recently began to test in Sacramento and Kansas City.

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Used cooking oil for profit
"Can I donate or sell my used cooking oil rather than pay for carting?" If you've asked this question, the answer is yes (maybe). There are enough vendors interested in yellow grease, ranging from large companies to delivery trucks running on biofuel, that paying for carting should be a last resort.

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NPD: 40 percent of consumers show loyalty regardless of deals
More than 40 percent of consumers say they are loyal to their favorite restaurants and will go there whether or not the establishment has a promotion, reports The NPD Group, a leading market research company. And although there are still more than one-third of consumers looking for bargains when choosing a restaurant, this large group of "loyal" restaurant consumers defines value as more than price, according to a recently released NPD foodservice report.

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Taco Bell may roll out $1 Cravings menu nationwide
Nation's Restaurant News
Taco Bell is looking to redefine value with a revamped low-price menu that might be introduced nationwide soon.

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Upcoming Peer to Partner Calls: Parking Lots, HVAC
Join your fellow RFMA peers for the May 17 and June 14 calls, discussing Parking Lots and HVAC best practices.

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Cash in on kitchen equipment rebates
National Restaurant Association
Restaurants with energy-saving equipment and fixtures can cut utility costs through rebates, tax credits and other incentives.

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Restaurant tenants: Lease terminating tips
The Lease Coach via
Whether you are an independent restaurateur or a franchisee, you may have found it quite easy to secure a lease with a commercial landlord; however, you may face many roadblocks if, or when, you need to terminate your lease. As business owners themselves, commercial landlords need good rent-paying tenants to fill their buildings. Empty space does not generate any income for a landlord. Therefore, negotiating that initial lease should come quite easily. Should you need to terminate your lease, however, things may not be quite as smooth.

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Using inventory control effectively
Without restaurateurs being able to manage the flow of foods and supplies in an effective manner, the chances of making any sort of significant profit from food service shrink significantly. However, how does one effectively take control of inventory and what does it constitute? The answers to these questions can significantly affect profitability.

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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: No surprises
By Jay Fiske
Imagine opening your electricity bill and finding it was $1,000 more than last month even though you didn't use any more energy. It's caused by what utilities call "demand charges." Don't confuse demand charges with "time of use" pricing, in which utilities charge more for electricity during times when ratepayers, as a whole, use more energy, generally 12-6 p.m. Demand charges are based strictly on your business's highest rate of usage or energy spike in a 15- or 30-minute timeframe — any time of day or night.

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Industry Pulse: Have you ever encountered demand charges on an energy bill?

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Dusting commercial refrigeration condensers (Food Service Warehouse)
13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Peak water (By Jay Fiske)
New rules mean Austin restaurants must compost food scraps (Austin American-Statesman)

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Reliability includes more than equipment performance
Foodservice Equipment and Supplies
In recent years, a new guiding factor has entered the equipment selection equation: the relationship between an equipment manufacturer and its local sales/service representatives.

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Oil analysis integrated with other condition-monitoring strategies
By Angie Meinsma
It is often said that oil is the "lifeblood" of machines and equipment. Taking oil samples from rotating equipment for condition monitoring is like taking blood samples from a human. Analysts look for abnormalities within the fluid. The goal is to find faults, treat the condition and extend the life expectancy. When used properly, fluid analysis becomes a valuable diagnostic tool that can reduce maintenance costs, increase productivity and boost company profits.

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