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Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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May 21, 2013





Missed Our Last Peer to Partner on Friday?
Catch up on all the past Peer to Partner calls in our online resource library on! Make sure to also join us on the next Peer to Partner call on June 14, when we will be discussing HVAC. Join your fellow RFMA peers and discuss topics relevant to you! Click here to register or visit our event calendar at You must be pre-registered to participate.

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Welcome new RFMA members!
Click here to see the complete list of restaurant and vendor members who have joined RFMA so far in May, including these new restaurant members: Sarah Anderson with Target Corporation, Matthew Fontaine with Papa Gino's/D'Angelo, and Maricela Martinez with ACG Texas, LP.

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Females in Facilities
Females in Facilities is excited to announce our first Leadership Lessons call Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CDST. This call will feature two great RFMA leaders: Maria Johnson, CRFP, Pei Wei Asian Diner, and Ann Nickolas, Cintas. This call is open to any RFMA female member and you can register for this event through the event calendar on our website. Register today!

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RFMA Gives: A dream realized
Sherleen Mahoney
A community center in Sanford, Fla., is fighting to help low-income residents overcome daunting obstacles. Through RFMA Gives, the center's small kitchen received a makeover to better serve after-school students.

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NRA announces Operator Innovations award winners
Food Product Design
The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of the second annual Operator Innovations Awards that were recognized for their achievements in advancements in the foodservice industry.

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Seamless and GrubHub to merge
CBS MoneyWatch
Rival online takeout services Seamless North America and GrubHub on Monday announced plans to combine and create a new company covering more than 20,000 restaurants in 500 cities across the U.S.

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NRA: E-verify system critical to immigration reform
Restaurant News Release
National Restaurant Association policy experts told two Congressional panels that a nationwide employment verification system that is workable for employers is a top restaurant industry priority in the immigration reform debate.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

Got Grease? — Get Endura!

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GoDaddy focuses on restaurant websites
The Hosting News
Top domain registrar GoDaddy is taking a fresh look at the restaurant industry. Recently, the company announced plans to add new capabilities to its Website Builder via a partnership with Locu. Included among the features is a menu manager — something that lets companies update their menus in an efficient way.

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Facility recycles restaurant wastewater
Pizza Marketplace
BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte, N.C., has opened a recycling facility specifically for restaurant kitchens' wastewater. BlackGold Biofuels receives grease trap waste from wastewater haulers. It removes food particles and then extracts and purifies the recovered plant- and animal-based oils. The recovered oil is used for biofuels, offsetting fossil fuels while increasing energy independence.

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Spring cleaning for ice makers
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
Here are five steps foodservice operators can take to help properly clean and sanitize their ice machines, which will lead to better performance and product life for the machinery.

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Turning energy into a profit center at your restaurant
By Jay Fiske
As the economy and the foodservice industry appear to be gaining steam, are you prepared to reap the full benefit? While operators are conditioned to keep a tight rein on food and labor costs, when it comes to overhead, many throw up their hands in frustration and resignation. You may not be able to change the terms of your lease or rising property taxes, but with a few easy actions, you can control much of your energy destiny.

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McDonald's may overhaul menu from 145 choices
Bloomberg Businessweek
The world's largest restaurant chain might stop selling several items on its 145-point menu, according to a franchisee email obtained by Bloomberg News.

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A look at Burger King's digital menu board rollout
Last year Burger King rolled out digital menu boards to nearly all of its U.S. locations as part of a major rebranding initiative — all in just four months.

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Marketing for graduations, proms and weddings
Lowes for Pros
Spring is a great time of year for restaurants, country clubs, hotels and other places with outdoor spaces. Learn how to market your outdoor venue.

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Boomers turn the tables in restaurant industry
In the restaurant business, the conventional wisdom used to be that attracting young adults was the surest road to profit, because people invariably tended to dine out less as they got older. But boomers, an iconoclastic generation that's refuted so many other age stereotypes, are upending the old equation.

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Making space for change
Michael J. Berens
Disconnects between a leader's vision and organizational culture are all too common in organizations. However well-respected — or much-feared — a leader may be, change cannot and will not occur simply because a leader says it will. Making space for change requires modifying organizational structures and culture to create both the possibility and the opportunity for change. It is not enough just to communicate change.

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8 ways to spot counterfeit money
24/7 Wall St. via Yahoo Finance
The new U.S. $100 bill is set to debut in October. Along with a sleeker, more high-tech look, the new bill has new security features designed to thwart counterfeiters. Despite efforts like this, making a counterfeit note has never been easier since technology is so readily available for counterfeiters to print fake money at home. However, these notes are usually of low quality and should be unable to pass muster with an informed merchant.

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EnergySherlock - Energy Conservation Delivers Profits
EnergySherlock specializes in multi-site restaurant energy management services that generate $1000s per site per year savings and improve operational standards and controls. EnergySherlock clients become more profitable through energy conservation.

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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Online resources (Jay Fiske)
Females in Facilities (RFMA)
Report: Consumers want clean restaurants with menu variety (Pizza Marketplace)

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Creating an engaged community
Robin Carver
Social media provides many opportunities each day for two-way, constant communication. This communication can act just like a face-to-face conversation you might have with a friend, family member or co-worker. Someone talks and the other person listens. While this seems easy enough, when creating an engaged community it can be hard to know if your message is being received.

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Cloud-based signage templates help with branding, affordability
Business Wire via EON
High-definition digital signage systems industry leader Mvix has announced Signage Templates, a Web-based content creation tool for the foodservice marketplace. Restaurant owners can now create professionally designed menu boards, information and marketing signage screens by accessing Mvix's extensive cloud-based digital template library.

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Top factors of foodservice success
CSP Daily News
What are the top-rated motives for consumers to purchase food at a convenience store? And which chains are meeting those motives most often? Technomic's second annual study on c-store foodservice outlines both with a recommendation that retailers choose five key issues to focus on.

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Northwest Companies - Signing up RFMA members

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Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

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Managing Water Just Got Easier

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