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The Dish, June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013





Discuss HVAC with your fellow RFMA peers on June 14
Make sure to join in 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. Catch up on all the past Peer to Partner calls in our online resource library on!

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Save the date for RFMA-U's next webinar: July 19
When: July 19, 11 a.m. EDST
Topic: Set in Concrete: An Overview of Concrete Surfaces in the Parking Lot System

Have you ever wondered why concrete sidewalks have symmetrical "cracks"? And why do some properties have concrete parking lots as opposed to asphalt? Join us on July 19 for an in-depth webinar on concrete pavements and the basics of sidewalk repairs. This comprehensive seminar will cover such topics as:

  • Causes and types of surface deterioration
  • Preparing existing concrete for repairs
  • Sealants and other protective materials
  • Understanding cracks and joints
  • ADA compliance

Developed by Pavement Exchange Group and Ace Asphalt of Arizona.

To register visit the RFMA-U Online tab under Education on our website or click here!

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Erik Wahl: 'Unthink' revolution
Did you enjoy Erik Wahl at RFMA 2013? Wahl's new book, "Unthink," is coming out June 4. Check out his website to get more details on his book and where you can purchase a copy. Click here to visit Erik's website.

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Facilitator spotlight: Time is money
Greg Denning
Facility maintenance is a constant and necessary presence in the foodservice business to properly maintain quality standards and health. Now is the time to start a cost-efficient facility maintenance schedule.

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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!

You missed us at the RFMA show in Orlando! Canplas manufactures the best repair and replacement grease interceptor solution in the industry. Click here for more information.




Fast casual segment maintains growth
A new study indicates that while visits to U.S. restaurants held relatively steady in the first quarter of 2013, the fast casual segment continued its two-year growth trend, according to data from NPD Group.

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American Realty to buy US restaurants from GE for $807 million
American Realty Capital Properties Inc. agreed to buy 471 properties mainly used by restaurants from GE Capital for $807 million to diversify its holdings. The buildings are mostly rented out to tenants who operate national food chains including IHOP, Jack in the Box, Burger King and Taco Bell, New York-based American Realty said.

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Employment, turnover and starting salaries on the rise in restaurants
PRWeb via Beaumont Enterprise
First-quarter numbers published by Black Box Intelligence and People Report show the restaurant industry experienced continued job growth, rising turnover for both management and hourly employees and an increase in starting salaries for unit level managers.

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Stouffer's rolling out fleet of food trucks
Small Business Labs
Nestle's Stouffer's division, known for their macaroni and cheese, is rolling out a fleet of food trucks this month to help raise money for local charities.

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Create a sustainability program for restaurants
Giving customers quality food that is responsibly grown can benefit the environment and individual health, as well as your reputation.

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Shining the light on dark store management
Kevin Smith
For some of you, the work begins after your stores are closed for good. Of course, we are speaking about dark store management.

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Restaurant leaders share best practices for employee engagement
A handful of restaurant leaders shared their tips on how to best engage employees in their high-turnover industry during the recent NRA Show in Chicago. These executives incentivized and engaged their team using everything from company retreats to closed Facebook pages and ESOL programs.

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What is your award strategy for vendor contracts?
Kevin Smith
For some of you who maintain small portfolios for landscaping, say under 100 sites, you will often select one supplier to deliver landscaping services for all of your properties. However, for the majority of you that maintain hundreds of sites or in some cases thousands, it is common to select multiple service partners to deliver the required services. So what are some of the best-in-class award strategies that some of your competitors utilize?

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Could packaging help McDonald's address fast food health concerns?
Healthcare Packaging
As McDonald's aims to use packaging to deliver nutritional information to consumers, some attendees to the company's 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting were aiming to get McDonald's to take action to address its own food offerings.

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Stripping and scrubbing floors in high-traffic hallways
It is always recommended that any hallway or area be maintained after most (or preferably all) of the occupants are gone for the night to reduce the risk of injury as well as restrict the ability to service the floor correctly.

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Building in flexibility with design and equipment choices
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
Change is inevitable in a foodservice operation. To minimize the disruption, it is important to factor in flexible options such as multi-use foodservice equipment, utility distribution systems and more.

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Save the date for RFMA-U's next webinar: July 19 (RFMA)
Females in Facilities (RFMA)
'Operation Swill' finds bars, restaurants swapped in cheap liquor (Courier-Post)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Why small businesses have trouble getting credit
Small Business Trends
Only one-third of small business owners were able to obtain all of the credit that their businesses need, a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey shows. The survey's finding is not surprising. Many economists, policy makers and small business advocacy groups have long explained that small businesses have a harder time obtaining credit than their larger counterparts. When it comes to accessing capital, size definitely matters.

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Share your expertise: Become an industry thought leader
To enhance the overall content of The Dish, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. Share your expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphics limit, and our editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard.

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Northwest Companies - Signing up RFMA members

We are experts in exterior facilities management for restaurants across all 48 states. Our services include:
• Snow plowing
• Sidewalk shoveling
• Snow and Ice abatement
• Parking lot striping
• Window washing
• Landscape management
• Landscape installation
Most of all you make only ONE CALL for service regardless of the number of locations you manage.
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Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

Field’s Fire Protection specializes in the Installation, Inspection, Design and Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers, Exit & Emergency Lighting, Automatic Sprinkler Systems, Special Hazard Systems, Fire Alarm Systems and more.



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Managing Water Just Got Easier

Everpure® SimpliFlow™ Water Management Systems by Pentair® can help you spend less time identifying and tracing beverage lines along with easy shut-off of lines during servicing. A variety of configurations are available to meet specific needs. SimpliFlow provides organization and efficiency in back-of-house operation and makes adding new beverage equipment in the future easier. For more information, contact customer service at or 800.942.1153/630.307.3000.

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Our service commitment is based on having one of the largest in-stock inventories of Original Equipment Manufacturer parts in the industry. Our reputation is based on having the right parts in the right places in our warehouses and on our service trucks.

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