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Feb. 25, 2014





Thank you for attending RFMA 2014!
We want to thank you for attending RFMA 2014 in Dallas! We hope you enjoyed all of the education sessions, social events and vast exhibit hall as we celebrated our 10th anniversary. Click on these links if you would like to see the 10th Anniversary or RFMA Gives 2014 videos that were shown during the opening general session. Look for conference pictures to be posted on the RFMA website early next week.

Make sure to save the date for RFMA 2015 in San Diego, Feb. 1-3, 2015.

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Join a RFMA Committee
Looking to get involved in RFMA in 2014? Join a RFMA committee! Click here to find out more about our different committees and to understand the commitments required for committee participation. Please send the completed committee form to

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Facilitator: Accountability drives results
Walter Bond
The lack of accountability within the business community is at an all-time high and has even started degrading revenues. Only 44 percent of employees feel that people in their organization take full responsibility for their actions, according to Modern Survey. Is the restaurant facilities industry ahead or behind every other industry in accountability?

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The best new restaurants in America for 2014
A fine dining restaurant that cross-pollinates Asian and Texan influences and distills them onto plates like taco of sea eel, scrambled eggs, trout roe and kale has been named the best new American restaurant of 2014 by GQ magazine.

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Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald's with breakfast
The Associated Press via The San Diego Tribune
Breakfast is becoming a battle zone for some of the largest food chains, with Taco Bell and Starbucks both planning to roll out new or revamped breakfast items in March, in a bid to compete with McDonald's.

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Restaurant manager's death a 'wake-up call' for carbon monoxide safety
The Wall Street Journal
Around dinner time Saturday, Feb. 22, servers and other workers at a Legal Sea Foods on Long Island started to worry when their manager disappeared for at least an hour. Co-workers searched the manager's basement office and the rest of the floor, banging on a locked bathroom door, staff members and officials said. When assistant manager Megan Smith passed out during the search, the workers knew something was very wrong.

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Fire safety systems: Debunking myths, anticipating trouble
Facility Maintenance Decisions
Fire-protection systems in institutional and commercial facilities generally have long performance lives, provided they were designed and installed properly. But to be fully effective, these systems require that maintenance and engineering managers implement an inspection and testing program that ensure both performance and code compliance.

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Preview Endura XL at RFMA 2014

Launching in Fall, the Canplas Endura XL interceptors get their first preview at RFMA. This is a must see for anyone involved with the specification, operation, or maintenance of Grease Interceptors. See us at Booth 1129.


How apps are changing fast food
The world of fast food is getting faster and redefining the future of mobile payments.

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Analyst predicts rise of guest-facing restaurant tech
Nation's Restaurant News
The growing pressure of labor inflation is driving the restaurant industry to embrace new guest-facing technologies — and rapid consumer acceptance is further spurring that move, said one Wall Street analyst.

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Pacific Biodiesel, UH partner in grease trap water recycling
University of Hawaii via Biodiesel Magazine
Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa are working with Maui-based company Pacific Biodiesel to develop a way to make water from restaurant grease traps reusable.

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'Well-organized' thieves target restaurants' used kitchen grease
It can't be eaten or reused, but kitchen grease is fueling a major crime spike in Southern California. Much like copper, inedible kitchen grease, or IKG, has a commodity value and a full truck load of the used cooking oil could fetch as much as $600 at a grease recycling center.

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In drought, restaurants holding the water
A growing number of restaurants aren't serving water unless patrons ask for it in an effort to save water during California's ongoing drought.

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FAQs on window film
Today's Facility Manager
Window film can be a very cost-effective solution for a variety of building issues: minimizing cooling costs, cutting glare and heat buildup, upgrading windows to safety standards and more.

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IFMA releases new facility management trend report
A new report from IFMA, in conjunction with the CBRE Group, explores trends and opportunities in the facility management industry.

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FDA agrees to deadlines on food safety overhaul
The Hill
The largest American food safety update in 70 years will be complete by spring 2016 under the terms of a settlement between food safety advocates. A consent agreement filed in federal district court in Oakland, Calif., cements a new, staggered set of deadlines for FSMA rules.

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Uproar over Obamacare's menu rules
The Hill
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under Obamacare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.

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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.

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FMs: Understand the changing market to maximize utility rebates
Building Operating Management
Utility incentives and rebates can be useful, particularly for managers and owners who want to upgrade equipment to more energy-efficient models and who can use rebates or incentives to help mitigate expenditures and ensure return on investment. But to maximize utility incentives and rebates, facility managers need to understand the changing utility market.

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Landscaping RFP bid metrics
Kevin Smith
When issuing an RFP for a service trade like snow removal or landscaping, there is a tremendous amount of energy spent on the scope of work, as this becomes the benchmark for how pricing will be derived from your bidders. Once created, you decide on a pricing model — per service or seasonal — and then typically an RFP is issued. But there is something missing. What are your bidders bidding on?

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Gloves come off in latest round of restaurant industry fight
San Francisco Business Times
In a preliminary victory for California's restaurant and bar workers, Assemblyman Richard Pan could soon overturn a provision in the state's highly controversial new "glove law" that bans bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.

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Starboard wants to put Red Lobster spinoff plan to vote
Darden Restaurants Inc.'s plan to spin off its Red Lobster chain should be put to a shareholder vote, activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP said.

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Sustainability in foodservice: Where we stand today (Foodservice Equipment & Supplies)
New social media monitoring, analytics tool hits market (QSR Web)
What type of music is right for your bar or restaurant? (Restaurant News)

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