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April 29, 2014





Has your title changed? Has your office moved?
New questions have been added to your RFMA InSite profile! Log in today to update your InSite profile with your most current information. We want to make sure we are serving our members to the best of our ability and need your most current and accurate information to do that. To update your profile just log onto, sign in using your username and password and click on "Manage Profile" and "Edit Bio."

Don't remember your password? Click on "Forgot Your Password?" under the login area to get a password reset link sent directly to you.

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Join RFMA for our first Regional Round-Up of 2014
Join us in the new RFMA office space to kick off our first RFMA regional event of 2014 and Terry Byerly with Pizza Hut's new column series, "Wet Your APPetite" in our Facilitator magazine. Come socialize with your RFMA peers and learn how to prepare some delicious appetizers with Chef William while also learning about the newest app technology to make the most of your social events. Remember to bring your favorite app to the party, as well as a fully-charged mobile device!

When: Thursday, June 26, 5-7 p.m.
Where: The New RFMA Office | 5600 Tennyson Parkway Suite 265 | Plano, Texas 75024
Registration: $15 per person

Click here to register for this event now!

*You must register online in advance of the event and be a current RFMA member to attend.

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Want to win an iPad mini?
Member-Get-A-Member is back! Help us spread the benefits of RFMA throughout the restaurant industry by referring your industry peers to RFMA. Refer a new restaurant member to RFMA and be entered in a drawing to win an iPad mini.

How do I make sure I get credit for referring a member to RFMA?
Make sure the new member enters your name in the "Referred By" field in their new member application.

Our first drawing will be June 1!

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Facilitator: Shining a light on LEDs
Heather Wilson Coode
It's essential for restaurant operators to always consider ways to create appeal while cutting costs. Today, many are looking to lighting design as a way to make easy adjustments that improve both the dining experience and their bottom line. A large number of lighting projects are taking place in restaurants across the country, and light-emitting diode technology is leading the charge thanks to its efficiency, aesthetics and appeal.

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Indoor lighting and its effect on emotions
Jeannea Jones
According to research, the way a room is lit can affect decision-making, with bright light affecting our emotional system and acting as a possible catalyst for more intense emotions. Facility managers should evaluate the lighting levels in different settings — industrial, commercial, residential or academic — in order to strike the right balance.

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12 ultra-efficient lighting strategies
You don't always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages — like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.

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Water Heat = Scale

If you have water that is being heated for cooking or beverages then you have scale forming in that equipment. Scale negatively impacts taste of foods and beverages in addition to the maintenance nightmare caused in equipment.

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Restaurants face logistics of using locally sourced foods
The Republican
Eating local — a consumer preference for locally grown, locally sourced foods — is one of the dominant menu trends impacting the restaurant industry today. Sourcing locally, however, can be a major logistical problem for food service operations.

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Lime shortage drives up prices at bars, restaurants
The Wall Street Journal
Bars and restaurants across the country have been affected by what they are calling the "great lime crisis of 2014." And the timing could hardly be worse: It comes just as the fruit's highest-profile day of the year is approaching — the margarita-fueled Cinco de Mayo.

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Taco Bell to test fast-casual restaurant
USA Today
Think of this as a Taco Bell for foodies. Except it's not Taco Bell. It's U.S. Taco Co., a hush-hush, fast-casual restaurant project developed deep in the bowels of Taco Bell's Irvine, Calif., headquarters building over the past year.

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Franchisee tenants: Dealing with deposits and guaranties
Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield
While landlords often ask for security deposits and/or personal guaranties on commercial leases, neither is mandatory or legally required. As a franchisee tenant, you should know that these can be negotiated. Unfortunately, many franchisee tenants don't realize this and pay the landlord quite willingly without negotiating the amount or the terms.

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Distributors help customers become more sustainable
Environmental Leader
Many leaders in the professional cleaning industry believe customer demand pushed the industry to develop green cleaning products that are both more effective at cleaning and more cost-effective. However, when it comes to sustainability in the 21st century, the federal government appears to have been superseded by private industry.

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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.

Endura XL lasso's RFMA Attendees!

The new Endura XL models received a great response at RFMA 2014. If you didn’t get a chance to see Endura XL, take a moment to visit & see why your business needs this upcoming addition.


Starbucks to roll out new soda line this summer
Nation's Restaurant News
Starbucks Corp. plans to roll out its new Fizzio handcrafted sodas to 3,000 units across the U.S. and in Asia this summer. The new beverage line is the next weapon in Starbucks' ongoing quest to build traffic during non-morning hours.

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Ronald McDonald gets a makeover
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Review Journal
McDonald's said April 23 its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. In keeping with his new role, Ronald also got a new look this week.

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5 places consumers may see calorie labels
Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same information at grocery stores and other spots food is sold?

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Facility management's impact on daily life
Jeannea Jones
Having professional, skilled technicians onsite is beneficial for preventing and addressing mechanical, electrical and plumbing issues that impact daily living.

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Cleaning condenser coils: Commonly neglected
Over time, condenser coils on cooling appliances collect dirt and debris, killing the efficiency of the appliance. To prevent problems, they must be cleaned on a regular basis.

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How to make better hiring decisions
Mel Kleiman
The best applicant and the best employee are rarely one in the same, so it's best to follow a "hire tough, manage easy" philosophy. Even if you occasionally miss the mark, you will still be hiring to a higher standard. The following "best practices" will help you build an excellent team.

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HVAC retrofits: Certification for energy savings
Facility Maintenance Decisions
Energy conservation remains a high priority for engineering and maintenance managers. Most managers who are specifying products for HVAC retrofits in institutional and commercial facilities are willing to spend a little more for components and products with greater energy efficiency and performance that will reduce energy costs in comparison to standard-efficiency models. The challenge is determining whether a product with premium energy efficiency and a premium price really will perform as promised and produce the savings as hoped.

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Maintaining epoxy floors
Proper maintenance of epoxy floor systems is crucial. Here are just three reasons why you should not overlook proper maintenance of epoxy floors.

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