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Sept. 17, 2013





Peer to Partner Best Practices Call this Friday
Take time to benchmark with your peers and vendor partners on our next Peer to Partner Best Practices Call! All Restaurant and Vendor members are welcomed to join the discussion on best practices in Sustainability.

When: Friday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT
Topic: Sustainability

To register for the call, click here or visit our Event Calendar on

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Find us and follow us!
Make sure you have "liked" Restaurant Facility Management Association on Facebook and follow RFMA on Twitter! Click here to like us now!

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RFMA Gives 2014 Volunteer Days announced
Join us at our RFMA Gives 2014 site, Dallas Life, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, to help us complete our kitchen and dining room makeover! If you plan to volunteer, you must register online and complete a Volunteer Release form. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

Click here to register to volunteer now!
Click here to fill out the volunteer release form.

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Participate in the Food service energy and water survey today
ENERGY STAR is not just for energy saving consumer products. It's for building, too. And soon, restaurants may be able to earn the ENERGY STAR as well. We need your help to do this! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will use data from an industry survey to inform the development of an ENERGY STAR 1-100 score for restaurants. Certain high-performing restaurants may even be able to earn ENERGY STAR certification and place a plaque on their building.

How Can ENERGY STAR Benefit Your Restaurant?
RFMA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association and the other organizations listed below to conduct a survey that will result in the development of an ENERGY STAR 1-100 score for restaurants:

We need your input! Take the survey NOW. Complete the Energy Use Survey at or click here.

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Facilitator: Staying true to its roots
Sherleen Mahoney
When it comes to freshness, minutes count. Within 24 hours of being plucked from the ground, vegetables such as colorful peppers, crunchy carrots and crispy celery are on refrigerated trucks, traveling to one of Souplantation's and Sweet Tomatoes' 17 central kitchen facilities to be washed, sliced, chopped, prepped and cooked for a variety of salads, soups and sauces.

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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.




Snow removal RFP best practices: In-storm management
Kevin Smith
So you have selected your service partners for the season, your preseason walks have been completed, your lots staked and now you're sitting back and waiting for that first snowfall — and hoping that things go well. What should you expect from your service partners when the snow arrives? Let's walk through a traditional timeline and some of the best practices that should occur.

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Incorporate sustainability into cooking oil processes
Convenience Store Decisions
The drive for sustainability in foodservice operations has, in turn, driven the search to find the best ways of handling waste cooking oil. Selling properly prepared waste oil for the manufacture of biodiesel is one of them.

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Automated oil management helps restaurants score success
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants is a company focused on quality — from quality food and quality operations, to improving the quality of the local communities in which it operates. The company set a goal to correct three key cooking oil management issues that were a problem in its restaurants.

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How automated facility management works
Archita Datta Majumdar
Emerging technology in facility management systems has brought about better and more precise delivery of service. But how exactly does automated facility management work?

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Managing employees is like being married
Fast Casual
Going beyond the standard interview questions is key when it comes to finding, hiring and keeping the right people to work in restaurants and other retail environments, Jim Knight says.

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A closer look at slip-and-fall accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, each year more than 4 million slip-and-fall accidents occur in U.S. restaurants. This should be on a manager's radar.

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Odor management: A 360-degree approach
Today's Facility Manager
Throughout commercial buildings of every type, there is the potential for unpleasant odors. Every day, facility managers battle the sources and resulting odors, as well as the perception that "clean" is determined not only in how something looks, but how something smells.

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Safety first: Ensuring effective drain cleaning
Facility Maintenance Decisions
By implementing a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program emphasizing the importance of equipment safety, and by providing targeted training for front-line technicians, managers can deliver safe and productive drain-cleaning service to facilities.

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3 tactics to stop allergens from making your guests sick
National Restaurant Association
Are you prepared to cater to the 15 million Americans affected by food allergies? Operators need to understand the precautions needed to serve guests with allergies, National Food Safety Month this year will focus on the importance of food-allergen awareness.

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Restaurant Check quiz: How much do you know about food safety?
Michigan's food code, with its eight chapters and hundreds of pages, details everything restaurant owners, managers and food service workers must know and do to ensure public health is protected. It's a lot to remember.

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Domino's sets world record for LED lighting efficiency
The Domino's location at 28 West Blackwell Street in Dover, N.J., has completed the most energy-efficient restaurant lighting retrofit in the world, according to Vanguard Energy Services NJ and Independence LED. The title was previously held by Applebee's in Newtown, Pa.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.



How restaurant managers can quickly address challenges (Nation's Restaurant News)
Why the tax man might abolish automatic tipping (The Wall Street Journal)
Sustainability: A look at the top green building trends (Justin Stoltzfus)

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



We hate to break it to you. If you’ve waited until June to prepare for the coming winter, you are already behind. As this year’s unusual weather patterns have shown, snow is a year-round concern.

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Benjamin Moore – Customer Care Program

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Is your bottom line "dieting”?

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Contact GTS and learn how we can help increase your bottom line!

General Parts, LLC

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.

DAR PRO Solutions, a Darling/Griffin Brand

DAR PRO Solutions, the nationwide leader for superior grease management service, offers world-class used oil collection systems that can be installed indoor or outdoor, providing a solution to increasing grease theft. Our Cleanstar and B.O.S.S. Space Saver lines are easy to use, eliminate spills and burns, and protect the quality and quantity of your used oil, helping to retain its value.

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