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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 8/3

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from July 30-August 3.

Burger King Sees 60 Percent Increase in Sales

From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Full Story

As quarter two came to a close, it looks as though Burger King’s menu additions are paying off.  In a recent Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) article, it’s been reported the fast food chain has seen a 60 percent increase in their second quarter profits.  This is good news for them as it was just a few months back when they lost their No. 2 ranking to Wendy’s.  NRN also added Burger King is also remodeling over 7,000 units in the U.S. and Canada.  Forty percent of of those locations have been remodeled and so far have seen a 12 to 15 percent increase in sales.

Gluten-Free Food Gaining in Popularity, Is It Needed?

From Huff Post Food, Read Full Story

Gluten-free is everywhere now, from grocery store shelves to restaurant menus.  But it may be misunderstood by thousands of people who think it’s healthier way to eat or will help one to lose weight.  Gluten-free items are intended for those with celiac Disease, also known as a gluten intolerance.  (Read more about celiac Disease on Celiac.com).

In Huff Post Food’s recent findings, 1.8 million Americans have the disease with 1.4 million not yet diagnosed.  But what may be the most interesting of what Huff Post Food found was that 1.6 million people don’t have celiac disease yet follow this diet.  This is where there may be some misconceptions of being a weight-loss solution or a healthier way of eating, when it’s really a form of treatment for those with a gluten intolerance or even non-celiac disease related gluten sensitivity.  So while gluten-free may seem as though it’s the latest food trend, it’s actually something people should discuss with a doctor first.  (But definitely a plus to keep or add to a restaurant menu to help those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity).

Combo Deals Aren’t As Popular As They Were Five Years Ago

From NACS Online, Read Full Story

Combo deals–they’re popular among consumers, even much to the point where people memorize the combo’s number and don’t even need to say anything else other than what they’d like to drink with it.  But according to a NACS Online article, combo deal sales are down about one billion servings from 2007.

“A recently released NDP foodservice market research report finds that smaller lunch and supper meals, more and better value offerings, price concerns and composition of meal are among the contributors to combo meal declines,” NACS said.

Manitowoc and NSF International’s Partnership

From Restaurant Facility Business, Read Full Story

Okay, while this isn’t news from this last week, we just came across it and had to share as it’s about one of the many manufacturers we work with.

In a late June Restaurant Facility Business story, they reported NSF International is now the preferred provider of sanitation services for leading global foodservice equipment company, Manitowoc Foodservice.  Through this collaboration, the two will work to provide “safer, higher quality foodservice equipment to companies worldwide,” said RFB.

School’s in Session! Recap of Updated USDA Guidelines

From The Central Blog, Read Full Story

It’s that time of year again–back to school! While the kids were out on vacation, school foodservices certainly had some learning to do and changes to make to meet the updated USDA guidelines that went into affect on July 1.  Visit the Central blog for a complete guide to the changes–and let us know below about how your school has made changes!

 

What Do They Mean: NSF, UL and Energy Star Rated

While shopping for restaurant equipment (and many other products), you will find NSF listed, UL certified and Energy Star rated items.  In many cases, people do not always know what these mean. We’ve compiled this list based from the  CFSP (Certified Foodservice Professional) guide and each of their websites to explain everything.

NSFNSF

What it stands forNational Sanitation Foundation

Who they are: A non-profit, non-governmental organization, also known as the Public Health and Safety Company™, who describe themselves as the “world leader in standards development, product certification and risk-management for public health and safety.”

Why they are important: The CFSP guide says NSF has the following three purposes for equipment in the foodservice industry:

  1. Assure all equipment meets health standards and passes critical inspection at the facility
  2. Allows manufacturers to apply uniform construction methods to all NSF listed equipment
  3. Provide health authorities throughout the country a “united front or voice” to require basic elements of equipment sanitation

What NSF listed means: In order to obtain the NSF listing, the equipment is reviewed and tested before approval. As there several types of equipment, NSF says on their website they have developed “over 50 voluntary American National Standards under the scope of health and safety” for foodservice equipment.  They look closely at these standards before granting the NSF listing.

Below is a very brief and general overview from the CFSP guide of some of the things NSF looks into (keep in mind there are different standards more specific to different kinds of equipment):

  1. Physical design and construction evaluation for ease of cleaning
  2. Materials (look for corrosion or heat resistance, durability, nontoxic)
  3. Performance
  4. Sanitation effectiveness
  5. Accuracy of control systems

UL Underwriters LaboratoriesUL

What it stands forUnderwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Who they are: UL is an independent, non-for-profit and non-governmental organization who describes themselves as “a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life and Health, University and Verification Services.”

Why they are important: With over 75 years of experience, the CFSP guide says the UL listing evaluates gas, electrical and sanitation safety on cooking, refrigeration, food processing and food prep equipment. They look at the most current standards and follow up after approval to ensure standards are maintained. A very brief overview of their mission on their website is below, view their full list here. They:

  1. Promote safe working environments
  2. Support the production and use of physically and environmentally safe products to prevent or reduce loss of life and property
  3. Advance safety science

What UL listed means: To receive the UL listing, companies will have received the proper testing for a specific product based on their over 20 safety standards. UL has worked with many organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), National Electrical Code (NEC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to determine and maintain current standards. The CFSP guide also adds the UL listing can also be reviewed for custom built equipment as well. To read how the entire process to make a product UL listed works, click here.

Are products with the UL Sanitation mark also NSF listed? According to the Underwriters Laboratories, they are accredited by the American National Standards Institute to certify products to NSF standards. This applies to food equipment, drinking water chemicals and products, and swimming pool equipment. For more information on UL products being NSF listed, check out this Code Authorities — EPH FAQs article. You can also review the “UL Food Program: Acceptance of the UL Mark” which includes information about the UL sanitation classification mark.

Energy StarEnergy Star®

Who they are: Energy Star® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.  They have created a partnership with the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and the U.S. Department of Energy that uses methods to protect the environment with energy efficient products and practices.

Why they are important: Energy Star® rated products are able to give a solution to some of the high energy costs and environmental issues.  “Energy Star® provides a trustworthy label on over 60 product categories (and thousands of models) for home and office,” their website says. They also deliver technical information and tools to help make decisions for energy efficiency and play a key role in the latest technological advances. They have also put together a guide titled “Putting Energy into Profit” specifically for restaurants.

The Energy Star® website says their label was created to:

  1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy
  2. Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features and comfort

What Energy Star means:  Energy Star® says “products can earn the Energy Star® label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in Energy Star® product specifications.”  These specifications have been/are established by the EPA, based on key guiding principles on this website.  According to the CSFP guide, if a product is Energy Star® rated, a manufacturer must be able to show they meet the minimum energy efficiency criteria for that particular product category.

**Note: Certain Energy Star® products qualify for Federal tax credits, for more information click here.

We hope you have found these helpful. While browsing through Central’s catalog and online store, you will find the NSF and UL listing in our copy or the Energy Star® logo if it applies.