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August 2014

FCSI at the Espacio Show next week in Chile

William Taunton, FCSI
Chairman - FCSI The Americas
William Taunton, FCSI, Chair, FCSI The Americas

Dear Fellow Members:


As many of you might know, next week FCSI TAD will be participating in Espacio Food & Service Show September 3-5, which is a trade show in Santiago, Chile. During this trade show we will have our first seminar and event outside of North America with the objective of generating awareness of FCSI, its members, and the services we can provide to the market. At noon on September 5, FCSI will present a seminar called "Trends & Technologies in the Development of Professional Foodservice Facilities".


During this important event, we will have four recognized professional members of our division on the panel; Karen Malody, FCSI, MSW; Ken Schwartz, FCSI; William Caruso, FFCSI (PP) and Chris Tripoli, FCSI; and FCSI Worldwide President, Jonathan Doughty, FCSI, BSc.  This is a stellar group of MAS and Design Foodservice Consultants and we are excited to have them promoting our brand and services to a wide variety of potential customers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Allied Members that helped us support this important event, including Ali Group, Electrolux, Follett Corporation, Halton-Innes, Hobart, Manitowoc, Middleby Corporation and Unified Brands.


In the coming months  we plan to continue developing the integration of The Americas Division into Latin America by repeating these seminars in Brazil and Mexico.


We really hope you have an opportunity to join us at these events in Latin America.


"We Share, We Support, We Inspire" 





William Taunton, FCSI

Chairman - The Americas Division

In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!



Marco Amatti

Mapa Assessoria 




Yancy Virata

Smart Design Group 


Stephanie Gatewood Foodservice Consultants Studio


Donald Roberts

Montgomery Roth Architecture and Interior Design


Education Provider


ICON Committee Strengthening Relationships with Schools

The FSCI The Americas ICON Committee (Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) has narrowed the campus location of pilot chapters: 






Johnson & Wales

Southern College of Design

Bellevue College ASU Le Cordon Blue NECI AI


If you would like to contribute to this effort in any way, please contact Kimberly at FCSI. 


The ICON Committee (Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) promotes the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA. 

2014 Speed of Service Report

The 2014 Speed of Service Report, brought to you by Long Range Systems and Foodable Labs (Foodable WebTV Network) is now available.

Meet with Multiple Architecture Firms in One Location

Tired of Lunch & Learn one architect firm at a time? Meet multiple firms in one day with America Training Solutions.


Upcoming events include: 



New York, NY



Buffalo, NY

Louisville, KY


Contact them today

FCSI Partners with the Espacio Show in Santiago, Chile

For the first time, FCSI The Americas is partnering with the Espacio Show, taking place September 3-5 in Santiago, Chile! FCSI TA will offer an educational session and a networking cocktail reception. We will also have an exhibit on the show floor.


Register for the Show


Thank you to our Sponsors!


  Ali Group                       Electrolux


Follett Corporation              Halton-Innes


Hobart Mexicana s de RL de CV 


          Manitowoc                Middleby Corporation 


Unified Brands

MA Bill Passed Limiting Bidding Process

Regrettably, Governor Duval Patrick signed bidding bill HB 4303 into law last week.


Thanks to Colburn & Guyette for writing the governor to help veto this bill. 


Unfortunately, this was not enough to stop the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) effort.  As mentioned before ASID is focusing their money and muscle on three states: MA, CA and NY.  IDPC has watched more than 150 of their bills get derailed since 2006, so they have tightened their strategy - they spent a lot of money and time lobbying, and they've just realized their first victory in quite a while.  They did not get everything they wanted, though.  Their previous drafts of this bill excluded everyone but NCIDQ-certified designers.  In response to our objections, the bill was amended to state that any "nationally-recognized certification" can bid.  We believe FCSI Professional Membership will qualify but we are seeking clarification on that ruling.  While ASID is already celebrating this victory, they have actually restricted the majority of their own members who do not have any kind of certification from bidding.  More news to follow... 

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Details on the FCSI Symposium and The NAFEM Show

The NAFEM Show takes place February 19-21 in Anaheim, CA. FCSI members should use the code FCSI15 to obtain complimentary badges. Register Now.


The FCSI has a special sleeping room rate at the Anaheim Marriott (SOLD OUT) and the Marriott Suites ($159 / night). Click here to book the hotel of your choice using the code FCSI2015. 

Make plans to attend the FCSI Symposium, which begins just prior to the NAFEM Show on Tuesday evening, February 17 with an opening party. Wednesday features an education-packed day, including separate tracks for consulting services and the business of consulting. The NAFEM Show opens Wednesday evening with its reception. Click here for the FCSI Symposium schedule.


Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date! 



Ali Group


Continental Refrigerator

Eagle Group

Meyer Commercial Corporation




Micro Matic



True Food Service Equipment



FCSI Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities

FCSI EAME Conference 
March 26-29 ~ Madrid, Spain

The next FCSI EAME Conference will be held March 26-29 in Madrid, Spain at the Melia Castilla Hotel. The conference team, chaired by Duncan Ackery, FCSI, is putting together a fantastic program based on the theme 'Young Talent'. The conference is chaired by Adam Griffin, FCSI. There will be educational sessions on the morning of March 26. The conference can only be a success with the participation of both our professional design and management consultants, and as always by the generous sponsorship of our allied members.


The administration of the conference is being jointly shared by FCSI EAME and FCSI UK&I, and they will be in touch soon with registration details and costs.


If you plan to attend, book your flights now while the prices are still low.  Hotel reservations will be available shortly at a very attractive rate of around € 130 per room.

Look for regular updates through Twitter, the FCSI app (coming soon!) and Foodservice Consultant. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to email Sabine Wagner, Executive Director of FCSI EAME.

2nd Edition of Professional Kitchens 
Now Available

The second edition of the FCSI Professional Kitchens reference book is out now and should not be missed. It contains international content and is a daily working book. Just five minutes of flicking through the book will reveal decades of outstanding experience and knowledge shared by the authors.

Horace Mann's quote "Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power" resonates within our society. Knowledge can have a very powerful and positive impact on our clients in the process of making the right decisions for their business.

"Investment in knowledge earns the highest interest" is another statement that fits perfectly for our Society. This means not only you will benefit from the contents in this book, but your customers, your employees and your colleagues will as well.


The special price for FCSI members is €105 net.


Order your copy today
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New Episode!

FCSI Asia Pacific at 
Fine Food Melbourne 
September 15-18

Fine Food Melbourne, taking place September 15-18 is less than four weeks away! Click here for program details.


Join your fellow FCSI Members and maximise the opportunity to network, attend the technology seminar, provide advice at the 'Ask a Consultant' hot spot and enjoy a great dinner co-hosted by APD and NAFES to support the FCSI Education Foundation, to be held at Hilton South Wharf.   




We have negotiated a great accommodation rate of AUD$285 (incl GST) at Hilton South Wharf.


For further information on the program or accommodation contact:


Toni Clarke

Mia Gemell

MAFSI Q2/14 Business Barometer Reports Growth of +3.1%

The second quarter of 2014 was hampered by the lagged effects of a tough winter with growth of 3.1%, down from 3.3% in Q1/14.

As in first quarter, the regional variances were acute, ranging from -1.2% in the Northeast, +3.5% in the Midwest, to +3.8% in the West, +3.9% in Canada to +5.5% in the South.

Overall sales for North America ranged from +4.5% in Supplies, +3.8% in Tabletop, +2.9% in Equipment, to +2.7% in Furnishings.

All indications point to an upturn. MAFSI Reps are forecasting a healthy +5.7% gain in Q3/14. This is supported by strong upticks in both Quoting (56%) and Consulting (47%) activity.


See full Quarter 2/2014 MAFSI Business Barometer Report.

For questions please contact MAFSI via email or by phone at 1-404-214-9474.
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors


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