March 2018

President's Message: MAFSI 2018 Conference: Defining High Definition
by Chris Jeens, W.D. Colledge Co. Ltd.

It all started at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24th. The work and planning that had filled the hours and days and weeks and months leading up to that moment were forgotten, and the show began. And what a show. MAFSI 2018. Compete in HD.

Our conference content was delivered in extremely high resolution, and the message was incredibly clear...our industry wants to learn, and adapt, and improve. Put that idea on the largest screen possible, with the most enhanced detail, and the purest sound. >>>>>

Q4/17 Commercial Foodservice Business Barometer Now Available

The MAFSI Business Barometer for the fourth quarter of 2017 advanced by +2.8%, a bit better than +2.6% of Q3/17 and a couple of bits better than the+2.4% that had been forecast for Q4/17. Continuing this soft trend, MAFSI Reps have forecast +2.7% for Q1/18. After 6 years of 4.0% to 5.5% annual growth, weare now re-adjusting to a new norm of nearly half that former level, now in the mid two percent range.

By product type, the Q4/17 overall growth broke down as follows: Supply +3.1%, both Equipment and Furniture +2.9%, and Tabletop +2.1%. Results varied widely by region, from a leading gain of +5.5% in Canada, to +3.6% in the South, +2.8% in the Midwest, +1.7% in the West, and trailed by only +1.6% in the Northeast. >>>>>

The Definitive 2018 Conference Recap: A High Definition Experience 
by Tom Jedlowski, Associate Executive Director 

"This was far and away the very best conference MAFSI has ever done, period. I have no words. I was blown away." - 2018 Conference Attendee

If you remember that old Maxell commercial from the 80's - you know - that one with the guy sitting in a chair being, quite literally, blown away by his speaker; you'll start to get a picture of what our 2018 conference was like. >>>>>

Introducing Foodservice 101: $50 Off for First 101 Students Enrolled
by Tom Jedlowski, Associate Executive Director

We officially launched enrollment of Foodservice 101 at our 2018 Conference and could not have had a better response. Reps, manufactures, and allies alike all raved about it being "high time" for comprehensive training for new people in our industry. And MAFSI is proud to provide it.

And our response was so great, we've extended our conference promotion, but only for the first 101 students to enroll in the course>>>>>

Congratulations to Our 2018 Awards Winners
by Tom Jedlowski, Associate Executive Director

MAFSI's biennial award program properly recognizes those individuals who have performed in an exemplary fashion and serve as recognition to ensure the future success and professionalism of the association, and the industry.

During a reception held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at the Naples Grand Resort in Naples, Florida 19 MAFSI members, one MAFSI chapter, and one non-member were presented with the following eight awards for their demonstrated leadership, as nominated by their peers. >>>>>

How Lack of Training Can Affect Manufacturers
by Renee Barnes, CEO, VeraTrain

If you're in the manufacturing industry, you may have already experienced the phenomenon reported by Accenture and The Manufacturing Institute in a recent study.

Many manufacturers are experiencing an earnings dip that tracks back to a shortage of skilled workers, both permanent employees and contingent workers. According to the survey, executives report that the lack of qualified, skilled candidates is severe and many state that it’s getting increasingly difficult to hire the people needed to meet production demand. >>>>> 

MRERF: Manufacturer's Best Practices - Sign Up Today!
by The Editors

The Manufacturer’s Best Practices (MBP) is a two day workshop to learn how to manage reps. You will learn how to better manage your rep network, and learn best practices that can be implemented immediately.

MBP 2018 Course Dates & Locations: March 20-21, 2018  Atlanta, GA, May 22-23, 2018  Denver, CO, September 25-26, 2018  Chicago, IL >>>>>

More to MAFSI
by The Editors

As we all know, there’s a lot more to a person that the work we do. More to MAFSI profiles individual members, and their lives outside of commercial foodservice. 

Rep Edition:
Meet, Michel Hamelin: Foodie. Carpenter. Grocery Shopping Extraordinaire.

Manufacturer Edition:
Meet, Kevin Kelly: Gardener. Chocoholic. Aspiring Hockey Player.

Repnology: Technology Articles for Reps and Manufacturers
by Our Technology Partners

A comprehensive library of industry-related technology articles for reps, and the manufacturers that use them. Many thanks to AutoQuotes, KCL, Orgo, and TMC Digital Media for their contributions. >>>>>

Welcome New Membersalt

Manufacturer Members - 

Rep Members - 

MAFSI Lines Wanted

Bringing the best reps together with best manufacturers is at the core of MAFSI's mission. We are pleased to bring you our monthly Lines Wanted bulletin, which lists MAFSI reps needing lines by region.

If you contact one of these representative members and tell them you are interested in their firm, you will probably make their day as they are specifically looking for your product category to fill in a missing category on their line card. You are saving him or her the trouble of doing a directory search and this will also give you the inside track on getting the right rep firm fast and with ease.

To view reps needing lines in specific regions click on that region below:

Region 1 - New England Region 14 - South Central Region 25 - Northwest
Region 2 - Upstate New York/W. Pennsylvania Region 15 - Texas/Oklahoma Region 26a - British Columbia
Region 3 - New York Metro Region 16 - Mid-Central Region 26b - Alberta
Region 4 - Keystone Region 17 - Chicago Metro

Region 26c - Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Lakehead 

Region 5 - Mid-Atlantic Region 18 - Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Region 26d - Ontario/Ottawa
Region 6 - Michigan/Indiana Region 19 - Upper Mid-Central Region 26e - Quebec/Ottawa
Region 7 - Mid-America Region 20 - Mountain States North Region 26f - Atlantic
Region 11 - Carolinas Region 21 - Arizona/New Mexico Region 26g - All of Canada
Region 12 - Southeast Central Region 22 - Southern California Region 28 - International
Region 13 - Florida Region 24 - San Francisco Metro Region 29 - Uk, Ireland & Mainland Europe Only

MAFSI Matters is dedicated to one of MAFSI and the industry's stand out achievers, Ed Gregory. His contributions to the association and the food service industry spanned over 40 years and he was the mastermind behind MAFSI's magazine OutFront, before we moved to the current format of an electronic newsletter. Promoting the rep function and bringing relevant information to MAFSI members was Ed Gregory's passion and we endeavor to continue with that vision.   |   [email protected]   |   P: 404-214-9474   |   F: 888-254-0033