August 2023
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NEW Industry Leading 6-Year Parts & Labor Warranty!
Traulsen has long been known as an industry leader in commercial refrigeration. From superior performance to labor saving innovations, with a laser focus on food safety we never stop thinking about adding value to commercial kitchen operations. 

That’s why Traulsen is proud to announce a NEW industry leading warranty on all Traulsen and Centerline™ by Traulsen products shipped as of January 1, 2023. Traulsen’s new warranty includes a 6-Year Parts & Labor and a 7-Year Compressor warranty. This decision further solidifies Traulsen’s position as a leader in commercial refrigeration. 
More than a warranty –this is a declaration of our trust in the quality, durability, and performance of our products. It also serves as a reflection of our relentless commitment to add value for our customers. 

Traulsen is excited about what the future holds and promises to continue our legacy of leadership.
FCSI The Americas On Tap - Season 5
Season 5 is Streaming Now
FINAL season before going on hiatus...
don't miss a single episode!

We're back with another great season of OnTap featuring YOUR requested interviews. The new season began May 2nd and has featured some amazing consultants already. A new consultant member will be introduced in a new episode every two weeks. Click on the image above to hear all of Renee Palmer's stories.
Haven't watched all episodes of On Tap yet?
What are you waiting for? Catch every episode here
Now Accepting Submissions for the
2024 Project Showcase
Submit a Project for Consideration

Now’s your chance to join the elite group of foodservice designers and consultants who have had their work showcased in the annual FCSI The Americas Project Showcase. The annual publication
highlights impressive, high-quality work
completed by foodservice design and MAS consultants each year.

Click here to download submission details.
Deadline for submissions is TODAY8/31/23

View the 2023 Project Showcase here

2023 Asia Pacific Conference
The FCSI APD Board invites you to attend the first-ever FCSI Asia Pacific Conference November 13-17, 2023, centered around 'The Business of Foodservice Consulting'.

Join FCSI APD in the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia for this game-changing event. All three FCSI divisional members are invited and will make unforgettable memories together.

Don't miss this chance to check Australia off your bucket list while learning and networking with like-minded professionals!

Click here for details.
Membership News
Corporate Members

Consultant Members - Be Sure to Log Your Required CEUs

Professional members of FCSI must log 12 CEUs, Senior Associates must log 6, and Associate members must log 3 CEUs annually.
Check your membership profile to see where you currently stand for 2023.

FCSI Education Providers offer hundreds of programs to help you you meet your CEU requirement. Check out all the programs here. In addition to these programs, many other activities qualify for CEU credit - trade show attendance, factory tours, speaking engagements, etc. See the full list of CEU eligible activities here.

If you have questions about your CEU status or need assistance accessing your member profile, please contact
Industry News
Updated Revit Standards
FCSI has established standards to ensure consistency, optimum functionality and quality of the BIM content provided for foodservice equipment. The standards document has been created in cooperation with input from representatives of the three FCSI divisions APD, EAME & TAD, having formed the FCSI BIM Taskforce of Professional Consultants. The FCSI BIM Taskforce proposes that this document is used as guidelines to assist content creators globally. The objective of this Standard is provided as a template when content creators are commissioned with producing Revit families of foodservice equipment for the manufacturers of foodservice equipment. This document is not catch all to solve all issues in all regions. We acknowledge that some additional work will need to be tailored to suit local applications and codes. View the full document here.
Compass Reports
  • The Conference Board released their June 2023 Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) Report on June 20.
  • CPI (Inflation Rate) was 3.0% in June, down from 4.1% in May.
  • Fed's raised the interest rate on 7/26/23 to 5.5% in an effort to slow down the inflation rate.
  • Restaurant job growth declined by 800 in June.
  • Wholesale food prices rose in June according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 0.4% between May and June.
  • Consumer Sentiment increased in July over June by 7.2 points

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