JUNE 2023
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FCSI The Americas On Tap - Season 5

Season 5 is Streaming Now

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 about Khaled and his background..

This is the FINAL season before going on hiatus so don't miss an episode.
Haven't watched all episodes of On Tap yet? What are you waiting for?
Catch every episode of On Tap here
Latin America Summit Early Bird Registration Ends Today!
Join us for the first Biennial
Latin America Summit

Sostenibilidad y Bienestar
Sustainability and Well-Being

September 14-16, 2023

Hilton Panama - Panama City, Panama


We've got a great speaker lineup for what is sure to be a new and exciting FCSI The Americas educational event and networking opportunity.

Attention Corporate Members

We are still accepting sponsors for this event - a great opportunity including a new top level sponsor benefit: one on one time at your table with all consultant attendees!

Click here for sponsorship details
Latest Chapter Events

Fispal 2023
Fispal 2023 was an amazing success! During the four days of the event, we received approximately 300 visitors at our stand for the FCSI project - Talk to the Specialist. It was a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and industry professionals to receive specialized consultancy and connect with the main names in food service.

Another highlight was the daily round tables, where FCSI members and guests discussed key topics for the sector, such as delivery, sustainability, and service. These sessions provided valuable insights and exchange of experiences among participants, promoting enriching learning for all.

In addition, Fispal 2023 offered a unique networking opportunity with the main names in the food and beverage sector. The possibility of interacting and establishing strategic connections with other professionals is essential for business growth. We believe in the power of these partnerships and the boosting potential they bring.

We would like to sincerely thank FCSI the Americas for their support and collaboration during Fispal 2023.

Canadian Chapter
Summer Social Event
On Thursday June 15, 2023 local and national Consultants from lands far west and Regional Allied members from the Canadian Chapter of FCSI traveled to and gathered at The Albany Club in downtown Toronto on King Street East for the Canadian Chapter June Summer Social Event. Forty-five people attended the social event and a few even followed the request on the invite to dress up in “Anything Canadian Eh “attire.

The weather weenies held off the rain until after our dinner so that we were able to enjoy cocktails up on the rooftop patio before returning to the dining room on the 4th floor for a wonderful buffet dinner. Cathy Sommers, our Director of the Canadian Chapter, put together a list of 25 questions on “all-and-all-things-Canadian” which the members answered as a group before adjourning for the evening. I am not sure that some of us got every answer correct but we did so with a group effort.

A good time was had by all. Thank you Cathy for organizing the event.

-Ian Jameson, FCSI (EM)
2023 Project Showcase Online Edition
2023 FCSI The Americas
Project Showcase Online Edition
Congratulations to our amazing consultants who had their projects included in our prestigious 2023 Project Showcase Book.

From Schools to Race Tracks to LinkedIn HQ. FCSI Members are so talented!

Check out the 2023 Online Edition below.

Remembering Ruby Puckett, FFCSI (EM)

Our FCSI Family recently lost a dear friend to everyone and a longtime active volunteer. I had the pleasure of having Ruby serve on multiple committees and as a Trustee on the FCSI The Americas Board. She was a loving soul and always so happy to participate to make FCSI The best it could be.

-Wade Koehler, CAE

For more of Ruby's accomplishments and story, please read the great write up from Mike Jones in the Foodservice Consultant magazine link below.

2023 Asia Pacific Conference Announced

The FCSI APD Board is thrilled to announce the first-ever FCSI Asia Pacific Conference from 13-17 November 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!

To learn more visit APD CONFERENCE SITE
Camacho 55th Anniversary & Who Loves Ya? Golf Tournament
September 26-27, 2023
Bear's Best Golf Course
Suwanee, GA
Details coming soon!
Membership News

Shelby Heuer - S2O Consultants

Erick Patenaude - BPA

Brenden Wright - Visual Conquest

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 penny@fcsi.org.

Instructions for logging CEU credits in your journal:
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 (2020 – 2021) 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
Highlights from the May Report

  • Economic outlook - Leading economic indicators declined 0.6% to 107.5 (single worsening outlook)
  • Commodities outlook - Whole sale prices declined 0.6% (4th drop in last 5 months)
  • Labor outlook - Unemployment at 3.4% down last 5 months but hiring cooled.
  • Promotional mix - 90% menu innovation; LTO's, new products.
  • Consumers - Spending is slowing; Optimism takes a dive
  • Resturant prices out-paced grocery prices for the first time since mid-2021
  • Panera Bread prepares to go public

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