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Your Member Guide to Business Regulation in the State of Florida

regulatory-70Each year the Florida Retail Federation publishes its Business Regulation guide, which contains information about each of the state agencies that influence the way our members manage their business. This is your go to reference for understanding what they are and how they operate.

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regulatory-70The mission of FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team is to maintain a favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers to grow and prosper. We advocate and intervene on behalf of the retail industry before the state's legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies to promote the interests of businesses large and small.

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  • FRF / Mar 12, 2015 PetSmart goes private as $8.7B sale closes

    Group of investors completes buyout of pet store retailer.

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    NEW YORK — PetSmart said Wednesday that it has been taken private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.

    PetSmart President and CEO David Lenhart and Chairman Gregory Josefowicz are stepping down as part of the deal. Michael Massey is being named president and CEO, and Raymond Svider is the new non-executive chairman. Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.

    Lenhart became CEO of PetSmart in June 2013, the same time Josefowicz became chairman. Lenhart became president of the company in April 2014.

    In early July the activist hedge fund manager Jana Capital disclosed that it had taken a stake in PetSmart and had become the Phoenix-based company’s largest shareholder. Jana Partners said it wanted to talk to PetSmart’s board about a possible sale of the company and other changes that it said would improve company performance. Another major shareholder, Longview Asset Management, also pushed for the sale.

    PetSmart said at the time that it would consider putting itself up for sale and would cut costs. On Dec. 14, the company said it would be taken private in a deal that valued the company at $83 per share. That was a 39 percent premium to its closing price on July 2. PetSmart Inc. shareholders approved the sale on Friday. The company operates about 1,387 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    The company’s shares rose 4 cents to $82.99 in afternoon trading. The stock was scheduled to be delisted after the close of trading Wednesday.

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  • FRF / Jan 21, 2015 Job expansion expected over the next three years

    The Great Recession is not quite forgotten in Central Florida, but 2015 is all about growth, and the Orlando area is a star in the state forecast for jobs.

    The signs are everywhere: cranes along Orange Avenue, continued expansion of Medical City in Lake Nona, and the upcoming overhaul of Interstate 4.

    International Drive is booming with projects like the I-Drive 360 retail and entertainment complex, Universal Orlando is adding a new hotel, and downtown Orlando is getting a new soccer stadium. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has added a new attraction to downtown, and companies like Deloitte and Verizon in Seminole County and Voxx International in Orange are adding higher-paying jobs to the area with new facilities.

    If unemployment continues to drop at recent rates, local economists predict a rate of about 5 percent by the end of the year, which some economists consider normal. By many indications, Orlando is a leader in Florida's economic expansion, in terms of percentage of total jobs being added.

    "The pace of growth in Central Florida will be faster than what we see statewide," said Sean Snaith, economist at University of Central Florida. "The Orlando metro area is, by our forecast, the fastest-growing metro area in the state for jobs. That is fueled by the I-4 projects, Wekiva Expressway, SunRail, robust population growth, new companies here and, yes, the expansion of tourism again." read more

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  • FRF / Jan 14, 2015 Zyscovich Architects tapped to revamp Miami’s Bayside Marketplace
    General Growth Properties hired Zyscovich Architects to "reimagine" Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.
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RED, WHITE AND GREEN: KFC’S NEW REUSABLE SIDE CONTAINER HONORED WITH 2010 GREENER PACKAGE AWARD

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Fast Food’s First Consumer-Reusable Container Introduced at KFC Restaurants Coast to Coast; Rollout Scheduled for Completion by Early 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 29, 2010– KFC restaurants across the country are introducing what’s believed to be the fast food industry’s first consumer-reusable food container and people are taking note. The container was recently honored as a winner in the 2010 Greener Package Awards. Initially introduced in five markets beginning in May of this year, plans call for them to be available nationally at KFC restaurants by early 2011.

“Through research, we found that consumers prefer reusable containers because it gives them control of how the item is reused or disposed of after purchase,” said Susan Miles, KFC Engineering Manager. “Our research also showed that 60 percent of consumers keep a reusable container for at least six weeks.”

The introduction of the container is just one element of a larger packaging initiative the country’s largest chicken restaurant chain is undertaking. Paper serving boxes are also replacing plastic plates as part of KFC’s plan to reduce its use of nonrenewable resources and to eventually eliminate foam packaging from its restaurants.

“We believe this is the first meaningful introduction of reusable food containers in the fast food industry. By the end of this year, KFC U.S. will reduce foam packaging use by 62 percent and reduce total plastic use by 17 percent,” said Megan Isaac, Senior Marketing Manager for KFC. “We appreciate our customers’ passion for doing their part to help us meet our ‘Reuse, Renew, Rejoice’ goals.”

In addition to introducing new, greener packaging options, KFC is also introducing a new web site to tell the “Reuse, Renew, Rejoice” story. Those interested in learning more about KFC’s current and future packaging initiatives – from reusable side containers to the replacement of plastic plates – can visit the web page at www.kfc.com/packaging.

The award-winning side container features a clear bowl with a red lid embossed with a “reusable” message, as well as a reminder that the container is both microwaveable and top rack dishwasher safe. Not as visible, but equally important is a patented “ventless vent” technology that enhances product quality by allowing moisture to escape without the need for a hole in the lid. The result is a leak-resistant lid that provides a secure fit and keeps food fresh. The combination of features impressed the judges who bestowed the Greener Package Award on KFC.The container is made of 100 percent polypropylene, the same material used to make leading retail food storage containers. The primary supplier for the project is St. Louis-based Anchor Packaging, the leading manufacturer of polypropylene containers.

For more information on KFC packaging, please visit www.kfc.com/packaging.

About KFC
KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the Double Down™ and the Doublicious™. There are more than 15,000 KFC outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).

About Anchor Packaging
Anchor Packaging’s product line includes a broad variety of upscale take-out packaging used in restaurants and other foodservice operations, as well as containers for merchandising prepared ready-to-heat meals in supermarkets, all-purpose foodservice cling wrap, AnchorFoil™ rolls, pop-up sheet and pans, Culinary Classics™, Culinary Basics™, MicroRaves®, Incredi-Bowl®, MicroRounds®, the Roaster™, Gourmet Classics™, Microlite®, Bon Faire®, CrystalClear™, Crystal Classics™, and Deli View™ are among Anchor’s unique product lines. Anchor also provides custom package design and manufacture for many large food companies in the U.S., Canada and internationally. For more information, please visit www.anchorpackaging.com.

About the Greener Package Awards
The Greener Package Awards are North America’s only independent, neutral, sustainable packaging awards competition not affiliated with any supplier or company, judged by the Greener Package Expert Network, which chooses winners that can be example packages the rest of the industry can learn from. For more information on the Greener Package Awards, visit www.greenerpackage.com.

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