Category Archives: Kitchen, Food & Catering

BrightFarms to Build the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse for Giant Food Stores

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban agriculture and sustainability.

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World’s Coldest Beer Made Possible Through The Use of Vegetables

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entropy Solutions, Inc., a Minneapolis based bio-based specialty company, today announced the launch of Chillin’ Brew™ panels, an innovative product designed and engineered to keep your beer at the absolute coldest temperature possible.

Chillin’ Brew™ panels utilize a special formulation of Entropy Solutions’ patented and proprietary renewable based PureTemp phase change materials (PCM). PureTemp is a bio-based thermal energy storage technology that can “dial in” and maintain very tight temperature ranges for extended periods of time. Derived from 100 percent sustainable sources, PureTemp is engineered to maintain more than 200 different transition temperatures with consistent, repeatable performance.

“Our PureTemp technology has been integrated into numerous products worldwide however this one is sure to strike the hearts of millions of passionate beer drinkers,” says Steve Skallerud, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Entropy Solutions. “When our team of engineers came to me with this idea and initial test results, I was blown away – I mean who doesn’t like cold beer”. Continue reading

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Hershey Company Is a Socially Responsible Company

The Hershey Company famous for its chocolate, producing some of the best, loved chocolate bars in the world, is also fast becoming known for being a socially responsible company. It recently issued its second Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report entitled, ” “Listen. Learn. Act.” It outlines the brand’s commitment to look after the planet while doing business. James Nevels, Chairman at Hershey’s, says, “The issues that we are addressing—such as human rights, climate change and resource scarcity—are global in scope and complex in nature.  They require that we listen, learn and act.”

The Hershey CSR report clearly shows how the company has met or exceeded nearly all of its environmental goals between 2009 and 2011, and now, Hershey wants to do more.  It has set out even more ambitious goals to achieve by the end of 2015. One of Hershey’s key achievements is its Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) at two of its facilities by 2011, exceeding its 2012 goal. Continue reading

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Parisleaf Printing and Design Receives CurrentState™ Platinum Certification

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Tulsa, OK – March 19, 2012 – Parisleaf Printing and Design recently completed the CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit and received Platinum Certification – the highest certification level available.

The Client’s Challenge

Parisleaf is a Printing and Design company located in Gainesville, Florida.  Parisleaf provides a variety of services which include printing, branding packages, web and logo design.

Parisleaf’s largest challenge is that traditional print related goods and services can have a significant negative impact on the environment.  Negative impacts occur at all stages of the paper life cycle -  the harvesting of trees, the processing of wood fiber into pulp and  the disposal of paper products at the end of their useful life.

However, Parisleaf has overcome these challenges. They offer carbon negative printing and web solutions to its clients. Parisleaf is able to achieve this because of their innovative green practices and the steps they take to mitigate their effect on the environment.   Continue reading

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Compare Ratings, Data and Reviews for Any Building in the U.S.:™ Launches Free Service



NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– announced today the release of its beta platform, a free web service allowing users to find and compare information, ratings and reviews for any commercial or residential building in the U.S.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient”
Simply by searching for an address or zip code, anyone can access reviews, Honesty Ratings™, energy data, projects and renovations, and view the people and organizations associated with that building, for free.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO of Honest Buildings. “Our goal is to connect people, catalyze transactions, and accelerate the development of high performance buildings on a global scale.”

Anyone can use Honest Buildings to compare buildings based on size, location, type, ratings, associated organizations, and the types of projects that have been completed, helping them to make better-informed decisions about real estate. Continue reading

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Vermont’s Blue Spruce Farm Wins National Award for Dairy Farm Sustainability

(3BL Media) Cabot, VT – March 12, 2012 - During a special awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on March 7 – the eve of National Agriculture Day - the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, a program to recognize dairy farms, dairy companies and collaborative partnerships for efforts that advance the sustainability of the American dairy industry.

Blue Spruce Farm, operated by the Audet family of Bridport, Vt., was named a winner of the prestigious award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability.  Widely recognized as a dairy pioneer, Blue Spruce Farm received the national honor in recognition of its commitment to sustainability. Blue Spruce was one of the first farms in the nation to install a variable speed vacuum pump control, reducing energy used during milking by nearly 60 percent. Blue Spruce also served as the pilot dairy farm to launch the successful Central Vermont Public Service’s Cow Power™ program, which allows consumers to purchase renewable energy generated by dairy farms. By implementing new technologies in milking, milk cooling, barn construction, ventilation, water heating and lighting, the farm reduced energy use 50% from an average of 1,000 kWh per cow per year, to an average of just 500 kWh per cow per year. These savings, in turn, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 500 pounds of CO2e per cow per year. Continue reading

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Walmart Unveils “Great For You” Icon for Healthy Food

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2012 – A year after pledging to develop a front-of-pack label that would give its customers an easier way to identify healthier food, Walmart, the nation’s largest food retailer, unveiled the “Great For You” icon at an event today in Washington, D.C. The icon, part of the company’s healthier food initiative, is an effort to implement a transparent, summary icon for its private label brand products backed by rigorous nutrition criteria. “Great For You” will initially appear on select Walmart Great Value and Marketside items, as well as on fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables at Walmart U.S. stores nationwide this spring. By extending “Great For You” to fruits and vegetables and nutritious food options the company will make it easier for its customers to build healthier diets.

“Walmart moms are telling us they want to make healthier choices for their families, but need help deciphering all the claims and information already displayed on products,” said Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart. “Our ‘Great For You’ icon provides customers with an easy way to quickly identify healthier food choices. As they continue to balance busy schedules and tight budgets, this simple tool encourages families to have a healthier diet.” Continue reading

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GE Launches GeoSpring™ – Its Most Energy-Efficient, Hybrid Electric Water Heater

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE: GE) — Nearly all Americans (96 percent) think improved appliance efficiency is important for personal financial reasons, yet many homeowners don’t realize their water heater is the second single-biggest, energy-consuming appliance in their home, behind the HVAC system and that more energy-efficient options are available in the marketplace.

“Approximately 50 percent of U.S. households use a standard electric water heater”

To address consumers’ growing desire to save money and be environmentally conscious, GE is launching GeoSpring™, the firsthybrid electric ENERGY STAR®-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S. that will save an average consumer $325 every year on their utility bills.

“There are very few products for your home that will save homeowners as much money as the GeoSpring,” said Stephen Downer, GE product general manager for water products. “With the state of today’s economy, we’re betting on acceptance of this technology from consumers who want to save money on their energy bills and support the GE employees in the U.S.” Continue reading

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