Vermont Creamery sold to Land O’Lakes

first_imgVermont Creamery, Inc,Allison Hooper holds the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” award with members of her team and Governor Phil Scott on March 22. VBM photo.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery Co-Founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper and Land O’Lakes, Inc(link is external) President and CEO Chris Policinski announced today that their businesses have joined forces. Vermont Creamery will become an independently operated subsidiary of Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes. It will continue to produce its award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter and fresh dairy at the creamery in Websterville. According to a press release announciing the sale, terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.The $13 billion, Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes will get a company that has received numerous awards for its butter and goat’s milk cheeses. Just in March, Vermont Creamery received a “Best Places to Work in Vermont” award from Vermont Business Magazine and won three national awards at the US Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin, including a gold for its Creme Fraiche. According to VBM, Vermont Creamery has 45 employees and annual sales in the $10 million-$50 million range.Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, Co-founders of Vermont Creamery. Courtesy photos.“We have always taken seriously our commitment to our farmers, employees and Vermont’s working landscape—these values are at the core of our decision to sell the business,” said co-founder Allison Hooper. “As we experience unprecedented growth, we need a partner who can bring the resources and expertise necessary to help us realize our vision and the potential of our business.”“We purchased Vermont Creamery and welcome them to the Land O’Lakes family because we love their brand and would like to help bring it to even more people,” said Chris Policinski, Land O’Lakes president and CEO. “We share a value-added, branded approach to marketing our products, a meaningful respect for our customers and deeply rooted rural values.”Hooper and Reese, who founded the business in 1984, say Land O’Lakes is the ideal new owner. A farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative, Land O’Lakes has been in operation for more than 95 years. Widely known for its iconic butter brand, it is a diverse business that also includes Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField United. At its core, Land O’Lakes is driven by agricultural products that return value to farmers and fulfill its purpose of feeding human progress.“Vermont Creamery’s heritage mirrors our own here at Land O’Lakes—a company founded by people who care about bringing the highest quality products from farm to fork,” said Beth Ford, Land O’Lakes group EVP and COO. “We are excited about the culture of product innovation they have built in addition to the category itself and the opportunities for even more expansion.”Vermont Creamery Bijou“After years of thoughtful planning and a rigorous selection process, we are confident that we have found the best steward of our business, values and people in Land O’Lakes. We are both respected dairy brands with deep connections to farmers and an unyielding commitment to quality and innovation. We look forward to this opportunity to tell our story more broadly and increase access to our high-quality dairy products,” co-founder Bob Reese added.Reese and Hooper will serve as trusted advisors and brand ambassadors for the business. President Adeline Druart and the leadership team will remain in place as will all employees of the business. Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is not included in the transaction. The Hooper family will retain ownership of the farm, which will continue to serve as a key supplier to the creamery and catalyst for the growth of the goat dairy industry in Vermont.Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery remarked, “Bob and Allison have been such incredible entrepreneurs building Vermont Creamery’s success and mentoring the team on their vision and values for the business. Partnering with Land O’Lakes adds the next key ingredients for our growth: additional resources and dairy expertise. This transaction positions Vermont Creamery for continued success in the future.”Founded at a time when Americans rarely ate goat cheese, Vermont Creamery has grown over nearly 35 years to be a premiere producer of fresh and aged goat cheese, crème fraîche and cultured butter. With hundreds of awards and burgeoning national distribution, Vermont Creamery is respected as a pioneer of the artisan cheesemaking movement in America. In 2014, Vermont Creamery was the second cheesemaker in the world to earn B Corp certification and will maintain this certification and commitment to their community, employees and environment under new ownership.RELATED STORIES:Engelberth and Stantec top list of Best Places to Work in VermontVermont wins seven golds in US cheese championshipsAbout Vermont CreameryCombining the European tradition of cheesemaking with Vermont’s terroir, Vermont Creamery’s line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and crème fraîche have won over 100 national and international awards. In their 32nd year of business, Vermont Creamery supports a network of more than 20 family farms, promoting sustainable agriculture in the region. B Corp Certified in 2014, Vermont Creamery is the founder of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, the country’s first demonstration goat dairy.About Land O’LakesLand O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2016 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 215 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 95 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField® United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN™. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.last_img read more

Barco Now Offering New RGB Laser Rear-Projection Video Walls for Mission Control Rooms

first_imgBarco just introduced its new generation RGB laser rear-projection video walls for the mission-critical control room market. According to the company, the Barco RGB Laser ODL series was introduced in 2016 and has been the flagship solution ever since. With the introduction of this newest generation laser engine, the ODL series now gets a major update.The high-brightness RGB Laser engine allows control rooms to operate in the optimal conditions for the end users. The unique Sense X calibration system automatically and continuously adjusts brightness and color over the complete wall during the entire lifetime, making sure the displayed images reduce eye fatigue in 24/7 applications. Additionally, no heat is radiated out of the screens, further optimizing the ergonomics for the operators and simplifying the room temperature control systems.The laser engine introduces new laser banks, improving the light source lifetime in different operational modes. The accompanying WallConnect software has further evolved, improving the user experience during setup, configuration, operation and maintenance. Along with the ODL-series’ motorized seven-axis alignment, this makes the installation process smoother and more straightforward. The system is also ready for remote management and monitoring, optimizing the availability and lifetime within the mission-critical environments.The new engine will be available within the full RGB Laser portfolio, covering 70” to 80” sizes and supporting both FHD and SXGA+ resolutions. Multiple screen options are available to deliver the optimum result depending on the application, control room environment and budget.Existing customers can upgrade their installed base of lamp and LED cubes, which means a complete technology refresh can be accomplished while keeping the mechanical structure and screens. This lowers the cost and timeframe of the refurbishment and reduces waste and can often be accomplished without any operational interruption. Being able to upgrade video walls (running already for more than 10 years) with the latest projection technology at a reduced cost — for another 10 years of service — is a crucial advantage of rear projection.See related  Barco Projectors Take Guinness World Record Title for Largest Projection of a Video GameThe ODL series also received the “Barco Eco Product label A” as it further reduces the environmental footprint. Barco’s stringent eco-scoring scores energy efficiency, material usage, packaging/logistics and end-of-life processes in line with ISO14021 standards.The next generation RGB Laser ODL series are available for shipments starting August 2020.last_img read more

This simple tax error is costing you $2,800

first_imgby. Martha C. White“Tax” has become a four-letter word in political discourse, but whether you think companies should pay less or rich people should pay more, there’s one thing most Americans can agree on: They’d be happy if their annual tax bill dropped.The funny thing is, more than two-thirds of us actually prefer to pay more than we owe by maximizing our withholdings. Sounds crazy, but a new survey from MoneyRates.com finds that 68% of taxpayers prefer to have more taken out of their paychecks so they get a refund when tax time rolls around.We’re talking a decent chunk of change here: The average refund for the 2012 tax year was $2,803, according to the IRS. The agency processed around 148 million individual tax returns last year and issued around 110 million refunds, so that means that most of us basically gave Uncle Sam nearly $310 billion as an interest-free loan.You could be doing something better with that money on your own.Of course, the contradiction makes sense if you view your refund as a kind of forced savings plan. MoneyRates.com found that nearly half of the people who minimize their withholdings spend the extra money in their paychecks rather than socking it away, while less than a third of people who get a refund spend it. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Picnic serves up advice to law students

first_imgPicnic serves up advice to law students Picnic serves up advice to law students Senior Editor Who knew the best career advice would happen while standing around roasting pigs?Mike Ruiz, a 24-year-old third-year law student at St. Thomas University, found that out November 1 at the Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic in Hialeah’s Amelia Earhart Park.After the coals were hot and the whole pigs were plucked from their special marinade mix of sour orange, garlic, and mojo Spanish seasoning, and hoisted onto grills, finally, there was time to talk.“That’s when the real magic starts to happen — the talk about what you want to do with your life,” said Daniel Cervantes, a Florida International University grad who clerks at the Florida Supreme Court and drove Ruiz to his first picnic.Seasoned lawyers Ramon Abadin, of Abadin Cook, and Raúl Chacón, of Houck Anderson, convinced Ruiz that the best way to become a trial lawyer is to get trial experience working for the public defender or the state attorney first.“My train of thought did a complete 180-degree turn when I was there. I was thinking about going to a big firm, with the intent of helping people, of course, but also with the intent of making a lot of money,” Ruiz said.“But Ray and Raúl taught me to have more patience. They said if you go to a big firm right out of law school you will do the leg work the trial attorneys don’t want to do and wouldn’t necessarily get any trial experience. I guess it will be three more years of deferring the high salary, which isn’t too bad. It was very valuable advice. Just the idea that the elder statesmen are passing down knowledge to the younger generation — I love that concept.”That concept of minority law students meeting experienced lawyers and judges to mentor their transition into the practice of law is the brainchild of Miami lawyer John Kozyak, who started the picnic five years ago.“The picnic was fantastic this year. We had more sponsors and spread everyone out a bit more, so that the larger crowd could be accommodated,” Kozyak said. “I believe we had between 2,000 to 2,500 minority law students, judges, lawyers, and guests attend, which was probably a 20 percent increase. The weather cooperated well.”Busses filled with students arrived from the University of Florida and Stetson University, where lawyers waited to greet them. U.S. District Court Judge Paul C. Huck, heading up the Florida alumni contingency, worked for months to make sure there was a good turnout of students and alumni. The Ruden McCloskey firm sponsored the bus from UF.The largest sponsor was BNY Mellon Bank, allowing the Law Magnet program at Carol City High School to use its tent to help minority high school students also find mentors.“This was a first and a big hit,” Kozyak said.As she has at every picnic since the beginning, Chief Justice Peggy Quince attended the event with her daughter, Peggy Buckine, president of the Black Law Students Association at St. Thomas.Florida Bar President Jay White, along with President-elect Jesse Diner and past Presidents Frank Angones and Miles McGrane, joined a huge group of Bar leaders who mingled with the students.The kids’ tent and entertainment was sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel.“It was a successful day,” proclaimed Cervantes, who attended his first picnic as a student in 2006. “There were so many attorneys, judges, and people willing the help out students. This is something you pay forward. So many people, like John (Kozyak), have opened up doors for me. And the people I met at these social events, they don’t want anything in return. The only thing I can do to say thank you is to open doors and talk to students coming behind me, like Mike. And everyone at the picnic understands that.”To see more photos from the picnic, click here. December 1, 2008 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Dominica approves a measure in parliament to extend curfew by a further 21 days

first_img Sep 6, 2019 He said no persons are allowed to be out in public on weekends between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. on Monday. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “No person shall be in a public place between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday to Friday weekly; no person shall be in a public place between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 9th  April 2020 and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14th 2020.”  May 18, 2020 Active COVID-19 cases in Dominica down to zero You may be interested in… Govt to discuss evacuations of Abaco, GB Sep 4, 2019 Dominica down to just three active cases center_img Teachers from Dominica receive Special education training in… A resolution was approved by the Dominica House of assembly which provides for an extension of the state of public health emergency for a period of three months to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Apr 25, 2020 The State of public health emergency, first imposed on 1 April, includes a curfew which will also be extended. The conditions include: Attorney General  Levi Peter who moved the ‘Emergency Powers Amendment Act 2020’ says it extends the country’s curfew for another 21 days after April 20th. Mr Peter said the step was taken to provide the latitude to the health authorities and others to be able to hopefully get the COVID-19 situation under control. State of Emergency DeclaredEMERGENCY POWERS(CURFEW) ORDER, 2020. This Order applies to the entire State of Dominica. 2. A curfew is hereby imposed throughout Dominica from 6:00 p.m. on the 1st day of April 2020 to 6:00 a.m. on the 20th day of April, 2020 as follows: (a) a person must not be out…April 1, 2020In “General”Emergency orders put in place against COVID-19 spreadDPI, Guyana, Friday, April 3, 2020 The Minister of Public Health Hon. Volda Lawrence has issued emergency measures under the direction of HE David Granger to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in Guyana. It will be in effect from April 3 to May 3, 2020. These measures, among…April 3, 2020In “General”COVID-19 update: Grenada curfew continues until May 5thThe Government of Grenada announces the imposition of a new curfew period, beginning on Monday, 27th of April, at 7:00 p.m., and ending on Tuesday, 5th of May, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. During this period, every person shall remain confined to their place of residence (inclusive of their yard space),…April 29, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Michael McLaughlin Appointed To CAWA’s Board Of Directors

first_imgI-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.”  To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. CAWA’s Chair of the Board, Ward Myers of WORLDPAC, has appointed Michael “Mac” McLaughlin of Ramac Industries, Inc., to the association’s board of directors. When Myers announced the appointment, he commented, “Mr. McLaughlin and Ramac Industries Inc. have been longtime supporters of CAWA and we are pleased he will join our leadership team and get further involved in the association.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementMcLaughlin co-founded Ramac Industries in 1987, an importer and distributor of aftermarket parts for BMW, MINI, Volvo and Saab automobiles. He has served as the president and chief operating officer since 2000. He also co-founded Garage IQ in 1998, a software solutions company that is the leader in auto repair scheduling and appointment management servicing independent repair shops. Currently he serves as the managing partner. McLauglin more recently co-founded ExtremeWrench.com, which a directory of independent auto repair shops. His last venture as co-founder of Chargerback, a Cloud-based lost-and-found solution for the travel industry, is currently used worldwide by entities such as United Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, Six Flags Amusement Parks, MGM, Caesars and other Fortune 500 companies.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisementcenter_img CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.”last_img read more

New Year, new promotions for Foster Wheeler

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Justice for all: Cost of litigation

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Protos EMU order

first_imgAWARDED the concession to operate the Amersfoort – Ede-Wageningen line from December 2006 (RG 12.05 p756), Connexxion has ordered five two-car EMUs to operate the first electrified branch in the Netherlands to be tendered.Rather than opting for an established supplier of 1·5 kV DC rolling stock, the operator has awarded the contract to Fahrzeugtechnik Dessau AG of Germany. Founded in 1995 as a buy-out of a former Deutsche Waggonbau wagon works, FTD specialises in rolling stock components and bespoke vehicles such as DB’s Metropolitan business trainset and the Lirex prototype for Alstom LHB.FTD is developing a modular low-floor multiple-unit known as Protos for the regional market, and expects to unveil a prototype at InnoTrans in Berlin in September. The company plans to offer electric and diesel variants with up to three cars per set. Connexxion expects to take delivery of its Protos EMUs in September 2007.last_img read more

Dominica off to Windward Island Men Football Tournament

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNewsSports Dominica off to Windward Island Men Football Tournament by: By: Gerald George – May 8, 2015center_img A twenty (20) member squad has been selected by the technical staff of the Dominica Football Association (DFA) to represent Dominica in the Windward Island Men Tournament carded for 12- 16 May 2015, in St Lucia. Overseas based players Julian Wade and Anferney Frederick have been included in the team which is captained by Glenson Prince, with Chad Bertrand as vice-captain. The rest of the squad reads, Hubert Prince, Malcolm joseph, Kervin Lawrence, Dalton Bannis, Joselyn Prince, Aldrin Lawrence, Scottie Phillip, Bert Casimir, Glenworth Elizee, Naielle Lee, Randolph Peltier, Briel Thomas, Travis joseph, Sydney Lockhart, Egbert Walsh and Raleighson Pascal. Egbert Walsh, who was not on the world cup squad which went pass the BVI to qualify for the second round against Canada in June, has been drafted in, while Raleighson Pascal one of three goalkeepers in the world cup team has retained his place. Missing from the twenty three man world cup squad are Mitchel Joseph, who is nursing an injury, Courtney McKenzie and Owen Oscar. The coaching staff is Shane Marshall- head coach, Ellington Sabin – assistant coach, Heinrich Anselm – manager, Courtney Challenger – goalkeeper coach, Keith Prosper – trainer and Albert Noel – medical personnel.Meantime, two local FIFA officials; referee Rommie Blanc and assistant referee Caesar Gabriel, will also leave island on Monday to officiate in the tournament in St Lucia. Dominica will play its first match on Tuesday 12 May against host country St Lucia at 7:30 pm, while its second match will be on Thursday 14 May vs Grenada at 5pm. The Nature Boyz will play their final match on Saturday 16 May when they take on St Vincent & the Grenadines at 5pm. Share 234 Views   no discussionslast_img read more