catering industry – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://deborahjmiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-35-150x150.png catering industry – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ 32 32 MAI becomes the operator of the new Terminal A of Newark Liberty – Airport World https://deborahjmiller.com/mai-becomes-the-operator-of-the-new-terminal-a-of-newark-liberty-airport-world/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:48:17 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/mai-becomes-the-operator-of-the-new-terminal-a-of-newark-liberty-airport-world/ The official ceremony announcing the opening of the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport in the US state of New Jersey marked a key milestone in the five-year history of Munich International Airport (MAI ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Munich Airport. Munich Airport NJ LLC, which was specifically created by MAI, will […]]]>

The official ceremony announcing the opening of the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport in the US state of New Jersey marked a key milestone in the five-year history of Munich International Airport (MAI ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Munich Airport.

Munich Airport NJ LLC, which was specifically created by MAI, will assume responsibility for the operation of Newark Airport’s new Terminal A on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). This includes operation, technical maintenance of the terminal and management of the retail and restaurant space.

Newark Airport’s new Terminal A has a total area of ​​approximately 93,000 square meters and an annual capacity of up to 14 million passengers, making it one of the largest infrastructure projects in the state of New Jersey.

MAI believes the new airport terminal will set new standards for airports in the United States and around the world.

“NYNJ Port Authority, together with Munich Airport, has created an infrastructure that uses state-of-the-art technology and efficient processes to deliver a unique passenger experience and sets a new standard for the entire industry. American airport,” said Jost Lammers. , CEO of Munich Airport.

Modeled after Munich as a premium hub, Newark’s new Terminal A would offer passengers “a 5-star airport experience” in an environment heavily focused on New Jersey state characteristics.

MAI explains: “A pioneer in science, art and culture, New Jersey is a source of inspiration for the design and commercial facilities of the new terminal.

“The concept, which bears the name ‘Journey of Surprises’, integrates all commercial and terminal areas in a fascinating digital journey: innovative digital elements, regional art installations, regional and global food and perfectly arranged furniture make traveling in Terminal A is a special experience.

About 100 MAI employees from 30 countries work in Newark and have run the current Terminal A for three years. Everyone would be enthusiastic about the opening of the terminal after three years of preparation.

“Management contracts like those in Newark are a key element of MAI’s successful growth and strengthen our international presence,” enthused Dr. Lutz Weisser, Managing Director of Munich Airport International GmbH.

Over the past few years, MAI has grown from a leading airport operational readiness and transfer (ORAT) provider to a global airport operator.

With approximately 180 highly qualified experts worldwide, to date it has successfully completed more than 125 projects in more than 45 countries. MAI offers best practice based solutions for the entire airport lifecycle, including tailored training programs and integrated airport management.

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Hulu Christmas Movies for the 2022 Holiday Season https://deborahjmiller.com/hulu-christmas-movies-for-the-2022-holiday-season/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 20:34:09 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/hulu-christmas-movies-for-the-2022-holiday-season/ In 2022, it’s going to be a holly, merry Hulu. Nope? Nothing? Not good? Alright, well, we tried. If you are a dedicated Hulu subscriber and a devoted observer of Christmas movies, the streaming service has plenty of titles to keep you happy throughout the holiday season. Some are new, like the Hulu Original It’s […]]]>

In 2022, it’s going to be a holly, merry Hulu.

Nope? Nothing? Not good? Alright, well, we tried.

If you are a dedicated Hulu subscriber and a devoted observer of Christmas movies, the streaming service has plenty of titles to keep you happy throughout the holiday season. Some are new, like the Hulu Original It’s a wonderful frenzy. Some are old, like the immortal holiday favorite A fashionable Christmas, the only Christmas movie guaranteed to clear your mind or get your money back. The service has a whole bunch of movies to watch — and even a few Hanukkah movies to boot.

Here’s the full list of Hulu titles for Christmas this year:

Now streaming on Hulu

A Merry Christmas wish (2022)

A New York publicity executive returns to her hometown to sell the family farm, but reconnects with her childhood friend and becomes involved in organizing the annual Winter Wonderland, which takes place on the property.

The happiest season (2020)

Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be difficult. Planning to propose to her family’s annual Christmas dinner — until you realize they don’t even know she’s gay — is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) hid their relationship from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. HAPPIEST SEASON is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions involved in wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

Santa games (2022)

This year, the manager of a shopping center where Santa Charles worked decides to upgrade it and replace it with a forced retirement. Instead of leaving, he asks to find his replacement by posting an ad online. When this ad goes viral, the interview process becomes a series of tasks and challenges leading to an all-out competition of festive mayhem and Christmas comedy.

Menorah in the middle (2022)

This year for Hanukkah, (Sarah) is going home with her new fiancé (Chad) to meet his parents. Things take a turn for the worse when she discovers that the family bakery is in danger of closing. Her father has a heart attack and it is her fiancé who plans to take over the family business. All seems lost until she meets her old school friend (Ben), who tries to help her save the bakery while showing her the true meaning of love, family and love. spirit of Hanukkah.

Christmas on repeat (2022)

A workaholic (Jennifer Taylor) is stuck in a time loop repeating Christmas Day over and over again as she tries to reconnect with her family, while trying to appease her boss’s (Matthew Lawrence) demands.

All I want for Christmas (2022)

A newly separated mother (Mariah) gets into numerous wars of words with her ex-husband (David). Their daughter (Ivy), wanting to reunite the family, makes a Christmas wish with Santa, which leads to many hilarious mishaps. Mariah can’t say “no”, and David can’t say “lie”. Will this be the holiday miracle this family needs to bring them together.

My Christmas fiancé (2022)

(Maya) is working as a chef for an upscale restaurant in Italy when her boss (Penn) asks her to pretend to be her fiancé for the holidays so he can avoid being groomed for the wedding by his family. Things get complicated when the Chef’s ex-girlfriend (Ashleigh) wants to take over the business by sabotaging the restaurant. It’s up to (Maya) to try to save the restaurant while trying to hide her true feelings for (Penn).

Christmas caterer (2022)

New business owner Molly Frost (Merritt Patterson) struggles to launch her new catering business when she unexpectedly lands New Hampshire’s biggest event of the year, the Foundation’s Christmas Gala. Harrison. Meanwhile, Carson Harrison (Daniel Lissing), who will lead the event this year, is the very reluctant heir to his family’s foundation. Carson is a renowned photographer who spent years traveling the world to avoid taking over his Aunt Jean’s foundation. Molly, a hometown girl who has already benefited from the foundation’s generosity, takes Carson on a journey to discover all the good her family brings to so many. The discovery inspires Carson to use his artistic gifts to create the most heartwarming fundraiser in the foundation’s history.

Christmas on the farm (2021)

A New York socialite who fakes her identity to get her book published has to rush to her dead mother’s farm when the publisher and her son come to visit their “Australian” author.

An unpleasant job
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An unpleasant job (2019)

A mid-level corporate employee finds he’s not getting the Christmas bonus he expected, but his boss urges him to earn a promotion by beating his professional rival in a fierce competition.

A Christmas Carol from FX (2019)

Ebenezer Scrooge experiences a dark night of the soul in an original version of Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story.

Sony Animation
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Arthur Christmas (2011)

When Santa’s high-tech Christmas operation misses a child, Santa’s son Arthur sets out to complete the Christmas Eve mission the old-fashioned way – via reindeer! A hilarious animated treat!

Premiere on November 15:

Mistletoe and Menorahs
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Mistletoe & Menorahs (2019)

When a man and woman make a deal to learn each other’s holiday traditions, they realize they have a lot in common and fall in love.

Premiere on November 18:

A fashionable Christmas
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A fashionable Christmas (2015)

The disbanded divas of En Vogue are invited to reunite for a charity Christmas concert to save the club where they became stars.

Premiere on November 24:

A winter Christmas song
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A winter Christmas song (2019)

Clio (Ashanti) befriends Fred (Stan Shaw), a down-on-his-luck homeless ex-jazz singer. The two form a special bond over music, and Clio, who has just lost his own father, helps Fred reconnect with his own daughter.

Happy cam kiss (2022)

When widowed entertainer JESS and sports-loving bartender DANNY go on a first date at a hockey game, they’re embarrassed to end up on the kissing camera. But their first kiss turns out to be magical in more ways than one, as their team scores a game-winning goal right after. Now, despite seemingly having little in common and both having emotional hurdles that have kept them single in the past, Jess and Danny must continue to attend team games together or risk anger. of thousands of hockey fans who believe their kisses are good luck. charm.

Premiere on November 29:

Christmas at the drive-in
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Christmas at the drive-in (2022)

When a lawyer tries to save the local drive-in, she’s forced to work with the owner – who happens to be the guy she shared her first kiss with – to give him a chance to prove the drive-in’s worth. . by reopening it during the Christmas period.

Premiere on December 1:

I’m glad it’s Christmas
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I’m glad it’s Christmas (2022)

CHLOE BOSE aspires to be a Broadway star, so when the mysterious CORA LAWSON enlists Holly and the store’s talented and handsome Santa, JASON MURPHY, to put on a musical Christmas revue, she sees an opportunity to make a splash. But as she and Jason work together, they realize they have more in common than just musical talent…

The Good Christmas Witch
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The Good Christmas Witch (2022)

In this adorable sequel to “Christmas Thieves,” Frank and Tony babysit Liam and Olivia, while their parents Emma and Peter shop for last-minute Christmas presents. Emma and Peter have an accident with Santa and scared all his reindeer. Santa has to call for reinforcements and the only person left to save the day is the Christmas Witch. Unbeknownst to Santa, the Christmas Witch accidentally landed outside Olivia and Liam’s house, and she completely lost her memory. Liam, Olivia, Frank and Tony try to find answers for the witch in the book “Puffins”. Will the Puffins help the Witch remember that she has to go help Santa Claus early enough to save Christmas? This heartwarming Christmas action-animated flick is packed with holiday magic and is something the whole family will enjoy together.

Premiere on December 9:

It’s a wonderful frenzy (2022)

Like the original film (The Binge, 2020), the sequel is set in the near future where all alcohol and drug use is prohibited except for one glorious day known as The Binge. This year, that day miraculously comes at Christmas. The new holiday adventure will include magical storybooks, catchy songs, stop-motion animation… and drugs! Many of them! Happy Bingemas!

The most popular Christmas movies of all time

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Are chef-to-table meal services the future of cheffing? No restaurant? No problem. – Food https://deborahjmiller.com/are-chef-to-table-meal-services-the-future-of-cheffing-no-restaurant-no-problem-food/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 20:29:38 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/are-chef-to-table-meal-services-the-future-of-cheffing-no-restaurant-no-problem-food/ Chef Maribel Rivero (Photo by Jana Birchum) As someone who thinks about food most of the time and falls asleep cataloging breakfast items, I still don’t willingly accept meal planning and preparation. Not because I don’t like it. Because cooking, with laundry or lawn maintenance, is a daily task: the need to eat never stops, […]]]>

Chef Maribel Rivero (Photo by Jana Birchum)

As someone who thinks about food most of the time and falls asleep cataloging breakfast items, I still don’t willingly accept meal planning and preparation. Not because I don’t like it. Because cooking, with laundry or lawn maintenance, is a daily task: the need to eat never stops, which is why restaurants and, by extension, chefs are an integral part of our daily lives.

When the pandemic hit, many pain points in the restaurant industry emerged, and we non-industrials who still didn’t want to cook had to switch from restaurant meals to curbside delivery and to meal kits. An even easier and more appealing option after sitting in Zoom meetings all day is to buy pre-prepared meals; you just have to heat them – plate them if you have to – before scraping them.

One of these convenience food companies, CookUnity, somehow found me via an email offer in April 2022. The offer was 40% off my first order, and the tease was meals prepared by Iron Chef and longtime restaurateur Jose Garces. I eagerly signed up and learned that Chef Garces meals are only available to CookUnity customers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Philadelphia. That didn’t stop me from signing up for four meals a week and then moving up to six. The meals were all mostly delicious, out of the park, at home, all in a rich, homemade, balanced and balanced way. Perhaps because CookUnity, which calls itself the first-ever chef-to-table platform, onboards local chefs, most of whom have run their own restaurants. And yet, chefs like to cook this way.

What is a chef-to-table platform and will it change the way you eat?

What is a chef-to-table platform and will it change the way you eat? CookUnity launched in New York in 2018 and, after raising $70 million in venture funding, quietly expanded nationwide, including Austin, in the fall of 2021. CookUnity highlights connecting consumers with local chefs via an app or website. To hear it from former Austin restaurant owner and culinary educator Maribel Rivero, CookUnity’s model benefits chefs by removing tedious tasks and letting them focus on creating recipes. On the phone, Chef Rivero sounded bubbly as she talked about her experience working for the platform.

“I was one of the first to register [in Austin]. I was catering individually and I knew I couldn’t have the same litter. As an independent chef, that’s appealing.” She joined the platform in September 2021 and hasn’t looked back.

Rivero, who once owned Peruvian restaurant Manor Road Yuyo, explained the model: CookUnity provides the kitchen and buys and supplies all the food. They take care of all the logistics and packaging, including putting a photo of the specific chef’s smiley face on each box, as well as the delivery. CookUnity earns money for every meal someone orders, the chef gets a percentage, then the chefs pay their team. “They find the customers and then they let us know how many customers we have through the app. We don’t do anything but cook and take care of the labor,” Rivero said.

Chief Rebecca Meeker (Photo by John Anderson)

As executive chef of Yuyo, it took Rivero nine months to find a supplier to provide choclo, Peruvian corn. Rivero plans to bring his version of arroz con choclo, featured on Yuyo’s menu, back to CookUnity in the near future, along with the choclo provided by CookUnity.

Rivero came to the platform with eight different dinners. His dishes are simple-looking dishes, spruced up by a chef, like grilled chicken and grilled vegetables bound with rich chimichurri and mashed smoked eggplant. Rivero also offers clean, crisp renditions of the homemade Tex-Mex dishes she grew up with. She explained the reasons for her meal offerings.

“Most chefs stay in their lane or try to provide something that another chef doesn’t. But people still want their home-style classics. At first, I started with Peruvian dishes, and I I have a few favorites that I will continue. But customers are getting finicky.”

Rivero teased a Uruguayan dish she has on the platform soon: “It’s just grilled fish with a chimichurri, and rice with his own chimichurri that I presented to Yuyo, and charred tomatoes and caramelized onions. More corn in the rice!”

Like Rivero, Garces was recruited by CookUnity. I had to ask: Why would an Iron Chef with its own restaurants and website (www.garcesgroup.com) want to sell meals through another online platform?

He said: “I love the community aspect. There are multiple teams of chefs working together under one roof, there’s a certain camaraderie. It’s a challenge to source local and fresh ingredients, and CU takes care of that, which makes sense for all the chef teams. And during the pandemic, it wasn’t the time to go out to eat. I’m glad I got the outlet. Garces said he was surprised to find that he was planning to prepare the food in a new way.

“Cooking big meals in abundance, and making sure they are all fresh and of the same quality, there is a lot to learn. I started to think about the nutritional balance of my meals, where before I ‘stacked the taste.’ Garces eats the same CookUnity meals as anyone in her delivery area.

Chef Jose Garces (Courtesy of CookUnity)

Garces said, “I order the meals for myself, for quality assurance purposes and for my family. I think it’s good. I’m not just saying that, it’s a great homemade option.”

The chefs I spoke to seemed happy with the deal, but they had a restaurant of sorts, a national profile and various “entrepreneurial” moves before they were spotted by CookUnity. Like WeWork, the CookUnity model appears to aim to dominate the market nationally, but not just with real estate – by matching regional/local cooks with the customer.

What about a hyperlocal model, in that the heat-and-eat meals you buy in semi-bulk (4-8 meals per week) were prepared locally, by an Austin chef who grew up here and wants to live a balanced life and serve delicious food? That would be Lucky Lime, founded by Austinite Rebecca Meeker, former chef of Jeffrey’s and Josephine House. She explained her intention to prepare meals: “In 2017, I quit my job and was looking for a more balanced lifestyle. I wanted to make appetizing meals that were also healthy.”

“I like the community side. There are several teams of chefs working together under one roof, there is a certain camaraderie.
– Chef Jose Garces on selling his meals through CookUnity

She launched Lucky Lime in 2018 and currently cooks 1,000 meals a week for weekly subscribers, as well as take-out items at Thom’s Market, Tiny Grocer and Royal Blue. Or you can stop at the Lucky Lime kitchen window at GhostLine kitchens after placing an order online via eatluckylime.com. The new platform is powered by Pradoa local company that helps meal prep businesses – which is a bit like the CookUnity model.

“It’s going well,” Meeker said modestly. And it’s not doing it alone (or with VC funding). Along with her prep team, she works with marketing, design and advertising agency Whitebox to create the branding and packaging for Lucky Lime.

But will the business model work? CookUnity just expanded to Austin. Lucky Lime only wants to serve Austin; Meeker said she might consider expanding to Houston or Dallas, but has no plans for national expansion. So I had to ask someone who long ago opted out of the convenience food delivery game what they thought of the overall business model. The soup vendorDavid Ansel used to offer a similar weekly ready-to-eat meal delivery option, but discontinued it years ago. Ansel saw the future of the Soup Peddler as good food and fast service through convenient locations, and you know how that story turned out: they’ve become an Austin staple with five locations.

Ansel, who is quietly proud of Soup Peddler’s always fresh and healthy yet indulgent offerings, was candid when recalling his old meal program: “Well, it was sort of a failure. The logistics were tough. Our brand didn’t seem like it was embraced by younger, hipper Austinites the healthier products we offered weren’t popular We couldn’t make fresh stuff Everything was cooked, cooled, then had to be warmed up by the customer. And the customer had to place their order a week in advance.”

Well when you put it like this, the logistics seem difficult. I don’t remember ordering Soup Peddler’s meals a week in advance, I only remember being thrilled to 1) get them to my doorstep and 2) eat them. As someone who is always thinking about food, planning ahead and being rewarded with great meals is a little thrill. It’s not as exciting as eating a perfect Caribbean chicken stew with rice and peas that taste like a chef, because it is. It’s a bigger thrill, and one that has the potential to spread like wildfire among Austin’s increasingly young, affluent, and on-the-go population.

And with many restaurants and chefs digging in to fill the vacuum created by the pandemic, the CookUnity model connects eaters with chefs who find themselves “in between” restaurants, waiting for the real estate market to correct in their favor or wish to develop their catering without increasing overhead costs. And it might have no impact on the traditional restaurant model, if chefs like Jose Garces embrace it. Because the meal itself, while required multiple times a day, is no substitute for the in-person dining experience we’ve all learned during the pandemic.

That said, this model could offer a middle way not only for chefs, but also for those who want a restaurant-quality meal without having to change into their pajamas. And it’s a win for everyone.

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The St. George couple celebrate a year in the bread business – St George News https://deborahjmiller.com/the-st-george-couple-celebrate-a-year-in-the-bread-business-st-george-news/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 19:57:06 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/the-st-george-couple-celebrate-a-year-in-the-bread-business-st-george-news/ ST. GEORGE-When a writer and a professional sculptor got married, little did they know that owning a business would end up being their bread and butter. Sarah and Jeff John, co-owners of Great Harvest Bread, take a photo together, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News “We’re just […]]]>

ST. GEORGE-When a writer and a professional sculptor got married, little did they know that owning a business would end up being their bread and butter.

Sarah and Jeff John, co-owners of Great Harvest Bread, take a photo together, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News

“We’re just two artists who decided to become business owners,” said Sarah John, co-owner of two Great Harvest Bread Company locations in St. George.

With a desire to be closer to her family, John said she and her husband Jeff researched available franchise options. When they discovered the two Great Harvest locations for sale, they took the leap, which meant resuming their life in Michigan and moving to St. George with their seven children.

“We’re sort of foodies and grind our own wheat to make our own bread at home, so this was the perfect fit,” John said of Great Harvest.

Great Harvest Bread Company is a “freedom franchise”, which means franchise owners are free to create their own recipes and designs alongside the standard Great Harvest menu. The couple are constantly testing new recipes and have already created their own signature products, such as lemon bars.

A statue commissioned by Jeff John is shown, place and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Jeff John via Pinterest, St. George News
A statue commissioned by Jeff John is shown, place and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Jeff John via Pinterest, St. George News

But bread isn’t the only thing they have to cook.

The couple are each artists in their own right, and Jeff John said his talents began when he took an elective course in stone carving in college. Following his passion for art, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture and began selling his bronze and sculpture art to local galleries in Colorado.

When the couple started their family, John went back to animation school and added a bachelor’s degree in modeling to his resume. With both degrees, he then worked at General Motors, where he sculpted new car models in clay and scanned them into the computer.

Along with bronze sculptures and artwork consisting mostly of childhood scenes and animals, he also commissioned many pieces, such as a life-size bloodhound for the National Bloodhound Association.

Sarah John wins five Begin of Book Awards at the 2022 American Night Writer's Association Conference, location and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Sarah John via her website, St. George News
Sarah John wins five Begin of Book Awards at the 2022 American Night Writer’s Association Conference, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John via her website, St. George News

Many items retailed at Great Harvest feature his prints such as “St. George” improvised by hand on wooden cutting boards. To see a portfolio of his work, visit Jeff John art on Pinterest.

A creative herself, Sarah John is a writer who previously worked in the Florida tourism industry. She wrote news articles, web content and publicity texts until the couple began to expand their family. She then continued her career with freelance writing. Five years ago, she said her interest shifted to writing children’s novels.

“I’m a budding author right now, just working on my craft,” she said. “It’s mostly a passion and a hobby, but I would like to go further.”

With a mid-level sci-fi novel already completed, John said she is currently working on a young adult thriller. She won a non-fiction mentorship from The Children’s Book Society Writers and illustratorswhich allowed him to work with Stephanie Bearce, a children’s non-fiction author.

Jeff and Sarah John's kids get to work making sandwiches, location and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News
Jeff and Sarah John’s kids get to work making sandwiches, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News

She recently had the the opportunity to present his book to publishers at a writing convention and has been in contact with publishers of children’s non-fiction. For more information on John’s writing career and goals, visit his website.

The couple’s artistic side has been temporarily put on hold while they focus on the two stores. Sarah John said she is looking forward to streamlining Great Harvest so she can pursue her dreams as an author and her husband can focus on his passion for creating art.

For the holiday season, Great Harvest has brought a wide variety of new retail items to offer. The store offers holiday aprons, specialty syrups, gourmet jams and more. Great Harvest also offers catering services for corporate lunches, school sporting events and more, and includes everything from salad bowls to sandwich boxes.

For more information on the Great Harvest Bread Company in St. George visit their website or follow @GreatHarvestSTG on Instagramgram. Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 922 E. Brigham Rd. and 140 N. 400 W. in St. George.

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18-year-old candidate follows Trump’s path in Maryland election https://deborahjmiller.com/18-year-old-candidate-follows-trumps-path-in-maryland-election/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 12:53:42 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/18-year-old-candidate-follows-trumps-path-in-maryland-election/ Comment this story Comment Mason Carter graduated from high school in May. He lives at home with his parents and has no job. Come Tuesday, the 18-year-old Republican, who says he has been inspired by former President Donald Trump since he was 11, hopes to become one of the youngest officials ever elected in Maryland. […]]]>

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Mason Carter graduated from high school in May. He lives at home with his parents and has no job. Come Tuesday, the 18-year-old Republican, who says he has been inspired by former President Donald Trump since he was 11, hopes to become one of the youngest officials ever elected in Maryland.

And his chances look good.

Frederick County voted decisively for Joe Biden against Trump in the 2020 presidential race. But in its race against Democrat Julianna Lufkin, Carter is running for the County Council’s 5th arrondissement, its reddest and most rural seat, giving it a significant advantage.

Carter, who declined to be interviewed for this story but emailed and texted responses to some submitted questions, said he wanted to cut taxes and government regulations and improve roads and schools. And he is running against county officials’ decision to put restrictions in place during the pandemic to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

What prompted him to run, he said in an email, was his belief that “the government should stay out of our backs and out of our pockets.”

Frederick County’s population, once predominantly rural and still the state’s leading agricultural county, has jumped 43 percent in the past two decades to 280,000. The growth has overcrowded schools, strained infrastructure, increased government spending, and coincided with a shift in the county’s political makeup. Biden’s victory in 2020 was the first time the county has voted for a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Republican Michael Blue, a Walkersville auto repair business owner who represented District 5 for one term, voted according to him to serve his largely rural constituency, which stretches to the Pennsylvania border and includes Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Walkersville and Woodsboro. Often, he said, that involved working with his Democratic colleagues on the board to find legislation acceptable to both parties.

But Carter, then 17, targeted Blue, 63, as a seasoned pro in the primary campaign, attacking him for being “anti-Trump”, for not being a “true conservative” and for being sided “with the Radical Liberals on our County Council.”

“We remain committed to taking back our beautiful county and restoring freedom and freedom,” Carter proclaimed on his page. where he had criticized Blue’s support for mask wearing and other covid prevention measures. “I will never reduce you to your house, shut down your business, shut down your church, force mask your children, or raise your taxes.”

In his campaign, Carter framed his candidacy as an effort for #saveFrederickCounty, a hashtag he uses on billboards, mailings and Facebook posts. In March, he wrote in a campaign survey conducted by Duckpin, a conservative Maryland political and news blog, that “2022 is arguably the Republicans’ last chance to take back Frederick County.”

Carter said he was modeling his approach on that of Trump. “Trump: Art of the Deal” is his favorite book and he regularly praises the former president on the track and on his Facebook feed.

“I had a great time traveling to Scranton, PA to support our amazing president,” Carter said on his campaign’s Facebook page in September. “We are the freedom movement. Proud to be a Republican MAGA.

Carter won the July primary with 2,841 votes to Blue’s 2,469. Lufkin, 31, who co-owns a restaurant business with her mother and is also the first woman to graduate from a one-year program at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing, had never applied for a position politics before. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and won 2,442 votes.

Carter’s work experience is relatively limited: six months as a reporter for a local newspaper and a stint in retail customer service. His forays into politics include founding his high school’s Republican club and volunteering in local political races.

Watch: Q&A with Maryland gubernatorial candidates

His campaign resonates with 57-year-old Tim Clarke, a retired law enforcement officer who lives in Rocky Ridge. Carter’s youth doesn’t bother Clarke.

“I just think he’s the best candidate. He worked hard and he’s going to get my vote,” Clarke said. “I wish I had someone a little older but…his thought process is similar to mine. We are both conservative.

Clarke said he gave Carter a lot of credit just for running for office.

William and Angelina Walsh of Woodsboro are registered Democrats who have lived in Frederick County for 50 years. They both voted for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in previous elections, but when they left early voting at the Thurmont Library last week, they said they had voted for a direct Democrat, including Lufkin.

“He hasn’t been around long enough to know what’s going on,” William Walsh, 72, a retired federal civil servant, said of Carter. His wife, also a retired federal employee, agreed. “I wouldn’t vote for anyone associated with Trump,” Angelina Walsh said.

Blue said he was not entirely surprised to lose to Carter, who was endorsed by Republican Maryland gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox, a state delegate from Frederick who defeated the sorted successor on the wing of Hogan, a moderate Republican, in the July primary.

“I knew with the way the political environment is, not just here in Frederick County but in a number of places across the country, that Democrats and Republicans, in both parties, the extremes weed out some of the more moderate candidates in the primaries,” he said.

Blue said ruling from the far left or the far right “just doesn’t work”.

“I think it’s pathetic if you can’t see a point of view or someone else’s opinion has merit,” he said. “You may not quite agree, but we are more alike and agree on more things than we are. And if we accept that and work from that particular angle, we can have much more productive governance that citizens deserve. ”

Blue, who backed Trump for president, said he decided to support Lufkin in the run for the board. He said it will be “not an easy battle” for her, but he believes she has the right life and work experience for the job and can win.

Blue said Carter was an energetic activist, but he thinks young people are too inexperienced to serve on the council.

“It has nothing to do with me not supporting a Republican who beat me. I really [couldn’t] careless. I think this Mason Carter is way over his head,” Blue said. “I wish him the best. … I’m not going to oppose him, but I just don’t see how, without a lot of help, he will be able to carry out his duties. … Every vote, every decision that it takes affects all citizens of Frederick County.

Lufkin said she decided to run this year because of concerns about child food insecurity, underfunded public schools, poor internet quality in the county’s more rural areas, and the ongoing assessment of the opioid epidemic.

“I turned 30 and realized I wasn’t having the impact I wanted on my community,” Lufkin said in an interview. “I wasn’t helping in the way that I thought help was needed.”

Carter said in an email that his ultimate goal in life was to be a husband and father, but “with rising prices, high taxes, rising crime and overcrowded schools, I’m afraid not being able to give my children the life they deserve here in Frederick County.

While inflation has driven up prices everywhere and some schools in Frederick are overcapacity, even some of Carter’s boosters say crime isn’t rising.

“We’ve seen eight straight years where we’ve seen a reduction in serious crime,” Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said. Frederick News-Post this week. “So it’s not necessarily a problem when you see what’s going on around us, but we don’t want it to become a problem.”

Jenkins, who was sheriff for 16 years and is racing again this year, supported Carter in the race.

Lufkin said she and Carter disagree on political issues, but it’s her work and life experience that separates the two candidates: “I’ve been working in the family business since I was 14 or 15,” she says. “So that seems like a pretty fundamental difference.”

Lufkin said she would work with Republicans to reach consensus on issues even if that meant making occasional concessions — something she said Carter wouldn’t do with Democrats.

Trump, election denial, QAnon and Dan Cox: In Maryland, the GOP is marginalizing itself

Carter, who sent mailers with a photoshopped image of Lufkin with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) who called Lufkin “the AOC of Frederick County,” said in an email that he would be “more than happy to work with my friends and fellow Democrats on policies and issues that will improve the quality of life for our families.

Lufkin has $9,630 in hand when he last deposited Oct. 27. Carter has $11,861 according to his Oct. 28 filing.

In March, Carter was asked in the Duckpin Questionnaire if Biden had been legitimately elected president in 2020. He replied, “No.”

He said then that he would accept the results of the primary election. When asked last month if he would accept the general election results if he lost, Carter said he would not commit to doing so.

“How can you legitimately accept something that hasn’t happened yet? »

Peter Jamison contributed to this report.

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Mopa is yet to take off, but South Goa is watching a ‘tourism famine’ https://deborahjmiller.com/mopa-is-yet-to-take-off-but-south-goa-is-watching-a-tourism-famine/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:34:20 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/mopa-is-yet-to-take-off-but-south-goa-is-watching-a-tourism-famine/ October 29, 2022 | 06:38 IST Mopa is yet to take off, but South Goa is watching a ‘tourism famine’ Several hotels and resorts catering to international tourists in the district are reporting cancellations in their reservations; tourist traffic will never increase to the point of making two airports in the state viable, experts say […]]]>
October 29, 2022 | 06:38 IST

Mopa is yet to take off, but South Goa is watching a ‘tourism famine’

Several hotels and resorts catering to international tourists in the district are reporting cancellations in their reservations; tourist traffic will never increase to the point of making two airports in the state viable, experts say

PRATIK PARAB

PANJIM: Mopa International Airport is set to take off soon, but the coastal state’s southern district is already seeing a drop in tourism with several hotels and resorts catering to international tourists reporting cancellations in their bookings. The reason attributed to these cancellations is that some airlines have announced the diversion of their flights to the new airport.

Experts believe tourist traffic will never increase to the point of making two airports in the state viable.

Dabolim and Mopa is the first two-airport model in the country which will now be put to the test.

It can be recalled that the ADPI (Aeroports of Paris Engineering) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following a study on the double airports declared that two airports for Goa are not recommended.

Activists opposing Mopa airport and demanding the retention of Dabolim airport have reiterated their position that the new Greenfield airport will deal a mortal blow to the tourism industry and the livelihoods of thousands of Goans dependent on tourism.

Now, as the commissioning of Mopa airport nears, hopes that Dabolim airport will remain open for civilian aircraft are looking dim.

Middle East-based carrier Oman Air has already announced its decision to transfer its operations to Mopa from January 1 next year.

By this gesture, Oman Air abandoned Dabolim airport even before the commissioning of the giant aerodrome.

Now some domestic airlines have also started turning their backs on Dabolim. Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport (SBSI), Chandigarh, has announced its winter schedule, adding two new flights to Goa, which will soon land at Mopa airport.

Aviation industry experts say that without a proper plan for Mopa, the viability of two airports is questionable.

Vito Gomes, a service provider to over 3,000 airports around the world, shared his thoughts on the viability of two airports in Goa.

“Passenger footfall will increase but it will never increase enough by having two operational airports in Goa,” Gomes warned.

“There must be long and short term plans for Mopa Airport. There is no registered plan. The answers should have been there before Mopa Airport went into operation. In the current situation, without proper roadmap, two airports would not be viable for Goa,” he said.

Gomes further added that a five-minute plane trip from Mopa to Dabolim will have a huge impact on airline costs. No airline will operate out of two airports at the same time. Connectivity, ancillary services if some airlines only fly Dabolim or only Mopa are also questionable at present.

“What I feel is that the moment they see that the two airports are not viable for operation, they will automatically abandon operations at Dabolim and allow the Navy to take over and subsequently to end the civilian airport enclave,” Gomes warned.

Dixon Vaz, Vice President of the Small and Medium Hotel Association, said: “Political statements will not help tourism in South Goa. With the commissioning of Mopa Airport, we are witnessing a tourism famine in South Goa. The government won’t have much to say when it comes to international airlines. Already so many tourists have started canceling reservations at hotels in South Goa and the worst is yet to come,” he warned.

“Without synergy between all tourism players like hotels, tour operators and taxis, the slow death of Dabolim is inevitable,” said Vaz, who is also Cavelossim Sarpanch.

Abhijit Prabhudesai, who worked as chief electrical engineer at Dubai International Airport, said: “This is the end of the tourism industry and the end of international tourism in the state. International tourism is a very sensitive sector. Mopa airport will require higher handling cost as it is a private airport,” said Prabhudesai, an activist and member of Goans For Dabolim Only.

“We said that Mopa is the biggest land scam in the history of India. The government had conducted a study through ADPI and ICAO in 2005 and 2007 on dual airports. The study had stated that dual airports are not recommended for Goa,” Prabhudesai recalled.

“It is a private airport and there is no obligation to employ locals. In the end, no local will end up finding a job because almost 10,000 people, who depended on agriculture, have lost their livelihoods,” Prabhudesai said.

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Top payment trends to watch in 2023, according to top VCs https://deborahjmiller.com/top-payment-trends-to-watch-in-2023-according-to-top-vcs/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 13:00:41 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/top-payment-trends-to-watch-in-2023-according-to-top-vcs/ Both private and public fintech valuations have been hit hard in 2022. But major fintech players say payments could be a bright spot heading into next year. Insider spoke with nine venture capitalists who analyzed the opportunities between payouts. In 2020 and 2021, it looked like the value of private and public fintech startups could […]]]>
  • Both private and public fintech valuations have been hit hard in 2022.
  • But major fintech players say payments could be a bright spot heading into next year.
  • Insider spoke with nine venture capitalists who analyzed the opportunities between payouts.

In 2020 and 2021, it looked like the value of private and public fintech startups could only increase. But this year, there was no shortage of fintech names that have already achieved sky-high valuations.

In the third quarter of this year, fintech funding volume fell to its lowest level since late 2020, according to research firm CB Insights. Funding of $12.9 billion raised from July to September marked a 64% decline from the same period last year. Meanwhile, the number of “mega deals” – or funding rounds over $100 million – fell to its lowest level since 2018, CB Insights also reported.

But payments were a relatively bright spot in the third quarter.

According to CB Insights, payment-related transaction volume reached almost $4 billion, or just under a third of all fintech funding.

And while not a record amount, the payouts are a bigger slice of the fintech funding pie. A year ago, when third-quarter fintech funding topped $36 billion amid a bull market, payouts accounted for about 20% of overall funding volume.

But even amid a relative decline in broader fintech funding, payments represent a safe and persistent thesis because it is a largely complicated and analog space. There’s plenty of room for efficiency and digitalization, according to Hope Cochran, managing director of Madrona Venture Group.

“While the solutions market may seem fragmented and confusing, it’s because there are so many parts of the process that are complex and need improvement,” Cochran told Insider.

The headwinds sweeping through the U.S. economy also position payments as an opportune investment growth area for fintech in the fourth quarter and into the new year.

“Payments is one of those inflation-hedged sectors,” said Mark Batsiyan, partner and chief operating officer at seed-stage investor Inspired Capital. “As everything gets more expensive, payments take a slice of everything.”

Here are the payment areas where nine top fintech investors say they see opportunity.

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Why I Chose Thrift Fashion Over Restoration https://deborahjmiller.com/why-i-chose-thrift-fashion-over-restoration/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 18:39:39 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/why-i-chose-thrift-fashion-over-restoration/ For Jessica Danlami, getting into thrift fashion wasn’t her original plan. She had her mind set on the restaurant industry, but after coming across a second-hand fashion page on Instagram, she was impressed with how the page owner was selling her second-hand fashion items. and decided to start buying from her. For Jessica, thrift fashion […]]]>

For Jessica Danlami, getting into thrift fashion wasn’t her original plan. She had her mind set on the restaurant industry, but after coming across a second-hand fashion page on Instagram, she was impressed with how the page owner was selling her second-hand fashion items. and decided to start buying from her. For Jessica, thrift fashion gives a reasonable result.

In this conversation with LEADERSHIP on Friday, the CEO of JayClassyThrift talked about her business and her life in general.

“I started my savings business in 2020, during my youth service, due to lockdown, I was unable to get to my PPA (main duty station), for 6 months, so I Says why stay idle, when I can actually get myself busy, I never thought I’d get into the savings fad.

All I wanted was to get into the restaurant business, then I came across a savings page on Instagram, I loved the way she ran her page, and I decided to buy from her, and she told me some important things i needed to know about the company. I’m so glad I made this decision

Speaking further, Lapai Niger State Business Administration graduate of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, said JayClassyThrift mainly specializes in casual and corporate dresses, for women, and operates currently primarily on Instagram, but is working on expanding and opening a physical outlet.

On the profits and challenges of the second-hand fashion business, she said, “The challenges I faced in my early days were how to get my target market, but with the help of social handles (Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp), I was able to overcome it.

“The business is quite lucrative; but you have to have a niche. What works for A may not work for B. Satisfying customers is a challenge, finding quality items, getting customers to trust me without having a physical store is a challenge, and of course lack of electricity.

While giving some advice to people aspiring to get into the thrift store, she said, “If you are thinking of starting a thrift store or are already in it, be consistent, sales aren’t just easy with thrift stores, your consistency and hard work will show, I’ve gone months sometimes without selling but I never gave up, I’m not there yet but it’s been really great”.

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Carver Bancorp appoints black woman banking and regulatory expert to board https://deborahjmiller.com/carver-bancorp-appoints-black-woman-banking-and-regulatory-expert-to-board/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 20:59:26 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/carver-bancorp-appoints-black-woman-banking-and-regulatory-expert-to-board/ In a move that reinforces its acumen for regulatory compliance, Carver Bancorp, Inc. has appointed Robin L. Nunn as an independent member of its board of directors. At the same time, the holding company of Carver Federal Savings Bank reported that the move allows it to add a black female director as the percentage of […]]]>

In a move that reinforces its acumen for regulatory compliance, Carver Bancorp, Inc. has appointed Robin L. Nunn as an independent member of its board of directors.

At the same time, the holding company of Carver Federal Savings Bank reported that the move allows it to add a black female director as the percentage of women of color on public company boards continues to be disproportionately low. black women on stage noted that black women make up just 4% of board seats at S&P 500 companies.

Based in Harlem, New York, Carver is one of the nation’s largest black-run banks with assets of about $725 million at the end of September this year. Carver is No. 3 on the most recent List of BE banks.

As an independent director, the bank’s management team revealed that they will rely heavily on Nunn’s strategic advice as Carver seeks to continue to grow and meet the needs of minorities and women entrepreneurs ( MWBE) and Black Americans aiming to achieve their financial goals.

Michael Pugh, President and CEO of Carver, said via email: “Given the current regulatory framework for the banking industry, Carver deliberately sought out Robin Nunn, a highly accomplished woman of color, based on her legal background. in banking and regulatory compliance. We believe it is increasingly vital for community development finance institutions like Carver to have this type of expertise on their board as they adapt to changing industry dynamics and plan for growth.

In general, compliance is crucial for institutions, such as all types of banksas this may impact their strategic direction and their accountability to the regulators who oversee them.

Nunn is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she is co-head of the firm’s banking practice. She has handled high-stakes cases for banks and other financial services companies in regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and regulatory compliance.

She was in-house counsel earlier in her career with two major financial institutions, developing and executing critical legal strategies, according to a press release. She has represented entities centered on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and compliance and enforcement matters related to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

“It is an honor to be invited to join the Carver Bancorp, Inc. Board of Directors,” Nunn said in an email. “I look forward to maintaining the integrity and trust clients place in Carver and to working alongside the Bank’s talented management team and fellow Board members.”

Nunn also serves on the boards of the National Endowment for Financial Education, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Inc.

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Food brand Cadia plants a flag in the heart of the mecca of the organic industry Boulder https://deborahjmiller.com/food-brand-cadia-plants-a-flag-in-the-heart-of-the-mecca-of-the-organic-industry-boulder/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 23:17:48 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/food-brand-cadia-plants-a-flag-in-the-heart-of-the-mecca-of-the-organic-industry-boulder/ When Naperville, Ill.-based food company KeHE Distributors LLC bought organic brand Cadia about a decade ago, company executives looked west for a place where to maintain and develop their new asset. KeHE Executive Director of Brands Ben Friedland. (Courtesy of KeHE) “About eight or nine years ago, KeHE said that we wanted to be more […]]]>

When Naperville, Ill.-based food company KeHE Distributors LLC bought organic brand Cadia about a decade ago, company executives looked west for a place where to maintain and develop their new asset.

KeHE Executive Director of Brands Ben Friedland. (Courtesy of KeHE)

“About eight or nine years ago, KeHE said that we wanted to be more closely connected to the health food community and the epicenter of the health food industry,” said KeHe’s Executive Director of Brands, Ben Friedland at BizWest.

That epicenter, of course, is Boulder.

The company launched a satellite office near 38th Street and Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder to serve as the de facto corporate headquarters for the Cadia brand.

This year, KeHE and Cadia “doubled down on our commitment to our presence in the Boulder community by relocating and opening a new innovation and growth center” off 14th Street and Canyon Boulevard, Friedland said.

That the new office is a stone’s throw from the Boulder Farmers’ Market, perhaps the super-epicenter for natural foods within Boulder’s broader epicenter for industry, is not lost on Cadia executives. .

“KeHE is focusing all of its growth and innovation initiatives out of this Boulder office,” Friedland said.

The Cadia brand, which differentiates itself from other suppliers of natural and organic foods and products by catering exclusively to independent retailers, operates out of the 10,000-square-foot Boulder center, which is approximately four times larger than the company’s former local operation.

“With that (the addition of square footage), comes an investment in more people for that space,” Friedland said.

The Boulder operation has approximately 15 employees in a variety of supply, operations, logistics, sales and marketing roles.

“I don’t want to go so far as to say that the epicenter of the business is changing,” Friedland said, “but there’s a lot of inertia, a lot of energy going to Boulder.”

In fact, a handful of senior KeHE executives have moved from Illinois to Colorado in recent years, he said. Remote workers and Illinois-based employees support the Boulder team.

“We’re a health food and specialty products company, and we’re committed to that by hiring more bodies here (in Boulder), creating a bigger space here, and connecting with the local community,” Friedland said. .

Cadia offers more than 600 products, from coconut water to canned beans to toilet paper.

These products are only offered at small grocery stores such as Niwot Market, not the big players like King Soopers or Whole Foods Market.

“There’s an altruism in that,” Friedland said, “but there’s definitely a business case as well.”

Independent retailers “are essential to the fabric of a community,” he said.

Local grocery stores “are these amazing, culturally rich epicentres that people want to support,” Friedland said, but “retailers need to be able to offer their customers high-quality, high-margin, low-priced products.” .

Too often, local operations that focus on natural and organic offerings cost too much for many buyers in the communities they are meant to serve, he said. Customers who shop locally may buy only certain items from their neighborhood retailer, making additional trips to chain stores for basic goods. Cadia aims to fill the void and allow freelancers to remain one-stop-shops for customers.

“It’s not feasible for a small independent retailer that has one, two or three locations to produce their own private label products,” Friedland said. “As a result, they are competing with larger retailers who have a private label.”

Cadia aggregates orders from independent retailers across the country to replicate the economies of scale that are often the exclusive domain of large operators.

“We can produce Cadia (food offerings) on behalf of the aggregate,” Friedland said. “…Now that same person who wants to support (local grocers) is buying a bigger basket. They don’t have to (make an extra stop) at this big retailer to get black beans at a lower price. »

Margin comparisons to private label offered at larger chains differ by individual product. “We won’t always be the cheapest,” Friedland said. “But we’re getting much closer, and in some areas, we’re at or below (the margins and prices offered by) those big retailers.”

The availability of high-quality private label products is especially important for retailers in areas such as Boulder County, where shoppers tend to “purchase mostly organic and are very knowledgeable about natural foods,” Alison said. Steele, co-owner of Niwot Market, at BizWest.

“We’re small – we can’t buy like Whole Foods, we can’t buy 25 cases of (branded product) at once and sell them for less.”

With Cadia, Niwot Market can buy smaller quantities of private label organic products that are “very similar” to branded offerings from high-end grocery chains, sell them at a competitive price while maintaining reasonable margins, a said Steele.

Maintaining margins is more critical than ever for smaller operators battling high inflation and a supply chain crisis that is making wholesale products more expensive and harder to find. Combine that with the ultra-tight job market, and local grocers need to save pennies wherever they can.

“Right now we’re doing great,” Steele said. “But it’s still scary with the way the world is changing. Food (prices are) going up. Everything is going up.”

This article was first published by BizWest, an independent news agency, and is published under a license agreement. © 2022 BizWestMedia LLC.

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