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Broderick Johnson is currently a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. He was formerly Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. He was also chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. Robert Doar is the former Commissioner of Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and currently serves as the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. "Creating opportunities and reducing barriers to employment are critical to the future of our nation's youth," said Broderick Johnson. "I have been fortunate to take on these issues under the leadership of President Obama, and I look forward to bringing my perspectives and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition. Millions of young people get their first jobs in the service industry, and that industry therefore plays a critical role in creating pathways for developing lifelong job skills." "Through my work in New York, I have seen firsthand the benefits that come with connecting individuals to employment and efforts to help them remain in the workforce," said Robert Doar. "The service industry not only provides millions of jobs as our nation's largest private sector employer, it also invests in training and skill development, educational support and certification programs to help workers grow and succeed. Restaurants and retail businesses are essential partners in strengthening our nation's workforce and offering people of all backgrounds with a place to start and establish careers." "We welcome Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar to the Path Forward Coalition and the experience, expertise, and new perspectives they will bring to its ongoing work," said NRF Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Bill Thorne. "We are proud of the work and advancement opportunities retailers create for millions of Americans in communities large and small. The NRF looks forward to helping others better understand the value of the jobs we provide, as well as the new types of skill development and training programs our industry is leading to prepare workers for tomorrow." "Through their commitment to provide opportunities to build a stronger workforce, Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar bring deep and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition," said NRA Senior Vice President of Communications Steve Danon. "We are fortunate they will be helping to lead a broader discussion about the value of restaurant jobs and the many ways in which individuals can learn, grow, and succeed in a diverse range of career pathways in the service industry." For more information about Path Forward, visit www.pathfwd.org and follow us on Twitter @PathFwdWork. For more information on Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar, visit www.pathfwd.org/senior-advisors/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/broderick-johnson-and-robert-doar-join-path-forward-coalition-to-advise-on-workforce-challenges-and-opportunities-300462614.html


Mark Pokras, V84, an associate professor emeritus of infectious disease and global health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, conducted research on lead poisoning in loons that led to several state bans on lead fishing tackle. He talked with Tufts Now about the rollback of protections at the federal level, and what it means for wildlife. Tufts Now: How are wild animals exposed to lead in the first place? Mark Pokras: It depends on the species, but ammunition and fishing weights are the primary source of lead poisoning. Scavengers such as bald eagles, California condors and foxes ingest lead when dining on carcasses of deer, ducks, squirrels or other animals shot with lead projectiles. Other species mistakenly eat lead shotgun pellets, because the little round pieces are about the same size as some seeds and grit that birds eat. Lead fishing weights can be ingested when birds catch fish. Also, species such as loons may ingest the weights because they are similar to stones that they eat to help grind up food in their gizzards. Although estimates vary on exactly how much lead enters the U.S. environment through shooting and fishing, one conservative tally puts it at 25,000 tons each year. It's easy to see why. Most bullets, shot and fishing weights used in the U.S. are still lead. No U.S. state has completely banned lead fishing weights, and no state has outlawed lead salt-water fishing gear. And although the percentage of the U.S. population that engages in hunting is shrinking, greater numbers are shooting at targets and clay pigeons—activities that both expose people to lead and pump a lot of lead into nature. What happens to wildlife with lead poisoning? The clinical signs are mostly related to how this heavy metal poisons the neurological system. Although it's safe to assume most wild animals with lead poisoning die without ever being brought to a veterinary clinic for testing or treatment, Tufts Wildlife Clinic sees a couple of cases of lead poisoning each week. Typically, we receive these cases when someone spots a wild animal that's unable to stand, bumping into things, and panting as it tries to draw a good breath. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that lead poisoning kills between 10 million and 20 million birds and other animals—including more than 130 species—each year. Is the idea of banning lead ammunition in our national parks new? No. People have been debating the issue of lead in wildlife for well over 100 years. George Bird Grinnell first raised the alarm about ducks, geese and swans dying from lead poisoning in 1894. However, we didn't see any legislation addressing the millions and millions of birds dying from lead poisoning until almost a century later. In 1991, the United States passed a federal law prohibiting the use of lead shot for hunting waterfowl, because of the risk of lead poisoning to federally protected migratory birds, especially bald eagles. The just-overturned federal ban was hardly a novel concept. Canada has banned the use of lead in national park lands and wildlife refuges since 1997, and it nationally eliminated lead for hunting waterfowl in 1999. Are there alternatives to lead sporting products? Many nontoxic options exist for fishing gear, which can be made from ceramic, steel, tungsten, tin composites, natural stones and even recycled plastic bottles. Replacing lead bullets also is not a difficult technological fix. The Department of Defense is working hard to develop non-lead bullets, because the government has spent tens of millions of dollars to clean up lead contamination in the soil and water. And it turns out that an awful lot of police and law enforcement personnel get low levels of lead poisoning from exposure at shooting ranges. When the 1991 law passed, the sporting community worried that nontoxic ammunition either wouldn't work as well for hunting, or that the replacements for lead would be so much harder that they would actually damage guns. Neither problem has turned out to be a major issue. Nontoxic alternatives do cost slightly more, but economic studies have shown that they increase the average sportsperson's annual expenses by less than 1 percent. So where is the opposition coming from? Manufacturers prefer to make bullets from lead because it's a pretty cheap metal to acquire, and it has that low melting point, which makes it easy and inexpensive to work with. Most other materials will cost the manufacturers more. But the outlets that sell ammunition and fishing gear—both tiny bait shops and large sporting chains—argue that they put lead alternatives out on their shelves, and the non-lead stuff doesn't sell well. There is no doubt that improvements in education and marketing are needed. And unfortunately, one of the biggest opponents is the National Rifle Association, which has invested heavily in opposing measures to eliminate lead ammunition. The NRA appears convinced that the lead issue offers a toehold for the government to begin regulating or even limiting the Second Amendment, and that once lawmakers get a handle on the lead issue, they'll want to limit gun owners' activities in other ways. But this is just not the case. We simply want to protect the health of people, animals and the environment. Is limiting lead in the environment worth the political effort? Have we seen any results from the existing U.S. and state laws? Absolutely. Fewer waterfowl and eagles are dying from lead, and there are some signs that lead poisoning in loons may be starting to decrease. But there is still a lot to do. Explore further: Lead shot and sinkers: Weighty implications for fish and wildlife health


News Article | May 25, 2017
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David Hochschild knows a thing or two about renewable energy. Hochschild currently serves on the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Prior to being appointed to the commission, Hochschild served as a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in 2001, where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found Vote Solar and served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers. He worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. And he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Fresh off of his recent TEDx talk, Hochschild also sat down for a discussion this month with the solar software company Aurora Solar. Chief of Staff Sunny Wang and Content Marketing Analyst Gwen Brown spoke with the commissioner about the current state of solar and clean energy policy in California and beyond. Aurora: Do you think that California is feeling an added pressure to double-down on its climate and clean energy efforts? Hochschild: Oh, absolutely. I think the will has never been stronger than it is right now. California has the sixth-largest economy in the world and is home to 40 million people -- we're larger in many metrics than most countries in the world. I think particularly given recent events, leadership on renewables has shifted to the states. Fortunately, most of the policies that really matter -- in terms of accelerating renewable energy -- are actually still made at the state level. By that I'm referring to renewable portfolio standards, net metering, interconnection standards, rate design, state tax credits, etc., that really dictate the markets for clean energy around the country. I think the will is very strong to continue what we've started, and I have actually seen an increase in activity and interest here in California. Aurora: Speaking of renewable portfolio standards, California’s RPS sets the ambitious goal of obtaining 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Can you provide a quick update on where we are? Are there major hurdles for California to overcome in order to achieve this target sustainably? Hochschild: Today, 27 percent of the state’s electricity is from renewable sources; that's up from 12 percent renewables in 2008. And we're on a path not just to hit 50 percent, but to exceed it. There are hurdles to overcome, however. One of these issues is renewable energy integration. That involves a number of different levers, including energy storage, regionalization and load control options. Regionalization -- having a broader balancing area to be able to draw on and send renewable energy to -- gives you more flexibility. Load control enables us to better align electricity demand with times of high renewable energy production. This includes demand response measures, as well as electric vehicles that are designed to charge intelligently and at times of the day that support the needs of the grid. You could think of the process of achieving high levels of renewables as having two phases. The first chapter of this work was really bringing down the cost of renewable technologies. That work has largely been successful, particularly with solar and wind. The prices of solar and wind have both fallen about 80 percent in the last decade, so we’ve seen really substantial cost reductions, which are very good for the future of the market. The second chapter is integrating renewables successfully onto the grid. Another related challenge that goes hand-in-hand with renewable integration is electrification. We want to see a migration of services that are now fueled by natural gas, diesel, and gasoline to being powered by this new, clean electric grid. That's everything from vehicles -- we have 275,000 electric vehicles on the road today (a trend I am happily now participating in as of about a month ago) -- to all-electric homes, electrified rail, etc. Aurora: Continuing on the topic of California renewable energy policy, part of the California Solar Initiative that the Energy Commission is advancing is the New Solar Homes Partnership program. Can you share some updates on the program and its successes? Hochschild: The way to understand this program is that it’s really the glide path for California to reach zero net energy in [building] code. The goal originally was 2020 as our date to mandate zero net energy in code, and you don't want that to be an abrupt change. You want homebuilders already building a significant number of homes with solar before that becomes a mandate. This incentive program was created to help get that going. One of the main challenges with new construction is that the homebuilder is not the occupant of the home. The builders’ main goal is typically to contain costs so adding extra features is often not what they are seeking to do. This program helped kick-start that market, and in Southern California, about a quarter of the new homes being built today are being built with solar. Aurora: Our energy markets to date have been built around fossil fuels -- which differ significantly from renewables. From a market perspective, what will need to change about how we buy and sell electricity in order for our energy markets to function with higher levels of renewables on the grid? Hochschild: Well, I think the first realization is that along with renewables comes distributed generation and a distributed model. Where California used to have just a couple hundred power plants providing all the electricity, today we have roughly 600,000 when you count all the rooftop solar. As a result, intelligent infrastructure that's designed to allow for a friction-free market for distributed generation is essential. That includes having the ability to meter distributed generation. It also includes having smart inverters that have telemetry and voltage regulation capabilities. So, for example, we can send signals to rooftop solar systems to tell them to adjust voltage to help support the grid. I think that's one of the main changes that is needed. I also think you're going to increasingly see a movement among utilities toward more of a "pipes-and-wires" model, where their focus shifts from generation to managing the interactivity of all these other generators and consumers. We need the utilities to succeed -- I want to be clear about that. I think it's really in everybody's interest to have the utilities succeed, but what they are doing is going to change. I also think that, increasingly, the role of utilities is going to shift toward transportation. I believe the electrification of the vehicle fleet is one of the single most exciting potential developments in the next few years. It offers great promise -- not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation sector, which is California’s greatest source of emissions right now -- but also to help facilitate higher penetration of renewables. Aurora: Do you believe it’s possible to supply 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources? Hochschild: I absolutely believe it is possible. I think it's actually inevitable. The real question is whether we get there fast enough to make a meaningful difference on climate change. Here's the big picture. Over the long haul, basic laws of economics hold that as reserves of finite resources like fossil fuels -- whether they are reserves of coal, or petroleum, or natural gas -- become constrained, the prices go up. Technology, on the other hand, as it scales, prices go down -- whether we're talking about cell phones, flat-screen TVs, electric vehicles or solar panels. The foundational technologies of the clean energy future are all going down very steeply in price: solar PV, wind, energy storage, LED lights...that is reason for great optimism about our ability to achieve this future. There will be a lot of adjustments to be made. We're going to have to be much more nimble about things like load control, for instance. The traditional model has been that electric load (electric demand) drives electric generation -- your factory turns on, and you have to turn on a fossil-fuel burning power plant. Now, for some subset of that load, it's actually going to switch; renewable generation is going to drive electric demand. For instance, if you have a fleet of electric vehicles and you have some flexibility in the time of the day you charge them, or you have a building that needs to be cooled but you can do some precooling, you have windows of time for electric demand that can be aligned with renewable generation. That will become a much more refined science. There are plenty of other technology hurdles to cross as well -- but there is nothing about the transition to 100 percent renewable energy itself that is outside the realm of a solvable problem. It's all solvable; it's just new types of problems, and our ability to solve these problems has gotten infinitely better. I look at our capabilities and where we are in our technology development at the moment, and even if innovation were to basically halt and we were just working with current pricing and current technology, we could get to 100 percent. The good news is it's actually getting better. Every year, we're getting larger and more efficient wind turbines, more efficient solar panels, and cheaper batteries with longer duration. The technologies are all getting incrementally better every year, so I have no doubt we will get there. And now there are cities, like San Diego, and whole states, like Hawaii, that have mandated 100 percent renewable energy. San Diego is the first major city in the United States to mandate 100 percent renewables by 2035, and Hawaii has mandated it by 2045. That's already underway. Aurora: The solar industry requires cooperation between different actors, such as businesses, utilities and policymakers. In your career, you've worked in the solar energy space from many different perspectives -- including public, private and nonprofit. What are your thoughts on the state of cooperation among key solar players? Hochschild: Well, I think there is room for greater coordination in the industry. Early on, the solar industry was fractured in terms of industry associations; there were multiple overlapping associations. That has gotten somewhat better, but it is not entirely resolved. The parallel is made, for example, to the NRA. There's not a National Pistol Association and a National Shotgun Association, right? And the NRA is pretty effective. I think there is more maturing necessary, and I would like to see more "pan-renewables" advocacy and collaboration where everyone unifies around the vision of 100 percent renewable energy and the electrification of almost everything. I think there's a role for all technologies that serve that purpose, whether it be geothermal, solar, wind, or biomass energy, energy storage or electric vehicles. Aurora: Where do you think we can expect to see new or significantly refined policies encouraging solar adoption in the next few years -- either within or outside the United States? Hochschild: One area is Mexico, which the California Energy Commission has been working with quite a bit on promoting clean energy policy and sharing best practices. The CEC has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the Mexican states of Aguascalientes and Jalisco to cooperate around clean energy, and it collaborates with Mexico’s Ministry of Energy under a 2014 MOU signed by California Governor Brown and Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. We've seen some very exciting developments in renewable energy pricing, and as a result, we're now seeing Mexico think seriously about renewables. For example, they're now looking closely at energy storage -- what its role should be in the future of Mexico and what policies they should adopt. These are things that weren’t under serious consideration about two or three years ago because renewables were seen as too expensive. Aurora: What developments under these MOUs are you particularly excited about? Hochschild: One of the most exciting things is how greater participation in clean energy markets is leading to financial innovation. Banks and other financial institutions have to think about how to finance renewables and that has a cascading effect, even to educational institutions. Until recently in Mexico, you could not get a master’s degree in renewable energy. Now a university in Guadalajara, Jalisco just launched the country’s first renewable energy master’s degree program. All of these changes are happening right now before our eyes. It's changing so quickly it’s hard to track. For example, the states of Jalisco and Aguascalientes, which the California Energy Commission has signed MOUs with, have both recently adopted fleets of electric vehicles. Those are the some of the first states in Mexico, if not the first, to formally adopt fleets of electric vehicles, and that is thanks to some of the collaborative efforts between the Commission and Mexico. Aurora: What is the most innovative solar design you have ever come across? Hochschild: That’s a good question. […] There have been many of them. I've been involved in solar for my whole career, and some of the most innovative things I’ve seen were things that didn't ultimately work in the market. But, the truth is, the things that I'm most excited about are not what I'd call revolutionary innovation, but rather what I'd call evolutionary innovation. It's things that are not particularly sexy or noteworthy, but which are the incremental improvements driving the whole market. Every year, the efficiency of solar panels and inverters has been going up. The early solar panels had 5 percent efficiency, right? Now they're roughly 20 percent. The early inverters had about 60 percent efficiency --so you would lose over a third of the power just converting it from DC to AC. Now, utility-scale inverters are at 99 percent efficiency. It wasn’t an overnight change; literally every year they became 1 or 2 percent more efficient, with little tweaks and improvements. That evolutionary progress is what I find most exciting. That’s what's been working and I'm optimistic that will continue. This article was originally published on the Aurora Solar blog.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

BeaverTails, makers of unique and delicious BeaverTails® pastries, today announced that it will be an exhibitor at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2017, May 20-23. The NRA Show is the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries in the US. It takes place every May in Chicago. This year, the event will be held at McCormick Place and BeaverTails will be located in booth 8424. Based on an old family recipe, BeaverTails pastries are a Canadian icon – a unique and delicious treat. Served hot and topped with numerous choices, including cinnamon & sugar, chocolate hazelnut spread, Reese’s® Pieces and peanut butter, BeaverTails pastries satisfy indulgences of all tastes. BeaverTails also offers a menu of favorite snack foods, including Beaver Bites® treats, BeaverDogs, poutines, and moozoo® smoothies, frozen yogurts and gelatos. “We are very pleased to be exhibiting at the NRA Show for the first time,” says Pino Di Ioia, CEO, BeaverTails. “We have almost 40 years of experience at leading amusement parks and other top leisure destinations. Based on this experience, we are confident that our opportunities will be very attractive and we invite interested parties to visit us on the show floor.” “The BeaverTails business model is compelling for several reasons. First, our operations are comparatively simple and our food costs are attractive. Second, our product is unique. Third, BeaverTails pastries are topped with a variety of choices, which allows us to provide an animated and interactive experience that creates superior customer engagement and loyalty,” adds Mr. Di Ioia. For more information, please visit http://www.beavertails.com. BeaverTails® and Beaver Bites® are registered trademarks of BeaverTails Brands Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


The Kitchen Manager encompasses the new Comark Kitchen Monitor and Comark Kitchen Checks platform to record, monitor and access temperature data wirelessly – keeping all information in one consolidated area. "Our new system is a scalable platform that comprises fully automated refrigerator, freezer and cold store monitoring with the ability to take food temperatures via a Bluetooth thermometer. Kitchen Manager will replace existing paper-based HACCP systems – fully automating food safety processes," says Michael Hall, product marketing director for Comark Instruments. "Kitchen Manager offers 24/7 security and peace of mind that critical temperatures are being monitored and that the user will be alerted whenever a problem arises – making it more convenient than ever to ensure food safety." Kitchen Manager is a web-based, HACCP compliant system made to monitor the temperature of all food storage areas – decreasing error and time. Temperature data is recorded and stored around-the-clock with access to records through any web connected device, creating a convenient IoT system for temperature monitoring solutions. The Kitchen Manager system can connect with many Comark products, including the new Bluetooth Pocketherm Thermometer. "Comark has driven down costs and spurred innovation in temperature measuring through our attention and greater awareness to food safety and HACCP standards," says Hall. "Our thermometers and temperature monitors are geared to the need for speed and accuracy of measurements, but always available at affordable prices." Comark will launch and showcase Kitchen Monitor during the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show at Booth 3348. The show will be held from May 20 – 23, 2017 in Chicago, Ill. at McCormick Place. For more information about Comark and its products, visit www.ComarkInstruments.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comark-instruments-continues-setting-industry-standards-with-launch-of-internet-of-things-monitoring-solution-the-kitchen-manager-300454713.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Orem, Utah, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orem, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has become the exclusive distributor for the new Blendtec Nitro Blending System, which is the first commercial blending technology to incorporate a commercial jarless design – blending right in the same disposable cup handed to the customer. It’s engineered to make blended beverage service faster and more efficient than ever before. The Coca-Cola company accepted its new role based on successful demonstrations and comprehensive field testing of Blendtec’s revolutionary new technology, which eliminates nearly all product waste while providing a smooth, appealing blend in just seconds. The Nitro Blendtec System is perfect for Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid concentrates, frozen fruit, ice, and water. Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, says the jarless blending solution is what commercial customers have been waiting for. “The Nitro System really is the holy grail of commercial blending,” said Dickson. “Simply place the ingredients directly in the cup, blend and serve. We call it from cup to customer, and we’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as the Nitro System’s preferred distributor.” Innovative solutions such as the Nitro System have always been a big part of Blendtec’s explosive growth among smoothie shops, coffee houses, and other eateries. “Blendtec’s passion in continuing to power successful businesses has again created another versatile and reliable product that will produce an outstanding ROI for commercial businesses needing the highest standards of blending,” says Brent Linde, SVP of Global Sales and Product Development. Blendtec will provide demonstrations of the Nitro System at the NRA Show, booth #3672, May 20-23 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola- company. Blendtec manufactures commercial blenders and dispensers for the foodservice industry, as well as commercial-grade blenders and appliances for home use. The award-winning Will It Blend?® Internet video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information go to blendtec.com/commercial, or call Blendtec directly at 800-BLENDTEC. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/99c201ee-e449-4807-a06f-5618a852c985


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Orem, Utah, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orem, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has become the exclusive distributor for the new Blendtec Nitro Blending System, which is the first commercial blending technology to incorporate a commercial jarless design – blending right in the same disposable cup handed to the customer. It’s engineered to make blended beverage service faster and more efficient than ever before. The Coca-Cola company accepted its new role based on successful demonstrations and comprehensive field testing of Blendtec’s revolutionary new technology, which eliminates nearly all product waste while providing a smooth, appealing blend in just seconds. The Nitro Blendtec System is perfect for Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid concentrates, frozen fruit, ice, and water. Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, says the jarless blending solution is what commercial customers have been waiting for. “The Nitro System really is the holy grail of commercial blending,” said Dickson. “Simply place the ingredients directly in the cup, blend and serve. We call it from cup to customer, and we’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as the Nitro System’s preferred distributor.” Innovative solutions such as the Nitro System have always been a big part of Blendtec’s explosive growth among smoothie shops, coffee houses, and other eateries. “Blendtec’s passion in continuing to power successful businesses has again created another versatile and reliable product that will produce an outstanding ROI for commercial businesses needing the highest standards of blending,” says Brent Linde, SVP of Global Sales and Product Development. Blendtec will provide demonstrations of the Nitro System at the NRA Show, booth #3672, May 20-23 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola- company. Blendtec manufactures commercial blenders and dispensers for the foodservice industry, as well as commercial-grade blenders and appliances for home use. The award-winning Will It Blend?® Internet video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information go to blendtec.com/commercial, or call Blendtec directly at 800-BLENDTEC. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/99c201ee-e449-4807-a06f-5618a852c985


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Orem, Utah, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orem, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has become the exclusive distributor for the new Blendtec Nitro Blending System, which is the first commercial blending technology to incorporate a commercial jarless design – blending right in the same disposable cup handed to the customer. It’s engineered to make blended beverage service faster and more efficient than ever before. The Coca-Cola company accepted its new role based on successful demonstrations and comprehensive field testing of Blendtec’s revolutionary new technology, which eliminates nearly all product waste while providing a smooth, appealing blend in just seconds. The Nitro Blendtec System is perfect for Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid concentrates, frozen fruit, ice, and water. Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, says the jarless blending solution is what commercial customers have been waiting for. “The Nitro System really is the holy grail of commercial blending,” said Dickson. “Simply place the ingredients directly in the cup, blend and serve. We call it from cup to customer, and we’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as the Nitro System’s preferred distributor.” Innovative solutions such as the Nitro System have always been a big part of Blendtec’s explosive growth among smoothie shops, coffee houses, and other eateries. “Blendtec’s passion in continuing to power successful businesses has again created another versatile and reliable product that will produce an outstanding ROI for commercial businesses needing the highest standards of blending,” says Brent Linde, SVP of Global Sales and Product Development. Blendtec will provide demonstrations of the Nitro System at the NRA Show, booth #3672, May 20-23 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola- company. Blendtec manufactures commercial blenders and dispensers for the foodservice industry, as well as commercial-grade blenders and appliances for home use. The award-winning Will It Blend?® Internet video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information go to blendtec.com/commercial, or call Blendtec directly at 800-BLENDTEC. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/99c201ee-e449-4807-a06f-5618a852c985


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Orem, Utah, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orem, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has become the exclusive distributor for the new Blendtec Nitro Blending System, which is the first commercial blending technology to incorporate a commercial jarless design – blending right in the same disposable cup handed to the customer. It’s engineered to make blended beverage service faster and more efficient than ever before. The Coca-Cola company accepted its new role based on successful demonstrations and comprehensive field testing of Blendtec’s revolutionary new technology, which eliminates nearly all product waste while providing a smooth, appealing blend in just seconds. The Nitro Blendtec System is perfect for Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid concentrates, frozen fruit, ice, and water. Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, says the jarless blending solution is what commercial customers have been waiting for. “The Nitro System really is the holy grail of commercial blending,” said Dickson. “Simply place the ingredients directly in the cup, blend and serve. We call it from cup to customer, and we’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as the Nitro System’s preferred distributor.” Innovative solutions such as the Nitro System have always been a big part of Blendtec’s explosive growth among smoothie shops, coffee houses, and other eateries. “Blendtec’s passion in continuing to power successful businesses has again created another versatile and reliable product that will produce an outstanding ROI for commercial businesses needing the highest standards of blending,” says Brent Linde, SVP of Global Sales and Product Development. Blendtec will provide demonstrations of the Nitro System at the NRA Show, booth #3672, May 20-23 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola- company. Blendtec manufactures commercial blenders and dispensers for the foodservice industry, as well as commercial-grade blenders and appliances for home use. The award-winning Will It Blend?® Internet video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information go to blendtec.com/commercial, or call Blendtec directly at 800-BLENDTEC. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/99c201ee-e449-4807-a06f-5618a852c985


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Orem, Utah, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orem, Utah – May 11, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has become the exclusive distributor for the new Blendtec Nitro Blending System, which is the first commercial blending technology to incorporate a commercial jarless design – blending right in the same disposable cup handed to the customer. It’s engineered to make blended beverage service faster and more efficient than ever before. The Coca-Cola company accepted its new role based on successful demonstrations and comprehensive field testing of Blendtec’s revolutionary new technology, which eliminates nearly all product waste while providing a smooth, appealing blend in just seconds. The Nitro Blendtec System is perfect for Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid concentrates, frozen fruit, ice, and water. Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, says the jarless blending solution is what commercial customers have been waiting for. “The Nitro System really is the holy grail of commercial blending,” said Dickson. “Simply place the ingredients directly in the cup, blend and serve. We call it from cup to customer, and we’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as the Nitro System’s preferred distributor.” Innovative solutions such as the Nitro System have always been a big part of Blendtec’s explosive growth among smoothie shops, coffee houses, and other eateries. “Blendtec’s passion in continuing to power successful businesses has again created another versatile and reliable product that will produce an outstanding ROI for commercial businesses needing the highest standards of blending,” says Brent Linde, SVP of Global Sales and Product Development. Blendtec will provide demonstrations of the Nitro System at the NRA Show, booth #3672, May 20-23 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands, 18 of which are available in reduced-, low- or no-calorie options. Our billion-dollar brands include Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia and Gold Peak. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, we are the No. 1 provider of both sparkling and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion servings of our beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola- company. Blendtec manufactures commercial blenders and dispensers for the foodservice industry, as well as commercial-grade blenders and appliances for home use. The award-winning Will It Blend?® Internet video series (willitblend.com) demonstrates the amazing performance of Blendtec’s blender technology and has raised awareness across the globe of the Blendtec brand. Sold in 90 countries, Blendtec products offer solutions for blending needs in both homes and businesses. For more information go to blendtec.com/commercial, or call Blendtec directly at 800-BLENDTEC. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/99c201ee-e449-4807-a06f-5618a852c985

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