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PADUCAH, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dippin’ Dots, LLC, the leading maker of flash-frozen beaded ice cream and frozen treats, posted double-digit growth in 2016, led by the company’s focus on account development and retention, strong franchising sales and expanded distribution to entertainment venues and third-party retail outlets. Total sales of the privately held company’s core ice cream products increased 13 percent in 2016. Dippin’ Dots expects continued strong demand for the current fiscal year, with sales increasing through Q1. “Our focus on key market segments, combined with dedicated execution of our strategic plan, powered the continued robust growth in 2016,” commented Scott Fischer, Dippin’ Dots CEO. “Since being acquired by Fischer Enterprises LLC in late 2012, Dippin’ Dots has recorded four straight years of growth in sales of core ice cream products, with growth ranging from 13 to 25 percent each year.” Developing close partnerships with key corporate customers is one reason for the company’s continued robust growth. In 2016, Dippin’ Dots expanded its partnership with Chuck E. Cheese, the family-friendly destination for food, fun and play. Dippin’ Dots created a custom flavor available exclusively at Chuck E. Cheese locations, and its frozen treats are now available at 540 Chuck E. Cheese restaurants nationwide. Dippin’ Dots prides itself on customer service and long-term relationship building with clients, which shows in its account retention rate of more than 98 percent. In 2016, Premier Parks’ theme and water parks renewed its Dippin’ Dots contract for an additional three years. Dippin’ Dots has become a staple theme park treat across the nation, with sales in amusement parks increasing 48 percent in the last five years. “We develop true partnerships with our customers and provide them unparalleled account service,” said Jim Faust, Dippin’ Dots key account manager. “Customers stick with us year after year because we get to know them and their business in depth so that we can jointly work to create customized programs tailored to their needs.” In addition to retaining and expanding sales at current accounts, Dippin’ Dots has added 3,092 new points of presence since 2015, which helped increase non-franchised sales by more than 32 percent over the same period. One of those accounts was the iconic Philadelphia Zoo, which closed a three-year agreement with Dippin’ Dots in 2016. Now available at more than 80 zoos across the country, zoo sales increased 21 percent from 2013 to 2014, 25 percent from 2014 to 2015 and an additional 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. “The Dippin’ Dots brand is based on fun, so we are a natural fit for family entertainment destinations,” said Adam Gross, Dippin’ Dots senior sales director. “Families know and expect to find our kiosks at zoos, amusement parks and stadiums throughout the country, and no outing is complete without a cup of Dippin’ Dots to cap it off.” Sales gains are also being driven by growth in co-branded stores. Dippin’ Dots and its sister brand Doc Popcorn, the world's largest franchisor of fresh-popped popcorn, have 17 co-branded locations currently operating in the U.S. As a result of the “sweet and savory” success of these locations, Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn expect to double the number of locations and open 10 to 15 new co-branded locations in 2017 including: Ontario, Calif.; Indianapolis, Ind.; McAllen, Texas; Chicago Ridge, Ill.; Cary, N.C.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. Dippin’ Dots ice cream treats are available in more retail locations then ever as the company expands into non-traditional outlets like convenience stores. Dippin’ Dots grew its convenience store customers by 30 percent over the last two years. Annual revenues for this segment have increased by double digits each of the past five years, and retail distribution is currently the fastest growing part of the Dippin’ Dots business. Franchise sales remain a powerful engine for Dippin’ Dots sales. The company’s total number of franchises has grown from 107 to 121 since 2014. Year-over-year franchising revenue grew by 14.75 percent in 2016. “Our franchisees remain an important part of Dippin’ Dots’ success,” stated Steve Rothenstein, senior director of franchising at Dippin’ Dots Franchising LLC. “We partner with them to make sure they have the knowledge and tools they need for their business to succeed.” To commemorate National Ice Cream Day in July, Dippin’ Dots teamed up with American recording artist and record producer Dawin Polanco to create “Dessert,” a Dippin’ Dots remix of his original hit song that scored over 126 million views on YouTube and hit several top 100 singles charts around the globe. Product innovation continued with the development of a new flavor, Brownie Batter, which was launched for the summer 2017 season. The Dippin’ Dots product team examined taste trends and consumer feedback as part of the development of the decadent new flavor. “Brownie Batter has been exceptionally well received by customers across multiple channels as well as our franchisees,” said Michael Barrette, vice president of marketing and sales. “We anticipate strong demand for this exciting new flavor this summer season and expect it will become a customer favorite for years to come.” Dippin’ Dots has produced and distributed its flash-frozen tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and flavored ice products since 1988. Made at the company’s production facility in Paducah, Kentucky, Dippin’ Dots distributes its unique frozen products in all 50 states and 11 countries through its franchised and direct distribution network. For more information, including franchise opportunities, please visit

News Article | May 24, 2017

"Visiting a national park is an opportunity to experience some of America's most picturesque landscapes, iconic vistas and treasured resources," said Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark's Leisure division. "With travel season upon us, we are excited, once again, to welcome first time and returning families, friends and visitors to the parks we serve across the country and help them create lasting memories with new recreational activities, culinary experiences, educational programs and lodging enhancements." Aramark's Green ThreadTM environmental sustainability platform focuses on sourcing responsibly, managing buildings and fleet efficiently, and minimizing waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. As longtime stewards of America's national parks, Aramark continues to take steps to reduce its impact on the environment and introduce programs that preserve natural resources. Encompassing Aramark properties across the U.S. park systems, this new social media campaign invites park guests to share their national, state and other park vacation photos, create and share Snapchat filters, and engage in other social media platforms to show their passion for the parks. Participants can submit a sweepstakes entry at, with one winner receiving a complimentary vacation to an Aramark-operated property at a national or state park. New offerings await the active traveler, the nature-lover, or those seeking a relaxing sojourn: Efforts pay homage to each culture and region while focusing on sustainability and wellness: Aramark proudly delivers innovative hospitality, recreational and interpretive programs inside and around America's top travel destinations and vacation spots, such as Denali National Park & Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Olympic National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest, Yosemite National Park, Field Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Zoo and many more. About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world's leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Cushing A.C.,Cornell University | Cushing A.C.,University of Tennessee at Knoxville | Dubovi E.,Cornell University | Erb H.N.,Cornell University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2017

West Nile virus (genus Flavivirus) outbreaks and mortality events have been documented in both wild and captive avian species, including penguins. Serologic response to vaccination in avian species has varied and appears to be largely species dependent; however, Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) previously showed excellent rates of seroconversion. The goal of this study was to determine virus neutralization titers of 17 Humboldt penguin hens and their subsequent eggs, chicks, or both following vaccination with a killed West Nile vaccine. Chicks were also vaccinated at 56, 70, and 84 days old. Titers were measured from 10-346 days prior to lay as well as serially in seven chicks. Data collected showed positive rank correlation between maternal titers and yolk titers (ρ = 0.90, P < 0.0001, n = 14) but no association between booster vaccination and yolk titers. All seven chicks had detectable antibody on days 14 and 28, and antibody levels had increased (relative to day 56) in 3 of 6 chicks (50%; 95% confidence interval 14-86%) by day 112. Further information is provided on a suggested vaccination schedule for Humboldt penguin chicks based on a time-dependent decline in maternal antibody titers. Cell-mediated immunity and experimental challenge following vaccination have not yet been investigated in this species. Copyright © 2017 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

PubMed | Scottish Primate Research Group, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Yale University and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983) | Year: 2016

One way to gain insights into personality evolution is by comparing the personality structures of related species. We compared the personality structure of 240 wild white-faced capuchin monkeys to the personality structure of 100 captive brown capuchin monkeys. An ancillary goal was to test the degree to which different personality questionnaires yielded similar personality dimensions. Both species were rated on a common set of 26 antonym pairs. The brown capuchin monkeys were also rated on the 54-item Hominoid Personality Questionnaire. Our cross-species comparisons revealed 3 personality dimensions-Assertiveness, Openness, and Neuroticism-shared by brown and white-faced capuchins, suggesting that these dimensions were present in the common ancestor of these species. Our comparison of the dimensions derived from the antonym pairs and the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire revealed that three common dimensions were identified by both questionnaires. In addition, the dimension Attentiveness was only identified using the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire. These results indicate that major features of capuchin personality are conserved and that the structure of some traits, such as those related to focus, persistence, and attention, diverged. Further work is needed to identify the evolutionary bases that led to the conservation of some dimensions but not others. (PsycINFO Database Record

Archie E.A.,Smithsonian Institution | Archie E.A.,University of Notre Dame | Henry T.,Smithsonian Institution | Henry T.,George Mason University | And 7 more authors.
Immunogenetics | Year: 2010

Genes of the vertebrate major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are crucial to defense against infectious disease, provide an important measure of functional genetic diversity, and have been implicated in mate choice and kin recognition. As a result, MHC loci have been characterized for a number of vertebrate species, especially mammals; however, elephants are a notable exception. Our study is the first to characterize patterns of genetic diversity and natural selection in the elephant MHC. We did so using DNA sequences from a single, expressed DQA locus in elephants. We characterized six alleles in 30 African elephants (Loxodonta africana) and four alleles in three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). In addition, for two of the African alleles and three of the Asian alleles, we characterized complete coding sequences (exons 1-5) and nearly complete non-coding sequences (introns 2-4) for the class II DQA loci. Compared to DQA in other wild mammals, we found moderate polymorphism and allelic diversity and similar patterns of selection; patterns of non-synonymous and synonymous substitutions were consistent with balancing selection acting on the peptides involved in antigen binding in the second exon. In addition, balancing selection has led to strong trans-species allelism that has maintained multiple allelic lineages across both genera of extant elephants for at least 6 million years. We discuss our results in the context of MHC diversity in other mammals and patterns of evolution in elephants. © Springer-Verlag 2009.

PubMed | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Zoo and U.S. Department of Agriculture
Type: | Journal: Veterinary parasitology | Year: 2016

Four Roller pigeons (Columba livia f. dom.) at the Philadelphia Zoo died suddenly. Necropsy examination revealed macroscopic hepatitis. Microscopically, the predominant lesions were in liver, characterized with necrosis and mixed cell inflammatory response. Sarcocystis calchasi-like schizonts and free merozoites were identified in liver. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed that schizonts were in hepatocytes. A few schizonts were in spleen. PCR using S. calchasi-specific primers confirmed the diagnosis. Neither lesions nor protozoa were found in brain and muscles. This is the first report of acute visceral S. calchasi-associated sarcocystosis in naturally infected avian hosts.

News Article | December 22, 2016

She's Colo, the nation's oldest living gorilla, and she turned 60 on Thursday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Colo was the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades. Her longevity is putting a spotlight on the medical care, nutrition and up-to-date therapeutic techniques that are helping lengthen zoo animals' lives. "Colo just epitomizes the advances that zoos have made, going all the way back to her birth at Columbus," said Dr. Tom Meehan, vice president for veterinary services at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo and veterinary adviser to a national gorilla species survival plan. The changes also mean more animals living with the normal aches and pains of growing older. Today, zoo veterinarians regularly treat animals for heart and kidney disease, arthritis, dental problems and cancer. Hundreds of people gathered at the zoo Thursday to see Colo, singing "Happy Birthday" moments before the gorilla ambled into an enclosure decorated with multicolored construction paper chains and filled with cakes such as squash and beet and cornbread with mashed potato parsley frosting. Among the first in line was Pam Schlereth of Columbus, who at 63 was just a little girl when her father brought her to see the newborn Colo in a gorilla incubator in 1956. "It's a tribute to the zoo that she's alive at 60 years old," Schlereth said. Colo represents so much to the zoo, Tom Stalf, president of the zoo, told the crowd. "It's all about connecting people and wildlife," he said. Colo is one of several elderly gorillas around the country. The oldest known living male gorilla, Ozzie, is 55 years old and lives at the Atlanta Zoo, which has a geriatric gorilla specialty. At Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, staff members use acupuncture, massage, laser therapy, and heat and joint supplements to help Emma, a 13-year-old rabbit. At the National Zoo in Washington, Shanthi, a 42-year-old Asian elephant with arthritis, receives osteoarthritis therapy and was recently fitted with specially crafted front foot boots to help her feet heal as medications are applied. In Oakland, California, Tiki, a 27-year-old giraffe and one of the oldest in the nation, gets foot care, massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care, along with traditional veterinary medicine. Gao Gao, a 26-year-old male panda at the San Diego Zoo with a heart condition, periodically undergoes cardiac ultrasounds. "Geriatrics is probably one of our most common medical challenges that we face in a zoo situation," said Dr. Keith Hinshaw, director of animal health at the Philadelphia Zoo. "So pretty much anything that you could imagine would happen with an older person is going to happen eventually with any animal." That's up to and including medication: JJ, a 45-year-old orangutan at the Toledo Zoo, is on the human heart medicines carvedilol and Lisinopril, along with pain and orthopedic medications. He also takes Metamucil. Colo, a western lowland gorilla, holds several other records. On her 56th birthday in 2012, she exceeded the record for longest-lived gorilla. On Thursday, she surpasses the median life expectancy for female gorillas in human care (37.5 years) by more than two decades. Coldilocks, a 36-year-old polar bear at the Philadelphia Zoo and considered the oldest polar bear in the U.S. The bears' typical lifespan in captivity is 23 years. The zoo says treating her early for kidney disease appears to have helped prolong her life. Elly, an eastern black rhino at the San Francisco Zoo estimated to be 46 years old, is the oldest of her species in North America. She has had 14 calves, and her offspring have produced 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Packy, an Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, and at 54, the oldest male of his species in North America. The zoo says Packy, born in 1962, became the first elephant to be born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. Nikko, a 33-year-old snow monkey at the Minnesota Zoo, the oldest male snow monkey in North America. Little Mama, a chimpanzee living at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida, with an estimated age in her late 70s. She takes allergy medicine, iron supplements and omega 3 multivitamins, and has been trained to accept a nebulizer treatment for coughing. Emerson, a Galapagos tortoise at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio, whose age is estimated at about 100. Michele Frymen, from left, Christy Anderson and Jacob Anderson, all from Columbus, hold up a birthday cake and wave as they get their picture taken during some festivities in the food court as part of the 60th birthday celebration for Colo, the nation's oldest living gorilla, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Colo was the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades. Her longevity is putting a spotlight on the medical care, nutrition and up-to-date therapeutic techniques that are helping lengthen zoo animals' lives. (AP Photo/Ty Wright) In this Dec. 16, 2016 file photo, Coldilocks the polar bear looks up from a nap at the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia. Coldilocks, who celebrated her 36th birthday last week, is considered the oldest polar bear in the U.S. The bears' typical lifespan in captivity is 23 years. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Packy, an Asian elephant, is sprayed with water at the Oregon Zoo, in Portland. Packy at 54 is the oldest male of his species in North America. The zoo says Packy, born in 1962, became the first elephant to be born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian via AP, File) Explore further: Oldest zoo gorilla doing well after biopsy before birthday

Perry J.M.G.,Johns Hopkins University | Bastian M.L.,Philadelphia Zoo | St Clair E.,Johns Hopkins University | Hartstone-Rose A.,University of South Carolina
American Journal of Physical Anthropology | Year: 2015

Objectives Maximum ingested food size (Vb) is an empirically tested performance variable that can shed light on feeding energetics and adaptation in the masticatory system. Until now, this variable had been tested in strepsirrhines alone among primates. Here, we present the first data on Vb in a broad sample of anthropoid primates and describe scaling patterns. Materials and Methods Vb data on anthropoids were collected under captive conditions at the Philadelphia Zoo and compared with published data on strepsirrhines. Data on Vb were scaled against individual body mass and were compared with experimentally determined toughness and stiffness values for the test foods. Results Unlike in strepsirrhines, where essentially Vb scales isometrically with body mass, Vb in anthropoids scales with negative allometry. There is a significant effect of food material properties on Vb, although bite size in anthropoids varies less based on food properties than in strepsirrhines. Large folivorous strepsirrhines follow the anthropoid trend in bite size scaling, but large frugivorous ones take especially large bites. Discussion Negative scaling of bite size in the anthropoids sampled could be due to reduced adaptation for gape. Some early anthropoids likely evolved adaptations for maximizing mechanical advantage and fatigue resistance in the chewing muscles, resulting in reduced gape. This might have channeled them toward smaller bites of more-resistant foods and away from taking large bites. This might also be the case for some folivorous strepsirrhines. Am J Phys Anthropol 158:92-104, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

News Article | December 21, 2016

OAKS, Pa., Dec. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SEI (NASDAQ:SEIC) Women’s Network hosted its third annual Leadership Summit on Dec. 7 at the company’s corporate headquarters in Oaks, PA. This year’s summit, “Beyond Boundaries,” featured a variety of presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions focusing on leadership, risk-taking, and personal brand development. More than 250 business professionals from SEI and the Philadelphia area attended the event. “The Leadership Summit’s success is evidenced by its growing attendance and active participation by the attendees,” said Vivian Estadt, President of SEI Women’s Network. “We are honored to host this event and provide a forum for our area’s leaders to encourage professional and personal development for women in the workforce.” The conference kicked off with its high-impact “Three Talks. Three Ideas. One Hour.” The TED-talk-style session featured three speakers, including TED Content Director Kelly Stoetzel. Each person took 20 minutes to cover topics that addressed eliminating self-imposed limits, delivering memorable and inspirational content, and taking risks to encourage personal and professional growth. The session ended with all three speakers participating in a rapid-fire Q&A with the audience. Attendees chose from four topics for the afternoon breakout sessions: Breakout sessions were led by business leaders from SEI, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Zoo, Thrive Wealth Management, and Legacy Care Wealth. Kathleen McQuiggan of PAX World, concluded the event with a keynote address focused on managing passion, purpose, and profession. She encouraged the audience to learn the value of relationship capital when navigating and building a career. Participants attended a cocktail reception after the conference’s closing remarks, where they networked and further reflected on the day’s leadership advice. About SEI Women’s Network The SEI Women’s Network, founded in 2007, seeks to inspire and support the professional growth of women in the surrounding community by providing educational forums, hosting networking opportunities and encouraging success through personal and professional growth. The Network is led by a board of 17 women directors, with an average of 19 years work experience. Since its inception, over 4,000 employees have attended many SEI Women’s Network events focused on educating, inspiring and connecting women in the community. The group hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit in December of 2014, and in November 2015 began partnering annually with the Kimmel Center to host “Higher Notes” which connects more than 100 women leaders in the Philadelphia community. About SEI SEI (NASDAQ:SEIC) is a leading global provider of investment processing, investment management, and investment operations solutions that help corporations, financial institutions, financial advisors, and ultra-high-net-worth families create and manage wealth. As of September 30, 2016, through its subsidiaries and partnerships in which the company has a significant interest, SEI manages or administers $751 billion in mutual fund and pooled or separately managed assets, including $281 billion in assets under management and $470 billion in client assets under administration. For more information, visit

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