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January 31, 2022

Nutragon, LLC Achieves Success in Creating High Antioxidant Product from Muscadine Grape Skins

Nutragon, LLC will be holding a national press conference today (Jan 31) at 4:00pm in Kenansville, North Carolina to announce its new product

Kenansville, NC (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) January 31, 2022 -- Today, North Carolina based Nutragon, LLC announces it has been successful in creating a nutritional supplement from muscadine grape hulls that maintains a significantly high amount of resveratrol and other beneficial Polyphenolic compounds. In recent years, resveratrol has been examined by scientific researchers as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and an anti-inflammatory agent.

Resveratrol received scientific attention only a few years ago as a possible explanation for the “French Paradox” – the low incidence of heart disease among the French people, who eat a relatively high-fat diet. While resveratrol is present in many fruits and vegetables, the highest concentration in its natural state is found in the muscadine grape, particularly in the skin. The muscadine grape is a native plant found mainly in the coastal and piedmont sections of North Carolina. Until today, most attempts to capture the benefits of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol found in muscadine grapes have used a chemical extract process that destroys much of the benefits associated with resveratrol, and leaves a chemical residue.

Nutragon, LLC has developed a chemical-free process to dry the grape hull, and process into a powder form. This powder product, named Muscadine Plus, is being packaged in small packets, similar to sugar packets. It is currently available on the Internet and at designated retail outlets. This process uses a by-product of the current muscadine wine and food industry. “We are excited about the health benefits this product could have,” expressed Nutragon partner Bob Dalton. “Nutragon’s focus is on creating all natural products from the muscadine grape and other small fruits, void of any chemical processing.” Mr. Dalton indicated that Nutragon will be announcing other natural products in the near future. Additional information about Nutragon and its products can be found at

With this product announcement, the demand for muscadine grapes to be grown in eastern North Carolina is expected to increase. This could result in new processing and agricultural jobs in economically distressed counties in the near future. The Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service has been working closely with Nutragon to better understand the increased demand expected for muscadine grapes, and what this could mean for the farmers and farm economy. Grower opportunities and educational information will be forthcoming.

Robert Dalton
Nutragon, LLC

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January 30, 2022

Sharon Eddie of Sharon’s Decorations Inc., Party Planning Service is Your One Stop Party Shop

Sharon Eddie of Sharon’s Decoration Inc., planning service is Your One Stop Party Shop and “Celebrates Any Occasion in Style”. Sharon Eddie of Sharon’s Decorations Inc. is a party planning service.

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2022 -- Sharon Eddie of Sharon’s Decoration Inc., planning service is Your One Stop Party Shop and “Celebrates Any Occasion in Style”. Sharon Eddie of Sharon’s Decorations Inc. party planning service. Sharon Denise Eddie was born on July 14, 2021 in Brooklyn to the parents of Roosevelt and Celia Eddie.

She has been a devote Christian since the age of 14. Independence and business has always reigned from within as early as the age of 12 when she started her very own company through a program in Junior High School called Junior Achievement. This program taught Sharon the values of setting up a company and the importance of having shareholders to invest in your business.

Her company Handy Hangers with the help of her shareholders (family members) was a great success. It lead her to envisioning that one day as an adult she would own and operate her own business independently. Upon graduating in June of 1983 from Norman Thomas High School, a commercial high school for Business and Secretarial Studies, she pursued on a part time basis a computer upgrade and repair company.

The development of this company phased out quickly, so she then started coordinating and decorating parties and events (baby showers, weddings, and birthday) for family members and friends. This started out as a hobby and soon developed to a love and admiration for the planning of the different types of events.

In April of 1995, with this desire she incorporated her company Sharon’s Decorations Inc. and began a home-based party planning service. While her business and skills were developing, she pursued continuing her education in Business Administration. In 1996, Sharon began working in the corporate sector as an Executive Assistant to well known Radiation Oncologist in the tri-state area, a position she still hold today.

Her role as an Executive Assistant has lead to the planning of the National Cancer Survivor’s Day event at each facility arranging theme decorations, set-up and the assisting of various scheduled media personnel. National Cancer Survivor’s Day is a national day the country celebrates the lives of cancer survivors.

In the spring of 2001 she enrolled in Kingsborough Community College to pursue a degree in Business Administration. In June of 2003, she completed her studies and graduated earning an A.A.S. Degree in Business Administration. After completing her degree, she pursued opening a store and for one year sublet space within a neighborhood variety store to get the exposure and in April of 2004, she opened her shop Sharon’s Decorations Inc.

For party supplies and decorations, visit Sharon's Decorations, Inc. We have everything you need for the perfect party from streamers to balloons. We carry a large selection of items to make it easy to find what you need in one simple stop. Our family-owned business can handle your special requests, too. Sharon’s Decoration, Inc. is a professional party decorator who will come to your home or facility to theme characters to entertain children or adults.

Sharon's Decorations truly is your one-stop party shop. Sharon’s Decorations, Inc. is a member of Black Business Circle ( Black Business Circle is diversified group of individuals working together for economic empowerment within a system.

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January 29, 2022

Peppermill Reno Hotel Café Espresso Expanded Menu

The Reno Peppermill’s Café Espresso has expanded and unveiled a new menu with grilled paninis and deli-style sandwiches in addition to the freshly-baked Danishes, pastries, croissants, muffins, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and bagels that Café Espresso will continue to serve.

(PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- The Panini Grill will serve grilled sandwiches on housemade breads. Sandwiches like grilled cheddar, jack and muenster cheeses on ciabatta; Black Forest ham, avocado, roasted red peppers and jack cheese on grilled jalapeno-cheddar bread; oven-roasted turkey breast, smoked bacon, muenster and cheddar cheese on whole wheat; sautéed mushrooms, pesto, marinated tomatoes, avocado, roasted red peppers and jack cheese on grilled ciabatta; Black Forest ham, carmelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and muenster cheese on grilled sourdough; and albacore tuna salad and cheddar cheese on grilled sourdough. A special “Panini of the Day” will also be served. Prices for the paninis start at $5.95

Deli-style sandwiches will be served on housemade sourdough Torpedo rolls with potato chips as a side. Choose from sandwiches like roast beef, cheddar cheese and carmelized onions; Black Forest ham, roasted turkey, salami and pepperoni with basil-marinated tomatoes; oven-roasted turkey and muenster cheese; albacore tuna salad; or the deli sandwich of the day. All deli sandwiches are $6.95.

In addition to the new sandwiches Café Espresso will also have quiche on the menu, served hot or cold, for $5.50, and a soup pot for $3.25.

Café Espresso will continue to serve freshly ground and roasted coffees, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes chai, and mochas, as well as fruit smoothies, Italian sodas, and Odwalla juices. The bakery case will continue to overflow with the best baked treats in Reno, including Krispy Kreme doughnuts. For the more health conscious the Café Espresso menu also include fresh fruit bowls, parfaits, yogurt and whole fruit. Café Espresso is located adjacent to the front desk in the Peppermill lobby.

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Firehouse Subs Selected to Provide Food for NFL Global Championship High School Football Players

US and Japanese football players taking part in NFL Global Junior Championship IX at The Bolles School will enjoy Firehouse Subs fare

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Firehouse Subs has been selected to provide some of the food for Japanese and American participants in NFL Global Junior Championship IX, part of a unique tournament to be played at The Bolles School’s Skinner-Barco Stadium during the week of Super Bowl XXXIX

Sandwiches and other food from Firehouse Subs will be enjoyed by 36 young football players from Japan, as well as by an additional 36 high school football standouts from throughout the Jacksonville area.

“Firehouse Subs is delighted to take part in a small way in this great tournament, supporting these fine young athletes as they practice and play here in our home town of Jacksonville,” said Stephen Joost, Firehouse Subs’ chief financial officer. “Also, we are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce our great sub sandwiches to the kids from Japan – we’re sure they will love them.”

The Global Championship games, a shootout-style jamboree tournament, will be held on February 2nd and 5th at The Bolles School’s San Jose campus. The Japanese athletes will live with host families from Bolles during their stay in the area.

Corky Rogers, The Bolles School’s head coach, selected 36 Jacksonville high school football standouts for the team that will represent America at the Super Bowl. Other countries represented will be Japan, France, Mexico and Canada.

About Firehouse Subs:
Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994 by two brothers, Robin and Chris Sorensen, who worked as firefighters for the Jacksonville Fire Department. By the end of 2004, Firehouse Subs operated 172 stores throughout the Southeast, employing 25,000 people and generating annualized sales of more than $90 million. Plans call for more than 500 Firehouse Subs stores by the end of 2006, and more than 1000 Firehouse stations by the end of 2008. To learn more, visit the company’s web site at

About the Bolles School:
The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, is a coeducational, college preparatory school enrolling over 1,800 day students in early kindergarten through grade 12, and boarding students in grades 7 through postgraduate on four campuses. Bolles has one upper school campus, (San Jose Campus), one middle school campus, (Bartram Campus) and two lower school campuses (Ponte Vedra Campus, and Whitehurst Campus). Bolles prepares students for the future by providing them with challenges that promote growth and development in academics, the arts, activities, and athletics.

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Cater for You Re-launched in January 2005

Cater For You Limited is a leading UK supplier of disposable and reusable plastic glasses, the Goodsphere Air Purifier and the award winning Serendipity Extra Virgin Olive Oil and has recently relaunched its web site at

(PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Since its launch in January 2004, has grown strongly with 2005 expected to see even stronger growth.

Plastic glasses has become a strong growth market in the UK with both individuals and companies. They are ideal for outside events, around swimming pools / hot tubs and children’s play areas where broken glass is a hazard. They are also increasingly used in licensed establishments where plastic glasses are replacing bottles and glass to improve safety.

The Goodsphere Air revitalizer system is also a strong product within the portfolio and is doubling in sales every month. New models and essences are expected to be launched in the UK within the first six months of the year. Cater For You was one of first retailers to sell it on-line in the UK and is looking forward to promoting it further in 2005.

To celebrate this, Cater For You has radically overhauled its web site with a new simpler to use layout and improved product images. In addition, to help manage the growth, Cater For You has recruited two new Directors.

John Le Grys and Paul Willis have both joined and bring with them a wealth of marketing, distribution and general management experience. Already managing successful distribution companies with joint turnovers in excess of £5 million, they are looking forward to the challenge of taking Cater For You through the next few years to a similar trading position.

On formalizing the arrangements, John Le Grys said “I have been working with Cater For You Ltd for many months and closely monitored its progress since launch and have been impressed with what they have achieved” he added “I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing the growth within a strong business framework for future solidity”.

Paul Willis who joined the board at the same time continued “developing a strong business proposition within the catering and outdoor entertainment market is an attractive business and one I was keen to be involved in.” Paul who has a wealth of export experience went on to say “there is also a great opportunity for shipping the plastic glasses abroad and developing a strong export market for these products”.

Andrew Watts, existing Director enthused “adding Paul and John can only improve the business and we are looking forward to the next few years of trading with great excitement”

Note to Editors:
Cater For You Ltd was first started trading in January 2004 specializing in disposable and reusable plastic glasses. The range has since expanded with the Goodspere Air Purifier and the New Zealand Serendipity Olive Oil and will continue to expand in 2005.

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fivespice Melds Pan-Asian Cuisine with Fresh Pacific Northwest Ingredients

Chef Jon Beeaker brings Asia's street food and culinary traditions to Oregon

(PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Executive chef Jon Beeaker found inspiration for the new menu at fivespice on the streets of Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Beeaker visited markets, street vendors and restaurants to gather ideas for his traditional Pan-Asian menu prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. The menu also draws from the cuisine found in Korea, Singapore, India and Malaysia. fivespice debuted in January 2005 and features lunch, dinner and bar menus, as well as live jazz music by local artists, and outdoor seating.

“We envisioned fivespice as a destination for high quality Pan-Asian cuisine with an inviting design, and a lively jazz scene,” says managing partner Barry Cain. “Our vision came together when we brought executive chef Jon Beeaker into the project. His passion and talent for Pan-Asian food was the perfect match for fivespice.”

Asian Street Snacks:
fivespice offers a selection of small plates, or Street Hawker Fare, that highlights the different cultural flavors and styles found in the markets and food carts throughout Asia. These small dishes are meant to be shared and include: Lamb Tikka Masala; Vietnamese Grilled Calamari; Grilled Shrimp and Grapefruit; Bo La Lot, ground beef marinated with lemongrass, seasoned with turmeric and fish sauce and wrapped in La Lot leaves and grilled; and Siu Mai, steamed Chinese dumplings filled with shrimp and pork.

Soups and Salads:
A variety of soups and salads are available including, Tom Kha Gai with Thai chicken and coconut milk flavored with galangal, kaffir lime and tamarind; Miso Soup; Grilled Beef Salad; Green Papaya Salad, and Shredded Chicken and Cabbage Salad.

Noodles & Curries:
fivespice pays tribute to the noodle dishes made fresh to order across Asia with a menu dedicated to regional noodle specialties. A few highlights include the popular Pad Thai and Khao Soi, the signature noodle dish of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and Nonya Noodles stir-fried with black beans, napa cabbage, ginger, shrimp and Chinese sausage.

Heartier Fare:
All the dishes at fivespice are perfect for sharing, especially the heartier entrees which utilize fresh seafood, lamb, chicken, and beef. A signature dish is the Clay Pot Chicken with chicken braised in a Vietnamese caramel sauce with ginger, garlic, chilies, and wood ear mushrooms. Lacquered Salmon is grilled with sake and miso, and the Seafood Hot Pot mixes shrimp, scallops, calamari, and clams in a clay pot with tamarind and galangal.

Sweet Endings:
The desserts at fivespice give an Asian twist to some Western favorites, including Warm Sticky Rice with Palm Sugar Syrup; Coconut Caramel Flan; Molten Chocolate Cake with Vietnamese Coffee Sauce; and Tapioca and Fresh Fruit Parfait.

Asian-themed Design:
Portland-based KL Design Group designed the interior, as well as the logo, menu and signage for fivespice. The restaurant design incorporates natural materials found in Asian countries like zebra wood, bamboo, limestone, and grass. An outdoor balcony off the dining room and bar offers sweeping views of Lake Oswego, iron fire pits, and table seating for 20. Inside, the bar area features a fireplace, live jazz music every Thursday through Saturday and a full bar menu of Asian-inspired cocktails and a wine list emphasizing the Pacific Northwest.

About fivespice:
fivespice is located at 315 First Street, Suite 201 in Lake View Village, a new European-style development combining retail, dining, and office space, as well as free parking. fivespice is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For reservations or information,
please call 503-697-8889.

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Multiple Examples of 24/7 Shift Schedules Are Now Available

Organizations looking for examples of 24/7 shift schedules have a new resource. Four different sets of widely-used schedules are now available (8 or 12-hour, fixed or rotating). This will reduce research time and improve the schedule selection process. The schedule packages are available from Shift Schedule Design, a company that specializes in the design of customized work schedules.

Novato, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Managers faced with the challenge of designing a new shift schedule for their work group now have a new resource. Shift Schedule Design has just released four sets of widely-used shift schedules:

• 8-hour, fixed schedules
• 8-hour, rotating schedules
• 12-hour, fixed schedules
• 12-hour, rotating schedules

Each package contains ten different schedules for 24/7 coverage with the same number of employees on every shift. Each schedule includes a spreadsheet showing the on-off work pattern, an explanation of how the schedule works, and the advantages and disadvantages from both business and employee perspectives. There is also a summary sheet listing key features of all ten schedules, such as the number of crews, average overtime, longest and shortest breaks, and the number of weekends off each year.

Until now, designing a new shift schedule was not an easy job. Information on the subject is scarce, and relevant examples are nearly impossible to find. Scheduling software programs will manage an existing schedule, but they won’t create a new one. Consultants that specialize in shiftwork issues usually provide much broader services than just schedule design, and their costs may be prohibitive for smaller firms.

Bruce Oliver, the founder of Shift Schedule Design, explains why he is offering these packages. “Few managers can afford to spend days or weeks searching for examples of different schedules, or trying to develop solutions on their own. We assembled these packages to make it easier to examine a variety of different shift schedules side-by-side. Since the packages are primarily intended for smaller organizations, we priced them to fit a limited budget.”

The schedule packages will facilitate the process of selecting a new schedule. They will reduce research time, provide multiple options to choose from, and make it easier to determine employee opinions and preferences. For more information, contact:

Shift Schedule Design was launched in June 2004 to help small businesses find the best work schedule for their situation. The company designs schedules tailored to meet an organization’s unique requirements and preferences. Mr. Oliver was previously employed by a leading shiftwork consulting firm. He has over 20 years of business management experience.

Bruce Oliver
Shift Schedule Design
(415) 717-3754

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January 28, 2022

Milk Blog Attracts Over 10,000 in Three Weeks

Non-profit education campaign on misleading marketing continues to gain widespread attention.

Churchville, VA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) January 28, 2022 -- The Center for Global Food Issues “Milk is Milk” consumer education campaign Blog has attracted over 10,000 visitors in less than three weeks, generating significant news media interest, industry and consumer comments. Web statistics show visits to to read commentaries are coming from dozens of countries and growing to more than 1,000 visitors a day.

This week Blog author Alex Avery addresses the harm of black marketing practices which seek to limit technology and production choices for farmers. Avery’s previous Blog posts have exposed questionable marketing practices by such industry leaders as Organic Valley, Horizon Milk and Stonyfield Yogurt and misleading claims by anti-milk activists Steve Wilson, Jane Akre, Robert Cohen and PETA. Avery’s most recent posting can be found at:
The Center for Global Food Issues is a project of the Hudson Institute, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit public policy organization, providing factual, science-based information on important food and farming issues.

Other CGFI resources:

Alex Avery
Center for Global Food Issues
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(540) 255-6378

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January 27, 2022

World’s First and Only Herbal Extract, Clinically Proven to Prevent Hangover Symptoms, Offers Unique Investment Opportunity

Nutrimark, LLC is poised for dramatic growth. The company is the distributor of the only herbal extract clinically proven to prevent hangover symptoms, with results of the study peer-reviewed and published in a journal of the American Medical Association.

(PRWEB) January 27, 2022 -- The patented extract, called Tex-OE™, is derived from the skin of the fruit of the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus indica) by a patented process. For the purpose of preventing hangover symptoms, it can only be found in the product, distributed by Nutrimark, known as HPF Hangover Prevention Formula™.

When the news of the new patented herbal extract with the proven ability to prevent hangover symptoms hit major U.S. wire services, and was broadcast worldwide, sales of HPF Hangover Prevention Formula have taken off at Nutrimark’s websites and the company’s 24/7 call center. Now, to meet widespread requests from customers to offer HPF at retail stores, Nutrimark is formulating plans to market its products at retail stores across the country. In addition, the company is planning a nationwide advertising and marketing campaign to drive sales to stores carrying HPF and other Nutrimark products2. To accomplish its expansion goals, the company is currently raising capital by offering qualified investors membership units in Nutrimark, LLC.

Nutrimark’s CEO, Gerald J. Stefanko, an award-winning advertising and marketing professional with wide-ranging experience at national and international advertising and marketing firms commented. “HPF Hangover Prevention Formula is rumbling on the launch pad with all systems go. The brand, with its proprietary extract, is rapidly gaining awareness throughout the world via the media’s pickup of the patented Prickly Pear extract’s published report in the American Medical Association journal. And, as a result of HPF’s amazing effectiveness, word-of-mouth continues to promote the sales of HPF among family and friends. Nutrimark is now looking to build the capital necessary to maintain a promotional presence with persistence in the markeplace.” The company also plans to continue with an intense PR program which has already begun to build brand awareness through the placement of stories on HPF Hangover Prevention Formula and other products in national general interest and health magazines as well as reports on television, radio and newspaper stories across the country.

Nutrimark is in the process of raising its first round of investment capital. The proceeds will be used to market its product nationally and internationally. Anyone interested in finding out more about the company should contact Mr. Stefanko directly.

Mr. Stefanko, also suggests, “it is very likely that today the alcohol hangover is the most omnipresent and frequently recurring affliction in the world. In the United States alone 109 million people enjoy drinking alcohol. This presents an idea of the huge potential for sales of this product alone”.

1 An article in the June 28, 2021 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association, presents a medical peer review of a published manuscript of clinical research performed, by a noted alcohol research team, on the role of a new patented herbal extract, Tex-OE™ in preventing symptoms from the alcohol hangover. The clinical study, performed by the same distinguished medical research team, that published a comprehensive report entitled The Alcohol Hangover, presented in the Annals of Internal Medicine in July, 2000, was performed among 55 graduate medical students at Tulane University. In the double-blind, randomized placebo study conducted at typical-style college barbecue parties on campus at Tulane, the patented extract, Tex-OE, derived by a special process from the skin of the fruit of a specific type of cactus, was found to be the first product ever deemed to be “statistically significant” at preventing hangover symptoms when taken before ingesting alcohol. The published study indicates that the subjects who took the supplement (versus a placebo) were half as likely to suffer severe hangover symptoms.

The peer-reviewed article published in the AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine validates the claims of the Southern California company, Nutrimark, LLC, that is now selling Tex-OE as a dietary supplement. Trademarked under the name HPF Hangover Prevention Formula™, the herbal extract capsules are sold nationally via an toll free 24/7 call center (800) 720-2970 and via the internet at: and

2 Nutrimark also markets additional nutritional supplements at

The company also has plans for line extensions to its high quality nutritional supplements line.

For information, contact:
Gerald J. Stefanko,
CEO, Nutrimark, LLC,
410 Liverpool Drive,
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

For more information on HPF visit:
For more information on other Nutrimark products, visit:

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Phytobase Nutritionals Introduces Chocolate For Weight Loss, Additional Health Benefits

The words "dark chocolate" often bring to mind images of indulgence. New studies have stripped chocolate of its decadent reputation to show that it has some surprisingly favorable health properties. A Harvard study found that eating dark chocolate three times a month could prolong a person's life by one year. Another study by Dundee University found that volunteers who ate dark chocolate cut the risk of developing blood clots by an astounding 75 percent.

(PRWEB) January 27, 2022 -- The studies point to flavonoids found in cocoa, chemicals derived from antioxidant-rich plants, which have a wide variety of nutritional benefits. These flavonoids can keep blood platelets from massing together - meaning a reduced risk of blood clots that could lead to heart attacks. "Dark chocolate provides better blood flow through the vessels, which is good for the heart," said Mary B. Engler, a professor of physiological nursing at the University of California, San Francisco's School of Nursing. Dark chocolate has also been known to lower blood pressure in elderly hypertensive patients.

Clinical studies examining the health benefits of dark chocolate are growing, and nutritionists are taking note. The people at Phytobase Nutritionals have taken dark chocolate and added another benefit: Hoodia Gordonii. An appetite suppressant found in the African Kalahari desert, Hoodia Gordonii is able to stave off hunger while attacking obesity. The San Bushmen, one of the world's oldest tribes, have been eating Hoodia for thousands of years to block feelings of hunger and give them energy while hunting or on long trips across the desert. CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent, Lesley Stahl, was led into the Kalahari Desert of South Africa for an episode on this scientific breakthrough. When the plant was located, the tracker cut off a stalk and offered it to Stahl. After trying, it Stahl described it as "a little cucumbery in texture, but not bad." Stahl said she experienced no after effects, wasn't hungry all day and had no desire to eat or drink. "I'd have to say it did work," she said.

Phytobase has developed the first combination of sugar-free, low-carbohydrate dark chocolate and Hoodia Gordonii available on the market, called Chocoleans(TM).

Sam Gur, CEO of Phytobase Nutritionals, said, "Chocoleans are a dieter's dream come true and a truly unique concept. In addition to the benefits of dark chocolate and Hoodia Gordonii, Chocoleans also contain an extract of wolfberries, highly regarded for their anti-aging properties. Besides lowering your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, the wolfberry also improves your body's immune functions."

Other products available through Phytobase Nutritionals currently on the market include Hoodia DeLite(TM), a patent-pending meal replacement shake with Hoodia Gordonii, and HoodiaLean(TM), an appetite suppressant.

About Phytobase Nutritionals:
Phytobase Nutritionals Inc. is a Utah-based corporation that specializes in research and development of cutting-edge nutritional products and functional foods.

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New International e-Newsletter for Fine and Rare Wine Professionals Launched by The Wine Traders Club

The Wine Traders Club News is an e-newsletter that will be distributed every Wednesday to more than 6,000 professionals dealing in fine and rare, vintage, high-end and hard-to-find wines

Montreal (PRWEB) January 27, 2022 -- The Wine Traders Club and Global Wine & Spirits are delighted to announce the launch of Wine Traders Club News, an e-newsletter that will be distributed every Wednesday to more than 6,000 professionals dealing in fine and rare, vintage, high-end and hard-to-find wines. Wine Traders Club News is a unique networking tool that enables subscribers to interact and keep abreast of the latest goings-on in the fine and rare wine community. Interested in finding out more about the Wine Traders Club and its members? Then sign up now to receive your free weekly copy of Wine Traders Club News at

About the Wine Traders Club
The Wine Traders Club is an international B2B exchange for dealers, brokers, negociants, importers, distributors and other professionals involved in the resale of fine and rare wines.

The Wine Traders Club features vintage, high-end and hard-to-find wines from France (mainly Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne), Italy (mainly Tuscany), Spain, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, the United States, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries specializing in the fine and rare market. For more information, visit

About Global Wine & Spirits
Global Wine & Spirits operates the leading e-business network for the wine and spirits trade. More than 5,000 wine and spirits companies (2,900 wine and spirits producers and 2,100 wine and spirits wholesalers, importers and retailers) in 66 countries are connected to private or public wine and spirits portals powered by Global Wine & Spirits technology. For more information, visit

About Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc.
Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. (TSX: MDF) is a world-leading operator of e-business networks and provider of complete e-business solutions. Mediagrif’s e-business networks allow buyers and sellers within specific industries to source, purchase or sell products and to exchange documents more efficiently using the Internet. Mediagrif operates 12 networks, including industry leaders The Broker Forum ( ) Power Source On-Line ( ), Telecom Finders ( ), Global Wine & Spirits ( ) and Polygon ( ) in the jewelry industry. The company also owns MERX ( ), the exclusive provider of e-tendering services to the federal government of Canada, and is a leading provider of government bid aggregation services and e-procurement services in the U.S. Headquartered in Montreal, Mediagrif through its subsidiaries has various offices in Canada and the United States. For more information on Mediagrif please visit us at or call 1 (877) 677-9088.

Source and information:
Réal Wolfe
International Development
Global Wine & Spirits
1 888-255-9463 (Toll free Canada and USA)
+800-2559-4630 (Toll free International)

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Gluten-Free Baked Goods Go Gourmet – and Online

Gourmet, high-caliber gluten-free baked goods are hard to find or non-existent. To help fill this void, an alumnus of the California Culinary Arts School has helped launch Mariposa Baking -- a boutique, gluten-free baking company exclusively dedicated to crafting exceptional gourmet baked goods. Mariposa expertly honed its recipes and tested them on some of the finest palates in the San Francisco Bay Area, until their gluten-free products became indiscernible from the finest wheat-based goods.

(PRWEB) January 27, 2022 -- Why gluten-free? Many of today's health problems are caused by intolerance to gluten - the protein found mainly in wheat, but also in barley and oats. The problem is, many of the current gluten-free baking companies produce average-tasting products. Gourmet, high-caliber gluten-free baked goods are hard to find or non-existent.

To help fill this void, Mariposa Baking has launched a boutique baking company exclusively dedicated to crafting exceptional gluten-free baked goods. Mariposa expertly honed its recipes and tested them on some of the finest palates in the San Francisco Bay Area, until their gluten-free products became indiscernible from the finest wheat-based goods.

The creations from Mariposa Baking come from Kyoko Hiramatsu and Patti Furey-Crane. Kyoko, an alumnus of the California Culinary Arts School had experience creating pastries in San Francisco’s La Nouvelle Patisserie and upscale restaurant Hawthorne Lane. Patti, diagnosed with gluten intolerance several years ago was unable to locate premium gluten-free products and had developed recipes of her own. Together they knew they had the expertise needed to create a small, boutique gluten-free baking company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mariposa’s products are available at specialty stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and online @ They offer three kinds of gluten-free biscotti, which are dairy-free as well: almond, ginger spice and orange walnut. Mariposa also specializes in gluten-free truffle brownies, available in choices of triple chocolate, walnut and espresso. All Mariposa products are gluten-free, wheat-free, preservative-free and contain no hydrogenated oils.

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For further information, contact:
Margret Einhorn
Mariposa Baking
P.O. Box 11187
Piedmont, CA 94611
510 868 1639

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January 26, 2022

Firehouse Subs Ranks 110th on Entrepreneur Magazine’s List of 500 Top American Franchises

Celebrating its 10th year in business, Firehouse Subs had never been ranked on the Entrepreneur list before; ranks 3rd in Sub category.

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- Firehouse Subs, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain that now operates more than 170 stores throughout the Southeast, has been ranked 110th in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 26th annual Franchise 500®, a listing of the top 500 American franchises.

In addition, Firehouse Subs was ranked third in the Submarine Sandwich Category behind Subway and Quiznos, two much larger companies. The ranking marked the first ever that Firehouse Subs had been named to the Entrepreneur list, which is published in the magazine’s January 2005 edition.

“We have known that a Firehouse Subs franchise is a great value as well as a great opportunity for our franchisees,” said Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs president. “This ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine shows that others are recognizing our success, as well.”

Firehouse Subs was started by Robin Sorensen and his brother, Chris Sorensen, in 1994 in their native Jacksonville, Fla. That single store has grown into a chain of more than 170 stores in 10 southeastern states. The company expects to operate 275 stores by the end of 2005 and to be a nationwide chain with more than 1,000 stores by 2008. The company’s goal is to become one of the top five sub sandwich chains in the nation.

The company believes strongly in sharing its success with its franchisees, and the company’s management looks for attitude and work ethic rather than the size of a prospective franchisee’s bank account.

The Firehouse Subs American Dream program allows hard-working store managers to become franchisees through a special formula; corporate store managers who are successful can purchase a 20 percent share of their store’s revenue stream for $5,000. After three years, they can move on to their own franchise, financed up to $150,000 by Firehouse Subs.

“If you own 20 percent of your store’s annual profits, are you going to be willing to work harder and stay with the company longer? The chances are pretty good that you will be,” said Stephen Joost, Firehouse Subs’ chief financial officer and one of the company’s four owners.

Firehouse Subs is not the only restaurant chain to offer profit-sharing programs for store managers. But Joost said he knows of no other restaurant company that offers a program allowing hard-working store managers who do not have their own sources of capital to end up owning their own franchises.

Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994 by two brothers, Robin and Chris Sorensen, who worked as firefighters for the Jacksonville Fire Department. By the end of 2004, Firehouse Subs operated 172 stores throughout the Southeast, employing 25,000 people and generating annualized sales of more than $90 million. Plans call for more than 500 Firehouse Subs stores by the end of 2006, and more than 1000 Firehouse stations by the end of 2008. To learn more, visit the company’s web site at

Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® is the world’s first, best and most comprehensive listing of franchise opportunities. Franchise 500® rankings are determined by numerous factors, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, number of years in business and length of time franchising, start-up costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing.

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Grow Your Own Gourmet Shitake Mushrooms

Asheville gardening enthusiast Tom Magruder will host three spring workshops to teach home gardeners and chefs how they can grow low-cost gourmet shitake mushrooms year-round in their backyard or basement. "Imagine planting a crop once, never weeding, and reaping year-round harvests for up to a decade! That’s what you get when you grow mushrooms. It's simply awesome."

(PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- Just in time for spring, Asheville gardening enthusiast Tom Magruder will host three workshops to teach home gardeners and chefs how they can grow low-cost gourmet shitake mushrooms year-round in their backyard or basement. The workshops will be held at the Synergy Center (6 E. Lookout Rd., East Asheville, from 9 am – 1 pm on Feb. 19, March 5, and March 19. To register, contact Tom Magruder at 828-296-1121 or via email. Each workshop costs $65. Attendance is limited to provide a powerful experiential learning opportunity for each participant. Advance registration is required.

Magruder, who has been gardening for over 25 years and successfully cultivating shitake, oyster, and maitake mushrooms for 4, says he loves growing mushrooms because they are a low-maintenance crop that consistently produce a high-yield harvest in small spaces that are normally too shady for other planting. He adds, “Imagine planting a crop once, never weeding, and reaping year-round harvests for up to a decade! That’s what you get when you grow mushrooms. It’s simply awesome.”

Shitake Workshop Overview
Designed for the home gardener or small-scale mushroom grower, Magruder’s 4-hour hands-on workshop will teach participants how they can easily and economically grow shitake mushrooms on hardwood logs. Participants will learn:
(1) How to select suitable mushroom strains for their climate and growing site
(2) Which trees to use and how to prepare the logs
(3) Which tools and supplies they will need to get started
(4) How to inoculate, incubate, and stack logs for optimum yield
(5) How and when to harvest ripe mushrooms for peak flavor

In addition to plenty of hands-on experience and handout materials, participants will receive a 2-foot shitake mushroom log (a $30 value). Depending on their diameter, shitake mushroom logs can fruit for 3-10 years. Over its life span, one mushroom log can produce up to 2.5 times its fresh cut weight in mushrooms. For example, a 40 lb. log can yield up to 100 lbs. of mushrooms! At up to $10 per pound for fresh shitake mushrooms, the cost savings can be immense.

Magruder is offering the workshops in February and March because early spring is the best time to start a mushroom garden. “When trees begin to leaf out, the nutrient-rich sap—the ideal food for the mushrooms—is diverted to feed the budding leaves,” he says. “It’s best to cut the logs before the sap begins to rise.”

Participants should wear suitable clothes for outdoor gardening and bring work gloves. The work area is covered for rain or shine.

About Shitake Mushrooms
Shitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes) are highly prized across Asia and are gaining popularity in the West for their flavor and reputed medicinal value. They are a dietary source of protein and vitamins B and D, are rich in minerals, can help boost the immune system, and are even used in Japan for cancer prevention and treatment.

Shitakes are similar to portabella mushrooms in texture and flavor, and add a gourmet touch to soups or stews, or when sautéed or grilled.

Commercial vs. Home-grown
Unlike their home grown counterparts, commercially grown shitakes are usually picked early to maximize their shelf life. This is unfortunate, says Magruder, because early harvesting usually yields a smaller, denser cap. The benefit of growing shitakes as part of a domestic garden is that home gardeners can give the mushrooms the time they need to fully mature. Even an extra day or two can spell the difference between a small commercial-sized cap and a flattened, portabella-sized mushroom that is “awesome for grilling.” Home gardeners can also pick and serve their shitakes at the peak of freshness, going directly from garden to grill, with only a brief pause for a light olive oil baste or low-salt tamari marinade.

About Tom Magruder
Tom Magruder has been an avid home gardener for over 25 years. He believes that successful gardening comes from working with the essential intelligence of nature, and specializes in growing organic produce year-round. He has been cultivating shitake, oyster, and maitake mushrooms for 4 years. For more information about workshops or individual instruction, or to inquire about the purchase of mushroom logs or fresh mushrooms, please contact Tom at 828-296-1121 or via email.

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CCS-Inc. Announces New Paperless Enterprise Solution for the Poultry Industry

With a powerful combination of document management, HACCP compliance and statistical process control software, CCS unveils a turnkey solution for poultry executives seeking operational excellence.

Christiansburg, VA (PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- CCS demonstrates its expanded “Paperless Enterprise Solution” for the poultry industry. Working with industry partners, Virtuant Corp of Atlanta, GA and Infinity QS International, Inc. of Chantilly, VA, CCS now delivers seamless paperless solutions that ensure low-cost regulatory compliance and improve operational performance.

Reducing the Costs Associated with Food Safety
Spending for food safety and HACCP compliance has risen dramatically. From 1996 through 2000, U.S. plants as a group spent about $380 million annually and made $570 million in long-term investments to comply with USDA Regulations, according to a survey initiated by the Economic Research Service. The U.S. meat and poultry industry as a whole during the same period spent an additional $360 million on food safety investments that were not required by the PR/HACCP rule.

Recognizing the opportunity to drive down the total cost per plant for implementation of food safety and quality solutions, CCS created a paperless enterprise solution that enables companies to comply with regulatory bodies and reduce costs by improving production efficiency, increasing worker productivity and reducing waste.

Modularity, Flexibility and Fast Deployment
The solution combines Document Management, HACCP/SOP and SPC in modules which can be used individually or as a tightly integrated suite. If desired, CCS also provides all ruggedized mobile and stationary computer hardware for successful deployment and operation in a poultry environment.

The Document Management Module reduces costs associated with the creation, distribution and retrieval of QA Documentation. All documents are easily created, edited, approved and distributed electronically. The system maintains the latest published version of documents ensuring documentation control and reducing costs associated with scrap and rework. “More informed users make better operational decisions,” notes Daryl Scott, Director of QualTrax, CCS’ document management subsidiary. Audit tools to support proper regulatory or certification compliance are included. Data can easily be shared with ERP, MES or other business control systems.

The HACCP/SOP Module is a paperless data collection system for food safety, traceability, and regulatory compliance. It integrates with existing systems and delivers critical real-time data throughout the enterprise. “The system delivers on the promise of paperless data collection and management of HACCP and SSOP data, from the shop floor to the highest levels of your organization,” comments Matt Magallanes, CCS Director of Sales. “Management can now easily view and supervise all HACCP activity across an entire organization—from plant floor areas to corporate compliance functions,” said Magallanes.

The SPC Module is a real-time statistical process control tool set. This module puts organizations in control of their systems and data, giving supervisors and decision makers the power to make accurate and informed decisions in real-time. The SPC module allows companies the opportunity to reduce the "give away”, such as larger chicken portions due to out-of-calibration equipment. “Poultry customers now impose their own requirements on Processors,” says CCS’ Magallanes, adding “Fortunately our SPC customers can satisfy customers through effective portion control and weight control systems that have delivered ROIs exceeding 90%.”

To see a demo of this solution visit booth 5267 at the International Poultry Exposition or contact CCS at 800-277-3077.

About CCS-Inc.
Founded in 1981, CCS consists of two business units: CCS-Industrial and QualTrax, Inc. QualTrax provides web-based document management software valuable for companies working in regulated industries that must comply with ISO, QS, FDA, HACCP or other guidelines. QualTrax greatly simplifies document/content management, workflow tracking and business/manufacturing process control. CCS-Industrial provides Industrial-grade ruggedized computer hardware, integration, design and engineering services for OEMs and industrial clients. CCS-Industrial’s product line features NEMA-rated integrated workstations, enclosures, industrial computers, mobile computers and panel PCs for the food and beverage, marine, manufacturing, communications, energy and utilities and life sciences industries. CCS is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company based in Christiansburg, VA and serves customers worldwide. Partners include Virtuant Corp (, provider of Mobilitee HACCP software, and InfinityQS International (, provider of SPC software.

For more information, please contact Amy Ankrum, Director of Marketing at 800.277.3077, extension 127, or visit the company’s web site at

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January 25, 2022

Biosphere Industries New Biobased Packaging Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) announced its approval of Biosphere Industries’ unique starch based packaging technology-PPM100. Biosphere’s new materials are biobased, moisture resistant and can be used in food service items as well as general packaging. The BPI certification demonstrates that this new material meets the specifications in ASTM D6868 and will biodegrade swiftly and safely during municipal, commercial, or household composting. Biosphere’s new packaging is one of a growing number of materials approved by BPI that is composed mainly of natural, annually renewable raw materials rather than synthetic polymers that have been engineered for biodegradability.

(PRWEB) January 25, 2022 -- The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) announced its approval of Biosphere Industries’ unique starch based packaging technology-PPM100. Biosphere’s new materials are biobased, moisture resistant and can be used in food service items as well as general packaging. The BPI certification demonstrates that this new material meets the specifications in ASTM D6868 and will biodegrade swiftly and safely during municipal, commercial, or household composting. Biosphere’s new packaging is one of a growing number of materials approved by BPI that is composed mainly of natural, annually renewable raw materials rather than synthetic polymers that have been engineered for biodegradability.

Biosphere’s new material PPM100 has properties comparable to polystyrene foam and can be used for food service applications as well as general packaging. “Our new products are among the first biodegradable materials that are ovenable, microwaveable, and provide good insulating properties, while being made mainly from natural, annually renewable raw materials,” stated Dr. David A. Dellinger, Biosphere Chief Scientist. “For the first time, a cost competitive biodegradable alternative is available for food service and general packaging providers that are looking for an Earth friendly container,” added Anne W. Cuthbert, Biosphere CFO.

BPI’s approval of Biosphere’s products continues to expand the array of “compostable” alternatives that are being marketed today. “Products such as these make sense when the waste stream can be diverted to a composting facility, rather than to a landfill or incinerator,” noted Steve Mojo, BPI Executive Director. “Today, there are residential and commercial food scrap programs in place from San Francisco, CA to Prince Edward Island, Canada,” Mojo added. By replacing non-degradable items with compostable materials, these communities are able to divert and compost large parts of the waste stream, while helping composters reduce processing, separation and disposal costs.

Biosphere Industries Corporation is an engineering, research and development company, creating unique packaging solutions for the food and general rigid consumer packaging markets. The company is already offering a wide array of products for food service operators, including two piece clamshells, trays, bowls, prepared meal containers, and cups. Also, blister pack and other innovative producers are looking at utilizing PPM100 as an alternative to paperboard construction. “All our product lines are formulated towards maximizing the use of regional raw materials to benefit local communities whenever possible and when combined with compostable clear films for secondary packaging, we offer a 100% biodegradable packaging solution that can be treated like a potato or tortilla chip for disposal,” stated Elie Helou Jr, Biosphere CEO.

BPI is a multi-stakeholder group, involving people and organizations that produce, use or recover biodegradable plastic products. It promotes the growth of biodegradable plastics through education, use of scientifically-based standards and cooperative efforts with organizations in Europe and Asia.

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January 24, 2022

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Introduces Sugar-Free Extra Rich & Fudgy Brownie Mix

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet welcomes a new addition to its line of sugar-free/high protein products: Extra Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Brownie Mix tastes as good as the real thing, but is a more healthful, sugar-free alternative.

(PRWEB) January 24, 2022 -– Doctor’s CarbRite Diet welcomes a new addition to its line of sugar-free/high protein products: Extra Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix. The most delicious brownie mix of its kind, our new Brownie Mix contains real chocolate chips. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Brownie Mix tastes as good as the real thing, but is a more healthful, sugar-free alternative.

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Brownie Mix has 0 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein per serving, and 3 grams of dietary fiber that helps promote a healthy intestinal environment. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Brownie Mix contains wholesome, quality ingredients like whole-wheat flour (not refined flour) and whey protein. Our brownie mix is not only sugar-free but is free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Brownie Mix has nearly 50% fewer calories, fewer net impact carbs and almost three times as much fiber than other famous name brownie mixes. It also has more than twice as much protein as compared to other brands. And once you taste it, you won’t believe it is sugar-free.

These healthful brownies are easy to make and only require an additional three large eggs, half a cup of softened butter, and one teaspoon of water. Each box makes 12 brownies, so your entire family can enjoy this guilt-free, delicious treat and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet is line of sugar-free, high protein products perfect for those who restrict their sugar intake and need to maintain balanced insulin levels. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet line also includes delicious gluten-free high protein bars, chocolate bars, rice cakes, and smoothies. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet products also contain no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. Doctor’s CarbRite Diet bars, supplements, and bake mixes can be found at Wegman’s, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World and other fine health food stores nationwide as well as internationally. For more information, please visit or call (800) 872-0101.

For Further Information:
Contact Person: Lena Kulyanda
Phone: 732-545-3130, 800-872-0101
Fax: 732-509-0458

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