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The EPA opened the waiver request for
a public comment period, which ended
on Monday. Now the EPA has until July
24th to issue a decision.
Ranchers, poultry growers, restaurateurs and bakers are among those in
the food industry who have spoken out
strongly in support of the waiver.
Studies released Monday by economists Keith Collins and Dr. Thomas
Elam have shown that biofuel policy
plays a significant role in driving the
price of corn, which impacts the cost of
other commodities like soy and wheat.
Several organizations stated that
although they support the development
of renewable fuels, they believe strongly
that such advancements must take
place with an eye toward sustainability
and must not rely solely on subsidized,
People& Diversified Laboratories, Inc., an
independent USDA accredited laboratory providing advanced
Places analytical services,
announced that Anthony
Vagnino has joined the
company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. His responsibil-
ities include accelerating company growth and developing market- Vagnino
ing initiatives. Tony’s extensive experience across the entire spectrum of food
safety, particularly in the analytical food-testing industry, fits well with the company strengths.
BioBlend Renewable Resources, a Houston-based manufacturer and marketer of bio-based lubricants, oils and greases, including food-grade lubricants,
announced the promotion of Sam Burkett to the firm’s presidency. Burkett
joined BioBlend in April 2007 and oversees developing the company’s distributor network for renewable, biodegradable products.
Sara Goetz has been promoted to Chemistry Laboratory
Supervisor at Cincinnati-based testing laboratory, Q Laboratories,
Inc., which provides comprehensive analytical chemistry and
microbiology laboratory services. Ms. Goetz has worked as a
Chemist at Q Laboratories, Inc. since 2001, and previously served
Goetz as Group Leader of the Analytical Chemistry Department.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, a provider of metal detection and x-ray
inspection equipment, announced the promotion of Dora Arroyo to
the position of Human Resources Manager.
Exosect, a provider of Intelligent Pest Management
solutions, announced the appointment of Robert Hend
as its Regulatory Affairs Manager within the company’s Arroyo
research and development team.
Continuing the industry leadership tradition of the D’Agostino
Hend family in New York State, D’Agostino Supermarkets
President & COO Nicholas D’Agostino III recently has become the
fourth D’Agostino — and the third generation of D’Agostinos — to
chair the Food Industry Alliance of New York State (formerly the
New York State Food Merchants Association).
Founder and retired Shat-R-Shield CEO, Jim Nolan D’Agostino III
passed away on June 11, 2008. Mr. Nolan is credited with creating
the protective lighting industry with the introduction of the first safe-
ty-coated fluorescent lamps in 1976. TED Magazine recently hon-
ored his contributions to the electrical distribution industry as one
of their “100 Faces For 100 Years.” After retiring from Shat-R-Shield
in 1997, Nolan left the operation of the company to his son, Robert,
who serves as CEO.
Jim Nolan certainly realized his dream of creating a successful, family-owned business that, first and foremost, provides for its employees.
Mellace Family Brands, known for diverse product lines that include tree
nuts, peanuts, snack mixes, and chocolate items, has announced the addition
of Clint Welker to its executive team as director of sales.
The buffet restaurant concept,
Golden Corral, is touting a significant
advancement in business intelligence
resulting from the introduction of
Steton's software. Golden Corral executives now have access to intelligent
data that is driving improved operational execution and elevated brand
Senior Vice President of Franchising
for Golden Corral, Bob McDevitt, stated, "The ability for us to anticipate and
solve food quality, customer service
problems, and food safety has dramatically improved. We had plenty of data...
we just didn't have any information.
And the fact that we were able to implement a solution at a cost much lower
than we anticipated has made the
investment that much more valuable.”
The business intelligence gained by
Golden Corral executives has resulted
in knowledge used to make procedure
adjustments and initiate targeted training that impact performance and ultimately customer trust. “We had no way
of compiling, let alone acting on, quality
issues that were consistent from store
to store,” McDevitt continues. “I
never dreamed that I would find a technology that does what Steton does. We
did not want to reinvent the wheel and
so we were pleased to find someone
who already had developed a recipe for
success right out of the box.”