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November 29, 2021

Wood Stone Hires New Representation in Multiple Territories

New partnerships announced with Elevate Food Service Group, Premier Foodservice Solutions, and Greenfield World Trade

Bellingham, WA, November 23, 2021 – Wood Stone Corporation, a leading manufacturer of stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment, has hired Elevate Food Service Group to represent their line of foodservice equipment in New England, Premier Foodservice Solutions to represent their line in Michigan & Indiana, and Greenfield World Trade to represent their line in the Middle East.

Elevate Foodservice Group is a manufacturers’ representative agency specializing in foodservice equipment and supplies and was founded by Mitch Marcotte in 2020 with a vision to build a team of individuals that collectively elevate the level of service provided to operators and channel partners. Premier Foodservice Solutions partners with world-class foodservice equipment manufacturers and their goal is to continually and consistently meet their customers evolving needs and offer them outstanding customer service. Greenfield World Trade has been servicing the foodservice industry for over 20 years and they are proud to represent world-class manufacturers of high-quality commercial equipment throughout the world.

“Elevate’s strong relationships across the channel and market segments are a great addition to the Wood Stone team. We look forward to working with this dynamic and forward-thinking team,” said Michael Quinn, Vice President of Global Sales for Wood Stone Corporation, “In addition, we are very excited to have Premier Food Service Solutions joining us. Their experienced sales staff will provide that region the opportunity to experience Wood Stone’s power to perform. And finally, although Greenfield World Trade has been a long-time partner with Wood Stone in other territories around the globe, we are extremely excited to have their expertise and customer support partnering with us in the Middle East as well.”

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Power to Perform

Wood Stone Corporation, based in Bellingham Washington, has been manufacturing premium stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry since 1990. Wood Stone equipment is featured in more than 18,000 installations in over 80 countries worldwide and has been an employee-owned company since 2015.

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November 16, 2021

Rosina Acquires Mama Lucia Brand

 Buffalo, NY – November 16, 2021 – Rosina Food Products, Inc., Buffalo, New York, has announced its acquisition of the Mama Lucia ® Brand of frozen retail Meatballs from Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. Mama Lucia Brand can be found predominately in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest of the United States within the supermarket, military commissaries, and dollar store channels. 

In announcing the acquisition, Mr. Russell Corigliano, President and CEO of Rosina Food Products, Inc. stated, “We are excited about this transaction. This acquisition is consistent with the Company’s strategic plan for growth and the products are consistent with our core capabilities.” Mr. Frank Corigliano, Executive Vice President of Rosina added that, “The Mama Lucia brand and its current distribution are an excellent fit into our family of brands, and we anticipate a very smooth transition for all of its customers many of whom already have a strong sales relationship with Rosina.” 

The Mama Lucia Brand is an excellent complement to the already successful Rosina, Celentano and Italian Village Brands sold throughout the United States and Internationally by Rosina Food Products, Inc. 

In addition to its current production facility located in Cheektowaga, New York, Rosina has a new, state of the art protein facility scheduled to open in December 2021 in nearby West Seneca, New York. 

About Rosina Food Products 

Rosina Food Products is a leading innovative frozen specialty food products manufacturer centered around Italian fare. Since 1963 the Italian family-owned company has focused on creating premier products that bring to life real Italian flavors and tradition. Rosina ensures the success of every one of its customers while delivering Real Italian Goodness. Rosina Food Products can be found in supermarkets, supercenters, wholesale clubs, military commissaries, cafeterias, and restaurants throughout North America and around the world. For more information, visit www.rosina.com. 

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November 12, 2021

Nick Valavanis, Business Development Manager, Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks Adds Nick Valavanis as Business Development Manager

The hire will be will be an asset to the successful growth of the company

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Drummondville, QC, November 12, 2021 – Hot Rocks Pizza Ovens, manufacturer of the first stone conveyor oven, has hired Nick Valavanis to serve as Business Development Manager. The company, which is part of the Korok Group, a manufacturer of commercial food equipment, is looking for rapid growth of its stone conveyor oven concept.

Nick recently directed the implementation of the Hot Rocks at the Chicago-based Rosati’s Pizza, His in-depth knowledge of the oven and experience with multi-unit restaurant franchises will be an asset to the company’s expansion. Nick has hit the ground running.

Nick is based in the Chicago-area and will be responsible for business development throughout the United States.

For more information www.hotrockoven.com or call 855-395-5252

 

About Hot Rocks Pizza Ovens

Hot Rocks is a spin-off of Picard Ovens that is exclusively dedicated to the Pizza Industry. Wit over 60 years of experience in the baking industry, we manufacture high quality ovens in Nort America and offer the best service in the industry. Innovation is key to our success and we specialize in improving the pizza restaurant operations. The Hot Rocks stone conveyor pizza oven is the result of many years of Research and Development combined with concrete customer insight to redesign the conventional pizza oven that is now revolutionizing the industry.

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August 30, 2021

Paul Humphreys, VP of Innovation and Strategic Marketing, Wood Stone

Wood Stone Hires Paul Humphreys as VP of Innovation and Strategic Marketing

Move will help company swiftly and successfully launch new products in various markets.

Bellingham, WA, August 30, 2021 – Wood Stone Corporation, a leading manufacturer of stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment, has hired Paul Humphreys to serve as their VP of Innovation and Strategic Marketing.

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Paul most recently served as President and Owner of Pallet Services, a recycling and repair business for wooden pallets. Prior to Pallet Services, Paul was Senior Vice President for Sales, Marketing, and Finance for MagnaDrive Corporation. He has also held roles as VP/GM for Bowman Manufacturing and VP Marketing and Product Management at Alpha Technologies.

President and CEO, Chris Trout said, “Paul brings extensive strategic marketing, product innovation, and product management experience to our organization. His depth of knowledge and unique skillset will complement our team and initiatives to support growth both domestically and internationally.”

In his role at Wood Stone, Paul will be responsible for all Marketing, Product Management, and Culinary functions.

For more information, visit https://woodstone-corp.com/ or call +1 360 650 1111.

 

Power to Perform

Wood Stone Corporation, based in Bellingham Washington, has been manufacturing premium stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry since 1990. Wood Stone equipment is featured in more than 18,000 installations in over 80 countries worldwide and has been an employee-owned company since 2015.

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August 16, 2021

Wood Stone Hires New Representation

Tri-State Marketing to serve the upstate New York territory.

Bellingham, WA, August 12, 2021 – Wood Stone Corporation, a leading manufacturer of stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment, has hired Tri-State Marketing to represent their line of foodservice equipment in upstate New York.

Tri-State Marketing brings over 130 years of combined experience in the food service industry where they market and promote foodservice equipment and supplies, provide sales support, host product demos, and provide service/support sale after the sale in northern New Jersey, New York, and Fairfield County, CT.

“Tri-State Marketing is a longtime partner of Wood Stone, and we are excited to be able to expand our relationship into this additional territory,” says Michael Quinn, VP of Global Sales.

Alex Ricciuti, Regional Sales Manager added, “Tri-State’s familiarity with our product line allows them to hit the ground running and their test kitchen will provide this region with the opportunity to experience what makes our products – and company – so special. We look forward to a successful future together.”

For more information, visit https://woodstone-corp.com/ or call +1 360 650 1111

 

Power to Perform

Wood Stone Corporation, based in Bellingham Washington, has been manufacturing premium stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry since 1990. Wood Stone equipment is featured in more than 18,000 installations in over 80 countries worldwide. An employee-owned company since 2015.

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June 29, 2021

Maple Leaf Foods welcomes the Schomberg Poultry Plant

The value-added fresh poultry business is an important part of our product portfolio, with chicken the fastest growing segment in the meat protein market. We have built leading national brands in Prime Raised Without Antibiotics (RWA), Maple Leaf and Mina, and established strong producer relationships. With the increasing demand in this category, expanding our poultry network is an integral part of supporting future growth and meeting our customer’s needs.

In 2018, Maple Leaf Foods acquired two poultry plants from Cericola Farms (now Certm Inc). The original agreement included an option to acquire the primary processing plant and associated supply in Schomberg, Ontario in 2021.

We are announcing today that we have completed the purchase of the plant in Schomberg, Ontario effective June 25, 2021.

Acquiring this facility and the associated supply further secures capabilities and capacity for Maple Leaf, and to our value-added fresh poultry business and supporting our ability to continue to meet growing demand in the premium value-added segment of the market.

Please help us welcome the Schomberg plant team to the Maple Leaf family and extend any mutual terms between our organizations under the affiliate’s clauses in our contracts.

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June 25, 2021

A Chance To Fly High with Sysco & Red Gold’s Folds of Honor Virtual Cookoff

Instagram Entry Can Earn You A Trip In A Fighter Jet!

(Elwood, IN) – An Instagram competition with Sysco can earn a foodservice operator one of three grand prizes, including a ticket aboard a fighter jet in Sysco Foodie’s Red Gold® Folds of Honor Virtual Cookoff. The deadline for your entry is July 16th. “It’s a unique way to celebrate Folds of Honor and its mission to support the families of fallen military heroes,” says Becca Yeagy, Red Gold’s Senior Marketing Manager of Foodservice. “We’ve partnered with Sysco to raise awareness of Folds of Honor and Red Gold’s 1 oz. Folds of Honor Ketchup Dipping Cup. This contest is easy, fun and a way to earn a one-of-a-kind experience.” Three prizes will be given away to foodservice operators through the contest. First prize is an exhilarating experience aboard a jet fighter at Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, FL, along with a $1,500 travel stipend. Second prize is a golf outing with Folds of Honor founder, Lt. Col. Dan Rooney at Patriot Golf Course in Owasso, OK and a $1,000 travel stipend. The third-place winner receives a couple’s weekend experience at Folds of Honor Cottages in Owasso along with a $750 travel stipend. To enter, a foodservice operator must post a photography or video of a meal that demonstrates the use of ketchup as an essential ingredient to your Instagram account, tag @SyscoFoodie, follow @SyscoFoodie, and include the hashtag #SyscoVirtualCookOff in the post copy. During the entry period, each submission will be curated into a gallery and the public will vote for their favorite submission.  One vote will be allowed per email address. The submission with the most votes will win the top prize followed by a second and third-place winner. Red Gold has donated nearly $200,000 to the Folds of Honor charity since it launched a line of Folds of Honor ketchup products starting in 2020. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Folds of Honor Ketchup to goes directly to support the non-profit foundation. The Folds of Honor Ketchup line includes 20 oz. plastic squeeze bottles, 1 oz. dip cup and 9-gram packets. Get the full details about entering and voting at www.Foodie.Sysco.com/blog/sysco-virtual-cookoff-contest. To learn more about Red Gold’s complete line of tomato products visit RedGoldFoodservice.com.   About Folds of Honor Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Lt Col Dan Rooney, a PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot currently stationed at Tyndall AFB Florida as a member of 301st Fighter Squadron who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 29,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 4,500 in 2020 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org About Red Gold, Four generations of the Reichart family have been producing the world’s freshest, best-tasting tomato products since 1942. When the US entered WWII, the government asked citizens to step up and help the war effort and the call was answered. Since then, Red Gold has become the largest privately owned tomato processor in the nation with three state-of-the-art facilities in Elwood, Geneva, and Orestes, Indiana. The company also boasts a million-square-foot distribution center in Alexandria and operates the subsidiary RG Transport trucking fleet in Elwood. Red Gold partners with local family farms across Indiana, southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio to sustainably produce premium quality canned tomatoes, ketchup, sauces, salsas, and juices for foodservice, private brands, brands, export, co-pack, club and retail channels of distribution. The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, Tomato Love, Sacramento, Huy Fong Sriracha, and Redneck Riviera 1776 BBQ. Superior Quality, Outstanding Service and Operational Excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: “To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.” Visit the award-winning website for great recipes, tips and culinary inspiration: www.RedGoldTomatoes.com. About Sysco Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 57,000 associates, the company operates 326 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 625,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2020 that ended June 27, 2020, the company generated sales of more than $52 billion. Information about our CSR program, including Sysco’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, can be found at www.sysco.com/csr2020report . Read More

February 23, 2021

Little Caesars Pizza Names Paula Vissing Chief Operating Officer

Vissing will lead all domestic and international operations for the global pizza brand

DETROIT – Little Caesars Pizza, the global family-owned pizza chain, announced today that Paula Vissing has been named Chief Operating Officer. Vissing has been with Little Caesars since 2011 and most recently served as the Senior Vice President of International. In the newly created role, Vissing will oversee all domestic and international operations during a period of incredible growth for the world’s third largest pizza brand.

“Paula has an impressive track record within the company and has successfully led our international division for the last five years, which continues to see record-breaking results year after year,” says David Scrivano, President and CEO of Little Caesars. “I am thrilled to congratulate her on her new role as Chief Operating Officer. Paula is a highly respected and proven leader within Little Caesars and there is nobody better suited to oversee global operations.”

As the Senior Vice President of International, Vissing was responsible for all Little Caesars locations in more than two dozen countries and territories. Under her leadership, Little Caesars experienced the largest period of international growth in the company’s 60+ year history. Previously, Vissing was Vice President of Purchasing and Quality Assurance, where she led cost-saving and sourcing initiatives that supported Little Caesars’ growth in the U.S. Vissing has also led global supply chain expansion, enabling international development efforts across the globe.

 “It is an exciting time for the company as we continue to experience exponential growth both in the U.S. and internationally, and I am honored to have the opportunity to oversee the global operations of Little Caesars,” says Vissing. “I look forward to continuing to work along with the Little Caesars leadership team, and organization as a whole, as we continue to bring great tasting, affordable pizza to families around the world.”

Vissing has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry providing strategic leadership for national brands. A Kentucky native, Vissing received a B.S. in economics from the University of Louisville and an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.

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January 7, 2021

Emerald Acquires PlumRiver LLC to Expand Digital Commerce Capabilities

Extends PlumRiver’s Elastic Suite B2B platform to thousands of Emerald customer brands  NEW YORK, NY. (January 6, 2021) — Emerald Holding, Inc. (NYSE:EEX) (“Emerald” or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of PlumRiver LLC (“PlumRiver”), a leading international provider of software-as-a-service technology through its Elastic Suite solution. Elastic Suite’s platform streamlines the wholesale buying process for both brands and retail buyers, creating a digital year-round transactional platform for use by Emerald’s customers. The acquisition will accelerate Emerald’s strategy to provide 365-day-per-year engagement for its customer base regardless of location by significantly expanding its digital commerce capabilities and providing its customers with robust transactional functionality, including deep enterprise-level integration to brands’ ERP systems, allowing customers to manage orders, real-time inventory, and product merchandising. PlumRiver, which was founded in 2002, is integrated with preeminent manufacturers and retailers across numerous industries, most notably in the outdoor, surf, cycling, footwear and sporting goods verticals, and will complement Emerald’s portfolio of leading show brands including Outdoor Retailer and Surf Expo, among others. PlumRiver’s Elastic B2B platform bridges the gap between sellers’ order processing systems and allows brands to sell directly to their buyers using print-free digital product catalogs and merchandising technology. This enables clients to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and profitability.  Key client brands include: Patagonia, The North Face, Burton, Shimano, Scott Sports, Rip Curl, Boardriders, Volcom, Timberland, New Balance, Vans, Orvis and Puma. Brian Field, Emerald’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Over the course of 2020, we launched many digital product offerings focused on customer engagement, new customer acquisition, and delivering high-value customer solutions. From our customers’ feedback, the highest-value of these needs is clearly centered on the transaction between buyer and seller.  Through our acquisition of PlumRiver and the Elastic platform, we now have the capability to offer a full spectrum of bundled solutions to our customers—from product discovery, lead-generation, to transaction—across both in-person, face-to-face events as well as year-round, digital opportunities.” Hervé Sedky, Emerald’s President and Chief Executive Officer, added, “The acquisition of PlumRiver is a natural extension of our live events business; we can now offer a complementary, year-round interaction and transaction platform.  PlumRiver’s technology is already used by world-class clients and will foster increased engagement between Emerald and our customers.  Importantly, the Elastic B2B eCommerce SaaS solution is expected to strengthen our existing live events, expanding both their relevance and growth profile, while also bringing an additive subscription-based revenue stream to Emerald.” Josh Reddin, Chief Executive Officer of PlumRiver, stated, “Elastic has clearly emerged as the preferred wholesale purchasing and digital merchandising solution among both brands and retailers. Looking forward, I couldn’t be more encouraged by the opportunity to establish Elastic as the standard B2B ecommerce solution across even more verticals as we expand our business through our combination with Emerald.  Their portfolio of industry-leading events provides significant growth opportunities for our solutions.”Added John Marchione, Co-Founder of PlumRiver, “We are thrilled to join Emerald to bring our innovative, market-driven solutions and efficiencies to thousands of brands and retailers across the globe in a rapidly expanding B2B digital economy.  We are equally excited for the many new opportunites for our team members.“   About Emerald Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.   About PlumRiver PlumRiver is a leading provider of globally adopted B2B ecommerce and digital merchandising solutions, serving the unique business needs of world-class manufacturers and retailers.  PlumRiver’s easy-to-use web-based applications are tailored to the needs of manufacturers and wholesalers of outdoor, surf, footwear, apparel, cycling, sporting goods and other segments of the specialty retail market. PlumRiver’s solutions quickly bridge the gap between order processing systems, sales reps, independent retailers and consumers. The Elastic solution helps manufacturers, retailers and distributors adopt a more sustainable approach to wholesale purchasing while achieving efficiency-driven cost savings and incremental sales growth.  PlumRiver’s solutions are designed to quickly and easily integrate with existing IT infrastructure and ERP systems. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, Emerald’s expectations regarding the strategic and financial benefits from the acquisition of PlumRiver. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, Emerald’s  ability to successfully integrate PlumRiver’s Elastic platform and operations; the expected levels of PlumRiver’s revenue and profitability growth; and economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of the Company’s control that may cause its business, industry, strategy, financing activities or actual results to differ materially. See “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Read More

January 5, 2021

Globe and Varimixer Partner for North American Distribution

Globe Food Equipment Company (Dayton, Ohio) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Varimixer (Denmark), effective January 1, 2021. While both Middleby brands offer industry-leading commercial mixers, Globe’s fast shipping, award-winning customer support, sales management and marketing resources will increase Varimixer’s presence in North America.

This new partnership will usher in the re-launch of varimixerusa.com with improved content, videos and additional information to improve the customer experience. The new website will make buying Varimixer easier than ever, online or in person. An interactive mixer capacity tool will help pair the right equipment with the customer’s needs, no matter the size of the job.

Headquartered in Denmark, Varimixer has been designing and manufacturing high-quality, commercial planetary mixers for over 105 years. Their introduction to the North American market began in Canada in 1978, and operations later centered in Louisiana and North Carolina before moving to Ohio.

“Globe is excited to partner with Varimixer in North America. Varimixer’s unique design, features and performance complement the Globe product line to offer mixing solutions for any operation. Two leading brands with the same go-to-market organization positions both to grow market share”, said Kevin Woods, Globe’s President.

Headquartered in Dayton, Globe is a leading provider of food preparation and cooking equipment for the foodservice industry. Globe, part of the Middleby Corporation, offers the industry’s most complete line of mixers and slicers, along with food prep equipment, weighing systems, and gas and electric cooking equipment. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.globefoodequip.com.

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