Via Cheese To Buy Lucille Farms

first_imgAugust 8, 2006Via Cheese To Buy Lucille FarmsSwanton Vermont&Via Cheese, LLC announced today that it has agreed to buy the assets of Lucille Farms, a Swanton based manufacturer of mozzarella cheese which ceased operations in October of 2005. Via intends to restart the plant in October of this year and plans to make mozzarella and other Italian cheeses at the facility. Via is a sister company of Franklin Foods, which annually makes approximately 25,000,000 lbs of cream cheese products in its plant located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.According to Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Via, This plant will be the perfect partner for our cream cheese operation and we plan to restore the plant to full scale production of premium mozzarella cheese in the coming months. Gutknecht, who is also CEO of Franklin Foods, stated that Via is an independent concern and will be operated as a separate company from Franklin Foods. He expects the two companies to work closely together to pursue joint efficiencies. The relationship will give Via Cheese immediate access to Franklin Foods national network of customers, distributors and cheese brokers. Via Cheese plans to establish mozzarella production by mid October and sell, initially, under the Lucille Farms brand. A plant expansion and production modernization project will begin in October with a planned completion in March 2007.Gutknecht noted that Franklin Foods corporate mission is to, Re-invent Cream Cheese and confirmed that the Company has recently been awarded a patent for its Yogurt Cream Cheese and has numerous patents pending for various innovations. He added, Franklin has recently used its technology to partner with several large branded manufacturers and several of the countrys leading grocery chains to make leading edge, modern cream cheese on trend with todays American consumer. In the same vein, Via Cheese will follow a strategy of innovation and invention to create high quality mozzarella cheese and other Italian specialties including Provolone, Asiago, and Fontina. Via will invite experienced members of the former Lucille Farms to join the team.Via is owned by the stockholders of Franklin Foods together with Erik Brue of Burlington, Vermont who will serve as President of Via Cheese. As Brue described his goals, The highest priority is restoring the plant to commercial scale production. He has begun the hiring process for production employees and will shortly begin a search for a plant manager. Via intends to retain the services of the team, which has kept the plant in operating order during the shutdown. Brue acknowledged that the company has ambitious goals but added that he believes, Via can be a leading manufacturer of premium mozzarella and the leading innovator in other Italian cheeses. It is an exciting mission which will be challenging but also fun.At former levels of production the plant used in excess of 150,000,000 lbs of milk, (or its equivalent) a year and was the second largest customer of the St. Albans Coop. The plant consumed approximately 6% of the milk produced in Vermont and about 12% of Franklin Countys production. The Chairman of Via, Nordahl Brue, who has been working with the St Albans Coop to secure milk supplies for the venture stated, Restoring this plant to production is very important to the economy of Vermont, and particularly important to the residents and farmers of Franklin County.The announcement followed a public auction Tuesday at which UPS Capital Business Credit, a secured creditor of Lucille Farms, Inc and Lucille Farms of Vermont, Inc, bought the factory and real estate formerly owned by Lucille. The closing of the Lucille plant last year changed the balance of milk processors locally and the state of Vermont has targeted high volume dairy manufacturers who are significant users of milk and milk solids to balance supply and demand. It is expected that this venture will advance the States objective in a very substantial manner. -30-For further information contact Erik Brue at (802) 868-7301last_img read more

Vivo pulls 2020 IPL sponsorship amid China backlash

first_imgBy Amlan Chakraborty, Sudipto GangulyNEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – China’s Vivo will not be the title sponsor of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday, amid a growing backlash against Chinese companies in India.Smartphone maker Vivo had secured the IPL sponsorship rights for 2018-2022 for nearly 22 billion rupees ($293 million).“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd have decided to suspend their partnership for Indian Premier League in 2020,” the Indian board said in a statement.Earlier, an IPL governing council member told Reuters Vivo had withdrawn partly because of the weak business environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because of widespread anti-China sentiment in India following a border clash. Vivo did not respond to a request for comment. Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel did not reply to calls and messages from Reuters.There is growing pressure on Chinese companies in India following a border clash in June when 20 Indian soldiers were killed.India has banned Chinese firm ByteDance’s TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, and made approval processes more stringent for Chinese companies wanting to invest in the country. The IPL Governing Council had in June said it would review its sponsorship deals in light of the border skirmish.Yet its decision to retain Vivo, taken over the weekend, sparked protests by a Hindu nationalist group close to India’s ruling party which threatened to call for an IPL boycott unless the decision was reconsidered.The BCCI was keen to retain Vivo as it would not be easy to find a new sponsor in the current economic environment, the IPL governing council member, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters.The popular franchise-based Indian Twenty20 league, which could not be held this year in India because of the COVID-19 crisis, is set to be played in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19.last_img read more

Sporting News All-Star cards return in Topps 2019 Heritage set

first_imgAt Sporting News, where baseball ties also run deep, we recognize a kindred spirit when we see one — which is why we’ve re-established a cool partnership with our cardboard-loving cousins.MORE: Ranking the top 15 baseball card sets from the ’80s and ’90sFor the first time in eight years, we’re excited to announce the return of the Sporting News All-Stars in a Topps baseball card set. These cards, which first appeared in a Topps set in 1959 and continued periodically through 2011, make their comeback in Topps’ 2019 Heritage set, which goes on sale today.The Heritage set traditionally features current players on cards modeled after Topps sets from the past. This year, the 500-card collection has the design of Topps’ 1970 set. That means the new Sporting News All-Stars cards will match the faux-newspaper design in the vein of the print edition of Sporting News — then called The Sporting News — that appeared in that 1970 set. So, it’s an exciting time. We hope to continue this Topps partnership for years to come. If you come across any of the Sporting News All-Star cards in your new Heritage packs, feel free to tag us on Twitter at @sn_mlb. We don’t mind the attention.Happy hunting. When one thinks of baseball institutions, the Topps Co. usually comes to mind quickly, and for good reason.The undisputed King of Baseball Cards has remained an iconic brand in the collectibles industry for seven decades, pumping out multiple baseball sets each season to satisfy a continually growing and rabid base of sports-card collectors. (Courtesy of Topps) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/c/snall-star2019jpg_15er2eou9btr1uf65nm6zaj8t.jpg?t=626159425&w=500&quality=80 There are 20 Sporting News All-Star cards in the 2019 set. In addition to Mr. Ramirez above, look for Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Max Scherzer and many others.We’re thrilled to revive these cards. The return of Topps’ Sporting News All-Stars is a small but important reminder of the rich histories our two companies share.We’ve both covered baseball in our own ways for a long time. We’ve watched the game evolve. We’ve seen records fall. We’ve witnessed Hall of Fame careers. We’ve also seen our industries change, and we’ve tried our best to adapt to those changes, and to our customers’ needs. Sporting News and Topps are cut from the same cloth in a way, which is why this partnership makes so much sense.last_img read more

Arsenal fans laugh at Tottenham

first_imgArsenal beat Hull 3-1 to edge closer to playing in the Champions League for the eighteenth consecutive season.Manager Arsene Wenger once said a Champions League place is a trophy but in the previous 17 European campaigns, the Gunners have only come close to winning it once, in 2006 when they were beaten by Barcelona. But victory at Hull also meant something else: Fans could celebrate St Totteringham’s Day, the moment of Arsenal’s season when they are guaranteed to finish above north London rivals Tottenham.TOTTENHAM FANS ON ‘EMBARRASSING’ GOONERSGiven that Tottenham have been rivalling the Gunners for a place in the Premier League top four in recent seasons and Gooners have been starved of success, celebrating finishing above the enemy makes sense and here, talkSPORT has rounded up some memes from happy supporters. Arsenal fans laugh at Tottenham supporters 1last_img read more