Monday was the start of National School Lunch week and there was something to celebrate at Summit Street School in Essex Junction – a new milk contract that will provide 135 Vermont schools with milk that supports the health of our children, local farms and the environment.The Agency of Agriculture joined Vermont FEED, the Vermont Food Service Directors association to announce a new contract with Garelick Farms, based in Franklin, MA, that will provide schools with the choices they’ve been looking for, milk that comes from Vermont farms in 8 or 10 ounce recyclable plastic bottles and a chocolate milk formula with no high fructose corn syrup.”The sugar content of flavored milk can be a concern but this formula from Garelick farms, takes out the high fructose corn syrup and reduces the overall sugar content. They’ve also made sure kids still like it, and will drink it. It’s a good way to get more milk and more nutrients into our kids,” said Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.The Vermont Food Service Directors Association (FDA) represents 135 schools in Vermont and has worked for nine years to find a milk supplier that would meet their requirements.”Due to the ability of the Food Service Directors Association to negotiate a competitive bid process and to distribute through our local food distributor we were able to bring Garelick into the picture in Vermont where it did not exist before,” said Bob Clifford, Food Service Director for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Co-Director of FDA.The new milk deal also provides greater support for our Vermont dairy farmers. Last year school milk contained about 40 percent Vermont milk, now 85 to 90 percent of the school milk comes from Vermont farms. The switch to Vermont milk is representative of the growing Farm to School efforts around the state. Abbie Nelson, Director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) said, ‘More and more of the food in the 52,000 lunches served at Vermont schools every day comes from Vermont.’Deputy Secretary Bothfeld addressed third graders at Summit Street school about the importance of supporting local farmers and being healthy. ‘And you know what is really important, that when the milk tastes good and it is the right size, you drink more and I like that because I work with dairy farmers in Vermont and every time you guys drink more milk, they get sales and everyone does real well.”The new contract also allows schools to switch from non-recyclable wax coated cardboard containers to the recyclable plastic. “Recycling is good because if you just threw stuff away all the time it would take up the whole entire world,” said Oliver MacGillivary, a Summit Street student.It seems this switch is a win all around, thanks to the efforts of the Food Service Directors Association.Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture
At the recent Days of Croatian Tourism in Mali Lošinj, the travel agency Uniline once again received a great recognition, the award for the best DMK travel agency of the year.Winning the prestigious title of the best DMK travel agency of the year in 2017 at this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism just held on Mali Lošinj represents for us the culmination, ie the point of the most successful year in our twenty years of business, says Boris Žgomba, President of Uniline, and adds “The recognition, which has just been awarded to us and the results we have achieved so far, and especially this for our most successful business year, directs us and obliges us to enter a new and more complex company development dimension with a focus on selected market segments and new economic, sociological and cultural trends ” Žgomba points out.By the way, the services of Uniline as a tourist group are used annually by more than 350 thousand guests on various grounds and motives, growing at a rate of more than 10% with much higher profit growth. “We have learned that if we do not change, we do not grow! ”, continued Žgomba, emphasizing, “If we don’t grow, we don’t live! Experience shows us that changes should be made just when it is – the best, of course with a mature look ahead. ” concludes Žgomba.This year is certainly special for Uniline, not only because Uniline has entered a new decade of the business cycle by celebrating 20 years of work and activity last year, but also because of new challenges and setting new strategic goals. Thus, by the end of this year, Uniline will enter a new office space of three thousand square meters in Pula, which is financed from its own revenues and boldly enters the hotel business, ie hotel management. in sports tourism as a one stop sport travel company.Also, one of the more important missions is to open new markets, especially Asian markets, where recently after the Shanghai office, a new office was opened in Seoul as well. In all new trends, the Chinese market has been marked as the market with the highest growth, and it is quite certain that tourists from China will become the world’s main travelers. It is through the strengthening of the Chinese middle class that millions and millions of new journeys are opening up, and the process is already underway. It was China that, after a long, long time, overtook Germany from the second position of world travelers, and soon it will overtake America as well. ”After entering the rent a car business and taking over the Europcar franchise, we decided to enter into taking over the complete management of sales and marketing and then the management of the hotel business. To illustrate, for now it is a total potential of 1.800 to 2.000 beds. The entrance to the new office building, which will be completed by the end of the year, will open space for a new and modern organizational structure whose primary focus is the design and delivery of experiences”, emphasized Edita Petaros, Member of the Management Board and Director of the Rent a Car and Logistics Sector.From a once small travel agency, Uniline has transformed step by step into a modern content creator at the national and regional level and a distributor in the regional and world market, and Sandra Gobin, Member of the Management Board and Director of the Tourism Sector the way employees work at all levels, which should be enhanced and enriched by the new organizational culture. Travel agencies will never be the same again, especially as in previous years, today the focus is on online and digital processes, as well as on selling experiences, or more simply the focus is on content rather than form.There are many challenges, but luck accompanies the brave. However, there is not much luck, but only courage, perseverance, proactivity and a lot of work, and when we focus and “provoke” some processes, success is guaranteed. Tourism is one of the first branches affected by all new trends as well as new technologies, and accordingly tourism is constantly on the move and prone to change. As in everything and in tourism, we must be vigilant and monitor changes, especially in the world market, because if we stagnate we will be late for the train and the competition will go too far.So open your eyes, jump on the train because the change is there and it’s getting faster and faster, whether you want to admit it or not.Related news:SANDRA GOBIN, UNILINE: BEFORE SLAVONIA AS A DESTINATION IS A BEAUTIFUL FUTUREROBERT SEDLAR, UNILINE: GREAT SUPPORT FOR THE INITIATIVE STARTED BY UNILINE BECAUSE SLAVONIA HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND SHOW
BY: Indrawattie Natrammother of five formerly of Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is seeking more markets for her casareep, which is branded under ‘Pomeroon Cassava Casreep’ bottled by Denis Campbell.Lorleen Boston and her father Denis Campbell standing in front of her stallLorleen Boston and father Denis Campbell, 54, had started the business almost a year ago selling casareep, oranges and various tree barks.Standing in the sweltering heat at the Anna Regina Market, Boston said that she would like to source more markets for her casareep. Currently business is slow due to the inability to access profitable and steady market. The mother vends daily at the Anna Regina old market. When asked what makes her casareep different from the other agro-processors, she said the ‘thickness’, ‘flavour’ and ‘spices’.“This casareep is different, the juice is boiled until it is reduced by half in volume, to the consistency of molasses; it is just as thick.”She told Guyana Times that it is her desire to see her business prosper with more markets through better packaging and her cassreep reaching more housewives. She related that when she gets busy with her children and schooling, her aunt usually assists her in boiling the casareep.She also related that when there is a high demand for casareep she employs persons from the Amerindian community of Manwarine. The vendor also disclosed she sources casareep from other persons who manufacture it.“You see many Amerindian women are mostly home, they have nothing to do but they make casareep, they don’t have the time to sell, so I also assist those women in selling their casareep,” Boston added.The mother said that she started the business so she could be more independent and provide better for her children: “I want to be self-sufficient, independent and earn my own money; and I can only do this if I start my own business.”She awakens as early as 04:00h every morning to catch an early bus to reach market on time to sell her casareep. The family is presently living at Charity Squatting area.Her father told this newspaper he assists his daughter in the labelling process. The father of six explained that the small bottle sells for $500 and the large $1500. Gallon quantities are also available based on ‘order’.