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NEW YORK—The de Blasio administration earlier this month announced a proposal to require large-scale commercial food establishments to separate organic waste. Food scraps and other organic material makes up one-third of all commercial waste, and diverting this material from landfills—to be used as a soil amendment through composting or as feedstock for clean, renewable energy through anaerobic digestion—will be a critical opportunity for New York City. The City laid out an ambitious plan to send zero waste to landfills and reduce waste disposal by 90 percent relative to 2005 levels, by 2030 in “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” the administration’s comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city. All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms would be required to participate. Businesses covered by this proposal would be given the option to arrange for collection by a private carter, transport organic waste themselves, or compost on-site in an in-vessel composting or aerobic or anaerobic digestion system, subject to compliance with the City’s sewer discharge regulations.
MEMPHIS, TENN.—International Paper single-use food packaging products now include paper lids. The company announced the launch of new fiber-based lids, a first of its kind to be manufactured in North America, to fit many of the high-quality paper food containers produced by the Foodservice division. The one-piece container covers are specially designed with sustainability, ease of use, and branding possibilities in mind.
OSHKOSH, WIS.—Continental Girbau Inc. recently recognized two distributors for outstanding on-premise laundry sales and service. Coronet Equipment LTD, in Edmonton, Alberta, received the Canadian Distributor of the Year Award, while Darling’s Sales & Service Co., in Blaine, Minn., earned Continental’s On-premise Laundry Distributor of the Year Award.
NEW YORK—To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry. HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX), will debut November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction. This multimillion-dollar investment aimed at revitalizing the largest hospitality trade event in North America is founded on the belief that true hospitality is anticipating a guest’s needs to create a memorable and unique experience. To achieve that, HX will focus on innovation, inspiration and information. “Making this enormous change at our 100-year juncture is exciting,” said Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chairman of the Board for HX 2015. “These are not tweaks or modest improvements. HX 2015 is an entirely new show.” The deep dive transformation from IHMRS to HX called on industry experts, research-based data, and prior-year show assessments to identify what the show could and should bring to the industry.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North, one of the largest hospitality management companies serving national and state parks, recently announced a lineup of environmentally-friendly initiatives it is implementing across its parks and resorts properties this summer. Among its efforts, Delaware North is expanding a partnership with Tesla, completing a restoration project at an iconic attraction at Niagara Falls State Park and planting the company’s greenhouse for its hospitality operations near Yellowstone National Park. In August, the company will for the first time host a sustainability conference for its environmental managers. Delaware North began its environmental stewardship efforts in the early 1990s at Yosemite National Park and was the first hospitality company in the United States to register its environmental management system (EMS) to international ISO 14001 standards. GreenPath, Delaware North’s award-winning EMS, continues to grow the focus on sustainability initiatives that reduce the company’s environmental footprint and has become an integral part of its forward-looking business operations.
BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. completed its purchase of American Dryer Corp. (ADC), a privately held company that manufactures and markets coin-operated, on-premise, industrial and specialty laundry equipment. The acquisition gives Whirlpool Corp.’s commercial laundry business a platform to reach new countries and channels, while building on a strong foundation of innovation, quality, and service.
OSHKOSH, WIS.—Laundry Plus, a commercial laundry in Bradenton, Fla., is the recent recipient of Continental Girbau Inc.’s 2014 Business Partner of the Year award. During the past four years, Laundry Plus—owned by Rick Rone—has invested in Continental and Girbau Industrial (GI) branded laundry solutions, while assisting and nurturing new Continental and GI investors.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.—FridgeWize, a leading provider of energy-efficient commercial refrigeration solutions, announced a new vertical comprised of HVAC EC Motors that target larger applications—like hotels, hospitals and office buildings—to significantly maximize energy and dollar savings for clients.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—Commercial plumbing and foodservice products manufacturer T&S Brass and Bronze Works has redesigned and expanded its website to provide more detailed product information for its customers and a more comprehensive, user-friendly experience.
TORONTO—Green Key Global and La Tablée des Chefs have announced a new partnership. With this collaboration the two organizations will work to get hotels to focus on food waste.
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