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Xeros Now Offering High Performance Dryers


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it is now offering high performance dryers with shorter dry times to work in conjunction with its award winning polymer bead laundry system and Xeros Sbeadycare laundry management program. Xeros showcased the new dryers at The Clean Show 2015.

Connecticut’s Winvian Farm Launches Working Farm


MORRIS, CONN.—Crusaders for food as authentically fresh as it is refined will experience just that at the newly rebranded Winvian Farm, which is emerging as the East Coast’s preeminent farm-resort, when it comes to exceptional, organic, non-GMO cuisine. Winvian Farm is once again home to a working farm (the original farm dates to the 1700s) thanks to the efforts of Executive Chef Chris Eddy and proprietor, Margaret Smith, whose passion for healthy eating and earth-to-table menus inspired the re-creation of the farm.

For Earth Month, Shangri-La Rolled Out ‘Rooted in Nature’


HONG KONG—Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts marked the global rollout of its culinary sustainability initiative, Rooted in Nature, by hosting a month-long celebration of the group’s most exceptional food purveyors. From small farms in the Maldives to fishing villages in Malaysia, the hotels recognized the farmers, fisherman and ranchers that make dining at Shangri-La not only delicious but also sustainable.

EPA Honors Disneyland Resort for Achievements in Food Recovery


LOS ANGELES—Disneyland Resort was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge award for its zero waste efforts, and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the nation. “Disneyland is a model for food recovery efforts,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Disney has the potential to educate millions of people who visit the resort on zero waste, while doing its part to fight climate change and create a better environment for Southern California residents.” The EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge partners with organizations and businesses to prevent and reduce wasted food. The participants include groups such as grocers, educational institutions, sports and entertainment venues, restaurants and hotels. The program helps participants save money, reduce hunger in communities, and protect the environment by purchasing less, donating extra food and composting. “I am so proud that our Cast Members are being recognized for their creative approach to keeping the environment top of mind,” said Jon Storbeck, Vice President of Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney.

Emerald Brand Partners with Totally Green to Reduce Food Waste


SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald Brand announced a strategic partnership with Totally Green, producer of the ORCA Anaerobic Aerobic digestion machine. This alliance will allow Emerald Brand, a provider of more than 230 sustainable disposable products, to deliver Totally Green's ORCA organic digesting solution to its foodservice and facility clients and help sites in New York City become compliant with the new food waste and Styrofoam laws that are set to take effect this July 2015.

P&G Professional Named Edison Awards Winner


CINCINNATI—P&G Professional, the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble, announced that the Tide Professional Coldwater Laundry System has been named a 2015 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards. This laundry system enables hotel facilities to reduce the energy needed to heat the water in a commercial washer by as much as 75 percent and to reduce the water used in a commercial washer by up to 40 percent. The Tide Professional Coldwater System was recognized as the Silver Edison Green Award winner at the annual Edison Awards gala in New York City.

Equipment Marketers Appointed Electrolux, Wascomat Distributor


INWOOD, N.Y.—Laundrylux announced that New Jersey-based Equipment Marketers is now an authorized Electrolux and Wascomat distributor for coin and on-premises laundry equipment.

Kennesaw State Receives $5M Commitment from Michael Leven for Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality Program


KENNESAW, GA.—The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the naming of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University. Michael Leven, a veteran hospitality industry executive and President and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium, made a commitment of $5 million to name Kennesaw State University’s School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. The gift represents the largest single contribution from an individual in the University’s 52-year history. In addition to naming the School, Leven’s philanthropic gift will be used to support an endowed faculty chair as well as scholarships for culinary sustainability and hospitality students. University officials are planning a mid-May naming ceremony to recognize Leven and his generosity to the program. “We are deeply appreciative and honored to receive this substantial gift from Mr. Leven, whose generosity extends well beyond his financial investment in the future of this program,” said Daniel S. Papp, President of Kennesaw State University.

ClearWater Tech Debuts Nature Wash Ozone Laundry System


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech showcased its EcoTex cold-water ozone laundry system at last week’s Clean Show in Atlanta. ClearWater Tech also introduced NatureWash, a new ozone laundry system for residential and coin operated laundry applications. NatureWash uses the same cold-water technology as EcoTex, reducing energy use by reducing the need for hot water. It also reduces detergent use and wash time.

Xeros Names Benjamin President of Global Commercial Laundry


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that Jonathan Benjamin’s role has expanded from President of North America to President of Global Commercial Laundry. In his new role, Jonathan will steer the growing business and will be responsible for product development, sales, marketing, and operations worldwide. The company also announced that Jaret Christopher has joined the company as General Manager and Senior Vice President of Global Technology.

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