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NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration, introduced their new Alternative Industrial Refrigerant (AIR) Initiative which outlines the use of Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blended refrigerants and foaming agents to meet the EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) guidelines.
BLOOMINGTON, MINN.—The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has opened. The property, which was designed in collaboration with award-winning architects DLR Group and acclaimed hospitality industry leader Design Force, is the JW Marriott brand’s first in Minneapolis and is part of Mall of America’s recent luxury expansion. Executive leadership from the property along with officials from the City of Bloomington, Mall of America, hotel developers Mortenson, and hotel ownership Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) hosted an event as the hotel opened its doors to the public for the first time. “The Twin Cities region is particularly well-suited for our continued growth in the United States,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management & Guest Experience at Marriott International. “Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest and the expansion of Mall of America, designed to showcase luxury retail and hospitality concepts, is in alignment with JW Marriott’s brand ethos.” The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America features 342 guestrooms.
TORONTO—Totally Green Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Cam Carver as Chief Executive Officer effective November 2, 2015. Carver was most recently the Co-founder and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd. As CEO, Cam Carver succeeds Shawn Dym, who will continue to serve as an active member of Totally Green’s Board of Directors.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2016. Top 20 food trends for 2016 include: 1. Locally sourced meats and seafood; 2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts; 3. Locally grown produce; 4. Hyper-local sourcing; 5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food; 6. Environmental sustainability; 7. Healthful kids’ meals; 8. New cuts of meat; 9. Sustainable seafood; 10. House-made/artisan ice cream; 11. Ethnic condiments/spices; 12. Authentic ethnic cuisine; 13. Farm/estate branded items; 14. Artisan butchery; 15. Ancient grains; 16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items; 17. Fresh/house-made sausage; 18. House-made/artisan pickles; 19. Food waste reduction/management; and 20. Street food/food trucks. “True trends evolve over time, especially when it comes to lifestyle-based choices that extend into other areas of our everyday life,” said Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President of Research for the NRA.
NAPLES, FLORIDA—The air outside may be a balmy 95 degrees but the temperature inside The Grow House (a.k.a. CropBox) at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples is an ideal 65 to 72 degrees—perfect for growing lettuce and other micro-greens. Since July, Executive Chef George Fistrovich has been growing the equivalent of an acre of vegetables in a repurposed shipping container that sits in the parking lot of the hotel. Measuring 40 feet by 8 feet in size, the container is equipped with everything one needs to grow crops—lights, planting racks, HVAC system, all of the necessary hydroponic components, and a system of sensors to monitor just about every environmental condition. On the day Green Lodging News interviewed Fistrovich, he expected to be harvesting 1,400 heads of lettuce in the following five or six days. He and his colleagues were on their third lettuce growing cycle.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech, LLC, a leading manufacturer of ozone systems for water and air purification for nearly 30 years, announced the promotion of Marc DeBrum to Sales Manager. “Marc’s commitment to all aspects of ClearWater Tech is unwavering,” said Cameron Tapp, President of ClearWater Tech. “He has been an integral part of growing the business over the last two decades. He has shown not only his ability to apply ozone in virtually every application, but he has demonstrated his aptitude for management as well.”
NEW YORK—Dometic Group announced that it will exhibit its DM50 at the HX: The Hotel Experience expo in New York City, November 8 to 10. The DM50 is the world’s first drawer minibar designed to operate silently and provide an array of luxury features to both enhance guests’ in-room experience while saving energy for the hotel. Show participants can see the DM50 at Booth #1936.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal is joining with the Food For Thought Catering Group of Chicago to promote sustainability and its GS-55 Certification for Restaurants and Food Services. “With Food For Thought’s recent growth, we felt it important to expand the presence of GS-55 certification into our overall business messaging,” said Bess Montecalvo, Marketing Manager at Food for Thought. “We want to ensure that our customers know we not only provide quality service and food but produce it in an environment that has a minimal impact on the environment.”
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.—Recognizing LG Electronics’ leadership in environmental sustainability, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the leading voice of corporate responsibility, has named LG Electronics USA President and CEO as 2015 Responsible CEO of the Year.
VERNON HILLS, ILL.—Scotsman Ice Systems has named Robert Croker as regional sales manager for the West. In this role, he will be responsible for driving sales in the region through distribution and key accounts.
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