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Xylem Launches Integrated Water Filtration System


CHICAGO—Xylem, a leading global water technology company, launched Filtration by Flojet at the 2014 National Restaurant Association (NRA) show. The system uses integrated membrane pre-activated carbon technology to improve water taste and appearance, better protects dispense equipment and mitigates health concerns in foodservice applications.

Master-Bilt Showcases Line of Glass Door Merchandisers


CHICAGO—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, showcased its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models at the 2014 National Restaurant Show last month. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow.

1 Hotels Partners with Chefs Waxman, Colicchio, Mullen


NEW YORK—1 Hotels, a new hotel brand from Starwood Capital Group launching in fall 2014, will feature “farm-to-table” restaurants from critically acclaimed chefs Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio and Seamus Mullen. 1 Hotels will open three distinct hotel and restaurant destinations: New York City’s Central Park; Miami’s South Beach in Miami Beach; and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.

EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the United States meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

IPSO Introduces New Control for OPL Washer-Extractors


RIPON, WIS.—IPSO introduces the Cygnus Ultra Pro control system on washer-extractors for on-premises laundry managers. Cygnus Ultra Pro builds on the features of Cygnus Ultra. “The Cygnus Ultra Pro control system allows on-premises laundry managers to have complete control of their equipment,” said Kathryn Rowen, North American Sales Manager for IPSO. “With increased usability and flexibility, Ultra Pro gives laundry managers the tools they need to easily achieve peak efficiency.”

Xeros Awarded Qualified Vendor Status with Choice Hotels


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra low water cleaning system, announced that Choice Hotels International has selected it as a qualified vendor for its more than 5,000 U.S. franchises. Xeros’ nearly waterless laundry system helps hotels significantly reduce laundry costs, increase the life of linens, and helps hotels advance their commitment to green operations.

Refresh Glass Announces 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission


TEMPE, ARIZ.—Refresh Glass, a Tempe, Ariz.-based company that creates functional wine bottle art made from empties rescued from landfills, is helping restaurants, hotels, and retailers generate revenue while contributing to their 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission.

Registration Now Open for Farm to Table Symposium


NEW ORLEANS—Registration for the Farm To Table International Symposium (F2Ti) is now open. F2Ti will be held in New Orleans, August 2 to 4, 2014. The annual event brings together the leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement to explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally. The event is presented by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter.

Group Publishes Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste


WASHINGTON, D.C.—An alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators announced the release of a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill. The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. (GMA) and the National Restaurant Assn (NRA). “The Food Waste Reduction Alliance has been working to tackle food waste challenges within the food sector since 2011, but we know that there are companies out there that are just starting to look at the issue,” said Gail Tavill, Vice President, Sustainable Development for ConAgra Foods and one of the toolkit authors. “Our goal for the toolkit is to elevate the issue of food waste within the sector and enable more companies to take action by sharing key learnings and model practices gleaned from organizations who are at the leading edge of this issue.”

Four Seasons Hotel Denver Announces New Green Measures


DENVER—As a company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has always strived to involve employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. Mirroring this commitment, Four Seasons Hotel Denver announces new sustainability measures at its property.

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