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Jan 23, 2020

Expanded bottle bill might improve glass recycling but add headaches and costs

A proposed law that would extend New York’s bottle bill to wine and liquor bottles could increase recycling of glass significantly and create a cleaner stream of recycled glass, potentially making it easier to find end users in a tight market. But a study of the potential impacts of that law also suggests the law […]

Jan 13, 2020

Proposed liquor law change would enable movie theaters to sell craft beer

Two companies with movie theaters in Brooklyn and Yonkers offer full meals — with alcohol — for customers to consume while they watch their movies. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a chain based based in Austin, Texas, and Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema are operating under a New York law that licenses movie theaters to serve alcohol only if […]

May 26, 2017

Muslim man sues Little Caesars over pizza labeled ‘halal’

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Muslim man who says Little Caesars served him a pizza with pepperoni made with pork has filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million from the restaurant chain. The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) that the lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court says the pizza sold in the Detroit […]

May 23, 2017

Court denies appeal for egg executives in salmonella case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak cannot further appeal their sentences for misdemeanor food safety violations, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest U.S. court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without […]

Jan 19, 2016

Wegmans raises record $1.8M in hunger relief drive

A record $1.84 million was raised by customers at 51 Wegmans Food Market stores during the company’s fall 2015 hunger relief checkout scanning campaign, officials said Tuesday. The campaign, known regionally as Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, or Food 2 Feed, raised 8 percent more than the amount raised in the fall of 2014, […]

Dec 8, 2015

Police: Father, son stole $41K worth of wings

SYRACUSE — Authorities say a father and son stole more than $40,000 worth of chicken wings from a New York restaurant where they worked and sold them on the street or to other businesses. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Paul Rojek and 33-year-old Joshua Rojek, both of Syracuse, were caught stealing wings from […]

Nov 24, 2015

Wegmans joins state to offer holiday meals

Wegmans is one of several business that will team up with the state in a public-private partnership to deliver holiday meals this week to more than 35,000 people. Walmart, the National Supermarket Association, the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and FreshDirect are also involved in the effort. Each meal includes turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, vegetables, cranberry sauce […]

Nov 24, 2015

Bonus day at the Market

Rochester’s Public Market at 280 N. Union St. has been supplying Thanksgiving shoppers for more than a century, and anyone looking to augment the groaning board has an extra day Wednesday to do so. Because the market is closed on Thanksgiving Day, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The […]

Nov 9, 2015

Schumer wants FDA review of caffeinated peanut butter

ALBANY — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new caffeinated peanut butter that targets the athletic and fitness market. It’s called “STEEM Peanut Butter,” and was launched by three friends in Massachusetts last year. Right now, it’s sold mostly online and at a few fitness centers and small […]

Nov 3, 2015

Jury to settle bitter battle between sweeteners

Big Sugar and Big Corn face off in court this week in a bitter, multibillion-dollar battle of sweeteners that boils down to a mix of science, semantics and marketing. Jurors in the case between sugar processors and corn manufacturers will take up one of nutrition’s most vexing debates and confront a choice common among some […]

Oct 8, 2015

Schmaltz Brewing partners with Rochester distributor

 Shmaltz Brewing Co. is forming a new partnership with Lake Beverage Corp. to distribute its products in New York state. The latest addition to Shmaltz’s team of distributors across the country, Lake Beverage,enhances the regional retail presence and draft availability of the award-winning craft beer line: He’brew — The Chosen Beer. Shmaltz’s distribution growth throughout up[...]

Oct 6, 2015

Tops Friendly Markets names Persons COO, president

  As part of a long-term leadership strategy, Tops Friendly Markets has named John Persons, long-time Tops associate and executive, as president and chief operating officer while Frank Curci will continue to actively serve as Tops chief executive officer and board chairman, the company announced Tuesday. “John’s appointment is the first step in an organized […]

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