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Coast Packing Corporate Chef Ernest D. Miller Dies at 51

Coast Packing Company announced the passing of Ernest D. Miller, the company’s Corporate Chef and a popular figure on the Southern California food scene. Miller, 51, died in his sleep on Friday, September 21, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

IFDA Opens National Truck Driving Championship

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) kicked off the 33rd annual Truck Driving Championship held at the Walt Disney World Property. Some of the foodservice industry’s best drivers – 133 men and women from all across the country – are putting their skillfulness to the test to see who will emerge as 2018 IFDA Truck Driving Champions.

Consolidated Concepts Teams with Buyers Edge Platform Source GPO

Consolidated Concepts, a leading group purchasing organization for national multi-unit restaurant concepts, has announced that as of October 1, it will be partnering with the newly-formed Buyers Edge Platform Source GPO to process all of its rebates and deviated (discounted) pricing.

Does Canned Food Affect Our Health?

Many people around the world believe that eating canned food can be bad for your health. Some people claim that canned foods simply are less nutritious compared to fresh foods whereas others believe that the actual packaging may negatively affect the food inside.

Idahoan Foods Appoints Craig Gentry VP of Foodservice

Idahoan Foods announced Craig Gentry as Vice President of Foodservice. In this newly created role, Craig will report to the President and CEO, Drew Facer. Craig is charged with leading the Foodservice division of Idahoan Foods, with direct accountability for foodservice sales, marketing, trade allowance and school bid teams.

Bush’s Best Foodservice Names Winner of Home Run Recipes Contest

Bush’s Best Foodservice announced the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers Double-A affiliate, as the 2018 Home Run Recipes Contest Champion for the second year in a row. Erie won the contest with “The Fiesta Burger” which features Bush’s Best Black Beans, pepper jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, salsa and French’s Fried Onions.

Vollrath Company Acquires Carlson Products

The Vollrath Company, LLC, announced the acquisition of Carlson Products based in Maize, Kansas. With over 60 years of experience operating in the foodservice marketplace, expertise in anodized aluminum, and state-of-the-art equipment, Carlson Products expands the manufacturing capabilities and capacity for both the Vollrath Foodservice division and Vollrath Manufacturing Services division of Vollrath Company.

CIA Students Can Now Add ProChef Certification to Degrees

In addition to earning a prestigious degree, students at The Culinary Institute of America now have the opportunity to enter the workforce with a second important credential. Beginning with the September 7 graduating class, students who meet specific grade requirements will be awarded a CIA ProChef Level 1 certificate upon graduation.

PACO Collective Acquires Noble Food

PACO Collective, an award-winning cross-cultural marketing agency, and one of the fastest growing minority-owned agencies in the Midwest, announced the acquisition of Noble Food, a leading independent food-marketing agency headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Names Executive Director

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced the appointment of Terrell Johnson as Executive Director. Johnson joins the IRAEF having recently served as Director of Special Programs and Global Camps at Kendall College, where he was responsible for leading the department in planning and coordinating adult recreational cooking classes, culinary and wine certificate programs and teen summer camps.

Tyson Foods Picks FoodLogiQ to Connect Supply Chain

FoodLogiQ, the leading SaaS provider of food safety compliance, whole chain traceability, and supply chain transparency solutions, announced Tyson Foods has selected its FoodLogiQ Connect’s Manage + Monitor product for global supply chain visibility, streamlined supplier management, and quality issue tracking and reporting.

Expert Scientific Panel to Help Industry Address Cyclospora Outbreaks

Both the fresh produce industry and US public health agencies are committed to protecting the wholesomeness and safety of the nation’s food supply.  And although more food safety preventive controls are being implemented by the fresh produce industry than at any time in US history, unexplained Cyclospora outbreaks continue to occur every spring and summer.