Green Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees WATERBURY, Vt. (August 28, 2008) (BUSINESS WIRE) — Green Mountain Coffee, the coffee division of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today unveiled new, unique packaging for its 10-ounce and 12-ounce coffee lines including Signature, Fair Trade Organic, Flavored and Seasonal coffees. This completes the packaging makeover that began with roll-outs of the Newman’s Own(r) Organics and Single Origin lines of coffee. The redesigned packaging will start to appear on store shelves in late August.The redesign includes a vibrant palette of line-specific colors and illustrations that clearly differentiate one line of coffee from the other. The crisp, contemporary look also features improved communication that identifies the roast level, grind type, Fair Trade and organic certifications, and decaf options. Along with an updated logo, these features help consumers easily find their favorite Green Mountain coffee.As with Green Mountain Coffee’s other recent packaging modifications, these bags also offer an environmental benefit. The film contains 19.4% PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer made from plant-based renewable resources. The use of PLA helps reduce the environmental impact of the packaging.Susan Cote, Director of Brand Marketing at Green Mountain Coffee, said, “We used a collaborative approach to design the new packaging lines, listening to the needs of our consumers, our wholesale customers, our sales team and our manufacturing group. Consumers will be really pleased with the strong visual shelf presence and clear product identification the new packaging provides.”About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee segment sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

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Food Network’s Neelys broadcast Vermont stories Tuesday

first_imgFood Network’s Neelys broadcast Vermont stories TuesdayFood Network’s favorite new husband and wife team – Pat and Gina Neely of the hit show Down Home With the Neelys – take to the road on a cross-country search for the best local, hand-crafted foods on their new primetime Road Tasted with the Neelys, which premiered Tuesday, July 22nd. Next stop? VERMONT! Pat and Gina are an awesome couple who have been instantly embraced by Food Network’s audience, and this episode highlights some great places they visited while in your backyard.Road Tasted with the Neelys follows the fun-loving couple as they highlight specialty stores and family-run businesses that make one-of-a-kind edibles. With the knowledge of what it takes to launch a successful family business and a passion for all things food, they’ll also show viewers how to get these fabulous food finds delivered right to their doors. I have attached their bio, which gives a better idea of what they are all about.The September 9th episode spotlights VERMONT where the Neelys visit fabulous local businesses. This episode will repeat on the following days/times: Sept. 19th at 10pmET/PT and Sept. 21st at 2:30pm.Premiering September 9th at 9:30pm ET/PTGrazing in VermontIn Vermont, Pat and Gina discover Vermont Butter & Cheese Company’s award-winning goat cheese and cultured butter. The Neelys sample maple macaroons the French way – without coconut – at Gesine’s Confectionery Road Crew Crunch, a satisfying snack made with chocolate and cereals, at Rex’s Outrageous. Finally, Pat and Gina enjoy Vermont Smoke & Cure’s all-natural, fine smoked ham.last_img read more

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Burton Snowboards Brings The Stash to Killington

first_imgBurton Snowboards Brings The Stash to Killington Resort in VermontBurlington, VT (September 29, 2008) – Burton Snowboards and Killington Resort has announced plans to build The Stash, a revolutionary resort run created by Jake Burton and Burton team riders that utilizes the natural terrain, local wood products and organic features to create the ultimate freestyle riding experience. The first run of its kind in New England and Burton’s home state of Vermont, The Stash at Killington is slated to open to the public on December 19, 2008.”Bringing the Stash to Vermont has been an objective from the start,” says Jake Burton, Founder and Chairman of Burton Snowboards. “Vermont riders are all about tree riding and jibs. This will take it to the next level, giving local riders a chance to have that much more fun on the mountain.”Located at the Bear Mountain area of Killington and accessible by the new Skye Peak Express high-speed quad chairlift, The Stash will be a half-mile long run that features wooded glades, banked turns, log slides and pillow lines. The Stash at Killington will also feature a street-style wooden staircase and a jibbable fence. A classic Vermont sugar shack cabin that can be jibbed or jumped will reside at The Stash at Killlington. Inside the sugar shack, riders can check out a timeline of snowboarding history in Vermont along with vintage snowboard gear and photos.Burton pro snowboarder and Lincoln, Vermont native Yale Cousino is working with Burton and Killington on design ideas for The Stash. Snow Park Technologies, an industry leader in terrain park development, is also adding its expertise to the design and construction of The Stash. Features for The Stash are built with local and organic materials like rocks, stumps and logs. By using local trees and natural elements on the trail, The Stash is designed to limit the impact on the environment.”We are extremely pleased to work with Burton on this project and offer our guests the opportunity to experience The Stash at Killington,” said Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “The organic nature of The Stash also aligns with our company’s environmental initiatives.”Michael Bettera of Snow Park Technologies had this to say, “I am excited to be working on The Stash project at Killington. With the resort’s deep snowboarding history, close proximity to Burton and the gnarly glade terrain, The Stash at Killington will stand out as a premier riding location.”The Stash at Killington Resort is the fifth run of its kind worldwide and the first in the Northeast. The Stash can also be found at Northstar-at-Tahoe, USA; Avoriaz, France; The Remarkables, New Zealand and Flachauwinkl Resort, Austria. For more information, visit www.thestash.com(link is external).About Burton SnowboardsIn 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts. In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia. For more information, visit www.burton.com(link is external).About Killington ResortThe largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America, Killington debuts $8.4 million in improvements for its 50th Birthday Season, including the new Skye Peak Express and “The Stash”. Killington Resort features diverse terrain, an expansive lift network, the most extensive snowmaking system in the world and numerous off-mountain activities, including après, dining, shopping and lodging options. www.killington.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Vermont business leaders support early childhood investments

first_imgTough economic times require business and government leaders to rethink public policy and not only change the ways in which we deliver public services, but to build capacity for future success. According to Bill Stritzler, Managing Partner with Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable, “Investments in education should be our first economic development strategy.”In recognition that education transformation must begin with a strong foundation of high quality early learning experiences, Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable), announced today a new partnership, Pre-K Vermont, between a coalition of early education advocates and her organization. “If we are to meaningfully address the escalating costs of our correctional and social welfare programs, and improve educational outcomes, we need to improve our investments in younger children. Early education helps children enter school ready to learn and makes them ten times less likely to be retained in first grade. Controlling costs in public education, while avoiding the stigma that children take with them after being held back, is very important.”The Vermont Business Roundtable has long been recognized as a leader in public policy development for an array of issues from education to the environment. The organization’s efforts contributed to the passage of Act 62 in 2007, which allows towns to invest in early learning programs.The new partnership announced today will be funded through a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Partnership for America’s Economic Success and Pre-K Now. The Roundtable will become the new sponsor of Pre-K Vermont, an organization dedicated to increasing access and quality to high quality pre-k programs statewide, with members from business, advocacy, public education, and higher education.The partnership will develop public policy recommendations regarding early childhood investments and share these with public leaders.Act 62 Background:This year a pre-k enrollment cap will be removed for towns with schools deemed to be “underperforming”.Act 62 was signed into law on June 1, 2007. It received strong support from parents and educators, the Vermont Business Roundtable and other business leaders, law enforcement, leaders in education and medicine, along with community leaders across the state.Under the legislation, pre-k programs meeting specified quality standards will be allowed funding for 10 hours per week, if local school districts approve. Programs are capped to allow roughly half of the three and four year olds, or all of the four year olds in each district, but districts can also choose to fund all children.The bill was passed as a result of a legislative study performed by the Pre-K Study Committee, which included review of four decades of research and testimony from dozens of experts from inside and outside of Vermont.Both public and private providers will be qualified to receive funding, but no school district is required to offer pre-k programs. The pre-k program is also voluntary for families. Members of Pre-K Vermont include representatives from Vermont Business Roundtable, Kids are Priority One, University of Vermont, Vermont Superintendents Association, Head Start, Building Bright Futures, Vermont School Boards Association, private providers, and Northern Lights Career Development Center.The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 100 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issue to benefit all Vermonters.Source: VBR. 5.14.2010# # #.last_img read more

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National PTSD Center opens at VA in White River Jct

first_imgThe new headquarters building of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was officially opened today on the campus of the VA Medical Center at White River Junction. Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility, which they say acknowledges the extent of PTSD and the the federal government’s commitment to helping veterans.The senators noted that the new Headquarters Building is the hub of what has become an extensive VA-wide PTSD research and education network — parallel to the direct care that veterans receive in VA medical facilities — which acts on the nation’s long-term commitment to look after those who have served once they return home.“I can’t say enough about the work done by the men and women of the National Center for PTSD,” said Leahy, who, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has championed investments in the Center to address PTSD cases among troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “We used to think of PTSD as something faced only by Vietnam veterans.  So many of our troops coming home today also suffer from PTSD.  It is more important than ever for us to look after those who have done and given so much for their fellow citizens and who now suffer from the invisible wounds of war.”Sanders, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “At a time when studies tell us that over 300,000 or nearly one out of every five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of PTSD or major depression, expanding and improving the nation’s leader in PTSD research is the least we can do. We must do everything we can to make sure our brave men and women in uniform receive the care they need when they return from war.”During their remarks at the Center, Leahy and Sanders renewed their commitment to supporting the Center in both the VA authorization and appropriations processes.Sanders worked closely with the chairman of the veterans committee, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), to bolster the budget for the White River Junction facility.  On January 24, 2008, they sent a letter to then-VA Sec. James Peake regarding the Center’s increased workload and relatively flat budget in recent years.  Sanders also met with the VA secretary personally to raise the issue again, along with other health care-related concerns. Over several years Leahy has requested and received millions of dollars in budget increases for the National Center at White River Junction.  In two of the past four years he secured language encouraging the VA to lift the Center’s budget to match its broad responsibilities.  At Leahy’s prompting the VA in 2009 was encouraged to increase the Center’s budget by $2 million.  Leahy is pressing in this year’s VA appropriations bill to further sharpen VA’s focus on the needs of PTSD-stricken combat veterans.Leahy said, “It has always been a source of purpose and pride to participate in the work of this Center.  Senator Sanders and I will continue to work with others in the Senate to make sure the Center is the priority, within VA, and within Congress, that it needs to be.”The VA established the National Center for PTSD in response to a 1984 congressional mandate (PL98-528) to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD.  The National Center’s mission is to enhance medical research and education on PTSD.  Convinced that no single VA site could adequately serve this unique mission, VA established the Center as a consortium of five divisions.  The Center currently consists of seven VA academic centers of excellence across the United States, with headquarters in White River Junction.  Other divisions are located in Boston, Mass.; West Haven, Conn.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Honolulu, Hawaii. Source: Leahy and Sanders. 10.12.2010# # # # #last_img read more

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Brian Dubie, Premier Charest discuss future of Vermont-Quebec relations

first_imgIn their first conversation since November 2, Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Vermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie talked by phone late Wednesday about the future of Quebec and Vermont relations, as Vermont’s Governor-elect Peter Shumlin prepares to take office on January 6, 2011.Shumlin has asked Dubie to act as his liaison to Quebec.Dubie said, ‘Premier Charest and I covered all areas of collaboration between Vermont and Quebec: energy, homeland security, Lake Champlain and Lake Memphramagog, cultural exchange, commerce, road and rail transportation, and more.’It has been nearly eight years since Dubie attended Charest’s 2003 swearing-in ceremony in Quebec City, as the only invited American elected official.‘Much has been done since then, under the leadership of Governor Jim Douglas and Premier Charest,’ Dubie said, ‘and the Premier and I agreed that there’s still so much left to do. I look forward to assisting Governor-elect Shumlin in paving the way for future success in a way that’s positive for the people of Vermont and our favorite cousins, the people of Quebec.’Dubie lost a bid to be Vermont’s next governor to Shumlin in tight election held November 2.Along with Governor Douglas, Dubie has focused much of his energies in rebuilding and building relations with Quebec. The January 1997 ice storm, which knocked out power to much of northern Vermont and to large portions of Quebec, put a strain on relations between the cross border neighbors. After Douglas and Dubie were elected in 2002, they sought to repair relations and grow economic ties. Vermont utilities earlier this year signed a new, long term deal with Hydro-Quebec. Quebec companies, such as Revision Eyewear in Essex, recently have located plants in Vermont.last_img read more

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Vermont nets nearly $135 million in federal emergency road aid

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) on Wednesday announced that the US Department of Transportation is releasing $134.6 million in emergency funds to help Vermont rebuild and repair roads and bridges destroyed or damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and in last spring’s flooding.  The total includes $125,651,814 for costs associated with Irene and $8,975,130 for costs associated with the spring floods.The funding is part of $1.662 billion in new emergency relief funding approved by Congress, signed into law by President Obama in November and released Wednesday by US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. There could be further installments of emergency federal road repair aid as repair work continues.Leahy’s work as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its transportation subcommittee, which oversees funding for this and other transportation programs, was instrumental both in adding the additional emergency aid to fill the depleted coffers of the federal emergency transportation fund, and in securing several cost-waiver provisions that net Vermont an additional $25 million in Wednesday’s grant release.  These crucial waivers allow Vermont to be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds, and to be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days.  Sanders strongly supported the Leahy provisions in the Senate and Welch ensured they were adopted in the House.Leahy said, ‘These funds are a cornerstone of Vermont’s recovery.  Rebuilding our bruised and broken roads and bridges after this year’s record flooding remains our most urgent recovery priority.  We appreciate Secretary LaHood’s continued support of Vermont’s rebuilding efforts.  Now that we have replenished this depleted emergency transportation fund and enacted key cost waivers that Vermont needs, Vermont properly and promptly is being reimbursed for this essential repair work.’ Sanders, a member of the transportation subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said, ‘We are one nation. When disaster strikes anywhere in our country, we come together to provide the support that communities need in order to rebuild.  I thank Secretary LaHood for his great help and support to Vermont as we repair the damage from last year’s devastating floods.’Welch said, ‘Vermonters suffered through some of the most severe flooding on record last year.  They responded with characteristic hard work and a willingness to help others.  Now the federal government is doing its part.  These funds are essential to the ongoing effort to restore Vermont’s transportation infrastructure.  I appreciate Secretary LaHood’s strong support for Vermont’s full recovery.” BURLINGTON, Vt., (WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2012) ‘last_img read more

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