Reynolds Wrap is Hiring its First-Ever Chief Grilling Officer

Reynolds Wrap is looking for a “CGO” to travel to the best barbeque cities across the country and report back on new grilling tips, tricks, recipes and techniques.

ReynoldsCGOImage_1Hungry? Good. Reynolds Wrap® – the durable, kitchen staple known for locking in delicious grilled flavors – is looking for its first-ever Chief GrillingOfficer. The team at Reynolds Wrap is committed to finding the most flavorful ways to grill your favorite food – which means they need help exploring the country in search of the best tips and techniques.

This two week, paid gig offers unforgettable experiences in America’s most mouth-watering cities. In case that’s not clear enough: Eat food. Document the experience. Get paid! The Chief Grilling Officer, or “CGO’s” responsibilities are simple (and delicious); travel to some of the most notorious barbeque cities in the country to learn about grilling culture and new techniques for the Reynolds Wrap test kitchen.

“We’re on a mission here at Reynolds Wrap to identify the best grilling techniques and tips to share with backyard grillers,” said Brienne Neisewander, brand director for Foil at Reynolds Consumer Products. “We’re looking for a truly passionate grilling enthusiast to lead the way across the country and discover hidden grilling gems.”

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Food Starter Partners with Fiera Foods to Empower Female Entrepreneurs

Food Starter (CNW Group/Food Starter)

Food Starter (CNW Group/Food Starter)

Food Starter, a startup food incubator and accelerator in Toronto, and Fiera Foods, a globally successful Canadian food manufacturer, have announced the launch of The Women in Food Rise Up Fund.

The three-year startup growth fund, Rise Up, presented by Fiera Foods, will provide Food Starter’s women-led enterprises with access to a grant of $5,000 to quickly start and scale food businesses. The fund aims to recognize that women entrepreneurs play a leading role in innovating Ontario’s food industry.

“We see day in and day out through our interactions with partners, employees and clients, that women can lead and excel in our industry,” said Boris Serebryany, President and CEO of Fiera Foods Company.

“The concerning reality is that women are still underrepresented in food manufacturing. We’re proud to work toward a solution by partnering with Food Starter to remove barriers, creating a more open and inclusive environment for female entrepreneurs and innovators in Ontario’s food industry.”

Grant recipients will receive a cheque for $3,500 within two weeks of announcement plus $1,500 in Food Starter production hours or accelerator fee credits. The grant will be used for purchasing new equipment, supplies or ingredients required to fill orders, production labour and marketing expenses.

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Kroger Hosts Third Natural Foods Innovation Summit


The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) hosting its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit in partnership with 84.51°, in Cincinnati, OhioJustin Gold, an accomplished, innovative entrepreneur and founder of Justin’s®, a natural and organic nut butters brand, will speak at the Summit.

“Kroger’s natural and organic category achieved $16.7 billion in sales last year, including $2 billion in Simple Truth® sales,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “It’s clear today’s customer wants better-for-you options and are increasingly turning to Kroger as a food authority for natural, organic, and free-from products.”

More than 50 brands will participate in today’s expo, bringing the total to 150 different small businesses Kroger has engaged combined across the three Summit events.

“Establishing and deepening partnerships with brands that are innovative, unique, and trending, is just one way we are redefining the customer experience through Restock Kroger,” added Mr. Clark. “Resulting from the success of this small business engagement model, we have introduced our customers to new products exclusively from participating brands.”

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Call for Applications for 3rd Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange Program for Black Founders

Startups Have Until August 6 to Apply


The American Underground startup campus in Durham will once again host Black founders from around the nation, Sept. 23-28, as part of the Google For Entrepreneurs (GFE) Exchange series. The GFE Exchange is a week­long immersion program that bridges the gap between startups, experts, and new markets. The focus of the American Underground’s Exchange programming is to address documented funding gaps, by empowering Black founders with tools and resources to help them access capital and grow.

The 2018 group of startups will join a diverse group of company founders from Hollywood to DC who participated in past years.

Participating teams will receive intensive mentoring, and a behind-the-scenes view of the approach venture capitalists take in vetting prospective companies, so they are prepared to raise a round of capital. Training will also be provided around overcoming racial bias in the fundraising process. The program ends with a pitch event before dozens of venture capitalists and corporate CEOs from up and down the East Coast. The goal of the program is for at least half of the startups to be funded within nine months.

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2019 Good Food Award Entry Period Now Open

Accepting entries July 2-31, including new Snacks category

mailJuly 2 marks the launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and (new this year) snacks. The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. As the only national initiative to recognize food crafters who excel in both taste and sustainability, we anticipate over 2,000 entries from all fifty states.

Over 250 food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and pioneers of the food movement will serve on this year’s judging panel. In past years, judges have included Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Michael Bauer, Nell Newman, Liz Prueitt, Christine Muhlke and Paul Bertolli, among other food movement pioneers.

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6 Lessons for Business and Life From Krug Champagne CEO Maggie Henriquez

By V. Sheree Williams

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Every brand has a great story to tell and luxury Champagne producer Krug is no different.  For the second time, I had the honor of meeting the company’s CEO, Maggie Henriquez, who I can only describe as inspiring.  When you hear her story that begins in her native country of Venezuela with stops in the U.S., Mexico and Argentina before heading to France, you will soon see why she is one of the most revered leaders today.

Hosted by the San Francisco Wine School and Women of the Vine and Spirit, Champagne was flowing upon arrival with glasses filled with the 163rd edition of Krug’s Grand Cuvee. Shortly after, Henriquez joined us to socialize like she was just one of the girls enjoying the afternoon while sipping on Champagne and eating small bites. That is what makes her so approachable and endearing.  Characteristics that Krug embraces as well.

Henriquez started her career as a system engineer for a cosmetic division in Venezuela.  She eventually got into the world of wine and spirits but later in her career took a detour when she was recruited by Nabisco Food Mexico. After turning the company around, she left Nabisco and took a little time off before accepting an offer to lead the Moet-Hennessy house in Argentina.  Soon after, she got the call from Krug to lead their Champagne operation and well, rest is part of history as she is the first Hispanic woman to hold such a position as President and CEO in the industry.

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Nav Awards its First $10,000 Small Business Grant

The Next Grant Contest is Scheduled for June 15, 2018 — Colorado-based company, Founding Foods, received $10,000 to help scale a business that’s controlling an invasive species

Rachel Irons, owner, CEO and founder of Founding Foods – Nav Small Business Grant Winner (PRNewsfoto/, a free site and app for small business owners to access their business credit scores and get matched to financing options, announced the winner of its inaugural “Legitify Your Small Business Grant.” The contest, launched in February, awarded $10,000in cash to founder and CEO of Founding Foods, Rachel Irons.

The response to the grant contest was inspiring. In total, Nav received an incredible 347 submissions. To be considered, one of the main requirements was writing a brief story about a business challenge the business owner was facing or had overcome.

“We were blown away by the perseverance shown by the applicants’ stories and it underscored the tenacity required to follow your business dream,” said Lydia Roth, Nav’s marketing manager who spearheaded the project. “Access to financing, like business loans and business credit cards was a common pain point.”

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MMCA: Moving the Needle on Diversity in the Media

By Phyllis Armstrong

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2018 MMCA Honorees

“It feels amazing to be recognized for work that I love to do, and that is celebrating multicultural America,” says Vanessa K. DeLuca. The former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE Magazine is a strong believer in the power of journalism to transform lives when it fairly represents people of different colors and cultures. “That’s what I live for. It’s not so much about the glitz and glamour of the job. It’s more about making sure that these voices are supported and elevated.”

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Former ESSENCE Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca

The co-founder and president of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association sees the mission of moving the needle on diversity in news and entertainment as more challenging than ever before. “In my mind, it is a crisis. I believe there is an economic, social and political crisis that has been created by the lack of [diversity in the] media,” says David Morgan. He points to the Kerner Commission Report released 50 years ago that emphasized the impact the lack of media diversity had on social discord. He now sees a worsening picture for a nation with a 40 percent minority population. “Civic engagement is so tied to a vibrant local media. What we’re seeing is the whittling away of all those small, independent media that are so important.”

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