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Fifth generation family members intend to continue Fee Brothers tradition (access required)


For 157 years, Fee Brothers has been a family business, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Brothers Jon and Benn Spacher are now fifth-generation owners of Fee Brothers, the Rochester-based maker of cocktail flavorings. Jon Spacher, 44, spent nearly ...

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Mercantile on Main open for business (access required)

Owner Ramon Arguinzoni at his Palermo's Market, one of six eateries now open in the Mercantile on Main in the atrium of Sibley Square (provided photo).

Mercantile on Main, featuring five food operators and coffee brewer, has opened in the atrium of Sibley Square at 240 E. Main St. Palermo’s Market Nani’s Kitchen, Flour Kitchen, CUT and Broth are preparing food for takeout and delivery only ...

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Birdhouse Brewing creates mini weekend holiday market (access required)

The open-air holiday market at Bridhouse Brewing Co. in Honeoye features five vendors as well as the offerings of the craft brewer (provided photo).

Birdhouse Brewing Co. in Honeoye has created an open-air weekend public market featuring local vendors to accompany its own beverage and food menu. The public market runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon ...

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Pactiv Evergreen committed to green approach (access required)


Within the next decade, 100 percent of Pactiv Evergreen Inc.’s products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials. It is a lofty goal, but one that the leader in food packaging is committed to. “Consumers and brands are ...

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Genesee Brewery adding more than 50 jobs (access required)

(courtesy FIFCO USA).

The Genesee Brewery announced it is in the process of hiring for more than 50 new union and management positions in Rochester. Positions include plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons, packaging operators, packaging mechanics, forklift drivers, sanitarians, apprentices in utilities and packaging ...

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Craft beer unsure of COVID’s long-term impact on the industry (access required)

Daniel Nothnagle, president of Three Heads Brewing. (File photo)

The craft beer industry has so far weathered the challenges brought on by COVID-19, but industry experts and local brewers do not yet know what long-term effects may occur as a result of the virus. They do say, however, that ...

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Local food makers deal with manufacturing disruptions from pandemic (access required)


Before Paul “Pauly” Guglielmo closed on the purchase of his own manufacturing facility to make his marinara sauce in May, he was worried that the seller of Permac Enterprises was going to take him back to the negotiating table because ...

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COVID survival requires adapting business strategy for food and beverage (access required)

Casa Larga Vineyards (Provided photo)

Coping with COVID-19 restrictions affecting all aspects of a food and beverage manufacturer’s business requires adapting business strategies to keep up with the challenges new laws, safety procedures and new practices require. The health of the workers and the business ...

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Local job market beginning to pick up traction (access required)


As enhanced federal unemployment benefits expire, one private employment firm is working to fill some 250 jobs across the Rochester region for employers in a range of industries. Lindsay McCutchen, president and founder of Career Start Workforce Management Group, said ...

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Re-creating a landmark at The Cannery in Fairport (access required)

An artist's rendering of what The Cannery will become. (Provided photo)

Matt Lester didn’t create a partnership with Donohoe Management to acquire the old cannery in downtown Fairport and then come up with a vision for how to use the landmark structure. Instead, there first was a vision for a mixed-use ...

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Empathy Wines brings enhanced direct-to-consumer presence to Constellation (access required)


Constellation Brands has acquired Empathy Wines and plans to use the digitally native wine brand to expand its own direct-to-consumer platform. The acquisition is part of Constellation’s vision to be a “bold and innovative, high-end portfolio of distinctive brands and ...

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Heron Hill hires new winemaker (access required)

Jordan Harris joins Heron Hills Winery as winemaker from Tarara Winery in Leesburg, Va.

Jordan Harris has been hired as winemaker by Heron Hill Winery. Named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 winemakers in 2013, Harris comes to Heron Hill from Tarara Winery in Leesburg, Va., where he was winemaker and general manager. ...

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LiDestri Foods now offering Recipe 21 hand sanitizer to public

Orders for LiDestri Foods' hand sanitizer are now being accepted online at Recipe21.com and being shipped directly to consumers.

Recipe 21, a division of LiDestri Foods Inc., on Thursday rolled out its hand sanitizer line for the general public in direct response to COVID-19 relief efforts and the nationwide supply shortage. LiDestri previously had adjusted its spirits production at ...

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Lester Eber, longtime distributor, dead at 82

Lester Eber, who worked for more than six decades in the wine and liquor industry, much of that time representing the former family-owned Eber Brothers Wine & Liquor distribution company in Rochester, died April 5 from complications of COVID-19. He ...

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